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I havn't worked on a scenario in a while so here's one I think should be fun. It's my political alternate history based on a small event (I like this type of stuff and this one is particularly awesome.) and since I'm bord I decided to leave several names so as to create a mystery. Who can tell me the detail I left out that makes sense of this whole alternate histroy :D. Winner gets bragging rights.

1737- A Slave known as "Quack" becomes involved in a conspiracy to burn down New York city

1741- Sets fire to several building including fort George. Then when he returns back to his "home," realizing the "revolt" has failed and trying to avoid suspision. Upon returning home his slave master notices he has been out and orders him to come in the house. A fearfull Quack then strikes his "master" dead with fire tongs while his back is turned.

1742-1887 Bussiness as unsual

1888- Benjamin Harrison fails to appoint a full staff to the United States Civil Service Commission.

1895-John McCullagh appointed superindentant of the NYPD

1897-Congressman Henry Cabot Lodge appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy

1898-After General Young was struck down with the fever his brigade falls into "anarchy during the Spanish American War

1898-Augustus Van Wyck defeats his oppenent and is elected governor of New York.

1899-VP Garret Hobart recovers, as expected from a sickness that has been plauging him and returns to active duty.

1901-At the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, President McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz. Garret Hobart becomes the new president.

1902-Riots rage across the USA after President Hobart orders police to break up the coal workers strike that had already been going on for 163 days. 100s are killed. In the aftermath the United Mine Workers of America creates a political branch known as the worker's party.

1903- The Elkins act is vetoed by President Hobart, this enrages the members of the worker's party.

1904- Eugene Victor Debs is nominated as the worker's party canidate to oppose Garret Hobart. Realizing that no one was paying any attention to them any longer and fearing they might fade off into oblivion, the Democrats go out on a limb and nominate a virtually unknown progressive scholar and president of Princton Universty Woodrow Wilson. The election is forced to go to congress with Wilson finishing just ahead of third place finisher President Hobart. Fearing the near radical Debs Hobart and all the republicans in congress back Wilson and Wilson becomes the next president.

1904-1912 Wilson's popular presidency is filled with progressive reform and a large amount of isolationism.

1912- Morris Hillquit is nominated as the Worker's Party canidate and defeats Democrat former VP Alton B. Parker and Republican Senator William Howard Taft with about 54% of the electoral vote and 43% of the popular vote.

1914-WW1 Begins

1915-President Hillquit asks Congress for a declaration of war against the central powers and to join the allies. Congress denies the request.

1916-President Hillquit narrowly reelected with 51% of the electoral vote.

1916- Hillquit once again asks congress for a declaration of war and is once again denied as his party fails to control congress.

1917-The Worker's party splinters over Russia's 1917 October Revolution and becomes 3 seperate parties, Worker's Party, against the October Revolution, Communist Party, belived the same should be done in America if necassary, and the Socialist Party, who believed that it worked in Russia but would never work in the USA. It also saw a shift in the Worker's Party from a socialist to a progressive party.

1918-WW1 continues with no real gains for either side.

1920- General Election won by the brand new "Progressive Coalition's" canidate James Middleton Cox (an alliance of the Democratic and Worker's Parties) the results were as such:

Pop%/EV%

Progressives 41%/52%

Republicans 40%/38%

Socialist 15%/10%

Communist 4%/0%

1920-1928 The USA achieves its golden age making millions of arms sales to the still ongoing war in Europe (until 1923) and makes large loans to those nations to help them rebuild guarentying a stable US economy for years to come. Cox wins reelection.

1923- WW1 ends.

1923-1925 Italian civil war, Mussolini comes to power because the goverment surrenders saying "we want no more blood shed in this great coutry"

1926-1961 A period of almost complete world peace

1928-Former VP Franklin Roosvelt wins the election by a landslide, this is the hieght of the Progressive Coaltion.

1928-1932 America's "Golden Age" ends and many blaim FDR for his "inadquate fiscal policies"

1931- FDR unsecssesfully attempts to ban the Socialist and Communist parties calling them treasonists

1932- Little known politcian Adolf Hitler arrested in Germany for treason, he is put to death.

1932- US election forced into congress, the communist and socialist parties, angry FDRs attempts to ban the "treasonit parties" vote in favor of Republican Joseph I. France who becomes the next president of the USA. Begging of the "Republican Era" 1932-1956

1933- The progressive coalition splits into the Democratic and Progressive (formerly worker's) parties.

1936- Joseph I. France wins relection easily

1939- Joseph I. France makes the controversial decsion to run for a third term against a heavly divided oppostion. A group of angry Republicans leave the party and form the constitution party.

1940- Despite a small amount of success by the constitution party Joseph I. France wins a third term in office.

1944-At 70 years old Joseph I. France elects not to run for a third term. His secretary of war Dwight Eisenhower wins the Republican nomination and ultimatly the election.

1948-Relection caputered by the Repubicans

1952-Former VP and Republican heavyweight Richard Nixon shocks the world by announcing that he would run for the nearly diffunct Constitution Party. He forces the election to congress where controversialy 3rd place finisher, democrat Adlai Stevenson, is chosen as the next president.

1953-With all the WW1 debts finally payed of to the USA the nation loses nearly 10%-15% of its income, the countries economy collapses.

1956-The communist, socialist, and progressive parties join together to form the labor coalition and nominate union leader George Meany who wins the election in congress after many democrats support him over the repubican.

1960-George Meany wins relection, some believe he fixed the election.

1961-Several groups claiming Meany fixed the election take the case to the supreme court, where Meany proclaims that it is within his power to dismiss it. When the prosocuters refuse to drop the case he arrests them for treason.

1962-With the political climate growing more heated several right wing paramilitary groups begin emering.

1963-Meany declares that "for national security reasons" the 1964 elections would be cancelled. In response an uprising occurs. The 2nd American civil war begins, 102 years after the first began.

1963-1970 The 2nd civil war rages.

1971 Republican Army troops finally succeed in taking washington winning the war.

1972-First post war election is won by the brand new American Party canidate and 2nd civil war general Frederick Weyand. The American Party is essentialy a moderate Libertarian party. His VP is Ronald Reagan

1976-Weyand wins relection

1980-American Party canidate Ronald Reagan loses his bid for president to republican Gerald Ford. Ford shocks the world by announcing his "bi-partisan cabinate" which featured Reagan as secreatary of state.

1984-The American Party does not feild a canidate and Ford is relected eaisly.

1988- Reagan is popular but some say loses the '88 election to George H.W. Bush due to his age.

1992- Reagan criticized by many for running yet again but wins the nomination anyway. His party does weak on the national stage though and George Bush narrowly wins relection. (No Gulf War)

1996- The Democrats get their first president since 1952 in former Republican Colin Powell.

2000- Powell shocks the world by not running for relection. George W. Bush elected president.

2001-2008 (No Iraq War) The American Party, which had virtually collapsed begin to rebuild and gain support from conservatives who are opposed to Bush's big goverment solutions to the economy and national security, he was hoping to avoid another civil war, and going into '08 it seems they may have a shot at winning.

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