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Lists of Heads of Government and Heads of State

Qaz_plm

White Castle soda bet
Gone Fishing
Location
The Speed Force
Pronouns
She/her
1979-1990:Ronald Reagan(Socialist Republican Party of America)
1990-1992:Joe Biden(Socialist Republican Party of America)

1992 Hardliners Coup
1992-1992:George H.W. Bush(Socialist Republican Party of America)
1992 Daisy Revolution
1992-2000:Bill Blythe(Heartland)
1992:Jay Rockefeller(Independent),Bernie Sanders(Liberal),Louis Farrakhan(Holy)
1996:George W. Bush(Socialist American),Louis Farrakhan(Holy),Joe Biden(Christian Democratic)

2000-2008:George W.Bush(Socialist American)
2000:Bill Blythe(Heartland),Bernie Sanders(Liberal),Louis Farrakhan(Holy)
2004:John Edwards(Heartland),Howard Stern(SHIT),Louis Farrakhan(Holy)

2008-2010:Barry Obama(Rebirth)
2008:George Clooney(Independent),Alan Greenspan(Reform)
2010 Recalled

2010-2016:Donald Trump(Reform)
2010:Steven Jobs(NOW),Louis Farrakhan(Holy)
2012:Jeb Bush(Socialist American),John Kerry(Modern Liberal)


This may be the dumbest list on this site
 

Edmund

政治ギャル、永田町を叱る!
Location
Tynemouth
Pronouns
he/him
Members of Parliament for Kensington

2010-2015: Malcolm Rifkind (Conservative)
2010 def. Sam Gurney (Labour), Robin Meltzer (Liberal Democrat), Caroline Pearson (UKIP), Melan Ebrahimi-Fardouée (Green), Eddie Adams (Alliance for Green Socialism)
2015-2017: Boris Johnson (Conservative)
2015 def. Rod Abouharb (Labour), Robin McGhee (Liberal Democrat), Robina Rose (Green), Jack Bovill (UKIP), Tony Auguste (CISTA), Andrew Knight (Animal Welfare), Howling Laud Hope (Monster Raving Loony), Toby Abse (Alliance for Green Socialism), Lord Toby Jug (Eccentric), Roland Courtenay (New Independent Centralist)
2017-2021: Emma Dent Coad (Labour)
2017 def. Boris Johnson (Conservative), Annabel Mullin (Liberal Democrat), Jennifer Nadel (Green), Gerard Batten (UKIP), James Torrance (Independent), Andrew Knight (Animal Welfare), Lord Buckethead (Gremloids), Grant Smith (Independent), Howling Laud Hope (Monster Raving Loony), Peter Marshall (Independent), Edmonds Victor (Christian Peoples Alliance), Julian Reid (Just), John Lloyd (Alliance for Green Socialism), Yemi Hailemariam (Independent), Bobby Smith (Give Me Back My Elmo)

In 2014, Malcolm Rifkind decides that, yes, while he does enjoy being an MP, he's getting on a bit and has had a good run. He announces that he'll be standing down, and the Conservative selection is the dripping-wet liberal Mayor of London's. Come 2015, he easily wins a 25% majority in the wealthy Conservative safe seat. All the shorter journeys from Islington to Kensington and Kensington to Westminster add up, and slightly over a year later Boris Johnson is prime minister. Like May, he doesn't call a snap election - at first.

And then he does, for the 22nd of June 2017. Jim Messina laughs. After a particularly bad debate performance, it's decided that the prime minister is being hidden as much as possible from now on, and when Grenfell happens he takes the same choice as May. Boris Johnson becomes the first prime minister to lose his seat. Labour falls slightly short of a majority, but the SNP are given the planned Miliband treatment and the government has a semi-workable majority in practice. With a Brexit deal and an above-satisfactory response to the coronavirus, 2022 approaches.
 

Blackentheborg

Dennis Skinner's molotov
Location
Llareggub, Wales
Pronouns
He/Him

☭ It's Britney, bitch ☭

2021-2025: Joe Biden/Kamala Harris
defeated Donald Trump/Mike Pence
"#FreeBritney grows into anti-corporate, pro-Union movement online."

2025-2029: Donald Trump/Nikki Haley
defeated Joe Biden/Kamala Harris, various independents
"Trump's reelection results in widespread progressive backlash, voters reportedly willing to 'elect anyone'."

2029-2033: Kamala Harris/Michelle De Isla
defeated Nikki Haley/Paul Gosar
"Poll: 71% of all women below age 30+ express apathy towards first female president, prioritise climate and housing crises."

2033-2041: Madison Cawthorn/Thomas Massie
defeated Kamala Harris/Michelle De Isla
"Britney Spears concert results in two banks being burnt down, cries to 'hang wall street!' ring out into night."

defeated Jennifer Carroll Foy/Ian Calderon, India Walton/Jamilah Nasheed (Independent, endorsed by 4 State Democratic Parties)
"Independent Walton campaign shows GenZ voters willing to vote for 'literally fucking anyone else' who can disrupt Republican hegemony."

2041-20??: Britney Spears/Yvette Felarca (Independent/DSA, endorsed by 27 State Democratic Parties)
defeated Evan Low/Athena Salman, Ariana Rowlands/Byron Donalds
"In confusing inaugural address, Spears vows to 'make Ktopotkin look like a Leninist.'"
 
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Persephone

Mishima Themboy
Pronouns
they/them

☭ It's Britney, bitch ☭

2021-2025: Joe Biden/Kamala Harris
defeated Donald Trump/Mike Pence
"#FreeBritney movement grows into anti-corporate, pro-Union movement online."

2025-2029: Donald Trump/Nikki Haley
defeated Joe Biden/Kamala Harris, various independents
"Trump's reelection results in widespread progressive backlash, voters reportedly willing to 'elect anyone'."

2029-2033: Kamala Harris/Michelle De Isla
defeated Nikki Haley/Paul Gosar
"Poll: 71% of all women below age 30+ express apathy towards first female president, prioritise climate and housing crises."

2033-2041: Madison Cawthorn/Thomas Massie
defeated Kamala Harris/Michelle De Isla
"Britney Spears concert results in two banks being burn down, cries to 'hang wall street!' ring out into night."

defeated Jennifer Carroll Foy/Ian Calderon, India Walton/Jamilah Nasheed (Independent, endorsed by 4 State Democratic Parties)
"Independent Walton campaign shows GenZ voters willing to vote for 'literally fucking anyone else' who can disrupt Republican hegemony."

2041-20??: Britney Spears/Yvette Felarca (Independent/DSA, endorsed by 27 State Democratic Parties)
defeated Evan Low/Athena Salman, Ariana Rowlands/Byron Donalds
"In confusing inaugural address, Spears vows to 'make Ktopotkin look like a Leninist.'"
This feels like such a quintessentially you list.
 

Blackentheborg

Dennis Skinner's molotov
Location
Llareggub, Wales
Pronouns
He/Him
This feels like such a quintessentially you list.
Aight bet?


Nec dei nec reges at homines soli
How this one guy who got his shit ripped on The Morton Downey Jr. Show pretty much destroyed the Sixth Party System

1989-1997: George H.W. Bush/Dan Quayle
defeated Michael Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen
defeated Bill Clinton/Al Gore,
Ron Paul/Warren Rudman (Independent)
1997-2001: Tom Harkin/Dick Lamm

defeated John Kasich/Orrin Hatch
2001-2003: Ron Paul/Gary Johnson
defeated Tom Harkin/Ray Mabus, Dick Lamm/Joe Lieberman ("Independent Democratic")
2003: Ron Paul/Gary Johnson (Independent)
2003-2009: Ron Paul/Gary Johnson (Americans for Liberty)

defeated John McCain/Joe Lieberman, George W. Bush/John Danforth, Dennis Kucinich/Mike Gravel ("Independent Democratic"-Citizens Association of State Green Parties endorsed), Jello Biafra/Warren Hinckle (Independent/"Fuck Ron!" Party)
2009-2012: Raúl Grijalva/Kent Conrad (Democratic Unity & Prosperity Party-Justice endorsed)
defeated Gary Johnson/Althea Garrison (Americans for Liberty), Michele Bachmann/Tommy Thompson, John Edwards/Rod Blagojevich, Rocky Anderson/Yari Osorio (Justice)
2012-2013: Kent Conrad/vacant
2013-2021: Rand Paul/Buddy Roemer (Liberty!)

defeated Kent Conrad/Ralph Nader (Prosperity Party), Joe Arpaio/Steve Stockman, Fred Karger/Joe Lhota (Compassionate Conservative Movement), Cynthia McKinney/John DeCamp (Independent/"Grijalva Didn't Kill Himself" Party)
defeated Tom Perez/Richard Cordray, Sarah Palin/Roy Moore, Ernnie Chambers/Kshama Sawant (National Justice)
 
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Tsar of New Zealand

Fear, Loathing, and 16 Tons of Number 9 Coal
Location
Where people are one and they get things done
Pronouns
He/him/his
I'm going to switch the careers of Tennessee Ernie Ford and LBJ in order to make the latter "Texas Jumbo" Johnson and there's nothing you can do to stop me!
I have absolutely taken this joke too seriously.

One Fist of Iron, the Other of Steel

Career history of Ernest J. Ford

1937 - 1938: Radio announcer
1938 - 1939: Student (classical music), Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
1939 - 1941: Radio announcer
1941 - 1945: First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Force
1941 - 1942: Training
1942 - 1943: Bombing instructor, 17th Bombardment Training Wing

Aug. 1943: Transferred to 497th Bombardment Group
1943 - 1945: Bombardier, 497th Bombardment Group, 73 Bombardment Wing, XXI Bomber Command, 20th Air Force
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Volcano/Ryukyu Islands Campaign
Shot down during bombardment of Chichi-Jima, Sep. 1944
Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross following Chichijima incident, Nov. 1944
Distinguished Unit Citation, Jan. 1945
Japan Campaign
Operation Meetinghouse, Mar. 1945
Awarded Air Medal following 25 combat missions, Apr. 1945
Demobilised, Nov. 1945

1945 - 1947: Private citizen

1947 - 1953: United States Representative from Tennessee (Democratic)
Tennessee's 5th congressional district election, 1946
Democratic primary: Ernest J. Ford def. Harold Earthman (incumbent)
General election: unopposed
Tennessee's 5th congressional district election, 1948: unopposed
Tennessee's 4th congressional district election, 1950: unopposed


1953 - 1969: United States Senator from Tennessee (Democratic)
Tennessee United States Senate election, 1952
Democratic primary: Ernest J. Ford def. Kenneth McKellar (incumbent)
General election: Ernest J. Ford (Democratic) def. Hobart Atkins (Republican), Richard M. Barber (Independent), John Randolph Neal, Jr. (Good Government and Clean Elections)

1956 Democratic National Convention (Vice Presidential tally)
First ballot: 33 votes
Second ballot: 13.5 votes
Third ballot: eliminated; Senator John Kennedy [D-MA] nominated for Vice-President

Tennessee United States Senate election, 1958
Democratic primary: Ernest J. Ford (inc.) def. Prentice Cooper, Al Gore, Robert C. Gregory
General election: Ernest J. Ford (Democratic)(inc.) def. Hobart Atkins (Republican), Chester Mason (independent), Thomas Gouge (Wheat In Bread)

1960 Democratic National Convention (Presidential tally)
First ballot: 37 votes; Senator John Kennedy [D-MA] nominated for President
1960 United States presidential election: Vice-President Richard Nixon / Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (Republican) def. Sen. John Kennedy / Sen. Stuart Symington (Democratic), Harry F. Byrd / Strom Thurmond (unpledged elector movement)

1964 Democratic National Convention (Presidential tally)
First ballot: 25 votes
Second ballot: 57 votes; Gov. Edmund "Pat" Brown [D-CA] nominated for President
1964 United States presidential election: President Richard Nixon / Governor William Scranton (Republican) def. Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown / Senator Al Gore (Democratic), Governor George Wallace / Sen. Herman Talmadge ("All-American" or "Southern" Democratic)

Tennessee United States Senate election, 1964
Democratic primary: Ernest J. Ford (inc.) def. Sam Galloway, W. N. McKinney
General election: Ernest J. Ford (Democratic) (inc.) def. Dan Kuykendall (Republican)

1968 Democratic National Convention (Presidential tally)
First ballot: 46 votes; Sen. Hubert Humphrey [D-MN] nominated for President

1968 Democratic National Convention (Vice Presidential tally)
First ballot: Sen. Ernest J. Ford [D-TN] nominated for Vice-President

1969 - 1972: 39th Vice-President of the United States of America (Democratic)
1968 United States presidential election:
Sen. Hubert Humphrey / Sen. Ernest J. Ford (Democratic) def. Sen. Charles Percy / Gov. Ronald Reagan (Republican), Gov. George Wallace / Fmr. Gov. Marvin Griffin (American)

1972 - 0000: 37th President of the United States of America (Democratic)
May 1972: Assassination of Hubert Humphrey
 

zaffre

At the same time, a Space Bug
Location
Massachusetts
World Chess Champions (1975-2021)

aka

why yes, I did watch the queen's gambit actua

1975-1991: Anatoly Karpov (SUN)

1975: Bobby Fischer (USA)
1978: Viktor Korchnoi (XXA)
1981: Viktor Korchnoi (CHE)
1984: Garry Kasparov (SUN) [1]
1987: Garry Kasparov (SUN) [2]
1990: Jan Timman (NLD)

1991-1993: Anatoly Karpov (RUS) [3]
1993-1994: Nigel Short (GBR) [4]

1993: Anatoly Karpov (RUS)
1994-1999: Anatoly Karpov (RUS) [5]
1994: Nigel Short (GBR)
1996: Viswanathan Anand (IND)

1999-2005: Alexei Shirov (ESP) [6]
1999: Anatoly Karpov (RUS)
2002: Demis Hassabis (GBR)

2005-2008: Judit Polgár (HUN) [7]
2005: Alexei Shirov (ESP)
2006: Alexei Shirov (ESP)

2008-2020: Demis Hassabis (GBR) [8]
2008: Judit Polgár (HUN) [9]
2011: Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)
2014: Ellen Carlsen (NOR)
2017: Levon Aronian (ARM)

2020-: Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) [10]
2020: Demis Hassabis (GBR)

Footnotes

[1] On December 7th, 1984, Karpov plays the more pressing 22.Nf3 [A] instead of 22.Qd3 and Kasparov's somewhat imprecise response leaves him at a small but significant material disadvantage, which Karpov is able to exploit - in suitably Karpovian fashion - to slowly smother his opponent's play and win the decisive sixth game. More draws than expected, to be sure, but it would take very rose-tinted glasses to see the 6-0 shut out as anything other than a total humiliation for the up-and-coming Kasparov.

[2] And yet he clawed his way back in the next Candidates Tournament - although many would contend that he never really regained his "edge" after the catastrophe in 1984 - and went on to lose [C] to Karpov. Again. What followed was a year of further recriminations, internal politicking, and in June of 1988, Kasparov's defection at the end of the tournament in Belfort, France, alleging sustained collusion and psychological pressure from both FIDE and the USSR. Hopes briefly skyrocketed that Kasparov could do what Korchnoi had not and finally notch a win for the West, but with Kasparov's refusal to even compete on FIDE's terms the torch was passed to the stalwart - but underwhelming - Jan Timman of the Netherlands. Timman lost.

[3] But Karpov's steel facade began to crack in the early '90s, with both the collapse of his home country and the news that Kasparov had finally done the one thing he never could - defeat Bobby Fischer. The 1992 Kasparov - Fischer match dominated headlines at the time, but is now considered an embarrassment for both men; Fischer for losing, handily, and Kasparov for choosing to take on someone twenty years out of practice (and to say the least, unwell) just so he could claim the hollow title of Champion of the West. But, at the time, Karpov was rattled.

[4] And that was enough for him to lose, in a stunning upset, to GM Nigel Short, who created a brief spot of excitement and a British chess boom to punctuate the high highs and low lows of the Moore years.
Stories that when asked about the new champion's reign Karpov simply responded "Short." are, of course, completely anecdotal.

[5] Karpov thrashed Short in '94 in arguably the most dominant performance of his career [D] and reclaimed the title for five more turbulent years, leaving him second only to Emanuel Lasker as far as longevity is concerned, although far more polarizing: in terms of sheer talent, unquestionably one of the greatest of all time, but you would be hard-pressed to find a player outside of Russia who truly celebrated his total domination of the era and willingness to toe the Kremlin line.

[6]
Which makes it fitting, possibly, that when he finally lost his battle with time it was accompanied by the bright candle of émigré Alexei Shirov, whose aggressive tactical flair made for thrilling victories over the aging Karpov (and his stylistic heir Hassabis) but at times cast a shadow on the real 'soundness' of his play - especially since he finally lost the battle of Man vs. Machine to the distinctly Karpovian positioning of Deepest Blue.

[7] Live by the sword, die by the sword. Shirov brought about his own downfall with, characteristically, a gamble - but this time an organizational one. Hoping to avoid the proverbial 'draw death' and put a more aggressive stamp on the game, FIDE's adoption of short knockout qualifiers, with his backing, resulted in chaos [E] and what less creative journalists called a 'Cinderella run' for Hungarian GM Judit Polgár, the best of three sisters who had utterly dominated the world of women's chess. Polgár's combativeness was a far cry from both of his past opponents and, Shirov was already on the wane, and in a 'shocker' that should have surprised no one who'd seen their recent play, Polgár won, handily. The rematch was even more one-sided. But all nice things must come to an end, and Polgár, who herself had admitted that the game was "30 to 40% psychology", was subject to personal harassment on an unprecedented level and withering criticism over the course of her tenure for not being 'committed' enough to the sport, not least when she had the temerity to admit she was considering having children - and elevated by the caprices of a knockout system, she simply didn't have the staying power [F] of a Botvinnik or Karpov.

[8] But at least she got knocked out by the best. "Demigod" Hassabis had been the brightest star of the Short Boom, a serious contender for WC since 1999, and even made it to the final in 2002, only to be pipped by Shirov. But his smooth, positional play seemed passé and, in the meteoric world of chess, his moment seemed to have passed. But it had just arrived. A whole new generation of players were now growing up with chess computers but it was Hassabis that saw their limits, picking up not just new lines of theory but new realms of it - materialistic chess was a thing of the past. Less quick attacks, more quicksand. Opponents wandered in and didn't come out. The incumbent champion happened to be one of them.

[9] Polgár was denied an immediate rematch in 2009 - ironically, on the grounds that Shirov had demonstrated the futility of such a tradition. She continues to be a worldwide ambassador for girls getting involved in chess, so it remains to be seen whether FIDE will succeed in their goal of actively hounding all women out of the game.

[10] Even with all the technological advances at his fingertips, Hassabis has no monopoly on a deep mind, and after twelve dominant years - by far the best run since Karpov - his more wary approach [G] finally went down in flames at the hands of a daring, swashbuckling Russian. Kasparov, busy crushing American three year olds on daytime TV, would be proud.


Footnotes but about chess

[A] I got into chess because of a TV show so obviously I am talking some bullshit here, but if you look at the position on move 22, knight to F3 attacks the pawn and also develops a knight that isn't doing anything - I think it's a pretty intuitive move and Kasparov (and Timman) both thought the position was practically shouting it.

Just relying on Kasparov's own calculation of the position with years to think on it (i.e. giving him the best possible chance) and a really smart computer, his proposed sequence leaves him down essentially three pawns (or a whole knight or bishop) in the evaluation, which at their skill level would require Karpov to actively throw the game away to not win it. Karpov had won five and drawn twenty five games at this point, with the rule being first to six wins - botching this match was something of a turning point, with Kasparov getting his first win in the next one, picking up steam, and making it 5-3 before the championship was outright adjourned for a year because they were so tired. Garry went on to win in 1985 and the rest is history.

[C] It's an open question how much losing 6-0 would have permanently damaged Kasparov's performance (Karpov thinks it would have crushed him but he is obviously, er, biased) but the OTL championship in 1987 was 12-12 between them with ties to the champion, so even if defeated, demoralized Kasparov does exactly as well as OTL, he actually loses.

[D] Karpov had his best performance of all time in OTL in the '94 tournament in Linares and Short was historically not really on his (or Kasparov's) level but beat Karpov in the semis in a bit of a fluke in 1993.

[E] FIDE did this in OTL in the '90s after their schism with Kasparov and it resulted in people ranked 19th, 28th, and 44th in the world all becoming champions so, er, not the best idea guys. Polgár was eighth at her peak (and tended to overperform in rapid knockout formats) so this is basically a perfect storm for her to get a shot against the past-it Shirov.

[F] The flip side of this is that Polgár is already alive and doing chess by the POD and at her very best in '05 was eighth in the world; she's just not going to consistently beat #1s. Oddly it feels easier to butterfly Hassabis quitting it in college after being world-class at, like, 12, than to butterfly Polgár's skill level because I mean, in OTL she didn't do anything wrong - she doesn't have to be one-in-a-century to deserve recognition for being really, really good at chess. Should also be acknowledged that toxic, exclusive atmospheres are, you know, bad.

[G] This is all a bit of an anachronistic blend of Hassabis's style as a kid (at least in the one game I found) and that of his creation, AlphaZero, who is also non-materialistic but is more of a lunatic attacker than a sanguine defender. By this logic Elon Musk should be partly battery-powered but just shut up and enjoy the damn list about chess.
 

Gary Oswald

Old and Foolish now
Sea Lion Press staff
Published by SLP
Pronouns
he/him
Delightful list, @zaffre. I'm not a chess guy but my dad is (he actually beat Short as a young man in the 80s, an anecdote he is even less likely to shut up about in this world) and I know enough by osmosis to appreciate the cleverness of it.

I enjoyed magnus' sister being the one to get into chess, here.
 

Sideways

"A classic of the genre" --Kathleen Stock
Published by SLP
Location
Teignmouth, Devon
Pronouns
She/Her
[G] This is all a bit of an anachronistic blend of Hassabis's style as a kid (at least in the one game I found) and that of his creation, AlphaZero, who is also non-materialistic but is more of a lunatic attacker than a sanguine defender. By this logic Elon Musk should be partly battery-powered but just shut up and enjoy the damn list about chess.
This list is so specific. I love the energy
 

Sideways

"A classic of the genre" --Kathleen Stock
Published by SLP
Location
Teignmouth, Devon
Pronouns
She/Her
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The Rise and Fall of CAnon - A Very British Conspiracy Theory

2017-2020: Jeremy Corbyn (Labour)

2017-2019: 57th Parliament
Labour Majority of 2


Labour won the general election after a very poor campaign from the Conservatives and the Grenfell disaster taking place in the last week of the campaign. The new government made housing safety a priority and pushed for better social welfare measures. Labour was hamstrung, however, by a tiny majority and rebellions within the party. Brexit failed to get anywhere and took a huge amount of time.

On the Labour left a narrative developed about a betrayal of the Corbyn government by the PLP, Civil Service, and royal family. This was backed by a series of leaked dossiers which claimed, among other things, that Labour staffers had hoped to lose in 2017 and had targetted Diane Abbott with racist harassment.

2019-2020: 57th Parliament
Confidence and Supply with Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), Majority of 12


TIG split off from Labour in early 2019 and necessitated Labour making deals to stay in power. Their deal with the SNP unsurprisingly included two second referendums. In September, Britain voted to leave the EU with in a soft Brexit deal by 59.2%. This triggered a second independence referendum, set for March 2020. Unfortunately for the SNP, this was delayed by COVID-19 and the need for nation-wide lockdowns.

At this time, slogans changed on the left. A belief grew up that TIG MPs had acted illegally towards Corbyn, the Labour Party, and its activists, and if the full, unredacted, dossier detailing all of their crimes was released it would lead to by-elections where Corbyn could purge the party and regain his majority.

2020-2027: Rory Stewart (Conservative)

2020-2022: 57th Parliament
Coalition with Boris Johnson (Conservative), Tom Watson (Hope), Luciana Berger (TIG), Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat), Majority of 57


Those on the centre of the political spectrum feared Corbyn's approach to lockdowns for a variety of reasons - his perceived unwillingness to condemn his brother, the weakness of lockdown regulations, the furlough scheme, rent forgiveness schemes, the overzealousness of the lockdown regulations, etc. In May 79 Labour MPs split to form a new centrist party and Corbyn was forced out of government, replaced by Rory Stewart, a Conservative who had build up a reputation with centrists.

Across the country, Labourites were furious about the betrayal and in many areas MP's offices were vandalised. Stop the Coup Protests were the first in a series of protests that would encompass antiracism, trans rights, women's safety, and eventually unrestricted looting that characterised the summer between COVID waves.

2022-2027: 58th Parliament
Conservative Majority of 65


Rory Stewart gained a lot of popularity during the COVID years and when it finally abated in autumn of 2021 he was first choice for the Conservatives to lead the party into the next election. The new Conservative government pushed for tighter controls on social media and greater police powers, and maintained government committments to Help to Buy and the pensions triple lock through the biggest recession in British history.

In 2022 Stewart lost the Scotland referendum but squared up the Sturgeon on the matter, claiming that as there had been a boycott by Remain voters the decision was invalid. He took Britain out of the EU in 2023, but was an good European who was highly effective in the border schirmishes with Russia. In 2025 he reformed the country in the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scotland would now have a Prime Minister and radically more autonomy and English Parliament Days would take place in Westminster to decide English Laws. This may have been what prevented Scotland from leaving in the 2025 Third Scottish Independence Referendum.

#ReleaseTheDossier and #StopTheCoup never quite ended. The riots of 2020 had badly damaged the brand of Black Lives Matter, Women's Safety and Trans Rights groups but the Corbynistas never quite fell into that group anyway. The size and scope of the Deep State extended and it's purported crimes grew. In 2024 a list of deep state super-injunctions was leaked online and in 2026 a series of memos were released detailing how King Charles and Prince William had cut Harry and Megan out of the royal family

2027-2037: Boris Johnson (Conservative)

2027-2032: 59th Parliament
Conservative majority of 51


By the time Boris Johnson got to power he had been the King Across the Water in the Conservatives for almost two decades. In that time he'd developed a range on interesting policies with the help of political advisors Dom Cummings and his wife, Dehenna Johnson. The party was now against critical race theory and critical gender theory. It opposed climate radicalism and pushed for British Patriotism and unionism.

It was all a bit much. When the government announced there would be no reform to the Gender Recognition Act, this caused outcry from a western world where self-ID was the norm. When Britain won the World Cup in 2030 players were united in their condemnation of racist attacks on the team he had described as freedom of speech. His policies hit a solid brick wall of reality, and kept going.

Labour were in a similar situation, however. Despite their new leader Keir Starmer's best efforts the party hierarchy was held by FreeCorbyn believers, the party went into the election divided and with party activists calling their own leader a Deep State stooge and a cop.

2032-2037: 60th Parliament
Conservative majority of 12


FreeCorbyn protestors stormed parliament on opening day, easily breaking through security and forcing parliament out of the building. In a few days, protests turned to the kind of generalised rioting that had become a hallmark of British civic life since the pandemic. Parliament's occupiers declared a people's republic and demanded the votes be recounted and the Corbyn Dossier be released. They were dealt with harshly by armed police. Lilly Grist became the first person to die of bullet wounds in the House of Commons chamber, though more died in hospitals.

This fired up the intense culture wars that had gripped English public life. A proposal for an English Parliament became the focal point of a lot of the tension and a protest village was set up on the site where it would be built. Meanwhile, Westminster's own temporary relocation to the QE2 centre was presumed by FreeCorbyn to be a "militarisation of parliament". The country was angry, sad, and even the 2034 coronation of King William failed to improve the mood.

2037-2042: Richard Burgon (Labour)

2037-2042: 61st Parliament
Labour majority of 23


Burgon was a convinced Free Corbyn suporter by 2037 and his first act on coming to power was to demand the Corbyn Dossier be released. This was complicated by the fact that it did not exist. He also attempted to close down the English Parliament and move the British Parliament back to Westminster. Neither of these proved possible, but he did ensure that The House of Commons and the new UK Senate would change meeting locations and travel across Britain rather than stay in the QE2 centre. Among his unusual policies, Burgon spoke out against the Treaty of Jerusalem, tried to grant recognition to the Free Russian Republic, and tried to make Harry king as a temporary measure before a republic could be established.

Some of his decisions were popular. The renationalisation of the Postal Service and developing it into a communications network provider, beginning the slow nationalisation of the train network, and establishing a truth and reconciliation committee on racist, sexist and transphobic oppression. It had to be noted that once the London Met was replaced by the new English Law Enforcement Service, the riots in London stopped. However, he never quite escaped his association with FreeCorbyn which was becoming only more radical and unhinged while in power. In 2041, some 25,000 people listed FreeCorbyn as their religion in the census and they were only half joking.

2042-204X: Zarah Sultana (Labour)

2042-2047: 62nd Parliament
Labour majority of 14


Labour's centrists retook the party in what FreeCorbyn called a second coup but really came down to Burgon's CLP refusing to reselect him. The new leadership has charted a conciliatory course, trying to end the culture wars and recreate a sense of unity, while continuing the world of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She achieved disestablishment of the Church of England and replacing royal honours with Parliamentary awards, but has so far failed to end the monarchy or bring in free wifi. These committments will await a possible second term.

In 2046, Jeremy Corbyn died. His funeral bought out thousands and shrines appeared across the country. But by now, FreeCorbyn is becoming a niche, outdated, movement. Jeremy Corbyn himself had grown increasingly bemused by it, while his brother had taken on an ever larger role in its leadership. It will be intriguing to see whether this political cult will survive the enduring object of its affections.
 

zaffre

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This list is so specific. I love the energy
It was nice to lean fully into "take it or leave it idk" material and not feel like there were any expectations I had to really contend with.

Delightful list, @zaffre. I'm not a chess guy but my dad is (he actually beat Short as a young man in the 80s, an anecdote he is even less likely to shut up about in this world) and I know enough by osmosis to appreciate the cleverness of it.

I enjoyed magnus' sister being the one to get into chess, here.
Short had no real business going up against Kasparov or Karpov but he hit world #3 in the '80s so honestly respect.

Magnus is interesting since I can't, like, not allude to him (I mean I could, since he was born post-POD) but it's also hard to toss him in a list without going "and then Magnus just beat everybody" since that's basically what OTL has been. But yeah, in this world she has been a bit more inspired by Judit while he has some real Scandi noir bullshit going on in the cutthroat world of Nordic modeling, or whatever.
 

Sideways

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It was nice to lean fully into "take it or leave it idk" material and not feel like there were any expectations I had to really contend with.
There's something really nice about AH where someon leans so heavily into a specialist interest that you can just watch them enjoy that. It's a thing
 
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