For a Gore Prosperous Tomorrow

Sanders Administration- Second Gilded Age Decline
The Sanders Administration: Sunset of the Second Gilded Age

The release of the "Paradise Papers" gave the Sanders Administration the strength it needed and then some to try and tackle one of their biggests challenges: reigning the giant companies. Many expected this could be a pretty hard and difficult fight and it was not surprising as to why. Many of them were preparing to fight the Sanders Administration, but the Paradise Papers shook up alot of confidence and added more fuel to the fire of the torches of the frustrated masses. Think tanks and special interest groups were growing more intimidating.

However, that would not stop the Sanders Administration.

They've been preparing for this fight too.

The big approach that came during the holiday season was defined primarily by reclaiming all the hoarded wealth of major companies back into the American system. Offshore tax havens were targeted along with their bank accounts. As this grew into a global affair, the Corbyn administration of the UK quickly took on a strong role alongside Sanders (one humorous political cartoon saw Sanders and Corbyn among a few others like Layton dressed as DnD-esque characters preparing to fight corproate dragons for the stolen gold).

While tax rules and regulations were not exactly the most interesting thing, the Sanders Administration did release a bullet point list of some of the approaches they would be applying, based on their own platform along with the Corbyn Administration inviting the Tax Justice Network to help discuss and promote ideas for the global stage. Many would-be or new politicians sent their support for these growing reforms to help bolster their popularity back home, such as newly-elected French President Jean-Luc Antoine Pierre Mélenchon.

On the domestic side:
  • The US would begin apply the same tax rate on offshore and domestic income and applying a per-country limit on the foreign tax credit.
  • They would begin eliminating inversions by limiting interest deductions to 105% of a corporation’s share of net interest expense over worldwide earnings, treating companies managed and controlled in the US as domestic corporations, and tightening the definition of inverted corporations to ones owned by 50% of the same shareholders after a merger.
  • The US would also tighten other rules including limiting treaty shopping; reforming the base erosion and anti-abuse tax rate by lowering its threshold for application, raising its rate to 17.5% and excluding deductible payments that give rise to includible US income; eliminating the tax break for foreign derived intangible income (FDII), and denying foreign tax credits for excise tax payments by oil, extractive, gambling, and other companies.
And then, further developed by the Tax Justice Network on the international front:
  • The United States would join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's framework for the automatic exchange of information on financial account. This would allow automatic exchange of tax information between countries to verify that individuals and corporations are actually paying the correct amount of taxes, especially given how before now, the USA was the largest nation not a part of this.
  • A public and relatively easy-to-access registry of benefactors was created to create transparency of ownership for companies, trusts, and foundations. The UK created this back in the previous year regarding the Panama Papers, but did take the time to help update the system and boost it.
  • Require public country-by-country reporting of revenues by multinationals - to correctly distribute collected taxes.
  • Implement federal laws which crack down on the creation of shell companies, which did put the Sanders Administration into some conflict with a few states like Delaware and Nevada though the atmosphere of the Paradise Papers and the peoples' ire were enough to get them to concede.
  • Trade deals wuld be reviewed given how some exchange of tax information is a part of most US trade deals. The US-Panama free trade agreement established years ago allowed Panama to decline from sharing financial information from shell corporations if it is "contrary to their public policy". Sanders stated back in 2011 that the US-Panama free trade agreement would "effectively bar the US from cracking down on illegal and abusive offshore tax havens in Panama". As such, many were not surprised to see this talking point return.
  • Sanctions on tax havens were consideed one of the more drastic measures though Sanders and Corbyn were prepared to use them, especially given the prominence of them in the Caribbean and Central America. Unsurprisingly, Panama and Costa Rica began working to renegotiate with the Americans while those under British Commonwealth began the same, especially out of fear of potential more drastic actions.
Of course, while this was the primary plan, this was far from the only point in regards to finance. Another point of aspect regarding taxes was basically reforing the process, making it easier for people to do taxes. In fact, in a bold declaration, the Sanders Administration noted that it was promoted amongst certain presdiencies for doing taxes to be purposefully difficult, due to a combination of lobbying by certain industries to both parties and to try and villainize taxes. As such, another aspect of the Sanders adminsitration was simplifying the progress with Canada having done so a couple years prior and relying on some help and examples from their European neighbors. The USA would also take this time to begin examining the banks, but it was not the main thing of concern yet. However, one aspect this did take was in the form of the post office.

Under the Sanders' administration, the last bill of the year would be to undo the widely maligned Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed by the McCain Adminsitration back in 2011 along with adding some cash flow to help bring it back up to snuff. Besides allievating some pressure from the US Postal Service, the Sanders Administration brought back postal banking and thus after over 50 years of in activity, the United States Postal Savings System rose from the ashes, modernized for the 21st century, in the same way Canada brought theirs back around the early 2010s as one of the actions of the first Layton term. Updates including being able to sync it with the Internet along with cards and apps. Advertised as USPS Banking, it offered a positive alternative for financial security.

Of course, there was one final glorious action by the Sanders Administration, which was the forgiveness of all student debt.

President Sanders noted the nation's duty to its citizens is to make it less burdensome to pursue a higher education and addressed the concerns raised on a potential lack of medical specialists needed to address the American population. The obvious solution was then to make it less troublesome for students to become medical professionals, focusing on their studies rather than fears over paying off for schooling. As such, all student debt was forgiven, including that of loans to be taken in Spring 2018. Many have speculated this was done while President Sanders was preparing a plan to make College For All.

Many college students and graduates would recieve the news on special emails along with a wishes for the holiday season from the White House, President Sanders' gift to the people.

During this time, many have said that this and other future plans would see this as the end of a "Second Gilded Age", one that was ushered in the 80s by President Reagan and ending with President Sanders
 
Last edited:
Hope everyone is liking this! I’m trying to keep all of this as plausible as I can, given everything that has happened. Though can’t believe we’re near the end
 
one humorous political cartoon saw Sanders and Corbyn among a few others like Layton dressed as DnD-esque characters preparing to fight corproate dragons for the stolen gold
I love little bits like this.

During this time, many have said that this and other future plans would see this as the end of a "Second Gilded Age", one that was ushered in the 80s by President Reagan and ending with President Sanders
I could see some commentators suggest that a Second Progressive Era would follow, if not already begun, following a cyclical theory of history.
 
2017 in Review
2017 in Review

When the Sanders Administration formally took office, there was some skepticism on how much he would be able to accomplish. Some began already painting him as someone who got lucky and set too high potential goals. Others more speculated that only a few of Sanders' goals could be achieved and would have to try and work with Congress to get things to work. Even a few even noted that he was likely to be a one-term president from his inability to pass the most of things... however, all of these underestimated the support behind Sanders and lacked the understanding as to why he grew to be more popular. Sanders' support laid not in working with Congress, but with the people. At the end of the day, movements and actions would be decided by the people's support and Congress was meant to be their representatives. To fail that means being replaced. Furthermore, the successes of the Sanders Administration regarding providing the universal single-payer healthcare system now called Americare and the forgiveness of all student loan along with other successes such as with the post office and the first tax reforms showed something far different. Greater hope and optimism. An invigoration among the young. And it evident that with just these successes alone, Sanders would be able to secure a high place in American history. However, the Administration was far from done. The various progressive movements began working overtime for more outreach in primaries and working to get the message out through public television ads, radio, social media or actions. It was a growing movement of a greater tomorrow and a sign of changing times. Where the old ways were being targeted and their enablers being made fools of, such as certain corporate news groups. President Sanders himself noted the bias in the news and another plan was to boost the public news networks along with regulations and rumors of breaking up monopolies. It would make 2018 quite a priority year; the hegemony saw the cracks and were desperate not to lose while the changers knew of the fight that would come ahead and were unwilling to comproise.

The changes in the Sanders Administration certainly sent shockwaves across in the world with the growing reforms the United States was passing. Besides the surprise that came with some of the problems of the Americans, it did cause other nations to begin examining themselves to the growing desires for reforms or the criticisms to the neoliberal establishment that has been accused of prolonging various problems within the system. British Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn's collaboration with the Sanders administration over reforms has been winning over people and greater discussions were being had to propose reforms to the EU for the purposes of transparency and representation. At the same time, this was leading to growing conflicts within certan nations such as Poland or Hungary. Of course, other problems remained in the worlds with conflicts though now the focus was lying on Asia, such as Duerte's Philippines or the troubles of Myanmar. The Sanders Administration was encouraging cooperation with China to resolve this issues, even if it came with concerns over influence in the region. At the same time, the reelection of Li Keqiang did bring to mind that the Chinese constitution stipulated that the president could not serve more than two consecutive terms and thus, many people wondered what future China would hold after Li Keqiang though one of the rumors was potentially Hu Chunhua or another member of the Commuist Youth League. Meanwhile, South America found itself in growing relations with its neighbors thanks to the Sanders administration and growing discussions were being had in regards to indigenous rights, environmental protections and supranational corporate systems. Similar discussions were also being had with Australia and even back at home, as rumors circulated that Sanders may return Mt. Rushmore to the native Americans. It's clear that it is a rising way of something new.

Pop culture was slowly beginning to reflect these changes. The cash influx that came in with the relief of no medical debt and student loan forgiveness along with the growing differing cultural zeitgeist would be reflected as indie films and shows would grow more prominent. At the same time, much of the mainsteam works retain a great deal of prominency. Marvel's MCU continued on with a few more films: Fantastic Four: Homecoming would reflect on the Fantastic Four going into space further, the plot this time developing further on the Skrulls, especially with Johnny's romantic interest in Lyja the Skrull. The film further reflected the development of the Marvel cosmic universe and further showcasing the truth on the Infinity Stones along with introducing a new foe in the so-called Super Skrull, a Skrull augmented with all four of their powers. Beyond showing the family grow closer, it deals with them realizing that danger the Earth is in and needing to head there. Thor: Ragnarok had introduced the modern villain of Cul, the long-lost older brother of Odin and the Norse God of Fear and Doom (they compared Cul's relations to the Norns as that of Moros and the Moiroi). The true person destined to bring Ragnarok, the battle had Thor choose the kind of hero he wanted to be. Many were surprised to see the Hulk return along with the introduction of the Reality Stone that Cul wields to try and bring about Ragnarok. Despite the seriousness, many noted Cul as a very affable villain (comparable to Kai from Kung Fu Panda 3, noting how jovial he is in spooking others and in hsi grandoise power.) The stinger has Thor managing to survive his encounter and being healed up by the Fantastic Four. The last film for them was Amazing Spider-Man III. It shows Peter dealing with his last year in college along with his new role in the New Avengers and his growing relationship with Mary Jane-Watson. The villain would be a surprise in the form of Venom, namely the symbiote having arrived in an astroid that crashed (one that was foreshadowed in the F4 stinger). Peter's struggle is in whether to accept the power of the symbiote though it also represented toxic relationships and making tough decisions. Namely in Peter having to part from the Symbiote for enabling him. However, the Venom's host is not Eddie Brock, but the infamous Angelo Fortunado, here portrayed as another dark reflection of Peter as the son of a mob boss and on who's negative decisions enabled him to make mistakes along with embodying toxic co-dependent relationships. Many have speculated this would lead to a Venom tie-in film with Eddie Brock, hence why the latter was not used and Angelo chosen because they could reimagine him to someone more interesting. The stinger does shows the symbiote escaping, but another showed Peter and Reed looking over the sample with Thor greeting Peter, saying he has to meet with some sort of "strange doctor."

However, the one most forward was with DC's Wonder Woman, which saw the origin story of the heroine from the island and rising up from her humble beginnings to become a strong and compassionate warrior. Her film has her explore Man's World after meeting Steven Trevor and helping to stop a war started by another demigoddess, that of the misanthropic witch known as Circe. Interviews revealed they considered Ares, but noted that it would've been too obvious a choice and that using Ares from the get-go would make it difficult for a follow-through. Of course, superhero films were not the only major successes of the year. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi continued Nolan's take on the trilogy. Continuing the themes of the last one as Kira would continue to explore what it meant to be a Jedi and her Force training. The film was also made in loving tribute for Carrie Fisher, who passed away in 2016 and who's character in Leia would die off in the film and joining her husband. Kira with her friends in Finn and Poe have to explore what led Skylar down his path and themes of power, fate and madness were shown, especially a scene through Skylar's eyes. It would also see Luke defeat Snoke as he would be considered "The Last Jedi", raising speculations if something would happen to Kira though Nolan has noted death and rebirth as part of the themes. Snoke's backstory was revealed to be an artificial humanoid created by Palpatine. Other films included Baby Driver, Despicable Me 3, the last of the trilogy and Gigantic, an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk done by Disney with the odd friendship of Jack and the Giant, here actually a young girl named Inma. Another notable film was Get Out, a horror film exploring race by Jordan Peele.

2017 would see plenty of stellar video game releases. Nintendo finally released Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Twin to massive success and giving the game its long-awaited Zelda exclusive game. Other standout Nintendo games included Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a new game in ARMS that many saw as a sort-of successor to Punchout!, the long-awaited Star Fox 2, and even remasters of Metroid II: Samus Returns and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Nintendo UDS. At the same time, rumors began flying that their new successor console was in development and potentially coming out in 2019. SEGA released their own game on the Xbox with Sonic Mania, a throwback to classic Sonic games that would grow to be one of the best games along with hinting at Sonic Forces for the next year and of course, various other games. Xbox also had other standouts such as Cuphead finally coming out on the Nintendo Twin, Sony meanwhile showed its own with Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, and Gravity Rush 2 and various others. Wolfenstein II: New Colossus, Destiny 2 and various other smash hits showed off it was a good year for gaming. The indie scene especially with games like Night In the Woods, Nex Machina and A Hat in Time being released either on computers or even on some consoles. Overall, it seemed that things were looking pretty good in this side along with the growing advancements in VR.
 
Last edited:
Yeah, things are going well and alot of good stuff still comes in 2017! Not sure what other changes would be in place (becoming harder to juggle o_O)

I do see Night in the Woods have a more optimistic ending and hopeful tone, especially with Weird Autumn extended edition.
 
Any questions, thoughts or musings everyone?
1. What are memes like ITTL? Did they still transition from simple animal advice images to deep-fried multi-layered post-ironic things? What happened to Pepe the Frog, Harambe, and Doge?

2. How are Breadtube/online leftist community and the Altright affected ITTL? I'm guessing there is less radicalism and popularity of conspiracy theories compared to OTL?

3. How are the Progressive and Libertarian US parties ITTL? What are Jill Stein and Gary Johnson doing right now?

4. How are Quebec, Basque, Catalonia, Scotland, and Kurdistan doing ITTL? Due to the prominence of separatism in those regions in OTL?

5. How is Youtube doing ITTL? Who are the most prominent YouTubers as of 2018?
 
1. What are memes like ITTL? Did they still transition from simple animal advice images to deep-fried multi-layered post-ironic things? What happened to Pepe the Frog, Harambe, and Doge?

2. How are Breadtube/online leftist community and the Altright affected ITTL? I'm guessing there is less radicalism and popularity of conspiracy theories compared to OTL?

3. How are the Progressive and Libertarian US parties ITTL? What are Jill Stein and Gary Johnson doing right now?

4. How are Quebec, Basque, Catalonia, Scotland, and Kurdistan doing ITTL? Due to the prominence of separatism in those regions in OTL?

5. How is Youtube doing ITTL? Who are the most prominent YouTubers as of 2018?
1- Well, there would obviously be different memes. I imagine the early ones aren't too different, but diverge over time considerably. No idea on Pepe the Frog, Harambe probably wouldn't be killed and Doge would be Doge.

2- BreadTube would probably be a bit more prominent with the rise of the Sanders Administration and with a more neutral YouTube, likely be able to accelerate their spread and awareness at a faster rate. The so-called "Alt-Right" doesn't really exist; there's still bigoted grifters and assholes, but they have no real idols to stand upon. Hell, Gamergate wouldn't have happened so there's that.

3- Well, Green party definitely has some growing prominence and they may end up usurping the Libretarian Party as the third party within the bipartisan system. Libretarian Party declined due to the McCain Administration.

4- Kurdistan. Scotland still has the vote and doesn't leave, Catalonia is still stuck with Spain alongside the Basque and the Quebec seperatism is at an all-time low to where the Bloc Québécois is a virtual non-entity. Jill is probably more prominent and may be a House of Rep member in Massachusetts. Gary Johnson would probably be trying to salvage the Libretarian Party

5- YouTube never got bought by Google. Instead, due to Gore's vested interest in the development of the Internet, he would host meetings with various heads of rising websites, resulting in YouTube meeting and joining forces with ArtistShare and MySpace. The idea being that Youtube's fertile ground for viewers and entertainment, MySpace's prominent network and ArtistShare's indie scene and crowdfunding approach would allow them to combine their forces to succeed.

They surpass alot of expectations and change the game with Project MAY. Crowdfunding becomes more prominent early on and YouTube is not flooded or influenced by ads (at least not to the extent of OTL) thanks to the crowdfunding support from ArtistShare musicians to pay the costs. As the Internet grows and so do both sites, they continue this growing cycle. Getting your start on YouTube as a professional musician is more common so YouTube musicians are more prominent in people knowing about them. YouTube would still likely grow with independent productions like Equals Three and Epic Meal Time and the rise of Lets-Players and gamers in prominence. The crowdfunding approach built from the get-go means they can b a bit stricter with ethics practices and so on.

YouTube not being bought by Google does mean it has some legitimate competition from other sites that followed their example or pattern, such as Facebook making a joint venture with Veoh or Reddit combining forces with Newgrounds.

I don't know who would be some of the most prominent YouTubers though I imagine would remain the same to some degree. I can say that former VineStars like the Paul brothers wouldn't be on YouTube since Vine likely wouldn't be discontinued. I could picture Vine basically either becoming the equivalent of TIkTok or a competitor. Though it's hard to say given how the different era would change.
 
I'm quite enjoying this timeline. I'm on the Gore Administration Part 2 chapter.
Yup, and I certainly did my best for it.

The Internet landscape is still pretty recognizable but there's a somewhat more diverse field in terms of big names and so on for people to go to.

Other questions or thoughts?
 
Yup, and I certainly did my best for it.

The Internet landscape is still pretty recognizable but there's a somewhat more diverse field in terms of big names and so on for people to go to.

Other questions or thoughts?
Is Youtube Rewind still a thing ITTL? Or did it get butterflied due to YouTube’s different history?

What happened to Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, and Three Days Grace ITTL? They were influential musicians during the 2000s, albeit as less upbeat ones.

Do the movies Children of Men, Monster House, and Mr. Beans Holiday (Not exactly three well related films, I know) still exist in this timeline?

Did Heath Ledger and Anton Yelchin survive their accidents? And if they did, what are they doing nowadays?
 
Is Youtube Rewind still a thing ITTL? Or did it get butterflied due to YouTube’s different history?

What happened to Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, and Three Days Grace ITTL? They were influential musicians during the 2000s, albeit as less upbeat ones.

Do the movies Children of Men, Monster House, and Mr. Beans Holiday (Not exactly three well related films, I know) still exist in this timeline?

Did Heath Ledger and Anton Yelchin survive their accidents? And if they did, what are they doing nowadays?
Youtube Rewind would likely still be a thing as the community would grow.

Hmmm... well, in general with the music scene, at least those less upbeat ones would be focusing on the problems of society, though more toward corporate green and possible some environmental stuff. "American Idiot" obviously isn't made. Probably a bit angrier in terms of song.

Hmmm... i guess those three films would still be around.

Heath Ledger would still tragically die though Anton Yelchin probably not. Heck Paul Walker would also likely be alive by this point still as well.
 
Is there still a large reviewer community on YouTube in this timeline?
Yup! I reckon YouTube is arguably where it’s done.
By that I mean that while Youtube is still the biggest name, sites like Dailymotion, Vimeo, Veoh and other video sites are more prominent and balanced. Those that aligned with social media groups early on definitely rose up while others formed some of their own niches of sorts. Here's an order of some of the big ones along with their associates:

Youtube [Project MAY- Myspace, ArtistShare, later Openfilm]: Still the biggest one, even if not purchased by Google. It still rose thanks to the simplicity, familiarity of the platform and accessability thanks to promotion by ArtistShare and Myspace. It does seem remiscent of older Youtube of the late 2000s and early 2010s. The infamous algorithm change of preference to videos with longer watch times over higher view counts that happened back in Octobe 2012 of OTL ddoes not happen here (the change there was part of them trying to broaden to the "bid budget folk".) This is thanks to the influence of ArtistShare and MySpace, since the homegrown projects and indie works are considered so foundational to the site and project that any potential changes would not be handled well. Furthermore, thanks to the money coming in from the musicians and a much less prominence of ads, it allowed for more freedom from negative influences such as ads or marketing departments. At the same time, creators could do their own version of ads and on their own terms. Say the writer of a webcomic could pay a money to a Youtuber to namedrop their comic or something. It would be a combination of the pre-algorithm change of Youtube combined with some of the modern stuff of today like Lets Players and so on. Even as ads would become a bit more prominent on the site, it would consist mainly of online stuff or some generic services.

Veoh [Facebook]: Veoh would probably partner with Facebook (or perhaps vice versa) and at most, Facebook may buy Veoh down the line. Facebook becomes an equal to MySpace, but doesn't really beat it. It does cater to a different audience, probably being more casual and neutral in tone compared to MySpace. So while Facebook may have a somewhat bigger audience, most of them are casual to where it balances out. At the same time, it is still Facebook run by Zuckerburg so Veoh would reflect it. The premium channels done by professionals, news sources and Hollywood would've flocked to Facebook/Veoh contrasting the more homebrewed work of Project MAY. Essentially, while Facebook would become more prominent than Myspace for a while, it would decline because of the same reasons here, albeit a bit faster because of the stronger backlash on such big name stuff and whatnot. Veoh would resemble a slicker version of post algorithm change Youtube with not as much as hoemgrown content in comparison (there probably would be some).

Newgrounds [Reddit]: Ah Newgrounds. Such potential and promise and with fond memories by people around my age and older. They likely would've also possibly gone on the bandwagon and given the risque and off-beat nature of Newgrounds, it'd quickly kinda would become comparable to [adult swim] in that regard. It'd grow somewhat slowly, but it would still be off better than OTL because of the change for investment and growing their audience. It's niche would definitely still be in its satire, the inclusion of animated and sprite stuff and so on. I do see things like the earlier #MeToo movement causing some needed changes, but they'd still be the "bad boy" of the group. They would likely still keep the NSFW stuff because it needs a place and it helps generate the stuff. There would probably be some stricter rules, but they'd likely be able to handle it. Though the stuff on Flash games and so on would definitely be tweaked a bit more to make themselves more independent. It would serve as a testing ground for games as well I reckon.

Vimeo: It'd still suffer some of the issues of being purchased by IAC along with some struggles of CollegeHumor. Granted, I could still see VHX being purchased by them and so they'd likely try to promote themselves through quality along with easier video making and likely serve as a rival indie film distributor to OpenFilm (who would come to join Project MAY years later.) They would likely create some more "traditional" indie films than some of the more off-the-wall stuff like what OpenFilm associated with Youtube could be. At the same time, Vimeo not being associated with any particular of the big social media names means it services as a pretty good neutral ground.

DailyMotion: Given how Gore helped invest a lot into growing its side of the Internet and leading to cultural developments, that it would spread to their friends across the pond. As such, there's a reasonable chance Dailymotion may be more invested in to serve as a form of European counterpart over to the rising Youtube and Veoh, especially since their rise would be slower and done with homegrown content. I could see Dailymotion undergoing a similar thing though the differing laws, especially regarding on parody and so on with copyright, might still hamper its development.
 
Last edited:
So what does 2018-2020 look like for the Bernie Sanders administration in For A More Gore Prosperous Tomorrow.
Well, given the rule of no current-day stuff, the timeline will end at the end of 2019, albeit with an extended epilogue acting as a quasi-2020.
 
Well, given the rule of no current-day stuff, the timeline will end at the end of 2019, albeit with an extended epilogue acting as a quasi-2020.
Well the McCain and Sanders administrations so far look very different but similar. As for BLM, Charleston and Charlottesville, did they ever occur in this timeline or butterflied away entirely? Some timelines arguably come off as more better than OTL and For A More Gore Prosperous Tomorrow is one of them.
 
How is the state of Missouri during this timeline? Along with the rest of the Ozarks?

What are Doug Walker (Nostalgia Critic) and James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd) doing in this timeline?
 
Top