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I do envision a Melkonian-led Armenia becoming a bit Bolivia-like at worst.
That wouldn’t be surprising, I could see Melkonian gaining a Evo Morales style ‘cult of personality’ and I could see his leadership being rather Left Wing Populist in tone.

Probably have frosty relations with Putin’s Russia.
 

Comrade TruthTeller

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"And as Big Ben strikes ten, the polls close, and we can give you the results of our exit poll. We've spoken to fourteen thousand people in two hundred constituencies tonight, and, er, we hope they've been telling us the truth."

Big Ben strikes ten.

"There it is, ten o'clock, and we say John Major is to remain Prime Minister and a majority is possible but not certain. And reaction from Huntingdon already up there on the right in the Conservative club, all applauding there. Labour Party headquarters, rather more sombre scenes. So, here are the details, John Major is to remain Prime Minister and this is why: Conservatives 40%, Labour 34% according to our exit poll, that would be around the same vote that they got five years ago in 1992, and possibly even worse. The Liberal Democrats on 20 percent, that's an increase of a couple percent from the last election, others on 6."
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Nofix

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James Bartholomew Olsen, better known as "Jimmy" Olsen, was a Delaware photographer, journalist, and investigative reporter. In his youth he was well known for his friendship with Metropolis' premier hero, Superman, and throughout his life he was known for his reporting both on citywide events, and superheroic undertakings throughout the state, county, planet, and at times universe.

Orphaned at the age 3, he spent years living with relatives and grew up in Depression-era Metropolis. As a teenager he was hired as an office-boy by Perry White, Sr. for the Daily Planet, where he would eventually work his way up as a photographer and reporter. There he would eventually meet Superman, being one of the first reporters able to interview the hero. In 1949, Olsen was the one who gave the famous interview where Superman detailed his history as an alien named Kal-El, rocketed to Earth as a baby from a dying planet named Krypton, and how he became a superhero.

At the age of 25, he was kidnapped by Edward Clariss, the original Reverse-Flash and a member of the inaugural Secret Society of Super-Villains. Due to Olsen's known connection to Superman, his kidnapping was done as part of an elaborate scheme to simultaneously gather and murder multiple American superheroes. Due to the interference of Mr. Mind, another member of the Secret Society, Clariss was sent running into the "Speedforce" with Olsen in tow, both of whom were sent hurdling ten years into the future. In the intervening years, Olsen was presumed dead by many despite the claims by Superman and the original Flash, Jay Garrick, that he was alive but "lost" in the "Speedforce".

In 1962, both Clariss and Olsen emerged, with Olsen claiming to have been unconscious throughout his trip into the "Speedforce". After a year spent readjusting to a world that had progressed a decade without him, Olsen returned to work at the Daily Planet, married teacher Linda Lee Danvers (a cousin of friend and long time fellow Daily Planet reporter, Clark Kent), and resumed life, despite the hardships. Many years later, Olsen would confess to having many emotional and mental turmoils adjusting to the new world, including nervous breakdowns and bouts of alcoholism. He credited his recovery to the support of his friends, and especially his wife Linda.

The last major news story that he broke was that of his 1995 expose of Project Cadmus, which had illegally harvested the DNA of the deceased Superman and clandestinely cloned him, without knowledge or orders from higher-ups. This resulted in international outcry, a widely publicized Congressional investigation, the arrest of all members involved, including Director Amanda Waller, and the discovering Project Cadmus' other attempts to clone superpowered individuals, human and alien.

Olsen died in 2014, with the chronological age of 87, but a biological age of 77. He is survived by his daughter, Karen, and several grandchildren.


I know it's a bit ironic to take Jimmy out of most of the 1950's, where he had many of his most (in)famous Silver Age stories, but I wanted to do something a little bit different. Worldbuild further, develop some internal ideas (such as ITTL's initial SSSV, him ending up with Supergirl who also was displaced...in a way, allude to how Conner Kent ended up being created etc.), and so forth. Tell me what you think.
 
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Alex Richards

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I do like the implication that Superman's identity as Clark Kent just isn't a known thing in this world even now.

26,000 dead would be easy enough to slip an additional name into after all.
 

Nofix

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I do like the implication that Superman's identity as Clark Kent just isn't a known thing in this world even now.

26,000 dead would be easy enough to slip an additional name into after all.
Some heroes come forward, some have it leaked, and some manage to keep it well hidden long after the fact.
 

Meppo

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((I would like to thank @Alexander Helios, Zhukov and @Gonzo for helping me out with info on the Napoleon-Toussaint relationship and giving suggestions for the map respectively. Thank you all!

I feel like this took way longer than it should have, but I got driven off to dacha and then got very sick, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯))

In many ways, Napoleon Bonaparte and Toussaint Louverture were practically made from the same mold - they were men of low birth who, wielding great ambition and perseverance, rose to the highest stations available to them, taking every opportunity that came across them to achieve their vision, even despite their oft-contradictory attitudes. It is unsurprising, then, that Toussaint, was nicknamed "Napoléon Noir" by people who had the chance to observe his military skill first-hand, and it is even less surprising that both Toussaint and Napoleon immediately recognized each other's capabilities. Amidst the turmoil surrounding the downfall of slavery in Saint-Domingue, Napoleon sought to keep France's most profitable colony by tempering Toussaint Louverture's ambition and affirming the territory's autonomy; Toussaint, in turn, wanted to assure Napoleon of his loyalty and be personally assured of his domain's safety from metropolitan troops. In 1800, Napoleon sent a flattering letter to Toussaint confirming the metropole's "great confidence" in one of France's finest generals and citizens, and stating his hopes for Toussaint to "promote agriculture" and "enlarge the glory and possessions of the Republic". Historians conclude that this letter would prevent the invasion of Santo Domingo that Toussaint Louverture had been planning for so long, and ultimately bring an end to the violence that had plagued Saint-Domingue for so long. From then on, Toussaint Louverture would maintain a steadfast loyalty to the French nation, in exchange for little to no interference from the metropole unless specifically requested and "agreeable" commissioners. As remaining independentist sentiment was pacified and war with Great Britain erupted once more, Toussaint was given effective control over the larger, but less densely settled colony of Louisiana as its military protector and de facto Governor-General.

This transition of power was not without problems, however, as whites and creoles in New Orleans took issue with Toussaint Louverture wielding such power over New France. Although Napoleon wrote to Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte that "[Toussaint] would be little more than New France's gendarme" and Toussaint Louverture professed his compliance with Napoleon's wishes, he sought to actively govern New France, developing various industries in Saint-Domingue to make the island self-sufficient, inviting migrants - mainly non-planters or slaveholders, that is - to settle in Upper Louisiana, strengthening Saint-Domingue and Louisiana's economic ties, and taking steps to limit the New Orleans slave trade, earning him the ire of wealthy sugarcane planters and frequent civil disturbance. Numerous letters were sent to Paris, requesting that Toussaint be recalled; these were usually ignored, given Toussaint Louverture's expert manipulation of the various colonial factions and the heavy burden of the war in Europe. Toussaint's compromise with Napoleon did see the return of several former foes, namely Rigaud supporters Alexandre Petion and Jean-Pierre Boyer, who quickly acquainted themselves with the gens de couleur of New Orleans and felt obliged to stymie Toussaint Louverture's control over New France.

As the War of the Sixth Coalition drew to a close, the New French colonial government distanced itself from the metropole, and the carefully crafted independence would eventually become part of New French law in May 1814, as the realm's varied political establishment opposed the Bourbon Restoration. Although New Orleans was fraught with rumors that Napoleon would escape to Louisiana and rebuild his empire on American soil - and that Jean Lafitte was already on his way to Elba to rescue the Emperor - the Constitutional Convention of 1814, mainly represented by white planters and gens de couleur from both Louisiana and Saint-Domingue, would ultimately establish a republic. As the esteemed Governor-General of New France, a man of strong democratic inclinations, a man who was palatable to both the sugarcane planter in New Orleans and the black artisan in Le Cap, Alexandre Petion was easily elected the first President of New France.



The French presence just across the Mississippi River, coupled with an "unpredictable" ex-slave insurrection leader as the colony's leader, frightened the American public. President Thomas Jefferson, who sought to wrest control of the Mississippi River from Paris, found his plans routed by the pacification of Saint Domingue and Toussaint's appointment to Governor-General and was particularly alarmed about reports of New France's colonial military reform. Toussaint Louverture did not plan to invade the United States, viewing it as an unnecessary and troublesome venture; regardless, the South exploded with fearmongering, with pamphlets spread from Knoxville to Richmond presenting the terrible vision of an army of Napoleonic brigands and black mercenaries marching towards Washington D.C., leaving behind plundered plantations and famished families facing the wrath of savage slaves. While such sentiments would calm down in a few months, continued border skirmishes between American and Louisianan settlers (more often than not accidental despite press reporting otherwise) did not ease relations between the two governments. Along with the Embargo of 1807 and its devastating effects on the Northeast, the Mississippi border skirmishes provided a surge of support for the otherwise moribund Federalists, with Alexander Hamilton and the party's rapidly modernizing press system attacking the Jefferson administration's policies as weak, destructive, Francophilic and anti-American, their ultimate result being the ruination of America's developing industry and eventual loss of independence. This scathing criticism of Jefferson's presidency did not make the Federalist Party more popular than their Republican foes, but it did give them control of the White House once it became clear just who did the congressional caucus nominate.

 
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Nofix

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Jack Napier, better known as Joker (or sometimes The Joker), was an American businessman, gangster, and supervillain operating out of Gotham City, New Jersey. Napier was born in Motor, Iowa to farming parents, who relocated first to Camden, New Jersey, and then later to Gotham City, where they would spend the rest of their lives as factory workers. Little is known about his life prior to his arrival to Gotham. His father is believed to have died from complications regarding syphilis around 1910, and his mother from suicide in 1914.

As a teenager, Napier often got involved in fights with teachers and other students, being expelled twice before his mother's death. From then on, he picked up odd jobs and performed minor thefts for neighborhood gangs until around 1921, when he was believed to have joined the original Red Hood Gang, where he would rise up in prominence over the next several years. As a grunt, he was responsible for transporting copious amounts of alcohol, drugs, and money throughout the city of Gotham. During this time he made many friends and contacts within the Red Hood Gang, their distributors, and in the Gotham City Police Department. Despite committing brutal assaults and murders in broad daylight, at times undisguised by his gang's signature red hoods, he was never arrested or formally charged, even as other members were.

By 1937, he is believed to have become the undisputed boss of the Red Hood Gang, after many of the old guard were arrested by the Gotham Police (headed by a new Commissioner, Jim Gordon), died in shootouts with the police, or were assassinated by rival gangs hoping to make a move on their turf. At this time, Napier was publicly known as a businessman dealing with expensive imported clothes, watches, and various novelty toys for children. Those who did know his identity as a major crime boss were either killed, often in brutal ways, or left terrified into silence.

The next year, he became involved in a gang war with the Falcone Crime Family, headed by then-patriarch Carmine Falcone, that resulted in hundreds dead or wounded, mostly civilian casualties. In 1940, during a confrontation with the original Batman, who declared war on all crime in Gotham, and set his sights on the Red Hoods, Napier fell in a vat of chemicals at the Ace Chemical Processing Plant, where he was believed to have died. Months later he re-emerged, body bleached white and face trapped in a permanent smile, and took back control of the Red Hoods, then in disarray without him.

Napier, now calling himself the Joker, turned his attentions from money and power into a war against all those who had wronged him or the Red Hoods, from Batman, who had left him scarred and deformed, to the police, the judicial system, and the Falcones (whose leader, Carmine, he personally killed with the same chemical he was tossed into, leaving him dead with the same smile that the Joker held). While Napier's last two years as leader of the Red Hoods saw them establish themselves as Gotham's most violent, feared, depraved, and dangerous gang, a reputation shared by Napier, they also completely alienated the public, other gangs, and even members within the gang, many of whom committed suicide rather than risk displeasing Napier. In March of 1942, during a scuffle with Batman, Napier accidentally impaled himself with his own knife and bled to death before the police could arrest him.

Prior to his transformation into the Joker, Napier was known as a quiet and unglamorous man. As a crime boss, he rarely wore any flashy clothes or expensive jewelry, rarely smoked, and never drank. Despite this, he was known to have a fearsome temper, beating members unconscious in front of others as an example. His few years as the Joker saw him as his most cruel and deranged, leaving behind a trail of bodies both as a warning to the world, and just for the sadistic pleasure that the actions brought him. While only known as the Joker for a couple years, his actions and reputation as the Clown Prince of Crime left a permanent mark on Gotham City. Several gangs in the decade since have called themselves the Red Hoods, none of which were ever as successful as Napier's gang. More infamously, several criminals in Gotham have appropriate the names Red Hood and Joker for their own benefits, ranging from petty thieves, public nuisances, bank robbers, crime bosses, and serial killers. Some have used the Joker as an image representing anarchy and nihilism, positively or negatively.

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Blackentheborg

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Americans had been through quite a bit. Leftists and anti-government sympathisers were rounded up by McCarthy, the KKK was federalised by Stephenson, their cities got seared by Cubans and their own boys got atomised while fighting in Viet Nam. The former director of FBI making his moves for a third term on the back of gouging out the only major opposition whilst ignoring all those students he ordered gunned down was, maybe, was the straw that broke the camels back. Americans on a whole may have not agreed with the fact that punk kids who smoked pot and fucked like rabbits were now in charge, but the former and the latter both agreed with each other on the golden rule; there could never, ever be another Nixon, so they reluctantly accepted the reforms that came their way.

1st elected Administrative Council of the United States of America, 1972- ███
Billy Clinton - President
Afeni Shakur - Vice President
Fred Hampton - State Chairman
Herman Daly - Chairman of Economic Maintenance
Fannie Lou Hamer - Chairwoman of Domestic Justice
Barbara Jordan - Chairwoman of the Law
Howard Machtinger - Chairman of Education
George McGovern - Chairman of the National Food Cooperative Network
Max Yasgur - Chairman of Farmland and Agriculture
Bill Fesperman - Regional Convener of the Peoples Congress
 

Meppo

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A slightly sillier infobox based off rvbomally's scenario Old Hickory Cut Down, which in itself is based on Hnau's successful Jackson assassination TL.

The Roman War of Independence (Italian: Guerra d'indipendenza romana), also called the Franco-Roman War, the One Month War or the Roman Crisis of 1849, was waged by the Second French Republic against the Roman Republic, a revolutionary state that was previously founded on 9 February 1849 by the Costituente Romana, founded in the wake of liberal protests in the Papal States and Pius IX's self-imposed exile.



Without consulting his ministers, Prince-President Louis Napoleon sent an expeditionary force to Rome in order to restore the temporal power of the Holy See, a move which was extremely popular with Catholics, but angered the more liberal republicans. On 25 April, 10,000 French soldiers led by General Charles Oudinot landed at Civitavecchia, while 4,000 Spanish soldiers marched north from Gaeta, where Pius IX had made his refuge. Giuseppe Garibaldi's fateful arrival to Rome emboldened Republican forces, who routed Oudinot's forces on 30 April.

Giuseppe Mazzini and French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps's attempt to sign a ceasefire was denunciated by Louis Napoleon, as he sought to achieve total destruction of the revolutionary regime. Hostilities would resume in May, as Oudinot's army, reinforced by Spanish soldiers and Sicilian volunteers, marched towards Rome. In an unexpected move, however, American President Theodore Frelinghuysen – a Northern Whig and pious humanitarian – declared his tacit support for the Roman cause, sending a squadron of warships under Commodore Perry's command towards the western coast of the Roman state.

As USS Mississippi stopped by the mouth of the Tiber in late May and American soldiers lent their arms to the defense of Rome, Louis Napoleon was increasingly anxious to continue the war, and a peace treaty would eventually be brokered on 12 June 1849, affirming the Roman Republic's independence. The war would solidify the military alliance between the Roman Republic and the Kingdom of Sardinia, though the Republic's financial issues would see them become heavily reliant on Turin for survival. As per the conditions of the Treaty of Forli, the Triumvirate would invite the Pope to take refuge in a portion of the city surrounding St. Peter's Basilica, an offer which the increasingly reactionary Pius IX would refuse. Louis Napoleon's withdrawal from Rome would damage his popularity with Roman Catholics, setting the stage for the Crisis of 1850. Frelinghuysen's decision to intervene in an European war caused uproar in the United States and abroad, with Roman Catholic riots occurring in New York City and Southern congressmen denouncing Frelinghuysen's flagrant disregard for the Monroe Doctrine. While Frelinghuysen would continue to support subsequent liberal revolutions in Europe, his outreach would be limited by Congress and he would eventually be defeated in the 1852 presidential election.
 
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Meppo

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Decided to do a few infoboxes for @Ephraim Ben Raphael's EEUSG entry, Republic of Chile.



Carlos Fernando Flores Labra (born January 9, 1943) is a Chilean engineer, entrepreneur, politician and political theorist serving as the Chairman of the Strategic Long Range Planning Committee since 11 October 1991. From 17 August 1975 until his formal resignation, Fernando Flores served as Chile's 29th and final President. Along with Stafford Beer, Flores is considered one of the primary architects behind the Synco network and the Syntegration theory, which he would implement following the 1991 constitutional referendum.

Spanning more than four decades, Fernando Flores's political career began with his 1972 appointment as Minister of Finance by President Salvador Allende; the then 29-year-old engineer took quickly to government service and became one of the President's closest allies, overseeing the creation and development of Project Cybersyn. In the aftermath of the September 1973 coup and the beginning of civil war, Flores was captured by General Augusto Pinochet's forces and tortured; however, he was able to escape by January 1974 and take control of the Synco network, demonstrating its military potential by co-ordinating Allendist forces in the battlefield and turning the tide of the war against the Conservatives. Following Salvador Allende's assassination, Fernando Flores stepped up to take the reins of power; as the President of a formally Marxist republic, he would spend much of his tenure shepherding economic reforms, pursuing an independent, unaligned foreign policy and expanding Synco's reach, allowing Chile to weather the 1980s economic crisis. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Flores would oversee the transition of Chile from a Marxist dictatorship to the world's first Syntegration state, abolishing traditional political offices and elections.

To this day, Fernando Flores remains a controversial figure, with supporters praising his effective stewardship of the Chilean state and its transformation into an independent, sovereign, democratic regional power. Conversely, Flores has been labelled a dictator and authoritarian leader by a number of academic and political observers, citing pervasive censorship and mass surveillance as well as the Syntegration government's strained relationship with opposition.

The National Population Sample of Chile (Spanish: Muestra de Población Nacional de Chile) is the legislative branch of government of the Republic of Chile and the highest constitutional organ. Founded on 22 October 1991 in accordance with the 1991 Chilean Constitution, the unicameral National Population Sample replaced the National Congress of Chile; it is composed of 100 members, which are chosen at random by the Synconet Computer System from the population to serve one-year terms, a manner which, according to the Chilean government, is designed to prevent the formation of a "parasitic political class". While members of the legislature frequently associate with political parties, the National Population Sample is officially nonpartisan.
 
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