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Blackentheborg

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Major Nation-states of Eurasia and their leaders, circa 2081

1. The All-Russian Union
Dominant ideologies: National Bolshevism, Gumilyovism, Contemporary Rodnovery
Leader: Dictator Chelpanov Turgenev

In the news last week because they've canonised the waxy corpse of Putin, instead of hunting the last Siberian Tiger to extinction so the Dear Leader can have its head mounted as a conversation starter. Not many people like the Union, and that's fair, since the Union despises anyone who isn't bloodletting to see whatever future is still in front of them. Plot twist; it's all dark.

2. Holy Chechnya
Dominant ideologies: Islamist-fascism, Basayevist Nationalism, Islamic Orthopraxy, Neo-Wahhabism
Leader: Caliph Sulimbek Avtorxanov (?)

Nobody's actually seen an actual Chechen in years. Border guards near Azerbaijan insist that they've seen a man in triangular black cloaks 'walking in the air' above the burial pits, whatever that's supposed to mean. For such an extremist boogyman, the Chechen's seem to like keeping to themselves. Maybe the rumours are right, that they're busy performing some sort of mega-ritual to bring forth the Second Fall. Bah. Pass the drink, my head is still ringing.

3. The Golden Horde Eternal
Dominant ideologies: "Buddhist" Theocracy, Pan-Mongolianism, Thuzanism
Leader: Lama Thubten

How could you not fall in love with the romanticisation of Genghis Khan, the barbarian who ruled singlehandedly from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Who cares if this new attempt has only just started to claw it's way out of Kalmykia, they're ambitious, you gotta admit!

4. Autonomous Administration of Tibet
Dominant ideologies: Tibetan Nationalism, Agrarian Militancy
Leader: State Administrator Woeten Drakpa

According to state propaganda, the AAT "won" its independence, which I guess is true, seeing as how they essentially fell into a localised government after the Fall. Neither of their larger neighbours had any particular use for it, since the Roof of the World was now pockmarked with eerily smooth semicircle craters. There is growing resentment within the communities as the refugee crisis worsens.

5. New Republic of Free China
Dominant ideologies: Democratic Confederalism, Pluralism
Leader: Chairwoman of the Revolutionary Command Council Lian Xieren

The economic stresses of the Philippine War and President Yimu's botched introduction of "Global Market NuEconomics with Militant Characteristics" finally proved too much for the 'definitely communist' PRC to handle, and the Gutter Revolution made sure it'd be a massacare for both sides. The resulting hole in the global economy wasn't necessarily a great boon for any nation, but their road to utopia has been paved in counterrevolutionary blood for a while now.

6. State of Free Bukhan
Dominant ideologies: Pan-nationalist Humanism, Neo-Ilminism
Leader: "Ku Hee-Ra" (Ki Chi'un, Ka Sun-Yung & Nu Ji-Tae)

Legends still mutter about a problematic family that used to be in charge of this place. Had a girls name. It took over the South too. Keep in mind this was all way before the Fall, so it must've been a lot easier. We don't bother them, they don't bother us, simple. Oh, uh, unless they want coal. It's recommended you don't put up a fight if they want the coal you have, seeing as how many of them are descendants of prisoners of war. No nerve endings to speak of.

7. Andhra Pradesh
Dominant ideologies: Naxalism, Ganapathism, Maoism
Leader: Chariman Mohun Talavalakar

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cikka

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Major Nation-states of Eurasia and their leaders, circa 2081

1. The All-Russian Union
Dominant ideologies: National Bolshevism, Gumilyovism, Contemporary Rodnovery
Leader: Dictator Chelpanov Turgenev

In the news last week because they've elected canonised the waxy corpse of Putin, instead of hunting the last Siberian Tiger to extinction so the Dear Leader can have its head mounted as a conversation starter. Not many people like the Union, and that's fair, since the Union despises anyone who isn't bloodletting to see whatever future is still in front of them. Plot twist; it's all dark.

2. Holy Chechnya
Dominant ideologies: Islamist-fascism, Basayevist Nationalism, Islamic Orthopraxy, Neo-Wahhabism
Leader: Caliph Sulimbek Avtorxanov (?)

Nobody's actually seen an actual Chechen in years. Border guards near Azerbaijan insist that they've seen a man in triangular black cloaks 'walking in the air' above the burial pits, whatever that's supposed to mean. For such an extremist boogyman, the Chechen's seem to like keeping to themselves. Maybe the rumours are right, that they're busy performing some sort of mega-ritual to bring forth the Second Fall. Bah. Pass the drink, my head is still ringing.

3. The Golden Horde Eternal
Dominant ideologies: "Buddhist" Theocracy, Pan-Mongolianism, Thuzanism
Leader: Lama Thubten

How could you not fall in love with the romanticisation of Genghis Khan, the barbarian who ruled singlehandedly from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Who cares if this new attempt has only just started to claw it's way out of Kalmykia, they're ambitious, you gotta admit!

4. Autonomous Administration of Tibet
Dominant ideologies: Tibetan Nationalism, Agrarian Militancy
Leader: Head of State Woeten Drakpa

According to state propaganda, the AAT "won" its independence, which I guess is true, seeing as how they essentially fell into a localised government after the Fall. Neither of their larger neighbours had any particular use for it, since the Roof of the World was now pockmarked with eerily smooth semicircle craters. There is growing resentment within the communities as the refugee crisis worsens.

5. New Republic of Free China
Dominant ideologies: Democratic Confederalism, Pluralism
Leader: Chairwoman of the Revolutionary Command Council Lian Xieren

The economic stresses of the Philippine War and President Yimu's botched introduction of "Global Market NuEconomics with Militant Characteristics" finally proved too much for the 'definitely communist' PRC to handle, and the Gutter Revolution made sure it'd be a massacare for both sides. The resulting hole in the global economy wasn't necessarily a great boon for any nation, but their road to utopia has been paved in counterrevolutionary blood for a while now.

6. State of Free Bukhan
Dominant ideologies: Pan-nationalist Humanism, Neo-Ilminism
Leader: "Ku Hee-Ra" (Ki Chi'un, Ka Sun-Yung & Nu Ji-Tae)

Legends still mutter about a problematic family that used to be in charge of this place. Had a girls name. It took over the South too. Keep in mind this was all way before the Fall, so it must've been a lot easier. We don't bother them, they don't bother us, simple. Oh, uh, unless they want coal. It's recommended you don't put up a fight if they want the coal you have, seeing as how many of them are descendants of prisoners of war. No nerve endings to speak of.

7. Andhra Pradesh
Dominant ideologies: Naxalism, Ganapathism, Maoism
Leader: Chariman Mohun Talavalakar

Oh god oh fuck oh fu
this is posted right after you posted the nice American future history in your thread and i just got the image that whenever you try to do a nice future history you wake up ten days later in a ditch somewhere with a page long dissertation on climate change and a new tl where the world has broken

this is excellent btw, wish i had your creativity
 

Blackentheborg

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this is posted right after you posted the nice American future history in your thread and i just got the image that whenever you try to do a nice future history you wake up ten days later in a ditch somewhere with a page long dissertation on climate change and a new tl where the world has broken

this is excellent btw, wish i had your creativity
It's scary how accurate that image is.
 

SoldierOfChrist

The War on Gamer
United States of America, 1997

American Labor Party: President Young's death has left an entirely predictable void in Omaha, as three decades of sending potential successors off to manage nuclear plants and automotive factories across the country finally pays off in a bleak sort of way. Grassley is the most likely candidate by default, but while his corn-fed mediocrity's not made him enemies, it also hasn't impressed many in the Politburo either. The bright young things of the '70s have become old and bitter, jealously guarding their regional fiefdoms and refusing to deviate from an economic orthodoxy that is rapidly crumbling in the face of Soviet ubiquity. India's ascension to COMECON in '92 was a deathblow to Young's dream of a rival socialist trade bloc, and the situation has only worsened since; the most pessimistic Laborites fear a return to the grim autarky of the early Merriman years.
- 'Detroit Club': From R. J. Thomas to Coleman Young, Detroit's produced some exceptionally talented and ambitious Laborite cadres. In power this has translated to substantial preferential development that's transformed Motor City into one of the richest cities in America with an unrivaled infrastructure. The influence of this so-called club is waning nationally, but it seems unlikely to disappear from the political landscape anytime soon, if for no other reason than their connections to the national UAW keeping them at the table.
- 'Comintern, USA': It's difficult to describe a faction that has only existed vestigially since '68, but the malaise of recent years and the success of COMECON has given the Sovietophiles no small amount of vindication. Whether this translates to an organizational revival remains to be seen; Gus Hall remains under house arrest. But as the American Dream dies a slow death, there are doubtless those in the House of the People who will naturally gravitate towards the Soviets as the socialist vanguard of humanity. For the party leadership, this is a source of both paranoia and existential doubt.

American Patriots' League: The APL now consists mostly of septuagenarian and octogenarian veterans of the Second Revolutionary War, and is more a network of social clubs than anything resembling a political organization these days. At one point there was a paramilitary wing, but that broke up decades ago. They still have over three million dues-paying members, however, all of whom remember clearly just how little the Soviets helped the cause of socialist revolution when it counted. They're vehemently anti-COMECON, and will see any concession to Soviet power as a betrayal at the deepest level. Otherwise, they like parades, they like portraits of Merriman, and they really like their pensions.

New Progressive Party: Still preaching the gospel of their "National Economic Calculation Network" to the exclusion of all else, God bless them.
 

Blackentheborg

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Fine! You lot want an optimistic scenario for once?! I'll give you a fuCkIn oPtImIstIc fUcKin

State of the Big Two in American Politics, 2052

1. Democratic Alliance
Presidential nominee: Governor Mauree Turner of Oklahoma
Congressional leader: Senator Amara Enyia of Illinois

  • Democratic Party (100+)
  • Green (11)
  • Working Families (3)
  • Farmer-Labour (5)
  • Democratic Socialists of America (19)
  • Peace and Freedom Party (2)
  • Justice (3)
  • Illinois Coalition Against War & Racism (1)
  • Nonpartisan League (4)
  • Partido Nacional de La Raza Unida (2)
  • M.A.T.H (3)
  • Liberty Union Party (1)
Somehow they're really making it work. No, it's not a communist revolution, no, it's not the abolishment of capitalism en-masse, and no, death camps haven't been erected in Central Park for stockbrokers (fingers crossed), but that doesn't mean it's all for naught. With the Pelosi-lites essentially forced out by the Ranked Representation Act of 2040, the focus of the party has returned to it's old-fashioned working-class orientation. Over half of the Alliance has been on record as arrestees during pro-Union protests before their first legislative victories.

2. Republican Alliance
Presidential nominee: Senator Javon Price of Virginia
Congressional leader: Representative Brian Matlock of Kansas

  • Republican Party (100+)
  • Solidarity (4)
  • New American Era (4)
  • United Citizens (2)
  • Serve America Movement (8)
  • ACT! (3)
  • Free Expression Project (2)
  • Citizens' Victory Movement (1)
  • Appalachian Coal & Steel Community (1)
  • United Utah (1)
They won't admit it, but I know for a fact this lot is still kicking themselves. After all, it was them who forced the NPVIC, only after their guy kept losing thanks to the EC. Funny how these things work out, huh? At least they purged the America-Firsters a long time ago, after, you know, the incident. Now they're mostly trying to negotiate the return of the fabled Free Market.
 

Wolfram

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Political Parties in the State of Rio Grande, 2021

United Democrats: Governor O'Rourke is actually doing surprisingly okay with his legislative agenda - the University of the Rio Grande at Laredo bill just got signed, cannabis decriminalization got out of committee in the Senate, and the police reform bill is beginning to take shape - but if I see one more grainy video shot outside an El Taco Tote at 11:30 at night where the Governor spends ninety seconds talking about gun control and then does half a kickflip I'm quitting politics and getting really into crosswords.

Republican Party: Spare a thought for the Rio Grande Republicans. Their opponents spent two decades falling apart, culminating in an actual schism within the party, and they still couldn't get within eight points of the Governorship. All their serious contenders who go into politics do it in Texas, and they're down to Anglo bankers and warmed-over Cristeros. There is nothing new to say about the Republican Party. They do not change; politics just sort of happens to them.

Reform-Democratic Alliance: Henry Cuellar, out of the past twenty years, you have been Governor for a solid eight of them and power behind the throne for another four. Your political career, in and of itself, is nearly old enough to run for President, and has lasted for more than two-thirds of the existence of the state. Don't you think we think if you were going to reform anything you'd have already done so? Not that it matters, because his main target audience is the 'old man yells at trees' demographic.

Raza Unida: They've been spending a lot of time talking about gentrification in El Paso. Not that that isn't worth talking about, but if they think they're getting anywhere in El Paso I have a Jose Angel Gutierrez Memorial Definitely-Not-Porkbarrelling International Friendship Bridge to sell them. (No, he's not dead, but they really want him to be remembered.)

DSRG: Despite what you may have heard on Twitter, not a thing.
 

Indicus

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Political Parties of the British Isles, 1847

It has been eighteen years since the overthrow of the United Kingdom and the establishment of a revolutionary regime; yet, politics remain as chaotic as ever. With the Radicals' return to power in these elections, many hope for change....

Government

Radical Party
: Founded in the wake of the Revolution out of the left wing of the Whigs and the most technocratic Radicals who supported the Revolution the most, the return to power of the self-proclaimed party of Fox and Liberty comes with major hopes, as well as a lot of cynicism. Yet, they are less a party and more a coalition of barely-united interests.

Wilfrid Lawson: As the new Prime Minister, Lawson has great desires for reforms. He wishes to complete the Radical project of reform of the 1830s. Yet, there are many who view him as an aristocrat, separate from the middle class which spearheads the Radical Party, and many fear he is nothing more than a glorified Moderate. The Radicals, as divided as ever, may be inept. But he has plans, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to turn those plans into law.​
Daniel O'Connell: What can be said about him that has not been said already? From his aristocratic Irish Catholic upbringing, to his rise as the first Catholic barrister in Ireland, to his fight for Dissenter rights, to his rise into the radical movements of the 1820s, to his incarceration by the Frederick regime, his fight for religious liberty at the Convention Parliament, and to his power in the 1830s, he has been a presence in Irish political life for decades. He has reconciled Catholicism with liberty, and he spearheads the rise of the new democratic element. But his radicalism is not restrained to Ireland; he calls himself the "Advocate of Humanity" and calls for fighting for all oppressed peoples. He has made himself a power in the Radical Party, in both Ireland and Britain. But his life is running out, he feels it; his famed charisma is running dry, and he feels the strains of old age. He has declared his full support for the new Radical government, but behind the scenes he has threatened to throw it out if it does not support the restoration of the Parliament of Ireland. He is intent on one last campaign, to finally achieve his dream of restoring Irish nationhood. Yet, this has put the Radicals at a grave impasse.​
Joseph Hume: This man commands the allegiance of a large portion of the Radical Party. But he has been the thorn of every government since he became an MP 1812. He criticizes spending, any spending, and calls for retrenchment even against his own party. He applauds his own independence from party and has single-minded obsessions which often hurt the Radicals. He calls for universal male suffrage, more radical than most of his party, in one breath, and he calls for keeping the New Poor Law in place in another, and these two opinions are rarely held in the same individual. Shall he be a thorn in the current government in turn?​

Opposition

Moderate Party
: Founded during the great chaos of the 1830s from the rump Whigs and free trader Tories, the Moderates too claim to push the traditions of Fox and Liberty. They claim to sit between the mountain of radical Jacobinism and the plains of Stuart tyranny. They are more aristocratic in root and they claim to push for stability through a mediated enthronement of a liberal monarch. But they sit against the tides of new times, and there they may face their collapse.

John Russell: Their great founder, the concerned aristocrat worried about losing his head in a further revolution, he did indeed come to power, but his ministry collapsed over the monarchy question; his enthronement bill caused mass rioting when it failed. But when, a few years ago, the secret ballot was established as the law of the land, he declared it an unmanly, un-English aberration and he went off to sulk in his manor when it got passed.​
Lord Lansdowne: After the departure of Russell to his manor, Lansdowne was left as the only effective leader of his party. In this role, he has proved much more effective than anyone could have expected, providing firm and unifying leadership for an often haphazard party, ensuring both genteel respectability and the common touch. Yet, he remains only the second-in-command, awaiting for Russell to return from his sulk. And in truth, how effective can such a leader be?​
William Huskisson: Split from the Tories over his support of free trade, which immediately led the Tory press to damn him as a "cryto-Jacobin" and a traitor to the monarchist cause. In power, he wants to promote other views of his - his support of religious liberty, and his bimetallism. Yet, the party is occupied by the monarchy question, and though he supported Russell's enthronement bill he has decisively Tory views on the monarchy.​
Robert Peel: A strong Tory, he was promptly abandoned by his party when he declared his support for free trade. Despite him being a firm Tory in every way, he joined the Moderates, finding them suitably aristocratic and a conserving force. Yet, he broke from the party over Russel's enthronement bill which he found too Whiggish in character, which caused the collapse of the Moderate government.​

Other Parties

Traditionalist
: Formed from the rump of the Tories, they faced severe electoral issues thanks to their elitism. But under the leadership of the charismatic William Gladstone, they push a firm vision which includes the people. Gladstone advocates making a firm monarchy with firmly Anglican theocratic tendencies, but he states that this shall go hand-in-hand with broadening suffrage and even some land reform. But it has made the backbenches of his party very uncomfortable indeed.

Thomas Carlyle: Made famous from his history of the French Revolution, Carlyle has described the state of England as chaotic and impoverished. But his advocated solution to the condition of England is to establish an effective leader and give that leader all the power and abolish Parliament. Like his hero Cromwell, or others like Frederick the Great. But needless to say, from his peak earlier in the decade, he has been losing his support.

Scarletmen: A Tory Radical group founded following the breakup of the Orangemen after they burned down Parliament, which advocates both for the restoration of the monarchy and for the establishment of universal male suffrage. They attained brief prominence in the late 1830s, in which they conducted high-profile raids on polling booths and were responsible for numerous riots, but they later collapsed after the Hanoverian pretender Frederick died and the unpopular Ernest became the new pretender; this unpopularity destroyed them. Much of their very same energy has now gone into the Traditionalists.

Advanced Radical: An eclectic group, they are made up of everyone who finds the Radicals insufficiently radical. Some are advocates of red republicanism, others simply believe in full universal male suffrage, and still others who hate the New Poor Law. They uphold the Revolution, but of the violence of it that the Radicals don't talk about - the storming of the Tower of London, and the raiding of Buckingham. Those are the symbols of Advanced Radicals, or as they call themselves, the True Radicals. But many have openly pushed for and threatened violence to achieve their aims, and much of the tumult of the 1830s and 40s points to them. But if the Radicals fail, this eclectic group shall surely be poised to come in to power.
 

Time Enough

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1953-1966: Harold Macmillan (New Democratic)
1953 (Majority) def: Malcolm Muggeridge (Centre), Konni Zilliacus (Social Democrats)
1957 (Majority) def: Malcolm Muggeridge (Centre), Konni Zilliacus (Social Democrats)
1962 (Majority) def: Gerard Noel (Centre), Ralph Miliband (Social Democrats)

1966-1972: Gerard Noel (Centre)
1966 (Majority) def: Harold Macmillan (New Democratic), Ralph Miliband (Social Democrats)
1970 (Minority) def: Iain Norman Macleod (New Democratic), Ralph Miliband (Social Democrats)

1972-1983: Maurice Macmillan (New Democratic)
1972 (Majority) def: Gerard Noel (Centre), Stuart Hall (Social Democrats)
1976 (Majority) def: Norman St Stevas (Centre), Stuart Hall (Social Democrats)
1980 (Coalition with Reform) def: David Alton (Centre), Ken Livingstone (Reform), Ted Grant (Social Democrats)

1983-1985: David Alton (Centre)
1983 (Majority) def: Maurice Macmillan (New Democratic), Ken Livingstone (Reform), Ted Grant (Social Democrats), David Cook-J.G.Ballard (Ecology)
1985-1995: Derek Enright (Centre)
1987 (Majority) def: Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler (New Democratic), Ken Livingstone (Reform), Tariq Ali (Social Democrats), David Cook-J.G.Ballard (Ecology)
1991 (Coalition with Reform) def: Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler (New Democratic), Ken Livingstone (Reform), Tariq Ali (Social Democrats), J.G.Ballard-Beatrix Campbell (Ecology)

1995-: Alexander ‘Alex’ Macmillan (New Democratic)
1995 (Majority) def: Derek Enright (Centre), Ken Livingstone (Reform), Roger Protz (Social Democrats), Beatrix Campbell-Adam Curtis (Ecology)

The Main Parties:
New Democratic:
It's becoming incredibly apparent that the force that is the New Democratic party is becoming even more heavily reliant on the Macmillan fortune, family and name to have any kind of lasting impact given how Alex Macmillan is now Prime Minister on policies that were just pilfered wholesale from the Reform back catalogue and everyone decided to blame Ken Livingstone for stealing from Mr Macmillan. But will Macmillan; nationalise the banks, Greenify Britain, Decentralize the Government? If you believe all that, then I have a bridge to sell you.

Centre: Derek Enright managed to make the Centre party more than the slowly rotating corpse of G.K. Chesterton, but entering a coalition with Reform was a step to far for the party, accepting the existence of the Gays and Abortion (even if severely curtailed and under strict supervision) was too much for the party in the long run and now Enright and his gaggle on the 'Left' of the Centre party have been put down and now the Right has come back with a vengeance under the watching eyes of Alan Craig...

The Minor Parties:
Reform:
The Ken Livingstone Group (with Ken Livingstone) is still some how going but the once great Ken suffering from the ravages of Populist Social Credit demagogue collapsing around him. There is the possibility he gets couped by the policy wonks like Ross and Pettifor or by Clarke but I doubt it. He’s been around for 15 years, he’ll be around for 15 more and Oliver Baldwin continues to violently rotate in his grave.
Social Democrats: So many internationals battling each other here that folks are confused who’s a Fourth International member and who’s a Fifth International member. Tariq Ali does seem to be trying to win back the former Third International folks who defected to Ecology but the Trots lead by a Mr Hatton and the Stalinists lead by Mr Brar would rather not let that happen...
Ecology: Who would have though that J.G.Ballard would prove to be an effective leader of a weird New Left party? Well it seems he is, though his eventual friendship with a Mr Bookchin was surprising. But now he’s gone to spend his golden years, writing about weird sex in cars etc. So now we have the new generation of TV intellectuals to guide the party towards the 21st Century and obsess over how media can be implemented to forward the agenda of the party and outmanoeuvre the SocDems.
 

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Who would have though that J.G.Ballard would prove to be an effective leader of a weird New Left party?
I've read his Kingdom Come about how lower-middle-class Surrey will turn into a cult-like fascism as shown by the shopping centre at Brooklands (this was a weird book to read when that was down the road and where I got my work lunch), so I absolutely can believe this and will buy a whole SLP AH about it.
 

Time Enough

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I've read his Kingdom Come about how lower-middle-class Surrey will turn into a cult-like fascism as shown by the shopping centre at Brooklands (this was a weird book to read when that was down the road and where I got my work lunch), so I absolutely can believe this and will buy a whole SLP AH about it.
I remember reading a Spectator article about how he was Right Wing actually because he wrote a short story about fucking Thatcher and I was like ‘You don’t know Ballard at all’.

I remember an interview where he mentions how returning to Britain and meeting Working Class people after a life of luxury in Shanghai made him depressed so, it’s fair to say he was certainly on the left wing of the political spectrum.

But yeah, Ballard I think would suit the New Left quite well due to his hard to pin down Left Wing views (which sit somewhere between Communalism and out right Anarchism) and I definitely will be mining more of ‘Ballard is bored and joins the Greens’ as an idea.
 

Charles EP M.

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2000AD's Invasion! was set in the near-future of 1999. When Pat Mills revived it in 2004, he decided it was now an alternate history and did a very Blairpunk setup to fit, with increasingly niche far-left ideas chucked it later.

But WHAT IF it had been set in 2015 and revived in 2019???


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2000: Vashkov's far-right Volgan Party wins the Russian elections. He is hailed in America for his time at Harvard (along with British populist manufacturer and celebrity Howard Quartz); rumours are that both were in the Skull and Bones society, which is the reason for the Volgan 'v skull' symbol.

2001-04: The Volgan regime become friends and allies to the West by assisting in the War on Terror and occupation of Iraq. Washington, Brussells, and London overlook Vashkov imposing a dictatorship.

2008: Howard Quartz, populist celebrity from his appearances on Have You Heard The News, becomes Mayor of London.

2011: The NATO-Volgan invasion of Libya and Quartz's brutal crackdown on youths both lead to a growing working class revolt against the way things are going.

2012: Jeremy Corbyn defeats David Miliband in a leadership contest for "True Labour". Quartz loses the mayorship to Livingstone.

2014: Greater oil reserves are found under Scotland than expected, leading to the abrupt cancellation of the Scottish referendum. Tories and Lib Dems unite as the Liberal Conservatives. Volgograd and Washington & Brussells create fake protests in Ukraine to have an excuse to "intervene" and carve it up.

May 2015: Labour wins a majority: the North Sea oil is to be a national asset, NATO membership is over, a referendum on the EU, and sweeping tax & labour law changes.

May 31st, 2015: Volgan "intervention" against "the Red Terror" with US and EU backing. The Eight Minute War sees hundreds of thousands dead and the Liberal Conservatives returned to power with Volgan "peacekeepers".

2019: Books I to III, with rigged elections for the LC PM April Brasier, Savage fighting the fifth column that got the Volgans in to "save" the country from faked terror, and the US and EU-Volgans falling out with Howard Quartz as the US man.

2021: Books IV to VI, PM Quartz and his business allies fake a disease outbreak as a major crisis that requires the country to be under lockdown by Quartz's ABC Warriors he's building for the Americans and post-revolution freedoms ended. "Freedom fighter" Savage is once again "a terrorist" under a regime.
 

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Major Designated Terrorist/Extremist Groups in the Kingdom of Belgium, c. 2039

Western European Combatant Group of the Global Revolution ~ Belgium (far-left, syndicalist, anti-nationalist): revolutionary socialist militant group affiliated with the main WECGGR, centered in Germany, and the Red Crescent. Among other things, claimed responsibility for the November 2038 Antwerp attacks. Multiple politicians and intelligence service members - as well as a former Algerian Civil War mercenary - have alleged funding by the United Arabian Republic, though without sufficient proof. Uses the French Republican Calendar in all addresses and documents in accordance with its parent organization's directives.

People's Syndicate of Wallonia (left-wing, national syndicalist, rattachist): independent Walloon "national syndicalist" militant group. Leader of the organization (referred to as "The Chairman") claims to be a former Tihange liquidator who was nearly killed for exposing "misappropriation of funds" by the MR government. Members of the organization have been found to have ties to Walloon Rally, the Socialist Party and a number of other Francophone parties, prompting investigation of the latter's ties to Paris.

March 23 Revolutionary Movement (far-left, syndicalist, Moroccan nationalist): revolutionary socialist militant group affiliated with the Red Crescent and primarily based in Morocco, its goal being the overthrow of the "Westernized" royal government and its replacement with a syndicalist government; in Belgium, the organization primarily recruits young men from the Moroccan diaspora as well as other Arabs and Chechen refugees, while also being involved in weapons and drug trafficking. Its designation as a terrorist organization was opposed by some members of the United Arabian Republic's government, with former Foreign Minister Abidin threatening to break off relations with Belgium. Is stridently opposed to the Moroccan Militants of Faith and Truth.

The Masks of St. Michael (syncretic, anarchist, new religious): self-declared "grassroots movement of the downtrodden" with cult-like elements, founded by survivors of the Tihange disaster as a charity organization but nowadays primarily composed of stalkers making pilgrimages to the Exclusion Zone. Designated a terrorist organization in 2035 following the murder of Minister of Energy Benoit, coinciding with the release of the "Huy Manifesto" calling for the radical transformation of the Belgian state into an anarcho-cooperativist society; this designation was controversial and saw minor protests across the country.

Moroccan Militants of Faith and Truth (far-right, Salafi jihadist, Moroccan nationalist): Islamic terrorist militant group primarily based in Morocco, its goal being the overthrow of the "Westernized" royal government and its replacement with a theocratic dictatorship; in Belgium, the organization primarily recruits young men from the Moroccan diaspora as well as other Arabs and Chechen refugees, while also being involved in weapons and drug trafficking. Leaked documents have indicated heavy presence of Saudi loyalists within their leadership. Is stridently opposed to the March 23 Revolutionary Movement.

NATION (Third Positionist, pro-French, anti-Islam): political party banned in the wake of the foundation of the Sixth French Republic, owing to members' participation in anti-Muslim pogroms and the 2030 Belgian blackout. Since 2030, NATION appears to have shifted from Belgian nationalism to a pro-French perspective, with prominent NATION member Julian Six professing support for rattachism; this correlates with NATION's split in the same year.

We Are Belgium (far-right, Belgian nationalist, anti-Islam): Belgicist militant group borne out of the 2030 NATION split. The organization's programme claims descent from the Rexist Party and professes the need for an unitary, corporatist Belgian state opposed to both France and, quote, "the insidious twin snakes of neo-Marxism and neo-Islamism". The organization has stated that it is welcome to Arab recruits, "provided they do not have a history of collaborating with anti-Belgian forces". Members of the organization have also closely cooperated with The Masks of St. Michael, with the March 2038 Green Moon massacre found to have been carried out by both groups' members.

Renewed Order of Flemish Militants (far-right, Flemish nationalist, white supremacist): Flemish separatist paramilitary group that claims to be a continuation of the 20th century organization bearing the same name and officially seeks the creation of an independent Flanders. Leaked documents indicate high presence of far-right American mercenaries in both the leadership and the rank and file; as of 2039, 23 have been extradited to the United States. The organization is understood by intelligence services to be heavily sponsored by Paris.

AGENT ORANGE (far-right, Dutch nationalist, white supremacist): Flemish separatist paramilitary and cyberterrorist group that seeks the establishment of a greater Netherlands (incl. all of Belgium as well as French Nord), with active cells in Western Europe as well as Brazil. The Belgian cells of the organization utilize Flemish nationalist talking points to recruit potential members, making it an enemy of the Renewed Order of Flemish Militants; it is primarily (in)famous for the 2035 Antwerp billboard hijack and Molenbeek sarin attacks.
 
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Stuyvesant

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The cities of the Greater New York Area have not always gotten along particularly well, but their rivalries have often taken a fraternal tone, with Brooklyn, Bronx City, and New York coming together should any other city mock another.

New York City was the long-time Capital of the United States until it was moved to the purpose-built City of Metropolis, Kansas in the Progressive Era. She in many ways remains the cultural capital of the Nation, with its many museums and landmarks that dot the city, most famously the Old National Mall. While not the most populous of the cities, it has the most soft-power, being home of two major Institutions, Wall Street, and the New York Nationals, one of the “winning-est” teams of Baseball.

Brooklyn is the largest of the Area’s cities, home to major industrial areas from the East River to Jamaica Bay. Home to the largest of the major airports of the region, Brooklyn International, built on what was once Floyd Bennett Field. The Brooklyn Robins have been the black sheep of the trio of Baseball teams but beware if you ever say that in Brooklyn.

Bronx City is the newest of the major cities of the region, but the upstart makes up for that with sheer force of will that one day she will be the best. The Bronx City Highlanders have neither blown out its competition nor been left in the dust, but like their city, try their darnedest.

The towns of Richmond County may not have the population of their compatriots, but that suits the suburbanites perfectly fine, they can just take the subway to work anyway.

The Cities of Queens County don’t really participate in the regional rivalries, but they likewise don’t align with Suffolk County either.
 
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Aolbain

All he has managed to do is make himself sad
Confederate Election of 2023

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Pierce Long III - The infamous populist strongman President of the CSA and heir to the longist legacy and movement, Long have since his first election in 2005 emerged as the most successful member of the clan since its founder and namesake. A leading figure in the left-leaning and anti-Philadelphia Occidental Current that swept the Americas at the turn of the century Long’s position as a thorn in the side of the United States appeared permanent until a recent wave of government scandals - combined with the collapse of the Grayback in late 2021 - shuck his government to the core. After an alleged attempted coup during the run-up to the election (a realistic fear, the CSA have suffered seven military coups in the last century, five aimed against the longists) President Long declared a state of emergency and expelled all election observers from the US, Quebec, Japan and the Rhein Pact. Currently recognized as the legitimate President of the CSA by just over half of LoN members.
Supported by:
Share Our Wealth Party (majority): Longism, Populism, Syncretic
Party of Toilers: Socialism
Christian People’s Party: Christian Democracy, Christian Left
African National Movement: Black Nationalism
Communist Party CSA: Marxism-Leninism
Communist Party of the Confederate States: Maoism
Dixieland First: Nationalism, National Conservatism
Socialist Workers Party: Trotskyism
Popular Democratic Party: Agrarianism
National Party Committee for the President: Liberal Conservatism, Christian Democracy


Albert McCrory - A respected and moderately conservative state legislator and former C.S. Senator from North Carolina, Mr. McCrory was selected as the candidate of the unity slate presented by the National and Democratic Parties (historically the dominant political forces of the CSA). Withdrew his candidacy in protest against President Long’s emergency decree and expulsion of election observers. Currently residing in exile in New York City.
Supported by:
National Party: Liberal Conservatism, Christian Democracy
Democratic Party: Agrarianism, Conservatism
Socialist Party: Social Democracy, Democratic Socialism
Reform Union: Liberalism
Green Party: Environmentalism, Green Liberalism


Hal Harvey - A political newcomer whose career has skyrocketed since he emerged as the face of the anti-government protests of 2022 and 2023. The chair of the Norfolk Citizen Committee, his strongly right-wing, anti-longist and often all-but openly white supremacist rethoric have attracted both support and hatred and earned him the status of defacto opposition leader in the foreign press. Won a plurality of the vote in Virginia, a state with a long established anti-Long strain and a strong secessionist movement.
Supported by:
Union of Civic Committees: Conservatism, Regionalism, Anti-Communism
Mouvement national - National Conservatism, Francophone interests


Rose Long-Statton - It wouldn’t be a CSA election without at least two competing longist candidates on the ballot. Mrs. Long-Statton - a first cousin once removed of the President - have for the last decade been his premiere rival for the family brand and represents a more conservative faction of the movement (although more cynical observers would point out that there is little ideology to either cousin). Despite a strong showing in early polls the former Chair of the Longist Party would prove unable to break into either the traditional family heartlands nor her native Savannah. With Long-Stratton out of office it is likely that the mantle of leading the inter-family opposition would fall on her son, who won a seat in the House from Florida.
Supported by:
Share Our Wealth Party (Minority): Longism, Populism, Syncretic
The Liberals: Social Liberalism
Saver Our Rivers: Conservationism, Environmentalism
Christian Families Party: Social Conservatism, Centrism
 

Wolfram

a single, distant, very loud, yeehaw
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the Velvet Coffin, Texas
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Political parties in Wisconsin, 2024:

Non-partisan: Do you ever watch a cricket game and think, man, if those teams could only set aside their differences and work together they could score so many runs? If so, you'd hate Wisconsin politics, the proof that non-partisanship and partisanship can seamlessly coexist. If Oliver Gallagher hears that you signed one Congress for New Democracy petition thirty years ago, it doesn't matter if you've been a loyal Whig for twenty-nine years, he will dropkick you right over Lake Michigan.

Political factions in Wisconsin, 2024:

Labor:
-Southeast Wisconsin Alliance for Labor Interests: Dealing with its perennial "corrupt failson vs. corrupt meritocrat" disputes, though to mix things up the meritocrat is from Cicero and the failson is from Milwaukie. Caught in the middle, unfortunately for all involved, is Martin Costello, just Catholic enough to get appointed Chairman, too Catholic to ever rise beyond that position, and spiteful enough to purge everyone else in the party rather than let either faction win.
-Localists: One of these days someone from the labor establishment outside of Milwaukie or Cicero will make it to the top. But it's not going to be this time - Green Bay is trying to emulate Milwaukiean levels of tolerance for failure by forcing Ed van der Waals to resign for losing the primary, while Clearwater, by having everyone in the direct mayoral line of succession resign over insider trading, is demonstrating why Milwaukie does that.
-Industrial Democracy: It's been twenty years since Harry Rose managed to upset the applecart and get elected Governor over a machine candidate and their candidates still can't quite manage to pull off seeming like they are in any way prepared for victory. When the returns came in from Lakehead, Eugenia Tobin Griffin went through thirty full seconds of silent, open-mouthed shock on transvideo. That doesn't matter, but the columnists are going to talk about it for however long it takes for her to face a recall election.
-Reform Labor: Speaking of expectations management, Walter Staubach clearly 100% believed that a first-generation immigrant from a non-American country who had been a member of the Whigs for two decades before flouncing out over a minor piece of urban planning legislation would get elected President after two years in politics. It's nice to have dreams.
-Social Gospel: The new Catholic Archbishop of Cicero is currently in talks with the Alliance of Wisconsin Congregational Churches about interfaith charity efforts and fighting prejudice. This is the closest thing to 'news' the Social Gospelists have, because they have no central hierarchy - they're mostly just rural pastors who can't join the Whigs because of long-running personal rivalries with the township party chair. They are united only by a vague leftism and anti-Catholic sentiment, so...
-Wisconsin Section of the Workers' International: The conflict between the hardline Anglophiles and the Yerba Buena Convention types has raged on for decades, but the Institute for Workers' Policy and the National Center for Social Progress have collaborated on a draft platform for the next legislative elections. Has the two-decade project of burying the hatchet and uniting the far-left finally come to fruition? No, they just want to keep it out of the hands of the Zoomers.

United Whigs:
-Reform: As usual for the Reform Party after losing a winnable election, turning to each other, taking a deep breath, and concluding, "we gotta get more xenophobic".
-Natural Law: One of their state senators got pulled over for running an amber light in Minnesota and responded, allegedly, with a twenty-minute rant about "legal names" and the Air and Space Treaty. For a party so actively supportive of police brutality in so many other areas, they seem really committed to never once acting normally around them. Which I guess is what happens when you don't know which you hate more: immigrants or the state.
-Spirit of '66: In the grand tradition of weirdo hard-right schismatics, Harrison made weird comments about Ashland irredentism. I genuinely don't know if he's deliberately trying to distract from the fact that his party treasurer in Cicero got busted for trying to buy military equipment from a Swedish front group, one of his largest donors bankrolled the 2004 coupist government in Genesee, and his party is named for a political movement that didn't even really happen in Wisconsin until 1968.
 
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