America W/Westminister System TL

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America W/Westminister System TL

Post by Admin on Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:56 pm

Background

Not fully fleshed out but here goes

-America shifted to a parliamentary system from its inception, going with a Westminister system. However, some changes were made from the British system. Each state would gain two senators (an upper house) and seats would be allocated for parliament based on how many senators each state had + population (so, if Wyoming = 3EV, they have three representatives each of whom votes for parliamentary leader).
-Post Andrew Jakson, two main parties emerged. The Liberals (which equal Republicans) and Conservatives/Tories (which equal Democrats). Sometime in the late 1890s/early 1900s a Socialist Party emerges and wins several states/seats (mostly in the West) then is formed into the American Labor Party (ALP).
-In the South, you likely see the textile strike in the early 30s massively expand and hatred of the Torie establishment build up. From there, Labor would gain a base in many rural areas, though the South would still remain hard-locked under Torie control with a few exceptions (Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and later Texas).
-During the 30s-40s, Al Smith (A Conservative who switched from the Liberal party) is PM. Smith leads America through WW1, is extremely popular, but his Right-Wing Free Market Conservatism is not, and he loses re-election in 1945 or 1946 to a Labor government. Labor (lead by Floyd Olson, Huey Long, Bob LaFollete Jr, or Fiorello LaGuardia not sure yet) goes on a platform of radical nationalization, nationalizing the oil, coal, steel, and railroad industries, passing massive pro-union legislation, single payer, etc. However, in 1950 Labor likely loses, but these programs/reforms remain popular.
-The Liberals remain on as a third party, doing well in some affluent/liberal suburbs and traditional Republican areas/states (so, during the 60s-70s, New England/Great Plains, traditional GOP Areas). The Conservatives best in the South/traditional Dem areas (during the 60s-70s they would lose a few states to the Far-Right Segregationist National Front, but re-gain them easily afterwards) + wealthy suburbs and farming rural areas. Labor does best in mining (or ex-mining) areas, working-class suburbs, urban areas, most minority areas, and areas with nationalized industry.
-Landslides will be extremely rare, and areas will generally > 95% of the time vote the same way throughout history. You will have like three landslides max, most elections are close.

1914 General Election

MP from Suffolk NY Theodore Roosevelt (Progressive) 9 States 20.89% of the PV
MP from St. Charles MO Champ Clark (Conservative) 9 States 20.25% of the PV
MP from Vigo IN Eugene Debs (Socialist) 12 States 20.65%
MP from Vermillion/Edgar IL Joseph Gurney Cannon (Liberal) 11 States 20.12%
MP from Lincoln NE William Jennings Bryan (Christian Alliance) 6 States 15.31%
Other (Independents, etc) 3%



*None of the parties were able to gain a majority. In the end, despite Roosevelt splitting from the Liberals do to there Economic Conservatism, and forming the Progressive Party, the Liberals-Progressives formed a coalition government with Roosevelt serving as PM and Cannon as deputy PM defeating the unpopular Clark.

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