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Lists of Heads of Government and Heads of State

Time Enough

"Enthusiastic Cis Male Partner"
Pronouns
He/Him
Silent Running:

1961-1965: John F.Kennedy (Democratic)†
1960 (With Lyndon B. Johnson) def. Richard Nixon (Republican), Harry F. Byrd (‘Dixiecrat’ Faithless Electors)
1965 (With George Smathers) def. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Republican), George Wallace (State’s Rights)

1965-1969: George Smathers (Democratic)
1969-1977: Robert Taft Jr. (Republican)
1968 (With Winthrop Rockefeller) def. George Smathers (Democratic), Eugene McCarthy (Independent)
1972 (With Winthrop Rockefeller) def. Hubert Humphrey (Democratic)

1977-1981: Fred Harris (Democratic)
1976 (With John Glenn) def. Bob Dole (Republican)
1981-1983: Richard M.Nixon (Independent)
1980 (With Daniel Patrick Moynihan) def. Fred Harris (Democratic), Phil Crane (Republican)
1983-: Richard M. Nixon (Unity)
 

Time Enough

"Enthusiastic Cis Male Partner"
Pronouns
He/Him
Silent Running:

1961-1965: John F.Kennedy (Democratic)†
1960 (With Lyndon B. Johnson) def. Richard Nixon (Republican), Harry F. Byrd (‘Dixiecrat’ Faithless Electors)
1965 (With George Smathers) def. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (Republican), George Wallace (State’s Rights)

1965-1969: George Smathers (Democratic)
1969-1977: Robert Taft Jr. (Republican)
1968 (With Winthrop Rockefeller) def. George Smathers (Democratic), Eugene McCarthy (Independent)
1972 (With Winthrop Rockefeller) def. Hubert Humphrey (Democratic)

1977-1981: Fred Harris (Democratic)
1976 (With John Glenn) def. Bob Dole (Republican)
1981-1983: Richard M.Nixon (Independent)
1980 (With Daniel Patrick Moynihan) def. Fred Harris (Democratic), Phil Crane (Republican)
1983-: Richard M. Nixon (Unity)
A list for my Silent Running Vignette about Ind. Nixon, amusingly the list came first. Anyway the gist of this world.

On April 10th of 1963, Edwin Walker is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald leading to Oswald’s arrest and causing the Kennedy Assassination to butterfly away. With Walker’s death by a Communist leading a even more segregationist backlash, Kennedy doubles down and makes Smather’s his running mate. LBJ tries to fight back in the 64’ Primaries but the strain leads to a reemergence of his heart conditions so he’s forced to step aside. Meanwhile Nixon ponders a return as the Republican Presidential Candidate but his former running mate manages to outmanoeuvre him, indeed Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. low expenses grassroots campaign manages to overtake Rockerfellar and Scranton and in the showdown between Goldwater and Cabot Lodge Jr. the latter is able to use connections and a vast gamut of support to narrowly beat Goldwater.

Seeing weakness with Kennedy and segregation, George Wallace pursues a Segregationist Campaign with the State’s Rights party. What initially starts out as a definite Kennedy re-election becomes a slog that causes the President to be experiencing more health issues and popping more pills to cope. Whilst Kennedy manages to win, it’s by a whisker and a few electoral votes with Cabot Lodge running an aggressive campaign against Kennedy. The effect of this means that Kennedy after a couple months of his second term, collapses into a coma and a few weeks later passes away.

Smathers becomes President and isn’t terribly good, not budging on Vietnam, not expanding the New Deal beyond Kennedy’s technocratic Liberalism, not dealing with an inflating economy fast enough and not expanding Civil Rights and trying to appease the Southern Segregationists angers the Left and Liberals within the Democratic Party who are frustrated at the lack of progress the Smathers Presidency entails. During the 1968 primaries these frustrations coalesce behind Eugene McCarthy who does surprisingly well against the incumbent, leading to a chaotic and bloody 1968 Democratic Convention. With McCarthy pursuing an independent run with Mark Lane, supported by a variety of New Left groups and Smathers coming off as tried and old fashioned, alongside a host of revelations coming out about the Kennedy administration that paint him a poor light, attention turns to the Republicans.

Having lost twice under Moderates and sensing blood in the water, the Right of the party tries to find a champion. Initially Ronald Reagan is the initial champion of the Right, but some off colour remarks about Vietnam and announcing Richard Schwieker as his potential running mate offends some of his core audience who look around elsewhere. It would be a cabal centred around the likes of Gerry Ford who proposes Robert Taft Jr. as a suitable Conservative Candidate, Right Wing enough to gain the Goldwater/Buckley support but not so Right Wing that he would cause the Rockerfellar types to be nervous.

Robert Taft Jr. message of Small Government, Anti-Communism and adopting a more Conservative approach to economics allows him to coast through the primaries against Reagan, Romney and Rockerfellar and not long after against Smathers.

Taft Jr. tenure would see Alan Greenspan deal with inflation through austerity tactics which also just so happened to more often than not effect those who were deemed prime targets for policing. Increases penalties for drug dealing and procession leads to a crackdown on numerous movements associated with a free wheeling nature to drugs. Vietnam is still a slog, discussions about invasions of Laos Andy Cambodia are shot down and by 1972 an armistice is arranged which ensures South Vietnam’s existence through American AirPower.

The various Left Wing movements are cracked down upon, shootouts between police and Black Panthers or AIM are fairly consistent through out the Taft Jr. years as well as Weathermen Attacks are as well. This does make Taft Jr. more popular with the general (white) public who see him being tough and see it as leading to a more stable America.

The 1972 election is fairly dull for the most part, Hubert Humphrey having easily pushed George McGovern aside tries to attack Taft Jr. over his crackdowns and authoritarian tendencies as well as his economic doctrine. This almost works, but Taft Jr. is nearly assassinated by Arthur Bremer on the campaign trail and the image of the President campaigning across America with his damaged arm in a sling causes most people to ignore Humphrey.

Taft Jr. wins again and continues his policies, telling New York to drop dead and bombs North Vietnam when they try invading the South in 1975. Indeed Taft Jr. see’s the Republican Party shifting away from the Eisenhower party to something closer to his Dad and Goldwater’s image of Republicanism. This makes a fair few Eisenhower Republicans like Richard Nixon, who as Senate Majority Leader has been shepherding Taft’s bills through, rather disgruntled and feeling increasingly lost.

Meanwhile the Democrats ponder where next, the two establishments picks had failed and for many there was a general consensus that they should try and get someone more Left Wing to be there Presidential Candidate. As the primaries season starts, a former Senator by the name of Fred R.Harris appears in a Winnebago, asks to stay in supporters houses and runs a low budget Left Wing populist campaign against the establishment, fighting on his brand of New Populism. To an alliance of voters who are feeling hurt and poor under the policies of Taft, they agree with this message. Harris would manage to push aside Birch Bayh and Henry Jackson to gain the Presidential nomination.

Initially Harris is seen as an eccentric Leftist who will easily lose to Bob Dole’s Moderate Conservative Campaign, but by now the White Working Class and Middle Class voters that would ferry Taft into office were feeling the pinch of austerity. With Harris campaigning on better schools, more employment and ‘economic democracy’ his Left Wing Populist Campaign cuts through and he would become President.

Harris’s time as President was a tough one, with many of his policies alienating establishment Republicans and Democrats alike, Harris spends more his time trying to get Congress to yield. The economy whilst okay, doesn’t improve much during Harris’s tenure, Harris letting South Vietnam wither away angers Conservatives and Harris’s doing stuff like trying to dismantle the CIA, uprooting Labour Union Corruption and bringing about an improved Civil Rights Act baffles and horrifies some of the voters that got Harris in. Indeed, Harris pardoning arrested Black Panthers and AIM activists and discussing about the issues of the day with them disturbs certain sections of the public who had been told for the last eight years that they were the enemy.

This feeling of resentment and horror bubbles away, uncertainty about the future and a sense that Harris is a secret Communist abounds, especially after his nationalises several oil companies leads many people to find a saviour.

Richard Nixon, by now having retired from the Senate and doing the tour circuit, TV Show circuit and University circuit as an Elder Statesman starts to resonate with certain demographics. Indeed he criticises the economics policies of Taft Jr. and says he was too harsh on Labour Unions, says Harris should support aspiration over ‘Socialistic fear-mongering’ and talks about issues that effect ‘ordinary Americans’. In Gallup poll conducted in the Spring 1979, Nixon comes out on top as the person the public want as President.

Despite it all, a draft Nixon campaign in the Republican Primaries fails to launch and Nixon’s support John Connally comes up short behind Phil Crane. Nixon is seen as another’s wannabe, until Phil Crane’s alcoholism and inability to cope with stress is quickly revealed and his numbers dip drastically. Suddenly four more years of Harris seem imminent and Nixon see’s another shot.

Supported by an unholy coalition of big business, labour unions, Centrist technocratic wonks, politicians from across the aisles and the Secret Services, Nixon with his running mate Daniel Patrick Moynihan barnstorm the nation. Nixon and his campaign pull out every trick including many dirty ones to ensure victory. Nixon wins, not by a landslide but with enough to call victory on the night. Nixon becomes the first Third Party President in America’s history.

It’s now 1983 and Nixon is pondering another run, with his own party this time. And the interests that got Nixon into office the first time are hoping to get him in again, four more years to fatten there bellies and consolidate more power is the hope...
 

Charles EP M.

Well-known member
Published by SLP
British Leaders after a Nuclear War

1979 - 26th Sept 1983: Margaret Thatcher (Conservative)

26th Sept to 2nd October: Keith Joseph (Conservative, later Emergency Survival Government)

2nd October to 5th October: Paddy Ashdown (Emergency Survival Government)

5th October to 19th October: 'General' Travis Hobbs (bunker security force)

19th October: 'King Arthur Reborn, Chosen of God' (Dennis Walker)† ("Join the Rapture" faction)

19/10/83 - 4000AD - position vacant
 

AnActualFam

Well-known member
Location
Somewhere at Sea
Pronouns
He/Him
Inspired by @Blackentheborg
Political Career of Richard Nixon
1946: Republican Candidate for California's 12th Congressional District
1947-1950: Republican Representative for California's 12th Congressional District

1946 def. Jerry Voorhis (Democratic)
1948 def. Una Rice (Independent)
1950-1953: Republican Senator from California
1950 def. Helen Gahagan Douglas (Democratic)
1953-1957: Vice President of the United States
1952 def.
Adlai Stevenson (Democratic)
1957-1960: Secretary of Defense
1960:
Republican Party primary candidate for President
1960: Robert Anderson def. Richard Nixon
1960-1964: Private Citizen
1964:
Republican Candidate for Senator from California
1965-1981:
Republican Senator from California

1964 def. Pierre Salinger (Democratic)
1970 def. George Brown Jr. (Democratic)
1976 def. Tom Hayden (Democratic)
1977-1979: Senate Minority Leader
1979-1981: Senate Majority Leader
1979-1981: Republican Party primary candidate for President

1980: Richard Nixon def. Howard Baker, Bob Dole, John Anderson
1981-????: President of the United States
1980 def. Daniel Inouye (Democratic)

Finally.

The career of Richard Nixon is one of a phoenix, burning down in spectacular fashion and rising from the ashes. He was selected as Vice President for the famous war hero and rode with him all the way to the presidency. However, this proved to be a double-edged sword as he was "convinced" to become Secretary of Defense to bolster his profile, but his commander in chief backstabbed him, or so Nixon says, during the final stretch. The person who replaced him, a no-name Texas Democrat known as Robert Anderson stole Ike's heart and became the nominee with his full backing. The next four years would become the darkest of Nixon's political career as the GOP lost in a landslide to Landslide Lyndon who reshaped America. However by 1964, Nixon was itching to throw himself back into the fray, riding off the discontent from having Anderson being the nominee, Barry Goldwater became the presidential nominee and Nixon also rode this discontent to being the Republican nominee for the Senate seat in California. He sat in that chamber for 14 years climbing the ranks until he became the leader of the Republicans and finally the face of the GOP, and an easy shoo-in for the nomination and with it the presidency. People were really growing tired of the Democrats, especially as they only won in 1976 due to Agnew falling at the worst possible time. Nixon was a proven elder statesman and ready to face anything, and finally, after 20 years of Dem dominance, he reached the top of the political mountain with substantial majorities, the only question is how much of an imprint Nixon will have on the American populace.
 
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Time Enough

"Enthusiastic Cis Male Partner"
Pronouns
He/Him
1997-1999: John Smith (Labour)†
1997 (Majority) def. John Major (Conservative), Paddy Ashdown (Liberal Democrats)
1999-2007: Gordon Brown (Labour)
2002 (Majority) def. Ian Lang (Conservative), Charles Kennedy (Liberal Democrats)
2007-2012: William Hague (Conservative)
2007 (Majority) def. Gordon Brown (Labour), Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats)
2012-2015: Peter Hain (Labour)
2012 (Coalition with Liberal Democrats) def. William Hague (Conservative), Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats), Roseanna Cunningham (Scottish National)
2013 Alternative Voting Referendum: Yes 54%, No 46%

2015: John Reid (Labour leading Coalition Government)
2015-: Tom Watson (Labour leading
Coalition Government)


“Pride Comes, is a New Miniseries by award winning playwright and screenwriter James Graham in collaboration with Danny Boyle for Channel 4. A darkly comedic political thriller following the rise and fall of Peter Hain as he goes from back bench rebel to Prime Minister and his subsequent scandals that would lead to his eventual resignation.

Starting in 1997, Peter Hain (Dominic West) finds himself Secretary of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the John Smith Cabinet but his constant arguments for more regional power alongside pushing for Industrial Democracy ideas manages to make him enemies with Labour Right stalwart Peter Mandelson (Mark Gatiss) who oversees his ousting under Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve).

From there a rival between the two emerges which persists after Hain’s election as leader and Prime Minister. Following his administration and his difficulties with his Chancellor Hilary Benn (Adam Godley), Unite Leader and main Trade Union backers Len McCluskey (David Morrissey) and coalition partner Simon Hughes (Richard Teverson) who cause the Prime Minister to take drastic action at times and implement controversial ideas.

Meanwhile journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke (Brit Marling) discovers odd details about Hain’s leadership election campaign which allows an odd coalition of allies to form, planning to use Brooke as a possible weapon against the Prime Minister. Rounding off the main cast is Lisa Palfrey as Elizabeth Haywood, Rory Kinnear as William Hague and Rob Brydon as Neil Kinnock.

Praised for his dry humour and stellar performances, criticism from Right Wing Journalists over the seemingly overly sympathetic portrayal of Peter Hain and from Labour Party officials who say it ‘brings down the perception of Labour’ within the eyes of the public. Current Labour Leader Yvette Cooper has refused to comment on the miniseries.

A spin off series about the battle for 2017 election between Tom Watson and Oliver Letwin starring Nick Frost and Hugh Laurie is currently in the works”

An Intro to Pride Comes, 4th of November 2020
 

Bolt451

Anxious millenial cowgirl
Location
Sandford, Gloucestershire
Pronouns
She/Her
1997-1999: John Smith (Labour)†
1997 (Majority) def. John Major (Conservative), Paddy Ashdown (Liberal Democrats)
1999-2007: Gordon Brown (Labour)
2002 (Majority) def. Ian Lang (Conservative), Charles Kennedy (Liberal Democrats)
2007-2012: William Hague (Conservative)
2007 (Majority) def. Gordon Brown (Labour), Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats)
2012-2015: Peter Hain (Labour)
2012 (Coalition with Liberal Democrats) def. William Hague (Conservative), Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats), Roseanna Cunningham (Scottish National)
2013 Alternative Voting Referendum: Yes 54%, No 46%

2015: John Reid (Labour leading Coalition Government)
2015-: Tom Watson (Labour leading
Coalition Government)


“Pride Comes, is a New Miniseries by award winning playwright and screenwriter James Graham in collaboration with Danny Boyle for Channel 4. A darkly comedic political thriller following the rise and fall of Peter Hain as he goes from back bench rebel to Prime Minister and his subsequent scandals that would lead to his eventual resignation.

Starting in 1997, Peter Hain (Dominic West) finds himself Secretary of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the John Smith Cabinet but his constant arguments for more regional power alongside pushing for Industrial Democracy ideas manages to make him enemies with Labour Right stalwart Peter Mandelson (Mark Gatiss) who oversees his ousting under Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve).

From there a rival between the two emerges which persists after Hain’s election as leader and Prime Minister. Following his administration and his difficulties with his Chancellor Hilary Benn (Adam Godley), Unite Leader and main Trade Union backers Len McCluskey (David Morrissey) and coalition partner Simon Hughes (Richard Teverson) who cause the Prime Minister to take drastic action at times and implement controversial ideas.

Meanwhile journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke (Brit Marling) discovers odd details about Hain’s leadership election campaign which allows an odd coalition of allies to form, planning to use Brooke as a possible weapon against the Prime Minister. Rounding off the main cast is Lisa Palfrey as Elizabeth Haywood, Rory Kinnear as William Hague and Rob Brydon as Neil Kinnock.

Praised for his dry humour and stellar performances, criticism from Right Wing Journalists over the seemingly overly sympathetic portrayal of Peter Hain and from Labour Party officials who say it ‘brings down the perception of Labour’ within the eyes of the public. Current Labour Leader Yvette Cooper has refused to comment on the miniseries.

A spin off series about the battle for 2017 election between Tom Watson and Oliver Letwin starring Nick Frost and Hugh Laurie is currently in the works”

An Intro to Pride Comes, 4th of November 2020
This is super work
 

Warthog

views owe more to Methodism, looks more to Marx
Location
Mzansi
Pronouns
he/him
1997-1999: John Smith (Labour)†
1997 (Majority) def. John Major (Conservative), Paddy Ashdown (Liberal Democrats)
1999-2007: Gordon Brown (Labour)
2002 (Majority) def. Ian Lang (Conservative), Charles Kennedy (Liberal Democrats)
2007-2012: William Hague (Conservative)
2007 (Majority) def. Gordon Brown (Labour), Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats)
2012-2015: Peter Hain (Labour)
2012 (Coalition with Liberal Democrats) def. William Hague (Conservative), Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats), Roseanna Cunningham (Scottish National)
2013 Alternative Voting Referendum: Yes 54%, No 46%

2015: John Reid (Labour leading Coalition Government)
2015-: Tom Watson (Labour leading
Coalition Government)


“Pride Comes, is a New Miniseries by award winning playwright and screenwriter James Graham in collaboration with Danny Boyle for Channel 4. A darkly comedic political thriller following the rise and fall of Peter Hain as he goes from back bench rebel to Prime Minister and his subsequent scandals that would lead to his eventual resignation.

Starting in 1997, Peter Hain (Dominic West) finds himself Secretary of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the John Smith Cabinet but his constant arguments for more regional power alongside pushing for Industrial Democracy ideas manages to make him enemies with Labour Right stalwart Peter Mandelson (Mark Gatiss) who oversees his ousting under Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve).

From there a rival between the two emerges which persists after Hain’s election as leader and Prime Minister. Following his administration and his difficulties with his Chancellor Hilary Benn (Adam Godley), Unite Leader and main Trade Union backers Len McCluskey (David Morrissey) and coalition partner Simon Hughes (Richard Teverson) who cause the Prime Minister to take drastic action at times and implement controversial ideas.

Meanwhile journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke (Brit Marling) discovers odd details about Hain’s leadership election campaign which allows an odd coalition of allies to form, planning to use Brooke as a possible weapon against the Prime Minister. Rounding off the main cast is Lisa Palfrey as Elizabeth Haywood, Rory Kinnear as William Hague and Rob Brydon as Neil Kinnock.

Praised for his dry humour and stellar performances, criticism from Right Wing Journalists over the seemingly overly sympathetic portrayal of Peter Hain and from Labour Party officials who say it ‘brings down the perception of Labour’ within the eyes of the public. Current Labour Leader Yvette Cooper has refused to comment on the miniseries.

A spin off series about the battle for 2017 election between Tom Watson and Oliver Letwin starring Nick Frost and Hugh Laurie is currently in the works”

An Intro to Pride Comes, 4th of November 2020
Love this, especially casting of Mandelson
 

Catalunya

Well-known member
2017 - 2027: Emmanuel Macron (La République En Marche! / Reinaissance)
2017 (first round) def: Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National), Francois Fillon (Les Républicains), Jean-Luc Mélenchon (La France Insoumise)
2017 (second round) def: Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National)
2022 (first round) def: Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National), Jean-Luc Mélenchon (La France Insoumise)
2022 (second round) def: Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National)

2027 - 2032: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (NUPES)
2027 (first round) def: Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National), Bruno Le Maire (Renaissance), Éric Zemmour (Reconquête)
2027 (second round) def: Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National)

2032 - 2037: Marion Maréchal (Reconquête)
2032 (first round) def: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (NUPES), Marine Le Pen (Rassemblent National), Carole Delga (Parti Socialiste)
2032 (second round) def: Jean-Luc Mélenchon (NUPES)

2037 - 20__: Kylian Mbappé (Démocratique)
2037 (first round) def: Marion Maréchal (Reconquête)



The 2022 parliamentary election where a near catastrophe for the newly re-elected Macron, his newly rebranded Reinassance party barely managed to scrape a majority, as the LFI led NUPES gained nearly 200 seats, and Le Pen’s Rassemblent National also made some noteworthy gains. Due to their reduced majorities President Macron and PM Borne came to rely more on the centre-right Republicans. This only further angered the French left, who under the leadership of Mélenchon had somewhat restrengthened again. As the years passed on Macron found himself increasingly less popular among the French public, which led him to focus most of his energy on foreign policy, and his failed attempts at a united European army.

By 2027 the battle lined had already been largely drawn between Le Pen on the far-right, running for the fourth time now, Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the left, running on the NUPES platform (the coalition being united into a single party in 2026), and unpopular Minister of the Economy leading the incumbent president’s centre-right movement. For some time it looked like Éric Zemmour might finally make his breakthrough, but his polling numbers declined when it became clear that he would likely not make the second round. Instead, it would be Le Pen and Mélenchon, two populists from opposite sides of the political spectrum, who would make the second round.

This result was received with both intrigue and shock by the international community. While some compared it to the recent victories of the European centre-left in countries like the UK, Belgium, and Slovakia, these comparisons slowly fell in the water as Mélenchon had some fundamental differences with the greens and social democrats of other countries. One of the most important was his opposition to Atlanticism, and his critical words towards American president Harris. Fundamentally, the results of the first round showed the death of Western neoliberalism.

While political scientist theorized about what the election would mean for the future of Europe, the French people had a choice to make. Most had already made up their minds, but the Le Maire voters were now up for grabs. Despite the fact that multiple recognizable Reinaissance members had already told their supporters to hold their nose and vote for the socialist, the man himself remained mostly quite, though he did claim the choice was between bad and worse (never clarifying who was which). The elections would ultimately be decided by the unpopular incumbent Macron. In a televised speech three days before the election, the president called for the people to “listen to the consciousness of our shared ecology”, and vote for the candidate of NUPES. Even if Mélenchon and his allies were unsure how to deal with this endorsement, it cannot be doubted that it pushed him over the top in a close 52-48 victory, with the pro-Macron suburbs voting in surprisingly high amounts for the new president. In his victory speech Mélenchon called for a sixth republic, which never came to pass, as his party failed to gain a majority in the parliamentary election, instead a sort of semi-cohabitation had to be agreed upon with Reinaissance, which led to green centrist Delphine Batho becoming Prime Minister.

Over the next five years president Mélenchon would book little success. While the minimum wage was increased at a much higher percentage, and the retirement age was lowered to 63 (far from his promise of 60), Mélenchon’s presidency booked little else on the domestic front. It didn’t help that his somewhat anti-immigrant stances finally came to bite him, as his more socially progressive allies started opposing him more and more. When warfare nearly broke out between China and Taiwan, the president finally though he had found his mojo as he tried placing himself as a balancing actor between President Xi and Harris. Instead, a majority of the French public opposed his neutral-to-somehwat-pro-Chinese stance, with the parti Socialiste finally breaking off from NUPES. It was little surprise to anyone that the former Mitterandist los re-election, though a surprising amount of French people were comfortable with the radicalism of his replacement.

Since 1988, every presidential election saw a member of the Le Pen family run for the presidency. Where both Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen failed, Marion Maréchal succeeded as she became the first far-right president of France in more than a century. One of the main catalyst for her election would ironically be her aunt Marine, who she was barely on speaking terms with, as it was she who made the far-right acceptable to large swaths of the French public, though it was also her moderation which saw the establishment of the Reconquête party on her right. After two failed attempts by party founder Zemmour, it would be the third generation politician who brought the party into the highest office, though again the president would have no majority in parliament.

Maréchal’s tenure proved in many ways to be disastrous for France’s most vulnerable. Labor laws were rolled back, ecological protections as well, and institutional Islamophobia reached a new peak as the president openly declared war against the religion. Trade unions, who had stayed mostly quiet during Mélenchon’s presidency, started a summer of protesting and striking, which in many cases led to rioting as different groups had different grievances with both the government and each other. The opposition, now more disunited than ever, all had different solutions to these problems, whether it be a popular revolution or cooperation with the president. There were many attempts at unifying the opposition, though nobody had the pulling power to really be successful to do it, and in the winter of 2037 the president seemed to be well on her way to re-election, until a certain superstar announced his candidacy.

Kylian Mbappé was more than just one of the best football players in the world. Three world cups, two European championships, and five champions leagues were no easy feat, but what set him apart from any other sports figure in the world was his involvement with state leaders. Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappé’s club from 2017 to his retirement in 2036, was taken over by the Qatari state’s Qatari Sports Investment in 2011, and through the years he developed close relations with Qatar’s governing family, similarly his involvement in French peacekeeping efforts in Africa saw him form a lifelong friendship with Liberia’s football president Weah.

More importantly than all of this though was his image as one of the few likable Frenchmen globally. Mbappé routinely refused sponsorships from brands which he argued negatively affected human rights, his close relationship with Qatar obviously causing a lot of accusations of hypocrisy, but in an era where the French flag shined less than it ever had before, Kylian Mbappé was one of the few people that still made the French public proud to be French, as he shot Paris Saint-German and the French national team to one championship after the other. In 2037 he, along with his ragtag coalition of conservative liberals, environmentalists, and socialists, saved France from perhaps its biggest embarrassment.
 

Thande

1 Timothy 5:18
Published by SLP
I wanted to do this as a wikibox but I've never really got the skills for doing them properly, so I'll do it as a list and just bear in mind that it's more of a wikibox level of thought put into it (i.e. not as much).

List of Presidents of the United States of America
1933-1944: Franklin D. Roosevelt† (Democratic)
1932 def: Herbert Hoover (Republican, inc.)
1936 def: Alf Landon (Republican)
1940 def: Wendell Willkie (Republican)
1944 def: Thomas Dewey (Republican)

1944-1953: James F. Byrnes (Democratic)
1948 def: Thomas Dewey (Republican)
1953-1961: Harry F. Byrd (Democratic)
1952 def: Robert Taft (Republican)
1956 def: Joseph McCarthy (Republican)

1961-1969: Stuart Symington (Democratic)
1960 def: Barry Goldwater (Republican)
1964 def: Barry Goldwater (Republican), Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (National)

1969-1985: Richard Nixon† (Democratic)
1968 def: William F. Buckley (Republican), Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (National)
1972 def: Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey (National), Robert W. Welch Jr. (Republican)
1976 def: Granville Knight (Republican), Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey (National) (withdrew and disappeared under suspicious circumstances)
1980 unopposed

1984 unopposed
1985-1991: James E. Carter (Democratic)
1988 def: Edward M. Kennedy (Independent)
1991: office abolished


List of Presidents of the American Federation
1991-1999: Edward M. Kennedy (Independent)
1991 def: Walter Mondale (Democratic), Ronald E. Paul (Libertarian), Joseph Biden (Independent)
1996 def: Howard Dean (Democratic), Wesley Clark (Congress of American Neighbourhoods), Steve Jobs (Apple.US), Ronald E. Paul (Libertarian)

1999-2008: J. Cofer Black (Independent)
2000 def: Howard Dean (Democratic), Steve Jobs (Apple.US)
2004 def: Tom Vilsack (Democratic)

2008-2012: Hiram Monserrate (Independent, then Americans United)
2008 def: Howard Dean (Democratic), Ronald E. Paul (Libertarian)
2012-????: J. Cofer Black (Americans United, then Independent)
2012 def: Howard Dean (Democratic), Donald Trump (Independent), Ronald E. Paul (Libertarian)
2018 def: Michael Bloomberg (Democratic), Ronald E. Paul (Libertarian)


Annoyed that the whole point of this was to use Evan McMullin and then I realised the age disparity was too great.
 
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Makemakean

Mr Makemean
Pronouns
Logical, unlike those in German
1944-1953: James F. Byrnes (Democratic)
I briefly did discuss a Byrnes Presidency in the 1940s many a moons ago with @Roberto El Rey on account of what we both perceived to be the list of Presidents in Daughters of Elysium about the United States growing into a one-party-state under Dixiecrat-dominated Democrats. In fairness to the author of that work, it is my understanding that they have themselves admitted that they were fairly young when they wrote it, since the United States were not going to be the focus of the story, they didn't devote too much time to that particular part of the world-building, and that were they to rewrite it today, they would probably do a lot of things differently.

And I get it, and I have no problems with the author and don't intend this as some sort of trashtalking of that work.

That said, the decision to have Jim Eastland succeed FDR as President did not seem like a particularly plausible trajectory. In 1944, Jim Eastland had less than two years of continuous service in the Senate, he was in his late 30s, and had no accomplishments to really show. The notion that FDR would put him on the ticket would have been absurd.

However, Byrnes was seriously considered for the VP slot. In the end, of course, the decision was between Harry Truman and William Douglas, as the Democratic national leadership was worried about alienating labour unions by picking a Southerner. Nevertheless, Byrnes had for many years been a close friend and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt, and had had his hands on both the administration's economic policy as well as it's foreign policy. He was a respected man, in the eyes of many, even in the North, a statesman.

I would say that if there is any Southerner who conceivably can become President in the 1940s with a PoD not too early, then it's Byrnes, and he is likely to get there by way of the VP slot.

My idea was that the Dixicratification of the Democrats is not straightforward from thereon, but rather, what happens is that Byrnes is not the Democratic presidential nominee in 1948, rather they pick someone else. Since whoever else this is try to make inroads on civil rights, there is a Dixiecrat campaign regardless, led by, say Strom Thurmond. Byrnes refuses to publicly endorse either, but like Grover Cleveland in 1896, it is clear to everyone where Byrnes' true feelings lie.

Because of a more split electorate, Thomas Dewey ends up winning a decisive victory (though not an Eisenhower landslide), and of course, becomes the one to get the United States involved in Korea. Soon, Dewey finds himself very unpopular, while Byrnes is quietly cultivating his image home in South Carolina as a statesman who was unjustly robbed of his nomination by vindictive northerners. He has no interest in actually trying to run again, but he is interested in making sure that the Democrats become more and more a party attuned to Southern interests. And what with Sam Rayburn and Richard Russell being the two most powerful Democrats on the national stage, that turns out not to be as difficult as one might have thought.

The Democrats get back again in in 1952 with Estes Kefauver, and from thereon, things start going more and more southern.
 

Catalunya

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I briefly did discuss a Byrnes Presidency in the 1940s many a moons ago with @Roberto El Rey on account of what we both perceived to be the list of Presidents in Daughters of Elysium about the United States growing into a one-party-state under Dixiecrat-dominated Democrats. In fairness to the author of that work, it is my understanding that they have themselves admitted that they were fairly young when they wrote it, since the United States were not going to be the focus of the story, they didn't devote too much time to that particular part of the world-building, and that were they to rewrite it today, they would probably do a lot of things differently.

And I get it, and I have no problems with the author and don't intend this as some sort of trashtalking of that work.

That said, the decision to have Jim Eastland succeed FDR as President did not seem like a particularly plausible trajectory. In 1944, Jim Eastland had less than two years of continuous service in the Senate, he was in his late 30s, and had no accomplishments to really show. The notion that FDR would put him on the ticket would have been absurd.

However, Byrnes was seriously considered for the VP slot. In the end, of course, the decision was between Harry Truman and William Douglas, as the Democratic national leadership was worried about alienating labour unions by picking a Southerner. Nevertheless, Byrnes had for many years been a close friend and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt, and had had his hands on both the administration's economic policy as well as it's foreign policy. He was a respected man, in the eyes of many, even in the North, a statesman.

I would say that if there is any Southerner who conceivably can become President in the 1940s with a PoD not too early, then it's Byrnes, and he is likely to get there by way of the VP slot.

My idea was that the Dixicratification of the Democrats is not straightforward from thereon, but rather, what happens is that Byrnes is not the Democratic presidential nominee in 1948, rather they pick someone else. Since whoever else this is try to make inroads on civil rights, there is a Dixiecrat campaign regardless, led by, say Strom Thurmond. Byrnes refuses to publicly endorse either, but like Grover Cleveland in 1896, it is clear to everyone where Byrnes' true feelings lie.

Because of a more split electorate, Thomas Dewey ends up winning a decisive victory (though not an Eisenhower landslide), and of course, becomes the one to get the United States involved in Korea. Soon, Dewey finds himself very unpopular, while Byrnes is quietly cultivating his image home in South Carolina as a statesman who was unjustly robbed of his nomination by vindictive northerners. He has no interest in actually trying to run again, but he is interested in making sure that the Democrats become more and more a party attuned to Southern interests. And what with Sam Rayburn and Richard Russell being the two most powerful Democrats on the national stage, that turns out not to be as difficult as one might have thought.

The Democrats get back again in in 1952 with Estes Kefauver, and from thereon, things start going more and more southern.
I loved that TL, it wasn’t very realistic as far as the US was concerned, but it still had great world building.

As far as Dixiefying the Democrats and the rest of the US is concerned, I think you need a POD in at least the 1910s for it to be even remotely successful. Hughes winning in 1916, taking the country into war, and afterwards losing in 1920 to William Gibbs McAdoo who governs for more than two terms and beats a communist revolution following the great depression is the one I came up with it for a successful Dixie America.
 

Makemakean

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I loved that TL, it wasn’t very realistic as far as the US was concerned, but it still had great world building.

As far as Dixiefying the Democrats and the rest of the US is concerned, I think you need a POD in at least the 1910s for it to be even remotely successful. Hughes winning in 1916, taking the country into war, and afterwards losing in 1920 to William Gibbs McAdoo who governs for more than two terms and beats a communist revolution following the great depression is the one I came up with it for a successful Dixie America.
I kind of prefer to have the PoD be after FDR already being in the White House and having won three landslides, simply because, well, I kind of like a challenge.
 

Thande

1 Timothy 5:18
Published by SLP
I briefly did discuss a Byrnes Presidency in the 1940s many a moons ago with @Roberto El Rey on account of what we both perceived to be the list of Presidents in Daughters of Elysium about the United States growing into a one-party-state under Dixiecrat-dominated Democrats. In fairness to the author of that work, it is my understanding that they have themselves admitted that they were fairly young when they wrote it, since the United States were not going to be the focus of the story, they didn't devote too much time to that particular part of the world-building, and that were they to rewrite it today, they would probably do a lot of things differently.

And I get it, and I have no problems with the author and don't intend this as some sort of trashtalking of that work.

That said, the decision to have Jim Eastland succeed FDR as President did not seem like a particularly plausible trajectory. In 1944, Jim Eastland had less than two years of continuous service in the Senate, he was in his late 30s, and had no accomplishments to really show. The notion that FDR would put him on the ticket would have been absurd.

However, Byrnes was seriously considered for the VP slot. In the end, of course, the decision was between Harry Truman and William Douglas, as the Democratic national leadership was worried about alienating labour unions by picking a Southerner. Nevertheless, Byrnes had for many years been a close friend and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt, and had had his hands on both the administration's economic policy as well as it's foreign policy. He was a respected man, in the eyes of many, even in the North, a statesman.

I would say that if there is any Southerner who conceivably can become President in the 1940s with a PoD not too early, then it's Byrnes, and he is likely to get there by way of the VP slot.

My idea was that the Dixicratification of the Democrats is not straightforward from thereon, but rather, what happens is that Byrnes is not the Democratic presidential nominee in 1948, rather they pick someone else. Since whoever else this is try to make inroads on civil rights, there is a Dixiecrat campaign regardless, led by, say Strom Thurmond. Byrnes refuses to publicly endorse either, but like Grover Cleveland in 1896, it is clear to everyone where Byrnes' true feelings lie.

Because of a more split electorate, Thomas Dewey ends up winning a decisive victory (though not an Eisenhower landslide), and of course, becomes the one to get the United States involved in Korea. Soon, Dewey finds himself very unpopular, while Byrnes is quietly cultivating his image home in South Carolina as a statesman who was unjustly robbed of his nomination by vindictive northerners. He has no interest in actually trying to run again, but he is interested in making sure that the Democrats become more and more a party attuned to Southern interests. And what with Sam Rayburn and Richard Russell being the two most powerful Democrats on the national stage, that turns out not to be as difficult as one might have thought.

The Democrats get back again in in 1952 with Estes Kefauver, and from thereon, things start going more and more southern.
While the exact circumstances were questionable, I thought it was a brilliant idea by the writer of that story to justify a federalised Europe by portraying it as being trapped between the USSR and a Dixiecrat US, a good case of actually making 'both sides are evil' vaguely plausible.

I was actually taking a bit of inspiration from that with this list - if you want the US to be the losing side in the Cold War and set it up to be something analogous to the Communist one-party state that slowly decays, you could probably do worse than imply that the Democrats never lose their New Deal dominance but are slowly taken over more by southerners whose general elections are scarcely more small-d democratic than Soviet ones. Of course, the best way to do that is to have the Republicans dominated by unelectable extremists - at first by chance, and then increasingly on purpose thanks to Watergate on steroids.
 

Makemakean

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I was actually taking a bit of inspiration from that with this list - if you want the US to be the losing side in the Cold War and set it up to be something analogous to the Communist one-party state that slowly decays, you could probably do worse than imply that the Democrats never lose their New Deal dominance but are slowly taken over more by southerners whose general elections are scarcely more small-d democratic than Soviet ones. Of course, the best way to do that is to have the Republicans dominated by unelectable extremists - at first by chance, and then increasingly on purpose thanks to Watergate on steroids.
I was looking over the kind of dominance the Democrats used to have in the South, and I learned today (I am amazed I didn't learn this back the other year when both of that state's senate seat were up for grabs in the same election), as late as in 1990, the Republicans did not bother to field a candidate in the Georgia senatorial election. Neither did the Libertarians, nor the Greens, nor the Constitution Party, nor anyone.

Sam Nunn was in fact the only candidate on the ballot.
 

Thande

1 Timothy 5:18
Published by SLP
I was looking over the kind of dominance the Democrats used to have in the South, and I learned today (I am amazed I didn't learn this back the other year when both of that state's senate seat were up for grabs in the same election), as late as in 1990, the Republicans did not bother to field a candidate in the Georgia senatorial election. Neither did the Libertarians, nor the Greens, nor the Constitution Party, nor anyone.

Sam Nunn was in fact the only candidate on the ballot.
Unopposed senatorial elections are certainly less common than congressional or state legislative ones, but they're still around; I believe the most recent one was South Dakota in 2010.
 

theev

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I was looking over the kind of dominance the Democrats used to have in the South, and I learned today (I am amazed I didn't learn this back the other year when both of that state's senate seat were up for grabs in the same election), as late as in 1990, the Republicans did not bother to field a candidate in the Georgia senatorial election. Neither did the Libertarians, nor the Greens, nor the Constitution Party, nor anyone.

Sam Nunn was in fact the only candidate on the ballot.
That might be just due to Nunn's own popularity, notoriety as an incredibly moderate figure in the Democratic Party, and how congressional seniority used to be a somewhat bigger deal in elections decades ago. He very nearly lost his 1972 election to the Senate and the Republican Party had been competitive in Georgia statewide since Goldwater.
 

Kerguelen

Professional E-Sports Failure
INVISIBLE THRONE: AN ALTERNATE YANKEE-COWBOY WAR

"The Yankees are defined as the traditional Eastern Establishment, accumulating socio-economic capital through their control of banking cartels and round-table think tanks. Their global Atlanticist policy is an outgrowth of the White Man's Burden to civilize the world, cooperating with the old European imperial powers to ensure the multinational usurpation of post-colonial power structures."

"The Cowboys hail from the American West and Southern Rim, and have grown rich off the legacy of domestic colonialism, dominating mining, aerospace, energy production, and most importantly defense contracting. Inspired by the drum of Manifest Destiny which drove white settlers west, they believe American imperialism must become a rival to Atlanticist interests, prioritizing a unilateral American hegemony."

"When conflict forms within the national security apparatus, what results is a clandestine war of shadows. This is not the usage of a handful of rogues, it is a formalized practice of an entire class in which a thousand hands spontaneously join. Conspiracy is the normal continuation of normal politics by normal means."


1953-1957: Dwight Eisenhower/ Richard Nixon (Republican)
[1]
def. Adlai Stevenson II/ John Sparkman (Democratic)
1957-1959: Dwight Eisenhower/ Robert B. Anderson (Republican & Independent) [2]
def. Adlai Stevenson II/ Stuart Symington (Democratic)
1959-1961: Robert B. Anderson/ vacant (Independent with Republican support)
1961-1969: Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. [replacing Stuart Symington]/ Frank P. Graham (Democratic)
[3]
def. Robert B. Anderson/ Gerald Ford (Republican), Storm Thurmond/ various (Unpledged Democratic)
def. Prescott S. Bush/ Jim Rhodes (Republican), Allan Shivers/ Burnet Maybank Jr. (Pioneer)
1969-1973: Barry Goldwater/ William W. Momyer (Republican) [4]
def. Will Rogers Jr./ John Pastore (Democratic)
1973-1977: Robert F. Kennedy/ Hale Boggs (Democratic) [5]
def. Barry Goldwater/ William W. Momyer (Republican), William L. Scott/ Samuel P. Huntington (Populist)
def. Barry Goldwater/ William C. Cramer (Republican)
1977-1978: Hale Boggs/ vacant (Democratic) [6]
1978-1981: Dan Rostenkowski/ vacant (Democratic)
1981-pres: George H.W. Bush/ Charles Stenvig (Republican) [7]
def. Frank Carlucci/ George Rawlings (Democratic), Peter Diamondstone/ LaDonna Harris (New Alliance)

[1] Personally disliked Nixon during his time as President, as did the growing western industrialists/eastern financiers. Would replace Nixon with long-time friend Robert B. Anderson, the Texan Secretary of Defense. IOTL, Nixon would become President and was by far-right contingents within the national security apparatus who began to view him as a liability. Here, he would leave politics and later become head of the Motion Picture Association.

[2] Showing reluctance to intervene against communist Cuba in favor of a more internationalist policy represented the first major split between himself and Anderson. Later died of a stroke due to covert tampering with heart medications, Castro himself would be killed via airstrike a year later.

[3] Initially the running mate of Stuart Symington, an opponent of CIA influence who was assassinated on the campaign trail. Would oversee the end of the Cuban Conflict, expand Social Security, pass some watered-down civil rights, intervene in the Congolese War, lose the Space Race, and ensure the shaky dominance of Atlanticist internationalism. Also a close friend of the Bush family.

[4] Represented the Republican break away from civil rights, economic corporatism, and Anglo-American internationalism which began under Anderson, pursuing a more independent course regarding Japan, Rhodesia, and French Algeria. A firm ally of western industrial interests yet his failure to secure negotiations during the Oil Crisis of 1972 due to covert sabotage by the CIA, Mossad, and Kennedy campaign made him deeply unpopular.

[5] Known for his ruthless management of political affairs in the Capitol and sought to cement Atlanticist interests. Initially successful, crippling the oil cartels and establishing American detente with China, yet suffered from the revelation of his involvement in COINTELPRO by the CIA-connected U.S. Labor Party. Though doubtlessly guilty, he was now a scapegoat for the police state's worst excesses and resigned, instead of being killed by the national security apparatus as his brother was IOTL.

[6] Initially chosen as a folksy southern figure to balance Kennedy's lack of charisma, but would prove to be persistent in investigating the truth behind the extent of the shadow war between the "bankers" and "generals". Later killed by the People's Mojahedin Organization during a state visit to Iran.

[7] Would oversee the establishment of committees to investigate CIA actions as Senator, while directing the national security apparatus to reduce its official control over the state by privatizing vital assets. With ties to the money men of the eastern coast and the private militaries of the west, his presence in the Oval Office has appeased both sides of the shadow war, as they become united in their singular goal to build a new American hegemony, no matter the cost.
 

Comrade Izaac

Secretary General of the Alt-Historians Union
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inspired in part by @Luke_Starkiller, here's Take Me To Church

1961-1963: John F. Kennedy Democratic)
(With Lyndon B. Johnson)
1960 def. Richard Nixon/Henry Cabot Lodge (Republican), Others

1963-1973: Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic)
(With Hubert Humphrey, later Billy Graham)

1964 def. Barry Goldwater Sr./William E. Miller (Republican), Others
1968 def. Richard Nixon/Bourke Hickenlooper (Republican), Others

1973-1981: Sam Yorty (Republican)
(With Claude R. Kirk Jr.)

1972 def. George Wallace/Louise Day Hicks (Democratic), Tom McCall/Walter Fauntroy (Civic), Others
1976 def. Abraham Ribicoff/Walter Mondale (Democratic), John Stennis/John Cromelin (States Rights), Ralph Nader/Oscar Acosta (Civic)

1981-1984: Frank Church (Democratic)
(With Terry Francios)

1980 def. Donald Rumsfeld/James Emery (Republican), Others

1984-1985: Terry Francios (Democratic)
(With Reubin Askew)

Replaced Frank Church

1985-1993: Pierre Du Pont (Republican)
(With Jeremiah Denton)
1984 def. Terry Francios/Reubin Askew (Democratic), Others
1988 def. Reubin Askew/Chuck Robb (Democratic), John Tanton/Willis Carto (National Front), Others

1993-2001: Mickey Leland (Democratic)
(With Tom Turnipseed)

1992 def. Jeremiah Denton/Elsie Hillman (Republican), David Duke/Matthias Koehl (National Front), Others
1996 def. Jeb Bush/Bob C. Smith (Republican), Others

2001-2005: Carolyn Tomei (Democratic)
(With Bill Bradley)

2000 def. Ron Lauder/John McCain (Republican), Others

2005-201x: Betsy DeVos (Republican)
(With Gary Johnson)

2004 def. Carolyn Tomei/Bill Bradley (Democratic), Mike Huckabee/John Lindauer (New Nationalist), Others
2008 def. Paul Wellstone/William Barber II (Democratic), Others
 
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