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The Indian presidential election, 1982 was a momentous election. After the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1976, in a period in which she temporarily established what can only be called a dictatorship, Sanjay Gandhi, her son, succeeded her. He ruled India with an iron fist. In 1977, he amended the Indian constitution to make it semi-presidential, with himself as President; in the 1977 presidential election, the first presidential election to be popularly held, he was the one and only candidate due to the continued imprisonment of political opponents, which meant that despite his unpopularity he was able to win the election. In the five years of his presidency, he declared President's Rule in every non-Congress government in India, and despite the resultant protests his rule continued. Corruption increased to never before seen extremes. Most controversially, he spearheaded a campaign of forced sterilization, primarily vasectomy. In many cases, botched sterilizations resulted in deaths, and in others children were even sterilized. It is estimated that twenty million people were sterilized during Sanjay's reign of terror.

Come the 1982 election, Sanjay was massively unpopular. In 1981, a protest in Amritsar led to the killing of one thousand people by the Indian military under Sanjay's orders; when word got out, it was much compared to the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre by the British Raj. This "Second Jallianwala Bagh" initiated a series of protests across India against "Sanjay the Britisher", which ended in violence in many cases. Though Sanjay desired to delay the 1982 election, many of his sycophantic advisors told him that the people of India still loved him and an election would reveal this, putting an end to the protests of a "small minority".

It was in this authoritarian atmosphere that the 1982 election occurred. Though most expected Sanjay to be the sole candidate, Nehru's sister and Sanjay's great aunt Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and a person known for opposing Indira's authoritarianism, signed up as a candidate with the election commission. While the Election Commissioner was appointed by Sanjay, he accepted Vijaya's candidacy despite this. Today, he claims he did so to save Indian democracy, but others point to other things. A few days after accepting Vijaya as a candidate, he placed fifty crores into his bank account; this, many believe, was a bribe paid by Vijaya and others in return for accepting her candidacy.

But nevertheless, Vijaya was a candidate, and though Sanjay had her arrested and imprisoned immediately upon learning of her candidacy, he could not remove her from the ballot. He was nevertheless told by his advisors that Vijaya was a non-entity, and that he was popular. And so the 1982 election went on.

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The results surprised almost everyone. Vijaya swept every state and union territory in India, and she won 73.4% of the vote. Sure, the Indian people didn't know a thing about her, but they were willing to vote for anyone not named Sanjay Gandhi. Sanjay, astonished, was forced to step down after such a landslide, and so with that Vijaya took her oath.

Immediately, she freed political prisoners, nullified Emergency decrees, dissolved Parliament, and held a general election.
 

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The Indian general election of 1982 was held after the removal of Sanjay Gandhi in the 1982 presidential election. After Vijaya became president, she put an end to the Emergency, freed political prisoners, and held a general election. She appointed Morarji Desai, an old and experienced opposition leader, to serve as caretaker PM until the next election. The campaign proved to be an exhausting one for all involved. Immediately Sanjay led his party furiously, deriding Vijaya as a weak, insolent leader who desired to restore feudalism as well as a variety of other things.

The freed opposition quickly unified as the Indian Democratic Revolutionary Party (IDRP), which sought to restore Indian democracy and remove Sanjay's constitutional amendments. Polls suggested it had a considerable lead even beforehand. But its lead intensified further when Jagjivan Ram, a cabinet minister who had been in every Congress government since the days of Nehru, left the Congress party and formed his own Indian National Congress (Democratic). He took with him most of the Scheduled Caste MPs who had previously supported the Congress party, as well as most of the state organizations in Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh. Furthermore, he challenged Sanjay's claim to the Congress name, forcing his faction to adopt the name Indian National Congress (Sanjay). Jagjivan aligned his party with the IDRP, and he cited constant wiretapping as the reason he did not speak up against Sanjay; this was accepted by most members of the IDRP. He organized ticket arrangements with the IDRP to ensure there would be no vote cancellation. Furthermore, the Communist Party aligned with the IDRP, as did the Marxists.

Furthermore, Sanjay proved to be an abysmal campaigner, giving horrendous, clearly scripted speeches where his mother would have electrified crowds. The victims of his forced sterilization campaign heckled him at every point on the campaign trail, people regularly chanted "Sanjay go home" at him, and he faced three assassination attempts; his attempts to garner the sympathy vote likewise failed.

As the election played out, it became increasingly clear that Sanjay was about to be defeated. But the scale of his defeat is one which none could have predicted.

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The Sanjay Congress was reduced to twenty-seven seats, and these seats were won due to a few factors - vote splitting between anti-Sanjay candidates and, in Tamil Nadu, fearmongering over the Democrats reimposing Hindi. Sanjay was defeated even in his own constituency. It was, in short, a massively humiliating electoral result. In contrast, the Democratic alliance won, in total, 467 seats - enough to reshape India as they seemed fit. It was the sort of electoral result that would have left even Nehru and Indira agape at shock if they had won by such a margin. Furthermore, seat arrangements meant that the aligned Marxists won 35 seats - more than, incidentally, the Sanjay Congress.

At a meeting of the newly elected Democratic allied MPs, its members voted for Jagjivan Ram to be prime minister over anyone else, even passing by IDRP figures like Charan Singh and Morarji Desai. And so, it was he who became the first true non-Congress figure to become PM. It was he who was to lead India after its so-called "second independence"; it was he who was to return India to normalcy and democracy.

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I calculated this using OTL's 1977 returns. Here are my calculations for seat totals for everyone including minor parties. Note that both the BLD and the NCO are both part of the IDRP above.


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The first election in Britain after the Popular Revolution and the subsequent ratification of a codified Constitution, the 1829 election is notable for a great number of reasons, but it is specifically in the Grand Division of Finsbury East that history was made. Ram Mohan Roy, an Indian and a Hindu, was elected as an MP; he was the first Hindu Member of Parliament in British history. This election was held in the atmosphere of fear after the Popular Revolution, with many worried that the new regime would collapse and bring about a reign of terror. Ram Mohan Roy, who strongly supported the Popular Revolution and travelled to Britain in the hopes that its new government would be more sympathetic towards Indian interests, was enlisted as an MP by radical philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who believed his presence in Parliament would erode racism in Britain and also enable the creation of good government in India. He was already well-respected by many Britons for his establishment of the Brahmo Samaj, a Hindu-Unitarian Christian syncretic sect, which many hoped would inaugurate a reformation of Hinduism bringing it towards Christian lines. As such, both Whigs and Radicals were quick to endorse his candidacy in Finsbury East despite their increasingly antagonistic relations, and Ram Mohan Roy's rhetoric was as such that it could be taken as an endorsement of both Whig and Radical policies. Furthermore, when he was accosted over his religion, he was quick to praise Jesus and talk in such a manner that he gave the impression he was simply a Unitarian Christian from India. His race was generally a focal point for curiosity more than hate, and many of those who did hate Indians nevertheless viewed Ram Mohan Roy as a "credit to his race". Furthermore, Finsbury East was a generally Radical district, and despite Tory attempts, with a level of success, to stop registration of their opponents, it wasn't enough to stop Ram Mohan Roy from winning.

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However, in Parliament, Ram Mohan Roy was quickly frustrated. His opinions were frequently dismissed over his race. This combined with the already chaotic nature of the post-revolutionary parliaments made his tenure in Parliament frustrating. Nevertheless, for his three-year term, he was successful in making sure the India Act 1831 established a partially-elective sixteen-man Legislative Council, as well as a Charter of Rights which, though not as comprehensive as the British Charter of Liberties and Securities, did enshrine trial by jury and freedom of the press. He also pushed, proposed, and had passed an anti-sati act which officially banned the practice; its language was later integrated into the Indian Criminal Code. Nevertheless, Ram Mohan Roy was frustrated, and after his term was up he travelled to the United States to meet Unitarians there before finally coming home to India, where he established a society to spread literacy and ran it until his death in 1842.
 

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After the Popular Revolution, in which the British government was unseated by a rebellious mob and King Frederick fled the British Isles for Hanover, a provisional Convention Parliament was convened by Whig Members of Parliament, with an expanded form of the existing elected system. The Convention Parliament turned out to be a massively chaotic affair. Though it initially had a Radical majority, the Radicals proved to be a motley mess of people following virtually every ideology imaginable only united in the belief of some level of electoral reform. It took the radical-leaning Mountain Whigs to temporarily unify the Whigs with some number of Radicals to create a majority. Ultimately, by sidestepping the issue of the monarch by electing a provisional "Chief Magistrate" to exercise the duties of the Crown, they proved able to pass two acts of legislation - a Charter of Liberties and Securities, and a Frame of Government Act. The Charter reiterated many traditional freedoms and also expanded various rights - freedom of speech and the press, for instance, was now codified and expanded, while religious liberty was now theoretically expanded to all people regardless of religion and civil disabilities were abolished.

The Charter proved a massively contentious issue at first. Tories attacking the new regime, as well as some opposition radicals, called it the "Little Charter", in contrast to the Magna Carta, and they called it inspired by the "Jacobin" Declaration of Rights of Man. In contrast, Charter supporters stated that it was merely a consolidation and expansion of the traditional rights of freeborn Englishmen. It would take the end of the post-revolutionary tumult for the Charter to become one of the most well-respected laws in British history.

Charter of Liberties and Securities of Freeborn Subjects
Intituled, an Act Declaring the Civil and Religious Liberties of Freeborn Subjects of the Crown, and to secure and render more effectual certain acts of the fifteenth year of the reigns of King John, and of the first year of King Edward the First, and of the fourth year of King Charles the First, and of the fifteenth year of King Charles the Second, and of the first year of King William and Queen Mary, and to prohibit their encroachment and extirpation.



Whereas the security, civil and religious liberty, and preservation of property are necessary for the prosperity of the governed;

And Whereas governments which ignored the liberties of freeborn subjects did extirpate the life, liberty, and property of their subjects, terrorize the people, and form tyrannies of the sword;

And Whereas the liberties of freeborn subjects must be made secure to prohibit their encroachment and extirpation by the government;

And Whereas by an act made in the fifteenth year of the reign of King John intituled 'The Great Charter of the Liberties of England,' it is declared and enacted the rights and liberties of all the Freemen of our Realm;

And Whereas by an act made in the first year of the reign of King Edward the First, the freedom of elections from outside disturbance;

And Whereas by an act made in the fourth year of King Charles the First intituled “The Petition Exhibited to His Majesty by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in this present Parliament assembled concerning divers Rights and Liberties of the Subjects , with the King's Majesty's royal answer thereunto in full Parliament” sundry unlawful acts were condemned and divers rights and liberties were upheld, according to the laws and statutes of the realm;

And Whereas by an act made in the fifteenth year of King Charles the Second intituled “An Act for the better securing the Liberty of the Subject, and for Prevention of Imprisonment beyond the Seas” the security of the person from arbitrary government was assured, except in cases of emergency declared by Parliament;

And Whereas by an act made in the first year of the reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled “An Act declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and settling the Succession of the Crown”, subjects were vindicated and assured their rights and liberties;

And Whereas by an act made in the first year of the reign of King William and Queen Mary, intituled “An Act for Exempting their Majesties Protestant Subjects dissenting from the Church of England from the Penalties of certain Laws”, the restraints of the governors on the ability of a person to instruct his fellow persons on religious duties were excised;

And Whereas the abdication of the late King James the Second did confirm the ancient right of the liberty of the press;

And Whereas divers Liberties and Securities are granted by the Forces of the Common Law and Custom of Time Immemorial;

And Whereas the Liberties and Securities of Freeborn Subjects ought to be consolidated into a single Charter for the Benefit of the People;

The Parliament of the British Isles in 1829, January 24, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords and Commons and the Assent of the Chief Magistrate, recognizes these Liberties and Securities as Integral to the Law of Land of the British Isles:

Right to Life, Liberty, and Property


General Right

All Persons have the right to life, liberty and property, and no person shall be deprived of either but by the due process of law and, if it be lawful, the judgement of his peers.

Habeas Corpus

All persons shall be allowed to exercise the right to habeas corpus as declared by the act intituled “An Act for the better securing the Liberty of the Subject, and for Prevention of Imprisonment beyond the Seas”, and this right shall not be suspended except by Act of Parliament in such time as there is actual invasion or rebellion on the soil of the British Isles.

Right to Work only with Consent

No person shall have services extracted on the soil of the British Isles without a written acknowledgement thereof, and this acknowledgement shall require assent from the person thereof except in cases of imprisonment.

Right against Unreasonable Searches

All persons have the right to be secure from all unreasonable searches, in their person, house, paper, and possessions; and all warrants shall therefore be supported by oath or affirmation, and shall have cause or foundation, accompanied by a special designation of the persons or objects of search, arrest or seizure, and shall be only issued by a Judge in cases and formalities prescribed by the law.

Property Rights

All persons have a sacred and inviolable right to their property, and a person may only be alienated with his property with his consent, except for public use and not without just compensation, and all injury and damage done to property is an offence.

Right to bear arms

Subjects of the British Isles may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law;

Right against Forced Quartering

No person shall be required, without their consent, to receive soldiers in their houses, except in times of rebellion or invasion by order of a civil magistrate, in a manner prescribed by parliament.

Rights of the Accused
Presumption of Innocence

Every person is innocent, whose crime has not been proven.

Access to Justice

To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

Proportionality of Fines

A person shall not be amerced for a small offence, but only according to the degree of the offence; and for a great crime according to the heinousness of it.

Double Jeopardy

No person shall be subject for the same offence, to be twice put in jeopardy of life and limb.

Right to Silence and against Self-Incrimination

All persons have the right to silence in a trial, be they witness or accused, and no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.

Right to Counsel

All persons accused of a crime shall have the right to assistance of counsel for their defence, and all indictments shall be presented to the accused.

Right against Retroactive Punishment

No person shall be ruled guilty unless their acts were a crime by the law of the land at the time of their acts.

Definition of Treason

No person shall be convicted of treason without them having been proven guilty of levying war against the British Isles, or in adhering to its enemies, given them aid and comfort, and no person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses, or on a confession in an open court.

Right to Juries in High Crimes

No Person shall be held to Answer for a High Crime unless on the Indictment of a Jury except in Impeachments, or Cases Arising in Land and Naval Forces, or in Times of Public Danger.

Rights of the Imprisoned
Right to fair Punishment

No Person shall be required Excessive Bail, nor be imposed Excessive Fines, nor be inflicted Cruel and Unusual Punishments.

Investigation of Mistreatment

All Courts of Law, and all Local Magistrates, shall investigate all Gaols in their Jurisdiction to Investigate for Mistreatment, and they shall investigate all Deaths and Serious Injuries in Gaols for Mistreatment, and their Findings shall be Published in a freely distributed Register.

Right to Trial by Jury
General Right

For all Persons the Right of Trial by Jury, duly Impaneled and Returned, shall be Preserved for all Areas and Cases where it has Force of Law.

Composition of Lists of Freeholders

Lists of Freeholders, of all subjects whose habitation is in the jurisdiction of the court, are composed and framed by the local magistrate, and from such a list, excluding those disqualified by the law or habituated distantly from the court, the sheriff or agent thereof selects Veniremen by lot.

Petty Juries

Petty Juries are selected by lot from a List of Veniremen and are summoned to a court of law by the local magistrate to decide on all matters of the fact of a case, and no judge may rule contrary to the ruling of a jury.

Selection of Grand Juries

Grand Juries are selected by the local magistrate from the list of freeholders of the jurisdiction, and are summoned to a court of law by the local magistrate to find evidence for a case and accuse a person of a crime.

Secrecy of Jury Conferences

Juries meet secretly in conference without the presence of any person not a juryman, and the judge and jury are obligated to keep out all unauthorized persons from the conference.

Criminality of Interference in a Jury

The interference of a judge, magistrate, or any other functionary in the matters of a jury by punishment, or intimidation, or otherwise, is an offence.

Consecutive Restriction

Jurymen shall serve for no more than four consecutive juries.

Renumeration

To insure a fair compensation for time spent, jurymen shall be paid an appropriate renumeration.

Rights of Parliament
Holding of Parliament

For redress of all grievances, and for the amending, strengthening and preserving of the laws, Parliaments ought to be held frequently.

Summoning of Parliaments

The Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons shall be summoned by writs of elections.

Powers of Taxation

No tax shall be imposed, unless by the general council of the kingdom.

Raising a Standing Army

The raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless with the consent of Parliament, is against law.

Religious Liberty
Freedom of Worship

All persons are free to worship God in the manner most agreeable to their own conscience, and no person shall be troubled, molested, or discountenanced in any way by the authorities of the state for their religious profession or sentiments, provided he does not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in his religious worship.

Non-discrimination in Government

No person shall be prohibited for their religious sentiments, or required to swear a condemnation thereof, or be induced to follow the doctrine, discipline, or practice of a religious order, to serve as a Member of Parliament, or an agent of the crown, or a judge, or any place, trust, or employment relating to the government of the realm or any city, county, borough, or cinque port.

Freedom of Speech and Conscience
General Right

All persons are free to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to their conscience, through all peaceable means they see fit.

Criminality of Libel and exciting Violation of the Law

Legal proceedings for speech or writing is not permitted except for an injury to the reputation of any persons by false imputations, for the purpose of the reparation of those so injured, and for anything expressed for the purpose of exciting persons to violate the law.

Right of Assembly
General Right

All persons have the right to assemble, except in cases endangering the public peace.

Cases for Dissolution

The right to assemble cannot be suspended except by a proclamation ordering peaceful dispersal read by a local magistrate, and this proclamation shall be printed and distributed with the date, and the assembly shall disperse in no less than an hour after the proclamation, and all rioters who fail to disperse may be charged with an offence, and force of any species shall not be used except to respond in kind.

Investigations

All deaths and serious injuries from the dispersal of an assembly shall be investigated by courts of law for unlawful action, and their findings shall be published in a freely distributed Register.

Right to Censure the Government
General Right

All persons have the right to censure their governors, to judge their actions, and their judgements and grievances may peaceably expressed as they see fit.

Right to examine governmental proceedings

All persons have the right to examine the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament and of the judiciary, without restrictions except in cases of emergency mandating secrecy, and Parliament and the courts shall allow free admittance of the public to their sessions with limits set by law, and the register of the Realm shall be published in a Gazette distributed to all towns and counties in the British Isles.

List of the Imprisoned

The names of all persons deprived of liberty by imprisonment shall be posted on the door of the judicial building in which they were so sentenced, and on the door of the prison, and in a freely distributed register.

Liberty of the Press

All persons are at liberty to distribute their judgements on the actions of the government freely through the press, without the imposition of national gagging, with species of licensing and duties.

Right to Petition

All persons have the right to petition the chief magistrate or a Member of a House of Parliament for a redress of grievances.

Freedom of Election
General Freedom

Elections ought to be free, without the interference of all undue influences from power, bribery, tumult, or other improper conduct, and no person by force of arms, malice, menacing, or otherwise, shall disturb any elector in their use of the privilege of suffrage, and all hindrance is repugnant to the constitution.

Investigations of Fraud

All elections shall be investigated for fraud and corruption, and if undue influences are proven, the persons responsible shall be charged for their offence against the law and constitution.

Sources:
  • Magna Carta
  • Statute of Westminster 1275
  • Petition of Right
  • Habeas Corpus Act 1679
  • Bill of Rights 1689
  • Constitution of Massachusetts 1780
  • American Constitution
  • American Bill of Rights
  • OTL’s Catholic Emancipation Act
  • Jeremy Bentham’s Securities against Misrule

Substantive edits:

July 30, 2020: Changed the language of the Habeas Corpus part to reflect the 1679 Habeas Corpus Act.
August 20, 2020: Added an entire Habeas Corpus section with the language of the 1679 Habeas Corpus Act, as it was sufficiently beloved that I think it would mandate inclusion as such.
August 21, 2020: Removed the Habeas Corpus section and replaced it with a reference to the 1679 Habeas Corpus Act, because it is pretty absurd to include the entire Habeas Corpus Act in this act.
 
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Born into a Mangalorean Catholic family, George Fernandes was originally in training to be a Catholic priest. However, he left after he felt frustrated at its classism, as well as a certain loss of faith. Moving to Bombay in 1949, he met socialist leaders there and increasingly became a trade union leader from the 1950s onwards. Through this, in 1961, he became a member of the Bombay Municipal Corporation. But the moment he was thrust into the national spotlight was in 1967, when he ran for the Lok Sabha in the Bombay South constituency for the Samyutka Socialist Party against the seasoned and popular Congress politician S. K. Patil. The result was a victory for Fernandes. This gave him widespread national attention, and he became the General Secretary of the SSP.

But it was in 1974 that he truly became a force to be reckoned with, when he called for a general strike for the All India Railway Men's Federation, bring India's vast railway network to a sudden halt. Violence associated with it made Prime Minister Indira Gandhi paranoid that he was attempting to assassinate her, and this strike was one of the forces that convinced her to suspend democracy and declare the Indian Emergency. When opposition leaders were being arrested on the night of June 25-26 1975, Fernandes was able to get word of this beforehand and escape the authorities seconds before they could arrest him. In hiding, he engaged in a campaign of bombing railways, procuring dynamite for this purpose. Disguised as a Sikh, he fled across multiple states, ultimately to Saint Paul's Cathedral in Calcutta. However, a police officer was immediately suspicious of this Sikh working in a church, and had him arrested after determining he was Fernandes. Despite open discussion among Indira's government on murdering Fernandes extrajudicially, when the arrest of Fernandes was leaked and world leaders brought attention to this, it became impossible. Instead, he was simply imprisoned and put on trial for his role in allegedly attempting to murder members of the government.

As 1976 continued, Indira was assassinated and her son Sanjay took power. Immediately, he looked at Fernandes as a suspect in that murder and established a lengthy chargesheet. Few lawyers were willing to even touch this case; the only person was a young Sushma Swaraj. She was able to convince the Supreme Court that he had nothing to do with the assassination of Indira. But then Sanjay was quick to bring up a great deal of other charges, namely that Fernandes wanted to murder others and that the bombs were targeted at people. This Fernandes denied, insistent that his bombs only had the goal of property damage in the name of protest. Sushma Swaraj was able to bring about summary dismissals of all of these charges. But slowly, Sanjay enlargened his power. He converted India to a semi-presidential system with himself as president. He intimidated the Supreme Court with his increased powers, successfully getting them to finally rule Fernandes guilty of attempted murder of cabinet ministers, with clearly falsified proof as evidence, with the punishment being death by hanging. And so it was that Fernandes was executed.

Though Sanjay tried to keep word of it under wraps, it was revealed regardless that Fernandes had been executed with dubious evidence. His name quickly became legendary, associated with martyrs of the independence movement. The image of him standing defiant even in death row was popularized and illegally published. It must come to no surprise that upon the end of the Sanjay regime in 1982, the Jagjivan Ram government was quick to give him the Padma Vibhushan, despite some in the Democratic government finding it uncomfortable to give a man associated with violence such a prestigious award. Today, he remains a legendary figure. If Jayaprakash Narayan was the Gandhi of India's "second independence", George Fernandes was its Bhagat Singh - a socialist executed under dubious circumstances who, while deeply beloved for his martyrdom, nevertheless creates a level of discomfort for his willingness to use physical force.
 

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Citizen Foster; or, the Political Intruder is William Johnson’s first novel. It was published in serial form from 1839 to 1841, and was published as a full novel in 1841.

The novel centres around a landowner turned newspaper magnate Charles Foster, and his life from the late eighteenth century to his death in 1835. His newspapers adopt a dramatic number of ideologies dependent on what is popular, from Radicalism to Toryism, each time fetching him vast amounts of wealth and fame, all the while pandering to the bigotries of the unlearned. It follows the dramatic turns of his life, from experiencing the French Revolution to the British Popular Revolution, and each time shows his ability to ingratiate himself with whatever positions would give him the most popularity.

Citizen Foster is noted for its cynical portrayal of the press at a time when such portrayals were uncommon. It was, and still is, viewed as an attack on newspaper magnate William Cobbett (1763-1835), who adopted a similarly variable number of ideologies. Notably, Johnson was unsuccessfully sued for libel in 1840 by Cobbett’s nephew J. A. Cobbett, which gave his series incredible amounts of attention.

Initially it was viewed as a barely concealed political screed against Cobbett and other Tory Radicals. In the volatile post-Popular Revolution climate the novel caused violence, but by the 1850s, this controversy faded away. By the late nineteenth century, it became considered a literary classic, which it remains to this day.

Citizen Foster has been adapted into a variety of different mediums and has been translated into thirty different languages.

Plot

Charles Foster inherits his farm from his father upon his death. After his farm proves increasingly unprofitable, he enlists in the British Army where he learns the techniques of corruption from “the most perfidious of officers” before publishing their misdeeds and adopting radical political views to get money and fame.

When instead he faces wide condemnation from British political class, he flees to France during the French Revolution, and after he found the political situation too messy, he chooses to move to the United States. Here, he immediately abandons his radical politics in favour of more controversial defences of the Federalists and even loyalists to get attention.

When his defences of British actions become famous in Britain and increasingly unpopular in the United States, he moves back before setting up a newspaper funded by the government. Initially the newspaper is pro-government, but then it progressively turns against it as Foster realizes the public mood of discontent with the government. For the next quarter century, he unscrupulously aligns himself with radicalism, as it gives him the most attention and fame. By making his newspaper as cheap as possible, he is able to turn himself into the leader of the radical faction, with his influence even extending into Parliament itself. All the while he continues to pander to other bigotries such as defending the slave trade and attacking Jews, tainting the otherwise pure radical faction with bigotry, but his paper’s influence means the radical faction cannot disavow it.

As the 1820s sees war between Britain and France and turmoil at home, Foster continues his assault on the government, becoming even more popular. When he, along with a variety of other radical figures, gets arrested without legal recourse, it further inflames the British political environment. Foster is able to get himself a fancy prison, far fancier than those of other radicals, all the while claiming to be a living martyr. The suppression of the British government ultimately causes the Popular Revolution in 1827. Foster is freed from his gilded prison and gets elected to the Convention Parliament.

In his role as a member of the Convention Parliament, Foster proves unable to do a thing except acerbically attack his opponents, adding to the uncivility of the era. When the final constitution is unveiled, he criticizes it for granting religious liberty to non-Christians and for being “unmanly” despite it fulfilling much of what he previously fought for. His stance turns much of the British public against the Convention. After it gets passed into law without his help, and after the Radicals and Whigs become unpopular, his newspaper turns against the cause of reform, and Foster leads a number of Radicals into aligning with Tories despite them being the very antithesis of everything he fought for as a Radical. His newspaper’s virulent hatred of the British government directly causes a mob of Orangemen to burn down Parliament, resulting in the loss of a historical wonder. He finally dies in 1835 in his vast mansion, with wealth gained through the most unscrupulous means possible. He is finally given a vast burial into a fancy marble tomb, where he is applauded for his “principles” and “selflessness”.

Reception

Citizen Foster was, upon its first chapters being published, immediately viewed as a political screed against William Cobbett, with the parallels being obvious. As such, it was defended by Radical and Moderate papers while being attacked by Tory ones. Its publishing in Cobbett’s hometown of Farnham caused effigies of Johnson to be lit, and many publishers refused to touch it, citing the controversy. Many reviews focused on Johnson’s support of radical policies, arguing that he viewed Cobbett as a turncoat like many other Radicals and that this book was little more than an attack on him and his fellow Tory Radicals.

The book, even while it was being published as serials, led to Johnson being sued in court by William Cobbett’s nephew J. A. Cobbett for libel. Johnson’s case was funded and defended by many Radicals and Whigs, who understood how libel was used as an excuse by the pre-revolutionary British government to persecute political opponents. Ultimately, the jury ruled Johnson not guilty of libel unanimously, while J. A. Cobbett received criticism even from his own allies for suing Johnson for political reasons.

Reviews softened in the 1850s, after the volatile political climate calmed down. They focused on the quality of its writing and viewed it as a still-relevant critique of unscrupulous elements of the press. From here it became increasingly popular, until by the late nineteenth century it became considered one of the great works of the recent past. More recently, the one-dimensional nature of Charles Foster has received criticism, but it seems Citizen Foster’s stature as a literary classic is unbreakable.
 

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The Radical Party is the oldest current political party in the British Isles. The party espouses the principles of radicalism and sits on the centre-left to left-wing of the political spectrum, while the Moderates sit on the centre to centre-right, the Traditionalists sit on the right-wing, and the Productivists sit on the left-wing. The Radicals are a broad tent, attracting support from a broad base of support. In its long history, it has faced numerous splits, most strikingly the splitting off of the Old Radicals over the increasing influence of social radicalism in 1902.

The name radical comes from the Latin word radix, meaning "root". While its original policy of parliamentary reform can ultimately be rooted in John Lilburne and the Levellers through to John Wilkes, the word radical as it pertains to parliamentary reform comes from a speech made in 1797 by Whig leader Charles James Fox calling for "radical reform of the political system". The radicals as a loosely affiliated parliamentary and extra-parliamentary bloc emerge from this period, but the Radicals as a party only emerged in 1830s in the chaotic post-Popular Revolution climate, when Samuel Whitbread brought his left-leaning Mountain Whigs into coalition with the Humeite Radicals, and specifically it is dated from 1833, after Whitbread's Pall Mall Address created a common platform for Radicals across the country.

The Radicals' major legislative achievements in its long history include the Municipal Reform Act, household suffrage, female suffrage, House of Lords and peerage reform, old-age pensions, universal suffrage, and universal health care. More recently, it has legalized same-sex marriage and has entrenched the Charter of Liberties and Securities and the Frame of Government Act as formal constitutional law.

In the 2017 election, the Radicals won a majority in the House of Commons, gaining a majority government after nine years of Moderate control; however, owing to the staggered nature of Lords elections, it merely won a slim minority in the House of Lords.
 

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Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) was a lawyer who became Ireland's first great nineteenth century political leader.

Born into a wealthy Catholic aristocratic family, he went to college in France in 1791, during the French Revolution. There, as a foreign aristocrat, he was naturally met with suspicion and was forced to flee in 1793. This experience gave him his lifelong aversion to violence. After further legal studies in Britain, he became a lawyer and was called to the Irish Bar, where he quickly became notable owing to his enormous charisma. Here, his aversion to political violence continued when he found the vast amounts of violence of the Great Irish Rebellion (1796-1801) and the French invasion of Ireland disenchanting, fleeing Dublin when it was captured by United Irishmen.

But nevertheless, he did believe in some of the goals of the United Irishmen. He believed in three fundamental principles, ultimately derived from William Godwin's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice - that violence must be avoided because it is inherently evil, that properly-controlled public opinion can achieve any aim, and that civil rights are absolute and universal regardless of religion, race, colour, or condition. He first became a major politician after the passage of Prime Minister Addington's amendments to the Toleration Act in 1813 which gave magistrates wide power to disallow the creation of Dissenter chapels for virtually any reason. Such a law angered Presbyterians across Ireland, particularly in Ulster where they make up a plurality, and O'Connell created the Religious Liberty Association to fight against the law. Despite being a proud and religious Catholic, O'Connell believed in religious liberty and also realized that an attack on the rights of Dissenters would result in an attack on the rights of Catholics. O'Connell led vast, enormous rallies consisting of Catholic, Dissenter, and even some Anglican Irish people against Addington's law which were noted for being peaceful. However, Prime Ministers Addington and later Perceval refused to budge.

With the movement for Dissenter rights connected to the radical movement for parliamentary reform, O'Connell increasingly became connected to the radical movement. He advocated universal male suffrage, but was pragmatic enough to allow for less radical suffrage expansions. As economic malaise, spurred by the Year Without a Summer, continued, the radical movement continued to grow in strength, ending with the Saint Peter's Field Massacre in 1820. This event shocked many, including O'Connell, and spurred him to plan further protests against the British government. However, Perceval succeeded it with the passage of new authoritarian laws, including even the suspension of habeas corpus. When 1821 saw war between France and Britain with the Saint Domingue War of Independence as the spark, O'Connell was one of many voices advocating peace. For this and his radical views, O'Connell was imprisoned with no legal recourse. Ireland in the 1820s was faced with the Great Famine which killed a sixth of the population, as well as the violent Irish Rebellion of 1826 which was rapidly crushed; both of these events saddened O'Connell.

After 1827 and the Popular Revolution, the British government was forced to flee to Hanover and a smattering of Whigs and Radicals took over Britain. They announced a Convention Parliament, where no MP would have to swear an oath. This meant that Convention MPs would not have to be Anglican, and it meant for the first time O'Connell could run for Parliament. He ran for County Clare, where he was elected, and with he became the first Catholic MP. In London, he proved just as charismatic as outside Parliament, and he fought to ensure the eradication of all civil liberties. When various radicals moved to support the Whigs temporarily, O'Connell joined them, and when those same radicals forced the Whigs to accept the consolidation of the constitution, he supported them. He successfully got provisions in the Charter of Liberties and Securities ensuring total religious liberty, as well as the eradication of all civil liberties for all religions. Furthermore, though he made speeches advocating universal male suffrage, he accepted the census suffrage (owning five shillings' worth of property, or living in a property worth more than ten pounds) adopted by the Whig-dominated Writing Committee, and he played a role in its passage. On the question of who would replace Frederick as monarch he was silent, and he accepted Lord Folkestone becoming provisional Chief Magistrate of the British Isles. When the Convention Parliament came to an end, Daniel O'Connell was viewed as a success. He had achieved Catholic emancipation and Jewish emancipation, and he had ensured a sensible compromise between radical and Whig demands.

In the 1829 election, Daniel O'Connell was elected once more to Parliament, where he formed a bloc with aligned Irish MPs fighting for repeal of the Acts of Union between Ireland and Britain. However, as the Whig government fell and Samuel Whitbread's Mountain Whigs formed a tenuous coalition with Humeite Radicals, O'Connell realized this was an opportunity to get better government in Ireland. Forming the Precursor Association, he led vast rallies in the name of better government, and O'Connell was appointed as Attorney-General of Ireland in 1831. When Whitbread's government briefly fell over municipal reform, O'Connell backed him to the hilt. His Irish MPs were at the Reform Club when Whitbread made his famous Pall Mall Address, and in 1834, Whitbread cruised back into office after an election, and O'Connell became Attorney-General once more. These years saw many of the old flaws with Irish governance torn away. However, in 1837, Whitbread's government fell and O'Connell lost his job.

In opposition, O'Connell reawakened the campaign for repeal of the Union, forming the National Association and holding mass rallies across Ireland. With his influence over Radicals as far afield as Britain itself, he was able to make repeal an important issue in the Radical Party. However, the Moderate government of John Russell was opposed to repeal and not so subtlely toyed with anti-Catholicism. After the Radicals led by Wilfrid Lawson won power in the 1846 election, O'Connell was able to finally force the issue of repeal, and Lawson proposed a bill which established a two-tiered Irish legislature subsidiary to the Parliament in London. Despite opposition by some of his supporters, O'Connell rallied his supporters to the bill, and though the so-called Irish Confederation, stringently republican unlike O'Connell, opposed the Irish Legislature Bill as a half-measure, O'Connell got it passed nevertheless, calling it an "instalment" on the way to the restoration of Irish legislative independence. He wanted to run for the Irish Legislature, or the "Restored Parliament" as he called it, but he died soon after. He was buried in Dublin, heralded as a great hero.

Daniel O'Connell is a beloved Irish national hero, referred to as the "Emancipator". He is beloved not only for his work for the people of Ireland, but also for his intense hatred for slavery, refusing to even accept money from American slaveholders because he believed it was tainted. Today there is a great statue of him at College Green, where the Irish Parliament sits.
 

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After seeing this article, I was reminded that I made a couple wikiboxes about Kenya under Indian-led apartheid a while back. The flags I made for them were shit, so here's a better version of it.

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The history of Indians in Kenya is an old one. Even before Portugal's conquest of Goa, Gujarati sailors regularly made trips to Kenya's coast serving under Arab traders, and did the same under Portugal and later Britain. Yet, the history of a large Indian population in Kenya really begins with the attempted creation of the Cape Town-to-Cairo Railroad by the British Empire in the late nineteenth century, a vast project created in part because it would open up British Africa to whites and in part to demonstrate the size of the British Empire. As part of the creation of the railway system, millions of Indians were taken as indentured servants, with their contracts freely bought and sold by British overseers, and exported to Africa. However, even Indians died en masse in disease-ridden parts of Africa, despite the British belief that Indians would be immune. This was an important reason why the project failed. Yet, massive demographics shifts had already taken place and many Indian indentured servants couldn't afford to return to India on their low wages. Therefore, they were forced to make a home away from home so far away.

Temples and mosques were created, Indian communities formed around colonial forts, and the civil service became dominated by shades of brown. In 1898, following cues from the homeland, the Kenyan National Congress (KNC) was created, campaigning for furthering the status of the Indian community. In the First World War, Kenyan Indians signed up for the war effort, strengthening the imperial nature of the Kenyan Indian identity. In 1920, therefore, the Indians were granted seats within the self-governing Parliament. Further political campaigning ensured that Indians gained eight seats compared to eleven white seats, even though in population Indians greatly overshadowed whites. Campaigns by the KNC to enlarge these seats proved failures. Subsequently, radical Indian nationalist parties such as the Ghadar Party saw their support enlargen before they were suppressed by the government. Even after the Second World War, Indian rights were denied. This follows the pattern of other African countries with large Indian minorities, and like them, the KNC began to look for African support. However, this process was reversed by the Mau Mau Rebellion (1952-1960), which saw many high-profile attacks on wealthy Indians by Africans. The result was that Africans became seen by Indians as the "other", and the KNC began sucking up to the whites again. The policy of alag-alag, by which black people could not enter Indian or white areas and black people couldn't even move to other districts without passports, was instituted.

Ultimately, in 1962, full enfranchisement of Indians became law, and in the following year, Kenya became a dominion of the British Empire ironically led by its Indian minority. Subsequently, Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, influenced by a profound sense of "brown guilt", denounced the new Kenyan regime as a fundamentally colonial one, and was joined in this by ethnically Indian leaders in Africa, who generally aligned themselves with the African majority. To Indians in Kenya, this was a severe insult which implicitly compared them to the same British imperialists who arrested and murdered innocent Indians. Nehru signed trade agreements with other African states with substantial and empowered Indian minorities, forming the Erythrean League and the Congress International to further India's interests with East Africa, but was firmly opposed to Kenya's "brown supremacist" government. Thus he worked to isolate it, and it was under Indian tutelage that the Kenyan Democratic Association (KDA), an organization fighting for a fully equal Kenya through peaceful protest, was established. India's isolation of Kenya caused a severe recession, which resulted in the Socialist Party led by Makhan Singh taking power in 1968, which nationalized sectors of the economy in an effort to stop the economic bleeding. This policy proved tremendously unpopular and did little in relieving the economic contraction. Subsequently, his party lost and was replaced by the KNC, led by Chunilal Bhusri, who re-liberalized the economy, resulting in sluggish growth, and attempted to suck up to India, a policy which failed - Nehru's successors Shastri and Indira were both just as, if not even more, opposed to the Kenyan regime than Nehru. Believing republicanism and a new constitution could relieve the trade restrictions, a constituent assembly was assembled in 1976 just prior to the scheduled election. The constitution they ratified was almost identical to the Indian constitution, with some exceptions - it made no reference to equality of races, and it created the classification of a "Kenyan subject", who were denied voting rights and even habeas corpus, which was distinct from the status of "Kenyan citizen". Not surprisingly, all black Kenyans were Kenyan subjects. And with that the Dominion came to an end

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However, India wasn't enthused about its constitution inspiring a blatantly racist regime, and its efforts to isolate Kenya were redoubled. And so, Bhusri established ties to fellow African states ruled by small minorities, such as South Africa, Rhodesia, and the Mozambican State. This helped keep the nation aloft for the rest of the period of minority rule. The Indian-funded protest movement was firmly opposed by the Kenyan government, which worked hard on clamping down on such movements, infamously firing upon a multiracial protest in 1987. Attacks on India became a mainstay of the regime. Bhusri subsequently gave power to his protégé Abdul Majid Cockar, who attempted to satiate Africans with a few black seats, but they were all won by abstentionist KDA candidates, further reducing his regime's legitimacy. His rule proved more dictatorial than before with the passage of an amendment that centralized power in the Prime Minister, as well as the execution of KDA leaders. The result was that the KDA discarded Gandhian protest as a strategy in favour of launching armed resistance, at one point even bombing the Kenyan Parliament (albeit with a weak bomb, at a time when no one was in it - it served more as a display of force than an attempt to murder). In 1997 the KNC ceased to hold confidence in Cockar, ordering him replaced by Iqbal Murumbi, a half-black advocate for universal suffrage. Subsequently, in 1998, he passed a constitution which turned universal suffrage into a reality, and he gave the country a new flag. A few hours before the constitution was to come in effect, Murumbi gave a speech where he paraphrased Nehru, saying, "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, Kenya will wake to new life and freedom".

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The Burning of Parliament is widely considered one of the most important events in the tumultuous post-Popular Revolution era. Following the passage of the Charter of Liberties and Securities as well as the Frame of Government Act by the Convention Parliament, Britain was, in a very real sense, in a place of severe doubt. The placement of Lord Folkestone as Chief Magistrate of the British Isles did not resolve the question of who the next monarch was to be - Folkestone was intended as a placeholder till the enthronement of a proper candidate - considered to be the Duke of Cambridge by most Whigs, but moderate Tories desired the next person in line after Frederick, and still others desired the restoration of Frederick. There were still others who desired a republican Britain, and those who wanted to simply enthrone a standard British citizen. All of these factions passed pamphlets to justify their desired choice, using a variety of historical arguments muddled in various interpretations. That ultimately Britain today retains Chief Magistrates despite their intended "provisional" nature represents the failure of these factions to compromise.

At the same time, mutual improvement societies emerged like clockwork across Britain for every cause imaginable. One such society was the Orange Order, a society spreading a very extreme sort of High Toryism. While they had, strictly speaking, emerged in 1795 in Ireland, they dramatically expanded during the Great Irish Rebellion (1796-1801), where they gained members across the water in Britain itself among the army members stationed there. As such, they quickly expanded their membership, and despite their staunch Toryism did gain many low class adherents. When the Popular Revolution led to King Frederick along with many of his supporters fleeing to Hanover, certain Orangemen fled with them, but still others stayed in Britain to help along a restoration of Frederick to the British throne. And indeed, its membership increased - Orangemen created their own mutual improvement societies which converted members of the lower classes to their ideology. With the right of people to drill as they sought fit assured by the Popular Revolution, the Orangemen also trained themselves in arms.

As the Radical Prime Minister Samuel Whitbread continued radical reform of the British political system, establishing more representative municipal corporations over the Lords' veto through ennoblement, the Orangemen were angered. So-called "Loyal Anglican" priests, who made clear their disdain for the new revolutionary regime and broke all ties with the Church of England still tied to the state, called for "obedience" to King Frederick and delegitimized the Popular Revolution in their sermons. And Orangemen met in front of Parliament, calling for the restoration of Britain's "just laws and liberties" and the "rightful king". Though Parliament was currently prorogued, it was nevertheless a fearsome sight.

What happened next was an Orangeman dressed as the speaker of the House of Commons called for a mock "session" of the House of Commons outside Parliament. Here, he denounced the ruling government as illegitimate and called for a mock voice vote, and the mob called for the affirmative. Then, the result was a frenzy of violence. And the Palace of Westminster, being old and filled with much flammable material, was accidentally lit, and it quickly burned. Even members of the mob were shocked - they wanted the government ended, not the "ancient" parliament of their "venerable ancestors". And though the government put out the fire, by the time they did, most of the Palace of Westminster was destroyed. The largest exception to this was Westminster Hall, long venerated by Radicals for its role in the career of the great radical hero Charles James Fox.

This event shocked many. Some Tories tried to pretend it was a natural event of "divine providence" against the ruling government. Others distanced themselves from the violent tactics used by the mob, and still others alleged it was really done by "Jacobins" masquerading as Orangemen. But to Radicals, this was an opportunity to denounce the Tories as anti-Parliament, and anti-history. Samuel Whitbread derided the Orangemen as "no better than the Jacobins of France" and stated that they would "establish an anti-revolutionary tribunal to terrorize [their] opponents in the fashion of Robespierre". It enabled him to claim that the true threats to the British constitution and British liberty came from the Orangemen and their Tory "allies". And indeed, this event did cause the destruction of the Orange Order, as it broke up into many factions (most famously the Tory Radical Scarletmen), and it strengthened Whitbread's hand.

And so, Parliament, housed in temporary chambers, passed the County of London Act, establishing a County of London covering London, Westminster, and its surrounding area. Despite the traditional English aversion to police as tools of foreign despotism as well as the disdain for how local militia were used as secret police by the pre-revolutionary government, nevertheless police forces were established to be run by county councils, with principles such as policing by consent, to prevent such an event from happening again.

The construction of a new Parliament proved to be yet another area for division. Tories advocated a Gothic parliament with all its medieval and traditionalist implications, while Radicals and Whigs wanted a "modern" and "rational" neoclassical parliament as a temple to parliamentary sovereignty. Ultimately, the Radicals won out and the new Parliament - known as Senate House - was constructed as a neoclassical building, albeit with some Palladian traits (owing to it being considered a British style), and rather than the cramped and dilapidated St. Stephen's Chapel in which the former House of Commons was situated, it was given a vast chamber based on the Olympic Theatre at Vicenza. The former layout of opposing benches was thrown out in favour of a horseshoe shape, which even included separate seats for the ministers to sit, and even mechanical counters to enable the automated calculation of divisions (though this was disposed of when it was found to be abused). Paintings to icons of British liberty - John Hampden, John Lilburne, John Milton, Algernon Sidney, and Charles James Fox - were erected on the walls of the building. Today, the Senate House, with its neoclassical and Palladian architecture, is an iconic building which looms large in British thought. Thus, the burning of Westminster affects the British Isles in more ways than one.
 

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Even before the Popular Revolution, there were many voices deriding the confusing state of British common law. Core among them was Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), who after briefly serving as a lawyer quickly derided the state of the law as a mere tool for lawyers to squeeze out every penny they could from their clients. He derided its various legal fictions, and he derided judge-made law as mere "dog law", to train people to follow laws in much the same manner an owner would train their dog - through punishing the breaking of such rules. His solution was to codify all British law into a variety of codes, to then be amended by the legislature and to then allow every citizen to precisely understand the law. Later on, in the nineteenth century, the refusal of elites around the world to accept his legal reforms would turn Bentham into a radical democrat, and his view of what the law should look like has influenced many nations, including Britain, but Goa more than any other nation. And among many British Whigs and Radicals, these points became increasingly mainstream, and Scottish lawyers like Henry Brougham who were active in Britain wanted to impart the "order" of Scottish law to England through a variety of means such as codification. In particular, British criminal law received immense criticism for how it punitively and brutally led to execution for people charged with crimes as minor as pickpocketing.

In the wake of the Popular Revolution, suddenly the legal reformers were given political power. The first post-revolutionary Parliament established a Law Reform Commission, led by the newly-elected Legislation Minister[1] Henry Brougham, which looked into the existing criminal law. Its report, issued in late 1829, was a scandal in itself. It so thoroughly exposed the brutality of existing criminal law that even hardline Tories advocating the restoration of Frederick were forced to admit that legal reform was necessary. However, its exposed solution was met by scandal. It advocated the creation of a criminal code covering the entirety of the British Isles. This was immediately met with scandal - many stated that this would amount to the abolition of common law and believed that its uncodified state was essential. Today, opinions have changed - just as civil law may exist in uncodified states as in Scandinavian nations as well as in codified states as in France, so may common law - but this only became the consensus position in the late nineteenth century. Nevertheless, the Commission was given the go-ahead to write out a criminal code, as it became increasingly apparent that, in the post-revolutionary climate, biased judges quite blatantly made judgements that were blatantly contradiction - the very chaotic nature of the law allowed this.

But this hit some snags around the way. Henry Brougham wanted something based on the French penal code, while others on the Commission, Benthamites Romilly, Bickersteth, and Thompson, wanted something based on the greatest happiness principle. Thus, the eventual product marks an awkward compromise between the two differing traditions. It was proposed in early 1831, receiving easy passage through the Commons even as the Whig government increasingly began to break apart as into its radical- and moderate-leaning parts. In the Lords, due to most of the would-be opponents living in Hanover or in their manors in fear of revolution (only in 1832-33 during the rise of Whitbread and the Radicals did they return to active politics), it also received easy passage. Today the Criminal Code is honoured today, even if draconian elements like its criminalization of same-sex relations (repealed in 1959) have received attack for good reason.

From there the Law Reform Commission proposed yet more laws - it passed a Commercial Code, Criminal and Civil Procedure Codes, and it also passed two separate Civil Codes (one for Scotland, and another for the rest of the Isles - Scottish people were totally opposed to any loss of their legal distinctiveness). By 1840, the chaos of the uncodified system was put to an end, and now the common law of the Isles was as clear as the civil law of the continent. Despite those who feared that British law would be made too rigid, while this was the case in criminal law for obvious reasons, in other law judges were given ample room to judge at their own discretion, and this was an intention of the Commission. It is hard to dispute that British codified law has not been anywhere near as influential as France's famed Cambaceres Code, but nevertheless it has been influential; today, legal systems clearly descended from British codified law in whole or in part include Borealia, Laurentia, Nova Scotia, Australia, Hindustan, Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra, Madras, Natal, and many others.



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This probably needs some tweaking, but I'm pretty happy it looks as good as it does.

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The Seal of the Parliament of the British Isles is the symbol stamped on all official documents issued by either house of Parliament. It identifies the legislative branch, separate from the judicial and executive branches.

Originally, Parliament did not have any separate symbol. Owing to its origins as a mere creature of the monarchy, it simply used the monarch's coat of arms as its seal. This continued even after the Popular Revolution, with the new government desiring to expand its limited legitimacy by using the symbols of the old regime, including the coat of arms in Parliament. This only really changed during the premiership of Wilfrid Lawson (1846-1856). His tenure saw the end of the post-revolutionary tumult which hitherto affected the British Isles, and as such it saw the birth of a new sort of confidence. With it, he saw it time to give Parliament its own symbol with its stature. As he put it, "Parliament is no longer a mere creature of the Crown. It is through Parliament that all sovereignty flows, from the people to all the other institutions of the British Isles". Parliament ratified for itself a seal containing Britannia.

The seal contains Britannia, the personification of the British Isles, holding a spear in one hand and an olive branch in the other. She sits on a rock, and on the rock sits a shield with the flag of the British Isles on it. Britannia wears a helmet and armour around her chest, as well a green scarf and a light-green robe. The substantial usage of green comes from it being the traditional colour of Parliament, as well as of the wider people of Britain.

Today, this seal is stamped on all official documents in Parliaments (including bills to be presented to the Chief Magistrate), and is as such the chief symbol of Parliament.
 
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Liberty Square is a public square in the City of Westminser, County of London, England, British Isles, built in Charing Cross. Its name commemorates the concept of British Liberty, or of the British Isles having a distinct sort of liberty defined by its own historical traditions (as opposed to French or American liberty).

The site around Liberty Square, known as Charing Cross, was long a landmark in Britain, but after the Popular Revolution it was developed into a series of buildings, and a space was left clear for the creation of a public square. With his ministry continuing to face the unrest stirred from the ratification of the controversial Indigence Relief Code (popularly known as the New Poor Law), in 1835 Prime Minister Whitbread had this square devoted to the concept of British Liberty, which was and is an important part of Radical political thought, and he felt such a square could strengthen a form of patriotism formed around liberty. It, however, would only be completed in around 1850, during the time of Wilfrid Lawson's premiership by which point much of the post-revolutionary tumult had calmed. Even then, it became a focal point for protest and tourism, and today it continues to be as such.

Liberty Square has four "liberty pillars" located on its corners, each devoted to a piece of legislation viewed as a "great charter of liberty". One is devoted to the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 between King John and rebellious barons; another is devoted to the Habeas Corpus Act, passed in 1679 despite the resistance of the king; another is the English Bill of Rights, ratified in 1689 after the Glorious Revolution; and finally there is one to the Charter of Liberties and Securities, ratified in 1829 after the Popular Revolution. Although today the real liberty of all of these things has been questioned - the Magna Carta only applied to aristocrats, the Act of Habeas Corpus was often suspended by Parliament, the Bill of Rights were avowedly anti-Catholic, and the Charter of Rights and Liberties were not applied in nonwhite colonies - nevertheless the symbol is widely understood. By combining commemoration of the then-contentious Charter with widely-respected acts, Whitbread hoped to make the Charter as well-respected as the other three "great charters of liberty", and in this he succeeded.

Liberty Square also has many statues. It contains statues for John Hampden (1595-1643), Parliamentarian during the English Civil War who died fighting against Charles I; John Pym (1584-1643), similarly a martyred Parliamentarian; John Lilburne (1614-1657), a Leveller who advocated democratic reform of the British political system, advocated human rights, and opposed both Charles I and Cromwell, who was able to get himself acquitted by multiple juries despite the ruling regime wanting him dead before finally dying in jail; Lord William Russell (1639-1683), who was executed for plotting against the Stuarts; Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), who came up with a comprehensive theory of the right to resistance and opposed both Cromwell and the Stuarts before likewise being executed; and Charles James Fox (1749-1806), who advocated parliamentary reform and spent most of his political career in opposition to what he perceived as reductions on British liberty. These statues, all of generally beloved radical icons, are together to be viewed as connecting a line of descent from the seventeenth century struggles between Parliament and the Crown to the post-Popular Revolution government. More recent inclusions include statues to the first American president George Washington, and to a politician lionized by Moderates Edmund Burke.

Some of the most significant protests in the Square include the anti-Catholic protests of 1857, where the pillar to the Charter of Liberties and Securities (which abolished civil disabilities for Catholics) was destroyed (later rebuilt); labour protests over the matchgirls strike of 1888, where a fifth "pillar" made of plaster devoted to labour rights was constructed (before being taken down); female suffrage protests in 1893, in which the female suffrage movement was connected to the long struggle for liberty; and the anti-colonial protests of 1958, where signs saying "Liberty, not Empire" in allusion to the oxymoronic nature of a liberty-loving people also ruling over a colonial empire.

Liberty Square remains one of the most important squares in all of Britain, and it seems its status as such is unbreakable.
 

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This is very, very, good.

Reminds me a bit of how Trafalgar Square becomes “Victory Square” in 1984.
Thanks. Though I don't think my wikibox series is anywhere near that dystopic.

I was inspired by how Trafalgar Square promoted a type of British nationalism in its own sense, centred around the achievements of the military in the name of the monarch. Nowadays, even as British nationalism has diverged from that sort of thing, Trafalgar Square is still a symbol of Britishness. IOTL, there was the type of British nationalism centred around historical liberty ("the cause for which Hampden fell in the field, and Sidney died on the scaffold"), which was sidelined because of radical implications of people martyring themselves in the name of liberty and also because Victorians really loved Cromwell. ITTL, with its limited legitimacy, the British government is trying really hard to tie itself to this type of nationalism, so it names streets across the British Empire for all those seventeenth century liberal heroes and builds a central square dedicated to liberty.
 

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Thanks. Though I don't think my wikibox series is anywhere near that dystopic.

I was inspired by how Trafalgar Square promoted a type of British nationalism in its own sense, centred around the achievements of the military in the name of the monarch. Nowadays, even as British nationalism has diverged from that sort of thing, Trafalgar Square is still a symbol of Britishness. IOTL, there was the type of British nationalism centred around historical liberty ("the cause for which Hampden fell in the field, and Sidney died on the scaffold"), which was sidelined because of radical implications of people martyring themselves in the name of liberty and also because Victorians really loved Cromwell. ITTL, with its limited legitimacy, the British government is trying really hard to tie itself to this type of nationalism, so it names streets across the British Empire for all those seventeenth century liberal heroes and builds a central square dedicated to liberty.
I am enjoying this series, specifically because of how you’re developing this very distinct and otherworldly idea of an AH British national identity, one that feels a lot more sustainable than OTL’s.
 

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William Wilberforce was a British politician and an anti-slavery campaigner, who played a large role in the abolition of the slave trade in 1813.

Born into a fairly wealthy family, he went to good grammar schools and later to Cambridge, where he befriended one William Pitt the Younger, with whom he witnessed parliamentary debates. Pitt was able to convince Wilberforce to join politics, and in 1780 Wilberforce became an MP. When Pitt became prime minister in 1783, Wilberforce supported him in the complex environment of the era; however, despite being broadly a Tory in politics, Wilberforce chose to maintain a degree of separation between Pitt's government.

In 1784, Wilberforce became a very intense evangelical Christian, though he remained very much an Anglican. Despite evangelicals receiving ridicule in politics, he was convinced to stay, and his Christianity affected much of his politics; his traditionalism was informed by a belief that the current political order was vested by God, and most crucially he also gained a humanitarian impulse. He aligned with the Clapham Sect, of evangelical, establishment Christians who had similar humanitarian impulses.

When Wilberforce saw the condition of slaves being shipped across the Atlantic, he was horrified, and immediately he put his efforts on the side of the small abolitionist movement. Recognizing that abolishing slavery itself would be difficult, he instead moved resolutions condemning the slave trade, giving speeches where he described the conditions of slaves. As the British mood turned un-egalitarian due to the French Revolution, his efforts became increasingly difficult; the public hysteria in Britain was as such that even Wilberforce was accused of being pro-slavery. And despite Pitt's sympathies, the slave trade still could not be abolished; when in 1797, Pitt was removed from office over his advocacy of Catholic emancipation to resolve some of the underlying issues of the Great Irish Rebellion, Wilberforce's position was weakened ever further. Nevertheless, Wilberforce persisted in his efforts.

As Prime Minister Addington's tenure continued, it became apparent that he cared little about the issue of the slave trade. Nevertheless, Wilberforce continued. After Pitt died in 1806, Wilberforce was forced to work with the anti-slave trade Foxite Whigs despite being suspicious of them. In 1807, with the public mood of disappointment following peace with France and the Sieyes government, Wilberforce attempted to play on anti-French attitudes by banning the slave trade between British traders and French and its sister states' colonies (though France had banned the slave trade along with slavery, the Batavian Republic had not), and he downplayed his and "radical" Foxites' roles. It was successfully banned. Follow-up attempts to ban the slave trade entirely failed. Things would change in 1813 when, after a sympathetic member of the House of Lords proposed abolition of the slave trade, it got passed albeit by a narrow margin; it swiftly passed the Commons as well. Wilberforce had tears running down his eyes when it got passed.

But Wilberforce continued to fight for his goal of abolishing slavery, creating a campaign out of Parliament when it became increasingly apparent that abolishing the slave trade did not mean the end of slavery. Nevertheless, his efforts were stopped by the government, supported by slave traders and suspicious of even the whiff of "Jacobinism". Even Wilberforce's resolutions for establishing a slave registration system failed. In 1825, Wilberforce was forced to retire from daily politics, though he remained the figurehead of the anti-slavery campaign. When in 1827, the government was overthrown in the Popular Revolution, Wilberforce was angered by the destruction of what he viewed as God's political order, denouncing it as such despite most abolitionists being broadly supportive of it, even with reservations. In 1830, the Whig government led by Lord Althorp finally proposed a measure calling for the abolition of slavery. Despite a lot of resistance in the massively Tory-dominated Lords, in large part thanks to the efforts of Wilberforce, it nevertheless narrowly passed the measure. Finally, slavery was abolished and his life's work was accomplished. In 1833, Wilberforce finally died. He was buried in Westminster Abbey next to his friend Pitt.

In his own time, Wilberforce was attacked for his support of the pre-revolutionary political system despite its oppression of many Britons, and he was accused of hypocrisy in only caring about the welfare of faraway slaves by radicals. In particular, the Tory-then radical-then Tory newspaper magnate William Cobbett derided him for wanting to abolish the slavery of "well-treated" Caribbean slaves while ignoring the oppression of "true" slaves, English labourers. This argument in particular is a deeply racist one; nevertheless, in less overtly racist forms, many radicals were very suspicious of the establishment tendencies of abolitionists (including Wilberforce).

Today, Wilberforce is often forgotten. The abolition of slavery is often remembered as a corollary of the Popular Revolution, while Wilberforce is forgotten. He, a Tory-leaning-independent who despised the Popular Revolution as destructive of God's order, does not fit in with the narrative of British history, of the people fighting for liberty, and the abolition of slavery is remembered as simply being one battle in this great conflict. Typical historiography remembers the work of Radicals like O'Connell and Brougham and of Moderates like Russell and Althorp in the abolition of slavery, but it would have been much harder if not for the work of Tories like Wilberforce. Yet, it is perhaps the tendency of nationalist historiography to ignore those figures contrary to their grand narratives, and Wilberforce and the wider Clapham Sect is no exception.
 

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The Prime Minister of the British Isles is the head of government of the British Isles, as well as a non-voting member of the House of Commons, and is a member of and generally considered the head of the Council of State of the Britannic Confederation.

The post of the Prime Minister originates ultimately in the post of Lord High Treasurer, a post similar to that of finance minister. In 1714, it was put into commission between members of a Treasury Board, headed by a First Lord. The post of First Lord of the Treasury only became dominant over the rest of the executive branch, however, in the time of Robert Walpole, who used the power of the purse and melded the powers of the executive and legislative branches to become an extremely powerful minister, and it was in this period the term "Prime Minister" originates, as a satiric term deriding Walpole's centralization and comparing it to France, whose head was (more) officially called the Prime Minister. Although its power hemmed and hawed after Walpole was defeated in a vote of no confidence in 1742, by the time of Pitt the Younger in the late eighteenth century, it had become firmly established as the head of government (while also running the finances of the nation). Furthermore, the Prime Minister also generally held the title of "Chancellor of the Exchequer", this referring to a position with a combination of financial and judicial duties, except in periods in which the Prime Minister was in the House of Lords; as this was before the cabinet was ex officio a non-voting part of the House of Commons while being excluded from election, this meant that the Chancellor served as a representative of the government in the House of Commons.

After the Popular Revolution, government was generally simplified and reorganized by the Frame of Government Act. The cabinet was excluded from membership in the House of Commons, though they were allowed to be non-voting members. The Treasury Board was recreated so it was instead headed by a President, and this President of the Treasury Board was de facto the head of government as well. From 1846 to 1856, when Wilfrid Lawson was Prime Minister, he generally ignored treasury duties in favour of heading foreign policy. Instead, treasury duties were given to another member of the Treasury Board, John Lambton. Though other prime ministers care more about the treasury, this division stuck and increasingly Britain had its own treasury secretary in practice, though this was only formalized in the 1903 amendments, when the Prime Minister became a formal position and the Treasury Secretary was formally established. Furthermore, the consolidation of the British Empire into the Britannic Confederation meant that the Prime Minister became its informal head, though the fact that the Confederation as a concept has become weaker over the decades has made this meaningless.

The incumbent Prime Minister is Francis O'Connor, elected with the victory of the Radical Party in the 2017 election.
 

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After the collapse of the Orange Order in Britain proper over the Burning of Parliament, its many members split up into many different groups. Some worked with High Tories in Parliament, creating partially successful grassroots. Others went into the Loyal Anglican Church, in an attempt to swell its base. And still others went and founded the Scarlet Order, with the support of certain Tory Radicals.

The Scarlet Order, much like the Orange Order, was a fraternal organization organized on similar lines as the Freemasons. But while the Orange Order supported High Toryism, the Scarlet Order was dramatically different. It was a Tory Radical group, supporting both a House of Commons with universal male suffrage and the enthronement of the pretender in Hanover. How did it get over the clear contradiction between these views? Well, in the words of its Grand Master Charles Wolseley, it believed that the rise of the manufacturing classes was infringing on both the rights of the working classes as well as the traditional aristocracy. It believed, in the absence of a strong "Patriot King", that mere universal male suffrage would result in the superiority of a natural oligarchy of wealth, or of "borough-mongers" and "profit-mongers" as they were derisively called. But a strong monarch, with a source of power independent of wealth, would naturally support the people against the manufacturing classes. For these views, the Scarlet Order also received support from inside Parliament, from Tory Radical Francis Burdett. It also found appropriate ways to look back at history to create a grand narrative endorsing their beliefs - beyond a look back at the supposed "Saxon utopia" that was destroyed by William the Conqueror, which was a standard belief at the time, it also looked to the early eighteenth century politician Bolingbroke and the populist Toryism which he wielded as a weapon against the "Whig oligarchy" of Prime Minister Walpole.

Its name came from the scarlet uniforms worn by the British Army, which was also a symbol of monarchy (today, it remains a symbol of the right-wing of British politics for that reason). It flew the old Red Ensign, one of the three ensigns of the Royal Navy before it was abolished after the Popular Revolution owing to the Jacobin implications of a red banner being flown by a revolutionary government, and ironically it became a symbol of the pre-revolutionary regime. It gained much support owing to the continued state of the economy. It terrified many - Tories felt it was a "Jacobin" movement, while Moderates and Radicals were terrified it would unify both of the far extremes of the political spectrum to create a force capable of overthrowing the government and supplanting it with an absolutist state much like that of the Stuarts or Cromwell. It was allowed to drill with weapons, this right confirmed by the Popular Revolution, and all the government could do was try to weaken it by sending spies into the organization. Nevertheless, it continued to grow. Scarletmen were responsible for many bouts of electoral violence, including even capturing a polling station which meant polling for that subdistrict had to be held a few days later. Though they were convicted, there was little implying they did so due to orders from the centre.

However, in 1838 Frederick, Elector of Hanover and claimed King of Britain, died. While he was unpopular in many quarters, his successor Ernest was even more so - indeed, he was accused of murdering his own valet. Immediately, Scarletmen were unsure of whether to support Ernest's claim to the throne, and it increasingly split up into parallel factions. Some alleged that Ernest had an inherent right to the throne, and others thought this amounted to an endorsement of divine right and alleged that someone else should be a "patriot king". The Scarletmen were at war with themselves, and increasingly it became less of a presence on the British political spectrum. Though there were those who continued to call themselves Scarletmen, by 1840 they were all but dead. Members of the Scarletmen joined a variety of groups - some went to join Tories, but others went into an entirely different direction, and they joined Productionist groups. Perhaps it was not a very large difference to go from believing a king was necessary to avoid the formation of an oligarchy of wealth to believing common ownership of land and capital was the real solution to the problem.
 
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Old London is a borough of London, as well as the core of the city. It consisted of most of the city of London from its settlement by the Romans to the medieval era, but since then London has grown past it, and as such Old London consists of a tiny fraction of modern London. As such, it is one of eleven boroughs in the city of London, although these are not used for representative purposes beyond at the submunicipal level.

Old London originates from Roman settlement in about 47 AD, as Londinium. This city swelled under Roman rule and became a major centre for administration and commerce, but after the collapse of the Roman Empire Londinium collapsed and became virtually uninhabited. It was later resettled by the Saxon king of Wessex, Alfred the Great, and its conquest was a very important part of the unification of England. Trade and commerce likewise moved towards London. It reduced slightly in stature during the reign of Edward the Confessor, when he established Westminster just west of London as his capital, draining some wealth. During his conquest of England, William the Conqueror attempted to march on London but failed, though London nevertheless was forced to surrender but not before extracting a charter for the city. William, suspicious of London, created multiple castles to keep the city subdued, of which one (the Tower of London) survives today. London later gained the right to elect a sherriff which also served as Sherriff of the County of Middlesex (which London was then part of), and also to elect its own Lord Mayor (not to be confused with amalgamated London's Lord Mayor). London also receives a mention in the Magna Carta where a brief mention is made to its "ancient liberties", thus indicating that even in 1215 it was considered ancient.

The city was also a centre of the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 when it was briefly taken by the rebels, but when its leader was killed the rebellion soon collapsed. In the 1630s the Crown attempted to extend its influence towards London, but the city refused. In 1666, London had a Great Fire which destroyed most of it and required it to be rebuilt (a process which took till the end of the century). In the eighteenth century, as the British Empire grew, London became ever-present and wealthier, and the city expanded past the set limits. The famed radical John Wilkes (1725-1797) was an alderman (councillor, in modern terminology) of London, and he was supported by the city's Lord Mayor, which turned the city into a centre of radicalism. It gained a reputation as a centre of the commercial classes. During the Popular Revolution, the city supported the new government wholeheartedly.

After the Popular Revolution swept aside restrictions on religious minorities as well as reformed Parliament substantially, ire was raised towards the feudal state of municipal governance. Among them was London, which then had guilds, complex franchises, and other old practices. When the first Radical Prime Minister Samuel Whitbread raged against the state of municipal governance in his famous Pall Mall Address, the government of London was unnerved, and during the fight for the Municipal Reform Act of 1834 it successfully bribed MPs to induce them into excluding London, as well as cities in its vicinity, from it. Yet, this only increased attacks on London's governance, as now London stuck out like a sore thumb with its feudal practices. This tore a wedge between Radicals and London, and during John C. Hobhouse's brief attempt to unify all supporters of Reform often discussion on London proved omnipresent. Further attacks raged on London's relative squalor with its sewage, which was contrasted with other cities within and without the British Isles. Furthermore, the city was affected by electoral violence during the post-revolutionary tumult, and the Burning of Parliament resulted in the unpopular imposition of the County of London Police - though Whitbread tried his very best to calm angered people by creating a mode of policing centred around maintaining the confidence of the people, the very presence of "Greencoats" as they were called angered Londoners. Aldermen openly compared themselves to John Hampden and Whitbread to Charles I. Yet, the rest of the British Isles did not sympathize nearly as much, particularly Radicals who despised feudal strictures.

Finally, when in 1846 the Radical Wilfrid Lawson came to power with the aim to fulfill Radical aims, he included reforming London among them. The Municipal Reform Amendment Act 1851 brought the administration of London (as well as surrounding cities) in line with other municipalities[1]. Guilds were abolished, and a City Council was established with a simple franchise based on ratepaying. Though many of these changes did improve London substantially, it consequently lost much of its valued independence as a direct result of them. The 1864 London Amalgamation Act, which established a unified London, made the old city just one of its boroughs, with the name of "Old London". Yet, throughout the 19th century, it continued to prosper, gaining immigrants and remaining a major centre of trade while also being a major financial centre. After the British Empire fell, it continued to prosper, and indeed Old London continues to do well to this day.




[1] In OTL, this hasn't happened to this day, and the City of London still has a bizarre mode of governance with guilds, corporate votes, alderman, and many other weird things that have generally been abolished everywhere else in Britain. It is also a county in its own right despite being two square kilometres in size and being surrounded by the much larger County of London on all sides, and it even has its own flag and coat of arms.
 
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