Chapter Null - Intrologue
  • “...According to our sources, the Blockade on the Isle of Cuba is at and end. We will bring you more information as it comes in”
    • News Coverage, October 30th

    “The Cuban Missile Crisis’ resolution precipitated a collapse of confidence that shook the Kennedy administration to its core…”
    • Loch Morrows, ‘Kennedy Under Siege: the Cuban Crisis and its Aftermath’

    “President Kennedy is expected to address the Country shortly on the end of the Blockade of Cuba”
    • News Coverage, October 31st, 1962

    “Kennedy had faced down Khrushchev head on, and he failed to see what consequences would transpire in case of his failure”
    • Loch Morrows, ‘Kennedy Under Siege: the Cuban Crisis and its Aftermath’

    “His Retreat, his surrender, his capitulation to the forces of communism is an unparalleled betrayal of not only President Kennedy’s professed beliefs, but a failure of such a magnitude that has not been seen in a century. It is time for some due opposition in California. Vote Richard Nixon for Governor on November 8th”
    • Richard Nixon for Governor Advert

    Welcome to Due Opposition - Capitulation Over Cuba, my first attempt to create a proper timeline of this sort. If it isn’t clear, the PoD is a series of micro-decisions leading up to the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis resolved not in a resolution favourable to America’s prestige, but to the Soviet’s. Is it the most realistic thing? Perhaps not, but I do hope to explore the consequences, and bring you an interesting world as well.

    Chapter One - While They’re Down
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    Due Opposition - Chapter One: While They’re Down

    “President Kennedy got a lot of undeserved flak for the move to withdraw the navy from Cuba. It was withdrawal or war, and a lot of people just didn’t understand that, least of all the party leaders of the time.”
    • Michael Tandy, Interview

    “The Fury of the American Populace was unleashed in a tidal wave, drowning the Kennedy administration’s hopes in a single moment. 1962 would not be a good year for Democrats, and they knew who to blame.”
    • Unknown, Source not Provided

    “Good People of California, members of the Press. I have just discussed the matter of the result with Governor Brown, we discussed the result, and he had conceded. We discussed the feeling of close loss, a feeling as you all certainly know, I have experienced before.”
    • Richard Nixon, excerpt from his Victory Speech following his Victory over Pat Brown


    Republicans would be propelled to a number of victories in the wake of the Cuban Crisis. To the surprise of many national observers, the State of Alabama delivered a shock victory for Republican James Douglas Martin over Senator J. Lester Hill, the first Republican in the Deep South since reconstruction. Across the Nation, the results would not be the collapse of the Democratic Senate Stronghold, but the cracks in the Solid South began to show once more.

    “Shock and awe! Senator Hill ousted! Republicans take victory in Alabama Senate Race!”
    • Headlines covering the Alabama Senate Election Result

    “Bayh comes up short, Capehart re-elected!”
    • Headline covering the Indiana Senate Election Result

    “Bottum Beats McGovern, re-elected!”
    • Headline covering the South Dakota Senate Election Result

    “Wiley weathers Gaylord Nelson’s challenge”
    • Headline covering the Wisconsin Senate Election Result

    “Senator Magnuson narrowly ousted, Minister Christensen set for D.C.”
    • Headline covering the Washington Senate Election Result

    “Seely-Brown Jr. set to succeed Senator Bush”
    • Headline covering the Connecticut Senate Election Result

    “Bass bests McIntyre, will take over Bridges’ Senate Seat”
    • Headline covering the New Hampshire Senate Special Election Result

    The Gubernatorial elections would mark a series of overwhelming victories across the North, with Republicans picking up 12 States, compared to Democrats three pickups, with Iowa and New Mexico narrowly being won. Many of the victories were all overshadowed by the prime victory of the night, Richard Nixon.

    “Mr. Nixon, now Governor-Elect, has triumphed over Governor Pat Brown by a margin of, as the current count shows, about two thousand votes. While it is likely the results will be reviewed, both competitors seem sure in the results. Governor Brown had conceded, and Governor-Elect Nixon has proclaimed victory…”
    • News Coverage of the California Gubernatorial Election Result

    “The California Gubernatorial Election marked the summit of a series of defeats for the Kennedies over the night, only dulled by Ted’s victory in the run to succeed his brother…”
    • Daniel Reenwader, ‘1962: Backlash’

    “I’d like to thank President Kennedy for his generous contribution to my campaign’s victory.”
    • Unknown, commonly misattributed to Richard Nixon

    Thus concludes Chapter One, covering the 1962 Election results in brief. I hope you all enjoyed it.

    Chapter Two - Shattered Hopes
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    Due Opposition - Chapter Two: Shattered Hopes

    “This is an unmitigated disaster, and pardon my language Mr. President, you need to fucking mitigate it.”
    • Unknown, Tape from John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

    “General LeMay retires, General McKee to replace LeMay as Air Force Chief of Staff”
    • News Coverage, January 14th

    “Kennedy entered into the New Year with both sides furious, hopes in him flung across the gulf and shot dead in Cuba, and his popularity seemingly at its nadir. Yet, his State of the Union would go without note, failing to woo his opponents, failing to satisfy his former proponents. Kennedy’s charm seemed to have dried up.”
    • A. Adams ‘Crisis on our Shores’

    "1962 ended as a poor year for Kennedy, 1963 seemed set from the beginning to be worse. Republicans just shredded Democrats in the midterms, and all the blame was set squarely on the President. The Southern Democrats were burning their bridge to prevent themselves from becoming the second Lister Hill, Johnson was throwing a fit about his future behind closed doors, but that could be settled.

    What couldn’t was the Elephant in the Room, Richard Nixon, the Leader of the Opposition, to substitute in British Terminology, if the Papers can do it so can I. Instead of being a Governor, Nixon was playing shadow President, dancing about Europe, shaking hands with world leaders while Kennedy was stuck at home pulling Damage Control.

    One by one, those who broke away from the Administration would find themselves in a new location. Curtis LeMay, following his early retirement just a day before the State of the Union, overshadowed it in all respects as he flew off to find a new position as “Military Advisor” to Nixon.”
    • W. Richards, ‘In Defense of Kennedy - Context’

    “Kennedy was screwed, do I really need to add more context?”
    • D. Philips, ‘stupid essay 23’

    • Mr. Tawly, ‘stupid essay 23’ Response

    Nixon was inaugurated to a score of applause in California, instantly earning the bestowed title of ‘Leader of the Opposition’ by the press. Nixon, never quite interested in the role of Governor itself, certainly didn’t decry the label, despite his promise not to run for President come 1964. Certainly the most strange affair was his tour of Europe, meeting with many foreign leaders on an unofficial basis.

    “Gaitskell released from Hospital, declined to meet with Nixon to ‘Recuperate Health’”
    • News Coverage, January 30th

    “Nixon-Home meetings subject to many rumours, little in hard facts”
    • News Coverage, January 31st

    “Nixon to visit West Berlin as final stop on European Tour.”
    • News Coverage, February 16th

    Reactions at home were ambivalent to Nixon’s tour, though he met a warm reception abroad. Many, despite his pledge to the contrary, were expecting a run come 1964, with Nixonfavoured in the polls. For Kennedy, that New Frontier of the 1960’s had swiftly turned towards Unfilled Hopes, with the Narrative seemingly beyond Kennedy’s control.

    That was due to change, with a month of preparation, Kennedy set forth to restore trust in his administration. A Tour across the nation, to talk with the voters, and hopefully bring back some of the Hope that had been burned away with the Order he had to give. It would be the moment to restore the dream.

    But it was not to be.

    “Armed Assailant attacks Kennedy Critic, Major General Edwin Walker. Walker Injured, Would be Assassin Dead!”
    • Headline covering the attempted assassination of Edwin Walker

    “Inside Report - Could the attempt on General Walker’s life be a move to silence critics by the Kennedies?”
    • Headline covering the attempted assassination of Edwin Walker

    “Lee Harvey Oswald, Walker Assailant potentially tied to Mafia? Kennedys?”
    • Headline covering the attempted assassination of Edwin Walker

    “Who is Lee Harvey Oswald? The CIA-Mafia-Kennedy Connection”
    • Conspiracy Theory Promoting Pamphlet

    “Learn the Truth! The Kennedies sent Lee Harvey Oswald to kill General Walker! All the Facts in one easy to read set!”
    • Conspiracy Theory Promoting Pamphlet

    “No, President Kennedy was not at all involved in the attempted assassination of Edwin Walker. That Notion is Preposterous”
    • Michael Tandy, Interview

    “While no ties could be made to the Kennedys and the would-be assassin, sensationalist articles went hard on the bad blood between the Kennedys and Walker, possibly stoked in private by Walker himself. It would prove to be yet another in a series of blows to President Kennedy”
    • Loch Morrows, ‘Kennedy Under Siege: the Cuban Crisis and its Aftermath”


    For those who wondered if the Kennedy assassination was going to happen on due, I do hope this resolves those questions, less this be relegated to utter ASB and resurrection technology be developed. As well, I subject you to my horrible attempt at comedy with the essay joke, my apologies if that caused any accidental deaths from the pain it might have pushed upon your soul. I do hope you otherwise enjoyed.

    Chapter Three - Dare to Dream
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    Due Opposition - Chapter Three: Dare to Dream

    By the time of the attempt on Walker’s life, Kennedy had already breached his what seemed to be his lowest point, his approval ratings had cratered into the low forties, his own Vice President seemed to be burning bridges, and well laid connections in the media had turned to ash. In the midst of mounting health issues, Kennedy once again turned to Dr. Max Jacobson, despite his removal a few months before due to his inappropriate provision of steroids and amphetamines to the President.

    Yet only two days after the Walker incident, in the midst of media storm and physical pain, Kennedy would be faced with yet another issue: The South. In Birmingham, a campaign for civil rights was underway, and it’s leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates had been arrested, soon followed by an open letter from a Birmingham Jail.

    While King would soon be released on bail, the eyes of the World and America turned towards the rights of African Americans following the events of early May. Children protesting were beset upon by plumes of water from fire hoses, and even police dogs were used in the process to arrest the children. Many looked upon it with shock and disgust. In the midst of it all, Democrats, and most of all Kennedy, were forced to thread a line between isolating what could be salvaged of their southern support, and standing for the principles which would be necessary to secure the north.

    Robert Kennedy would make an unproductive meeting with a group of mostly black figures, headed by James Baldwin. One of the few immediate consequences would simply be the increased FBI surveillance of Baldwin following the meeting at the AG’s orders. But as Tensions simmered over the hot summer months, and protests were under way, Kennedy was in contention over making a speech to address the matter as Governor George Wallace stood in the way of two Black Students. Despite the urgings of his brother, it would not go ahead.

    Protests would go underway with minimal national note until a day in august finally came. Hundreds of Thousands of people would March on Washington, dreams of freedom in their hearts. August 28th though, would soon turn sour. No one knew who fired the first shots, but in the midst of a speech by Reverend King, a series of bangs rang out as he spoke of a dream.

    What followed would be burned into the memories of all those who witnessed it.
    The Tragedy of the 28th had begun. A Chaos had begun, police were sent in to try and contain it as the streets of Washington D.C. resolved themselves into a commotion, many trampled in the chaos. In due time, the armed forces were called in to succeed where the Police had failed, but it was too late for many. A Few Hundred were killed in the chaos, and hundreds more injured. The Gunmen had escaped in the chaos, and were never found.

    Something different here, I could not think of any places to properly put headlines, given there is not much subversion of the actual course of history, excusing the obvious, at which point it felt like it took away from the post instead of adding to it.

    Chapter Four - To Preach Freedom
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    Due Opposition - Chapter Four: To Preach Freedom

    “Kennedy to address nation after events in Washington”
    • News Coverage, August 29th

    “Senator Clair Engle dies after complications from a surgery, Governor Nixon to announce replacement soon”
    • Headline, August 29th

    “The March on Washington and the following Tragedy marked a turning point in the Civil Rights movement. While previous actions had captured some attention, the March and its aftermath caused hearts and minds to be one and lost in a single day. It drew the lines in the sand, and Kennedy had to choose a side.”
    • Ross Reid, ‘The Long Road to Freedom’

    “Governor Nixon names retired General Curtis LeMay to replace Senator Engle”
    • Headline, August 30th

    “Good evening, my fellow citizens:

    Two days ago, following a series of escalations, the presence of the United States Military was required to restore order and peace to the Capital of our nation. This order was not made lightly, and while the circumstances are yet uncertain, we must, as Americans, consider the root cause of these Tragic events...”
    • John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights Address

    The United States exited the Summer of 1963 with Kennedy at his lowest point. Yet, while opinion on Kennedy’s address was positive, despite the clear and present distaste from the South. A Few Days later, a Civil Rights Bill began a long journey to becoming law, following up on many of the themes Kennedy discussed in his address.

    “Kennedy to tour country, meet with Representatives and Senators to gather support for Civil Rights Act, re-election”
    • Headline, September 12th

    “Five killed in church bombing in Birmingham, all young black girls.”
    • Headline, September 15th

    “The Events of August and September marked a change in the views of America on Civil Rights. It hardened the resolve of the South’s opposition, while many in the North and West grew further and further opposed. Kennedy was stuck in the midst of it, and it seemed to many analysts at the time that the era of the solidly democratic south was at an end.”
    • Jason Sneed, ‘Old South, New South: From Dixie to Meridia’

    “President Kennedy has just exited the funeral of three of the the girls killed three days ago. Reports say that President Kennedy met with Reverend King briefly following the later’s speech. Kennedy did not give a speech during the funeral.”
    • News Coverage, September 18th

    “The Nadir of Kennedy’s presidency was at an end come October of 1963. Approval ratings had recovered back into the positive, and his ongoing tour of the nation was met with cheering crowds, even in some of the South. But during a visit to California during November, whilst meeting with both Governor Nixon and Senator LeMay, it turned sour. Many view that meeting as the moment Nixon decided to run for President in 1964.”
    • Daniel Reedwater, ‘1964: Ascendant’
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    Chapter Five - New Era Dawning
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    Due Opposition - Chapter Five: New Era Dawning

    “1964 was no sure thing, but the ball was clearly in the Republican’s court. A Set of candidates had clearly emerged come the start of the Primary Season. Senator Barry Goldwater, the horseman of Republican Conservatism, had a strong margin and was viewed as the secondary frontrunner next to the man everyone since 1962 expected to be the nominee.

    Richard Nixon, Governor, former Vice President, and nominee in 1960, with a key position as the frontrunner with a large backing of a moderate base, he was threading the careful line that many hoped would ensure victory. Of course, a rematch is no sure bet, and similarly many fear the only man who could lose to Kennedy in 1964 would be the same man who lost in 1960.

    A Number of other contenders had emerged, foremost among them Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, the effective leader of the faded Liberal Wing. Soon burdened by scandal, his campaign would recede into the background of the Nixon-Goldwater contest.”
    • Daniel Reedwater, ‘1964: Ascendant’

    “Nixon to run for President!”
    • Headline, January 2nd

    “Senator Goldwater will challenge Kennedy”
    • Headline, January 5th

    “We will stand for Freedom, for Democracy, for Liberty, at home and abroad”
    • John F. Kennedy, January 8th

    “Nixon by all means was by far the assumed nominee the day he won that Governor’s race, many underestimated Goldwater, but Nixon never did.”
    • H.R. Haldeman, Interview

    “Kennedy swears there will be ‘no capitulation in Panama’ after attacks in the Canal Zone, which killed 3 American Soldiers.”
    • Headline, January 15th

    “Senator Margaret Chase Smith enters Presidential Race”
    • Headline, January 27th

    “Chart Topping British Band ‘The Beatles’ met with roaring cheers in New York upon arrival”
    • Headline, February 8th

    “Hoffa convicted!”
    • Headline, March 4th

    “The Republicans who raced to be the nominee in 1964 soon to meet their first roadblock, New Hampshire. Northeastern, it was the expectation for many for Nixon to secure it, and if not him, Rockefeller. Goldwater at that point had already written off the state, turning his eyes to greener pastures as the results trickled in.”
    • Daniel Reedwater, ‘1964: Ascendant’

    “Nixon wins New Hampshire, Goldwater in far Second”
    • Headline, March 11th

    “Rockefeller drops out, endorses Nixon”
    • Headline, April 28th

    “New Hampshire gave Nixon a false sense of security. By that point, it seemed well and sure he’d be nominated. Many primaries had been written off a sure win for either, which in time it would prove to be, but all bets seemed to be on California, which Nixon wrongly assumed would be a certain victory.”
    • Diana Tep, ‘Turning Points’

    “It’s a two man race. Former Vice President, 1960 Nominee, and California Governor, Richard Nixon, against Senator Barry Goldwater. Both have been running evenly matched. We’ll be bringing you coverage of this important race throughout the night”
    • News Coverage, June 2nd

    “Goldwater has claimed a narrow edge throughout the night. If he maintains this lead, it seems all but certain that Barry Goldwater will be the Republican nominee.”
    • News Coverage, June 3rd

    “Barry Goldwater bests Nixon in California!”
    • Headline, June 3rd

    “The one thing that cost Nixon in California was his pledge to not run, absolutely”
    • Unknown, Source not Provided

    “Nixon, upon receiving the news, considered his options. Come the Convention, a deal was struck. Nixon would back Goldwater, ensuring a clean convention, have a role in the selection of Goldwater’s running mate, and if Goldwater won, which Nixon privately doubted the likelihood of, he would be named Secretary of State.”
    • Loch Morrows, Kennedy out, Goldwater in: From the Primaries to China

    “Commotion in Moscow, simple incident or attempted coup?”
    • Headline, June 7th

    “Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet Second-in-Command, dismissed from all roles”
    • Headline, June 10th

    “The June 6th Incident was likely a failed coup.”
    • Declassified CIA Report

    “Civil Rights Bill passes the House”
    • Headline, June 17th

    “Barry Goldwater has been officially nominated as Republican Candidate for President, and California Senator and former General Curtis LeMay will be his running mate”
    • News Coverage of the 1964 Republican National Convention

    “He is the man who, after the greatest campaign in history, will be Mr. President — Barry Goldwater".
    • Richard Nixon

    “Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”
    • Barry Goldwater

    “LeMay’s position on the ticket was likely an act of veiled sabotage by Nixon. LeMay, while the reasons for selection were numerous, Military experience, a clear opposition to Kennedy, and such a Hawk he gave the top of the ticket a run, he also wasn’t the easiest to keep out of the limelight. He gave no regional diversity, it was a ticket of the far west, and that alone…”
    • E.O. Lawrence, ‘The True Dick Nixon’

    “It was fitting that the hawks of all hawks would face down Kennedy. While the relation of the tops of the Tickets were cordial, even a few informal debates being held on a trail before the realities of them being damaging to the ailing Kennedy came to pass…”
    • Jason Sneed, ‘Elections in the United States: from Washington to the Disputeds”

    “Caution is the… better part of Valor”
    • John F. Kennedy, following the Gulf of Tonkin incident

    “Kennedy re-nominated, Johnson still on the ticket”
    • Headline, August 28th

    “I, if elected, am committed to ensuring a victory in Vietnam in particular, and for democracy in general”
    • Barry Goldwater in response to if he supports using Nuclear Weapons in Vietnam

    “Martin Luther King Jr. awarded Nobel Peace Prize”
    • Headline, October 14th

    “Sir Alec Douglas-Home narrowly holds on in close British Race”
    • Headline, October 15th

    “Former President Hoover has passed. He has lived over 30 years past the end of his presidency, committing himself to…”
    • News Coverage, October 20th

    “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness. We will keep in mind and remember that Barry Goldwater has faith in us. He has faith that you and I have the ability and the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.”
    • Ronald Reagan

    “Approaching Election Day, the polls were strikingly competitive, jumping between Goldwater and Kennedy’s Favour. But, come Election Day, Goldwater had a narrow lead. Expectations for Democrats in the Senate and House were far starker, their once large majorities were now possibly within grabbing distance of Republicans for the first time since a decade before. It was to be down to the wire.”
    • Jason Seed, ‘Elections in the United States: from Washington to the Disputeds’

    “Barry Goldwater has been elected 36th President of the United States”
    • News Coverage, November 3rd.

    “Republicans set to gain both the House and the Senate”
    • News Coverage, November 5th.

    “Thank you for those who contributed to my campaign, I now look forward to my early retirement.”
    • John F. Kennedy

    “It was the election that changed America’s future… forever”
    • Unknown, Source not Provided

    The House will sit at 242 to 193, Republican's Favour, and the Senate will be a Tie. Now, the end of the beginning has come. This is where the fun begins.

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    Interlude One - Good Morning Meridia
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    Interlude One: Good Morning Meridia

    “Good Morning Meridia, and welcome back to the Daily Communique, I’m your host, Idris Ali. For all you new listeners, for the full stories, previous broadcasts, and our shop, go to DailyCom.mrd, once again, that’s DailyCom.mrd for all your Daily Communique wants and needs.

    Now, on the agenda for this morning… there have been flair ups in the Pacific Ocean between Pacifica and the Hawaiian Government, who continue to assert their claims. The Superpowers have yet to assert themselves into the confrontation, but rumours hold that President Xu privately has given assurances to Pacifica that in the case of war, they would step in to Mediate.

    In Brazil, the American Expat community has celebrated the victory of Nicholas Richardson of the LSU in a special election following the death of his predecessor. He has promised to fight for American Expats, and was notably rebuked by many in the LSU leadership during the campaign.

    At home, State Senator Erica Lee spoke at the dedication of a memorial to remember the victims of the Moon Riots. Lee, a fervent supporter of the President, is the favorite in the ongoing senate primary- [unintelligible]- sorry folks, I’ll be right back with all the facts after this short break.”

    “Come on down to Nick’s African Diner, all the flavours of Lagos are here and ready for you to get a classic African experience with no flight at a fair price. And get one free drink with a sign up to the Nick’s reward card program. So come on to Nick’s, delicious and newly Eko Friendly *wink sound*!”