A discussion on a channel I'm in led to which infoboxes were easier. I thought election ones was, some others thought people ones were, and I decided to show that it was a breeze at least for me by doing this. This took me 20 minutes, including recolouring the map and getting pictures
Maytopia Theresa May (Conservative majority) 2016-2027
2016 (maj.): def. Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP)
2021 (maj.): def. Owen Smith (Labour), Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP-"O") and Alex Salmond (SNP-"S")
2025 (maj.): def. Angela Eagle (Democratic), Owen Jones (Labour Movement), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) and John Swinney (USNP, abstaining) Tom Tugendhat (Conservative majority) 2027-2031
2028 (maj.): def. Ed Miliband (Progressive League - Democratic/Labour/United Liberal/Social Democratic/Plaid Lafur), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Humza Yousaf (USNP, abstaining) and Tim Farron (Christian People's) Ed Miliband (Progressive League (Democratic/Labour/United Liberal/Social Democratic/Plaid Lafur)-Plaid Cymru minority coalition with support and confidence from Christian People's and extraparliamentary support from USNP) 2031-
2031 (coal.): def. Tom Tugendhat (Conservative), Bethan Sayed (Plaid Cymru), Humza Yousaf (USNP, abstaining) and Tim Farron (Christian People's)
The broken and defeated Left finally crawls back into government after twenty years out. Theresa May's landslide victory in 2016 did indeed "count Labour out for a generation". Now as the grey-haired Ed Miliband enters 10 Downing Street as the only person who could feasibly count on the fragmented Progressive League's full support, there is a feeling that even though they won the battle, they lost the war. Sure, they finally re-entered government, but it feels like it was by default and that they will never transform Britain as much as Theresa May did
The Truth About... series?
Liberal Republicans and Populist Democrats - Turns out it isn't as simple as a "switch" and actually is pretty shit
Richard Nixon - Nixon in 1960! A glorious era of moderate Republicanism and civil rights? Actually no. (WIP)
Other ideas coming soon
The Wars of the Rosettes Harry Winchester (Conservative-led National Government) 1931-1937 "The Iron Face"
A firm traditionalist who nevertheless deeply clashed with the new monarch Edward VIII and insisted on no marrying a divorcee, he resigned in protest
Edward Long (Conservative-led National Government) 1937-1940 "Loud, Divisive, Distressingly Popular"
His successor was Edward "Ted" Long, a deeply loud reformer who always stepped like he believed he was right, and his intervention into the Second Irish Civil War proved controversial, especially among some who argued that Ireland was distracting us from the real enemy - Germany
Edward Castle (Conservative-led National Government, then Wartime Government) 1940-1946 "Courtly Problems"
Castle is widely considered probably the first gay Prime Minister, mostly because it was heavily rumoured that he was in a homosexual relationship with his Chancellor of the Exchequer Pierce Graves. This led to friction with more High Tories, including past PM Harry Winchester. In the end, Castle is remembered for leading Britain to its second defeat against Germany. As the Kaiser enjoyed his second victory, the knives were out for Castle
Edward Windsor (Absolute rule supported by "King's Men") 1946-1951 "With Thunderous Applause"
With the National Government haggling over who would lead the country, the King decided to make a move and seize absolute power. Supported by the recently-victorious Germany and by "King's Men" who defected to support him, his absolute rule would be ineffective and end with his fleeing as Britain started to fall to a revolution that would turn it into a Republic
Richard Borden (National Unity Government, then Government of National Dictation) 1951-1959 "The Uncrowned King"
Borden's regime still leaves a mark on Britain. With the socialist revolutionaries being crushed for the time being by a continuation of Windsor's absolute monarchy, increasingly inching towards a form of fascism, Borden was its face. At first the figurehead for the real powers behind the stage, by 1954 he decidedly became the real power thanks to a series of purges against those who threatened his growing power the most. As the inaugurated Lord Protector of the British Commonwealth, he formed a Government of National Dictation. However, this was a cultured government that encouraged the arts, even as it cracked many young radicals' heads below jackboots. In the end, he couldn't hold it back for ever
Henry Bowles (Labour-led Revolutionary Government) 1959-1961 "Growing Pains"
Bowles' ministry can be remembered as primarily one of a brutal low-level civil war between the remnant of the Government of National Dictation and the now governing Revolutionary Government. Many died in guerrilla conflicts and terrorist attacks, including Bowles in 1961
Harry Monmouth (Labour-led Revolutionary Government) 1961-1966 "The People's Harry"
Remembered fondly by the people who remember his government. Dashing, young, hopeful, he represented the hopes of many in the Revolutionary Government for a fresh start after the distressing failure that was Bowles. And he was Bowles' protege during his government too, so he was the ideal man to take over. With Germany declaring war on the "socialist government" in 1963, the Third World War began. Monmouth held firm and held the people's determination high as the war happened. The war seemed to be turning well for Britain, then... whistles, then bang
Henry Lancaster (Labour-led Revolutionary Government) 1966-1970 "The Boy Prime Minister"
Assuming power due to byzantine agreements in the Party Committee, 25-year-old Henry Lancaster was charged with winning the war. He arguably failed, as Germany ended up winning the war and Britain fell into civil war. But in the process, he got a firm loyalty from his party, as he successfully argued that no one else could have done any better. This would doom Britain
Edward York (Government of National Restoration) 1970-1974 "Shattered Britain"
The so-called Government of National Restoration, or the "Whites" as they commonly were known as [by association with the Russian Civil War], determined that there would be no more possibility of a Socialist Revolution. Cracking down harshly on socialist rebels, they tried bringing back the Borden restrictions and regime and that led to a bunch of people marching to Westminster and everything going to shit
Henry Lancaster (Labour-led Revolutionary Government) 1974 "Brief. Too Brief."
Perhaps it was overconfidence that led Henry Lancaster to decide to return to Britain from exile in Scandinavia to assume his position as Prime Minister of the restored Revolutionary Government. But what was sweet summer turned into a winter of discontent and in December, he fled again
Edward York (Government of National Restoration) 1974-1979 "I'm Back"
Things were at the breaking point when Edward York returned to power. Britain was divided starkly between Whites and Reds, between authoritarian fascists and revolutionary socialists. There started to grow a "Liberal Democratic" movement, but for the moment that was small. York's restored government was firm and strict, but learning from mistakes, refrained from Borden-level severeness. He resigned in 1979
Edward Woodville (Government of National Restoration) 1979-1980 "The Boy in the Ivory Castle"
Seen as elitist, distanced, a puppet of those behind him, the 27-year-old Woodville ended up dying in a mysterious car-crash
Richard Treen (Government of National Restoration) 1980-1987 "Gave Battle in Vain"
Treen was, by some, seen as the murderer of Woodville and as a Machiavellian figure who plotted his way into seizing power in 1980. The strange disappearance of Edward York did not help matters. When in 1982 the exiled Reds finally came to a compromise with the rising Liberal Democrats, to form the Social Democratic Front, it did not help Treen at all. Competent at being Prime Minister of a dictatorial government, he ended up seeing everything crumble, and the more he tightened his grasp, the more it all fell apart. The two sides met at Bosworth and Treen saw his side lose. He fled
Harry Tudor (Social Democratic Front, leading Reconciliation Government) 1987- "Red and White Together Makes... Purple?"
Prime Minister Tudor, the Welsh moderate who was known for his hard-nosed financial positions yet a strong willingness to compromise and bring a divided nation together, was the ideal person to end the "Wars of the Rosettes" as the bloody British Civil Wars were known as. People just hoped that there would be no more bloodshed, no more political division. Time would only tell if he could deliver
Assuming the analogue continues, Tudor does bring peace to Britain but his Reconciliation Government jut ossifies into a different kind of authoritarianism - with his Kitchen Cabinet making many discrete decisions with no Parliamentary consultation. But as long as there is peace, the British people are happy to accept that.
When the more openly authoritarian Henry Greene comes to power, then we have cause for concern.
Kings and Queens of Trefor Macsen I “the Magnificent” (House of Meurig) & Catrin I “the Cunning” (House of Howell) 1211-1230 Macsen II “the Young King” (House of Meurig) & Catrin I “the Cunning” (House of Howell) 1230-1232 Macsen II “the Young King” (House of Meurig) 1232-1238 Owain I “the Lawgiver” (House of Meurig) 1238-1280 Macsen III “the Boneless” (House of Meurig) 1280-1295 Macsen IV “the Sword of Hunkara” (House of Meurig) 1295-1313 Catrin II “the Maiden” (House of Meurig) 1313-1339 Rhys I “the Shadow” (House of Meurig) 1339-1360 Owain II “Storm-Eyes” (House of Meurig) 1360-1391 Rhys II “the King-in-Rags” (House of Meurig) 1391-1403 Macsen V “the Monk” (House of Meurig) 1403-1409 Catrin III “the Great” (House of Meurig) 1409-1458 Gavan I “the Scholar” (House of Morcant) 1458-1489 Gavan II “the Plumed Knight” (House of Morcant) 1489-1503 Owain III “the Frugal” (House of Morcant) 1503-1540 Catrin III “the Laughing Dragon” (House of Morcant) 1540-1558 Gavan III “the Clement” (House of Rhydderch) 1558-1571 Talfryn “the Tenacious” (House of Rhydderch) 1571-1609 Macsen VI “the Mad” (House of Rhydderch) 1609-1613 Owain IV “the Listener” (House of Rhydderch) 1613-1649 Macsen VII “the Mild” (House of Rhydderch) 1649-1668 Owain V “the Warrior” (House of Rhydderch) 1668-1683 Gwen “the Green Queen” (House of Rhydderch) 1683-1687 Interregnum 1687-1691 [Crown held by Parliament] Lloyd I “the Great” (House of Llywelyn) 1691-1723 Iestyn “the Innocent” (House of Llywelyn) 1723-1724 Macsen VIII “the Terrible” (House of Llywelyn) 1724-1755 Gavan IV “the Quiet” (House of Llywelyn) 1755-1784 Lloyd II “the Loud” (House of Llywelyn) 1784-1803 Macsen IX “the White” (House of Llywelyn) 1803-1805 Llinos “the Diamond” (House of Llywelyn) 1805-1864 Owain VI “the Musician” (House of Jernigan) 1864-1899 Lloyd III “the Bastion” (House of Jernigan) 1899-1911 Lloyd IV “the Lucky” (House of Jernigan) 1911-1937 Dylis “the Holy” (House of Jernigan) 1937-1981 Gavan V “the Modern” (House of Coedwig) 1981-
To Stand Against Fascism, Together Theresa May (Conservative majority, then minority, then Conservative-Labour-Liberal Democrat "United Front") 2016-
2016 (min.): def. Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) and Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat)
2020 (coal.): def. Tommy Robinson (UKIP), Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) andVince Cable (Liberal Democrat)
Words such as How? and Why? has been thrown about at the outcome of the 2020 election which saw the abrupt rise of UKIP under their leader Tommy Robinson. Perhaps it was the last-minute passing of the Deal after months of expecting No-Deal, including the voting of Labour and the Lib Dems with the Mayite Tories for it. Perhaps it was the scandals involving bribery of some kind. Perhaps it was there all along, like a festering sore - Britain's faith in their politicians were increasingly low and desire for an "outsider" party was always there.
May, up until the 2020 election, was seen as floundering and aimless. Somehow managing to hold on after the Deal was narrowly passed, justifying her continued presence with the need to finish negotiating the final Deal and seeing off an ERG-attempted coup, her ministry managed to get some things through, but talk of "Making this new post-Brexit world work" was top of the list. While tepid negotiations with President Mike Pence was going on, there was rumours that May would "privatise" the NHS due to American corporations' demands. This would normally benefit Labour, but...
Labour was not in good health. Many of their members were angry that they voted for the Deal instead of trying to push for a full People's Vote [yes, even as late as the day before Brexit Day. Don't ask me why] and others were angry they voted against a real Brexit. In the end, the Labour Party just couldn't walk the tightrope enough, and in the end fell with the grumbling People's Voters and argued for a closer relationship with the EU than what May advocated for. This ended up with many disgruntled voters from Labour shifting to UKIP...
Meanwhile as the ERG grew increasingly disgruntled with UKIP, some defections started happening, and Robinson welcomed some ERG Tories and also some die-hard Labour Brexiteer elements into UKIP. Those weren't as much as a pre-Batten UKIP could have gotten, but there was some. And UKIP started to rise once more in the polls, alarming many who declared "the rise of the far-right is happening"
The 2020 election did several things - it broke British politics. It made the far-right more powerful than ever. And it reinvented Theresa May. She was always good in a crisis, and UKIP's rise provided a long-lasting electoral crisis for her to tackle. With the Tories barely first place despite losing a hundred seats, she declared "this is a time of crisis, and we need an united front against the bigotry that is UKIP". And Labour re-entered government as a junior partner to the Tories, the first Grand Coalition since WWII. With many of her enemies in the Party either retired outright or defeated by UKIP, May's control of her party was absolute. And with Labour controlled by their more metropolitan elements, Corbyn managed to convince them to back his Coalition, justifying it as "it's either this or let Tommy Robinson into 10 Downing Street"
Britain was broken. Brexit has broken it. And yet again, May was charged with fixing it.
First Ministers of Scotland (1999-2016) Alex Salmond (SNP minority supported by the Conservatives, then SNP majority) 2007-2016
High Chancellors of Scotland (2016-) Nicola Sturgeon (SNP majority, then SNP-Green coalition, then "Official" SNP-Green coalition) 2016-2020 Ruth Davidson (Conservative-Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition) 2020-2023 Humza Yousaf ("Official" SNP-"Independent" SNP coalition, then USNP majority) 2023-2030 Michael Gove (Alliance of National Protection majority, then minority supported by USNP and ROSE) 2030-2035 Mark Meechan (Braveheart majority) 2035-