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Part XV: War Clouds Loom

            From 1998 thru early 2001, Czar Vladimir II was able to keep Andre Yulinkov and the RNC in check. However, in April of 2001, Yulinkov got the break he had been searching for. His security agents discovered that the Czar had been having an affair with a women in Moscow, and that he had fathered two children by this women. At this point, Yulinkov blackmailed the Czar into taking a hands-off approach to governing, and allow the RNC to turn the pressure back up on East Russia. In less than two years, thanks to this information, Russia would drag the world into war.
-Plaks, Dr. Jeffry, History of Modern Russia, Cambrigde, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

PETROGRAD, MAY 3- Russian Prime Minister Andre Yulinkov announced today that the Imperial Russian Government was rejecting the plan outlined in the 1998 London Agreement, and that the Vladivostok Republic had 1 year to fulfill the other items of the “Petrograd Demands” that had originally been issued in 1997. The Russian Foreign Minister announced today that by May of 2002, East Russia must reduce it’s military to 1/3 of it’s current size, allow for the construction of two more military bases for Imperial use, and devalue the Republican Ruble to ¼ it’s current value.
            Outgoing Prime Minister Margret Roberts, who announced last month that she would retire at the end of the year, expressed shock and outrage at the announcement from Russia. “The United Kingdom, and the other members of the 1998 Five Party Talks put forth great effort to make a plan for peace in Russia, and today the fascist Yulinkov has cast aside these plans in what could only be called warmongering.” In the United States, President Boren, who was a leader in coming up with the London Agreement, expressed his severe disappointment at the news, and has called on Imperial Russia to change its course of action to prevent conflict from erupting.
            So far, the Vladivostok Democratic Republic has not responded to these renewed demands, and many experts think that President Yuri Medinov may choose to ignore what amounts to an ultimatum, and try and get the members of the ’98 Five Party Talks to get Imperial Russia back to the negotiating table.
-“Yulinkov Reissues Demands,” The Times (London), May 4, 2001.

BERLIN, JUNE 9-The Zentrum Party, headed by Heinrich Lehmann, has taken control of the Reichstag for the first time in nearly a generation, beating out the Monarchist Party. Having a clear majority at 59%, with the support of the Social Democrats and the Greens as well, Lehmann, the great-grandson of Hugo Eckener, will take office later this month as Chancellor of the German Empire. Kaiser Fredrick Wilhelm II offered congratulations to Lehmann and his fellow Zentrum Party Members.
        Some now wonder what this all means for German-Russian relations, since the Zentrum Party has been a vocal advocate of recognizing the independence of East Russia. This is all the more of a touchy situation now that the Imperial Russian government has reissued the “Petrograd Demands,” which has placed an ultimatum on the Eastern 8government to comply within one year or possibly face military action, which has been decried by the Zentrum Party, along with many leaders around the world.
-“Zentrum Takes Reichstag,” Berliner Morgenpost, June 10, 2001.

CAPE CANVERAL,  JULY 6- Today the American Space Exloration Agency announced that ASEA, the Imperal Rocket Force of Germany, and the British Space Agency plan to hold an international conference in Berlin in November to discuss the possibility of future joint ventures in the exploration of space, such as an international space station (or stations) in orbit around Earth, and possibly Mars as well, along with a more concerted effort at Lunar and Martian colonization.
            The idea for an international space conference, and possibly an international space organization, has been around since the 1970s, but, apart from the Frankfurt Treaty conference of 1990, there has been little in the way of joint efforts in space. President Boren stated on the campaign trail that he wanted to see a meeting between the major world space agencies to try and establish real cooperation between the space-faring nations on issues like colonization and space travel in and around Earth. Such efforts had been blocked during the Republican administration of George HW Bush, and President Clinton was focused on ending the war in Iran and issues at home.
-“International Space Conference Planned,” The New York Times, July 7, 2001.

PETROGRAD, SEP 3- The Imperial Russian Government has reluctantly agreed today to an offer made by Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, and the United States to try and solve the issues between the two Russian states, which look more and more like they could be spriling towards war. The Imperial Foreign Ministry announced this afternoon that the Russian Empire will agree to meet in Warsaw for talks with East Russia and the 5 neutral nations in April of next year, just a month ahead of the May 2002 deadline.
            Despite attempts at being optomistic, there are many in His Majesty’s government that are very doubtful that this new conference will be able to solve the problems arrising in Russia. Thomas Rutherford, a professor of political science at Oxford and considered an expert on Russia and frequently used as a consultant by the government told the Times that “A lasting agreement at Warsaw seems highly unlikely. Prime Minister Yulinkov and the RNC are hell-bent on restoring the entirety of the Russian Empire as it was before 1917, and the mere existance of an independent East Russia flies in the face of their party agenda. For awhile Czar Vladimir II seemed to have reigned in Yulinkov and his cronies, but that has apparently ended.”
-“Russia Conference Set for Warsaw,” The Times (London), September 4, 2001.

VLADIVOSTOK, OCT 12- What began as a peaceful protest to the Imperial Russian demands on the East Russian state turned violent when two pro-Imperial gunmen opened fire on the unarmed crowd that had gathered outside the Presidential Palace, killing 5 protestors before police standing nearby apprehended the shooters. This attack enraged the populace of Vladivostok, and large scale riots ensued across the city. Within hours,  thousands upon thousands of people marched loudly throught the streets and converged on the consulate of Imperial Russia, overwhelming police guards that had been set up outside. The protestors ended up storming the gates of the compound, at which point Imperial guards opened fire on the rioters, further enraging the crowd.
            Eventually, Imperial secuirty and Vladivostok police were able to push the rioters out of the consulate compound and initially disperse the crowd, but not before protestors were able to set fire to part of the consulate compound. And although the crowds have dispersed, the city is still simmering, and government has put into effect a dusk-to-dawn curfew, and have put up road blocks around the district where the Imperial Russian consulate is located to prevent rioters from attacking this part of the city.
-“Protestor Shooting Flairs Violence in East Russia,” L.A. Times, October 13, 2001.

            The Berlin International Space Conference in November of 2001 was the start of a new era of mankind’s exploration of space. The governments of Germany, America, and Britain had decided that continued competition between their space programs was doing more harm than good. What was needed was cooperation. With this attitude in mind, the delegates from the American Space Exploration Agency, Germany’s Imperial Rocket Force, and the British Space Agency gathered in the capital of the German Empire on November 4, 2001 and would be in session for nearly two weeks.
            Many decisions were made during the deliberations between policy makers and scientists. The meeting was dubbed in the press as the “Congress of the Minds”. In the end, the Conference drafted the “Berlin Space Treaty”, which was submitted to the representative governments for approval. Germany signed first in December 2001, with America in January of 2002, and Britain in February of the same year. The BST created the International Space Council, which would consist of three members from each member agency, and would help direct all joint operations. The BST also created the International Colonial Authority, which was placed in charge of all human colonies on the Moon and Mars. The ICA would be made up of two delegates from each member agency.
            The ISC met for the first time at it’s temporary headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 3, 2002. A basic ten-year plan was established as a framework for the ISC, with various joint missions being discussed. However, the events of the following month in Russia would overshadow the ISC and it’s mission for several years, with the outbreak of war putting space exploration on the back burner for a good portion of that decade.
-Hanes, Dr. Samuel. The Birth of International Space Exploration. New York City: Atlantic Press House, 2014.

WARSAW, APR 20- The Warsaw Conference, now it it’s fifth day, has come to an abrupt end. During today’s deliberations between Germany, Britain, France, Poland, the United States, Imperial Russia, and East Russia, news reached the Vladivostok delegation, made up of the East Russian President, Foreign Secretary, and several other members of the East Russian government, that Imperial troops had crossed the boarder in the Baikal region, bombing military outposts and rail lines. Imperial Russian Chancellor Yulinkov left the city shortly after the news was announced, and the East Russian president announced an hour later that “a state of War now exists between the two Russias.”
            Chancellor Lehmann gave the Foreign Ministry orders to dispel the Imperial Russian ambassador and embassy staff in Berlin, and that the military should begin to make preparations for war. It is widely expected that a formal declaration of war by the German Empire against Imperial Russia will be made by the Reichstag once the Chancellor and the rest of the German delegation return home.
            As the sun set, the American Vice President departed aboard the U.S.S. Eagle II, and will also have the East Russian President and delegation with him as well, since the faster route home is now a war zone. A military escort is being given to the American airship that generally carries the U.S. President.
            At the time of print, it is still unclear whether or not the United States or Great Britain will declare war on Imperial Russia, though it seems likely. France has stated that for now, they will remain neutral. Poland has closed their boarders with Imperial Russia and dispelled the Imperial Russian ambassador.
-“War! Yulinkov Uses Conference as Decoy!” Frankfurter Zeitung April 21, 2002.  

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LONDON, AUG 27- Caving to pressure from the many opposition parties that have been formed in the four months since the approval of the Political Speech and Association Act, Prime Minister Prince has announced that there will be a General Election on September 30.  This comes after months of rallies and speeches by various opposition leaders calling for an end of what some call the last BUF parliament. Many expect that the New Labour Party, which recently elected Ms. Margret Roberts of Grantham, Lincolnshire, as their party leader, to sweep the upcoming election, which would make Roberts the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain, and the first time since 1965 that someone not a member of the British Union of Fascists would be in charge. Proponents of the rulling party believe that people will stay loyal to “a party that has strived to do nothing more than make Great Britain truly great”, but outside observers think otherwise.
-“Elections set for end of September,” The Times (London), August 28, 1994.

WASHINGTON, SEP 14- The coalition in the House of Representatives between the Liberty Party and the Socialist Party may be on much shakier ground than originally believed back in 1992. There have been several heated debates between members of the two parties concerning the Liberty Party’s prized policy item, the reinstatement of affirmative action. Party leaders, including Vice President Rosenberg, have stated they believe a new law similar to the infamous 1-4 law should be passed into law, and “wipe away the sins of the previous administration”. Most socialists, however, do not want any affirmative action law in place, and are refusing to cooperate with their coalition members, siding with Republicans and leading to a deadlock in Congress. Currently, Speaker Henry Duvall (S-Cal) has said that this issue will be resolved peaceably and that the current coalition in the House will weather the storm. Some pundits aren’t so sure, and think that this debate could lead to Republican gains in the upcoming election.
            Most polls show that nearly 40% of Americans do not agree with affirmative action, while only 30% are in favor, with the rest being undecided. However, nearly 60% agree that the old “1-4 Law” did more harm than good and should not try to be reinstated.
-“Socialist-Liberty Coaltion on Rocky Ground,” The New York Times, September 14, 1994.

LONDON, SEP 30- As the polls closed, it became clear that the people of this country were ushering in a new era, ending nearly 30 years of fascist rule, voting en masse for New Labour and the other newly created parties in an utter rejection of the party of Mosley. New Labour received 69 seats in Parliament, the Democratic-Republicans 11 seats, the Conservatives 10, and the BUF was reduced to just 8 seats, and the Communists took 2. There have been impromptu parties celebrating the end of the BUF rule all over London, people taking down the lightning-bolt banner of the fascists and burning them, taking down portraits of Sir Oswald Mosley, and many other acts of anger directed at the former ruling party.
            Soon-to-be Prime Minister Margret Roberts told a jubilant crowd gathered in Trafalgar Square that “tonight, we’ve taken back our Country. We’ve taken it out of the hands of power-hungry blackshirts and placed it back into the hands of the people of Britain. My fellow citizens, pat yourself on the back, and congratulate yourself for bringing back our democracy. May we never have to relearn the lesson of what happens if we give it away.” Roberts, a former member of the Conservative party until she was arrested in 1971 for blatant attacks on Sir Oswald Mosley’s government in a session of Parliament, she was released this spring from Glasgow CSP Prison, and has become the central figure of the “New Britain”, and many Britons have been referring to her as “Grandma Margret.” At 69 years old, the grey-haired Roberts will be Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister and also one of the oldest Prime Minister’s in history.
            Outgoing Prime Minister Robert Prince stated that “the people of this country have spoken. Our party no longer has the mandate to rule, and so we shall step aside and allow New Labour to take office. I congratulate Margret Roberts and her fellow party members for a great success and wish them wisdom and good luck as they prepare to lead our great country.
-“New Labour Sweeps Election,” The Times (London), October 1, 1994.

WASHINGTON, DEC 1- Speaker of the House Henry Duvall announced today that negotiations had broken down between leaders of the Socialist and Liberty party members about continuing a coalition between the two parties, and that the Socialists, as the largest minority in the House, would continue as the leadership in most positions, offering some committee posts to both Republicans and Liberty members.
            Overall, the Republicans have come out of this year’s mid-term elections as the victors. Although they did not take the majority in either house of Congress, they are now the number two party and are in a better position to get some parts of their agenda through the legislature, as opposed to the Liberty party, which seems to be falling further out of touch with the electorate, clinging to ideals of two decades ago when the party formed from the ashes of the old Democratic Party. There are some in Washington that believe that, if the Liberty Party continues down this road, they might not hold together. One analyst said that “if things don’t change at the LP HQ and soon, the party will fold, with members jumping ship and either joining the Republicans or the Socialists, and will return our country to the old 2-party system that had existed prior to the collapse of the Democrats in the late 1970s.”
            Vice President Rosenberg stated that “the Liberty Party is as relevant and strong as it was in the 1970s. We’ve just got to repackage our goals so that they make more sense to the people. I’m deeply saddened that my party and the President’s party could not come to an agreement in the House, but it’s not the end of the world.”
-“House Coalition Collapses,” The Washington Post, December 1, 1994.

AKRON, DEC 12- Officials at Zeppelin-Goodyear International have announced that on February 1, the long-awaited Hybrid Zeppelin (H-ZEP), will leave the hangar at the Friedrichshafen Luftschiffwerks on February 1, 1995. The Hybrid project at ZGI has been in the works since 1979, trying to develop an airship that is lifted both by the buoyancy of its lifting gas and also the forward thrust of it’s propellers.  The interest in this hybrid technology is that, if successful, future H-ZEPs could carry far more passengers than current conventional airships, that have really capped out at about 500 passengers, and have to be truly mammouth in size. The HZEP-001, which has yet to receive a name, is nearly 200 feet in length, and should be able to carry nearly 180 passengers. It took an airship the size of the historic LZ-129 Hindenburg to carry nearly that number, and modern airships built by ZGI, BAW, and CAW are nearly twice that size to carry their current payloads.
            Heinrich Eckener, great-grandson of the famous Hugo Eckener who was appointed head of the company four years ago, stated to the press that “Zeppelin-Goodyear was the first pioneer in airship technology, and the proliferation of the airship is a testament to those efforts. However, I will admit that for the past few decades, we’ve become complacent and not as innovative as in the past. This ends with the H-ZEP. ZGI will retake it’s place at the forefront of lighter-than-air technology.”
-“ZGI to Launch Proto-Type Hybrid Craft,” The New York Times, December 13, 1994.

            During the 1970s, Zeppelin-Goodyear was accused of slipping into a really complacent and un-innovative stance, doing little more than small refinements to the gargantuan craft that they’d been building since the 1940s. Under the grandfatherly leadership of Friedrich Eckener, grandson of the great Hugo Eckener, the company just chugged along, nearly unchanging. During this climate, two frustrated ZGI designers would revolutionize the industry.
            In 1979, George Freemont and Kyle Howards, who were senior designers at Zeppelin-Goodyear, had met with frustration for the last time. They’d pitched a design for a new breed of airship, a semi-rigid, and were rebuffed by the chief designers of the company. Tired of being ignored by “grandpa Fred”, they both left the company. The following year, they founded Pacific Airbuilders in Los Angeles, with support from Californian, Japanese, and Chinese businessmen, all of whom thought that there was a real market for newer, smaller designs in the airship industry. In 1981, the PAC-0001 was launched from the newly completed Pacific Airyard outside Los Angeles. The 350ft. long semi-rigid airship could carry 90 people. Within 5 years, PAC Air had ships flying in China, Japan, Australia, and the Vladivostok Republic. PANAM still continued it’s regular routes in the Pacific, but local airlines purchased these airships from PAC AIR because they were cheaper, less expensive to maintain, and could still carry a decent passenger load.
            The new structural design, along with other new innovations like pivoting engine pods, really increased pressure on ZGI to change their course. When PANAM announced in 1990 that they would be purchasing some of PAC Air’s ships, it was the final straw for the shareholders of ZGI. In June of that year, Friedrich Eckener “resigned” as President of the company. Later that month, Heinrich Eckener, Friedrich’s nephew, took over the company, and announced that a “new direction” was soon in coming.
-Anderson, Dr. Alexander. The Air War: Competition between ZGI and PAC Air. New York: Colombia University Press: 2009.

WASHINGTON, DEC 3- In the continuing saga of the decline in good relations between the Socialist and Liberty parties, Vice President Jacob Rosenberg will not be running for reelection with President Clinton in next year’s election. Rosenberg announced this news to the press this morning at a news conference at the White House with the President. Clinton would not state who his new running mate would be. Rosenberg stated that he was not resigning, and would stay in office until January of 1997 and the end of his elected term.
            There has been some speculation among the press corps in Washington that Vice President Rosenberg will run on the Liberty Party ticket in the upcoming election, however when confronted by this question today at the conference the Vice President said, “at this time that option is not on the table.”
-“Vice President Rosenberg Will Not Be on ’96 Ticket,” The Washington Post, December 4, 1995.

            The election of 1996 was the death knell of the Liberty Party, and ended up restoring the two-party system to U.S. politics. Throughout the remainder of 1995 and into the election year of 1996, the debate raged in the halls of Congress and across the nation as to whether or not a new affirmative action law should be enacted. The Liberty Party leadership, including Vice President Rosenberg, spoke ardently for creating such a new law. However, many of the general public were against such a law, and there were frequent protests across the country.
            In January 1996, Rosenberg announced that he’d be running for President on the Liberty Party ticket, surprising some, but not many of the Washington elite. In March, President Clinton announced that socialist representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma would be his new running mate. The debate over new affirmative action, along with other issues such as a proposed national healthcare system, took the headlines of the debate. Many in the Liberty party kept asking former President King to speak out on the issue. On September 1, shortly after all the party conventions, King did speak out on the issue, and his statement to the press on the steps of his former church in Atlanta would shock the country.
            Stepping up to the microphone, the former president said, “As our nation prepares to once again practice our great democratic tradition of selecting our leaders, a debate rages across our land as to how we can better handle our race relations. For many years, I believed that the law of this nation should force employers and government institutions to have so many people of color for every white person they employed. I believed so strongly in it that when I resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I made such legislation my number one priority. In my desire to do good, I ignored many experts who said this course of action would not work, and so this legislation became law.
            Those good intentions were a disaster for the country, and I can honestly say that I regret making them such a priority. This country needs to let the race wounds heal, and the 1 to 4 Law did little but rub salt in old wounds. And the desire of the Liberty Party to resurrect these types of policies will do more harm than good. I call on all Liberty party candidates, including Vice President Rosenberg, to disavow this course of action, so that together, Americans of all colors and creeds can continue on the path to building a society of racial harmony and equality in a way that doesn’t cause outrage or violence.”
            This short speech in Atlanta rocked the Liberty members to their core, and deeply divided the party. Many leaders, including Rosenberg, proclaimed that they thought King was misguided, and that affirmative action was the only way to guarantee continued racial equality in the work place. This stance would kill whatever slim chance Rosenberg had at the Presidency. In the 1996 presidential election, Rosenberg only carried his home state of New York and neighboring New Jersey. Clinton won reelection with 56% of the popular vote, beating Republican candidate Mark McDonalds of Pennsylvania who received 40% of the vote.
            The following February, only a few weeks after Clinton and Boren had taken been sworn in, the Liberty Party gathered in New York to discuss their party’s future. There was very little consensus on new party policies or new leadership. Finally, on February 17th, Representative Edward Kennedy of Massachusets made a motion to dissolve the party. And after only 2 rounds of voting, the Liberty Party ceased to exist.
-Franks, Howard. The Politics of Transition: The American Political Landscape from 1970-2000. New York: Colombia University Press: 2005.

PETROGRAD, MARCH 5- The Russian National Coalition has swept this year’s general election for control of the Imperial Duma, taking nearly 75% of the vote, in the largest landslide in the country’s post-Soviet electoral history. Prime Minister Dmitri Gudov of the outgoing Royalist Party has assured the country and the world of a peaceful transition, though some doubt such prospects. Many think that RNC leader Andre Yulinkov is too radical and possibly militaristic. Yulinkov and the RNC are calling for a unification of Imperial Russia and the Vladivostok Republic, along with increasing Russian influences in the former Russian republics to the south of the country, and in other nations like the Ukraine, Poland and Finland. Yulinkov also promises to increase military spending, along with creating new jobs in infrastructure improvements around the country.
            While Chancellor Rothschild stated that Germany supports the strengthening of Imperial Russia so that it is not so dependent on German aid, other nations in Europe are eyeing the RNC with considerable pause. Chief among them is British Prime Minister Margaret Roberts, who’s country is still trying to heal from nearly 30 years of fascist rule under the BUF. British Foreign Minister Henry Downs says that, “while we respect Russia’s right to elect whomever they choose, we fear that the Yulinkov and the RNC have molded themselves too closely to the fascist political movement.” Similar concearns have been expressed by the Italian government.
-“Nationalists Take Charge in Petrograd,” Berliner Morgenpost, March 6, 1997.
NEW YORK, APRIL 17- It’s been two years since ZGI first launched it’s new HZEP (Hybrid Zeppelin), the LZ-490 Träumer, and the new class of airship is finally ready to join the long legacy of passenger service with PANAM and Lufthansa. The German airline announced two days ago that it was buying the LZ-490 and LZ-491 (newly completed last year and named Zeppeliner Traum), and that both ships will see service by the end of 1997. Not to be outdone, PANAM officials today announced that the LZ-492 and LZ-493, both under construction in Ecknerstadt-Friedrichshafen, would be purchased by the company and hopefully put in service by the beginning of 1998. In the announcement, the airline officials also confirmed that the Akron Airship Yards would be building 4 HZEPs for PANAM’s use.
            The Träumer can carry up to 195 passengers during a regular flight, and has the ability to cross the Atlantic or Pacific oceans without landing, something that early detractors of the design feared it wouldn’t be able to do. Now that it appears that the HZEP is a success, ZGI officials feel confident that the company has completed a “course correction” it undertook when it resigned President Frederich Eckener back in 1990 and replaced him with his younger nephew Heinrich. ZGI looks to be gaining ground back from it’s new chief competitor, Pacific Airbuilders, which came onto the industry scene in the 1980s and has really stolen the airship market in the Pacific rim, selling craft to Australia, China, Japan, and East Russia, along with a smattering of sales in Africa and South America. This new craft by Zeppelin-Goodyear may just put PAC Air on its toes. In addition, there are rumors floating around that ZGI might be working on a semi-rigid airship design of their own.
-“PANAM Buys First Hybrid Zep,” The New York Times, April 18, 1997.

PETROGRAD, SEP 7- Russian Prime Minister Andre Yulinkov presented a list of demands on the Vladivostok Democratic Republic “in order to maintain peace between the two Russian states.” These demands include surrendering the State of Baikal, devaluing of the Republican Ruble, downsizing East Russia’s military, and allowing Imperial Russia to base troops in the East to serve as a base for “Imperial Russia’s interests in the Pacific.” These demands have shocked the international community and have drawn condemnation from the United States, Japan, China, the Dominion of Canada, and from here in the United Kingdom as well. Prime Minister Roberts decried the so-called Petrograd Demands as “intolerable” and “little more that quasi-fascist bullying.” The Foreign Ministry has stated that Great Britain stands firm behind the independence and full sovereignty of East Russia, and calls on the Imperial government in Petrograd to stand down. Similar sentiments were echoed across the Atlantic in Washington where President Clinton stated that “America remains committed to the sovereignty and independence of the Vladivostok Democratic Republic, and calls on Imperial Russia to drop its senseless demands.” In Berlin, German Chancellor Dietrich Rothschild stated that “Germany wishes to see peace in Russia, and while we do not agree with all that Prime Minister Yulinkov is asking for, we do pledge to support Imperial Russia in its internal affairs, and offer our services in trying to reach a settlement with East Russia.” Germany does not legally recognize the independence of Vladivostok, which goes back to the 1950s when the German government, in helping to set up Imperial Russia from the ashes of the Polish War, pledged to only recognize that nation as the legitimate successor to the collapsing Soviet Union. Not everyone in Germany agrees with this stance, however. Leader of the opposition in the Reichstag Heinrich Lehmann of the Zentrum Party calls his nation’s stance on the issue “shameful”, and says that the Zentrum Party supports the independence of Vladivostok.
            East Russia itself has yet to respond to the demands, and many expect that such a response from President Yuri Medinov may be a while in coming, if at all. The Imperial Russian government has given the East until the end of 1997 to respond, before they will “take appropriate action to see that our demands are met.”
-“Imperial Russia Issues Demands to Vladivostok,” The Times (London), Sep 8, 1997.

ST. LOUIS, DEC 8- A lone gunman identified as Chris McClure, a factory worker in St. Louis, stormed into the emergency room at St. Louis Regional Medical Center and took the ER hostage and demanded that the doctors present give his son a heart transplant. McClure’s son, Michael, collapsed last spring while playing little league baseball, whereupon doctors discovered that he had a rare medical condition and was in despirate need of a new heaert. The McClures have no medical insurance, and Michael has been denied a transplant twice. Desperate, McClure took matters into his own hands at 7:45 this morning. Negotiations were made and Michael McClure received his new heart at 5:30 this evening. After the surgery, McClure surrendered to police, and is now in custody at an undisclosed St. Louis jail.
            This disturbing turn of events has occurred during the midst of a heated debate in Washington over a proposed national healthcare system that is strongly supported by President Clinton and most of the Socialist Party. This event will likely add more fuel to the debate’s fire, and could be a turning point in the legislative process.
-“Gunman Storms St. Louis Hospital,” The Washington Post, December 9, 1997.

PETROGRAD, DEC 19- Just days before Christmas, Russia’s Czar Vladimir I, who took the throne on August 1, 1955, passed away in his sleep last night. Russia’s Prime Minister Andre Yulinkov has declared a 90 day state of mourning at the loss of the first Imperial leader in post-Soviet Russia. Czar Vladimir was born on August 30, 1917, and lived the first part of his life in exile in France, and later in Germany after his sister became the Empress of Germany in 1939. After the Polish War, which ended with the defeat of the Soviet Union in 1954, Vladimir was chosen to head the new Imperial Baltic Federation, which dissolved in 1981 at which time Vladimir became the head of the newly restored Russian Empire.
            His Imperial Majesty’s funeral will likely be scheduled for the day after Christmas, and his son, Prince Alexi, will likely take the throne after the first of the year.
-“Czar Vladimir Dead,” Frankfurter Zeitung, December 20, 1997.

            It is believed by most historians that the death of Czar Vladimir I gave East Russia the time it needed to hold onto its sovereignty. As the Russian nation bid farewell to their beloved leader, his son would put real pressure on the Russian National Coalition and the Russian Prime Minister Andre Yulinkov to ease up on the Vladivostok Republic. On January 3, 1998, Crown Prince Alexi became Czar Vladimir II, and soon thereafter sent a letter to Russian government that forbade any military action against the eastern republic, and in effect made the Petrograd Demands go away.
            This would not last forever, of course. Yulinkov and his men would work tirelessly for two years to be able to get a handle on the new Czar, and when they finally had it, they blackmailed him into quite submission, and would reassert their demands and threaten to drag the world into a second world war.
-Plaks, Dr. Jeffry, History of Modern Russia, Cambrigde, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

WASHINGTON, MAR 4- President Clinton’s landmark healthcare proposal has been signed into law. Passed last week by the Senate and the week before by the House, America will now have a semi-nationalized healthcare system. The president, vice president, first lady, and the leaders of both houses of Congress gathered at the White House for the historic signing ceremony today.
            “For too long, our nation’s citizens have been victim to a mish-mash of healthcare that benifited the rich more than the poor. The incident last December in St. Louis only underscored this gap in good coverage. Well I am proud today to tell my fellow citizens that those days are no more. From now on, all Americans are garunteed first class healthcare as a right, not a priveldge for the most wealthy.” The President said these remarks as he signed the legislation.           
            The new law will place most hostpials under federal control, and states that no citizen can be denied care. From now on, citizens will pay more out of their paychecks to help cover the cost, however regardless of income care will be the same. Private hospticals will remain under the system, however. Also, private practices of the “family doctor” will remain in place, and citizens will be covered under their new federal health insurance.
            About two thirds of Congressional Republicans voted against the law, citing what they feared would be a mountain of expense that the federal government wasn’t ready to handle. They also fear that they system will keep people from receiving the best care possible, and that people will have to wait on lists to receive medical proceedures. Their claims were not enough, however, to prevent the law’s passage. The act will go into effect January 1, 1999.
-“National Healthcare Act is Law!” The New York Times, March 5, 1998.

BERLIN, JUNE 8- His Majesty’s government has confirmed that the so-called Five Party Talks will begin on August 1st in London. Consisting of Germany, the United Kingdom, Imperial Russia, the United States, and the Vladivostok Republic, these talks are aimed at finding a solution to the crisis that started last year when Imperial Russian Prime Minister Andre Yulinkov issued the “Petrograd Demands” to East Russia. Things have calmed somewhat since Vladimir II took the throne in Petrograd, and Chancellor Rothschild stated that he hoped a peaceful solution could be found to prevent any violence between the two Russian nations. The talks are the brainchild of American Secretary of State Samuel Doughty, who had President Clinton bring up the idea earlier this spring. Doughty, the great-grandon of Hugo Eckener, has a long history of peace making behind him. His mother, Adrianna Eckener, married Ohio senator Cameron Doughty in 1949. Cameron senior was appointed as ambassador to Germany in 1959, when young Samuel was just 7 years old, and continued at that post until 1976, when he returned to the United States Senate.
            Many hope that when American Vice President Dan Boren and the American delegation arrive in London with their counterparts from the other members of the talks, that Secretary Doughty can work the same diplomatic magic that his great-grandfather did in 1941 during the Danzig Crisis. The German and British governments seem hopeful that some sort of an arrangement can be reached. Since Vladimir II has apparently reigned in Yulinkov, this seems highly possible.
-“Five Party Talks Set for London,” Berliner Morgenpost, June 9, 1998.

LONDON, AUG 27- Imperial Russia and the Vladivostok Republic have agreed to a peace settlement that shall be implemented over the next five years. The brainchild of U.S. Vice President Dan Boren and U.S. Secretary of State Samuel Doughty, this agreement is a compromise on the stringent Petrograd Demands that were issued by the Imperial Russian government last year. On January 1, 1999, the Vladivostok Republic will surrender the western half of the State of Baikal, and will allow the Imperial Russian Armed Forces to maintain a military base on the Imperial side of Lake Baikal, and a small naval base on Vladivostok’s Pacific coast. However, the eastern Russian republic will not downsize its military forces, nor devalue its currency. The American and British delegations both believe this is a step forward, and hope that this agreement can ease tensions between the two Russian nations and make talk of conflict go away.
            In Petrograd, Czar Vladimir II hailed the London Agreement as a resounding success, saying that the Imperial government wants to restore peaceful relations with its eastern cousin. Not everyone in the Russian capital was so impressed, however. Prime Minister Yulinkov, while giving his assent to the signing of the agreement, stated he had serious doubts whether or not this compromise would really ease tensions on the inter-Russian border. Several other members of Yulinkov’s ruling RNC party echoed their leaders sentiments on Russian television throughout the day. Vladivostokian President Yuri Medinov, who will be up for election next year, has hailed this agreement as “a bold step towards peace” between the Russian people.
            Here in Germany, Chancellor Rothschild stated that he was pleased with how the talks turned out, and was hopeful that the status quo in Russia was on its way to being restored. Some in the Reichstag are not so satisfied, however. Opposition leader Heinrich Lehmann, the great-grandson of Hugo Eckener and head of the Zentrum Party, stated that Germany should have extended legal recognition with Vladivostok, to add legitimacy to their cause, which was not a part of the agreement signed in London. While this was suggested, The German government stood by their 40 plus year old agreement with Imperial Russia not to legally recognize any other state as the successor to the Soviet Union.
-“London Agreement Signed,” Frankfurter Zeitung, August 28, 1998.

LITTLE ROCK, NOV 29- While in Little Rock to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, President Clinton announced that he would not seek a nomination to run for a third term. This clears the playing field for Vice President Dan Boren, who seems to be the most likely candidate to be nominated by the socialist party for next year’s election. Other possible socialist candidates include Secretary of State Samuel Doughty of Ohio, or Speaker of the House Henry Duvall. Though none of these men have declared their candidacy yet, rumors are flying wildely around the nation’s capital, and all three men formed exploratory committees earlier this year to consider the idea.
-“Clinton Will Not Run Again,” The Washington Post, November 30, 1999.

WASHINGTON, MAY 9- Presidential candidate and current Vice President Daniel Boren announced today that current Secretary of State Sameul Doughty will be serving as his running mate for the November presidential election. This new development has bolstered Vice President Boren’s already high poll numbers, putting him further ahead of Republican candidate Mark McDaniels of Pennsylvania, who ran back in 1996 as well and has been the father of the Republican party for most of the decade.
            Secretary of State Doughty has been credited with crafting the recent London Agreement that has eased the tension between the Russian Empire and the Vladivostok Republic, and is seen by most socialist politicians and by many Americans in general as a solid choice for Boren’s VP.
-“Boren Picks Doughty as VP,” The New York Times, May 10, 2000.

            As the Boren and McDaniels campaigns are gearing up for their first debate, Time magazine takes a look at the big issues for the 2000 election:
-Russia: Though the Clinton administration was able to help the two Russian nations temporarily ease tensions, a more permanent solution is needed to prevent conflict. Boren and Doughty believe they can come up with a peaceful solution. The McDaniels campagin wants to leave the Russians to themselves and not support the Vladivostokains, esepcially if war does break out.
-Health Care: The Boren camp wants to expand and fine tune the Clinton Healthcare System, while the Republicans want to trim it back and allow for more private healthcare services.
-Space: The socialists are for scaling down the individual efforts of the ASEA and want to work the the Germans to form an international space organization to handle further colonization of the Moon and of Mars, where as McDaniels wants to bolster the ASEA and continue with independent exploration and colonization of space.
-Energy Sources: Vice President Boren wants to accelerate the devolopment of non-petroleum based energy sources, where as the Republican party wants to go at a slower pace.
-“Election 2000: The Issues,” Time October 9, 2000.

WASHINGTON, NOV 4- Daniel Boren and his running mate Samuel Doughty have won the White House, in one of the closest elections in recent memory. The Republicans tried hard to take the presidency back from the Socialists, who have held the reigns for 8 years, but were unable to do so. In all, Boren took 52% of the popular vote to McDaniels’ 47%, with 1% going to State’s Rights candidate William Humphries of Alabama. Boren and Doughty were in Oklahoma City last night as the election results came in, and when NBC first announced that the Socialist candidate had won, the watch party at the Skirvin Hotel went wild with excitement.
-“Boren Wins White House!” The Washington Post, November 5, 2000.

Blog Update 11/30/12

Hello to all my readers! Just wanted to touch base with everyone, and let you know I haven't forgot about the blog. Here's a status update about projects I'm working on and hoping to get off the ground soon.

The Chamber Chronicles: I originally promised to have this story started by Thanksgiving weekend, however that obviously did not occur. I'm still working on some details on that story before I can really hit the ground running with it so I'm not quite sure when the first episode of the CC will be posted here on the Chrononaut. I would still love to here from some of you for character ideas for the story if you have any.

Silent Night: I'm excited to announce I'm working on developing a new timeline that will have it's start involving a Christmas theme. I don't want go give much away yet, but this story will start in the early 1900s, and will have a format similar to that of the Airship President/Legacy story (in other words, it will be written as a series of clips from books and newspapers from within the timeline itself).

The First Thanksgiving: I hope you enjoyed that spur of the moment short story that I wrote to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. It was a fun reversal of our own history, that I found enjoyable to write and speculate about. If you didn't get a chance to read this three part story yet, go check it out! Here are the links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

In addition to these stories, be checking back periodically, because I plan on reviewing some podcasts that I really enjoy that relate to both real and alternate history, and that I think my readers will enjoy and would love to pass along to you.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The First Thanksgiving - Part 3

Nearly two months had gone by since the Pale Ones first arrived at New Mannhatta, or as they called themselves, the Inglis. The Settlers had finished most of their buildings and a palisade around the perimeter. The Temple had been dedicated in a special ceremony that one or two of the Inglis from Noopleamot had observed. They were somewhat disapproving of the Settler's beliefs but had been, for the most part, respectful. The Cheif-Priest, who called himself Priest Chon the Third, had made it very clear he did not want trouble with the Settlers from the Ten Nations, and the Captain, who was now being called the Chief, had made it clear that he wanted no trouble with the Inglis. "Our goal is not to conquer," he'd assured Priest Chon not long after their first meeting.

The Chief was very thankful that he'd allowed his navigator and one of the village Priest's disciples stay in Noopleamot to start learning the language of the Inglis and some of their history. From the reports that had come from those two, it appeared that several hundred years ago a great sickness overcame the island of the Inglis, having come on the ships of traders from the main continent, a place the natives called Urop, and spread rapidly through the Inglis homeland, killing a majority of the population in their towns and causing a collapse of the central government. The ancestors of the people of Noopleamot originally lived in a coastal town called Pleamot, and they were the survivors of the plague from that town. They fled their dying city and went inland, and built the town that the Settlers were now becoming acquainted with. The Chief had been given a rare privilege by Priest Chon to visit the home of Noopleamot's ancestors. They made a pilgrimage to the ruined city, mostly overgrown now with a few stone buildings still standing, including the shell of the city's main temple. They'd also visited the ancient harbor there, seeing what remained of docks and sea walls, most of which had collapsed and returned to a near natural seeming beach. Priest Chon explained that after the Great Dying, the survivors pulled together and formed Noopleamot. There are other settlements of survivors scattered across Inglan (what the natives call their island), and they do trade with them some. There have been small scale wars fought between some of the settlements for control of resources, but so far no tribe of the native Inglis had  attempted to restore the ancient kingdom that had united the whole island.

The Chief hoped that soon either his navigator or the disciple would return from Noopleamot so that they could start teaching the people of New Mannhatta the language of the Inglis. The Chief planned to forge a strong alliance with the Inglis of Noopleamot. He felt maintaining good relations with the natives was vital for the survival of his people and their settlement at this critical early stage in it's existence. In a decade or two, with more dissenters likely to flee the rule of the new regime in Onondaga City, he believed the population of this new settlement would rival that of Noopleamot, and the survival of his people's new foothold in the New World would not be so precarious. The ship that brought the settlers to Inglan had sailed back for the Ten Nations about a week after the settlers had made contact with the natives. The Chief believed that they would see another ship sometime the following Spring or Summer. By then, the buildings of New Mannhatta would be complete, the first fields cultivated, the wharf operational, and hopefully a trade road to Noopleamot would be built by then. So many grand plans. The Chief and the newly formed Elder's Council was optimistic about the future. 


A light snow had fallen on the ground in the region around New Mannhatta and Noopleamot. The late summer warmth that had greeted the settlers from across the Great Sea was now but a memory. The Chief was in a good mood. He, the Priest, the navigator (who was now acting as the unofficial liaison between New Mannhatta and Noopleamot), and about a dozen others were trekking through the woods towards the Inglis town, invited as guests for a special feast. According to the navigator, it was one of the Pale One's most holy of days, when they celebrate the birth of their deity. The invite to the celebration and feast at the Chief-Priest's home afterwards was a great honor. 

The sun was setting at their backs as the Settlers arrived at Noopleamot. The guards at the gate waved and opened up the big wooden doors to allow them inside the town. The houses were decorated with boughs of evergreen trees, some formed into circles and hung on doors, others lining windows. The Chief led his party to the native's stone temple in the center of town, where they were greeted warmly. They were given seats of honor near the front of the main hall, able to see all of the ceremony. Soon after their arrival, the ritual began. There was singing and chanting, old songs that mostly predated the Great Dying that celebrated the coming of the Inglis deity down to Earth. After the songs, Chief-Priest Chon stood at the central podium and read from the book of sacred writings (they called it the "byebul", according to the navigator). Following the readings, Priest Chon led those gathered in a special prayer and then another song, and then the ceremony concluded. Priest Chon then invited the party of settlers to stay in his home over night and to join him for the great feast the next day. 

The feast prepared by the Priest Chon's wife and daughter seemed quite lavish. There was a great roasted boar, and all kinds of vegetables. They were serving a local ale that the locals mostly reserved for such special occasions. Joining the Chief-Preist and his family and the Settlers was the head of the town's militia, several scribes from the small school that was in the town, and a few other notable citizens of Noopleamot. After all the food was out on the table and all the guests were seated, Priest Chon stood up and spoke. "Family, friends," the navigator translated (although the Chief was learning the Inglis tongue, he was not yet as fluent), "we are so blessed this year with the addition of the Haudenosaunee people of New Mannhatta. These peaceful people from across the Sea have been a great addition to our land, and have become good friends. May God bless this friendship and let it flourish." The people around the table all murmured agreement and raised their glasses and began to feast. As the Chief looked around, he hoped this would be the future, the people of the Homeland and the Pale Ones coming together to form a new community. Only time would tell of course, but the Chief was sure that the future was bright.  


In the decades that followed this first arrival of the Haudenosaunee people from the Americas, the colonial populations exploded in Inglan, Eyrlan, and in Urop proper. Just four years after the settling of New Mannhatta, the settler population was over one thousand, and smaller hamlets were popping up farther and farther away from the main town, which had now nearly merged with it's port. Two years after that, the militant faction that had taken control of the Ten Nations and forced this initial migration across the Great Sea lost power, and those who the Captain/Chief had initially supported took control once more. This caused an even greater explosion of settlement in the Sunrise Lands. Soon, the southern portion of Inglan was under the rule of the Great Council at New Mannhatta, including native settlements such as Noopleamot, Oakhamton, and Dorrester. Most of the Inglis welcomed the new camaraderie and unity that came with the rule of the Haudenosaunee. Some, however, believed that it would be better for the tribes of the Inglis to rise up and reestablish their once great kingdom. There would be many attempts at this, but none would last for long, primarily because no one could agree on just who should lead the Inglis tribes. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Airship Legacy - Part 13

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            Terrorism would play a big role in bringing an end to the Iran War. The first terror attacks in Britain occurred in December of 1989. By June of 1990, there’d been 15 terrorist attacks in Britain, half of them in London, and nearly 500 civilians had been killed. America was first attacked on March 7, 1990, when Pakistani terrorists blew up an airliner at the Washington D.C., airport, killing 204 people. By August, there had been terror attacks in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Miami, with nearly 700 people having been killed. The Liberty Party and the American People’s Party seized on these tragic turn of events and campaigned on ending the war. In Britain, and anti-War faction was starting to form within the BUF, though very secretively, since Prime Minister Michael Mosley openly supported the war and had declared any opposition to be treason.
            When the United States went to the polls for the mid-term 1990 elections, a giant wave of pent-up frustrations rose up at the polling booths. After the dust settled, the Republicans were left with only 24% of the seats in the House of Representatives, and only 23 seats in the Senate. The Liberty Party had 35% of the seats in the House, and 34 seats in the Senate. The biggest shock of the election was that the American People’s Party had 41% of the House seats, and 43 seats in the Senate. For the first time in history, the largest party in both houses of Congress was the socialists. When the new Congress met for the first time in January of 1991, William Clinton of Arkansas became the first socialist Speaker of the House.
-Lewis, Samuel. How Iran Changed the West. New York: 21st Century Publishers. 2006.

WASHINGTON, FEB 14- Fulfilling the campaign promises from November, Speaker of the House William Clinton and his fellow socialists have declared that they will seek to block vital funding bills unless President Bush agrees to start the withdrawal of American forces from Iran. “The President needs to understand something. The American people do not want this war. He started it, and now he needs to end it. It’s been over 6 years since he committed our troops to Iran, and it’s time they came home. And until he does so, I and my fellow legislators will block all funding to projects deemed vital by the administration.” This announcement came two days after it was reported that nearly 4,000 American soldiers have been killed since U.S. troops arrived in Iran in 1985.
            The Liberty Party also campaigned on ending the war, and it appears that they too support the socialist’s plan to cut Bush’s funding wherever possible. At this point in time, the White House has not released any sort of statement as to the president’s reaction to the demands by Clinton and the socialists.
-“Clinton to Bush: Start Pull Out or Loose Funds,” Washington Post, February 14th, 1991.

WASHINGTON, MAR 11- Socialists and the Liberty Party have killed the first administration-backed funding bill to be brought before Congress since last year’s elections. The bill would have allocated money for 4 new battleships and an aircraft carrier to be built, and also had a provision providing funds for naval personnel in Iran. After the vote in the House of Representatives, Speaker Clinton told reporters that “I love this country, and I support our men and women that wear the uniform. But this war must end, and I will not vote to spend one more penny towards the military until President Bush orders the troops to be recalled. Mr. President, today we are telling you to bring the troops home!”
-“Socialists Have Teeth: First Funding Bill Fails to Pass,” The New York Times, March 11, 1991.

WASHINGTON, MAR 20- The White House announced today that the President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and leaders from the Socialist, Liberty, and Republican Parties would be meeting at the White House on march 27 to discuss possible withdrawal of troops and a way to break the impasse that currently exists between the White House and Capitol Hill. Though no official statement has been released by the speaker’s office, those close to Mr. Clinton say that he seems to be in a very optimistic mood now that news of the pending meeting with the president has gone public, and there are many socialist members of Congress that believe that the war in Iran may soon be over.
-“Clinton to Meet with President,” The Washington Post, March 21, 1991.

            When then-Speaker of the House William Clinton met with President George Bush at the White House on March 27, 1991, it was the beginning of the end for the Iran War. Socialists and Liberty Party members were unwavering in their demands to the President: if you continue the war, you do so without funding. After about 14 hours of negotiations, a deal was struck. The President would announce a gradual withdrawal of all U.S. troops to take a total of about 1 year, and Congress would then agree to give funding to the administrations projects. Although some in Congress wanted an immediate pull out, the president insisted that the United States could not just cut and run and leave the British in the lurch without facing serious negative consequences.
            On March 28, President Bush made a public address to the nation announcing the beginning of American withdrawal from the conflict. Britain was outraged, and threatened to reinstate the embargo on oil to the United States. However, the Commonwealth Executive Council rejected the plan. The American public was thrilled by this announcement, and there were spontaneous celebrations in many cities. The first troops to come home arrived on April 25th, and were given a hero’s welcome and were greeted by the President, and interestingly enough by Speaker Clinton. On September 30, 1991, Speaker Clinton announced his intention to run for the Presidency, and resigned the position of speaker, which was taken up by Texan Representative Liam Gates.
-Lewis, Samuel. How Iran Changed the West. New York: 21st Century Publishers. 2006

NEW YORK, JUNE 22- Having now secured the Socialist nomination via the primaries, Presidential Candidate William Clinton, formerly Speaker of the House, announced today in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty that Liberty Party Senator Jacob Rosenberg of New York would be his running mate in this year’s election.  This will be the first time in a modern presidential election that the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates running on one ticket that are from different parties. In the announcement, Clinton said, “Americans are not all of the same party, they are not all from the same creed, from the same faith. And as such, a government headed by me will consist of people from all parties, and that starts at the very top.”
            Republican candidate Senator Lionel Wood of Colorado, who will formally accept his party’s nomination, has yet to respond to this potentially game changing announcement. There is still speculation as to who Senator Wood will select as his running mate. Some think he will pick Representative Harrison Mayes of Wisconsin, while others believe it will be Governor Matthew Bush of Massachusetts. The Republicans seem to be facing a hard sell in this election, following the rather rough presidency of George Bush. After nearly seven years of being at war, Americans are seeking a change.
-“Clinton Picks Rosenberg for VP,” The New York Times, June 23, 1992.

BERLIN, OCT 7- Imperial authorities have confirmed that Kaiser Louis Ferdinand I, who became Kaiser of Germany on December 1, 1939, has passed away from what doctors are calling natural causes. His Royal Majesty lived nearly 85 years, and has been a guiding force behind the modern German Empire since it’s recreation 52 years ago. The Kaiser’s 52 year old son Kronprinz Frederick Wilhelm stated to the national and international press at the Royal Palace in Berlin that, “My Father was a great man, and has been an inspiring leader to all Germans since his coronation in 1939. His shoes will be hard to fill. I thank you for your heartfelt thoughts and wishes for our family. May God bless our nation.”
            Chancellor Simon Jaeger (M) has announced a state of mourning throughout the country for the next 60 days. The funeral will be within the next few days, though the Royal Family has yet to set a date for the funeral. Berlin city officials expect hundreds of thousands of people to descend on the capital to pay there respects to the departed leader.
-“The Kaiser is Dead,” Frankfurter Zeitung, October 8, 1992.

WASHINGTON, NOV 4- Senator William Clinton of Arkansas has been elected as the nation’s first socialist president. What is largely being called an “anti-Republican” election wave, Liberty and Socialist party members have swept into power in both houses of Congress. President-elect Clinton told supporters in Little Rock that “tonight, America has chosen a brighter tomorrow. We shall put the violence of the previous administration behind us, and look to a new future, full of peace and prosperity for all Americans.”
            Last night’s election results are historic for many reasons. The most obvious is that this is America’s first president from the American People’s Party, which was formed by Upton Sinclair in 1949. Secondly, this is the first time in modern history that the presidential and vice presidential candidates from one ticket were not members of the same party. Vice President-elect Jacob Rosenberg has brought a great sense of cooperation and unity between the two left-leaning parties in the United States. Some pundits in the capital do not believe that this “political wedding” will last long. For starters, the Liberty Party confirmed their commitment to restoring some sort of affirmative action law at this summer’s convention, something that the socialists remain opposed to.
-“Clinton Wins!” The New York Times, November 5, 1992.

LONDON, APR 14- Early this morning, while Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was reviewing the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace, a large bomb exploded near the reviewing stand. Her Majesty, along with Prince Phillip and several members of the Royal staff were seriously injured and are being tended to at various local hospitals around London. Prime Minister Michael Mosley has declared a state of emergency in the greater London area, and the CSP has been deployed throughout the city. Although no party has claimed responsibility for the attack, most government officials believe that the Pakistani Solidarity Coalition is responsible for this dastardly act of terrorism. The Queen’s son, Prince William, has been put in protective custody of the CSP to protect the heir to the throne.
- “Bomb at Buckingham Palace!”, The Daily Mail, April 14, 1993.

LONDON, APR 16- The Royal Palace announced this morning that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died from injuries received from a bomb blast at Buckingham Palace two days ago. This comes a day after Prince Phillip, the Queen’s husband, passed away. The nation is in shock. However, many are calling for the government to end the terrorism by ending the war in Iran and Pakistan. Prime Minister Mosley has stated that “this country will not bow to terrorism. Our country has been stabbed near the heart, but we will pull through and survive. And to those who think they can dictate how this country is run by blowing up buildings and murdering the innocent, they had better think again.” The CSP has been ordered to begin mass roundups of suspected terrorist and terrorist sympathizers.
-“The Queen is Dead,” The Times (London), April 16, 1993.

LONDON, AUG 1- It has been months since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and unrest in the United Kingdom has been steadily increasing. The Mosley government has used the attack as an excuse to round up thousands upon thousands of Muslims in the United Kingdom. In addition, Mosley has increased the number of troops to be deployed to the Iran-Pakistan War, which has taken a turn for the worse in recent months since the United States has withdrawn from the conflict. Three weeks ago, Tehran was seized by the Iranian rebels, and unrest in both Iran and Pakistan is at an all time high. There are rumors that a large anti-war protest against the Mosley government is planned, but this cannot be confirmed. Despite continued support of the war by the Prime Minister and the BUF, King William has continued to speak out against the conflict, calling it a “bloody stain” upon the United Kingdom.
-“Instability in the United Kingdom,” The Frankfurter Zeitung, August 1, 1993.

            The instability that caused the collapse of the British Union of Fascists and their rule of Great Britain was twofold. First, after the Queen’s death in April of 1993 at the hands of terrorist greatly affected the moral of the British public, and their willingness to support the war in Iran and Pakistan. Public protests of the war became more common and more intense, despite attempts by the CSP to suppress such events. People also began to protest the growing number of arrests of Muslims that the security police carried out, under the pretext that they had ties to Pakistani terrorists. This excuse was believed at first, but by the end of the summer of 1993 it became obvious that the government was punishing an entire community for the actions of a few.
            The second, and more corrosive crisis that would ultimately be the straw that broke the camels back was an article released on March 3, 1994 by the London Times that stated that the War Ministry had  been grossly underreporting the number of war deaths that the country had experienced. While the official number at the time of the article was around 3,500 dead, the number that was reported to be the real number was closer to 7,500. The day after the article shocked the British public, the CSP arrested the writer and editorial staff of the London Times and closed down the paper all together, which was loudly celebrated by The Daily Mail. Prime Minister Mosley went on the television on March 5 and stated that the Times’ article was totally false, and that the war dead count was around 3,500. Despite these attempts to suppress the information, a major rally was planned to protest the war on March 10. On that day, nearly 150,000 protestors rallied outside the War Ministry. The CSP showed up in force, and a riot soon broke out. In the end, 788 people were arrested, and 230 were killed, along with over 2,000 that were injured. The next day, the King held a primetime news conference carried on the BNN and the BBC, where he decried the murder of “230 brave patriots”. Furthermore, he announced that he new for certain that the death count was above 8,000, and he called on Prime Minister Mosley to resign his post as prime minister. What happened next would stir up the unrest of the British populace into action. As the King finished his broadcast, the CSP stormed the palace and arrested the King on live television. The feed then went to Number 10 Downing Street, where Mosley declared that the man on the television had been an imposter who had hijacked the television signal.
            No one in the country believed what Mosley said. Unrest exploded into revolt, and violence ruled the streets of many parts of London. The CSP surrounded the Prime Minister’s residence to protect him from the mayhem. Director Horace Williams, head of the security police, declared martial law in London, and decreed that any protestor could be shot on sight. This did not sit well with the army. On March 12, 1994, the army declared that the Prime Minister and the CSP had committed treason by arresting the King, and launched an attack on several key locations in London. The so called “Royal Revolution” had begun. Army intelligence learned that the CSP were keeping the King in the prison operated under their main headquarters in central London, and sent nearly 300 soldiers to storm the building, after the RAF made a small raid that damaged the building. Another 600 men were deployed to take 10 Downing Street, along with 600 sent to Parliament, 350 deployed to Buckingham Palace, and 300 to the BUF headquarters. By 4:00 that afternoon, MP Robert Prince, head of the informal “Reform Wing” of the BUF, declared that he was forming a new government and would serve as Prime Minister. Prince quickly declared his loyalty to the King and the Army, and would eventually be recognized by the army leaders later that night as the “legitimate” prime minister.
            At 6:30 on March 12, the CSP headquarters fell to the army after hours of fighting. The King was found, unconscious, in his cell bellow the headquarters, and was whisked away to the safety of a military hospital outside the city. The BBC, which had declared loyalty to the army from the start, happily announced this news. At 7:30 the following morning, Michael Mosley surrendered to the army, and normalcy slowly began to return. King William formally confirmed Robert Prince as the new Prime Minister on March 15, after having regained consciousness on the 13th and had a few days to recover. On March 20th, Prince announced that all members of Mosley’s government were to be dismissed from power, and were forced out of the Party. The CSP was shut down by order of the military, and the military police took control of the security police’s many prisons.
            It was then that one of the worst acts of the 2nd Mosley regime was discovered. Two prisons, described by the army as death labor camps, where nearly 200,000 Pakistanis had been interned after being arrested by the CSP. It was later discovered that nearly 140,000 people had already died at these camps, in addition to nearly 75,000 people that had been murdered immediately after being arrested by the security forces. The public, and international community, was appalled, and may called on the government to execute Mosley, Williams, and other leaders of the old regime. Trials were announced to start in the fall of 1994, and all the death camps were closed and those imprisoned there were given compensation and a heap of apologies from the new leadership in London.
            On April 1, Prime Minister Prince announced a unilateral cease fire in Pakistan and Iran, and stated that there would be formal peace talks in Cairo over the summer, following the annual meeting of the Commonwealth Congress and Executive Committee. On April 3, the army announced that all political prisoners being held in the former CSP prisons were to be released, as long as they had no “regular” crimes attached to their files, such as murder, theft, or rape. By the end of the month, all but 347 political prisoners were free. Prince announced later that month that he would soon be presenting a series of reform bills aimed at “cutting back the excesses” of the Michael Mosley era. The first of these bills, known as the Political Speech and Association Act, decriminalized public opposition and protest to government leaders and government policy, and allowed for the formation of new political parties. This act passed 53-47 in parliament on May 14, 1994. By the end of May, the Labour, Communist, and Democratic-Republican Parties had all been formed, and were putting pressure on the Prime Minister to call for a new election, especially the outspoken leader of the “New Labour Party”, Ms. Margret Roberts, who called on Prince to have open elections as soon as possible so the people could express their new found political freedoms. BUF record from May, June, and July of 1994 show huge drops in membership, as the party card was no longer required for a number of places of employment.
            At the Commonwealth Congress in June of 1994, Prime Minister Prince backed a bid by South Africa to give that country the Commonwealth Presidency for the next two years, a move that shocked many, since the United Kingdom had held the presidency solidly since the end of the 1960s after the rise of Sir Oswald. On August 1st, Prime Minister Prince and others from the British government headed to Cairo to meet with members of the Canadian, South African, Australian, Indian, Pakistani and Iranian governments to discuss a final peace in the Middle East. The talks went on for weeks, and there sere several times that it looks as though the Cairo Talks would fall apart, but fortunately they did not. On August 19, 1994,the Cairo Treaty was signed, officially ending the Iran-Pakistan War.
-Samuels, Dr. Frank. The Fall of the Blackshirts. New British Press, London: 2005.

CAIRO, AUG 19- His Majesty’s government has announced that the Imperial Commonwealth, Iran and Pakistan have signed the Cairo Treaty. The war in the Middle East is now officially over. After 16 years of conflict and the loss of 8,400 soldiers, the silent stillness of peace can finally reign over the British Isles. The treaty, which took over two weeks to draft, has done the following:
-       Guarantees the independence of the Iranian Islamic Republic.
-       Releases the Dominion of Pakistan from the Imperial Commonwealth, and recognizes the country as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
-       Guaranteed at least 3 billion pounds of reconstruction aide to Iran and Pakistan each, to be paid by Imperial Commonwealth.
Prime Minister Prince stated that “this war has been a leech on the vitality of the British people, and upon the whole of the Imperial Commonwealth. We should have pulled out of those countries many years ago. We have harmed the lives of millions, and now we must look to the future and repair the damage we’ve done.”
-“Peace in the Middle East,” The Times (London), August 20, 1994.

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