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  1. You might like this

    Well, myself, I think a separate U.S. Department of Homeland Security is just Orwellian (and is certainly proving to be such), so...
  2. You might like this

    Some nations do get quite specific with government ministries. For instance, Saudi Arabia has a completely separate Ministry of the Hajj to regulate Moslems coming to Mecca and Medina for the Hajj that's separate from the Ministries of Culture, Religion, Tourism, Borders and Customs, Commerce, or Foreign Affairs.
  3. New Presidential Ranking

    Are you sure it was Paraguay. Paraguay is (and was back then) a land-locked nation divided between the northern reaches of the Pampas and the Chaco wetlands (a really unenviable geography for a sovereign nation, but that's how it panned out during the South American Wars of Independence from Spain during the 1810's and 1820's).
  4. New Presidential Ranking

    Yes, he was very interesting and quite competent, educated, and savvy - in his roles OUTSIDE of the White House. However, it is his Presidential that's being for this particular list.
  5. You might like this

    Britain has, in it's collective self-identity, considered itself politically and culturally very distinct (read - not part of) Europe effectively since the loss of Calais during the reign Mary I in the mid-16th Century. That never REALLY changed, even during their membership in the EEC, then EU, from 1979-just recently, to be honest.
  6. House 2010?

    I don't think I'd have much time for this other than advice and technical matters. I already have House of Representatives 1854-1862, Senate 2006, a revamping of my Wisconsin State Senate 2010, and a WHOLE truckload of foreign national and a fictitious elected UN General Assembly for CI projects alone (and the other games, including the old K4E, have projects lined up as well).
  7. New Presidential Ranking

    This is something that makes my own list very difficult. Every U.S. President (or world leader, period) regarded as a "great" or "constructive" leader by those that admire also always have ethical and other drawbacks that ALWAYS be weighed against them. The only leaders anywhere in history who had no ethical or other questionable (often very questionable) activities during their tenure usually had VERY short tenures and/or accomplished next to nothing during them. The best example of a U.S. President in this specific light is poor old William Henry Harrison...
  8. New Presidential Ranking

    I believe he openly admitted in the opening sentence to a bias.
  9. New Presidential Ranking

    @vcczar If I may inquire, what lasting positive influence does Polk give on government, THE WORLD, and Americans' daily lives to put him in the second slot with Wilson?
  10. Question for Everyone.

    I'm referring to formerly Mexican politicians in the pre-Mexican War State of Alto California, NOT the Bear Flag Republic, which had never had an election. Hence the term "Californio," which referred to Mexicans from that former Mexican State as well as (and still does, in this regard) Baja California, but never used as an official denonym for someone from the erstwhile Republic of California, if such a denonym was ever officially coined in three weeks.
  11. Question for Everyone.

    Thomas Paine is STILL the only one that comes to mind for me that would qualify, UNLESS you count the many U.S. Founding Fathers who previously served on pre-Revolutionary War elected colonial assemblies for the colonies that became U.S. States, but at the time were British-created and -politically dependent entities and said Founding Fathers were, at that time, British subjects operating under British law and authority. Also, I BELIEVE a number of the pre-Mexican War Californio politicians later were elected the Legislature of the State of California or local governments in California after 1850, if I'm not mistaken.
  12. Hulk hogan 2018?

    Very briefly, but not professionally, not famous for his role, and his certainly wasn't his principle calling.
  13. Hypothetical Election Poll

    As hard as it may be for you to believe, Trump is not everyone's first choice, not even every self-identified Republican's. He's not even that much of a Republican, ideologically. As I've pointed out a few times here, he was, until recently, a member of the Reform Party, but seemed to shed that label for a Republican label-of-convenience because a Third Party or Independent has the deck stacked against them in U.S. elections (probably the same reason Bernie Sanders abandoned his "Independent Socialist" that may have worked in Vermont for a Democratic label-of-convenience nationally, also in 2016). By the strict definition of the GOP political slur, Trump is a quintessential RINO.
  14. This is my current planned wishlist of scenarios I would like to take on prior to the addition of PR, MMP, STV, and updated Australian system to the games (which will greatly expand my list, when that halsean day finally occurs): -Reichstag Elections of the German Empire (1871-1912) -Imperial Russian State Duma Elections (1906-1912) -Meiji Japanese Diet Elections (1890-1941) -Austrian Imperial Council (1849-1918) and Hungarian Royal Diet (1865-1918 and 1920-1939) and some select Austro-Hungarian Provincial Landtag or Sabor elections -Royal Yugoslavian Parliament (1919-1941 - possibly also Serbian and Montenegrin Royal Parliaments prior to WW1) -Pre-WW2 Greek, Bulgarian, and Romanian Royal Parliaments -Ottoman Grand National Assembly (1876-1912 - arguably, also 1919) -Very old British and English Parliamentary Elections -Some American House and Senate elections (mostly quite historical) -Possibly Confederate House election 1863 -Canadian elections (both Federal, Provincial, and Territorial, mostly historical) -Some Anglo-Caribbean National Parliamentary -South Africa 1912, 1924, 1948, and 1989 (the others were very dull and one-sided) -Some pre-1996 New Zealand Parliamentary -Russian Presidential 1996 -Some select historical U.S. gubernatorial elections that I personally find interesting (possibly) -Egypt Presidential 2012 -Indian Parliamentary scenarios (Federal and State) -British, French, and Dutch Colonial Elected Assemblies in various colonies (mostly former colonies) at various points in history -Vermont Republic Gubernatorial and General Assembly and Boer Republic State Presidential and Volksraad elections -Some Iranian elections, both Pahlavi and Islamic Republic era DISCALIMER: I am not claiming I will or CAN do all of the scenarios in this range - it is just a realm or delineation, and I will pick and choose which ones in this range interest me enough to actually do.
  15. Patine Current Planned Scenario Queue

    At the moment, while I wait for certain post-Soviet State maps (subtle hint) and am in the process of translating painstakingly some files from German that may be useful in my Reichstag 1871 scenario, I'm going to do some of the historical Canadian Federal, Provincial, and Territorial elections I had planned, as they will be incredibly easy, as I have all the maps I would need (except PEI and the modern NWT) and very detailed and accurate information, relatively speaking, in English.
  16. 2020 Starting %'s -- 11 Questions

    Wanting to end sexual harassment should NOT be a left-wing only stance, and the fact it's considered so is a truly grim and telling aspect of modern society and viewpoints.
  17. Hulk hogan 2018?

    *rolls eyes* Yet another celebrity candidate. The title of U.S. President will have to be changed to "Chief Clown" before too long if THIS keeps up...
  18. Question for Everyone.

    The House of Lords is not an elected body and thus wouldn't count for the purposes of your own question.
  19. Best/Worst President Since WWII

    I love how so many people on the Internet use a single, often conspiracy-centred, dubious, and highly-biased article on these sorts of topics where hard and absolute facts are scarce, and call it "proof" of something, hands down.
  20. Canadian Provincial Scenarios

    Although not perfectly accurate, I had lumped them, for convenience, into informal "ideological blocs" based on each candidate's discussion of their platform on an article of the election in the CBC Newsworld archives.
  21. Question for Everyone.

    Thomas Paine was both a member of one of the VERY early U.S. Congresses and the French Revolutionary National Convention, but at different times.
  22. If Hamilton and Burr could have settled their disagreements without pistols coming out, the world would have likely been very different.
  23. Kucinich Factor?

    Actually, I believe I have - that I've said I've stopped watching American new for years now and watch Canadian and a few overseas news outlets mostly. I don't specifically call out MSNBC and CNN, because I'm usually ADDING Fox and Breitbart to a post where someone else has already called out the former two, but alone, failing to acknowledge (by omission of comment) news outlets like the latter being just as biased.
  24. Kucinich Factor?

    What? Your horrid grammar kills your message (or attempt at one) again. Also, who mentioned BBC? And what "box" are you talking about?
  25. Kucinich Factor?

    That sounds like a pitch that would be used by "the Ministry of Truth" in Oceania in Orwell's novel "1984." I don't honestly believe any non-satirical RW news agency has ever made such an over-the-top claim.