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May 18th, 2006
in 1302, inspired by stories of the Greek democracies, Flemish weaver Peter de Coninck led a revolt against the oligarchical rulers of his people and installed a Peasant’s Council to rule the Flemish people. This lasted until 1381, when they were conquered by French noblemen, and stories of the efficient and beloved rule of the Peasant's Council were suppressed at the point of a sword.
in 1780, the first wave of American refugees, the ex-patriates, swells the ranks of Canada's rebellion against the British Empire. With the Continental Congress and its leader John Jay making peace with the Crown, those who had struggled against it became the enemy, and could only find a home among those who shared their hope for freedom.
in 1802, Italian ruler Napoleon Buonaparte’s interference in France and Switzerland causes Great Britain to declare war against him. It is a long and bitter struggle, as Buonaparte is a military genius and the British are slow to gain allies, but the British and their side do eventually defeat The Little Roman, driving him into exile in Corsica.
in 1908, Congress passed legislation to add a motto onto American coinage: In Labor We Trust. Comrades across the nation rejoiced at the declaration of America’s status as the Worker’s Paradise, and Communist Party leader Eugene Debs used it as his campaign’s motto in his successful presidential run.
in 1910, the Mlosh home system erupts in civil war, with the Q’Barian rebels gaining a quick upper hand, backed by the Jovians, who see an opportunity to gain control of the system this way. Although the Congress of Nations threatens to walk out of the talks and cut off all support to the Jovians, the covert support of the Q'Barian rebels continues.
in 1926, Aimee Semple McPherson was raptured. Millions of her followers expected to follow, but it looked like she was the only one called at this time. Disappointed Christians missed the charismatic evangelist, but rejoiced that she had been called to Heaven. The number of followers devoted to her exploded, and she was named a saint by the Catholic Church in 1952.
in 1974, India exploded its first nuclear weapon. Alarmed at the thought of a hostile neighbor with atomic bombs, China and Pakistan made a secret alliance and invaded India one month later. Although they used their one remaining nuke to bomb Beijing, India was conquered by the combined Pakistani and Chinese forces in the 2 year-long war. Control of India proved elusive though, and insurrection continued in the country until the final withdrawal of foreign military in 1987.
in 12-18-6-16-15, the Louwala-Clough volcano erupted in the northwest territories of the Salish people, sending refugees streaming south. Emperor Tchihuitcho declared the area a disaster, and sent troops and money in to help the Salish dig out and rebuild the land, although he forbade them from building too close to the volcano again.
in 1994, Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip ended, and the newly-created Palestinian Authority took over. Since the Jewish nation worked with the Palestinians to strengthen their government, the Palestinians were able to quell dissenters within their own ranks who were still calling for war with Israel, and the two nations began their first peaceful coexistence. The peace that people had said would never come to the Middle East had finally arrived.
in 2005, Chelsea Perkins and Debra Morris return to the Great Tree, and Chelsea kisses the ground, deliriously happy at being back on familiar soil. When they enter the Tree, though, they are greeted with a shock – Chelsea's father is waiting inside for them.
Timelines in today's post: Canadian Independence, Italian Napoleon, the Mlosh, the Oueztecan timeline, Communist America and the Chelsea Perkins timeline
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