Wednesday, September 20, 2006

London's Reconstruction

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September 20th, 2006

in 1575, Queen Elizabeth of England sits upon the throne in her new Palace of London, celebrating the end of the great city's reconstruction. Although the work of recovering from the Aztec invasion has been difficult, Elizabeth's steadfast determination that London should rise again kept the population focused on their central goal, and the rebuilt London bore few scars from that time. Only the memorial Tower of the Sun evidenced the darkness within all Londoners hearts towards the North American empire. The queen uses the occasion to host ambassadors from France and Spain, as the three countries have become close allies, and she discusses with them the possibility of a punitive expedition against Mectezuma. Although eager for vengeance against the Aztec emperor, they all come to the conclusion that they would suffer from the same disadvantage that he did during the occupation – supply lines too long to support an invasion force. They do decide to collaborate in sending a small band of colonists to live with the Iroquois, who live far to the north of the Aztecs. If an alliance could be made with them, perhaps revenge could be had, after all.

in 1963, President John F. Kennedy of the US proposes a cooperative mission to the moon between his country and the Soviet Union. Coming less than a year after the hostile atmosphere of the missile crisis in Cuba, it took Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev by surprise, but he quickly agreed. The cost of their two space programs was prohibitive in both countries, and by pooling their resources, they were able to accomplish far more. This massive thawing of the Cold War had many side benefits; Khruschev became a liberalizing force in the USSR, loosening decades of tight-fisted Communist control. Kennedy was able to free money from the military budget and spend it on social programs in the US, lessening the burden of poverty in his country. And, in 1966, American astronaut Jim Lovell and Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov set foot on earth's satellite with their immortal statement, “We come in peace, for all mankind.”

in 2005, Javier Silverman-Lord was born in Bryan, Texas. After his parents moved back to their native Canada in his teen years, Silverman-Lord became interested in Canadian politics and served as an intern in the Canadian Parliament several summers. He came to know many politicians, which came in handy when he ran for his own seat in 2040. After several terms as an MP, Silverman-Lord moved up the ranks of the Liberal Party and was elected Prime Minister in 2058, the first American citizen to hold the position. His opposition had tried to use his dual citizenship against him in the campaign, but Silverman-Lord described it as an advantage - “Our two countries are close in geography, history and heritage; why not have a leader who represents that?

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