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Lists of Heads of Government and Heads of State

Blackentheborg

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Things Fall Apart (pt. 3)

It was unthinkable to believe the President, the cabinet and a sizeable chunk of congress could be wiped out in an instant, perhaps even bordering on the realm of crude fiction. When that horrible act is carried out by a rightwing terrorist faction, it becomes even more farcical. But sometimes life imitates art in the worst way possible. Suddenly the angry sovereign citizens screaming about gun rights weren’t on congressional laptops opened up to YouTube — they were tearing down the doors of the capital building. For government-haters they did love bringing up that one part in the Declaration of Independence as justification for their actions, something about it being their right, no, duty, to throw off the government. Luckily for Secretary Oldham, the fmr. Conservative head of the Future Farmers of America, she was back home attending a funeral. She would, unluckily, be attending a lot more within the span of a month, by the end of which she was sat in the newly-repaired Oval Office and administered her oath.

2039-2042: Oldessa Oldham/Daniel Zolnikov
[elections suspended]

With American per-capita credit virtually nonexistent and the dollar note more useful as toilet paper, Oldham announced that domestic trade would be transitioned to a “temporary” barter-based system. In theory, this was just convoluted. In practice, it fell apart far too quickly. Folks with desirable supplies set up impossible and highly personal trade equivalents, only to then be stormed by hordes of ravenous have-nots. Warlords came a dime a dozen, lording over boroughs and inlets and demanding tribute for protection - the government never counted on violence being one of the resources up for barter. They also didn’t count on them organising raids on military bases and police stations. Civilian-piloted tanks did roll through Pennsylvania, but that wasn’t the reason D.C was evacuated.

2042-20??: [various/debated]
Andrew Andrzejewski (Speaker of the House of Representatives)
Cpo. Eddie Gallagher (Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
Cpl. Shoshana Johnson (Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works))
Garlin Gilchrist (Chair of the National Governors Association)
Sino-American Administrative Caretaker Assembly
Committee of the Common People

various other smaller factions, warlords

Remember, the Week of Open Windows was an international issue. Ever since the Saudi oil fields were set on fire, they never stopped. The EU lay in tatters, India and Pakistan launched nukes at each other (who fired first is still up for debate), Japan had locked down its borders and were shooting down overhead aircraft, and Russia attempted to breeze through Eastern Europe, only to meet the horrors of the Cannibal Kings firsthand. In this chaos was opportunity, said the new Chairman of the CPP, younger than all others had been, with a glint in his eye. If the Peoples Republic wasn’t yet to call in its national debt, they probably wouldn’t get another chance.

Of course, America was nowhere near the condition it’d have to be in to hand over the full $3.01 trillion it had accrued. That was fine, said the Chairman, we will take your land as collateral. They didn’t wait for an answer, but let’s be frank, they weren’t going to get one. As shocked as they were when commoners wielding military-grade firearms, the kind brought up in bulk from contractors, they were more taken aback by not being able to get a straight answer on who the incumbent president was. Some scrawny man with greasy hair who hid in the Rocky Mountains claimed it was him, only for a corpse-stiff military man drinking MRE's from a halved skull to say it was him. So too said the weary but still grizzled woman who never left her Aircraft Carrier stationed off the Texas coast, and the sharply-dressed bald congressman up in Vermont, and a jumbled and haggard group of twelve different representatives of something called the Committee of the Common People, who insisted their Autonomous Zones were far superior to what came before. It would seem that within this chaos, there was even more maddening lunacy than first thought.
 

Time Enough

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So my ATLF of @Kato A Blast That Tears The Sky, recommend folks read it:

The Loud Blast That Tears The Sky-Prime Ministers of Great Britain ATLF:

1962-1970: Dingle Foot (Democrat)
1962 (Majority) def: William Deedes (Unionist), Denis Healey (Labour)
1966 (Majority) def: Rab Butler (Unionist), Denis Healey (Labour)

1970-1974: Sir Edward du Cann (Unionist)
1970 (Majority) def: Dingle Foot (Democrat), Jack Jones (Labour)
1974-1986: Sir Wedgwood Benn (Democrat)
1974 (Majority) def: Sir Edward du Cann (Unionist), Jack Jones (Labour)
1978 (Majority) def: Keith Joseph (Unionist), Ernst Millington (Labour)
1982 (Majority) def: Nicolas Scott (Unionist), John Peck (Labour)

1986-1992: Nicolas Scott (Unionist)
1986 (Majority) def: Sir Wedgwood Benn (Democrat), Norman Tebbit (National Democratic), Ken Clarke (Labour)
1990 (Coalition with National Democratic) def: Roy Major (Democrat), Peter Bottomley (National Democratic), Ken Clarke (Labour), David Owen-John Vincent Cable (NO2MARKS)

1992-1994: Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler (Unionist)
1994-2002: John Bowis (Democrat)
1994 (Coalition with Labour) def: Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler (Unionist), Peter Bottomley (National Democratic), Bill Morris (Labour)
1998 (Majority) def: Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler (Unionist), Bill Morris-Dawn Primarolo (Labour)

2002-: Bill Newton Dunn (Unionist)
2002 (Majority) def: John Bowis (Democrat), Dawn Primarolo-Mark Ashton (Labour)

After Dingle Foot’s 8 years of Technocratic glory the economy begins to overcook. Unionist party having been taken over by the Parties Right lead by Sir Edward du Cann (a prominent Lloyd-Georgist) come in on a platform of cutting the fat and nationalism. Du Cann is preparing to do that when Europe goes hot. Russia and Germany go at it again in 1972, and this time the war lasts a week. Berlin, Moscow, Munich and Petrograd and a few more cities are obliterated.

The economy collapses,crops fail,radiation drifts across the world, even those on the sidelines are affected. Du Cann’s incompetence and inability to deal with the chaos means he’s ousted. Sir Wedgwood Benn comes on a platform of self sufficiency and welfare and with the Unionists collapsing into squabbling infighting and the Labour going through it’s ‘Radical Workers Marxism’ phase the Democrats seem like the only hope for Britain.

The ensuing 12 years are one of rebuilding Britain and the establishment of the ‘New British Economy’ as Benn pursues technology and ‘Workerist’ polices. Fiber optic networks, communication modernisation, the birth of Britain’s media industry and a turning towards a Britain ‘of individual workers pursuing the jobs they want’ as Benn’s planned to bring about ‘Slim but Strong Welfare State’. This angered the Trade Unions who found themselves sidelined in favour of the Cooperatives and ‘Worker Businesses’ that were popping up across Britain as Benn sought to reform the ideas of Shinwellism that had dominated British politics and economy.

This angered the Trade Unions who felt them sidelined, especially as Benn introduced a variety of socially liberal reforms too. When Trade Union Democrat Norman Tebbit had the whip taken from him after he refused to vote in favour of lowering the age of consent to 18 he decided to form the National Democratic Party in 1984. And so would begin the implosion of the Democratic Party as the Shillwellites battled Bennites and the Unionists of Nicolas Scott and Ken Clarke’s revitalised and modernised Labour Party lead to the utter collapse of the Democrats in the 1986 election.

Nicolas Scott would jokingly call himself a ‘Shillwellite Tory’ and that would be the be all and end all of his time as Prime Minister. A return to the ideas of state intervention, heavy industry and unwieldy Trade Unions with a mixture of Christian Democratic ideas and a dash of internationalism (12 years of opposition caused the Unionists to really ponder where to go after the shit show of Du Cann & Joseph). Scott would go about trying to integrate with the German Economic Network and would begin plans to peg the Pound to the DeutscheMark. This would turn out to be a mistake as a wave of Anti-German rhetoric came across Britain including the cross party project ‘NO2MARKS’ lead by David Owen and John Vincent Cable who would target pro-German MPs.

The Unionists would scrape in with help from the National Democratic Party. But the increasing shift to Trade Union support, even if it was Conservative in nature causes sections of the Unionist party to rebel. The young Right Wing Anthony Blair would taken on Nicolas Scott in 1992 and whilst Scott would win it bruised him massively. Scott would resign and the next two years of Brocklebank-Fowler would be mainly powering through to an election and fighting the Democrats at every corner.

Maybe the public still weren’t sold on the Democrats, maybe they were enthused more by the Bill Morris lead Labour, maybe it’s because John Bowis was openly gay and things were still improving there. Either way, the prominent Bennite but of Trade Union stock would be forced to go into coalition with Labour. Devolution, Welfare Reform, the creation of the ‘British Computing Corporation’ and a number of economic reforms inspired by the Gould Labour-Social Credit government in New Zealand would be the order of the day. It was no surprise when Bowis won a majority in 1998...and then the beginning of the Paris Crash would send Britain into recession. The next four years were of trying to keep Britain afloat as Bowis went down the austerity route (much to horror of much of his cabinet especially his Chancellor Roy Major who resigned in disgust).

And so Bowis would lose the 2002 election to the Scott devotee/‘Red Unionist’ Neil Hamilton Dunn who with his Chancellor Theresa May and the help of the German Economic Coalition would take Britain in a more international direction.
 

Meppo

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Japan had locked down its borders and were shooting down overhead aircraft, and Russia attempted to breeze through Eastern Europe, only to meet the horrors of the Cannibal Kings firsthand.
Oh me oh my

Did Putin get cannibalized?

Of course, America was nowhere near the condition it’d have to be in to hand over the full $3.01 trillion it had accrued. That was fine, said the Chairman, we will take your land as collateral. They didn’t wait for an answer, but let’s be frank, they weren’t going to get one. As shocked as they were when commoners wielding military-grade firearms, the kind brought up in bulk from contractors, they were more taken aback by not being able to get a straight answer on who the incumbent president was. Some scrawny man with greasy hair who hid in the Rocky Mountains claimed it was him, only for a corpse-stiff military man drinking MRE's from a halved skull to say it was him. So too said the weary but still grizzled woman who never left her Aircraft Carrier stationed off the Texas coast, and the sharply-dressed bald congressman up in Vermont, and a jumbled and haggard group of twelve different representatives of something called the Committee of the Common People, who insisted their Autonomous Zones were far superior to what came before. It would seem that within this chaos, there was even more maddening lunacy than first thought.
...I see.

What happened to the far-right militias that stormed the capital building - did they just get absorbed by the general group of warlords?
 

Blackentheborg

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Oh me oh my
Did Putin get cannibalized?
If he's still alive by 2040, Putin would be pushing 90, so I don't think he'd still be running things. The current President, Daniil Yegorov, doesn't get eaten, no. But most of his invading forces? Yep.

...I see.
What happened to the far-right militias that stormed the capital building - did they just get absorbed by the general group of warlords?
That's left up to the reader. You wanna imagine these assholes getting away with it? Whatever makes it more grim.
 

Fletch

Snowflake
The McCrone Report is released in 1977, causing the SNP to withdraw support for the Government causing a General Election where Thatcher wins a minority, but the SNP win a majority of Scottish seats. A resulting Indy-ref is held in 1979 with Yes narrowly winning. In 1981, Scotland leaves the United Kingdom.

Prime Ministers and Monarchs of the Kingdom of Scotland 1981-Present.

Prime Ministers

1. William Wolfe : SNP (1981-1983)
2. Gordon Wilson : SNP (1983-1988)
3. Dennis Canavan : Labour (1988-1992)
4. John Smith : Labour (1992-1994)
5: Gordon Brown : Labour (1994-2000)
6: Alex Salmond : SNP (2000-2010)
7: Mike Russell : Reform (2010-2015)
8: Nicola Sturgeon : SNP/Labour/Liberal Coalition (2015-Present)

Monarchs
A) Elizabeth I (1981-1984)
B) Francis I (1984-1998)
C) Sophie I (1998-Present)


Notes on the Prime Ministers.

1. William Wolfe becomes the Prime Minister after the SNP win the first Scottish General Election. He is forced to resign after it is found he tried to block a visit by the Pope to Scotland and accusations of sectarianism.
2. Gordon Wilson takes over, splitting the SNP in the Republic referendum which is narrowly won by the Monarchists. As a sop, he forces an abdication bill and the head of the Stuart line, Francis Wittelsbach becomes Francis I. In spite of the divisions, he leads the party to a minority government in the 1986 election. The only notable achievement during this period is the creation of the Scottish North Sea Oil Fund. The proves unstable though and Labour win a landslide in 1988.
3. Dennis Canavan wins a majority, beginning entry talks to take Scotland into the EEC. In 1992, a year before the scheduled General Election, he resigns following disastrous local election results in which Labour finish third.
4. John Smith wins the Labour leadership and takes charge of the party going into the 1993 General Election, where he wins a minority government. Under his leadership, Scotland joins the EU. He dies in office.
5. Gordon Brown, John Smiths protege takes charge, pushing for a reforming agenda, under his leadership, the Pound Scots is unpegged from Sterling. Under his leadership, Edinburgh hosts the peace talks which end the war in the Balkans. The Shetland and Orkney Assemblies, with powers comparable to the Faroe Islands are created during his first four years. He wins a minority in 1998, but is implicated with the fall of the Clydesdale Bank in 1999, in which £190 million of public funds are spent in a nationalisation. In 2000 Labour lose a confidence vote and then the election.
6. The SNP win the first majority in Parliament since 1988. The administration is successful in abolishing the Senate, moving Scotland from a bicameral system to a unicameral one. He opposes the war on Iraq and wins a second term. A second term is secured in 2005. A second Republic referendum is held in 2006, which is lost following a dispute over the manner of republic offered. In 2008, the financial crash brings down the Royal Bank of Scotland and the SNP are blamed over regulation. A group of MPs leave the party and join the Conservatives under new leader Mike Russell who have re-branded as the Reform Party.
7. Russell wins the 2010 election with a narrow majority. During his time in office, the right to buy is given to Council House owners in a bid to stimulate the economy. Further, coal mining, steel works and Telecoms are privatised. He also pushes through Trade Union reforms, causing the largest strike action since Independence. These are implemented, but there are notable divisions in Scotland following them.
8. The 2015 General Election sees the Reform Party as the largest single party, but the SNP, Labour and Liberal Parties work together to create an anti-Reform majority. Minor changes are made to the trade union reforms and with the Oil Fund, now topping £1.5 Trillion and income exceeding oil revenue, funding to the Oil Fund is cut in a bid to boost public spending without increasing taxation. A referendum is held on STV in 2018, which passes. The 2020 election is to be held under that system.


Notes on the Monarchs.
A) Elizabeth I - Abdicated following Act of Parliament following the Republic Referendum of 1984.
B) Francis I - Quiet reign Mildly unpopular due to time being split between Scotland and Bavaria. Abdicated in favour of Sophie, Princess of Liechtenstein in 1998, returns to Germany.
C) Sophie I - Scotland enters a personal Union with Lichtenstein. Her family take up full-time residence in Holyrood Palace. Survives the second Republic referendum.
 
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Qaz_plm

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Do You suffer from long time term memory loss ?

2017-2025:Donald Trump/Paul Ryan(Republican)
2016:Bernie Sanders/Hilary Clinton(Democratic),Gary Johnson/John Kasich(Libertarian/Independent Republican)

2020:Cory Booker/Michael Bennet(Democratic),Michael Bloomberg/Lincoln Lincoln Chafee(Independent Republican/Libertarian)
2025-2029:Josh Hawley/Marco Rubio(Republican)
2024:Cory Booker/Eric Swalwell(Democratic),Jesse Ventura/Justin Amash(Independence)
2029-2037:Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/Sherrod Brown(Democratic)
2028:Josh Hawley/Rick Scott(Republican),Jesse Ventura/Tulsi Gabbard(Independence)
2032:Tom Cotton/Dan Crenshaw(Republican),Justin Amash/Fred Karger(Independence)

2037-2041:Ro Khanna/Ayanna Pressley(Democratic)
2036:Rick Scott(Replacing Tucker Cailson)/Mitt Romney(Republican),Justin Amash/Fred Karger(Independence)
2040:Hung college

2041-2045:Nick Sandman/Aaron Coleman(Republican/Independence)
2045-2046:Nick Sandman/Katie Hill(Republican)
2044:Ethan Sonneborn/Bret Heinz(Democratic),Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez/MJ Heger(TNP),Aaron Coleman/various
2046-2049:Katie Hill/Logan Paul(Republican)
2044:Kyle Kulinksi/Tom Watson(Democratic),Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez/MJ Heger(TNP)
2049-????:Logan Paul/David Oks(Republican)
2048:Kyle Kulinksi/David Hogg(Democratic),Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez/MJ Heger(TNP)
 
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neonduke

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London after the rain - the rise and fall of the New Romantic Kingdom

We have little from before the times of the history singers but what we can piece together points to two great warrior nations that unleashed fire from the skies. Death and disease ruled old Londinium before the new tribes, the Blitz Kids rose to bring the rule of the symphony back to the people.

1ATR - 2ATR: Steve Strange

Strange struggled with leadership and quickly lost himself in vice, while we do not know the true version of events it is widely believed that his attendants George and Marilyn smothered him with a pillow as he lay prostrate following one of his alcohol fueled debauches.

2ATR - 9ATR: The Style Council

7 was the number and 7 was the years they reigned, before the dark times, before the Duke

They were

Anne Clarke and the Dwellers of the Void
John Foxx and his Golden Section
Peter Murphy representing The Bauhaus Set
Gary Numan and the Park Boys
Siouxsie and her Howling Banshees
Marc Almond with the Theatre of Desire


They fought, and they loved and one by one they died.

9ATR - 12ATR: The Thin White Duke

The spider, the one from the time before rose from the ashes, scarred, angry and hungry for his past fame. Those of the council who were not killed fled to the outerlands, to the courts of the League of Man, the Cabaret and the Charming Men. The Duke trapped those who would rebel in his web and devour them whole, names that have passed to legend like Babooshka Kate, Leeeeeeeeeee John, Toyah of the Mysteries and most tragically of all the young messiah Faith Michael.

His reign of terror only stopped by Peter Murphy, his bastard offspring, who plunged a knife into the Duke's belly and who with the last of his demonic strength strangled the life from the last survivor of the Bauhaus Set.

12ATR - 16ATR: Sylvian of Nippon

One of the few tribal elders left standing after the murderous regime of the Duke, Sylvian rebuilt the Kingdom of Romance from scratch. With honeyed words and promises of wealth and glory he bound the tribes into one again. But peace would not reign long as from the bowels of the beast Marlybone swarmed the cannibalistic Plague of Ants. Sylvian and his Samurai battled the swarm in view of the Great Cyclopes and personally slew their leader, the First Man. Mortally wounded Sylvian asked to be taken to the High Gate, where he would be interred until the Kingdom of Romance needed him once again.

16ATR - ????: Marc Almond

The tales of legend end here, whatever cataclysmic force lay waste to the Kingdom we may never know. What little we have is a record of the return of Almond from his Northern Exile and his seizure of the throne with help from his Fornicator Dwarves. Tribulations beset the land as the work of Sylvian the Great was undone and Almond took his pleasures wherever he found them. The last record of the history singers mentions something called "The Rave" which beset the kingdom from the far North, but what that was who can tell?
 
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Cevolian

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Hahahah, yes.


W h e n I t A l l F a l l s D o w n​

2017-2021: Hillary Clinton (Democratic)
2016 (with Tim Kaine) def. Donald J. Trump (Republican)

When all is said and done, Hillary Clinton has been remembered by history by the ironic plaudits bestowed upon her: the most qualified Presidential candidate in history and the woman who broke the highest and hardest glass ceiling, left office as perhaps the most hated President in American history. Yet hated as she was from the beginning, it was not obvious in 2017 that this would be the fate of the Clinton legacy. Certainly there were already stirrings when, reneging on earlier promises, Clinton approved of an only moderately watered-down version of the TPP in early 2017, or when she intensified the diplomatic standoff between the United States and Russia, but with a Democratic house, and a nominal majority in the Senate with Vice President Kaine's intervention, the first 100 days of the Clinton Presidency shaped out as expected: boring, technocratic, but essentially effective. In October any chance of that stability being parlayed into a second term and a place in the history books as one of history's trailblazers was torpedoed by Ronan Farrow's revelation of the crimes of Harvey Weinstein. With the 'MeToo' movement picking up steam over the following months, President Clinton's popularity initially soared: even the resignation of Clinton cheerleader Al Franken, with Clinton's tacit encouragement, only served to make the case for a woman in the White House stronger. That was, until difficult questions began to be asked about her husband, his relationship with Monica Lewinski, and his friendship with a certain controversial New York financier, as well as the Clintons' previously well-publicised connection to Harvey Weinstein. Such rumours would churn along throughout 2018, and with Clinton's popularity steadily falling from its highpoint in October-December 2017, with widespread discontent with Clinton's neoliberal policies from both the left and the right and a fair degree of voter suppression, the Republicans would win back both the House and the Senate in a landslide in 2018.

Then the damn burst. In 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was rearrested on charges relating to sex trafficking, and the entire Clinton house of cards began to collapse. With calls for Bill Clinton to be arrested, a surge in support for the mysterious and cult-like 'QAnon' movement, and more and more of the Democratic donor class under fire by the MeToo and Progressive movements, President Clinton was boxed in. So unpopular that, by October 2019, she was seriously considering not running for a second term, Hillary would find herself faced with the greatest crisis of her life as the Coronavirus Pandemic ravaged America. With all the petty demagogues of the right screaming tirade after tirade on television, Talk radio, and "Epstein truther" podcasts (as well as televised primary debates), and with her pandemic mitigation measures criticised at once as insufficient and as overly authoritarian, Clinton seemed surprisingly weak against a quixotic primary challenge from the left - by the convention, it was clear that she had already lost. Facing the spectacle of both Howie Hawkins (at one point polling at 10%) and Kanye West joining her puckish Republican rival in taunting her during the Presidential debates, Clinton sat them out, only adding to the appearance that she was aloof, out of touch, and unprepared to face the voters. And by November, it was over. A humiliating landslide defeat, the loss of the 'Blue Wall' (a near miss as early as 2016), and the utter tarnishing of her reputation all saw America's first female President leave office less under a cloud than a raging storm.

Today, most historians chart the Clinton Presidency as the beginning of the end. The bright liberal hope of the early 21st-century had seemingly been exposed, to many, as a liar, a crook, and potentially an accessory to a vast conspiracy of pedophiles operating at the highest levels of American society (the QAnon cult, initially based largely around the interpretation of "esoteric" meaning in Clinton's fumbling responses would grow to be the fourth largest sect in America by the 2040s). As Steve Bannon, a former Trump surrogate then entering the White House as an advisor to Trump's more boisterously charismatic heir, proclaimed on FOX on the morning of innauguration day, "The era of American carnage ha[d] begun!"


2021-2029: Tucker Carlson (Republican)
2020 (with Joni Ernst) def. Hillary Clinton (Democratic), Howie Hawkins (Green-Left 2020), Kanye West (Independent)
2024 (with Joni Ernst) def. Kamala Harris (Democratic), Mark Rufallo (Greens '24: the party of the Left)



By the time he strutted into the White House, escorted by an unofficial honour guard of Oathkeepers and Proud Boys, the bow-tied bard of American populism had come along way from Crossfire. But then, so had the American body politic. Even four years previously, with Hillary Clinton's resounding defeat of Donald Trump, it had seemed that the American people had proven their democratic maturity, rejecting inexperienced demagoguery in favour of expertise and enlightenment - or at least that was the consensus amongst the country's coastal elites. In reality, even before Clinton's election, the total deterioration of American society had already begun. By 2020, with the nation drenched in wildfires, ravaged by plague, and gripped by violence between the far-right supporters of Carlson and left-wing counter-protestors, it was clear that American democracy was close to its breaking point. Indeed, rioting which had begun towards the middle of 2020 after an eruption of new BLM protests, had metamorphosed into a general wave of discontent about Clinton's forever wars, border detention centres, and her deleterious neoliberal policies - by November, these riots had grown close to a quiet civil war. Promising a return to law and order, and running on the Trump policy playbook with none of the declassé mannerisms, Carlson won back the terrified white suburban 'moderate' vote for the GOP, and ushered in a grinning preppy populism.

The Carson years were not easy, and the economy never recovered from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which dragged on into the early months of 2022, before a mixture of growing herd immunity, and the gradual roll-out of a vaccine stemmed the tide. President Carson's new Industrial Strategy, his trade war with China, and a moderate increase in welfare spending won support from the GOP's new blue collar base, and from some begrudging Democrats, but alienated the donor class and much of his own party, barely sated by new socially conservative strategies; a ramped up war on drugs, more stringent domestic anti-terrorism measures, a strict clamp-down on illegal immigration and, with a huge GOP majority in congress, a border wall. But despite the lean years of the early 2020s, by 2024, as Kamala Harris dragged her way to the top of the bloody pile of Democratic candidates over a defeated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Tim Kaine, and Gavin Newsom, it seemed unquestionable that Carlson would win a second term. The previous 12 years of Democratic rule had brought America to the breaking point - and if that wasn't enough, renewed political violence (stoked by the President's supporters but framed as Antifa led domestic terrorism by the administration) and blatant GOP gerrymandering would do the trick. Four years after entering the Oval Office, with Mark Ruffalo winning a stunning 5% of the vote for a combined Green-Socialist ticket and splitting the left vote, Tucker was re-elected.

2025-2029 would be even harder than the four years which had come before. In Carlson's America, for all the populist rhetoric, a certain kind of elite was still very much on top: clashes with Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter saw monopolies broken, but their successor companies only enriched shareholders in the long-term, whilst for the ruthless, the return of the American manufacturing industry - and a loosening of domestic labour laws - created a new industrial Wild West where fortunes were won. Racial animus was at an all time high as black, hispanic, Jewish, and any other minority Americans were all blamed for the continuing stagnation of Americans' standard of living. Violence, at least, did not rule the streets, but the "civil peace" won by the Carlson administration was the peace of a defeated people. Yet still the Democrats flailed. Still associated with the unsavoury collapse of the Clinton administration, with hundreds of thousands of Coronavirus deaths, a near war with Russia, a collapsed economy, demonised as the "party of the pedos" by the great prophet Q and the right-wing media, and divided by a militant left and flaming establishment, the Democratic Party was near universally despised.

But out of electoral chaos emerged a man with a calling - a calling from God. At first he was a joke: a rapper, running for President? But like Trump riding down the golden escalator, he picked up momentum, drawing in elements of the left, the religious right, and millions of Americans just desperate for redemption. Even still, as he climbed in the polls to five, then ten, then fifteen, then twenty percent, no one thought he could do it. And then came the Carson emails: chains of correspondence between the President and his allies in which he derided ordinary Americans as a "mob" and "barely deserving of sterilisation" and at times openly flirted with white nationalism and bringing in the far-right paramilitaries as an organ of the state. This alone still couldn't kill Vice President Ernst's run for the White House, but with the country slouching into a new recession by July, it was clear the GOP was on the way out. Proclaimed the nominee of his new party to almost godlike acclamation, the ultimate outsider declared a "new dawn" for America. As brother killed brother in the streets, the economy reached new lows, the EU drifted out of the American orbit, China surpassed the country by all GDP metrics, and Russia began its inexorable slide into collapse, the American people decided that anything was better than this - even a guy who picked his own reality TV star wife as his running mate. And so on one misty day in November, narrowly, barely feasibly, and largely thanks to the people of California's rejection of the Governor known only for the horrors of the wildfires, Kanye West won a plurality of the vote, and with it the White House.

2029-2033: Kanye West (Dawn)
2028 (with Kim Kardashian West) def. Joni Ernst (Republican), Gavin Newsom (Democratic)

As it turned out, electing a mentally ill rapper to the Presidency, was not a recipe for political success. It was not simply that both the President and Vice President were totally unsuited for the office, or that they had almost no support in Congress, or that their policy platform was almost totally denuded of actual policies which hindered the West administration - the greatest of all of its issues was that the President simply did not care about executing the office to which he had been elected. The great issue was not, as the American elite grumbled, the President wouldn't wear a suit even to the inauguration, but that idiosyncrasies aside, it was clear to all that the President had little interest in governing whatsoever. Almost no policies came out of the Oval Office, and as the economy imploded, it was unclear that the President would even sign a desperate bipartisan stimulus package. A barely filled cabinet, and almost empty administrative agencies saw the gradual crumbling of the American administrative state, already gutted for decades by underfunding, causing countless man-made and avoidable natural disasters. But in the end, the President rose to the occasion... in his own way. If erratic, President West did some good work: his criminal justice reforms were lauded, and if his plans to tackle the opioid epidemic were often not exactly coherent, greater spending on drug rehabilitation, and a serious effort to take on the Sacklers (alongside corporate power more generally) won real plaudits.

But it was an uphill battle nevertheless, and attempts to ban abortion and the death penalty, and reinstate school prayer alienated as many voters as they won. Education reform was similarly hampered by Congress, whilst condemnation of vaccines as "the mark of the beast" were met with disdain by a people barely saved by the Covid-19 vaccine. But for many, the final straw was the pardoning of Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover. By the end of 2031, the polls had resolutely turned against the President. President West's last great policy attempt, slashing what remained of the American welfare state as a "Democratic plantation", found near total condemnation, and as new populist insurgencies in the Democratic and Republican primaries captured the nation's heart, the first family made the decision that, although the President would run to save some face, he would not campaign actively. President West's legacy remains complex and divisive, attracting a mixture of pity, scorn, and loathing. What has soured his legacy most of all, however, was what came next. The farce that came before a great tragedy, the clusterfuck of the West administration was a brief lapse in the cold civil war that had reigned since 2016 (if only out of exhaustion and confusion about the terms of battle) - election season '28 saw the resurgence of mass political violence, and the beginning of American Caesarism.

2033-0000: Madison Cawthorn (Republican)
2032 (with Marco Rubio) def. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democratic), Kanye West (Dawn) [did not actively campaign]
2036 (with Marco Rubio) def. Conor Lamb (Democratic), Julia Salazar (Left Opposition), Liz Cheney (Independent)
2040 (with Marjorie Green) def. Keisha Lance Bottoms (Democratic), Lee Carter (Left Opposition), George P. Bush (Conservative)


Madison Cawthorn's America is not the America of the Founders anymore. The handsome populist President rules effectively as a dictator, his opponents cowed through violence, and the private sector tamed through corporatism not seen since FDR. A divided opposition has only nominally contested Presidential elections since the blatantly rigged election of 2036 (though Cawthorn remains genuinely popular with ordinary Americans), and even internal critics like former Vice President Rubio have faced consequences for their dissent over the violation of basic democratic norms, and the President's refusal to step aside. With the left divided between moderates and the supporters of the jailed Senator Ocasio-Cortez, and former Republicans alienated by Cawthorn's increasingly naked authoritarianism, and willingness to play brinkmanship with the EU in the Arctic Circle refusing to work with the left, any cohesive political opposition seems impossible. Indeed, it seems that the only threat to the President's authority may come from within: despite his efforts to tame the QAnon movement (including appointing Vice President Green), its followers are increasingly power-hungry. Whilst the military, the elite, and the big corporations back the President for now, his American Putinism is precarious: the reprieve from political chaos and the all-but civil war which engulfed the nation in his first year in office could shatter at any moment. If it does, what remains of the American experiment may finally come to an end...


(This was an attempt at a sort of Summer 2020-punk by way of a Hillary victory world, and to show that far from being funny and zany, a Kanye Presidency would probably just be really sad, really shitty, a bit pathetic, and ultimately tragic for anyone living through it).
 
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I don't ever actually do Future Lists, and there's really not much to say about this. Its just sort of a nightmare scenario that I literally thought up last night.

The Sum of Japhy's Fears

2017-2020: Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence (Republican)
2016: Hillary R. Clinton / Timothy M. Kaine (Democratic), Gary E. Johnson / William F. Weld (Libertarian), Jill E. Stein / Ajamu S. Baraka (Green)
2020-2029: Michael R. Pence / Cara C. “Carly” Fiorina (Republican)
2020: Mark Cuban / Harold R. Ford, Jr. (“Reunion” Independent), Tulsi Gabbard / Julian Castro (Democratic), John R. Kasich, Jr. / John N. Kennedy (Independent / Constitution), Jesse “T.B.” Ventura / Elijah Manley (The New Deal: Libertarian & Green)
2024: Mark E. Zuckerberg / Cynthia E. Nixon (“Progressive” Independent), Tulsi Gabbard / Caroline B. Kennedy (“Truth and Freedom” Independent), Oprah G. Winfrey / Chelsea V. Clinton (Democratic), Kmele Foster / Cheri L. Honkala (The New Deal)
2029-2033: Ivanka M. Trump / Tulsi Gabbard (Republican)
2028: Robert F. “Beto” O’Rourke / Joseph P. Kennedy III (Democratic), Keith M. Ellison / John Fetterman (Progressive Socialist)
2033-2037: Michelle R. Obama / Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democratic)
2032: Ivanka M. Trump / Tulsi Gabbard (Republican)

President Trump announces at the last possible second in 2020 that he finished the job and America is Great Again. Being as he is he has no interest in being a lame duck and thus resigns, passing the White House and his support in the scrambling Republican Primary to Mike Pence. The Democrats, high on the Blue Wave find themselves in an overly extended, highly messy and massively partisan primary that turns many Americans off, opening the door for "Left Wing Trumps" for years to party, and critically weakening the party. John Kasich potentially creates the same threat on the right but is quickly swamped as he has little support outside of the media. Mike Pence is president for longer then any President besides Franklin Roosevelt as a result. The DNC-DSA Civil War will drag on for years, in America's ever more partisan weakness NATO and NAFTA collapse, Putin wins big until his death in the late 2020s and Global Warming continues to be unchecked by the United States. He's followed up by Ivanka who turns herself and her "Post-Partisan" ticket into Media darlings promising she will be different then her father, which she is, in the most basic and superficial ways, all the while continuing the policies of the last three terms. In the end though the Democrats will, after 16 years out of office return with a compromise ticket that combines the DSA's growing strength with the worst traditional impulses of the Democratic rank and file.
This dated list just got liked by @Blackentheborg and while fascinating because of how much I have gone to the left in the past two years

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Its funny because things are so much worse now.
 

zaffre

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This dated list just got liked by @Blackentheborg and while fascinating because of how much I have gone to the left in the past two years

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Its funny because things are so much worse now.
I’m not saying OTL is a list written in five minutes in 2072 titled “hiii guys so here is my timeline, sorry if its current politics, where the bionic arm league (X Æ A-12 Musk wuz robbed) replaces the republicans and we have a real fiscally conservative but bionically liberal party“, but
 

Blackentheborg

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Yeah. I mean it was my fear at the time.
It's kinda adorable how back then we were CONVINCED Trump wasn't gonna get a second term.
i swear every couple of years you say something like this

by 2024 you'll have gone from jedi beatnik to jedi bookchin
The last four years have somewhat radicalised all of us, comrade
 

Blackentheborg

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Speaking of fears for elections, here's mine.

You know that one show Years and Years? Well at one point there is a hung parliament and the rouge politician decides instead of forming a C&S agreement with either, either party will come to her with policies and she'll either accept or deny them. Eventually she gets them both to knuckle under and elect her as PM.

Think of that, but with someone who is somehow worse than Viv Rook.

2017-2020: Jacinda Ardern (Labour) [minority govt. w/ NZFirst coalition and Green confidence & supply]
defeated Bill English (National), James Shaw (Green), Winston Peters (NZFirst), David Seymour (ACT), Te Ururoa Flavell/Marama Fox (Māori), others
2020-2020: Jacinda Ardern (Labour) [declared Acting Prime Minister]
defeated Judith Collins (National), David Seymour (ACT), Winston Peters (NZFirst), James Shaw/Marama Davidson (Green), others
2020-2021: Winston Peters/Kelvin Davis (NZFirst-Labour) [National Unity Government convened by Parliament]
2021-2023: David Seymour (ACT) [declared Acting Prime Minister]
2023-20??: David Seymour (ACT) [minority govt. w/
National coalition and Advance confidence & supply]
defeated Judith Collins (National), Kelvin Davis (Labour), Tim Shadbolt (Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party), Marama Davidson/Ricardo Menéndez March (Green), Matt McCarten (People Before Profit), Anil Sharma (Advance), others
 
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