1st Wikibox Contest: Landslide

Wikibox Contest #1: Landslide

Welcome to the inaugural Alternate History Wikibox Contest! The theme for this round is "Landslide," suggested by King Jasper. There is no specific instruction for this round, so it is up to each contestant and how they interpret the title.

Rules and Guidelines


Each entry should consist of a writeup and at least one wikibox.

Obviously, please do not plagiarize other people's content or ideas.

This is a 2-week contest, so the deadline will be Sunday, December 27. That is also when I will post the voting thread for this round.

Please limit this thread to entries only. Feel free to talk about anything related to the contest in the discussion thread.

Best of luck to all competitors! Remember that the discussion thread is always open for questions as well as suggestions for future themes.​
 
THE FOOTITE CONSENSUS

If you told someone in 1981 that Michael Foot would win the 1983 Election in a landslide, they would call you crazy. However, events transpired in a way so cataclysmic for the Conservatives that it ended up making Michael Foot the longest serving Prime Minister of the 21st Century. The failure of the Conservative government to take back the Falklands, the persistence of Prime Minister Thatcher to call a general election four years into the term, when an election could have been called as late as 1984, and the manifesto pledge from Foot in the election to return the Falklands to British stewardship all mixed to create a cocktail of mortal proportions for the chances of the Conservatives winning the election. That, and the Labour Party, which once seemed destined to splinter, stayed completely together.

In the end, Michael Foot won over four hundred seats, the first time this had occured since the 1930s, and won the largest popular vote percentage since the 1951 election. The popular vote total was a new record. For the first time in history, the sitting Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, lost her Finchley seat to the Labour candidate, Lawrence Spiegel. Several Conservative frontbenchers and backbenchers alike were felled in the landslide, including several potential leadership contenders. Margaret Thatcher had a shocked look on her face when she realised that she had lost her seat, and the country, by such a large margin. Thatcher made one last speech in front of the press at Downing Street, before heading into the Prime Ministerial car, with a tear in her eye, to hand in her resignation to the Queen and recommend her to send for Michael Foot. Naturally, the Queen accepted Thatcher's resignation, and she then invited Michael Foot to form a new government, which he accepted.

The new Prime Minister then headed to Downing Street where he made a speech thanking the public for their strong vote of confidence in him, and then headed off inside, with his wife Jill by her side. The oldest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill; he turned 70 next month, started forming his new cabinet, which was almost entirely the same as the Shadow Cabinet. Peter Shore was made Chancellor of the Exchequer. Roy Hattersley was made Home Secretary. Denis Healey was made Foreign Secretary. John Silkin was made Defence Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons, John Smith was made Secretary of State for Energy, while Neil Kinnock was made Science and Education Secretary. Left wing firebrand Tony Benn was made Minister without Portfolio, though rumours were that he was to be given a promotion to the Foreign Office soon enough. Whatever the matters, the government had a strong mandate to fulfill their manifesto, and shape Britain in their image.

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Two Landslides
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The Union of Socialist American Republics had a curious electoral system. On every November 3rd, every citizen who was eligible to vote went to the polls in their county to select the members of their Executive Council. The Executive Councils were inaugurated one week later, once the results were tabulated. The ECs then selected the members of the People’s State Congresses, the bodies that governed the fifty-one states in the Socialist Union. After one week to inaugurate the new members, the People’s State Congresses voted on how to allocate the delegates each state had (calculated by adding the number of National Councilmen to the number of members of the Tribunate). The nature of the USAR’s elections allowed one party to win a bare majority of delegates with less than thirty percent of the popular vote. Of course, of the twelve elections in Union history, eleven saw the winning candidate for First Secretary also win the popular vote. Those who suggested that someone could take advantage of the peculiarities of the system were largely derided, and the byzantine system lumbered forward into the future.
Then came the presidential election of 1991, where the people, councils, and congresses once more went to select the next leader of the ‘Free World’.
Conditions were ripe for someone new, an outsider, even, potentially someone not a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, to win the First Secretaryship. The economy was poor as the inefficient and increasingly corrupt industrial syndicates began to decline, with high wages and benefits forcing the syndicates to borrow larger and larger sums of money as production and profits declined. The rate of decline had accelerated since 1985, as Chinese steel production became more efficient and more high quality, while Socialist Union production stagnated and quality declined.
First Secretary George H.W. Bush, previously the Director of the Public Safety Bureau and the Commissar of East Texas, had been unable to prevent or mitigate this decline. It wasn’t just steel, either - automobile production and agricultural output had declined significantly, causing food shortages and further economic woes for the stumbling Union economy. Despite price controls and massive financial incentives and subsidies, Detroit kept putting out less and less automobiles, the Plains States were hit with a drought brought on by the depletion of natural aquifers, and Pittsburgh and Birmingham saw steel production fall to below 1969 levels.
The stagnation of the 1980s had given way to bread riots, oil riots, strikes, public protests, and the like. The intervention in Mexico dragged on, while food and fuel became scarce at home. In 1990, blackouts shutdown the entire industrial midwest and north-east, bringing production to a crashing halt. An especially poor harvest that year led to starving residents in Minneapolis storming government warehouses, followed by a general massacre perpetrated by the PSB.
Into this atmosphere of chaos, fear, and loathing stepped Arkansas Commissar Bill Blythe. Blythe had been the Chairman of the Little Rock Executive Committee before his election, and was a phenomenally popular reformist in both his state and around the nation. In 1990, after the Minneapolis Massacre, Blythe left the Communist Party and founded the Reform Party. Soon after, in a move that surprised absolutely no one, Blythe announced his intent to challenge First Secretary Bush for the position in the 1991 elections.
Blythe’s candidacy was the worst possible thing to happen to the Communist politburo. A popular, charismatic politician, an outsider, promising reform and telling the people of the Socialist Union “I feel your pain!”. Extraordinary measures had to be taken to preserve the Communist system. And so phone calls were made.
On election day, more than seventy million Americans went out and voted. Turnout rose nineteen percent, to 75%, the highest since before the Revolution. Blythe predictably won a landslide victory, with a record-breaking 71 million votes in his favor, or 66% of the total votes cast, even sweeping the heavily-Communist 'Black Belt' states and industrial Michigan and Washington. And yet, when the People’s State Congresses convened in early December, there was a shocking result. Despite having the support of just 25% of the country, George H.W. Bush had won 425 delegates from the PSCs, 299 more than Blythe.
Protests and riots broke out almost immediately, with shops and cars smashed, and PSB officers lynched in the streets. In 1994, with the economy collapsing and the Union careening towards civil war, First Secretary Bush made a televised address announcing the dissolution of the USAR. a provisional government soon elected Bill Blythe as the new First Secretary, ushering in the National Reform era. And so, the Union of Socialist American Republics died as it was born, in the forge of Revolution...
 
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A series of floods and mudslides took place in January 2012 in China's Canton Province. Triggered by torrential rains, the failure of several flood control structures in residential areas of Canton and Hong Kong, as well as smaller cities around the region, led to at least 4,703 deaths, though some analysts have put the total at as many as 10,000. Additionally, landslides in hilly areas of the region destroyed several densely populated neighborhoods and slums, displacing an estimated 20,000 more people. Perceived corruption in both the response to the disaster and pre-disaster planning and construction helped bring about the 2012 Canton riots, the Orchid Revolution, the resignation of high-ranking officials including President Po Hsi-lai, and the first defeat for the Kuomintang in the history of the Republic of China in the 2013 general elections.
 
No Johns or Jimmies Here! (What If America Only Elected Peculiarly Named Presidents)

The Agrarian dominance of the past 20 years certainly left its mark on America as a whole. The Cosmopolitan Party completely disintegrated after the horrible showings in the mid-term elections in 1818, leaving the Agrarian Party as the only electorally viable political organization in the US. However, soon after the death of the Cosmopolitans came the rupturing of the Agrarian Party as a whole. General Zebulon Pike, one of the saviors of the Mississippi during the Anglo-American War, ran as the Agrarian candidate in the presidential election of 1820, but due to backroom politicking, his significant pluralities in the Electoral College as well as the popular vote amounted to nothing while Return J. Meigs Jr. and Royall Tyler's deal led them to the Executive Mansion. Pike vowed revenge.

And he would have it. Meigs passed away in early 1823, leaving his Vice President Jacques Villeré in charge. Despite Villeré's reputation as a capable administrator (from his tenure as Governor of Louisiana), he would go on to alienate the few Southerners and veterans that voted for him in the previous election through a mudslinging newspaper campaign against Pike. In addition, his flip-flopping on the tariff issue endeared him to fewer and fewer Pennsylvanians and New Yorkers, who felt him too aligned to Southern interests, especially after the Osage Compromise (which mandated admissions of states to the Union in pairs - 1 slave state is to always be admitted alongside 1 free state). Pike also advocated universal white male suffrage in the United States, in the belief that this would prevent corrupt bargains such as 1820. Even though many perceived this talking point as a desire for the abolishment of the Electoral College, Pike continued emphasizing the importance of the expansion of voting rights, making him fairly popular with the lower classes of Americans.

In the end, it was not even close. Pike's new political party molded in his image and personality swept up both chambers of Congress as well as the Presidency, with its margins closely resembling the Agrarian dominance under previous presidents (such as Elbridge Gerry and Buckner Thruston). The 1824 presidential election turned out to be a realigning one, outlining the subsequent dominance of the Populists (Zebulon Pike, Preserved Fish) and later the Whigs (Cuthbert Powell, Winfield Scott, S.S. Prentiss), as well as the presence of the debate regarding the powers of the executive office and the expansion of parliamentary democracy.

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A gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 2078 to elect the Governor of California. Hamburger Democratic candidate Dr. Maya Tao defeated incumbent Utica Democrat Governor Oscar Haverford in a landslide. Haverford, a former baseball player, had served three terms as governor and was seeking re-election to a fourth term. He was an original author and signatory of the Utica Manifesto, and was a fierce critic of the Hamburg Declaration and the Hamburger faction of the Democratic Party. His previous three victories made California a Utica stronghold and coming into the 2078 election, he was seen a heavy favorite for re-election. This all changed with the Mendocino disaster. In his first term, Haverford pushed for expanded settlement in the growing coastal city of Mendocino. Billions of dollars were spent on new housing developments and infrastructure to make the area habitable for large numbers of people. Such development was seen as necessary due to the burgeoning population of Mendocino County caused by climate refugees flocking to the region due to flooding and other natural disasters that typically caused mass relocations. However, the Mendocino project faced fierce opposition from the scientific community due to potential disasters that could destroy the new settlements. Haverford silenced these critics within his administration and suppressed reports outlining the many problems with the project in order to be seen as taking decisive action on the migrant crisis ahead of the 2070 election. The California Popular Assembly passed the bill to begin construction and the project was completed in five years. The new city had a population of about 150,000.

Mendocino began to experience heavy rainfall during the summer of 2078. This, combined with ongoing coastal erosion that been occurring for decades, severely weakened the structural foundations of the Mendocino expansion. Disaster struck on June 6, when a seawall 2 miles offshore collapsed, allowing a large tidal wave to pass through the wall and surge the coast. Settlements closest to shore were immediately consumed. Most of these were illegally built in the Coastal Risk Zone, where permanent structures were forbidden for precisely this reason. The wave travelled deeper inland before crashing against local high ground. The flood took out the power grid, which would remain non-functional for another week. Further down the coast, the wave had completely consumed cliffside settlements and washed the cliffs away into the ocean. When the damage was done, approximately 16,000 people had died, one of the deadliest disasters in American history and the 3rd worst disaster of the 2070s.

The political implications of this disaster spelled doom for Governor Haverford due to his very public support of the development. When his internal machinations were revealed, it was all but over. Hamburger candidate Dr. Maya Tao, an engineer who had warned about the dangers of building in Mendocino, was originally nominated due to a lack of serious competition within the faction. However, she suddenly became an ideal candidate to defeat Haverford, and defeat him she did. Tao win over 76% of the vote and 21 million votes, taking every county in California. Haverford resigned from office immediately after the election and was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Marta Illi. A criminal investigation into the Mendocino affair led to the conviction of Haverford and 4 of his staff members. The -ocino suffix has become a term used for scandals like -gate.
 
In the Land of Cotton
The Election of 1867
The 1867 Confederate States presidential election was the first peacetime election conducted in the newly born Confederacy. Per the constitution, President Jefferson Davis was forbidden from seeking a second term and his Vice President, Alexander Stephens, declined to run. The race narrowed to two main candidates, former U.S. Vice President John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky and General Wade Hampton III of South Carolina. The election itself was conducted in a confused and disorganized manner, with dozens of accusations of fraud thrown around. This ultimately lead to most states adopting the "South Carolina model" of having electors selected by the state legislatures rather than by voters. Breckinridge ultimately won a slim majority of the electoral college (and most historians agree that Breckinridge won a plurality of the popular vote as well), while Hampton came in second place. General Robert E. Lee, despite not running, won Virginia's 18 electoral votes and House Speaker Howell Cobb was given Georgia's 12 electoral votes as a compromise candidate amidst accusations of Georgian ballot fraud by both Breckinridge and Hampton.

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The chaos of the 1867 election would give way to the first Confederate party system between the Democratic Party and the Whig Party, the former founded by Breckinridge and the latter formed by General James Longstreet.
 
THE PERMANENT LANDSLIDE
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The passage of the "Dictator Bill", giving the President sweeping power to suspend Congressional appropriations, abolish government departments, and dismiss civil servants at will, and abolishing the veto override, would not have been possible without the business-financed march on Washington in 1934. The subsequent Republican wipeout on every level of government gave Roosevelt a mandate to assume unthinkable power, and initiate an economic program that 20 years prior would have been heretical. Utilities and the finance industry were nationalized, a national draft into labor corps and civil service was instituted, and layers of welfare, insurance, and assistance proliferated.

With unemployment receding and his measures enormously popular, Roosevelt's re-election was essentially undoubted. Alf Landon and William Borah's campaign on a "Progressive Conservative" ticket, despite a modest showing in the Northeast and Midwest, failed to carry even 5% of the vote, which was split between right-wing challengers. The proposed new Constitution, an issue his opponents campaigned heavily on, included a Second Bill of Rights guaranteeing jobs, healthcare, and productive economic planning, alongside other enumerated New Deal measures, and was ratified by referendum in a landslide.

The nationwide National Recovery machine would persist through the Barkley, Johnson, and Eagleton Administrations, and the New Deal Constitution would be reformed under Johnson to reflect the new liberal current, until the chaos of the Seventies and the election of George McGovern.

(Some inspiration taken from a list by Baconheimer. If there's any problem I'll take this down.)
 

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The 1980 United States Presidential Election was the 49th quadrennial Presidential Election. It was held on Tuesday November 4, 1980. Democratic nominee Henry Jackson defeated incumbent Republican Gerald Ford in a landslide victory. Gerald Ford had been elected in 1976 in a landslide over Democrat George Wallace of Alabama, owing to eight years of the popular incumbent Richard Nixon. After Nixon's current Vice President had been caught in tax evasion in 1973, Nixon choose Congressman Ford as his Vice President. After having been elected in his own right in 76 Ford governed as a moderate Republican and enjoyed high popularity during the first two years of his term.

But a worsening economy and a hostage crisis in Iran flattened Ford's popularity, as did a tax raise in 1979 as a result of the worsening economy. Due to this Ford faced a tough primary challenge from former California governor Ronald Reagan, who would later run as a third party candidate for the right-wing American Independent party.

The Democratic primary field was crowded, Jackson faced a tough battle against several other candidates such as Jimmy Carter of Georgia, Jerry Brown of California, Frank Church of Idaho and Birch Bayh of Indiana. Eventually the Senator from Washington secured the nomination and selection Floridian Reubin Askew as running mate. On election day Jackson won massively thanks to Ford's unpopularity and Reagan's third party run. Ford only won 8 of the most conservative states while Reagan didn't win any. Jackson won over 50% of the popular vote and ran away with the electoral college. Jackson would govern for two years until his death in 1983 when Vice President Askew succeeded him as President, defeating Reagan in a direct matchup in 1984.
 
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“The sixteen-year long regime of "Landslide" Lyndon Johnson is often described as one of the most transformative eras in American history, serving as the nation’s longest-reigning leader with his legacy still being disputed amongst historians to this day. Beginning his career as little more than a volunteer schoolteacher-turned-political aide, it was no secret that Lyndon Johnson had higher ambitions early in his career, planning to use his political connections to possibly run for Congress in his home state of Texas. However, these ambitions for higher office would be cut short following the March on Washington and the arrest of President Roosevelt during the White House Putsch. The subsequent rise of the Legion Party and Secretary-General Butler had plunged Johnson into the world of military politics, after his political patron, John Nance Garner, voiced his support for the Legion.

Following the Putsch, Johnson took advantage of his political connections to President Garner to be appointed as a reserve commander of the US Army. During this same period, opposition to the Legion had begun a violent and chaotic phase in American history known as “The Pacification” in which a myriad of resistance groups attempted to rebel against the authority of Washington. Throughout the Pacification, Johnson would command a series of political re-education camps across the American Southwest, which often housed participants of worker-led rebellions from the Steel Belt. While the inhuman exploitation of these prisoners remains well-known to this day, Johnson’s efficient labor management and political reliability had earned him a great deal of praise from higher-ranking members of the military brass. However, his position as America’s most powerful prison warden would slowly begin to lose its influence following the official end of the five-year-long Pacification.

Eventually, the tides began to turn in Johnson’s favor, as the death of Butler would make way for a new American caudillo whose brash, hard-driving personality earned him adoration from the American people. With the support of the party, the army, and President Prescott Bush himself, General George Patton would be sworn in as the next Secretary-General of America and quickly went to work appointing a new cabinet. Johnson himself would be appointed as Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a position which nominally held little influence other than organizing government programs that would ensure the well-being of American veterans. However, the Legion itself had also been originally founded to ensure the well-being of American veterans and would often turn to Johnson as their unofficial ambassador to the President. In turn, Patton, who had little interest and almost no understanding of party politics would task Johnson to ensure that the Legion would fall in line with his own plans for America.

Often using his imposing height and grandiose mannerisms to his advantage, Johnson became known as Patton’s “browbeater-in-chief”, commanding an incredible level of influence in the smoke-filled rooms of Legion politics. His job of ensuring cooperation between the Party and the President would prove to be incredibly crucial throughout the Pacific War, when Japan launched its fatal invasion of the Philippines. Johnson’s role in organizing the war effort would allow him to push for the mobilization of veterans, the participation of women in the workforce, and increased influence for government-backed trade unions. During this time, it was rumored that Patton’s personal distrust for “career politicians” had been a major factor in his decision to grant Johnson a greater level of influence in organizing the war effort than President Bush himself. A decision that would later spell Patton’s doom.

Eventually, the Japanese war machine would be brought to its knees after Operation Morning Star, a massive nuclear attack against the Japanese mainland. Following the surrender of the Emperor and the American occupation, public attention turned to post-war reconstruction on the domestic front. As Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Johnson began to take a more public approach in matters of governance, becoming America’s chief advocate for Pacific War veterans. Johnson would eagerly translate massive popularity amongst the American public into support for his 1948 Presidential campaign to replace the outgoing President Bush. As Patton’s greatest protégé was nominated by the Party and voted into power without any opposing candidates, it seemed that Johnson had reached his absolute zenith of power. However, this perception would soon change when Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a Medal of Honor recipient and prominent advocate for civil rights was lynched to death by the Klan in a horrific act witnessed by dozens.

While the perpetrators of the murder were later acquitted by an all-white jury, President Patton was unwilling to stomach an act of terror against a decorated war hero. This would all come to a head when Patton, once apathetic on the issue of civil rights, began to spell out his plans for the desegregation of the Armed Forces. And the public, who had already grown weary of America’s sluggish post-war economic recovery began to riot in the streets, seeing Patton’s proposal as an attack on their American values. As the fears of a Second March on Washington became all too clear, Johnson quickly moved to dismiss Patton as Secretary-General. This was considered an unprecedented move, for even though a sitting President could dismiss members of his cabinet, the dismissal of a Secretary-General, had never occurred throughout the Legion’s two decades in power. In fact, history had proven the opposite to be true, if Huey Long’s resignation was anything to go by.

After Patton agreed to peacefully leave office, Johnson’s advisors began to suggest names such as Edgar Hoover, Pierre du Pont, or Alfred Sloan as possible replacements for Patton. However, Johnson refused all of them and declared that he would appoint no one but himself as Secretary-General. The American people remained relatively supportive of this action, thanks to Johnson’s support for state’s rights and populist economic reforms. The army, led by the anti-Semitic and deeply nativist George Van Horn Moseley was happy to put a champion of veteran’s rights and opponent of desegregation into power. And the Legion figured that after all the infighting that occurred between Patton and Bush, with Butler and Long quarreling before that, perhaps the system of two leaders needed to die. With the support of America behind him, President-Secretary-General Johnson quickly announced his grandiose plans for a “Great Society”, providing education, health, and welfare to the people of America.

Another feature of the Johnson administration was how the election of 1952, had become the freest in Legion history. For the first time, voters had could choose from a myriad of liberal, socialist, progressive, and fascist parties. However, the political opposition had little time to organize against the popular incumbent that led America to victory, leading to Johnson’s re-election, with 74.9% of the popular vote. During his second term, Johnson would begin to marginalize the oligarchs who benefited off of the Legion’s corporatist policies from politics in favor of his redistributionist policies. Despite plans from the “economic royalists” to oust Johnson, the President’s stranglehold over party politics ensured his unanimous re-nomination and re-election as 65.4% of voters cast their ballots for the Legion. As America began to transfer to a semi-democratic system of government, Johnson’s use of political patronage and populist mannerisms ensured his own popularity amongst the voters throughout his early years.

The level of massive turnout in favor of Johnson had earned the President the moniker “Landslide Lyndon” amongst American voters as every single state would cast their ballots for the Legion in the elections of 1952 and 1956. And while opposition to the Legion had gained some prominence throughout the 50s, factions that stood against the Legion were crippled by infighting and immense pro-Johnson media bias. The greatest of Landslide Lyndon’s detractors would be anti-Indochina War activist and Liberal Party chairman, Barry Goldwater, who criticized the nuclear destruction of Haiphong as, “American imperialism enforced by tyranny and hellfire.” However, Goldwater’s attempts at forming a United Opposition were hampered by the rising popularity of progressive leaders such as Ronald Reagan, who were alienated by Goldwater’s pro-corporate views. Despite Goldwater’s political failures, he would remain a free man throughout his entire life, unlike other opposition members who were detained as "risks to internal security" or in the case of Thomas Dewey, mysteriously disappeared.

Eventually, the new decade had come around and the people of America were all too eager to re-elect the man who had built the Great Society for a fourth term. Despite this, Johnson had grown weary of governance and had already accomplished his plans to bring prosperity to the American people. While Johnson had originally planned for Vice President Richard Nixon to replace him, Nixon had been assassinated by a communist demonstrator during a diplomatic visit to Peru. And with no other candidates popular, capable, or loyal enough to succeed Landslide Lyndon, the President would be re-elected with 61.2% of the vote in an election marred by allegations of fraud. During the first half of his fourth term, Johnson would begin a series of minor reforms, granting independence for the Philippines, abolishing the Department for Genetic Hygiene, and desegregating of the armed forces which, ironically enough, faced little opposition.

As Johnson began to take a more hands-off approach to governance he would delegate power to entrusted cabinet members such as John Connally, Abe Fortas, Walter Jenkins, and Malcolm Wallace. Known as the Texan Mafia by political detractors, the group would later include the First Lady herself, Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, a senior executive at Columbia Broadcasting Systems. During the early Johnson years, Lady Bird’s sway over the media would be seen as a major cause of solidifying her husband’s power and delegitimizing opposition to the Legion, making her the true force behind Lyndon’s Landslides. Soon, Lady Bird’s public image would transform as the Johnson years creaked on, transforming from the dutiful First Lady to a Lady Macbeth who ran America from behind closed doors, keeping her philandering husband busy with legions of secretaries. Johnson’s popularity would take yet another blow after the fall of Fascist Italy while shockwaves of the subsequent global recession began to reach America.

The recession of 1962 would be seen as the beginning of The Aggression as economic downturn fuelled anti-establishment terrorism, crime waves, and racial strife within the heart of America. During this period, Johnson would begin a series of major reforms, culminating in the New Frontiers Imitative, dedicated to amending race relations and providing economic rights to American citizens. Much like Patton before him, Johnson’s sudden reforms had alienated backers of the ruling coalition, who plotted for his removal. While a military coup or impeachment was certainly out of the question, the men in those smoke-filled rooms began a movement to draft a candidate of their own as President, New York Senator William F. Buckley. To oppose Buckley, Johnson attempted to support the Presidential campaign of John Connally, only for the Senator from New York to clinch the nomination in the very end.

Personal accounts describe how Johnson was filled with dread upon realizing he had lost control over the Legion and feared that a President Buckley would worsen the Aggression simply to benefit the economic royalists. However, Buckley would face a major challenge during the election in the form of Elliott Roosevelt, a fortunate son of the deposed President whose ties to the Hearst Corporation had protected him from the Pacification. Popular amongst progressive and liberal groups, Roosevelt’s independent campaign for President had united America under the message of restoring American democracy. The election was fierce, with Buckley’s personal charisma, backing from corporate leaders, and sharp political attacks buoying his standing amongst voters. But with a public fatigued after thirty-five years of Legion rule combined with the support of labor unions and the CBS media empire, a Roosevelt would enter the White House once more on March 4th, 1969, after winning 52.4% of voters.

Four years after conceding power to the President-elect, the last of the American caudillos would die from a heart attack surrounded by his family and loved ones. While despised by both the people and his own benefactors during the end of his term, Johnson's dedication to a peaceful transition of power and his campaigns against poverty and segregation would earn praise from all sides of the political aisle. The political gridlock and corruption of the Roosevelt administration would later cause many influential political leaders such as Scoop Jackson, Chuck Robb, and James E. Jones to use Landslide Lyndon's post-mortem popularity to their advantage. Though many criticized him as an egotist who cared only for his basest desires of sex and power, Johnson's desire to improve the life of the American common man remained clear throughout his entire reign. A man fraught with feelings of ambition, emptiness, spite, and later remorse, Lyndon Johnson remains one of the most fascinating and influential characters in all of American history.

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The 1912 United States presidential election, also known as the Revolution of 1912, was the 32nd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 5. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, running under the newly founded Progresssive Party, defeated incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft, Democratic House Speaker Champ Clark, and Socialist candidate Eugene Debs. This election is considered a realignment election marking the beginning of the Fourth Party System.

The campaign was dominated by the gilded recession which had severely damaged the economy and the reputation of the Taft administration. This gave an unexpected boost to the Socialist party which under its regular candidate, Eugene Debs, would reach their highest share of the vote yet. The Democratic National Convention woud nominate Champ Clark who was supported by the congressional and southern establishment of the party. Clark however would prove unable to gather enough support outside of the south.

The Republican Convention was a contested one as former President Theodore Roosevelt would make a bid for the nomination. Roosevelt would campaign on a platform of political and moderate economic reforms. When Roosevelt failed to secure the nomination, he would go on to found his own political party. He ran a campaign which blamed the political establishment for the recession. Incumbent President Taft would campaign on a new style conservatism, aiming to address the economic crisis.

The election resulted in a victory for Roosevelt. He carried almost all states outside of the south and won the popular vote by almost 9%. This was the smallest share of the popular vote for any winner since 1824. This was the last presidential election to have more than three candidates win electoral votes until the ratification of the 25th amendment in 1962. As of 2020, this is the most "threesided" presidential election held in the United States.
 
Once More Unto the Breach
The Election of 1868

A series of major Confederate Victories in the latter half of 1864 had ensured the ascendency of the Copperheads at the Democratic Convention, and then given them a narrow victory over President Lincoln. But Abe Lincoln had made clear his intent to win the war by Inauguration Day, and nearly kept his promise. By the time Former Connecticut Governor Thomas Seymour took the Oath of Office, defeat for the Confederacy seemed inevitable. Sherman had recovered from his losses and had taken Atlanta on his second attempt. Grant had trapped Lee and Davis in Richmond. Even some Peace Democrats were talking negotiated surrender, not recognition of Confederate Independence. But Seymour was a true Copperhead, and upon entering office ordered a halt to military operations. The Treaty of Annapolis that soon followed recognized the Independence of the Confederate States of America (minus the claimants in Missouri and Kentucky, as well as West Virginia). Seymour hailed it as “a new dawn of peace and brotherhood.” It was not.

The closeness of victory in 1865 had changed the hearts of many, who saw the price of peace as too high. Soldiers felt betrayed as their comrades had fallen in vain. Radicals fumed as slaves were returned to their chains en masse. Even Moderate Republicans and War Democrats muttered darkly about a stab in the back. Public statements from Grant and Sherman were required to quash talk of a coup. Along the border, guns still flowed freely South. Unionists in the South organized into the “Kuklos Clan” and continued the fight against the Confederate Government. Men who had opposed Abolitionists during the war as “rabble rousers” were now operating Underground Railroad stops. Slave owners in the border states found that without a steady supply from the Deep South they were unable to maintain their slave count, and found their political clout collapsing. In 1866 Republicans took massive majorities in Congress and in State Legislatures, and undertook to pass the 13th Amendment, banning Slavery across the nation, despite Seymour’s impotent rage. Low level civil war thus erupted across the border states. Seymour tried to order the army not to enforce emancipation. He was ignored. The economy ground to a halt in the industrialized regions as well, no more need for bullets or uniforms. And Seymour’s promised peace and brotherhood proved a lie. Skirmishes continued along the border, while Jefferson Davis, and later Breckinridge, were standoffish, appeals against the Yankees being the only way to hold the fraying CSA together.

President Seymour would secure his renomination, but he would do himself no favors by dropping his War Democrat Vice President Joseph Holt

in favor of a fellow Copperhead. The front runners for the Republican nomination were Former President Abraham Lincoln and his former Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. But the Generals begged off. Sherman categorically refused political office. Grant was more open to the idea, but refused to run while his task of defeating the traitors remained unfinished. Lincoln pondered long and hard, but ultimately announced he would not seek a non-consecutive term. The Convention thus devolved into a fight between the Moderates and Radicals. The Moderates rallied behind Senator Lyman Trumbull of Illinois, who promised a harsh line against the Confederacy. High Tariffs, a closely guarded border, and Trumbull was winking when he said he wouldn’t support the KC. The radicals, behind Ohio’s Senator Benjamin Wade claimed the Treaty of Annapolis was illegitimate, and promised nothing less than a resumption of the war. It was Wade who won out after a bitter fight. Many spoke of a Moderate walk out, a large section of the country was still opposed to total war. But an admonishing speech from Former President Lincoln, who remained the Convention that “a house divided cannot stand,” quieted such talk. Wade’s Vice Presidential selection, the non-Abolitionist Governor of West Virginia, balanced the ticket in that regard while still spitting in the eye of the Confederacy.


There were times, it seemed, when Seymour had hope. Wade was not just radical on the issue of continued bloody war. He had radical positions on Black Civil Rights, on Labor Unions, and on Woman’s Suffrage. War Democrats who might otherwise have supported a Republican were wary. But always, a drumbeat sounded that reminded America of Seymour’s failures. The Confederate Government, under heavy pressure from France, extradited Benito Juarez to execution in Mexico. Seymour said nothing. Confederate soldiers carried out raids in rural Missouri, but Seymour failed to respond. When the Confederate Congress seriously began to consider reopening the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a bridge too far for many inside the Confederacy, to say nothing of the North, Seymour condemned it, but did not commit to using the Navy to stop it. Wade meanwhile, perhaps at the urging of Lincoln, played coy about actually restarting the war, but promised to win it if conflict resumed. Republicans were energized and organized, and the country was ready for a man who would see the war that had nearly been won through. The Copperhead movement had always been stronger in the hall of government than on the ground, and while some could not stomach Wade, Seymour had earned equal vitriol.

The results spoke for themselves. Wade swept the Midwest and Northeast, ensuring victory. Small margins in New York and New Jersey ensured a wide victory. A shocking win in Missouri (a former slave state!) by just 101 votes hammered home the massive defeat of Seymour, one that was accompanied in Congress by a Republican landslide. In response to Wade’s victory, the Confederacy mobilized. Seymour, to his last, tried to negotiate a settlement. But open fighting along the border, especially in the west, had already broken out. Faced with the bombardment of an unprepared Washington by Confederate guns, Seymour resigned in disgrace. Now President Holt, who had never forgiven being dropped from the ticket, organized a hasty defense of the capital. Meeting with Republican leaders, he agreed to resign himself after the Senate elected Benjamin Wade president pro tempore. The Confederate Congress responded with a declaration of war. Wade’s response, ghostwritten by his Attorney General Abraham Lincoln, said that no declaration was needed to crush a rebellion.

The "Intermission," as Lincoln would later term it, was over. The war began anew.

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The 1998 Pacifica presidential election was the 35th quadrennial presidential election, held on Wednesday, July 8, 1998. Conservative Governor of Cheyenne Ben Nighthorse Campbell defeated incumbent Progressive Vice President Dianne Feinstein. To date, this is the largest popular vote margin of victory ever in a presidential election in Pacifica.

Nighthorse Campbell won the Conservative primary election with relative ease over Nuevo Mexico Senator Robert List, Clearwater Representative Dirk Kempthorne, and Columbia Senator Victor Atiyeh. He selected Pete Wilson, an American immigrant and the Governor of Cabrilla, as his running mate. Feinstein, the incumbent Vice President, faced only very minor opposition from Colorado Governor Bruce Babbitt. She was the first woman to be nominated for President by the Progressive Party, and the second woman (following Olene Walker four years prior) to be nominated for President by a major party. Max Baucus, her running mate, was the first person from Clearwater to be on a Presidential ticket since Burton K. Wheeler in the 1940s.

Salinger, while popular in his first term, almost universally lost support in his second, criticized for his seemingly insufficient recovery from the economic crash of 1995 and a tense period of crisis with communist Russia which nearly led to thermonuclear war. The sudden decline in Salinger’s popularity led to the Conservative Party holding control over both the Senate and the House of Commons for the first time since Barry Goldwater’s presidency in the 1960s. Nighthorse Campbell tied Feinstein to Salinger, ominously warning that if she were elected, the economy would continue to worsen and war with the communist nations of Eastern Europe would be inevitable. Feinstein, however, presented an economic plan which, she said, would be “fool-proof” - one of the more memorable moments of the election season - and accused Nighthorse Campbell’s attacks on her of being motivated by her gender.

Nighthorse Campbell maintained a significant polling edge up until Election Day, and won election by a popular vote margin of over 25 points and an electoral vote margin of 99 to Feinstein’s 30, with Feinstein only carrying the heavily Democratic state of Sierra by 2 percentage points. The Conservative Party increased their majority in both the House of Commons and the Senate, and Nighthorse Campbell’s landslide win led to a period of Conservative dominance which would see the Conservatives maintaining the Presidency for 16 years and both houses of Congress for 10. The election saw 55.3% turnout, the highest since 1966.
 
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The 2005 Martian landslide was a sturszstrom that occurred on March 22, 2005 at 4:19 p.m UTC in the Melas Chasmas. The landslide was caused when a portion of a nearby cliff collapsed, engulfing the nearby Polumesyats Base and its 22 inhabitants with a rock flow of up to 280 kilometers per hour. The base, which at the time was the second largest on Mars, was destroyed instantly, as was a nearby network communication station, hampering Eurasian efforts to create a communication network.

Soon after the landslide, Reka Colony, another Eurasian base on Mars, stopped receiving transmissions from Polumesyats, and promptly notified space command in Moscow, who were notified half an hour later. The cause of the disaster was not discovered until satellite data from the Kievan 6 could be transmitted and processed nearly two weeks later. A joint European-Eurasian mission to recover bodies and computer data from Polumesyats Base occurred in July 2019.

Polumesyats Base was a scientific mission to observe and analyze rock formations present in the Valles Maris, and was the first Martian base to successfully grow food without the use of hydroponics. As the culmination of the decades long Constellation Program under the Eurasian Space Agency, the destruction of the Polyumesyats Base was a major blow to the Eurasian Union amidst the Space Race, and eventually cemented the Commonwealth as the "winner" of the space race in the eyes of many.

Despite the fact that there was no human error responsible for the disaster, public interest in the Eurasian space program declined significantly following the disaster, and so did its budget. Since 2007, the ESA's budget has been slashed significantly as the Eurasian economy stepped into recession after the 2006 Oil Crash. Eurasian President Gennady Zyuganov's lavish spending on the space program proved to be a major political liability after the recession, and the ruling Communist Party faced a massive landslide defeat in the 2007 elections.
 
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The 2019 United States Supreme Court election in the 9th district happened on November 5, 2019. Incumbent Justice Jacqueline Nyugen of California received 72.54% of the vote, with her nearest challenger Mark Recktenwald receiving 19.52%. The remaining 7.94% went to write-ins and spoiled ballots.

As with previous judicial elections in the 9th district, turnout is among the lowest due to California's overwhelming dominance in the electoral college compared to neighboring states. 27.84% of voters voted in 2019, the highest in district history, with more than double of 13.63% in 2014, which was the previous highest turnout.

Despite both candidates being officially nonpartisan, as is tradition for Supreme Court candidates, Nguyen received the informal backing of the Democratic Party and various progressive organizations, and Recktenwald received both the informal and formal support of the Republican Party, the latter being the first time a party or sitting US President endorsed a justice for election. Recktenwald refused any official partisan support, stating that "anyone is free to support or endorse me, but I am no one person or party's nominee."

The next election is scheduled for 2024, assuming no resignation, impeachment and removal of office, or criminal conviction. Justice Nguyen has not stated whether she will run again, but has stated if she does she would not run in 2029.
 
The New Happy Warrior

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After two grueling primaries that saw both major party's establishments humiliated, the campaign for the general election began in earnest. Sen. Wellstone, eager to make peace with the Clinton wing of the party, picked New Hampshire's popular governor, Jeanne Shaheen, to be his running mate. Shaheen had a moderate fiscal streak but also was a champion for public education, which was enough to satisfy both factions of the party. Sen. McCain on the other hand tried to bolster his moderate credentials and selected Florida Sen. Connie Mack to be his running mate. The selection of Mack, who was not on the shortlist of the Republican right, resulted in several high-profile defections from the party, such as Rep. Bob Dornan and Sen. Bob Smith. Pat Buchanan, who had hijacked the Reform Party, took advantage of this revolt and selected Dornan to be his running mate, framing both major nominees as traitors and communists. Much of the rest of the Reform party jumped ship to the much smaller Natural Law Party, leaving Buchanan only with a base of ornery southerners. As Wellstone flexed his progressive muscles, advocating for major pollution controls, universal healthcare, and an expansion of union jobs, Ralph Nader of the Green Party dropped his campaign for President, all but endorsing the Minnesota Senator. McCain was indeed popular among soccer mom suburbanites and wealthier independents, but his campaign lacked the gusto necessary to win back Buchanan voters, much less the working class moderates who found themselves flocking to the new Happy Warrior from Minnesota. Wellstone himself united his party behind an ambitious left-wing agenda and sold it with his characteristic fervor and charm. Attacks on Clinton largely bounced off of him, seeing as he had defeated Al Gore in the primaries just months earlier.

When the dust settled on November 7, Wellstone won a majority of the popular vote, the first time for Democrats since 1976. Thanks in part to a split in the conservative vote, Wellstone won a large electoral vote majority, one that was just barely narrower than Clinton's in '96. Even McCain and Mack's home states fell to Wellstone's landslide. Analysts have since demonstrated that even if all of Buchanan's voters supported McCain, only a few states would have changed sides. Regardless, Wellstone became the first Jewish president and Shaheen the first woman vice president, entering the White House in 2001 with a massive progressive mandate.​
 
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While the rest of Europe had seemingly reached a political consensus after nearly eight years of war, marking 1921's Treaty of Strasbourg as the beginning of a new, stable continental order, the United Kingdom was set apart from its contemporaries, plagued by constant radical agitation and political violence from both the left and right. Defeat in the Great War and the subsequent loss of nearly all colonial territory spelled economic disaster for Britain. Inflation ran wild as unemployment skyrocketed, with the government of Prime Minister Cyril Atkinson so preoccupied with reparations owed to France and Germany that domestic spending was almost entirely neglected. What little surplus existed was drained from the nation’s budget for social services and used to pay foreign bills, and the Pound Sterling had become nearly worthless by 1930. The decade that would come to be marked by a relatively rocky global recession for most other nations would be defined in Britain by the beginning of a massive depression as foreign banks began to end the distribution of loans to indebted nations.

Unemployment ran rampant, reaching a high of 33% in February of 1934. Only in April of the same year did prime minister Atkinson's government manage to cancel any significant number of Britain's debts, with the main cause of said cancellations being the massive socioeconomic upheaval associated with the economic downturn that had come about in 1927. This itself was largely accepted to have been a result of a massive increase in Franco-German demands from the value initially put forth six years before, a change which was later retroactively condemned by German president Erich Ollenhauer as "far exceeding the amount any nation the size, and in the circumstances, of the United Kingdom could have realistically paid without devastatingly catastrophic economic repercussions" in a 1955 speech. Frustration with the two major parties and their seeming hesitation to stand up for Britain in the face of an increasingly harsh fiscal thrashing from the continent led many Britons to seek some other entity: one which promoted a radical domestic approach, and a newfound assertiveness in the foreign sphere.

While it would be a misrepresentation to say that the far-left and far-right were unpopular in Britain by 1934, they were certainly overshadowed in their size and scope of public approval by something far more novel: the radical center. Oswald Mosley’s Free National Party (this being a change of name from "The New Party," which Mosley’s confidants told him was too ambiguous and lacked any sort of draw) was a collection of, however hard it was to pitch to the British people at first, radical moderates. Having first competed in the 1926 elections, the Free Nationals presented a united front against the extremes of either end of the political spectrum. Their paramilitary wing, known colloquially as the Coppershirts, patrolled Britain's neighborhoods, attacking the likes of anti-Semitic shopkeepers, strike-fomenting laborers, and anyone else attempting to stir up what they saw as general disunity and the weakening of Britain. On the economic side, the FNP supported government subsidies for larger businesses, especially those who demonstrated a lack of racially discriminatory hiring or payment practices, and proposed a "works council;" an advisory body on which both corporate and labor representatives would sit. Of course, striking and unionization were to be strictly prohibited, lest the supposed strengths of class cooperation were to be brought into question. Socially, the party opposed practices it saw as irrational or emotion-driven. For example, all men, Mosely and his ilk proposed, were equally capable of work and proper decision making, regardless of their race. Women, on the other hand, were individuals far too emotional in their very being, meaning their involvement in politics and labor had ought to be limited as much as possible in order to avoid the general disorder of a woman's life being projected onto the public as a whole.

Going into 1934, the Free National Party needed a total increase of 260 seats to win control of the House of Commons, considering that no other then-represented political association had any form of alliance or electoral agreement with the party. Contemporary critics frequently described the possibility of an FNP government as an impossibility, claiming that the Free National platform was full of contradictions, and could hardly be seen by any right-minded Brit as being genuine. And yet, discontent with the two-party system had reached its peak. A third of all adult Britons were out of work, millions were going hungry, and the threat of disunion at the hands of some communist or fascist revolt seemed like more and more of a possibility with every passing day. The Free Nationals were attractive to conservative voters because of their pro-business philosophy and views on the role of women, while left-wing voters were drawn in by their racial platform and Mosley’s status as a former member of Labour. Combine this all with the usual desire for change endemic to citizens of any democracy and a period of eight years without an election, and Britain was left with the perfect conditions for a serious and, for some, unexpected change.

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The 2018 Greater Missouri legislative election was held on November 6th, 2018, with all 201 seats in the Missouri Regional Assembly up for contest. The incumbent governing Corn Collective and Homesteaders Interest, commonly known as the Corn Party, led by Jack Callaway, won a third consecutive term in another landslide victory, returning 128 Assemblymen, a net increase of four from the previous legislative election and the largest majority since 1970 when the Republican Party, led by George Romney won the same number of seats. Voter turnout continued to decrease to roughly 45%, a multi-decade low, which has generally been attributed to voter apathy, widespread gerrymandering and increased restrictions on the ability to vote, including indentification requirements and limitations on early and absentee voting.

The Corn Party increased their share of the vote by 1.34% despite receiving less votes than in 2014 due to decreased turnout, while gaining seats in southern and western Minnesota which were traditionally considered Labor strongholds and Republican seats in rural Ohio which were gerrymandered with the intent to pack Republican voters. The Labor Party, officially the Cooperative Labor Bloc, received less votes and less seats which has been generally attributed to the creation of the left-wing and new urbanist Civic Action party, led by Alana Martínez, a Chicago City Council member and environmental activist, whose votes primarily came from urban Labor voters, while the Labor Party made two gains in the Chicagoland suburbs from traditionally Republican seats.

The Corn Party, led by Jack Callaway emphasized American nationalism in their campaign and specifically campaigning on opposition to immigration, even suggesting a temporary halt to all immigration in cooperation with the federal government; opposition to any new free trade deals and offshore outsourcing by corporations; increasing government subsidies to crofters, which are considered a key voter base to the Corn Party; a proposed revitalization of infrastructure in manufacturing towns and cities in the rust belt and touting laws passed which decreased restrictions of firearm ownership.
 
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