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Meppo's Electoral Molehill

Meppo

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Wanted to try out a format. All resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

2021-2023: Former Vice Pres. Joe Biden of Delaware / Sen. Kamala Harris of California (Democratic)
2020: def. Pres. Donald Trump of Florida / Vice Pres. Mike Pence of Indiana (Republican)


"Protests, clashes in the aftermath of mail-in ballot recount; right-wing militiamen cry foul at 'stolen election'"
"President Zelensky's resignation: a new turn in Ukraine and Russia's shadow war?"
"Debate over the Green New Deal continues in Congress"


2023-2024: Vice Pres. Kamala Harris of California / vacant (Democratic)
2024-2033: Pres. Kamala Harris of California / Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan (Democratic)
2024: def. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri / Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota (Republican)
2028: def. Former Rep. Mike Garcia of California / Gov. Tim Griffin of Arkansas (Republican)


"The Conundrum of Pervasive Advertisements"
"Vladimir Putin, Russia's strongman President, dead at 75"
"India invades, annexes Qatar amidst oil price implosion, attacks by Red Crescent Army"
"The youth volunteering for the Russian Democratic Front in Novosibirsk"


2033-2041: House Maj. Leader Elise Stefanik of New York / Gov. Frank LaRose of Ohio (Republican)
2032: def. Vice Pres. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan / Former Gov. Ron Nirenberg of Texas (Democratic), Actor Mark Ruffalo of Wisconsin / Former Rep. Joshua Collins of Washington (Green)
2036: def. Gov. Alessandra Biaggi of New York / Sen. Anna Eskamani of Florida (Democratic)


"Healthy Digital Environment Act"
"Arab Summer and the Sino-American battle for influence in the Middle East"
"King Charles III declares emergency government as UK struggles with floods in the Fens"
"Sergey Boyko inaugurated President of the Russian Federation"
"Mexico and United States sign treaty imposing strict restrictions on immigration across the U.S.-Mexican border; affirm need to combat desertification"


2041-2047: Gov. Stephen Smith of West Virginia / Sen. Athena Salman of Arizona (Democratic)
2040: def. Sec. of State Garrett Johnson of California / Gov. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina (Republican)
2044: def. Sen. Niraj Antani of Ohio / Rep. Tommi Burner of Washington (Republican)

2047: Vice Pres. Athena Salman of Arizona / vacant (Democratic)
2047-2049: Pres. Athena Salman of Arizona / Sec. of State Bakari Sellers of South Carolina (Democratic)


"Is the implementation of Medicare for All amidst climate catastrophe a bad idea?"
"Clashes over water rights flare up on both sides of the Mediterranean"
"Growing number of self-governing 'autonomous communities' across all states of America"
"Monarchy reinstated in Brazil"
"President Smith incapacitated following assassination attempt in Houston"
"Chinese Emergency ends, Shanghai government recognized as legitimate"


2049-present: Sen. Mark Weaver of Michigan / Gov. Noe Zeniadis of Montana (Republican)
2048: def. Pres. Athena Salman of Arizona / Gov. Justin Anderson of Virginia (Democratic), Jackson Mayor Nubia Ngozi Lumumba of Mississippi / Rep. Luz Begaye of New Mexico (Green ~ Land and Water Rights)
2053: def. Gov. Jack O'Malley of Maryland / Sen. A. S. "Addison" Vasquez of Illinois [replacing Former Mayor of Minneapolis Isra Hirsi of Minnesota / Gov. Jack O'Malley of Maryland] (Democratic)


"What is better for America: reclaimation or fortification?"
"President Weaver criticized over ambivalence on 'hedonic capsules'"
"Weaver and Yamanova meet in Vladivostok, cement Russian-American alliance in face of European, Indian, Egyptian aggression"
"The Bruenig Proposal for coastal city reconstruction"
"Florida Governor pleads federal government to dispatch FEMA troops, prevent further flooding"
"Japan, Ireland, Indonesia elect technocratic governments"
 
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Meppo

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This was intended to be a shitpost and took way too long.

POD: Lyndon B. Johnson's heart attack on July 2, 1955 proves to be fatal.

1961-1963: Richard M. Nixon (CA) / Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (MA) (Republican)
1960: def. John F. Kennedy (MA) / Stuart Symington (MO) (Democratic), Harry F. Byrd (VA) / various (Southern Democrat unpledged electors)
1963-1965: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (MA) / vacant (Republican)
1965-1969: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (MA) / William F. Knowland (CA) (Republican)
1964: def. John F. Kennedy (MA) / George Smathers (FL) (Democratic), Edwin Walker (TX) / Ross Barnett (MS) (Stand for America!)
1969-1977: Frank G. Clement (TN) / Clement J. Zablocki (WI) (Democratic)
1968: def. William F. Knowland (CA) / Spiro Agnew (MD) (Republican)
1972: def. Barry Goldwater (AZ) / Ray Shafer (PA) (Republican), Eugene McCarthy (MN) / Pete McCloskey (CA) (Progressive)

1977-1983: Tom McCall (OR) / Guy Vander Jagt (MI) (Republican)
1976: def. Clement J. Zablocki (WI) / Ben Barnes (TX) (Democratic)
1980: def. James Carter (GA) / Gerry Ferraro (NY) (Democratic), John B. Anderson (IL) / Cesar Chavez (AZ) (Progressive)

1983-1984: Guy Vander Jagt (MI) / vacant (Republican)
1984-1985: Guy Vander Jagt (MI) / Manuel Lujan (NM) (Republican)
1985-1989: Mario Biaggi (NY) / William B. Fitzgerald (MI) (Democratic)
1984: def. Guy Vander Jagt (MI) / Manuel Lujan (NM) (Republican)
1989-1994: Joseph Biden (DE) / Mike Curb (CA) (Republican)
1988: def. Mario Biaggi (NY) / William B. Fitzgerald (MI) (Democratic)
1992: def. William B. Fitzgerald (MI) / Samuel Nunn (GA) (Democratic), Larry Agran (CA) / Richard Hatcher (IN) (Progressive)

1994-1995: Mike Curb (CA) / vacant (Republican)
1995-1997: Mike Curb (CA) / Bob Martinez (FL) (Republican)
1997-2005: Mary Landrieu (LA) / Tony P. Hall (OH) (Democratic)
1996: def. Mike Curb (CA) / Bob Martinez (FL) (Republican)
2000: def. Fife Symington (AZ) / Jim Bunning (KY) (Republican)

2005-2009: Gil Gutknecht (MN) / Bill Bradley (NJ) (Republican)
2004: def. Rick Perry (TX) / Joe Lieberman (CT) (Democratic), Ralph Nader (CT) / Jim Hightower (TX) (Progressive)
2009-2013: Harold Ford Jr. (TN) / John Kitzhaber (OR) (Democratic)
2008: def. Gil Gutknecht (MN) / Bill Bradley (NJ) (Republican)
2013-2021: Bill Romney (MI) / Loretta Sanchez (CA) (Republican)
2012: def. Harold Ford Jr. (TN) / John Kitzhaber (OR) (Democratic)
2016: def. Liz Herring (TX) / David Beasley (SC) (Democratic)

2021-present: Michael Flynn (RI) / Rod Blagojevich (IL) (Democratic)
2020: def. J. Hunter Biden (DE) / Bill Richardson (NM) (Republican), Sean Reyes (UT) / H. Ross Perot (TX) (Moderate)
 

Meppo

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I'd honestly write up some more here, but I feel a bit exhausted 😔

All I can say is that Albert Speer succeeds Hitler as ruler of the Third Reich

1937-1941: John Nance Garner (TX) / Paul V. McNutt (IN) (Democratic)
1936: def. Alf Landon (KS) / Frank Knox (IL) (Republican)
1941-1943: Wendell Willkie (IN) / Raymond E. Baldwin (CT) (Republican)
1940: def. Paul V. McNutt (IN) / Millard Tydings (MD) (Democratic), Huey Long (LA) / William Lemke (ND) (Independent)
1943-1945: Raymond E. Baldwin (CT) / vacant (Republican)
1945: Charles Lindbergh (NJ) / Prentice Cooper (TN) (America First / Democratic)
1944 (contingent election): Charles Lindbergh (NJ) / Burton K. Wheeler (MT) (America First), Charles F. Hurley (MA) / Prentice Cooper (TN) (Democratic), Upton Sinclair (CA) / Philip La Follette (WI) (Popular Front), Raymond E. Baldwin (CT) / Harold Stassen (MN) (Republican), Charles Lindbergh (NJ) / Dan Moody (TX) (America First [unpledged Dixiecrat electors])
1945-1948: Charles Lindbergh (NJ) / Prentice Cooper (TN) (Second National Union ~ America First)
1948-1949: Charles Lindbergh (NJ) / vacant (Second National Union ~ America First)
1949-1951: Brien McMahon (CT) / James F. Byrnes (SC) (Democratic)
1948: def. Harold Stassen (MN) / John G. Winant (NH) (Republican), Philip La Follette (WI) / Harry Hopkins (NY) (Popular Front), Charles Lindbergh (NJ) / Bennett Champ Clark (MO) (Second National Union ~ America First), Dan Moody (TX) / various (Independent Democratic [unpledged Dixiecrat electors])
1951-1953: James F. Byrnes (SC) / vacant (Democratic)
1953-1961: Jerry Voorhis (CA) / Sid McMath (AR) (Popular Front)
1952: def. Thomas Dewey (NY) / Val Peterson (NE) (Republican), James F. Byrnes (SC) / J. Henry Goguen (MA) ("Official" Democratic), Alvin M. Owsley (TX) / Francis E. Walter (PA) ("Reform" Democratic)
1956: def. John Sparkman (AL) / Frank Lausche (OH) (Democratic), Val Peterson (NE) / Walter Judd (MN) (Republican)

1961-1965: Sid McMath (AR) / Johnny Gates (NY) (Popular Front)
1960: def. Robert Heinlein (CA) / Frederic Rene Coudert Jr. (NY) (Republican), Charles P. Cabell (TX) / Robert F. Wagner II (NY) (Democratic)
1965-1968: Philip Willkie (IN) / Robert F. Kennedy (MA) (Republican / Democratic)
1964: def. Sid McMath (AR) / Johnny Gates (NY) (Popular Front), Gus Hall (OH) / Grace Lee (WA) (Workers of the World)
1968-1969: Robert F. Kennedy (MA) / vacant (Democratic)
1969-1971: Milton Wolff (NY) / Jesse Unruh (CA) (Popular Front)
1968: def. Robert F. Kennedy (MA) / Robert B. Anderson (TX) (Democratic, cross-endorsed by Republicans)
1971-1973: Jesse Unruh (CA) / vacant (Popular Front)
1973-1977: Jesse Unruh (CA) / Patrick Lucey (WI) (Popular Front)
1972: def. Spiro Agnew (MD) / Ben Ramsey (TX) (Democratic), Michael Stepovich (AK) / William Taft III (OH) (Republican)
1977-1981: Patrick Lucey (WI) / Frank Moss (UT) (Popular Front)
1976: def. Robert F. Kennedy (MA) / Gerald Ford (MI) (Unity), Lester Maddox (GA) / Leo Thorsness (SD) (Independent), Gus Hall (OH) / Hulan Jack (NY) (Workers of the World)
1981-1982: Walter Reuther (MI) / Frances Farenthold (TX) (Popular Front)
1980: def. Charlton Heston (CA) / Reubin Askew (FL) (Unity), Dudley Dudley (NH) / Russell Means (SD) (Green)
1981: Frances Farenthold (TX) / vacant (Popular Front)
1982-1989: Frances Farenthold (TX) / Donald Fraser (MN) (Popular Front)
1984: def. Edward J. King (MA) / Bob Stump (AZ) ("Convention" Unity), Warren Rudman (NH) / John Y. Brown (KY) ("Independent" Unity)
1989-1997: Penn Kemble (PA) / Zell Miller (GA) (Popular Front)
1988: def. Mel Bradford (TX) / Richard Lamm (CO) (Peace and Liberty), various Unity candidates, Cesar Chavez (AZ) / Martin Olav Sabo (MN) (Popular Front [write-in])
1992: def. Richard Lamm (CO) / Tonie Nathan (OR) (Liberty ~ New Republic)

1997-2005: Daniel Prager (NY) / Charlie Roemer (LA) (Liberty ~ New Republic)
1996: def. Zell Miller (GA) / Paul Soglin (WI) (Popular Front), Alan Agran (CA) / Ham Fish V (NY) (Independent)
2000: def. Ramses Fields (LA) / Johnny DeFazio (PA) (Popular Front)


d6ab54 - Republican
A86C61 - America First
c42349 - Popular Front
780000 - Workers of the World
8A9D87 - Unity
b0c49f - Independent Unity
d9c068 - Peace and Liberty
 

Meppo

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Inspired by a similar infobox on the Other Site featuring Romney '12.

By January 2020, the Republican Party was in a bit of pickle. Though the 45th President of the United States was moderately popular, presiding over an economic recovery and the building of an trans-Atlantic anti-Putin coalition, many Republicans found him insufficiently willing to cut down on socialized healthcare, insufficiently strong in the face of Chinese aggression, insufficiently partisan overall. Amidst a dubious Ukrainian election between Tihipko and Boyko, threats of a trade war with China and an actual war with Iran, and the introduction of a disease heretofore limited to Africa, numerous conservative up-and-comers arose to challenge Vice President Paul Ryan, who nonetheless eked out a victory in the primaries and took along one of the biggest such competitors as well as numerous concessions to the Tea Party.

The Democratic field was equally divided, as former President Obama declined the opportunity to pull a Cleveland and former Vice President Biden grieved over the death of his son. Castro stuttered in the debates, Carter stumbled over the Ferguson protests and his past pledge to permit Confederate battle flag license plates, Klobuchar's tough demeanor and abuse towards her staff didn't endear her to anyone, and the political maverick Crist was not appreciated enough by the DNC. The vacuum was soon filled by Senator Donna Edwards of Maryland, who narrowly triumphed over moderate Van Hollen in 2016 and since then portrayed herself as an unabashed torchbearer of progressive causes. The DNC wasn't entirely on ease with Edwards, with some slamming her for being "overtly ambitious", but her campaign was easy to negotiate with, and Sanders and Warren - seeing her strength amidst the protests and the increasingly evident ebolavirus epidemic - endorsed her quite early.

Although initial polls showed Ryan well in the lead, he wasn't well-equipped for the ebolavirus issue - with both him and his running mate flip-flopping and contradicting each other in regards to the solution - and generally wasn't a very good campaigner. Pundits of all outlooks feared that Edwards wouldn't perform as well in the Midwest as, say, Biden or Carter or Mitchell would, but she quickly narrowed the lead as backlash against far-right counterprotestors and "Romneycare" access issues in the Rust Belt played into her hand.



The Ryan/Ward ticket is more than a little inspired by @Callan's neat little scenario here.
 
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Time Enough

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A less-than-serious prediction for the results of the upcoming legislative elections in my country.



Zhirinovsky will probably live far beyond 2021, but I digress
Communists of Russia vs. The Communist Party is only something that could happen in the Russian Federation. Also what’s the real difference between the two, mainly all I get is the Communists of Russia think the CPRF are too close to Putin.
 

Meppo

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Communists of Russia vs. The Communist Party is only something that could happen in the Russian Federation. Also what’s the real difference between the two, mainly all I get is the Communists of Russia think the CPRF are too close to Putin.
The Communists of Russia think that the CPRF are overtly religious revisionists who are government-funded and act as a spoiler party for them.

Funnily enough, the Communists of Russia refer to CPRF as "Zyuganovite Mensheviks", evidently believing themselves to be the Bolsheviks' ideological successor.
 
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Funnily enough, the Communists of Russia refer to CPRF as "Zyuganovite Mensheviks", evidently believing themselves to be the Bolsheviks' ideological successor.
They sound like fun folks, I guess there ideas are rather wonky at best.

In other questions, are there any decent Left Wing organisations in Russia who aren’t grifters or cranks?
 

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A while back you did a Yakutia politics box - as an outsider and non-Russian speaker with very limited access to sources but more than a passing interest, do you have anything you could share about the region's politics?
 

Meppo

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A while back you did a Yakutia politics box - as an outsider and non-Russian speaker with very limited access to sources but more than a passing interest, do you have anything you could share about the region's politics?
That was a while ago, before I realized that A Just Russia is a schizophrenic Surkov project and is less likely than any other party to survive the fall of Putinist politics, but I do find it to be a pretty neat box.

Put simply, in terms of politics the Sakha Republic has a strong left-wing undercurrent, with A Just Russia and CPRF having some of their biggest vote shares there (as seen on maps of 2016 legislative elections). Incidentally, Sakha was where Putin performed the worst in 2018 presidential elections, as well as the second region after the Nenets Autonomous Okrug where the vote against the proposed constitutional amendments was the largest; quite notably, the 2018 elections saw Yakutsk elect Sardana Avksentyeva, a member of the left-wing Party of Russia's Rebirth (which had some of its roots in Svyatoslav Fyodorov's Party of Workers' Self-Government).
 

Meppo

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This is a rather half-baked idea originating in response to this infobox from the Other Place.



The 2028 United States presidential election was the 61st quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 13, 2028. The incumbent Republican President Nikki Haley and her running mate Bob Hugin defeated the Democratic ticket of Governor of Louisiana Cynthia Lee Sheng and Governor of Michigan Garlin Gilchrist. This was the second election in which both parties nominated Asian-American female presidential candidates.

Haley and Hugin were renominated by their party with relative ease, defeating a challenge by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Lee Sheng, a dark horse candidate, emerged as the frontrunner late into the primaries as high-profile Democratic candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jennifer Carroll Foy and Andy Beshear either decided against running or bowed out early into the race. Lee Sheng selected Garlin Gilchrist, the first African-American Governor of Michigan, as her running mate, citing his credentials as a coalition-builder and organizer popular with progressive and youth voters.

The general election campaign was dominated by the Haley administration's controversial response to the 2026 Atlantic hurricane season among general climate concerns, slow economic growth and healthcare and income reform proposals, and - to a lesser degree - the growth of the municipalist movement in American cities. Growing tension between India and China, particularly in the South China Sea and in African commerce, was the dominant foreign policy issue. Cynthia Lee Sheng campaigned as a Washington outsider and as a candidate of the working class; however, her initial lead was blunted by controversy surrounding her Chinese heritage and past scandals in the Louisiana political scene, while Haley emphasized her experience and outlined the need for a "steady hand on the wheel of American leadership" in an increasingly unstable geopolitical environment.

The election was one of the closest in American history, with the popular vote totals of the two candidates being separated by a margin of 0.12 percent, or 191,152 voters. The vote count in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Mississippi was surrounded by controversy, as mail-in and late ballots ended up tilting the vote margin in the four states; nonetheless, Lee Sheng expanded the Democratic map numerically, winning back Georgia, Michigan and Nevada and becoming the first Democrat to win Louisiana and Mississippi in 32 and 52 years respectively.
 
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Meppo

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So I was giving my computer a restart and my notes app had apparently saved every single thing I've written on it. This was one of them.

View attachment 31090

I have no idea what I'm looking at. It seems copy-pasted and edited at specific points. I clearly didn't write this. Anyone recognise this?
I guess this gave me an idea for a list, sorry @Blackentheborg

2021-2024: Joe Biden (DE) / Kamala Harris (CA) (Democratic)
2020: def. Donald Trump (FL) / Mike Pence (IN) (Republican)
2024-2025: Kamala Harris (CA) / vacant (Democratic)
2025-2029: Kamala Harris (CA) / Roy Cooper (NC) (Democratic)

2024: def. Greg Gianforte (MT) / Nikki Haley (SC) (Republican)
2029-2033: Kamala Harris (CA) / Andy Beshear (KY) (Democratic)
2028: def. Justin Amash (MI) / Leslie Rutledge (AR) (Republican), Robert F. Kennedy (NY) / Tulsi Gabbard (HI) (Independent / People's), Michelle Malkin (CO) / Andrew Torba (PA) (Patriot)
2033-2035: Paul M. Nakasone (MN) / Daniel Zolnikov (MT) (Republican)
2032: def. Andy Beshear (KY) / Gina Ortiz Jones (TX) (Democratic), Chris Smalls (NJ) / Ajmal Alami (VA) (People's)
2035-2037: Daniel Zolnikov (MT) / vacant (Republican)
2037-2045: Bee Nguyen (GA) / Daniel Feehan (MN) (Democratic)

2036: def. Daniel Zolnikov (MT) / Carlos Trujillo (FL) ("Official" Republican), Rogan O'Handley (CA) / Hannah Griff (OR) ("Right" Republican), Greg Casar (TX) / Ajmal Alami (VA) (People's)
2040: def. Haraz Ghanbari (OH) / Jez Olson (TX) (Republican), Ammon Bundy (NV) / Simone Day (VA) (Young America), David Oks (NY) / Steve Marchand (NH) (People's / Forward)
2045-2046: Keith Reed (CA) / Stephen Hadley (OH) (Opposition)
2044: def. Jason Kander (MO) / Athena Salman (AZ) (Democratic), scattered / Stephen Hadley (OH) (unpledged Republican electors)
2046-2049: Keith Reed (CA) / Stephen Hadley (OH) (Independent / Republican)
2049-present: Felix Montague Silver (VA) / Andres London Ortega (TX) (Independent / Popular Front)
2048: def. Keith Reed (CA) / Calvin Sununu (NH) (Republican), Daniel Feehan (MN) / Jace Plummer (TX) (Democratic), Simone Day (VA) / Morgan Crafts (UT) (Covenant)
The Frigid Forties, despite the name, are a sweltering and glum decade: climate change, particularly along the East Coast and in the Southwest, reared its ugly head more than ever, and American loss in the Venezuela Crisis rang of sorrow years after the end of the war. It is during these years that the Fifth Great Awakening picked up pace, far-right LARPers and suburban liberals alike plunged into esoteric American nationalism, and political candidates more than ever became reliant on amenable machines and youth militias for hire. It is these years that see the blossoming of new literary and cultural movements rejecting a myriad of real and perceived American sins - identity focuses, partisanship, commercialization of self, incrementalism, irreligion, et cetera.
 
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Meppo

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I distinctly recall finding a Twitter thread about a potential Soviet-American alliance based entirely on melanin count in a test thread on the other side, but I couldn't find it again 😭

1964-1974: Leonid Brezhnev (CPSU)
1974-1983: Nikolai Podgorny (CPSU)
1983-1984: Konstantin Chernenko (CPSU)
1984-1989: Sergei Semanov (CPSU)
1989-1991: Pyotr Demichev (CPSU)
1990: def. "No" vote
1990 "New Union" referendum: 70.2% for, 29.8% against

1991: Valentin Varennikov (CPSU [Emergency Committee])

1991-1996: Anatoly Sobchak (Independent)
1991: def. Ilya Glazunov (Congress for National Rebirth), Nikolai Ryzhkov (Communist), Aman Tuleyev (Independent)
1996-2006: Yury Boldyrev (Union of Sovereign Democrats)
1996: def. Yegor Ligachyov (Communist), Anatoly Sobchak (Independent)
2001: def. Yury Nozhikov (Fatherland), Yegor Ligachyov (Communist), Viktor Anpilov (Labor Russia)

2006-2011: Mikhail Prusak (Fatherland)
2006: def. Nikolai Kondratenko (Union of Sovereign Democrats [Christian]), Vladimir Bukovsky (Union of Sovereign Democrats [Liberal]), Albert Makashov (Independent), various Communist candidacies
2011-2021: Dmitry Rogozin (Union of Sovereign Democrats)
2011: def. Mikhail Prusak (Fatherland), Yury Dzagania (Communist), Vladimir Bukovsky (Independent), Mikhail Markelov (Antifascist Action), Nikolai Azarov (Independent), Vladimir Bushin (Soviet Rebirth)
2016: def. Alexei Etmanov (Popular Front), Nikita Belykh (Fatherland), Maksim Suraykin (Soviet Rebirth)


1965-1969: Lyndon B. Johnson (TX) / Hubert Humphrey (MN) (Democratic)
1964: def. Barry Goldwater (AZ) / William Miller (NY) (Republican)
1969-1974: Hubert Humphrey (MN) / Daniel Inouye (HI) (Democratic)
1968: def. Richard Nixon (NY) / Spiro Agnew (MD) (Republican), George Wallace (AL) / Curtis LeMay (CA) (American Independent)
1972: def. Raymond Shafer (PA) / George Bush (TX) (Republican), George Wallace (AL) / William Dyke (WI) (American Independent)

1974: Daniel Inouye (HI) / vacant (Democratic)
1974-1977: Daniel Inouye (HI) / Jack Brooks (TX) (Democratic)
1977-1982: Spiro Agnew (MD) / George Shultz (NY) (Republican)
1976: def. Daniel Inouye (HI) / Jack Brooks (TX) (Democratic), Jack Brooks (TX) / Adlai Stevenson III (IL) (Democratic [write-in])
1980: def. Ted Kennedy (MA) / Lindy Boggs (LA) (Democratic)

1982-1983: George Shultz (NY) / vacant (Republican)
1983-1985: George Shultz (NY) / Kit Bond (MO) (Republican)
1985-1993: Gore Vidal (CA) / Farrell Faubus (AR) (Democratic)
1984: def. Kit Bond (MO) / George Bush (TX) (Republican), Larry McDonald (GA) / Bill France II (FL) (American Independent)
1988: def. Jack Kemp (NY) / Pete Domenici (NM) (Republican)

1993-1997: Farrell Faubus (AR) / Michael Dukakis (MA) (Democratic)
1992: def. Robert Martinez (FL) / Helen Chenoweth-Hage (ID) (Republican)
1997-2005: Bay Buchanan (VA) / Jim Bunning (KY) (Republican)
1996: def. Michael Dukakis (MA) / Skip Humphrey (MN) (Democratic)
2000: def. Rick Perry (TX) / Ron Sims (WA) (Democratic)

2005-2013: Tipper Gore (TN) / Andrew Cuomo (NY) (Democratic)
2004: def. Jim Bunning (KY) / Susan Molinari (NY) (Republican)
2008: def. Mike DeWine (OH) / Chip Pickering (MS) (Republican), Larry Flynt (KY) / Paul Wellstone (MN) (Independent)

2013-2021: Dana Rohrabacher (CA) / Tim Pawlenty (MN) (Republican)
2012: def. Andrew Cuomo (NY) / Kathleen Falk (WI) (Democratic), Howard Schultz (WA) / John Norquist (WI) (Independent)
2016: def. Angel Taveras (PA) / Jason Chaffetz (AZ) (Democratic), Tulsi Gabbard (HI) / Lincoln Chafee (RI) (Americans for Peace)


It is 2020, and the Russian-American alliance, an unlikely front of two former superpowers that first began to grow with the 1987 Dublin summit, stands solid against the insidious menaces of the Oriental billion-man economic juggernauts, the imperialist European Community, and terrorist radicals (typically islamic and left-wing ones). It was not always like this, of course, what's with the Soviet-Afghan War and the Panama conundrum that nearly turned the Agnew-Podgorny confrontation towards a second Cuban Missile Crisis, but as heat abated and President Vidal and General Secretary Semanov shook hands in Dublin, something new was born. In the aftermath of Afghanistan, both men were committed to a mutual understanding: former newspaper editor and head of the KGB Sergei Semanov promised necessary economic and political reforms at home (downplaying his commitment to Russification of Soviet government, of course), while public intellectual and freshman Senator Gore Vidal was elected on "perpetual peace" after eight acrimonious years of the Agnew administration.

There was a period of unpleasantness, of course - the Soviet Union was not able to withstand rising food deficits, ethnic tensions and party infighting no matter how much support Vidal tried to provide - but the Russian-American alliance survived. In hindsight, it was unsurprising: as many as 35% of Russian citizens perceived the late Semanov as a martyr, and many post-Soviet countries, particularly the Baltics and Chornovil's Ukraine, were uncomfortably eager to jump into the outstretched arms of Berlin and Paris. By 1996, New York Times was writing feverish reports on Chinese companies 'on the rise' and discriminating against the American automotive industry, French was increasingly replacing Japanese in cyber-dialup dystopia movies, and Boldyrev was phoning Buchanan to congratulate her on the election and stating his hope for mutually beneficial, constructive cooperation. It seemed that, despite his lambasting of Sobchak's vices and alleged kowtowing to the rotting West, Boldyrev was just as amenable to Yankee help as his predecessor.

The 2004 attacks on the Ostankino tower, allegedly carried out by the anarchist organization New Revolutionary Alternative, caused a wide, if brief, red scare throughout Russia, weakening the Communists; however, the labour code and the surveillance laws proposed by the Boldyrev government proved controversial, further exacerbated by a split in the 2005 Sovereignist primaries. Novgorod Oblast Governor Mikhail Prusak won the 2006 presidential election against a divided field and made his mark on Russia by implementing bills giving more power to the governors; however, an economic recession would ultimately bring down the Prusak administration, returning the Sovereignists, led by Dmitry Rogozin, into the Kremlin Senate, in what was deemed by many pundits a return of the Semanov years. Similar developments would affect the United States, with Tipper Gore earning much ire for the PATRIOT Act, penalties for media "obscenity" and economic malaise before being succeeded by Rohrabacher, who has been described as a reactionary populist.

In any case, both countries have displayed alarming and strikingly similar tendencies: amidst a fever pandemic, Russia is seeing a concerted effort by the Sovereignist establishment to put high-ranking monarchist donor Konstantin Malofeyev in the Kremlin, while the United States' Republican Party lists Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Senator Kris Kobach, two outspoken hardliners on immigration and cultural issues, as its top two frontrunners.
 

Meppo

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SUMMER IN SONORA

1853: Franklin Pierce (NH) / William R. King (AL) (Democratic)
1852: def. Winfield Scott (NJ) / William A. Graham (NC) (Whig), John Hale (NH) / Joshua Giddings (OH) (Free Soil)
1853-1857: Franklin Pierce (NH) / vacant (Democratic)
1857-1861: Franklin Pierce (NH) / Aaron V. Brown (TN) (Democratic)

1856: def. Millard Fillmore (NY) / Thomas Corwin (OH) (Whig), Samuel Morse (NY) / Henry B. Anthony (RI) (Native American), John C. Fremont (CA) / Horace Mann (MA) (Free Soil)
1861-1864: James Buchanan (PA) / John A. Quitman (MS) (Democratic)
1860: def. John P. Kennedy (MD) / John van Buren (NY) (National), Henry S. Foote (CA) / William G. Brownlow (TN) (Native American)
1864-1865: John A. Quitman (MS) / vacant (Democratic)
1865-1873: Nathaniel P. Banks (MA) / Schuyler Colfax (IN) (National)

1864: def. John A. Quitman (MS) / Fernando Wood (NY) (Southern "Fire-Eater" Democratic), John A. McClernand (IL) / Lazarus W. Powell (KY) (Northern "Terrapin" Democratic), Richard Taylor (CU) / Washington Hunt (NY) (Native American)
1868: def. Millard Fillmore (NY) / Samuel P. Lee (VA) (Constitutional Coalition), Austin Blair (MI) / Ben F. Butler (MA) (Radical)
1873-1877: Schuyler Colfax (IN) / Lovell Rousseau (KY) (National)
1872: def. Felix Zollicoffer (TN) / John T. Hoffman (NY) (Democratic)

  • No Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • The Black Warrior affair leads to USA acquiring Cuba, most likely through a short war with Spain; without the Kansas-Nebraska Act holding up them, Pierce and the overwhelmingly Democratic 33rd Congress approve a quick suspension of the neutrality act to do so, while going along with Kansas being organized as a free state.
  • Without Bleeding Kansas there's no incentive for a strong northern anti-slavery party to form (at least not in 1854). The Whigs drag on, although with only a dozen seats in Senate they remain largely impotent.
  • With the acquisition of Cuba and without Kansas-Nebraska to poison the idea of Manifest Destiny, the filibuster movement is strengthened; thousands of freebooters from below the Mason-Dixon Line and beyond enlist to wreak havoc in Central America. Nicaragua becomes an American Territory.
  • Stephen Douglas succumbs to cholera following a visit to Chicago in 1856.
  • With Pierce's popularity at an all-time high and anti-Democratic opposition wholly divided, the 1856 presidential election is widely predicted to result in a Democratic landslide. Early into the campaign, Millard Fillmore attempts to court the Know Nothing movement in order to bolster his presidential campaign and the Whig party apparatus; however, a group of Know Nothing leaders dissatisfied with the 13th President's muddy relationship with immigration reject him, nominating Samuel Morse for President instead.
  • As the Reform War's gears begin rolling, Pierce and Secretary of State Buchanan look towards Mexico to "extend a helping hand to the legitimate government" and end disturbances along the southern border - starting with a "temporary" military protectorate over Sonora and Chihuahua, which Congress authorizes in a surprisingly narrow fashion.
  • The 1860 Democratic convention is contentious: Senator John "Ace of Havana" Quitman of Mississippi and Senator Sam Houston of Texas all emerge as the primary frontrunners, but Secretary of State James Buchanan, as the principal Northern candidate in the race, clinches the nomination. There are some rumblings regarding the Sonoran War as several northern delegations nominate former Sen. Henry Dodge of Wisconsin, but they are ultimately shut out of the nomination process.
  • Unlike the Cuban War, the Sonoran War is rather more disastrous for the United States of America and its freebooters; with Maximilian I successfully uniting liberals and conservatives behind him against the slavedriving occupiers, American soldiers in Sonora find their position tenuous. Benito Juarez is Chancellor of the Second Mexican Empire, and is somewhat uncomfortable about it.
  • Colorado (the one without the Denver) becomes a state.
  • By 1862, an emerging view of the Sonoran War among the American public is that Maximilian I is commanded directly by the Pope and "agents of the global Catholic Church" to vanquish American liberty, leading to several riots and rising anti-Catholic sentiment - particularly among Democrats.
  • As Imperial troops retake Guaymas, Buchanan finds himself in the unenviable position of having to choose between pulling out of Mexico (and thus pissing off his immensely ambitious Vice President, the Knights of the Golden Circle that permeate his administration, veteran freebooters and general supporters of the Monroe Doctrine) and remaining (and thus pissing off the increasingly disaffected North and, more importantly, London and Paris). "At least we kept Nicaragua," Harriet Lane would quote him.
  • The 1864 presidential election is a polarized affair; however, the Nationals present an united front, while allegations surrounding President Buchanan's abrupt (supposedly stress-induced) death, talks of secession in Quitman's camp, rumored plans by members of the Buchanan admin to kidnap Banks in case he wins, and an "anti-Sonora, anti-nullificationist" walkout led by Senator McClernand serve to weaken Quitman's candidacy. With Banks accused of being a supporter of Kennedy's seven-year emancipation plan and Fire-Eaters fuming at their candidate's defeat, secession is all but inevitable.
  • Governed by John Netherland at the time of the secessions, Tennessee stays in the Union.
  • The War of Southern Secession (1865-1871) dominates Banks's presidency, with alternating results for the Union and the Southern Confederacy; however, beset by incompetent, dictatorial and continually changing leadership, by 1870 the Confederacy is limited to a few holdouts scattered across the Deep South as well as Cuba and Nicaragua. In January of 1871, certain of their inevitable loss and hounded by General Garcia's forces, President Wigfall and the rest of the remaining Confederate elite make a decision to flee for the "State of Walker", establish a remote planter's paradise and appeal to London for protection, in a bold plan intercepted by Captain Robert Smalls.
 
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1920-1932: Karl I (Habsburg-Lorraine)
1932-: Vasyl I "the Embroidered" (Habsburg-Lorraine)

1920-1925: Vyacheslav Lypynsky (National Hromada)
1920 (majority): Andriy Nikovsky (Federalist Socialist), Filip Pilipchuk (National Republican), Isaak Mazepa (Labor)
1924 (majority): Andriy Nikovsky (Democratic Union), Filip Pilipchuk (National Republican), Fyodor Krizhanivsky (Labor), Samiylo Pidhirsky (Zagrava)
1925: Dmytro Doroshenko (National Hromada, backed by Democratic Union)
1925: Ivan Poltavets-Ostryanitsa (National Hromada, backed by Free Cossacks)
1925-1933: Serhiy Shelukhyn (National Hromada)
1926 (majority): Pavlo Zaitsev (Democratic Union), Pavlo Khrystiuk (Labor)
1930 (coalition): Serhiy Yefremov (Democratic Union ~ Left), Mykola Galagan (Labor), Pavlo Zaitsev (Democratic Union ~ Right), collective leadership (Independent Labor), Boris Butenko (Union of Free Cossacks)
1932-: Mykhaylo Bilynsky (Labor)
1932 (majority): Adam Montrezor (National Hromada), Kostiantyn Matsievich (Democratic), Pavlo Zaitsev (Union of April 7), collective leadership (Left Labor), Boris Butenko (Union of Free Cossacks)
*only major parliamentary groups named

On August 30, 1918, at the Hammer and Sickle arms factory, a Socialist-Revolutionary named Fanny Kaplan shot Vladimir Lenin with a Browning pistol. From there, the Red movement unraveled, wedged between Trotsky and Tukhachevsky's Red Army and constantly rotating triumvirates in charge of the Soviets, and the Russian Civil War continued well into the twenties, even as the Great War had ended - with German soldiers in Paris - and the Kansas Epidemic had abated. As Whites and Reds fought over Petrograd and Tula, nations along the periphery chose to secede, settle things their own way. It just so happened that many of them had German arms backing them.

In this environment Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria, a Grand Admiral of the Imperial and Royal War Navy, took an opportunity few could afford. Having previously staked a claim to the Polish throne (and deterred by the Germans), Karl Stefan took to Ukraine with his youngest son Wilhelm, engaging in humanitarian work and defense against Bolshevik forces. This made him an enemy of Hetman Skoropadskyi, who felt threatened by his status as well as his growing popularity with the Ukrainian populace at large. Historians continue to argue whether the Hetman would move against the Archduke or not, as Skoropadskyi's assassination by a Makhnovite anarchist interrupted his rule. The vast majority of his supporters, including various Polish and Russian landholders and officers, ultimately coalesced around the figure of Karl Stefan, who by 1920 was effectively slated to become King of Ukraine.

Vyacheslav Lypynsky, the chief ideologue of Ukrainian conservatism, was the obvious first choice for Prime Minister, presiding over limited democratic elections and a Rada dominated by the National Hromada, steered the country through the early Twenties, establishing Ukraine as Mitteleuropa's main breadbasket and suppressing anarchist and socialist unrest, the likes of which were observed in Mexico, Italy and Argentina among others; more than that, Russia, now consolidated under the Pepelyayev brothers and a tenuous "Government of All the Talents", was wary of Ukraine and its relationship with Black Sea Cossacks at best. Militarization was in order.
With news of Red Army soldiers and Bolshevik operatives roaming the world, Ukraine experienced a vast Red Scare, culminating in the political crisis of July 1925; when Lypynsky was found dead in his bedroom, allegedly poisoned by a socialist assassin, the Hromada government instituted a wide-ranging curfew and rollback of democratic institutions. Further exacerbating the crisis were the competing claims of foreign affairs minister Doroshenko and military affairs minister Poltavets-Ostryanitsa, who saw themselves each as the legitimate acting head of government; the issue was only resolved with the appointment of Serhiy Shelukhyn, who rolled back the curfew and presided over the arrest of multiple left-wing "agitators".

The late 1920s-early 1930s were a difficult time for the Weltsystem: the Börse Berlin Crash sent reverberations through the global economy, while the violent Turkish Civil War humiliated Berlin: with Enver Pasha massacring his way to the Caspian, even the most loyal members of Mitteleuropa were lukewarm on helping the Sickest Monarchy of Europe, and volunteers were flooding from every corner to help liberate their nation of choice. This was particularly true of Ukraine, as Crimean Tatar emigrants returned to the homeland of their ancestors while Cossacks helped establish the Second Republic of Armenia from Goris to Erzurum - no matter how much Shelukhyn and the National Hromada, conscious of German support, tried to discourage them. The Hromada paid for it, losing their majority in the Rada for the first time in Ukrainian history as Cossack organizations no longer lent them their full support (though their political views were too disparate to allow them to become more than a coalition appendage). Left-wing parties expanded their share of the vote substantially.

1932 was a year of great change. Karl I passed away peacefully in the Mariyinsky Palace; he was, as expected, succeeded by his son Wilhelm (better known as Vasyl Vyshyvani), a broadly popular figure among all classes and a hero of the nation. The Shelukhyn government was mildly fearful of him, as Vasyl, coronated at only 37 years old, was distinctly more left-leaning than his father (he wasn't called "the Red Prince" for nothing) and rather pushy about Galicia, particularly as the Austrian Empire was destabilized by the Great Depression and continued ethnic strife. Fears of unrest and military coup surrounded the 1932 elections, and - as former rear admiral Mikhaylo Bilynsky gave the Ukrainian Labor Party a landslide majority - rumors of a "business plot" became commonplace. However, Vasyl I gave his consent to the Bilynsky government, and Ukrainian democracy stood in place.

Two years into Prime Minister Bilynsky's tenure, Ukraine is on the upswing, being one of the more stable states in Europe while also rapidly unionizing and industrializing. However, relations with its neighbors - Poland and Russia primarily - are not so rosy, and the two issues posed by the Russian Civil War - the Galician Question and the Cossack Question - are yet to be solved.
 
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