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#81
From my AH.com crossover timeline:
Zombie outbreaks are, unfortunately, not a rarity in history. A myriad of strains have appeared over the years ranging from the famous undead sorts created by the Nazis' Trioxin and the Umbrella Corporation's T-virus to the demonically-driven Deadites, Crossed and Meideros' syndrome infectees to the quick-paced mutant undead that resulted from the Rage virus and the Green Flu. There were even a few instances of sentient, non-malevolent undead emerging-the 'dead generation' and the 'domesticated' inhabitants of Zombietown being the most famous. Zombie outbreaks have had a range of impacts. In some cases, such as the London outbreak of 2003, the 2006 Willamette outbreak, the 2019 Pleasant Valley outbreak and the 1968 Midwestern outbreak were contained relatively quickly with low casualties. Other outbreaks had ebbs and flows in containment-for instance the 1983 Louisville outbreak worsened after the city was destroyed with a nuclear weapon, inadvertently contaminating the countryside. Still others produced nationwide or near-nationwide apocalypses-the South Hun Chiu outbreak of 2016 and the Japan outbreak of 2023 being the most notable pre-Great War instances of this. Post-Great War, of course, zombie outbreaks got far, far worse, culminating in the bulk of what had been the southern US ending up contaminated by a heavily modified strain of Trioxin.

However, almost all zombie viruses (as opposed to the ones resulting from demonic possession or alien parasites) can trace their origins to a natural virus known as Solanum. Those infected with Solanum must be bitten by a Solanum-infected zombie and not have damage taken to the head prior to the conclusion of a 24-hour incubation period. Slight natural mutations over the years were documented (such as the 'dreadfuls' that plagued Britain in the early 19th century), but overall pre-World War II accounts of zombie outbreaks fit the standard mold of Solanum. Solanum outbreaks are known to have plagued the Romans and 8th century Byzantium along with other ancient civilizations. Paleontologists have found evidence indicating Solanum may have originated as a mutated strain of a virus carried by woolly mammoths that passed over to humans in the Stone Age, though this has not been confirmed. Still, overall, pre-Second World War zombie outbreaks are clearly identifiable as either Solanum strain outbreaks or the result of demonic/occult influences.

The Joseon outbreak of the 16th century stands apart from these other examples, however, as accounts of the outbreak indicate the undead were certainly not demonic, but differed greatly from the standard Solanum infectees. Accounts are sparse owing to the efforts of the Joseon Dynasty to hide the outbreak from history, but was has been gathered is the outbreak originated due to the use of a certain herb in efforts to revive the dead. These methods were not unheard of (the legendary Utnapishtim plant was often-sought by numerous societies in the Middle East for instance and the alchemists' Philosopher's stone can be considered in line with this tradition), but in this case, use of this herb evidently resulted in those who were given it developing a cannibalistic hunger. However, while this was similar to most Solanum infectees, in other respects the undead who plagued Joseon differed greatly. Most notably, they were wary of heat and during the warmer months of the year would hide during the day, only attacking the living at night (though during the winter this would change). This has led to some theorizing the Joseon outbreak was not a zombie outbreak at all, but rather a 'low-bloodline' vampire'outbreak like the kind that devastated Barrow or Jerusalem's Lot. However, the depiction of the undead in the Joseon outbreak differs greatly from low-bloodline vampire outbreaks as the undead ate the flesh of the living (while not unheard of for vampires to do so, it is rather rare). Another theorized possibility is the Joseon outbreak was a result of one vampire strain mixing with Solanum and then becoming more widespread. If so, it would predate the 2011 'vambie' outbreak by more than 4 centuries.

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#82
The End of History
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Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist and politician who is best known for his role as the 43rd and final President of the United States. Fukuyama was born to Japanese parents in Chicago, Illinois and studied at various prestigious universities amidst the turmoil of the Cold War. Fukuyama gravitated to the so-called 'neoconservative' movement during his time in college-that is he supported both conservative stances on economics and foreign policy, but moderation on social issues and the restoration of democratic government rather than the 'emergency rule' by generals that had persisted since the 1958 coup against President Stevenson. The neoconservatives, framing themselves as a 'loyal opposition' as opposed to the 'traitors' that left-wing anti-government groups were labeled as, were the most successful pressure group against the Walker and LeMay administrations. Ultimately, the triumph of Alexander Haig in the contest to succeed LeMay paved the way for the partial restoration of democracy. Fukuyama would be among the neoconservatives who formed the American Liberty Party which contested the 1984 presidential elections. However, the ALP nominee Donald Rumsfeld was defeated by the National Front candidate Larry MacDonald.

However, MacDonald's incompetence would allow for the ALP to regain ground and triumph in 1988 under the leadership of George HW Bush, who made Fukuyama his Secretary of State. However, by the time Bush took office, it was becoming increasingly clear the American political system was not doing so well. Despite being illegal, labor strikes, civil rights protests and other acts of resistance to the American government were becoming increasingly common. Drug use and crime rates were both skyrocketing as Bush entered the Oval Office. Meanwhile, living standards in the Soviet Union and its allies across Eurasia were visibly improving and Soviet prestige was overtaking America's as the USSR landed on Mars in 1991. Socialist revolts in Latin America were gaining traction and threatening to oust US-aligned governments in the region. The US allies of South Africa and Rhodesia outright saw their governments collapse amidst revolt. Within the American government, there was considerable debate about what to do about this issue. The National Front and the right wing of the ALP favored harsh measures to crack down on domestic unrest and tackling major social problems via increased militarization of society. They blamed the ills afflicting America on communist subversion and felt strong enough measures could reverse American decline.

On the other hand, Fukuyama and fellow 'compassionate conservatives' had a different solution. They traced the issues of American decline back to the insistence on pure capitalism and the erosion of the New Deal that had been implemented under Franklin Roosevelt, as well as some of the earlier progressive reforms of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Furthermore, Fukuyama and his allies argued, the suppression of leftist, libertarian and anti-racist groups in America had not in fact dealt with the increase in anti-government sentiment, but actually served to increase it and make it more violent. The compassionate conservatives thus held that major political and economic reforms would be needed to ensure America's revival and the restoration of prosperity. The clash between these 2 visions would be seen during the ALP primaries of 1996, where Fukuyama faced off against the right-ALP candidates Wesley Clark, Antonin Scalia and John Tower. Despite fierce attacks (including some race-baiting towards Fukuyama), he managed to triumph in the primary and secured the endorsement of Bush in the general election, where Fukuyama managed to dispatch the National Front ticket of Pat Buchanan and Evan Mecham. Fukuyama, upon taking office, famously declared that 'America is at a crossroads' and that it had to choose the right road to secure its long-term future.

Fukuyama's reforms began almost immediately. He began with a series of over 4 dozen pardons for high-profile political prisoners, including major enemies of the US government such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Harold Stassen, Ted Kennedy and Noam Chomsky. He next unveiled his 'Contract With America,' a series of major economic reforms that sought to place limits on the size of major corporations and limit their influence, restored the right of labor unions to organize and be recognized by the government and brought back governmental pension programs that had been abolished during the Walker years. He additionally took things a step further by implementing a government-backed healthcare program and implementing civil rights programs. In 1998, Fukuyama shocked observers by declaring that 8 banned political parties would have their bans lifted and be permitted to run in elections in that midterm cycle so long as all candidates signed a statement renouncing violence and affirming the legitimacy of the American federal government. Fukuyama's reforms were criticized by his right-wing opponents and the rightmost wing of the ALP would defect en masse to the National Front shortly before the midterms. However, Fukuyama's reforms were extraordinarily popular with American youth and the public as a whole. Fukuyama's foreign policy was likewise rather popular and he sought to pursue negotiation and nuclear disarmament with the Soviet Union and China.

By the early 2000's, it seemed that Fukuyama had succeeded in his reform efforts and secured America's continued existence. However, a series of events from 2001 to 2003 would ultimately cause things to unravel. First was the 2001 May Day protests organized by American leftist groups. While Fukuyama supported the rights of these groups to assemble, in over a dozen states the National Guard cracked down on the protests, killing 38 and injuring over a hundred. Fukuyama's efforts to balance the demand for justice from the public and the reluctance of even those within his government to punish the perpetrators. Ultimately, only one governor (David Duke of Louisiana) was forced to leave office and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The next controversy to erupt came when the Mexican guerilla leader Rafael Sebastian Guillien Vincente (commonly known as Subcommandante Marcos) seized control of Mexico City with his forces. Members of the American government demanded Fukuyama send troops to restore the US-aligned regime of Francisco Labastida, but much of the public opposed an American intervention in Mexico. Fukuyama ultimately elected not to deploy troops. This caused major discontent among hardliners and in early 2002 a group of three generals (Michael Flynn, David Petraeus and Robert Gates) organized a coup against Fukuyama. The coup initially successfully trapped Fukuyama within his New York residence while Flynn declared himself acting president. However, before the military's hold on power could be solidified and Fukuyama disposed of, mass protests erupted across the nation.

These protesters were a varied lot-compassionate conservatives and communists, liberals and Luddites, members of all races and religions. What united them was the simple demand of 'Free Fukuyama!' Efforts by state governments to crush them failed as elements of the police and armed forces defected. The period (later dubbed the 'Messy March' by historians) ultimately would see General James Mattis lead a group of Fukuyama loyalist forces on the White House, capturing Flynn after a brief exchange of gunfire. The troops holding Fukuyama under house arrest were compelled to release the president and Fukuyama returned to power. However, he would face the fact much of his power had been shaken as a result of this attempted coup. Fukuyama's return to power was characterized by an initial optimism, but that would be crushed by the final blow: a pandemic. The plague, dubbed the swine flu despite technically not being an influenze strain, emerged in the American southwest before spreading thanks in large part due to the state government of Arizona's failure to notice it until it was too late. By the time the outbreak was noticed, it was a national crisis. Fukuyama initially attempted to coordinate a national quarantine, but ultimately the bulk of the pandemic response would be left up to the individual states thanks to the increasing paranoia of Fukuyama causing mass inefficiency at a federal level. Various states formed regional pacts to combat the virus and much of the country began to complain the national government had failed to handle the outbreak. Ultimately, the outbreak would burn itself out by the beginning of 2003, but by this point Fukuyama's reputation was in tatters and political radicalism was on the rise.

Fukuyama ultimately did realize this. He moved his State of the Union address ahead to late January to address the situation During that address, Fukuyama declared that the US as it had existed had de facto become a failed state. As a result, he was going to sign an executive order abolishing the totality of the federal government, with each interstate bloc becoming (at least temporarily) their own country, free to pursue their own destiny. Fukuyama's order went into effect on February 3rd, which is the day he officially ceased to be the president. However, Fukuyama remained in Washington DC and the White House for several months afterwards, helping negotiate what was to become of American governmental infrastructure, military equipment, former US currency and the national debt. The process of devolving power and managing disputes as some states sought to separate from the blocs they had formed the previous year took 5 years, at which point the post-US North America had finally taken shape. Fukuyama would, after this, become a college professor, something he had said was what he had previously hoped to become before entering politics. As an academic post-politics, Fukuyama notably contributed the 'end of history' hypothesis, citing that given most US successor states have adopted some form of socialism and the ongoing crisis of climate change generally being blamed on capitalist modes of production, the triumph of socialism over the world is now almost inevitab
 

Nofix

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#84

Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is a psychiatric hospital for the Gotham City metropolitan area, housing patients who are deemed criminally insane. From the 1910's to the 1940's, Arkham Asylum was considered a well-run, if draconian institution under the administration of Amadeus Arkham. Throughout the later 1940's and early 1950's, due to the mental and physical decline of Amadeus Arkham, it became synonymous with a lax security, abusive staff, and a high recidivism rate. From 1956 to 1968, after an investigation by the state government, and new management under Jeremiah Arkham, nephew of Amadeus, the standards of the asylum improved tremendously. Coinciding with the opening of several other locations, and advancements in mental health research, this made Arkham Asylum considered one of the United States' best mental health institutes.

Today, Arkham Asylum is known for their successful rehabilitation of many of Gotham's supervillains over the years, including Edward Nigma, Pamela Isley, Jervis Tetch, and Arnold Wesker. Despite this, most of Arkham Asylum's patients are considered to be non-superpowered individuals, and merely people with severe mental health issues.


 
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The 1992 United States presidential election was the 52nd quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 3, 1992. Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts defeated incumbent Republican President Dan Quayle, independent Governor Gaston Caperton of West Virginia, activist Lyndon LaRouche of the Free Democratic Party, and a variety of smaller candidates.

Quayle had alienated many with his gaffes and "poor leadership" when compared to President George Bush, but he fended off a primary challenge from conservative Governor David Duke of Louisiana and moderate Governor Pete DuPont. Quayle's unpopularity lead to several high-profile Democratic candidates like Bill Bradley entering the 1992 Democratic primaries. Kennedy, a leader of the progressive Democratic wing, and a member of the Kennedy family, established himself as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination by sweeping most of the early party primaries. He defeated New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley, Governor Douglas Wilder of Virginia, and other candidates to win his party's nomination, and chose Governor Jim Folsom Jr. as his running mate. Governor Gaston Caperton launched a campaign that largely focused on "Coal Belt" voters, and was criticized by some as being bought by mining companies. Conspiracy theorist and cult leader Lyndon LaRouche also lead a surprisingly strong campaign with Georgia Representative Lawrence McDonald, attacking all three major candidates and becoming a popular "anti-establishment" figure.

The economy was in recession and Quayle's unpopularity caused a much more relaxed campaign from Ted Kennedy, who lead almost every national poll taken. LaRouche led Quayle in several polls taken in June 1992 but failed to capitalize on his peak. Kennedy largely focused on the economy, while Quayle attempted to hold up the foreign policy successes of his predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Kennedy would end up winning in one of the biggest blowouts in modern American history and even won states such as Ala...[1]

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Nofix

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On February 19, 1992, a series of three coordinated nuclear weapons were detonated by the international crime organization Tartarus in three major metropolitan areas in the Republic of Iraq. In 1991, Tartarus stole 5 nuclear weapons from a military base near the Far Eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk, an action officially denied by the Russian government until 1993. After sending a two hundred and fifty billion dollar ransom to the United Nations, Tartarus unleashed three of them on Iraq's most populated cities, Baghdad, Mosul, and Basra, killing an estimated six to eight million people, and injuring anywhere from two to five million people (either from immediate or long term fallout).

Jade Nyugen (the supervillain Cheshire, who was the coordinator of both the theft and nuclear bombings) claimed they chose Iraq due both the proximity that the nation held to their main base of operations, and a belief that the nations of the world would appreciate less valuable cities being used as a demonstration of Tartarus' power.

The United Nations responded to the nuclear bombings within hours, assembling a Task Force lead by the Justice League to apprehend the members of the organization and all nuclear weaponry in their possession. Parallel to this, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Atomic Bombing of Iraq was formed and tasked with prosecuting those involved. Within fourteen months, all members of Tartarus and their nuclear weapons were apprehended. All members were put on trial, prosecuted, and sentenced to death. 22 of the 28 were executed, including the believed-to-be immortal Vandal Savage; with 6 committing suicide before their scheduled executions. Of the 28, only Slade Wilson voluntarily surrendered to the Task Force and plead guilty to his involvement to the Tribunal.

Both before and after the Tribunal had concluded, controversy erupted over which nations deserved culpability for the state of Iraq, as well as potential compensation owed. From nations that had supervillains originate or operate in them (such as France, the United States, and Gabon), to Russia and their inability to safeguard their nuclear weapon, to both the United Nations and the international superhero community for failing to prevent such a disaster.

 

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#92
The Third Continental Congress has its origins from the earlier Continental Congresses as well as specifically the 1823 Treaty of Boston that ended the New Jersey War of 1821-1823. The Last 3 decades had seen the collapse of the Articles of Confederation, The Ohio War, the Connecticut Valley War, and the New Jersey War, and there was a growing opinion in the American States that a new Continental Congress was needed to limit the conflicts. The initial members of the Congress were New England, New York, Columbia, Virginia, Carolina, and Georgia, and have since become a major economic coordinator on the American Continent.
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The 1948 United States Senate election in Minnesota took place on November 2, 1948. Incumbent U.S. Senator Henrik Shipstead, who was renominated by the Republican–Farmer–Labor Party (formed by a merger of the Republican Party and the Farmer–Labor Party in 1946), faced off against Democratic Mayor of Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey.

Although Henrik Shipstead, who had been serving by that point for 25 years, won all of his past races by double-digit margins, the 1948 U.S. Senate election soon became unusually competitive as Humphrey provided a strong challenge to the 67 year old Senator. Distinguished by his crackdown on crime in Minneapolis, liberal internationalist views and foundation of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy, Humphrey contrasted himself with the aged, staunchly isolationist Senator, attracting Republican voters who disdained Shipstead - among them devotees of President Quentin Roosevelt, champion of the Fair Deal and the Convention of Nations. Although Henrik Shipstead had little love for the anticapitalist leanings of his fellow Farmer-Laborites, many members of the Humphrey campaign and its supporters accused the U.S. Senator of being a "closeted communist", in addition to many attacks on the man's isolationist views, which were increasingly perceived to be "antiquated" as tensions continued to grow between the United States of America and the German and Japanese empires. The Shipstead campaign was bellicose as well, accusing Humphrey of dodging the draft and sponsoring the expansion of a "totalitarian world superstate"; regardless of the mudslinging, Shipstead's grasp on the south of the state was rapidly waning.

In the end, Hubert Humphrey prevailed over Henrik Shipstead by 33,525 votes, becoming the first Democrat to be elected U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 48 years; this upset victory defied state conventions, as the North Star State voted for the Republican presidential nominee by double-digit margins on the same day. The combative Shipstead insinuated that Humphrey and his men manipulated the vote in Minneapolis, but nothing came of it; the two rivals ultimately mended their relationship in 1951.

 
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Nofix

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The Justice Society of America was founded on May 23, 1940 by three superheroes, Carter Hall, the original Hawkman; Dan Garrett, the original Blue Beetle; and Kent Nelson, the original Doctor Fate. Originally a nameless group united only in their aims of investigating their connections to ancient Egypt, they eventually expanded into the United States' first mass superhero team, aimed at combating crime, saboteurs, and supervillainy.

At the time of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, they had assembled over twenty active or reserve members. When the United States declared war on Japan and Germany, many members continued their countryside superheroics as part of the “Justice Battalion,” with several also co-serving as members of the wartime-only “All Star Squadron.” Others chose to enter the war as regular, non-costumed soldiers, such as Wesley Dodds, the original Sandman, who resumed his service in the Navy; and Albert Pratt, the original Atom, who became a tank driver in the Army.

Before the official American entry into World War 2, and before official support of the JSA by the US Government, President Roosevelt personally dispatched the Flash and Green Lantern to investigate rumors of the Nazis possessing the Spear of Destiny, and negating the superpowers of various individuals in Nazi-occupied territory. This started a quiet but powerful relationship between the POTUS and various superheroes, and would continue to this day in official and unofficial capacities.

Following World War 2, many members of the JSA had taken leave or drifted away from the organization. In 1951, following pressures from the Joint Congressional Un-American Activities Committee to publicly unmask all members, past and present, or risk prosecution, the remaining members of the JSA elected to disbanded. This left many members either retired, or continuing their hero work without governmental support. Following the election of John Kennedy in 1960, and his well-publicized support of superheroes, the JSA reformed alongside the new Justice League of American, both having partial oversight by the newly-founded Department of Metahuman Affairs.

In 1965, following the election of Richard Nixon, the threat of conscription for metahumans was raised as an answer to Soviet and Chinese metahumans in the Vietnam War. This was met with a second disbandment by JSA members. Some superheroes, such as Superman, even privately threatened to be unmasked and serve prison time rather than be conscripted, a decision that the government decided was too costly to bear.

Despite this disbandment only lasting a year as opposed to nearly a decade, the threat of superheroes refusing the draft led the US Government to pursue a policy of voluntary metahuman armament, and the creation of their own superheroes, such as Captain Atom, as well as the unintentional creation of several supervillains, such as Major Force.

Following the 1970s, the JSA began to take a more proactive role in training the next generations of superheroes. While the JLA was considered to be a strike force, in the words of one of their members, the JSA was thought of as a family. This led to many members returning, including some who hadn't been part of the organization in decades, to help provide leadership and education to new superheroes.

Today, the Justice Society of America is largely known for its large, albeit fluctuating and inconsistent, membership base, and for having multiple generations of heroes from one family joining. Some have criticized it for employing underage superheroes in missions, and for alleged nepotism in favor of related metahumans.

The name “Justice Society of America” was first proposed by Jay Garrick, the original Flash, and the motto “Strength, Courage, Justice” was coined by the original Superman, both in early 1941.

How's that for a tenth installment? I still enjoy researching the history of comics more than comics themselves, but I did read bits and pieces of the 1999 and 2007 Justice Society runs, and I enjoyed them. While not perfectly adapting them here, I did want to pay tribute to them in a small way.
 
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The 2018 Conservative Sinn Féin leadership election was triggered in the aftermath of allegations that incumbent leader former United States Army General Michael Flynn had engaged in contacts with Russian officials and not followed American law in reporting those contacts to the federal government. Patrick J. Lynch, incumbent Member of Congress from North Queens, would call for Flynn's resignation from his post. When Flynn refused to resign as leader of Conservative Sinn Féin, Lynch launched a challenge to Flynn. With the requisite 60% of federal MCs voting in favor, a leadership election was scheduled. Flynn proved much more popular among the party base than among elected federal office-holders and won the challenge with 63% of the vote from my party members. Following the challenge, Flynn and his inner circle took steps to solidify their power over the party and would express support for not renominating any of the MCs that had voted in favor of allowing the challenge to move to a party vote.
 

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There's not too much of a backstory here.

The 2018 Conservative Sinn Féin leadership election was triggered in the aftermath of allegations that incumbent leader former United States Army General Michael Flynn had engaged in contacts with Russian officials and not followed American law in reporting those contacts to the federal government. Patrick J. Lynch, incumbent Member of Congress from North Queens, would call for Flynn's resignation from his post. When Flynn refused to resign as leader of Conservative Sinn Féin, Lynch launched a challenge to Flynn. With the requisite 60% of federal MCs voting in favor, a leadership election was scheduled. Flynn proved much more popular among the party base than among elected federal office-holders and won the challenge with 63% of the vote from my party members. Following the challenge, Flynn and his inner circle took steps to solidify their power over the party and would express support for not renominating any of the MCs that had voted in favor of allowing the challenge to move to a party vote.
This is great.

This is making me think now - what if European immigrant communities were never assimilated into party-political machines, say if the Civil War ended the Democratic Party completely, and instead you got American branches of the Bund and the Irish Parliamentary Party cropping up in the cities...