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A worse Red Scare leads to calls for a firm hand at the tiller, and who better than the man who helmed the American Expeditionary Force? It takes a few ballots at the convention, but John J. Pershing finds himself heading the ticket. Inexperienced in matters of politics, he is unable to prevent the convention from stampeding to nominate Calvin Coolidge.

The Democrats meanwhile nominate Acting President and Secretary of State Robert Lansing (Thomas Marshall is dead, and Lansing isn’t interested in letting Edith Wilson take power) A. Mitchell Palmer is added to the ticket because, hey, worse Red Scare. Lansing is unfortunately rather associated with the unpopular League of Nations, and not the best campaigner, and thus Pershing’s own dry style does not hamper the general. He wins in a landslide.

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This would be an interesting timeline

Jack Napier, better known as Joker (or sometimes The Joker), was an American businessman, gangster, and supervillain operating out of Gotham City, New Jersey. Napier was born in Motor, Iowa to farming parents, who relocated first to Camden, New Jersey, and then later to Gotham City, where they would spend the rest of their lives as factory workers. Little is known about his life prior to his arrival to Gotham. His father is believed to have died from complications regarding syphilis around 1910, and his mother from suicide in 1914.

As a teenager, Napier often got involved in fights with teachers and other students, being expelled twice before his mother's death. From then on, he picked up odd jobs and performed minor thefts for neighborhood gangs until around 1921, when he was believed to have joined the original Red Hood Gang, where he would rise up in prominence over the next several years. As a grunt, he was responsible for transporting copious amounts of alcohol, drugs, and money throughout the city of Gotham. During this time he made many friends and contacts within the Red Hood Gang, their distributors, and in the Gotham City Police Department. Despite committing brutal assaults and murders in broad daylight, at times undisguised by his gang's signature red hoods, he was never arrested or formally charged, even as other members were.

By 1937, he is believed to have become the undisputed boss of the Red Hood Gang, after many of the old guard were arrested by the Gotham Police (headed by a new Commissioner, Jim Gordon), died in shootouts with the police, or were assassinated by rival gangs hoping to make a move on their turf. At this time, Napier was publicly known as a businessman dealing with expensive imported clothes, watches, and various novelty toys for children. Those who did know his identity as a major crime boss were either killed, often in brutal ways, or left terrified into silence.

The next year, he became involved in a gang war with the Falcone Crime Family, headed by then-patriarch Carmine Falcone, that resulted in hundreds dead or wounded, mostly civilian casualties. In 1940, during a confrontation with the original Batman, who declared war on all crime in Gotham, and set his sights on the Red Hoods, Napier fell in a vat of chemicals at the Ace Chemical Processing Plant, where he was believed to have died. Months later he re-emerged, body bleached white and face trapped in a permanent smile, and took back control of the Red Hoods, then in disarray without him.

Napier, now calling himself the Joker, turned his attentions from money and power into a war against all those who had wronged him or the Red Hoods, from Batman, who had left him scarred and deformed, to the police, the judicial system, and the Falcones (whose leader, Carmine, he personally killed with the same chemical he was tossed into, leaving him dead with the same smile that the Joker held). While Napier's last two years as leader of the Red Hoods saw them establish themselves as Gotham's most violent, feared, depraved, and dangerous gang, a reputation shared by Napier, they also completely alienated the public, other gangs, and even members within the gang, many of whom committed suicide rather than risk displeasing Napier. In March of 1942, during a scuffle with Batman, Napier accidentally impaled himself with his own knife and bled to death before the police could arrest him.

Prior to his transformation into the Joker, Napier was known as a quiet and unglamorous man. As a crime boss, he rarely wore any flashy clothes or expensive jewelry, rarely smoked, and never drank. Despite this, he was known to have a fearsome temper, beating members unconscious in front of others as an example. His few years as the Joker saw him as his most cruel and deranged, leaving behind a trail of bodies both as a warning to the world, and just for the sadistic pleasure that the actions brought him. While only known as the Joker for a couple years, his actions and reputation as the Clown Prince of Crime left a permanent mark on Gotham City. Several gangs in the decade since have called themselves the Red Hoods, none of which were ever as successful as Napier's gang. More infamously, several criminals in Gotham have appropriate the names Red Hood and Joker for their own benefits, ranging from petty thieves, public nuisances, bank robbers, crime bosses, and serial killers. Some have used the Joker as an image representing anarchy and nihilism, positively or negatively.
I'm really enjoying your DC Comics in Real Time infoboxes, Nofix.:)

If you are ever going to continue making more of them, what DC related characters or places would you consider making into infoboxes?
I'm really enjoying your DC Comics in Real Time infoboxes, Nofix.:)

If you are ever going to continue making more of them, what DC related characters or places would you consider making into infoboxes?
I actually do have a few wikiboxes done/nearly done, it's just a matter of finding the exact right picture for them.
Osk, you have gold here. Please make this a short timeline. I want to work with you on this since I'm reading a TR biography right now about his post presidency.

Thanks! I actually extended the concept out a bit, you can find the most recent (and links to all prior) infobox here, which is the 1936 election! I'd worked out a rough timeline skeleton (i.e., I worked out a "final" list of presidents through 2020) if you want to talk about it, send me a PM!
David Michael Palmer (June 24, 1952 - August 28, 2007) was an American attorney and politician who served as the 45th President of the United States from 2001 to 2005. A Democat, Palmer was the first African-American president. He previously served as a U.S. Senator and Representative from Maryland, as well as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. His single presidential term is often regarded as one of the most consequential in history, after such presidents as Washington, Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt. He oversaw dramatic transformation of both domestic and foreign policy and had record high approval ratings during and after his presidency. He was later lionized after his 2007 assassination, although in recent years his legacy has been subject to increased scrutiny coinciding with the political careers of his children.

Palmer was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, where his father was an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was the first of four children born to Daniel and Martha Palmer. He attended St. Frances Academy of Baltimore, a Black Catholic institution, for high school, and then Georgetown University for his undergraduate education, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Economy. He then attended the University of Maryland Law School to obtain his J.D. while serving in the Navy Reserve. His time in the Navy was cut short by a back injury during training. During his time, he married Sherry Lane and would have two children with her. After completing law school, Palmer began practicing law at the large firm of Fidley, Barrow, & Bain but soon quit due to dissatisfaction with his work. After leaving the firm, he began defending evicted tenants in Baltimore and later started his own practice. This led to him being well established in the city and a culminated in a successful campaign to the Maryland House of Delegates.

In the House, Palmer intended to focus primarily on tenant rights and property law, but soon found himself involved in multiple parts of municipal politics, especially crime, corruption, and public infrastructure. He soon became known as a rising star in the Maryland Democratic Party and was urged to run for Congress with the retirement of Parren Mitchell. Palmer won the Democratic primary with a majority of 59% against his opponents and easily won the general election in the heavily Democratic 7th district. In Congress, Palmer became known as a capable dealmaker who held firm to his principles. He focused on improvements to inner cities across America, particularly in regards to housing and education. This work brought him to national prominence and many mentioned him as a potential future president.

After two terms in the House, he decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Republican Charles Mathias. Palmer faced off against his fellow representative Barbara Mikulski in the primary, who had previously run for the same seat, as well as number of other candidates. Palmer won the bitterly fought primary by turning out African American voters in large numbers in Baltimore and campaigning heavily with white voters in the suburbs and other parts of Maryland. He also received the backing of major labor unions. He then defeated Republican nominee Alan Keyes with 68% of the vote in the general election.

Palmer became the first African American Democrat to be elected to the Senate, the first African American since Edward Brooke over a decade prior, and only the fourth African American to serve in the Senate in its entire history. He was immediately the subject of presidential speculation. His high profile was boosted by appointments to the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. During his time in the Senate, Palmer was an advocate of an active foreign policy, supporting intervention in Somalia, Rwanda, and Yugoslavia, and more controversially supporting aid to former Soviet and Eastern bloc countries. He was also an advocate of nuclear disarmament in partnership with Russia. Domestically, Palmer continued to focus on housing, education, and urban improvement, in addition to criminal justice reform and labor rights. He was an opponent of free trade, including NAFTA. Palmer opposed repealing Glass-Steagall and supported campaign finance reform. He was a late convert to the latter issue, having been persuaded by his colleague Russ Feingold. In his re-election campaign, Palmer refused all "big money" donations. However, he would later reverse his stance during his presidential campaigns. During his time in the Senate, Palmer branded himself as a "New Deal and New Frontier Democrat" as opposed to a "New Democrat" like many other Democratic rising stars.

With the onset of the late 90s recession, Palmer was a leading figure in the passage of the three recovery acts. In September 1999, shortly after the passage of the Direct Stimulus Act, Palmer announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was considered one of the early frontrunners. After faltering in the Iowa caucus to come in third place, behind Iowa Senator Robert Nolan and New York Governor Mike Hodges, Palmer pulled off a decisive upset in the New Hampshire primary. His main opponent was Governor Hodges, the leader of the New Democrat wing of the party who had steered his state through the recession, avoiding its worst effects despite being the home of international commerce.

However, after New Hampshire, Palmer secured the endorsement of Senator Ted Kennedy, a major leader in the Democratic Party, who compared him favorably to his late brothers John and Robert. Kennedy also helped Palmer secure the endorsements of major unions. With Kennedy's endorsement and momentum from New Hampshire, Palmer went on to sweep every state on Super Tuesday except Hodges' home state of New York. Hodges dropped out of the race two weeks later and Palmer went unopposed the rest of the way to the convention. He selected Florida Senator Jim Prescott as his running mate. Although Prescott was a moderate who disagreed with Palmer on many issues, they had worked together in the Senate on many occasions and knew each other well. Palmer became the first African American presidential nominee of a major party.

With the nomination secured. Palmer turned his attention to the general election. He focused on recovery from the recession and lambasted incumbent President Harold Barnes, who had been re-nominated by the Republican Party, for instituting policies that paved the way for the recession, and then for blocking recovery packages due to his dysfunctional relationship with Congress. He also continued to champion the same issues he had supported during his time in Congress. With the economy still in shambles and unemployment rising, Palmer's chances of victory seemed highly assured. He ran a highly positive and optimistic campaign and ended up winning with 53% of the popular vote and 317 electoral votes. In doing so, he made history as the first African-American president. Palmer was also the third sitting senator to be elected president, after Warren Harding and John F. Kennedy. He received many congratulations from leaders domestic and international. Shortly after the election, Palmer announced that he would be divorcing his wife of 25 years, Sherry, citing irreconcilable differences.

In his inaugural address, Palmer stressed the need for America to not only recover from the recession, but to turn back the tide against the economic policies which had led to it in the first place. By this point, the recession had become the worst of any since the Great Depression. Palmer's victory was viewed as a repudiation of the politics which dominated the 80s and 90s starting with the Reagan Revolution. Republicans had won 4 of the 5 presidential elections since 1980, and the presidencies which followed these elections largely held to "Reaganomics", the supply-side and trickle-down theories of economics which involved tax cuts, reduced government spending, and deregulation. Palmer intended to model himself and his administration after Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson, who directed government spending to public works and welfare and enacted financial reforms and regulations. Similar to themes like the New Deal, Fair Deal, New Frontier, and Great Society, Palmer espoused the politics of the New Covenant: a covenant between the government and the people to protect and support them, and a covenant between the people to respect and support each other.

In his first hundred days of his presidency, Palmer signed into law the Third Emergency Relief Act, the Banking Regulation Act, and the Industrial Restoration Act. These acts were passed to jump start the economy back to life by giving individuals debt relief as well as rent and mortgage relief, while also giving money directly to individuals to increase their spending power as well as to companies so they could resume normal operations and begin employing workers again. Banking regulation was passed in order to prevent banks from overleveraging themselves again, as in the matter which had contributed to the recession. Palmer strongly opposed so-called "bank bailouts" being pushed by members of Congress and financial lobbyists. The BRA was followed by later legislation such as the Consumer Protection Act, Securities Regulation Act, and Financial Reform Act. The exposure of Enron's corporate fraud gave Palmer further firing power on reform and led to the passage of the Fraud Prevention Act, which restored and expanded the powers of regulatory oversight bodies.

Palmer's massive domestic agenda was interrupted by the September 11 attacks just eight months into his presidency. The attacks on the World Trade Center and United States Capitol shook the nation and the world. Unlike his predecessor, Palmer had not focused heavily on terrorism or national security. For this reason, Palmer's political opponents attempted to politicize the incident and blame him for being soft on terrorism. Some cited evidence of the Palmer administration ignoring reports of an impending attack on the United States. Despite these attempts, Palmer emerged as a strong, unifying leader after the incident, as his approval rating skyrocketed. He experienced a rally-around-the-flag effect and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. However, not two weeks after 9/11, a plot to detonate a nuclear weapon on American soil was uncovered. In an unprecedented move, Palmer's cabinet removed him from office under the provisions of the 25th Amendment for allegedly failing to respond to the intelligence. Palmer resumed office shortly thereafter and defused the crisis, for which he was highly praised. The American public was shocked at his cabinet's seemingly brazen treachery and willingness to create uncertainty in American leadership at such a tense time. The following day, Palmer was subject to an assassination attempt by way of a biological attack. Although he survived, the incident led to further fear and paranoia developing in the populace. Soon after, Congress passed a declaration of war on Afghanistan in response to terrorism posing a threat to the United States. Palmer then began the Afghanistan War.

Although foreign policy dominated the remainder of Palmer's presidency, he still remained focused on economic recovery and domestic reform. The National Recovery and Progress Act created the Public Works Administration, modeled after the agency of the same name created by Franklin Roosevelt. It was highly successful, building many roads, bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure across the nation, as well as allowing for billions of dollars in spending on transportation, housing, and education. Palmer's historically high approval rating saw the Democratic Party making gains in the 2002 midterm elections. Palmer decided to pursue bolder policies with these increased majorities, which would prove to be divisive. The Health Insurance Reform Act, later named for its chief architect and advocate Ted Kennedy, established a single payer healthcare system overseen by the new American Healthcare Administration. The highly controversial act divided both the Congress and the people. Nevertheless, support for it and Palmer was strong enough to force the passage of the bill despite the objections of Democrats and Republicans alike. Upon passage of the act, Palmer declared that the nation had "fulfilled the legacy of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson." The significant political capital expended upon passage of the HIRA weakened Palmer and his relations with Congress. Shortly after, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed by Congress with much larger majorities and bipartisan support. The act established vast new powers for government surveillance and detention powers which were intended to help suppress and prevent further acts of terrorism. Although Palmer was opposed to the bill, he did sign it into law since it had passed with veto-proof majorities and would go on to use the powers granted by the act many times.

As Palmer began looking toward re-election, he seemed to be a weak spot after the passage of HIRA and the Patriot Act. Conservatives had been whipped into a frenzy by his "socialist" and "unpatriotic" policies. Additionally, pressure was mounting to take military action against Middle Eastern regimes such as Iraq and Kamistan which were alleged to harbor terrorist organizations and weapons of mass destruction. A bipartisan consensus was emerging that action needed to be taken against Iraq in particular, which was led by hawks in Congress such as Republican Senator John Keeler and Democratic Congressman Jim Kovacs. Kovacs challenged him for the Democratic nomination, garnering 23% of the vote, a large share for a challenger to an incumbent president. Kovacs declined calls to run as a third-party candidate and instead endorsed Senator Keeler, who had won the Republican nomination with his strong social and economic conservative credentials and reputation as a hawk. Palmer's downswing was buoyed by news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and an architect of the September 11 attacks. For a time, it seemed like Palmer was unstoppable again, and he used this newfound energy to pass his long-desired legislation: repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act. The Labor Renewal Act and the replacement of Chief Justice William Rehnquist with Sonia Sotomayor would be the last significant achievements of the Palmer administration.

After navigating the cordilla virus crisis, Palmer suddenly withdrew from the presidential race due the murder of his ex-wife Sherry. This development threw the nation into shock, as he was replaced as the Democratic nominee by Vice President Prescott. Palmer experienced another sympathy bounce in approval rating due to the death of his wife and retained high popularity through the remainder of his presidency. However, this popularity did not extend to his vice president, who narrowly lost the election to Senator Keeler despite winning the popular vote. Palmer became the first incumbent president not to seek re-election since Lyndon Johnson, and the first one term president not to seek re-election since Chester A. Arthur. Palmer left office and quietly retired to his native Maryland. He had few public appearances after leaving office, only emerging to speak out against the Iraq War and the proposed Keeler tax cuts. However, after the 2006 West Coast cyberattacks and the assassination of his successor, Palmer provided covert assistance to the new president, Charles Logan, for the duration of the crisis. Palmer then returned to private life and began working on his memoirs. He resisted calls to run in the upcoming 2008 presidential election.

Tragedy struck on August 28, 2007, when he was assassinated by mercenary Conrad Haas, who had been hired by the orchestrators of Sentoxgate to prevent Palmer from uncovering and publicizing the conspiracy. The conspirators, among them President Logan, were brought to justice shortly thereafter. Palmer's death was mourned across the nation and the world. He was the first president to be assassinated after leaving office. Palmer received a state funeral, lying in repose first at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and then lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, before being laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the route of the funeral procession and viewed the casket in the Rotunda. The funeral was compared to that of John F. Kennedy, and indeed his family would be compared to the Kennedys for bearing similar fortunes in terms of tragedy. Palmer, his wife, and later his brother Wayne were all murdered, and his other brother Harrison died in his youth. Palmer's death would propel his brother Wayne to the Democratic nomination and later the presidency in 2008 despite having never held public office. Wayne Palmer would be in office for just three months before his own assassination.

Palmer is remembered as one of the greatest and most effective presidents in American history, often ranked in the top 5 in surveys among historians and the general public. He is compared favorably to Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom led the nation through dire crises and wars and were connected to major domestic reforms. Palmer is praised for his actions in directing the nation in economic recovery after the recession as well as the time after 9/11 and the emergence of the period of terrorism paranoia. He has also been criticized for executive overreach and excessive use and abuse of surveillance and detention powers, particularly as it pertained to responding to terrorism. His presidency has become even more well-received compared to the corruption and incompetence prevalent in the preceding and succeeding administrations. To date, Palmer is the last president to have served the full four year term he was elected to.
They're part of the revision of that timeline I'm working on. Between work and other obligations, I've dealing with a bit of writer's block. I've gotten the timeline rewritten up until about the year 2000. I'm trying to get my creative juices going by creating the film boxes. Since, I won't really be covering them directly in the timeline, I thought I throw out some ideas here. I have a few more that I want to do to round out the 70s.
I've just realized you did Let Us Be the One, that TL on what would be UBS. I loved that TL and was saddened it was left unfinished!
Does anyone know if there are blank templates available for election infoboxes? I can only seem to make six party parliamentary boxes, but I can't get it to work evenly for a four party election. I tried using the 1974 UK elections as templates but I find the Canadian election ones easier to edit. Any good resources for this?

(Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this kind of post)
South Carolina and the North rebelled? What common points do they even have?
An even worse Nullification crisis happens, leading to open war and occupation by Andrew Jackson's federal forces. There's a ton of resentment from the occupation forces which weren't fully withdrawn until 1844. The still active Nullification Party develops a paramilitary wing which actively engages the federalist occupation forces, declaring a "war of state's liberation" that causes South Carolina to be mentioned as 'that issue' in American domestic affairs within the Southern United States.

As for the North, Andrew Johnson's southern roots and presumed "pro-slavery" allegiances cause a great deal of anxiety within the Northern states, culminating in the Boston Convention of 1861 and the succession of numerous states north of the Mason-Dixon line. However, Johnson is firmly pro-union, alienating the fire-eater faction that took control of South Carolina and begining a rebellion in 1861. While that rebellion was almost over by the time of the 1864 election, there wasn't enough control to guarantee a "fair" election within the state, and so it's electoral votes were not counted.

I wonder why Vermont would be voting for a Democratic presidential candidate that early in history.
Oversight on my part. Forgot how insanely Whig/ Republican party it was during that time. I'm thinking it was razor-thin, like by a narrow few hundred with some ballot box stuffing by Matthew Perry, with the unfair system being stripped apart for a more fair rule in 1854 until Fish appointed several allies from Vermont to government jobs.

Pershing’s first term sees his promised Peacetime Sedition and Espionage Acts pass, giving the Federal Government wide latitude to pressure groups seeking to destabilize the Government. These are mainly pointed at left wing groups, although the Red Scare eventually collapses of its own accord. Unions also feel the brunt of this assault, especially the miners in West Virginia. However there are instances where Pershing turns his power on local Klan groups. Economically he follows the advice of Republican Party leaders, so tax cuts and trickle down economics. This earns him a challenge from his left at the convention, but La Follette is swiftly slapped down and slinks off to his third party run.

It takes William Gibbs McAdoo longer than expected to get himself nominated, but he eventually does, selecting Ohio’s former Governor as his running mate. Although he affiliates generally with the Conservatives, he is able to keep some Wilsonians in his camp. He runs an efficient campaign, but the economy remains booming, and there is little McAdoo can do. He improves upon Lansing, slightly, but never comes close to the White House.


Pershing’s first term sees his promised Peacetime Sedition and Espionage Acts pass, giving the Federal Government wide latitude to pressure groups seeking to destabilize the Government. These are mainly pointed at left wing groups, although the Red Scare eventually collapses of its own accord. Unions also feel the brunt of this assault, especially the miners in West Virginia. However there are instances where Pershing turns his power on local Klan groups. Economically he follows the advice of Republican Party leaders, so tax cuts and trickle down economics. This earns him a challenge from his left at the convention, but La Follette is swiftly slapped down and slinks off to his third party run.

It takes William Gibbs McAdoo longer than expected to get himself nominated, but he eventually does, selecting Ohio’s former Governor as his running mate. Although he affiliates generally with the Conservatives, he is able to keep some Wilsonians in his camp. He runs an efficient campaign, but the economy remains booming, and there is little McAdoo can do. He improves upon Lansing, slightly, but never comes close to the White House.

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Looking at the bottom of this info box, it looks like VP Coolidge is up to seizing power from his boss.
George Pal attempted to bring Doc Savage to the silver screen, but a regime change at Warner Bros. lead to the project being canceled in 1974. With the upcoming release of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers in 1976, Paramount picked up Pal's project in anticipation of pulp/comic strip heroes being the new trend.

Pre-production on Doc Savage: Man of Bronze was almost complete, when Superman: The Man of Steel was released. The massive success of Superman caught most of the major studios off guard. Paramount realized that a campy tone they had requested would no longer be viable.

Pal threw out the scripts for Man of Bronze and Arch-Enemy of Evil. He hired writer Doug Moench to write a new story. He was able to incorporate the finished sets into the story. This help save the production both time and money. Pal quickly transformed the story into a first draft. Director Richard Donner had Tom Mankiewicz come in and polish/upgrade the script. The film was completed in the fall of 1978 and released that December. Paramount scored a huge hit. It spawned two sequels and two spin-offs.


Related infoboxes and templates:
James Bond in Film
Jaws (1975)
Flash Gordon (1976) and Buck Rogers (1976)
The Legend of King Kong (1977)
Superman (1977) and Damnation Alley (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1971), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1977), and Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
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