Although I don't (yet) have President Forever, a simming friend of mine is designing a scenario I've come up with for the game. The point of divergence is not exactly grand or spectacular, in fact, it's pretty simple.
In 1936, rather than winning everything but Maine and Vermont, FDR sweeps the country and carries home 535 electoral votes. In turmoil, the Republican party splinters between its moderate and archconservative wings, and President Roosevelt manages to get away with his Court packing scheme of 1937.
In 1938, the "Bull Moose" Republicans form their own party, the Whigs, with a major base of operations in the Midwest; eventually displacing the Republicans (who dwindle away into a staunch nationalistic organization by the year of my scenario, 1996).
World War II goes as in our timeline, more or less, with a few changes. In 1944, FDR sees no reason to dump Henry Wallace off the ticket, and this results in Wallace's succession to the Presidency in 1945, which obviously has some rather...bizarre effects on the country. (For example, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., who does not die in WWII becomes a Whig as a result of the socialistic policies of President Wallace. JPK will eventually become the first Whig elected to the White House in 1960.)
Wallace establishes several massive changes, universal healthcare, strict size limits on corporations, and issues the Wallace Doctrine, a statement of firm isolation (WWII ends with a seizure of the Japanese homeland by force, and the nuclear bomb is never used, although the USSR detonates their own by 1950). He also integrates the military, and presses for civil rights (at this, the Whigs co-opt the Democratic position, which the Democrats will drop once Wallace leaves the White House for fear of losing the South. Today African-Americans routinely vote for the Whigs.)
By 1996, Communism has expanded across Europe and Asia, and is threatening secular and Islamic reigmes in the Mideast and north Africa. America never fought any wars in Korea, Vietnam, or Nicaragua; and the unchecked rise of Red flags has lead to a divided electorate, uncertain as to where to move. The Whigs and Democrats, with a third-party Republican ticket are presenting their agendas to America in this election.
Economic theories are being tested as well (the Democrats are pressing for an increased minimum wage (already at twelve dollars an hour) while the Whigs are presenting profit-sharing as an alternative).
(There's also some things that were done for the sake of tilting the left/right scale: for example the Whigs generally detest governmental intervention, but will do so in certain cases of moral necessity, i.e. guns, abortion, the death penalty(!), and the environment)
Speaker of the House Glenallen Ryan (W-Ill.)/Senator William Jefferson Blythe, IV (W-Ark.)
Mascot: bull moose
Political Orientation: Right
Regional Base: West Coast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains
Favors abolition of abortion
Favors privatization of healthcare
Favors legalization of tobacco and alcohol
Favors race-based affirmative action
Favors the usage of tactical nuclear weapons
Opposes the Wallace Doctrine of isolation
Favors ten-year terms for Supreme Court justices
Opposes the standard use of the death penalty
Favors strict gun regulation
Opposes federalization of state's rights
Opposes strict size limits on corporations
Favors profit-sharing as a means of establishing equality
Opposes a minimum wage as a means of establishing equality
Opposes same-sex marriage
Favors state solutions to environmental hazards
The modern day Whig Party is very much the heir to their namesakes, the anti-Jacksonian Whigs of the nineteenth century. Although generally associated with the new American conservative movement, most Whig positions grow out of a staunch opposition to Democratic policies. For example, nearly six decades after President Roosevelt successfully "packed" the Supreme Court, the Whigs still demand a constitutional amendment to limit justice terms to ten years. Similarly, they favor profit-sharing as a general way to get around the current minimum wage of $12 an hour instituted by the Democrats. Generally seen as a state's rights party, the Whigs have nevertheless come out in favor of Congressional regulation of "morality", such as abortion and guns.
Despite the fact that President Henry Wallace is most remembered for beginning the civil-rights movement, the Whigs were the ones who finished it. Southern Democrats broke ranks with Wallace, and later Adlai Stevenson, and the Whigs co-opted the Democrats on the issue of race as a means to gain the votes of Southern blacks. Today, some of the most radical Whigs will sometimes recall the Democrats as the party of slavery and Jim Crow laws.
On the subject of the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism across Europe and Asia, the Whigs stand for a type of mutual defense pact with the democratic and nationalistic states of the "free" Middle East, England and Africa. With all of Europe save Britain and Spain under red flags, the remaining bastions of liberty must unite.
Senator Joshua Brookley (D-Tenn.)/Governor Bill Watterson (D-Ohio)
Political Orientation: Left
Regional Base: South, New England
Favors legal abortion
Opposes privatization of universal healthcare
Favors continued prohibition
Favors means-based affirmative action
Favors immediate disarmament of nuclear weapons
Favors the Wallace Doctrine and military withdrawal
Opposes term limits for Supreme Court justices
Favors nominal use of the death penalty
Opposes any sort of gun control
Favors federalization of state?s rights
Favors strict size limits on corporations
Opposes profit-sharing as a means of establishing equality
Favors a minimum wage as a means of establishing equality
Favors same-sex marriage
Opposes state solutions to environmental hazards
The Democratic Party is America?s longest lasting party having defeated the National Republicans, the old Whigs, the Republican Party, and now spars against the new Whigs. The Democrats of 1996 are an odd group of federalists, socialists, gun-rights activists (and in the South, racist organizations) and liberals. Generally speaking, the Democrats favor more power on the presidential and federal level, while the Whigs prefer to allocate power to the Congress and the states.
The modern day Democrats hail the heroism of Franklin Roosevelt more than Henry Wallace (mostly in order to prevent massive defections amongst their Southern supporters), although the party's approach to economics was undoubtedly influenced by the latter. Unlike the Whig theories of a lassiez-faire economy, Democrats ascribe to Keynesian economics and press for tough regulation of corporations, including enforcement of legal size limits on businesses.
Democrats have strongly opposed gun regulation, mostly for the benefit of securing the votes of lower and middle-class whites in the Deep South, holding the Democratic line of support in Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina.
In relations with the Soviet Union and the new Communist states, the Democrats stand behind their isolationist stance that the United States should not engage in foreign conflicts unless directly attacked, as in the case of World War II, the last war that America fought. Communism will only be a threat to America when and if the U.S. is attacked by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
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