History Literature / FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo

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* GovernmentProcedural: A lot the story explores and dissects the Constitutional system of government, which makes sense, considering the timeline involves the 1972 election creating a constitutional crisis.
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** Pete [=McCloksey=], a former Republican communist, who rejects the increasing polarization of both parties, becoming the Governor of California on an independent ticket, [[spoiler: and becomes one the most powerful resistors of Rumsfeldia and later the Christian States of America]].
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** President [[spoiler: James Gavin]], who tries to walk a moderate line, and who tries to solve the foreign policy crises caused largely by [[spoiler: Spiro Agnew]].
** Ngo Quang Troung, a competent ARVN general who becomes [[spoiler: South Vietnam's first democratically elected President]].
** Pham Van Dong, the Prime Minister of North Vietnam, who despite being an Communist dictator, is far less ideological than his Soviet backers, [[spoiler: and is willing to team up with South Vietnam and, by extension, America to fight back against the Lesser Mao]].
** [[spoiler: Nikolai Ryzhkov, who despite being an authoritarian, is trying to bring prosperity to the Soviet Union and end the Cold War, and tries to shut up the hardline generals who want to fight a war with the West]].
** [[spoiler: Jeremiah Denton, who once, he gains the Presidency, tries to rebuild America from the years of Rumsfeld's rule. Unfortunately, his own CV allies resist his attempts at reform, leaving him little more than a figurehead]].
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A rare InUniverse and ''political'' example. Under [[spoiler: Rumsfeld, the film industry was highly censored]], but some filmmakers were able to sneak in [[spoiler: some anti-Rumsfeldian themes. ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' featured an ending in which Marty discovers that his alteration of the past wrote him out of existence, which was an attempt by Spielberg at drawing a metaphor about Rumsfeld's Orwellian alteration of history]]. The movie ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' is used to convey another [[spoiler: anti-Rumsfeld message by drawing comparisons between Rumsfeld and [[MorallyBankruptBanker Mr. Potter]], but its history as a beloved American classic means that these themes were ignored by censors]].
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* HandicappedBadass: George Wallace. His is able to shake off his segregationist past and use his paralysis as a symbol that he understands human suffering. [[spoiler: He even becomes president of the United States in 1976. Unfortunately, the stress of public life takes a toll on Wallace's already fragile health, and decides not to seek re-election. However, after a period of physical training, he returns to his old turf as Governor of Alabama to resist the actual federal tyranny of Donald Rumsfeld]].

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* HandicappedBadass: George Wallace. His is able to shake off his segregationist past and use his paralysis as a symbol that he understands human suffering. [[spoiler: He even becomes president of the United States in 1976. Unfortunately, This becomes deconstructed later on, as Wallace is unable to use his brand of politics to create a meaningful national agenda, to the point of losing support among liberal Democrats, and the stress of public life takes a toll on Wallace's already fragile health, and decides not to seek re-election. However, after health. It is reconstructed later on however. After a period of physical training, he returns to his old turf as Governor of Alabama to resist the actual federal tyranny of Donald Rumsfeld]].



* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: Japan appears to be gaining economic and military hegemony in the Pacific. The former because the economic problems of the 1970s means Japan avoids the economic bubble in the 1980s. The latter because of [[spoiler: the violence of the former PRC, and the breakdown of Rumsfeldia]].

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* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: Japan appears to be gaining economic and military hegemony coming closer to this than in the Pacific. OTL. The former because the economic problems of the worse 1970s economy means that Japan avoids the economic bubble in of the 1980s. The latter because And increasingly nationalistic political forces take control of Japan which encourage the creation of a strong military [[spoiler: the violence of the former PRC, and the breakdown of Rumsfeldia]].including a nuclear bomb]].
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** Another realistic variation of this trope is the Hughes Network, a massive media network that is a mix of this and StrawmanNewsMedia. With a worse 1970s economy bankrupting many media networks, Howard Hughes buys them to create an earlier version of Fox News. [[spoiler: One of their programs is a TalkShow hosted by Spiro Agnew. Under Rumsfeldia, they become a PropagandaMachine for the Rumsfeld regime, and are able to take over ABC, NBC, and CNN]].
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** [[spoiler: California Governor Pete [=McCloskey]] resists Rumsfeldia by getting California to succeed from the Union]].

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** [[spoiler: California Governor Pete [=McCloskey]] [=McCloskey=] resists Rumsfeldia by getting California to succeed from the Union]].
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* LaResistance: [[spoiler: One shows up against President Rumsfeld, led by Jimmy Carter, Ron Dellums, and Bill Clinton. With other members including Bill Gates, the mastermind behind [[CantStopTheSignal Liberty Spark]]. California Governor Pete [=McCloskey]] resists Rumsfeldia by getting California to succeed from the Union]].

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* LaResistance: [[spoiler: One shows up against President Rumsfeld, led by Jimmy Carter, Ron Dellums, and Bill Clinton. With other members including Bill Gates, the mastermind behind [[CantStopTheSignal Liberty Spark]]. Spark]] ]].
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California Governor Pete [=McCloskey]] resists Rumsfeldia by getting California to succeed from the Union]].
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