Close to four years after the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, the three Western Occupational Allied Powers of Germany, realizing they weren’t going to get cooperation on the recreation of a German State from the Soviet Union, created the Federal Republic of Germany out of their occupational zones, except for West Berlin and the French Saarland Protectorate, on May 23, 1949, with the ratification of Basic Law, the new nation’s constitution.. Elections for the Bundestag, or Federal Parliament, are now being held. Konrad Adenauer’s new CDU and it’s allied CSU, Free Democrats, and German Party intend to form a centre-right coalition against Kurt Schumacher’s Social Democrats. And the Centre Party stands in between. But with Communists, Neo-Nazis, and Bavarian Separatists nipping at all three sides’ heels, who will come out ahead?
The Liberal Party has governed Canada for 22 years with five consecutive majority governments under first Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, then succeeded in 1948 by Justice Minister Louis St. Laurent. Though the economy is strong and St. Laurent himself remains popular, he excercises little supervision over his cabinet ministers, and several controversies have arisen of late. The Progressive Consevatives, under their new leader, the charismatic John Diefenbaker, plan to run a campaign potraying the Liberals as arrogant and out-of-touch, while the Liberals campaign on the national prosperity and their claim there’s no need to change.
Running for reelection after defeating his hated rival, John Quincy Adams of the National Republican Party in 1828, President Andrew Jackson now faces another hated rival from his painful 1824 defeat as the National Republican candidate; Henry Clay. The newly formed Anti-Masonic Party is also running. This is the first American presidential election that will use the party convention to nominate candidates.
After his controversial victory through a backroom deal with House Speaker Henry Clay when no candidate actually got a majority of Electoral Votes in the 1824 election, John Quincy Adams has had a rough presidential term, constantly fighting with a Congress dominated by supporters of his main rival, Andrew Jackson, and little has actually been accomplished. The once monolithic Democratic-Republican Party that dominated US politics as a one-party system since 1816 has been split now into the National Republican Party, built around President Adams and supported by Clay, which has come to resemble the now-defunct Federalist Party in doctrine and policy, and the Democratic Party, built around Jackson, a war hero who won a plurality of the Electoral Votes and popular vote in 1824, and feels the Adams-Clay deal robbed him of his rightful victory. Now the two bitter rivals from the previous election once again go head-to-head for the presidency.
After his first term in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt has begun instituting his New Deal to combat the effects of the Great Depression. He is very popular with the working class, and has faced opposition from wealthy captains of industry and fiscal conservatives. The Republicans plan on mounting a challenge, but their frontrunner is much more a moderate. This scenario also allows the option of an alternate history, where Huey Long survives his assassination and mounts a challenge to Roosevelt, either as a challenger within the Democratic Party, or as a viable Third Party challenge with his Share Our Wealth Party, as it’s candidate or through a proxy candidate.
With the announced retirement of long-term Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, suffering from dropping showings in the polls due to a failed presidential bid, a move of residence to Iowa, and two scandals, the stage is open for a primary for both major parties with new faces. Who will become the new Class III Senator of the Constitution State?
Bill Clinton has held office for four years and achieved record approval ratings, but the country is still in a recession and Clinton’s integrity is in question. Ross Perot has formed a new party with the intention of running again, as he did in ’92. Will the Republicans be able to put up a sizeable challenge to Clinton, or will Clinton win in a landslide as he did historically?
With the retirement after one term of Republican Florida Senator Mel Martinez, and former Republican Governor Jeb Bush, who may have been allowed to run in the GOP primaries unopposed, decision not to run, sitting Governor Charlie Crist, who received the RNSC endorsement, and State House Speaker Marco Rubio, seemed the two most likely GOP candidates till, suffering low polls, Crist withdrew from the primary and is now running as an Independent. Also, a heated Democratic primary rages. Who will emerge victorious as Senator?
The Liberals have been in power for 15 years and seek their 5th consecutive electoral win under Premier Charles Stewart. The Conservatives were able to mount their strongest challenge so far at the last election in 1917. A new party, the UFA, makes it’s first provincial election appearance. The labour movement remains split, but a number of ‘Labour’ candidates are running to make it an effective 4th force.
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With the Austrian People’s Party withdrawing support from their coalition with the Social Democratic Party, a legislative election has been called in Austria that’s largely expected to be just a slight realignment of seats between the two principal parties. However, with immigration viewed as threatening to more and more Austrians, will the far right make gains this time around?