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The 1980 United States presidential election was held on Tuesday, November 4, 1980. The Democratic ticket of former vice president Ed Muskie and the junior U.S. senator from Louisiana Lindy Boggs defeated the incumbent Republican president Richard Nixon and incumbent vice president Jesse Helms. This was the first election since 1932 in which the incumbent president failed to win reelection. Muskie secured the Democratic nomination over his closest rival, Senator Peter Camejo, in a competitive primary that featured the largest field of candidates for any political party in the modern era of American politics. Central issues of the election included the public health and economic impacts of the ongoing H2N2 pandemic; civil unrest in reaction to the Atlanta murders and Unabomber terror attacks; the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Potter Stewart and confirmation of Sandra Day O'Connor; and the future of the Health Security Act.

Before, during, and after Election Day, Nixon and numerous Republicans attempted to subvert the election and overturn the results, falsely alleging widespread voter fraud and trying to influence the vote counting process in swing states. Attorney General John Poindexter and officials in each of the 50 states found no evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities in the election. The Nixon campaign and its allies, including Republican members of Congress, continued to engage in numerous attempts to overturn the results of the election by filing 63 lawsuits in several states (all of which were withdrawn or dismissed), spreading conspiracy theories alleging fraud, pressuring Republican state election officials and legislators to change results, objecting to the Electoral College certification in Congress, and refusing to cooperate with the presidential transition of Muskie in what was widely described as an attempted coup. This culminated in a mob of Nixon supporters attacking the United States Capitol on January 6, 1981, and Nixon being impeached for incitement of insurrection.
1961-1969: Prescott Bush/Styles Bridges
defeated Albert Gore/Strom Thurmond
defeated Stuart Symington/John McCormack

1969-1977: Andrew Young/Ed Muskie
defeated Barry Goldwater/Margaret Chase Smith
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George Romney/Charles Percy
1977-1981: Richard Nixon/Jesse Helms

defeated Blanche Long/Terry Sanford
1981-????: Ed Muskie/Lindy Boggs
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For A Friend: July 1986 Election

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The 3rd of July 1986 Election was one in which Peter Walker was rather happy about going into. The Conservative polls had been rather buoyant and the policies of ‘Inner City Rejuvenation’ and ‘New Britain, New Power’ had been rather popular. Walker’s dealing with Tommy Bartle and the NUM in a fairly even handed way meant that the Miners looked like reactionaries angry and the increased Anti-Coal, Green Energy push of Walker had caused the Miners Strike of 1984 to fizzle our fairly quickly. Walker also managed maintain his coalition of vying interests, balancing a campaign for AIDs awareness with a call for imposing stricter measures for under age Homosexual relations, which kept the Tory Right in side. Whilst the Liberalisation of the British Markets worried some and the Housing Sector was seeing a slow bubble emerging (helped by Jim Slater’s vigorous push into the renting sector), Walker was fairly confident of another Conservative victory.

Neil Kinnock on the other hand was dealing with an uphill battle in comparison. Labour Electoral College had voted for Kinnock in 82’ as the ‘Soft Left’ candidate as Benn and Hattersley presented image of Labour’s 82’ Electoral loss. But Kinnock soon found himself hated by both the Right and Left for different reasons. Kinnock’s supporting of the Miners in 84’ angered those who saw it as allowing Labour to seem old fashioned, whilst Kinnock’s attempts at calling out the Municipal Government of London and Liverpool over there attempts at a Rate Capping Rebellion, when Kinnock tried to call for charges against Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell, a near rebellion by the Labour Action Group and Socialist League caused him to back down and seem weak in the face of his Left Wing. Discussions of a leadership coup in late 1985 in which Roy Hattersley would take over from an ailing Kinnock and help lead a Right Wing coalition to victory was only stopped by a timely intervention from Denis Healey and a breakdown over who the potential candidate would be.

The events made Kinnock look weak and without allies, as only a few Kinnock supporters centred around Robin Cook and Bryan Gould seemed to provide support within the cabinet.

Meanwhile David Penhaligon had taken to his leadership role with vigour and began to campaign as the ‘New Force In British Politics’ which include modernising the party structure to OMOV, increasing the power of the Young National Liberal caucus and campaigning vigorously on Balanced Budgets, Increased Municipal Power/Devolution and Anti-Nuclear Power agenda. Whilst Penhaligon would face problems over his vigorous support for NATO within this would help him set himself out more particularly against Kinnock who wobbled on the discussion when presented the question.

The original plan for an election towards the end of Spring in 1986 were put on hold due to the twin international incidents of the 1986 Libyan Bombing Campaign and the Chernobyl disaster. With the Chernobyl disaster causing a massive reaction against nuclear power, it was decided that it was best that the party of ‘New Britain, New Power’ wait a few months before proceeding to an election. The few months would help the Tories secure a solid polling lead and Walker would pursue a Rose Garden Campaign in the Early Summer, heading to a number of world wide events and would meet Gorbachev at a Summit in Helsinki in which he pledged to help with the clean efforts for ‘the safety of all mankind’.

As Walker hop nobbed with world leaders and appeared on television every night, his Home Secretary Michael Heseltine and the Chancellor Alan Haselhurst would proclaim in a manifesto that Britian would see further prosperity in the near future and pledge to allow council tenants to buy there own houses and increased funding for the NHS after several leaner years due to austerity measures.

Labour meanwhile flailed, Roy Hattersley was accused off inadequate budget calculations as he tried to preach ‘Supply Side Socialism’, Kinnock appearance on David Frost in which he said that Britain could engage in underground warfare if the Soviets invaded and the Campaign Coordinator Jack Cunningham just barely escaped charges for assaulting a journalist. This combined with a manifesto that wasn’t properly costed, included unpopular policies on defence and was prepared in a hurry meant that Labour was constantly on the defensive instead of the offensive.

David Penhaligon would become the real victor of the 1986 campaign, going from a mild novelty to a television star, as he toured the country doing speeches and proclaiming a ‘Third Way’ for British Politics, as the Liberals had been whipped into shape in the intervening three years. Whilst some feared another Jeremy Thorpe on these hands, Penhaligon’s charm with the news channels and chat show circuit meant that he managed to pick up more support than previous leaders. Adding this was a coordinated campaign that used it’s Populist, Anti-Nuclear and Localist rhetoric to win over on the fence voters in the Tory shires and British cities.

In the end the electoral map had changed, but not in Labour’s favour. Whilst the Tories would lose nine seats there campaign had worked out fairly well, walking away with another substantial victory. Meanwhile Labour had gained two seats and whilst this was better than some had expected (some pundits believed Labour would lose seats) it was still an embarrassment to Kinnock and Labour who had hoped for more substantial shift.

The true victors though were the Liberals, with a swing of over seven percent and a gain of 18 seats, Penhaligon found himself having achieved what few other Liberal leaders had managed to do and make substantial gains across Britain as regional parties and the Tories felt themselves squeezed in result. Additionally the new increased eco conscious viewpoint of the Liberals would lead to discussions with the Greens in the years to come, uncomfortable at being sidelined, many of the Green 2000 groupings saw the possibility of further gains allying with the Liberals than continuing to be a minor party.

In the years to come Walker would continue to popular especially in the aftermath of the full implementation of the Right To Buy Scheme and Kinnock would head into a depression, finally packing it in 1988 after a disappointing by-election result in Glasgow Govan to the SNP. Penhaligon would continue to be the popular face of the Liberals and continue his modernisation efforts further to chagrin of the old guard. For many it seemed likely that the next government would probably include the Liberals in it, and discussions of the Liberals even becoming a major force in British politics.

And then in February 1989, in the aftermath of a party by Northern Ireland Minister and prominent Tory Right Winger Ian Gow, Walker and Gow would be grievously injured by a car bomb by the IRA. And all hell would break loose.

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Thanks again to @Comrade TruthTeller for providing the wiki box. Check the description below to read For A Friend in which this is the background of.
 
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I made a scenario of what may have happened had Jo Swinson's dreams of a Lib Dem surge panned out in 2019. The idea is that Corbyn promises to campaign for a future Brexit deal thus alienating voters who'd oppose Brexit, at the same time as still promising a referendum on it so still alienating pro-brexit voters. The LD "revoke Article 50" policy never happens, and at the same time Labour slips to third in the polls so the Lib Dems see something of a surge as the apparently most feasible anti-Tory option.

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However, it turns out that the Labour vote is still distributed more advantageously than the Lib Dem vote is...

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I made a scenario of what may have happened had Jo Swinson's dreams of a Lib Dem surge panned out in 2019. The idea is that Corbyn promises to campaign for a future Brexit deal thus alienating voters who'd oppose Brexit, at the same time as still promising a referendum on it so still alienating pro-brexit voters. The LD "revoke Article 50" policy never happens, and at the same time Labour slips to third in the polls so the Lib Dems see something of a surge as the apparently most feasible anti-Tory option.

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However, it turns out that the Labour vote is still distributed more advantageously than the Lib Dem vote is...

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I’ve always wanted to know how to edit those poll averages, how did you do it?
 

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I’ve always wanted to know how to edit those poll averages, how did you do it?
This is the first time I've ever tried a thing like this. I started with the OTL graph; the three parties whose polling I changed were the Lib Dems, Labour, and the Tories. For each party I copied each of the bits I was editing into a new image, selected everything that was their polling lines and dots (via selecting everything of a similar colour), and deleted everything else.

I then edited the original image to remove those three sections of line (again by magic-wand selecting by similar colour), and made new layers for each party's polling graph.

And then moved each party's layer up and down as needed, a few points at a time while connecting the bits of line with a paint tool.
 

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TEuropean Federation infobox.pnghe European Federation, more commonly known as Europe, Europa or more simply the Federation, is a country primarily located in Western Europe, with several overseas territories, regions and dependencies across the globe. The heartland of the Federation spans from the North Sea to the Mediterranean, and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Alps and the East German border, with a total land area of 2,032,458 km2 (784,736 sq mi), making it the thirteenth-largest country in the world. The Federation comprises one exclave, West Berlin, and is present on other continents through overseas territories such as the Guianas in South America, Sint Maarten in the Carribean, Mayotte in Africa and French Polynesia in Oceania. Europa borders Denmark to the north, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland and Titoist Yugoslavia to the east and the United Kingdom, Morrocco and Monaco to the south. It completely surrounds Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican. In the Americas, it borders Brazil and Guyana.

The Federation has a total population of 284.4 million, making it the second-most populous country in Europe, and the fifth-most populous in the world. The country is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprised of eight federal member states, the largest by area being France, and by population being West Germany. The Federation has four capital cities; Brussels is the exectuive capital, Strasbourg houses the legislature, Frankfurt handles financial matters and Luxembourg City is home to the judiciary. The largest city in the Federation is Paris, but the conurbation of Rhine-Rhur is the largest metropolitan area.

The area now comprising the heartland of the Federation has a tumultuous history. In the Iron Age, the region was primarily inhabited by Celts, Germanic tribes and Italic peoples, but as the region entered antiquity the majority of it came under the control or influence of the Roman Empire, with Romanisation leading to the emergence of the modern Romance languages. After the Fall of Rome, the region became the centre of a number of large polities, firstly the Empire of the Franks, then the Carolingian Empire, and then the Holy Roman Empire. Alongside and following these empires, feudal kingdoms also emerged during the Middle Ages, most notably the Kingdoms of France, Castile, Aragon and Portugal, the latter three of which led the Reconquista. The transition from the Middle Ages began with the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries, beginning largely in the city states of Italy. This coincided with the Age of Discovery, in which explorers from Western Europe revealed the existence of the Americas to the continent, ushering in an age of colonial empires. The Reformation led to the emergence of Protestantism and the rise of religious wars across the continent, most notably the Thirty Years' War.

Eventually, religious wars gave way to the Enlightenment, which saw the rise of ideals such as liberty, toleration and fraternity, which in 1789 helped give rise to the French Revolution and the overthrow of the Ancien Régime. The revolution threw the continent into turmoil, eventually leading to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, which saw the First French Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte briefly dominate Europe. Despite the eventual banishment of Napoleon and the defeat of the revolution on the battlefield, the ideas it represented would come to permeate European society, giving rise to the Revolutions of 1848 and a move toward liberalism on the continent. This was combined with the Industrial Revolution to give rise to massive economic, social and cultural change in the region. Rising tensions in the early 20th century led to both the First and Second World Wars. The aftermath of the Second saw Europe as a whole divided by an Iron Curtain. The Western European countries began to come together after the war, first forming the Coal and Steel Community in 1952, which eventually gave rise to the Treaty of Rome six years later. This was followed by the Treaties of Luxembourg and Grenoble in the early 1970s, which saw the first step toward federalisation taken under the leadership of Willy Brandt and François Mitterrand. In 1990, the European Constitution was adopted, officially founding the European Federation as a union of France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The first and only expansion to the Federation was in 1996, when Spain and Portugal were admitted as member states.

Europe is considered a superpower, with the second-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the third-largest by PPP. The European economy is world-leading in the industrial and technological sectors, and is the world's largest exporter of goods. The Federation is a developed country with a high standard of living, ranking very highly on HDI. It maintains one of the world's most expansive welfare states, with universal healthcare, widespread social security, and a world-class education system with tuition-free higher education. As the inheriter of the majority of Western Europe's cultural lineage, the Federation is considered a centre for both culture and science, with a reputation for producing world-class art, science, and philosophy. It has by far the world's largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is a major tourist desination. The Federation is an official nuclear-weapon state, and is one of the five permanent members of the UNSC. It is a member of the United Nations, the OECD, the WTO, NATO, the G7 and the G20.
 
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George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 5, 2001) was an American politician, diplomat, and businessman who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1975 to 1985, roughly ten years. A member of the Republican Party, Bush also served as the 41st vice president from 1974 to 1975 under Gerald Ford, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as briefly U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Richard Nixon. Domestically, Bush presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. However, he served during a period in American history referred to as the Satanic Panic, characterised by widespread moral panic, allegations of satanic ritual abuse, increased religious fanaticism and multiple domestic terror attacks, resulting in comfortable approval ratings during his two terms. Following the allegations levied against him and others in the Republican party in the early 90s, as well as his subsequent assassination by conspiracy theorist Milton William Cooper, however, contemporary public opinion remains mixed.

Bush was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. His father, Prescott Bush, was one of many businessmen implicated by Major General Smedley Butler as part of a supposed military coup to overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt. He attended Phillips Academy before serving in the United States Navy Reserve during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Yale and moved to West Texas, where he established a successful oil company. After an unsuccessful run for the United States Senate, he won the election to the 7th congressional district of Texas in 1966. President Richard Nixon appointed Bush to the position of Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971 and to the position of chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973. In 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed him as Vice President of the United States following Nixon's resignation. Bush would assume the presidency on September 5, 1975 after Ford was assassinated by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a member of the Manson Family cult. To date, this was the last intra-term U.S. presidential succession.

As president, Bush attended the inaugural meeting of the Group of Five (G5) industrialised nations in 1975 and secured membership for Canada. With the collapse of South Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Major moments of his tenure included the 1979–1981 Iran hostage crisis, the 1979 energy crisis, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Regardless of his progress towards ensuring cooling of relations with the Soviet Union, Bush's most remarkable efforts came in the form of the Government's actions against cults and supposed ritual abuse cases. After minor federal investigation into possible links between New York serial killer David Berkowitz and the Process Church of the Final Judgement, largely at the recommendation of his Vice President, Abraham Beame, Bush established the Countercult Crimes Division within the FBI, marking an aggressive shift in domestic policy and aggravating hysteria from the evangelical population. As a result, more damning scandals for the administration, such as the rebuffing of the Rockefeller Commission and the Iran-Contra affair, were overshadowed by other highly-popularised incidents, such as the 1977 mass suicide of the Peoples Temple congregation in California, the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack in Oregon, and the rise of prolific serial killers, most notably John Wayne Gacy, Dean Corll and Elmer Wayne Henley, each of whom were suspected to have connections to trafficking rings.

Following the end of his Presidency, RNC Chairman Lawrence E. King and Republican lobbyist Craig Spence were arrested as suspected trafficking ringleaders following the Franklin Credit Union scandal. Bush, as well as former Chief of Staff Dick Cheney and former National Security Advisor Donald Gregg, were named directly in testimony supplied by Paul Bonacci. Bush vehemently denied the accusations, and the verdict for both him and other senior administration officials was rendered 'inconclusive' due to reported jury tampering and witness intimidation. Despite not being charged, public opinion of Bush and the Republican Party as a whole plummeted to single digits. Historians link the political fallout of this scandal as one of the probable causes that allowed both the 1993 Oklahoma City Bombing and the 1999 Columbine High School Bombings, as well as the public lynchings of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin in 1994, to occur without proper investigation as other events earmarked by the Countercult Crimes Division beforehand.

On November 5, 2001, Bush was assassinated at his home in Dallas. Conspiracy theorist and former US Navy Officer Milton William Cooper was charged, but was shot and killed in a standoff with the US Marshalls service two days later. The FBI and the Lott Commission both concluded Cooper had acted alone in the assassination. President Ernie Chambers, following his election in 2000, publicly intended to reopen investigation into links between Bush and the Franklin Credit Union scandal, but was forced to abandon this following the September 11 Terrorist Attacks.
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Following the attempted assassination, Kennedy began to isolate himself further from his own administration. Any and all contact between the President and Lyndon Johnson, his Vice President, was buffeted by Robert Kennedy, the incumbent Attorney General, and his officiaries. Tho never mentioned in writing it is the general consensus of D.C. insiders that Kennedy was succumbing to a noticeable paranoia, possibly exacerbated by his deteriorating physical health as a result of the injuries he sustained in Dallas. It was in this crumbling state of mind that Kennedy decided that LBJ wouldn't be on the ticket for the upcoming reelection campaign. The main concerns of his inner circle were over possible loss of votes in the Bible Belt; however, the critical oversight was how incredulously Johnson would take this dismissal.

In an act of petty vengeance, Johnson, who Kennedy had once claimed "knows every reporter in Washington", began leaking all of Kennedy's various infidelities and vices to the press in a slow trickle. Before he could announce his campaign for reelection, the reporters were besieging him with numerous scandals involving Marilyn Monroe, the Chicago Outfit, Judith Exner, his back brace, Inga Arvad, and the many, many white house interns. RFK tried his best to stem the tide, but public opinion was dropping by the day, and Kennedy thusly became more and more isolated, often refusing to leave the Second Floor of the White House. Congress was on his heels like baying hounds and Camelot was set to collapse at any moment.

The breaking point came on the evening following two seperate bombshells in the press; that members of the 1964 DNC were courting both Senator Hubert Humphrey and Governor George Wallace as alternatives for the nomination, and allegations that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had privately discussed seeking a divorce lawyer. Sometime in the early morning, Kennedy exited the White House in his personal vehicle, a 1960 Lincoln Continental. Probing by the Church Committee has given rise to multitudes of conspiracy theories surrounding the proceedings, namely why the Secret Service allowed the President to operate a vehicle without an escort - George Hickey, the Service agent tasked with monitoring the grounds that early morning, noted that he never noticed the car leave the premises, nor claimed any sign that the President left his residence. Several eyewitnesses also report a nondescript black car driving towards Fort Washington in the early hours of the morning, with two seperate accounts claiming the vehicle 'drove slowly and erratically'.

Secret Service Agents found the President was missing from his quarters at 3:22am, less than half an hour later after his supposed departure, and initiated a search of the surrounding area. Officers of the Prince George County Police, responding to a phone call from a night watchman at Fort Washington Park reporting an abandoned vehicle, discovered the 1960 Lincoln Continental in the far corner of the Park's car lot, with the President inside, dead from a gunshot wound to the left temple. Subsequent investigation ruled the injury self-inflicted, owing to the revolver present in Kennedy's hand. His passing was announced later that morning at 10:00am, after his body was removed from the scene and the car impounded; the exact cause was not announced until the investigation began later that month, owing to public sensitivity.

The fact that the President had blown his mind out in a car is still considered one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. As mentioned, the circumstances of the event, as well as the incompetence leading up to it, sparked a multitude of conspiracy theories and subsequent loss of faith in the federal government. These theories differ wildly in scope, tho many agree that it was in all likelihood another assassination like the one attempted months prior (with culprits including LBJ, Jimmy Hoffa, Jacqueline Kennedy, Connie Bremen, James Earl Ray, etc.).
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Ernest William Chambers (born July 10, 1937) is an American politician and civil rights activist who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. An Independent, Chambers previously served as the 37th Governor of Nebraska from 1991 to 1999, as well as a State Senator from 1970. He is the only African-American to successfully run for and win the Presidency, as well as the only openly atheist candidate and the first non-party affiliated candidate to hold the office since George Washington.

Chambers first emerged as a prominent leader in the North Omaha community, where he successfully negotiated concessions from the city's leaders on behalf of North Omaha's African-American youth. The African-American community had previously been led by more established organisations like Omaha Urban League and the local chapter of the NAACP, not an emerging young anti-establishment leader like Chambers. However, prior to his election as governor, Chambers was considered a fringe candidate, having ran for the United States Senate in 1988 as a New Alliance Party candidate. He was much more known for his firebrand history in the State Senate; a vocal advocate of civil rights, he introduced legislature forcing Nebraska became the first state to divest from South Africa in protest of apartheid, as well as co-sponsoring bills to make Nebraska the first state to outlaw marital assault. It was only during the Franklin Scandal, the key events of which largely took place in Nebraska regarding the Franklin Credit Union and it's chief executive, Lawrence E. King Jr., that Chambers began to gain national attention and commendation, working closely with fellow state senator John DeCamp in legislative investigations. It was on this groundswell of attention that he became governor, running in the Democratic primary and then switching his affiliation to Independent, winning with a plurality over his disgraced Republican opponent.

As governor, Chambers successfully sponsored legislation for to prohibit employment discrimination by sexual orientation, increased education funding, set higher standards for schools, and reformed the criminal justice system. He also continued to act on the Franklin Scandal, appointing investigator Gary Caradori as special prosecutor to spearhead an internal probe into conduct of state police departments, which would later be responsible for dismissal and arrests of Omaha Chief of Police Robert Wadman and Omaha World Herald publisher Harold W. Andersen. He quickly ran into conflict with the FBI, as both the Harkin and Lott administrations announced they would be pursuing their own investigations, requiring the state authorities to cease its independent investigation. Chambers was vocally critical of this decision, deriding Attorney General Janet Reno and her successor Richard Clarke as both incompetent and complicit in the so called 'deep state'. The Federal Investigation would infamously be rendered inconclusive due to 'jury tampering and rampant perjury'. Regardless, he remained critical of government ineptitude, throughout events such as the 1993 WTC Bombing, the Oklahoma Terror Attacks, the 1996 Japanese Insurgency, the Columbine bombings and the West Memphis Lynchings, all the while his public notoriety grew.

Chambers was elected president in 2000 as an Independent, defeating Republican incumbent Trent Lott and Democratic challenger Tom Vilsack after a narrow and contested win that involved two Supreme Court decisions after the Lott administration made accusations of widespread voter fraud in the state of Florida. Upon taking office, Chambers committed to implementing major criminal justice reform, as well as tasking Treasury Secretary Robert Reich with providing greater regulations on Wall Street, fearing a looming housing crisis after the Lott administration dropped interest rates to a low 1% in order to jump the economy after the ".com" bubble. A decisive event reshaping his administration, however, was the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which saw nineteen plane hijackings lead to widespread destruction of various points of American infrastructure, chief among them the United Nations Building in New York. Due to military operations, a plane was shot down by military jets before it could make impact in Washington D.C., the presumed target as later determined during interrogations of al-Qaeda operatives.

As well as pursuing limited overseas military action, despite having made non-interventionism part of his campaign platform, Chambers was also forced to deal with the subsequent rise in extremists motivated by conspiracy theories, which quintupled in the wake of the attacks. Due to the White House's involvement in similar mass hysteria during the Satanic Panic of the 80's, many news networks indulged the idea that the government had at least some hand in the attacks themselves, either by covert involvement or by sheer ignorance. Chambers would never outright deny the accusations that certain 'rouge elements' may have leant themselves to the attacks, repeating his accusations of there being a 'deep state' of oil magnates and conservative lobbyists who sought to profit from the potential conflict, but at the same time worked to combat the extremism that fed such theories in the first place by way of public information campaigns ensuring that Americans understood that the ones to blame were a small group of religious fundamentalists, not entire countries.

Chambers was re-elected to a second term in 2004, defeating challengers Republican Joe Arpaio and Democrat Bill Bradley. During his second term, his continued stance of limited involvement in the Middle East led to many public feuds with Congress, many of whom (lead by Republican House leader Douglas Feith) demanded more evasive action in the Middle East, an idea Chambers detested, refusing to enter into what he called a 'forever war' until the location of al-Qaeda and it's leaders could be effectively traced and apprehended. On the economic front, Chambers reached multiple agreements for financial reform with congressional Democrats, allowing commonsense economic programs intended to preserve the country's financial system, tho major changes to Social Security and immigration laws failed in Congress thanks to a newly bolstered Republican opposition in 2006. Despite the public consensus that Chambers handled the Hurricane Katrina fallout admirably, the aforementioned Republican majority attempted to file for impeachment twice before he left office. As a private citizen, Chambers maintains that "it's happening again", in regards to the balance of power being manipulated by hidden elements of the government.
 
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Anyone here read "Being Donald Trump" on the old country?
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REPORT: Vice President Gore seen panicking, swearing loudly at residence - National Enquirer, 1999

"Sources in the White House claim a 'noticeable and dramatic change' in the attitude of the vice president, describing him as uncharacteristically sarcastic, aggressive and, most worryingly, outwardly hostile to certain individuals in congress, such as Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. It is almost as if his body is being occupied by a completely different person." - excerpt from New York Times article, 1999

"Maybe you should start shaving, Al."
"Maybe you should start keeping it in your pants, Bill."

- overheard conversation in the Oval Office, 1999

"And let me tell you, how else were the authorities clued in that these two boys were about to perpetrate a mass shooting?! Make no mistake, my friends, the Colorado police were tipped off by a rouge element in our government! There's no doubt!" - conspiracy theorist Alex Jones discussing the arrests of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 1999

"NAFTA WAS A MISTAKE!": Gore visits Seattle WTO protests in solidarity - Washington Post, 1999

On gays and lesbians, Gore proclaims "Love thy neighbour as thyself, and trans rights!" during California tour - BBC News, 1999

The Green Mountain Socialist? A rundown on Bernie Sanders, Gore's bizarre pick for running mate - celebnewz.com, 2000


"Bernie got more roll call amendments passed than any other congressman since 1995, all while Congress was under a Republican majority. We have absolute faith in his ability to look beyond partisanship and implement commonsense reform for all Americans." - Gore, suspiciously lucid, 2000

Gore calls Bush running mate Dick Cheney "the most evil man in America" - Fox News, 2000


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Clinton, Gore meet with Louis Freeh and George Tenet to discuss "matters of national security" - CNN, 2000

Members of Al-Qaeda terrorist cell apprehended at San Diego Flight School - Fox News, 2001


"Well, uh, shit, Al, I didn't expect any of this."
"Consider it a parting gift, Bill, so they'll forget about the impeachment and you can leave the White House on a high note."
"I'm still not sure how you knew about the whole--"
"Water under the bridge, Bill, water under the bridge. Just remember what I said."
"Hillary's a real class act, Al, I'm not sure I can--"
"Convincing her not to run for office is your problem, Bill, mine is kicking the asses of Halliburton's Board of Directors."

- private conversation in the Oval Office, 2001
In inaugural address, Gore warns of looming economic recession and climate crises "unless we act NOW" - BBC News, 2001
Cabinet of "Al Gore", 2001-
Vice President:
U.S. Representative for Vermont Bernie Sanders
SecState
: fmr. U.S. Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel
SecDefence
: fmr. Deputy National Security Advisor James Steinberg
SecTreasury
: fmr. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich
Attorney General
: Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Diane Wood
SecInterior
: Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Della Warrior
SecAgriculture
: Founder of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd
SecCommerce:
Director of the Center for Effective Public Management Elaine Kamarck
SecLabor
: Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO Linda Chavez-Thompson
SecHHS
: Researcher and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. Herbert Needleman
SecHUD
: Mayor of Minneapolis Sharon Sayles Belton
SecTransportation
: U.S. Representative for Oregon Earl Blumenauer
SecEnergy:
fmr. Administrator of the EPA Carol Browner
SecEducation:
Founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman
SecVet:
U.S. Senator from Virginia Chuck Robb
EPA:
fmr. Attorney and Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader
- WhiteHouse.gov
 

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Somewhere at Sea
Pronouns
He/Him
Anyone here read "Being Donald Trump" on the old country?
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REPORT: Vice President Gore seen panicking, swearing loudly at residence - National Enquirer, 1999

"Sources in the White House claim a 'noticeable and dramatic change' in the attitude of the vice president, describing him as uncharacteristically sarcastic, aggressive and, most worryingly, outwardly hostile to certain individuals in congress, such as Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. It is almost as if his body is being occupied by a completely different person." - excerpt from New York Times article, 1999

"Maybe you should start shaving, Al."
"Maybe you should start keeping it in your pants, Bill."

- overheard conversation in the Oval Office, 1999

"And let me tell you, how else were the authorities clued in that these two boys were about to perpetrate a mass shooting?! Make no mistake, my friends, the Colorado police were tipped off by a rouge element in our government! There's no doubt!" - conspiracy theorist Alex Jones discussing the arrests of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 1999

"NAFTA WAS A MISTAKE!": Gore visits Seattle WTO protests in solidarity - Washington Post, 1999

On gays and lesbians, Gore proclaims "Love thy neighbour as thyself, and trans rights!" during California tour - 1999

The Green Mountain Socialist? A rundown on Bernie Sanders, Gore's bizarre pick for running mate - celebnewz.com, 2000


"Bernie got more roll call amendments passed than any other congressman since 1995, all while Congress was under a Republican majority. We have absolute faith in his ability to look beyond partisanship and implement commonsense reform for all Americans." - Gore, suspiciously lucid, 2000

Gore calls Bush running mate Dick Cheney "the most evil man in America" - Fox News, 2000



Clinton, Gore meet with Louis Freeh and George Tenet to discuss "matters of national security" - CNN, 2000

Members of Al-Qaeda terrorist cell apprehended at San Diego Flight School - Fox News, 2001


"Well, uh, shit, Al, I didn't expect any of this."
"Consider it a parting gift, Bill, so they'll forget about the impeachment and you can leave the White House on a high note."
"I'm still not sure how you knew about the whole--"
"Water under the bridge, Bill, water under the bridge. Just remember what I said."
"Hillary's a real class act, Al, I'm not sure I can--"
"Convincing her not to run for office is your problem, Bill, mine is kicking the asses of Halliburton's Board of Directors."

- private conversation in the Oval Office, 2001
In inaugural address, Gore warns of looming economic recession and climate crises "unless we act NOW" - BBC News, 2001
Cabinet of "Al Gore", 2001-
Vice President:
U.S. Representative for Vermont Bernie Sanders
SecState
: fmr. U.S. Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel
SecDefence
: fmr. Deputy National Security Advisor James Steinberg
SecTreasury
: fmr. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich
Attorney General
: Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Diane Wood
SecInterior
: Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Della Warrior
SecAgriculture
: Founder of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd
SecCommerce:
Director of the Center for Effective Public Management Elaine Kamarck
SecLabor
: Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO Linda Chavez-Thompson
SecHHS
: Researcher and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. Herbert Needleman
SecHUD
: Mayor of Minneapolis Sharon Sayles Belton
SecTransportation
: U.S. Representative for Oregon Earl Blumenauer
SecEnergy:
fmr. Administrator of the EPA Carol Browner
SecEducation:
Founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman
SecVet:
U.S. Senator from Virginia Chuck Robb
EPA:
fmr. Attorney and Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader
- WhiteHouse.gov
Oh this is beautiful, though I wonder how much Gore can get done. I could 100% see TTL Gore making the Enron crisis happen a bit earlier to create a Green New Deal program through Congress.
 

Time Enough

"Enthusiastic Cis Male Partner"
Pronouns
He/Him
Three Years is a long time in politics, and nothing exemplified this more than the King Years. Often joked of as the 'Invisible Man', Tom King had been probably one of the success stories of the Walker Cabinet, as the Secretary of State for Employment, King had overseen a number of Walker's Employment schemes, as Transport Secretary he had overseen the partially privatisation of British Transport system and in the 88-89 period he had been the Chancellor of the Exchequer during a time of relative prosperity and stable markets. He was made Deputy Prime Minister in 1988, as Walker begun to be critical of the growing power base of the Home Secretary Michael Heseltine. When Walker and Gow were injured by a car bomb attack in Mid February 1989, King was thrust into power and his reaction to the bombing provided decisively it seemed, the supposed perpetrators would be arrested in the coming weeks and the Conservative election would see King defeat Heseltine rather handily after Norman Tebbit's attempt at bringing back Thatcherism going down like a lead balloon.

King felt optimistic about his time in office as 1989 went on, rather friendly with President George Bush as the pair oversaw seeming content economy, the Warsaw Pact collapsed and Labour was in the midst of it's crisis over the future of there party. It seemed that King was on a roll, and talk of another Tory Majority in a snap 1990 election seemed likely. Then the Poll Tax would be implemented.

A policy that had been formulated since the Mid 80s as the Conservatives set about reforming the British Council system away from Rates, the Community Charge to many of One Nation, Walkerite Tories seemed like a good idea (given it helped deal with unruly Labour Controlled Councils was additional benefit). In end of 1989 the Poll tax would be implemented in Scotland with plans to implement it in England and Wales during 1990. Instantly, problems would begin to occur as many people viewed the scheme as unfair, people in Scotland wouldn't pay as they left for England, Council offices being filled with thousands of unprocessed 'Gone Aways' and a confusion over how to pay lead to several protests. To make things worse, Michael Heseltine had been shuffled into the Foreign Secretary position from the Home Office and as a sop to the Tory Right, Jonathan Aitken, Son in Law to Thatcher had been placed into the Home Secretary role. His 'Tough On Crime' rhetoric would lead to Police and Magistrates being rather brutal in the enforcement of the Tax collection leading to resistance, riots and general brutality. As King saw his poll numbers plummeting a housing market bubble that had emerged during the Walker years would burst and help cause a recession. To make things worse, the lead proponent of the Housing Bubble had been Jim Slater, a former business partner of the Prime Minister who it seemed had never let go of the link as it became apparent that Slater had help from Government Officials with creating a housing monopoly. Additionally the men arrested for the Walker-Gow bombing would later to have had confessions forced out by a apprehensive intelligence service with the arrests becoming part of a number of arrests pardoned in the coming years.

Government Incompetence and Poll Tax Riots were a poor look for a man who had campaigned as the Competent and Consummate professional and the only thing that had stopped the Prime Minister being ousted in a leadership challenge was Heseltine suffering from a health scare and the only challenger in the end being Jerry Hayes in a maverick attempt. Whilst King had survived, many of the Wets were preparing themselves for the coming electoral Armageddon.

Labour it seemed was about to become the next Government, but not because people particularly wanted them too. In the September of 1988, Neil Kinnock would resign after a year of depression and an unruly cabinet. Hopes amongst the Labour Right that they would become the new leaders of the Labour Party would be quickly dashed by John Smith's death from a heart attack, as the only Labour Right candidate with any potential of unifying the Soft Left and Right it quickly became apparent that new candidate was needed. Meanwhile the Labour Action Group would put up Ken Coates who quickly managed to sidestep the Soft Left Bryan Gould to became the candidate of the Left, with policy platform that included further Trade Union power, Municipal Socialism and ideas that were a far cry from the Bennite State Socialism that the Left had espoused a few years earlier. Panic set in as Polls predicated the possibility of the former Trotskyist winning and the finding of a unity candidate became paramount.

David Blunkett didn't particularity want to be leader, viewing his blindness as a detriment but he was the only candidate viewed by the Soft Left and Right as potential Unity candidate with other suggestions like Jack Straw, John Prescott, Gordon Brown or Jack Cunningham being viewed as too alienating to the party at large. Whilst he hadn't been an MP for long, Blunkett's success as a Council Leader in Sheffield endeared him to the party at large. Blunkett would win by a margin of 58% which for many was too close for a Unity Candidate. Many on the Labour Right began to create plans to subdue the increasingly powerful Labour Action Group, but others viewed it as a lost cause.

One of those was David Owen who had found himself increasingly sidelined in numerous Shadow Cabinet elections, despite it all he had managed to stay on as Health Secretary and made a name for himself in the late 80s as the man who managed to lead a successful campaign to deal with the Governments actions on 'HIV Blood Transfusions' becoming the face of justice for many people. As Owen found himself pushed out in the ensuing 1989 Shadow Cabinet elections, he would decide to go about forming his own party in the Spring of 1990. Amusingly a party that was mainly a party of Labour Defectors (ranging from Mike Thomas to John Cartwright) found itself becoming the voice of disaffected Tories who in response to King's mishandling, decided to support the rather charismatic and syncretic David Owen as he went on barnstorming tours around the country calling out the two major parties as irresponsible and ineffective. But Owen wasn't the only one to be doing this...


David Penhaligon had become a hero to the Liberal Party, there surge in 1986 had been unprecedented and he had managed to do what Thorpe and Steel had failed to do, cement the Liberals as the true Third Party of Britain. But things weren't all sunshine and rainbows within the Liberals, the force that had helped his reforming and modernising of the party, the National Young Liberals had fallen under the control of the Green Guard who had been discussing with Green Party officials about a possible Liberal Green Party since the mid 80s. Penhaligon wasn't particularly fond of this, whilst he had been a firm campaigner on green issues he found the Green Party's Anti-NATO stances and general eccentricity off putting. Meanwhile the Green Party viewed Penhaligon as stealing there thunder. But discussion of an electoral alliance would occur anyway, Parkin viewing the possibility of swallowing pride and having electoral victories being better than being overtaken by the Liberals completely. The 1989 Green and Liberal Conference that decided the electoral pact were toxic affairs, Penhaligon would be heckled as he spoke about an alliance between and in the Greens, David Icke and Derek Wall would walk out of the conference proclaiming Sara Parkin as devaluing the Green cause. Despite it all, this awkward and hasty marriage of convivence would survive, becoming the 'Alliance 90' in 1990, inspired by the Germany Movement of the same name.

The 1991 Election Campaign was a bitter one, with many people guessing that the Tories would lose outright with the topic turning more towards whether Labour would have to rely on the support of the Alliance or the support of the SDLP. Discussion of a coalition was everyone’s lips. Blunkett didn’t help matters by replacing Bryan Gould with Gordon Brown halfway through the campaign and a manifesto who’s mild Social Conservative undercurrent putting off many more Liberal voters and with green issues once more a thing, Blunkett’s support for striking miners in the run to the election causing many to see Labour as old fashioned.

Meanwhile the Alliance saw a surge in support alongside the Reform party, with many people disappointed with the Tories and Labour deciding to lend the nascent organisations support, with the Alliance gaining support from the shires to Liberal university towns.

In the end the Tories would collapse to 212 seats, a major embarrassment to the usually sturdy party and the Alliance would surge to an impressive 77 seats of the back of anger towards the Tories and the failure of Regional parties to capture that discontent. But Labour would gain a Majority, a slim one of seven, but a majority all the same. It seemed the Reform party had bit into the Tory and Alliance in several areas allowing for slim Labour victories.

As Blunkett stepped into No10 it was an uneasy moment for the nation. A Prime Minister who didn’t have control of his party, who had gained a majority thanks to Third Parties surging in response to discontent and with a economy in the midst of a recession, it seemed that Blunkett maybe not be long as leader.

And within three years, this would turn out to be correct...after all, three years is a long time in politics.

—//—
Thanks @Comrade TruthTeller for the wikibox with the wonder Alliance surge. This is part of the background for For A Friend which you can read on the first drafts section, writing will resume shortly for it. Any questions about the setting and stuff, please ask on my test thread or on the First Draft itself. Anyway hope you’ve enjoyed this little triptych of Election wikiboxes.
 

Excelsior

Well-known member
"Well, uh, shit, Al, I didn't expect any of this."
"Consider it a parting gift, Bill, so they'll forget about the impeachment and you can leave the White House on a high note."
"I'm still not sure how you knew about the whole--"
"Water under the bridge, Bill, water under the bridge. Just remember what I said."
"Hillary's a real class act, Al, I'm not sure I can--"
"Convincing her not to run for office is your problem, Bill, mine is kicking the asses of Halliburton's Board of Directors."

- private conversation in the Oval Office, 2001
What is this section about? Anything to do with a plane and an island perhaps?
 

Blackentheborg

Dennis Skinner's molotov
Location
Llareggub, Wales
Pronouns
He/Him
What is this section about? Anything to do with a plane and an island perhaps?
It's just Gore using his fore-knowledge of 9/11 to apprehend the hijackers while they were still training in Florida, and subsequently letting Clinton have the credit for it as a trade-off for him going against NAFTA. It's basically "you get the glory of preventing the biggest terror attack of the 21st century, you let me talk shit about Wall Street."
 

Bolt451

Anxious millenial cowgirl
Location
Sandford, Gloucestershire
Pronouns
She/Her
Anyone here read "Being Donald Trump" on the old country?
*​

REPORT: Vice President Gore seen panicking, swearing loudly at residence - National Enquirer, 1999

"Sources in the White House claim a 'noticeable and dramatic change' in the attitude of the vice president, describing him as uncharacteristically sarcastic, aggressive and, most worryingly, outwardly hostile to certain individuals in congress, such as Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. It is almost as if his body is being occupied by a completely different person." - excerpt from New York Times article, 1999

"Maybe you should start shaving, Al."
"Maybe you should start keeping it in your pants, Bill."

- overheard conversation in the Oval Office, 1999

"And let me tell you, how else were the authorities clued in that these two boys were about to perpetrate a mass shooting?! Make no mistake, my friends, the Colorado police were tipped off by a rouge element in our government! There's no doubt!" - conspiracy theorist Alex Jones discussing the arrests of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 1999

"NAFTA WAS A MISTAKE!": Gore visits Seattle WTO protests in solidarity - Washington Post, 1999

On gays and lesbians, Gore proclaims "Love thy neighbour as thyself, and trans rights!" during California tour - BBC News, 1999

The Green Mountain Socialist? A rundown on Bernie Sanders, Gore's bizarre pick for running mate - celebnewz.com, 2000


"Bernie got more roll call amendments passed than any other congressman since 1995, all while Congress was under a Republican majority. We have absolute faith in his ability to look beyond partisanship and implement commonsense reform for all Americans." - Gore, suspiciously lucid, 2000

Gore calls Bush running mate Dick Cheney "the most evil man in America" - Fox News, 2000



Clinton, Gore meet with Louis Freeh and George Tenet to discuss "matters of national security" - CNN, 2000

Members of Al-Qaeda terrorist cell apprehended at San Diego Flight School - Fox News, 2001


"Well, uh, shit, Al, I didn't expect any of this."
"Consider it a parting gift, Bill, so they'll forget about the impeachment and you can leave the White House on a high note."
"I'm still not sure how you knew about the whole--"
"Water under the bridge, Bill, water under the bridge. Just remember what I said."
"Hillary's a real class act, Al, I'm not sure I can--"
"Convincing her not to run for office is your problem, Bill, mine is kicking the asses of Halliburton's Board of Directors."

- private conversation in the Oval Office, 2001
In inaugural address, Gore warns of looming economic recession and climate crises "unless we act NOW" - BBC News, 2001
Cabinet of "Al Gore", 2001-
Vice President:
U.S. Representative for Vermont Bernie Sanders
SecState
: fmr. U.S. Senator from Alaska Mike Gravel
SecDefence
: fmr. Deputy National Security Advisor James Steinberg
SecTreasury
: fmr. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich
Attorney General
: Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Diane Wood
SecInterior
: Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Della Warrior
SecAgriculture
: Founder of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd
SecCommerce:
Director of the Center for Effective Public Management Elaine Kamarck
SecLabor
: Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO Linda Chavez-Thompson
SecHHS
: Researcher and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. Herbert Needleman
SecHUD
: Mayor of Minneapolis Sharon Sayles Belton
SecTransportation
: U.S. Representative for Oregon Earl Blumenauer
SecEnergy:
fmr. Administrator of the EPA Carol Browner
SecEducation:
Founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman
SecVet:
U.S. Senator from Virginia Chuck Robb
EPA:
fmr. Attorney and Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader
- WhiteHouse.gov
I'm guessing the win is partly down to "Al Gore" convincing Nader not to run?
 
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