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Alternate Wikibox Thread

Nofix

Scalawag
For some this is the first wikibox of the new year, for me it's the last of 2021.





Vladimir Putin is a Russian statesmen and former politician. He is responsible for introducing Russia to the European Union and NATO. He is the first leader from Eastern Europe to have lead the military alliance. Despite not having served in a political office since his short stint as a member of the European Parliament (which he resigned after a car accident), he is considered a powerful and influential part of Russia's ruling class.
 

Callan

Racist name by the way,
Published by SLP
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The Ministry of National Insurance is the British Government department responsible for delivering a wide range of health, welfare and child support payments and other services to eligible British citizens and permanent residents. The Ministry of National Insurance (MNI) delivers social services through the government programs Commonwealth Pensions, the GMS (General Medical Service) and the National Insurance Administration.

The department was formed as the National Insurance Administration in 1914 as a result of the National Insurance Act of 1912, which created the modern system of National Insurance. The Administration and the Department have gone through many structures and consolidations as the welfare state expanded over the following decades, most prominently with the Health Act of 1959 establishing the General Medical Service, an insurance system to provide universal health insurance and standardise healthcare provision. While the MNI is responsible for healthcare coverage, operation of the healthcare system is the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Social Services and Home Rule Administrations. It is one of the oldest government departments in continuous operation, and one of only seven to exist continuously since before the Commonwealth Act of 1933.

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Wolfram

The possum is not OK. Neither are we.
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the Velvet Coffin, Texas
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he/him
"Since the re-establishment of the Bonaparte dynasty in 1848, the great powers of Europe have spent a large amount of blood and treasure ensuring that the center of the continent - the wide sweep from the Rhine to the Vistula - is as fragmented as possible. The cast of characters engaged in that effort has changed, but the effort itself has been relatively consistent...

"The First Great European War, which the participants themselves refer to as the Prussian War, saw a rising Prussia threaten Austria, at the time dominant over the German Confederation. French aid to Austria allowed it to compete with Prussia's technologically superior army, thus allowing Napoleon III to expand his influence over the Rhineland regions his uncle had gained and lost; British attempts to contest the region only served to divide it further, initiate a series of proxy wars, and send a stream of refugees who inadvertently helped bring about the Texian Revolution.

"The Second Great European War (or Italian War) was similarly fought between Austria and a rising power, in this case the new Roman Empire. This time, foreign support from Russia allowed the rising power to take on the falling one - the Roman Pope's armies annexed Tyrol, Carniola, and Dalmatia, while Bohemia, Galicia, and Transylvania declared independence with Russian support. But Italian hegemony was little more acceptable to the great powers, most notably Britain and France, than the status quo had been - the 1905 death of Napoleon Joseph, whose adroit political skill was coupled with a deep passivity in foreign affairs, allowed a change in policy, and the coordinated invasion of the Piedmont and Roman Africa prompted dissension between Italian and Slavic nationalists and eventually allowed the independence of Austria's former 'captive nations' and the division of Italy between French protectorates and the British-aligned Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. When British control was broken, first by the effects of overly-aggressive Protestant missionaries and then by the British Revolution, Russia moved in to pick up the pieces.

"With division from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the Third Great European War was fought instead by choice. Fearful that Russia was consolidating its control over Central Europe, radical members of the Royalist Montagnard League first engineered a provocation in the form of a largely-invented spy scandal in coup against Napoléon Alexandre, resulting in the Dual Monarchy under General Emmanuel Forestier and Princess Hélène, then supported Polish independentists, Pannonian irredentists, and Swedish Occidentalists in the hopes of pushing the Jancović line east. It worked when a group of the latter successfully launched a coup against King Oscar III - in other words, the recent beneficiary of a coup started a coup in order to check the power of the beneficiaries of a long-ago coup. The result was a eight-year war along a frontline that stretched from icebound Spitsbergen to arid Persia, one which claimed more than ten million lives on four continents - and to no real effect. Both France and Russia claim the Third Great European War as a victory, but neither claim it as a particularly honorable, meaningful, or decisive one, though individual heroes and villains receive their own credits.

"Now, half a century after the Treaty of Richmond, what does European grand strategy look like in the XXIth century? It is clear after two decades that Constantine's War had little effect on Russia's long-term aims - an ideological commitment to autocracy has given way to Georgy Rublev's formulation of a 'democracy of the demos' in which each country is formally sacrosanct in its internal affairs, but the view from Petrograd (or, for that matter, Sevastopol, Turku, and Vladivostok) remains fundamentally the same. In France, the same is true - Empress Jeanne's presidential rule has changed the methods of politics from the hands-off governance of her parents, but the goals and effects of that politics remains substantially the same to foreign nations. The substantive changes, instead, have pertained with the second rank of powers. The British Workers' Republic's longstanding insularism has given way to a new generation eager to deal with the Continent. The emergence of Poland, cordially hostile to Russia but far from a mere protectorate of France, has upset the balance of Germany and Slavonia alike. Egypt and Spain also seek to assert their independence from France, and Turkey from Russia: between them, they have transformed the Mediterranean from the 'red circle and purple slice' of Durand's graphical histories to a far more complex situation. Periodic crackdowns on unificationism in Germany and Italy increasingly only water those forbidden fruits; in 2012, for the first time in a century, an explicitly unificationist party (the People's Liberal Party) was allowed into government in a German state, albeit Hanover. And China increasingly puts its hand in, as well, to the consternation of diplomats in the Kremlin and the Élysée alike. It is clear that a bifurcated Europe will no longer be an accurate model."

-Hannibal Student Ponce de León, A Student's Guide to Geopraxis (2015)

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Nofix

Scalawag

Richard John “Dick” Grayson was an American businessman, diplomat, political advocate, and superhero. Grayson was born November 11, 1932 to circus performers John and Mary Grayson, with whom he'd serve as one of the Flying Graysons. At the age of 8, his parents were murdered by agents of gangster Tony Zucco, who had demanded extortion money from them and the circus. Shortly afterwards, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne, the original Batman, and became his sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder.

In 1954, after the retirement of Bruce Wayne as Batman, Grayson took up the mantle, juggling between it and his original identity as Robin for many years. In 1964, he and two other former sidekicks, the original Kid Flash and original Aqualad, formed the Teen Titans, an organization meant for younger superheroes and sidekicks to fraternize and learn from one another. While initially thought of as a “junior Justice Society” or “Justice League for kids”, the Teen Titans (later the Titans) became one of the most prestigious and expansive superhero organizations in the United States.

In 1970, as a thanks to his father for his help in electing him, President Richard Nixon nominated Grayson, a Democrat, serve as the American ambassador to the United Nations, where he would meet his future wife, the then-Tamaran Ambassador to Earth, Princess Koriand'r. After the election of fellow Democrat Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Grayson retired for several months before being nominated to serve as the second United States Ambassador to post-Apartheid South Africa. As a private citizen, he managed his father's business, Wayne Industries, and remained a popular figure around the city. Like his father, he also spoke out for various political causes and candidates, with one of his last major public appearances being a speech at the 1992 DNC introducing Prez Rickard.

He died in 2006. Publicly it was said to be from a chest infection, but after the Batman Leak of 2020, it was revealed his death was caused in part by tortured-related injuries he had received from a kidnapping by Jeremiah Valeska, one of the Jokers, in 1988. After that incident, Jason Todd, his successor as Robin, also succeeded him as the Batman of Gotham City.

He is survived by his wife Koriand'r and their daughter Mari Grayson.

 

Meppo

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In 1970, as a thanks to his father for his help in electing him, President Richard Nixon nominated Grayson, a Democrat, serve as the American ambassador to the United Nations, where he would meet his future wife, the then-Tamaran Ambassador to Earth, Princess Koriand'r. After the election of fellow Democrat Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Grayson retired for several months before being nominated to serve as the second United States Ambassador to post-Apartheid South Africa. As a private citizen, he managed his father's business, Wayne Industries, and remained a popular figure around the city. Like his father, he also spoke out for various political causes and candidates, with one of his last major public appearances being a speech at the 1992 DNC introducing Prez Rickard.
Bob Casey Sr. being President in the DCverse is something.

Also I'm actually very curious about what Tamaran looks like ITTL.

Very nice work!
 

Nofix

Scalawag
Bob Casey Sr. being President in the DCverse is something.

Also I'm actually very curious about what Tamaran looks like ITTL.

Very nice work!
My list of Presidents in this universe is almost complete. I'm just missing the Democrat from 1985 to 1989 (who is prospectively Casey's VP, as of the time of this posting), and everyone after 2001.

Me too. I should probably do more research on that, and the various alien embassies that are present in this timeline's Earth.

Thank you!
 

Yokai Man

Well-known member

Richard John “Dick” Grayson was an American businessman, diplomat, political advocate, and superhero. Grayson was born November 11, 1932 to circus performers John and Mary Grayson, with whom he'd serve as one of the Flying Graysons. At the age of 8, his parents were murdered by agents of gangster Tony Zucco, who had demanded extortion money from them and the circus. Shortly afterwards, he was adopted by Bruce Wayne, the original Batman, and became his sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder.

In 1954, after the retirement of Bruce Wayne as Batman, Grayson took up the mantle, juggling between it and his original identity as Robin for many years. In 1964, he and two other former sidekicks, the original Kid Flash and original Aqualad, formed the Teen Titans, an organization meant for younger superheroes and sidekicks to fraternize and learn from one another. While initially thought of as a “junior Justice Society” or “Justice League for kids”, the Teen Titans (later the Titans) became one of the most prestigious and expansive superhero organizations in the United States.

In 1970, as a thanks to his father for his help in electing him, President Richard Nixon nominated Grayson, a Democrat, serve as the American ambassador to the United Nations, where he would meet his future wife, the then-Tamaran Ambassador to Earth, Princess Koriand'r. After the election of fellow Democrat Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Grayson retired for several months before being nominated to serve as the second United States Ambassador to post-Apartheid South Africa. As a private citizen, he managed his father's business, Wayne Industries, and remained a popular figure around the city. Like his father, he also spoke out for various political causes and candidates, with one of his last major public appearances being a speech at the 1992 DNC introducing Prez Rickard.

He died in 2006. Publicly it was said to be from a chest infection, but after the Batman Leak of 2020, it was revealed his death was caused in part by tortured-related injuries he had received from a kidnapping by Jeremiah Valeska, one of the Jokers, in 1988. After that incident, Jason Todd, his successor as Robin, also succeeded him as the Batman of Gotham City.

He is survived by his wife Koriand'r and their daughter Mari Grayson.

Great work,nice nood to Gotham.

I also like how Dick more or less becomes the progressive Democrat version of Jon Huntsman Jr.

It does feel weird to me however to have Prez be,well,Prez in the early Nineties instead of the mid Seventies when he was the product of the zeitgeist of then.
 

Nofix

Scalawag
It does feel weird to me however to have Prez be,well,Prez in the early Nineties instead of the mid Seventies when he was the product of the zeitgeist of then.
I've actually had Prez's write-up and wikibox done for a while, I've just had difficulties finding a good picture, and putting the finishing touches on it. Same goes for Dick, I knew what the box would look like sans the picture, and I knew all of the points touched in the write-up.
 

CTTeller

Basil from OMORI in Fawlty Towers, make it happen!
Location
Pinner, London
An MP who considered retirement... opts not to, and makes sure to not get implicated in sleaze.

An unknown hard-left backbencher rises to the leadership like an ICBM.

The MP who had previously considered retirement immediately asserts himself as the unofficial internal leader of the opposition to this MP.

Following a vote to leave the European Union, the machinations of the Parliamentary Labour Party make themselves known.

The MP who considered retirement emerges as the main challenger to the leader in the aftermath.

To ensure his good travel, he is the only challenger put forward to the leader, with other candidates standing down.

But then, the leader fails in his bid to not require renominations to contest the leadership election.

He's fucked.

And so, by default, and without a contest, the MP who only a few years ago considered retirement... led Her Majesty's Opposition.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Introducing Britain's new Labour leader, in The Straw on the Party's Back.

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AlfieJ

left labour poster on here
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An MP who considered retirement... opts not to, and makes sure to not get implicated in sleaze.

An unknown hard-left backbencher rises to the leadership like an ICBM.

The MP who had previously considered retirement immediately asserts himself as the unofficial internal leader of the opposition to this MP.

Following a vote to leave the European Union, the machinations of the Parliamentary Labour Party make themselves known.

The MP who considered retirement emerges as the main challenger to the leader in the aftermath.

To ensure his good travel, he is the only challenger put forward to the leader, with other candidates standing down.

But then, the leader fails in his bid to not require renominations to contest the leadership election.

He's fucked.

And so, by default, and without a contest, the MP who only a few years ago considered retirement... led Her Majesty's Opposition.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Introducing Britain's new Labour leader, in The Straw on the Party's Back.

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thanks for this absolutely nightmarish
 

Luke_Starkiller

Well-known member
My list of Presidents in this universe is almost complete. I'm just missing the Democrat from 1985 to 1989 (who is prospectively Casey's VP, as of the time of this posting), and everyone after 2001.
Maybe the 1985-1989 guy is Senator Oliver Queen of California, who served as VP during the Casey administration? His role as a "job creator" in a city that's experienced a tech boom could make him a solid equivalent to the Atari Democrats of the era like Al Gore and Gary Hart.

Also, Hal Jordan as a moderate Republican war hero (and superhero) could make him a solid analogue to John McCain for the 2000s.
 
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