For Want of A Sandwich - A Franz Ferdinand Lives Wikibox TL

The World in 2020
  • Hello all,

    The endeavour for this TL started back in 2013, when after the abandonment of my Ross Perot TL, I searched for the ideas of my fellow members of in redacting a new timeline - Having Archduke Franz Ferdinand survive his fateful trip to Sarajevo on June, 28 1914 seemed perfect, as this event had numerous consequences for the whole century. The TL had a few missteps, yet I pursued the redaction of a complete timeline, country by country, year by year, from 1914 to 2020 : in the end, it seemed that it would be impossible to make a linear TL as I had first imagined, and the great TL Our Fair Country and the success of the edited Wikibox persuaded me to launch a new format, as a history atlas illustrated by Wikibox, showing the whole perspective of the world from 1914 to 2020 and leaving the reader to find the marks of the world. Without further ado, let's begin for once this completed TL, in collaboration with you !

    I must acknowledge the many readers of A Giant Sucking Sound ; one could find a few similitaries with the Kaiserreich TL, on which I once participated in my younger years for Mexico and France.


    The World in 2020
    World Democracy Index
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    Classification definition :

    Full democracy (level 9, darker green) -
    Political debates and citizens' representations are guaranteed by the insitutitions, as well as the separation of powers, freedom of speech, information. Gender and race equalities are enforced. For example, United States.
    Full democracy (level 8, dark green) - Same as above, but limited issues arise, such as bureaucracy, reunion limited corruption and some restrictions on equality and media representation. For example, China.
    Flawed democracy (level 7, green) - Overall good democracies but corruption is more stressed, as well as some media freedom infringement and minor suppression of political critics. Underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, civic representation and other issues can be issues. For example, Germany.
    Flawed democracy (level 6, light green) - Same as above, but more widespread : corruption is endemic, electoral fraud is widespread, political violence and suppression of the media and some political parties are suppressed. For example, United Kingdom.
    Hybrid regime (level 5, yellow) - Electoral fraud, political violence, corruption are widespread ; even if the institutions guarantee check and balances, they also tend to discriminate and limit freedom of speech, media or enforce discrimination against certain populations. For example, Italy.
    Hybrid regime (level 4, orange) - Democracy is nothing but in name. The institutions are officially democracies and guarantee some political debate, but rule of law and pressure against the opposition avoid any true democratic spirit. For example, Mexico.
    Authoritarian regime (level 3, dark orange) - "Light" dictatorship, the basic rule of law and prior institutions are maintained, but political repression, suppression of opposition and media are enforced. For example, France.
    Authoritarian regime (level 2, crimson red) - Dictatorship. All individual freedoms are repressed, as well as all opposition, but return to democracy is an option. For example, Angola.
    Authoritarian regime (level 1, red) - Regime that tend to be considered "totalitarian". For example, Bharatavarsha.

    PS : of course, the Canadian Arctic Islands aren't a dictatorship, it's a bug when converting the file :)
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    List of tax havens
  • Top 10 tax havens in 2021 according to the International Clearing Union, matching the criteria of very low rates of taxation for foreign investors and high financial secretary :
    1. Dubai
    2. Katanga
    3. Switzerland
    4. Abu Dhabi
    5. Zanzibar
    6. Bermuda
    7. Costa Rica
    8. Monaco
    9. Fiji
    10. Vemarana
    Rome 2020 Summer Olympics
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    The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiades (Italian : Giochi della XXXII Olimpiade) and branded as Rome 2020, was an international multi-sport event held from 31 July to 16 August 2020, in Rome, Italy. It was followed by the 2020 Summer Paralympics from 31 August to 13 September 2020.

    The fourth Olympics held in Italy (after the 1956 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1956 and 1986 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo), marking the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Rome as the capital of united Italy, Rome was chosen as host city by the IOC in 2013. Rome’s bid stressed its use of ecological energy and optimization of existing facilities, with main events taking place in the already existing and rebuilt Stadio Olimpico along with the Foro Italico sports complex, the Fiera di Roma and the Stadio Flaminio, also using historical landmarks, such as the Piazza di Siena for horse jumping, the Roman Forum for archery and marathon, the Caracalla baths, the Circus Maximus for beach volleyball. Sailing and surfing events were held in Cagliari, Sardinia. The Olympic Village and Media Center, built near downtown in the Tor di Quinto quarter near the Tiber river, is to become a park of 40 hectares after the Games.

    Harshly criticized in Italy as a propaganda move and a vanity project for both the Italian government and the Pyrist Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, arguing that Olympic funds were only funding a much needed and postponed urban renewal of the capital and such a move was irresponsible given the outrageous financial surcharge and the city debt, the Olympics’ future were thrown into jeopardy in early 2020 owing to the outbreak of the 2020 Wuchang Pneumonia, as Europe had been relatively spared from the disease. Following Hungary’s move about the 2020 European Football Championship, President of Council Lorenzo Fontana and Mayor Alemanno decided against postponing the games to 2021, against the advice of the Ministry of Health, the IOC, the World Council and most of the opposition, citing the expensive cost of a report, the commercial benefits of touristic affluence in Rome and downplaying the coronavirus threat. On 31 July 2020, on the promised date, King Emanuele Filiberto II officially opened the Olympic Games and the Olympic Flame was lighted in the Stadio Olimpico by legendary swimmer and 2008 200 m freestyle Olympic Champion Federica Pelligrini.

    With 153 nations invited but less athletes than in 2016, the Rome Olympic Games were widely seen, in a sports perspective, as a tremendous event, with China winning the most medals, followed by the United States and Great Britain, Italy itself managing to be sixth on the medal table.

    Healthwise, the Rome Olympics were seen as a disaster, as health prevention was kept at a bare minimum, freely allowing public attendance and the IOC leaving participating nations to deal privately with the issue (for instance, both Chinese and American teams enforced a full quarantine for their returning athletes) : the inflow of people, journalists and athletes from throughout the world in an already crowded city during Summer is now seen by scientists as one of the main catalysts for the exceptional outbreak of the Wuchang Pneumonia that infected Europe during the summer. As President of Council Fontana has only recently recognized his own poor decision but has praised the positive impact it had on the economy, Mayor Alemanno had already decided not to seek reelection for the 2021 municipal elections...
    1986 FIFA World Cup - France
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    The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the second to feature a 24-team format, was held in France from 31 May to 29 June 1986. The worldwide competition was awarded to France in 1978 : even if soccer in France was much less popular than in Spain, Germany or England, the sport was very popular in German-influenced Eastern France and French Algeria and had been given a significant boost by the European tour of AS Saint-Etienne in 1976 and later the excellent performance of France in the 1982 World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals. Also, the World Cup was seen as a significant publicity boost by the French government, willing to show the world that decades after the World War and after the Situationist Revolution, France was now a peaceful country, ready to host one of the most-watched competitions in the world. Significant investment was made in infrastructure during the Servan-Schreiber and Rocard Presidencies, the most noticeable being the Grand Stade, built in Vincennes in order to give the country a proper national stadium, the Parc des Princes in Paris, renovated for the 1930 Spartakiad, being far too small to hold the Finals.

    Along with the host, France, and the defending champions, Germany, the qualified counted, for Europe, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Flanders, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Wales, Wallachia and Wallonia ; for America, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay ; for Asia, Indonesia and Japan ; for Africa, Morocco and Rhodesia. Among the noticeably absent were 1982 fourth-place finishers Kamerun and 1974 champions Netherlands.
    In the first round, Brazil, Denmark (Group A, along with Paraguay and Hungary), France, Flanders (Group B, along with Japan and Rhodesia), Argentina, Wallonia (Group C, along with Portugal and Mexico), Germany, Morocco (Group D, along with Spain and Canada), England, Bulgaria (Group E, along with Wales and Chile), Italy and Russia (group F, along with Wallachia and Indonesia) qualified for the Round of 16, joined by Paraguay, Portugal, Spain and Wales, the first four best third-place finishers.

    In the round of 16, if the matches were quite predictable (with the exceptions of hopeful Flanders and Wallonia, both eliminated), the major upset was during the Argentina-Spain match : if the Argentines, captained by Diego Maradona, were widely seen as favourites for world champions, the prospects of Spain changed for the best when Maradona was given a red card after scoring a goal using his hand, a move that was noticed by the referee ; Spain later won the contest, and Maradona even furthered his legend.
    In the quarter-finals, Germany had to fight an eventful match in Algiers, risking to be eliminated by a very strong Danish team, only managing to score the winning goal in extra time, thereby proving that the reigning champions were a shaky house ; but the best was yet to be seen from Russia, which enjoyed a very strong team ; after defeating Flanders in the Round of 16, the Russians fought a very eventful match in the Grand Stade against Brazil, managing to win in a penalty shoot-out, a move that was proved not to be a fluke after they defeated other hopeful England in the semi-finals, qualifying for the finals.
    But the hosts, France, were to be seen. Captained by Michel Platini, trained by Michel Hidalgo, the Bleus defeated fair and square the Welsh and the Italians, before meeting their arch-enemy, both in the field and in diplomacy, Germany, in the semi-finals ; France had first made efforts not to have the match to take place in Algiers, fearing that the audience would be hostile to the national team (a move that backfired, as the event took place in Marseille, a city where the Algerian community was very present ; even if some riots broke out near the venue, the public, held together by Germanophobia, was cold at best towards the national team). But the German national team, deeply tired by their heated match against Denmark, was defeated by France in the semi-finals.

    The French victory was even more important to France than the finals that they had been given access to ; this particular victory against Germany was celebated during the four days that followed, seen as "revenge for the Franco-Prussian War, the Great European War, the World War and the French Civil War", with Jean-Pierre Papin, who had scored the goal of victory, being considered as the "new French hero". The event would be dramatized in 2007's movie "Coup de Tête" (Hothead) by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

    In the finals, Russia proved to be a match for France, forcing them to penalty shoot-outs, but the Russian team, that had already given their best against Brazil one week before, were unable to win against France, that went on to win their first world title, concluding an event hosted at home, that proved that the French Republic had risen again from its ashes and that could now rise back to prominence. "France is back", as President Michel Rocard resumed when he awarded the Legion of Honour to the whole French team.