Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Insane In The Membrane; NAFTA Debates

November 9th, 2005

in the period between 1788 and 2000, a cascading failure in the membrane separating alternate dimensions results in all elections in the United Soviet Confederated North American States of America Confederation Commonwealth being held at once. An astonishing 332 candidates of various political parties, ethnic groups, genders and species win the office of First Prime Presidential Chancellor Minister. Unsurprisingly, no one is really happy with the results.

in 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte names himself Emperor of Italy. Under his brilliant lead, Italy conquers most of Europe. After a disastrous winter campaign in Russia, Bonaparte’s empire begins to fall apart; he is finally defeated by the Swedish in 1814 at the battle of Copenhagen.

in 1890, Colonel Beauregard T. Jackson executes three of rebel Mormon Charles Brigman's followers in Salt Lake City's town square. At the execution, he makes an announcement to those assembled that every time Brigman attacks a farm, he will execute three of Brigman's associates. Word filters back to the hunted Latter-Day Saint, and the attacks on farms cease.

in 1906, the first foreign visit by an American president begins as Theodore Roosevelt boards the battleship Louisiana and sails for Panama. It is also the last for some time, as the Louisiana is ambushed off Panamanian waters by Columbian ships and forced to retreat to the U.S. Columbia, which still claimed Panama, felt that a visit by the man who had encouraged the Panamanian revolt against its rightful rulers was too hard a slap in the face to ignore.

in 1934, Rabbi Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, New York. The spiritual leader of the Semitic-African Resistance in the northeastern United States, he led the non-violent movement through most of his life; after his wife and son were lynched in 1977, he began advocating more direct action against the worldwide Nazi movements.

in 1938, painter Adolf Hitler sold his famous Kristallnacht to the Berlin Fine Arts Museum. The painting, portraying angry Germans smashing a Jewish section of Berlin, has been an enigma since the day it was first shown; many feel it is Hitler’s cry against anti-semitism, while others declare it a glorification of Germany’s historic hatred of the Jewish people. The artist himself never spoke to the meaning of the work, but it is his acknowledged masterpiece.

in 1940, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Great Britain died in London. His successor, Oswald Mosley of the British Union of Fascists, brings about peace in his time with a treaty of alliance with Germany.

in 1956, French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, long an advocate of the Soviet American cause among the European monarchies, renounces communism after the suppression of the brief Guatemalan freedom movement by American troops. He said, “I condemn the Soviet invasion wholeheartedly and without any reservation. Without putting any responsibility onto the American people, I nevertheless insist that its current government has committed a crime.”

in 1993, Vice-President Al Gore and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot kick off a series of debates about the North American Free Trade Agreement. Although Gore initially supports NAFTA, Perot's arguments and pressure from several labor unions eventually forces him and the Clinton administration to back down, and NAFTA is defeated in Congress.

in 2002, Professor Thomas and Air Force Captain Trent Laughlin escape from the cell they are being held in on the robot ship and attempt some sabotage. They are able to communicate back with the other ships, and Dr. Courtney sends some suggestions as to what they can break to halt the robot ship.

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