Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Belfast Agreement

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April 10th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: Well, I survived the first day at the new job, and my daughter let me sleep last night, so I feel much better today! On with the alternate history...

in 1891, Major Mark Wainwright, commander of the soldiers who had accompanied former President Cleveland to Topeka, breaks out of the camp where he and his men are being kept, and frees a dozen other soldiers, as well. Together, they sneak into the governor's mansion and attempt to spring Cleveland from his guarded room. The former president, though, wishes to stay in an attempt to negotiate with the rebel leader Simpson. “I cannot give up on peaceful solutions yet,” he tells Wainwright, “but save your men and get out of the state. Get back to Washington and tell them that I am confident that an answer to this situation can be found without further bloodshed.” The major reluctantly agrees, and he and his small group slip out of Topeka and head east. When 'Sockless' Simpson is informed of the escape, he harangues Cleveland for several minutes about honor, which the former president sits through patiently. When Simpson finally winds down, Cleveland says, “Sir, as much as you may question my honor, I am still here when I had the perfect opportunity for escape. My honor in this matter, therefore, has been put on display. Yours, on the other hand, is still a matter of debate. Now, you may continue to berate me, or we can begin working on a solution to all of our problems.”

in 1998, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues a call for all good subjects of the realm to attend their local Church of England on Easter morning. Arthur Pendrake's appeal is growing throughout Great Britain, and the queen is feeling the pressure of his popularity. Prime Minister Pembroke is also feeling threatened – Pendrake has begun speaking of a return to an absolute monarchy and abolition of Parliament. He deploys a couple of the agents that the Central European Empire has put at his disposal to destabilize Arthur's organization.

First Nations
First Nations
In 2058 Russian Immigration and Customs officers are unable to find the First Nation indigenes who have entered the Bering Strait tunnel on their return to Asia, quitting the Turtle Island known as America after 12,000 years.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1629 Charles I of England dissolved Parliament, starting the Eleven Years Tyranny in which there was no parliament. During his reign and that of his son Charles II, there moments when democracy might have made a comeback, but it was not to be. The nascent British Empire was given an appropriate governance structure; effective .. King Charles I
King Charles I
.. and dynamic Stuart rule was of course superior to an assembly of laypeople, a model which could not possibly work in the global superstate which survives to this day.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Washington Locator for Alaska
Washington Loca..
In 1867 Secretary of State William Seward and chairman of the Senate committee Charles Sumner published an article in the New York Herald in which they lambasted the United States Senate for blocking the Alaska Purchase. They argued that the nation's strategic interests favoured the treaty. Russia had been a valuable ally ..
.. during the Civil War, while Britain had been a nearly open enemy. It seemed wise to help Russia while discomfiting the British. Furthermore there was the matter of adjacent territory belonging to Britain (and now part of Canada). Nearly surrounded by the United States they were of little strategic value to Britain and might someday be purchased. In 1945 a future US President Harry S Truman would describe the proponents as being  both absolutely wrong and completely right .

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1998 on this day the Belfast Agreement was signed, codifying the Downing Street Declaration of 1993. The Head of the Southern Department Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern agreed that the Irish would increase their participation in the cross-border governance of north and south England.Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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