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* PresidentForLife: Prime Minister-for-life Sergei Romanov of the Russian Republic, countless [=RU=] leaders.

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* PresidentForLife: Prime Minister-for-life Sergei Romanov of the Russian Republic, countless [=RU=] leaders.and every [=RU=]/[[spoiler:NUSA]] leader from Custer to [[spoiler:Oswald]].


* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Compared to the other Great Powers, the Tripartite Empire during the 19th century is liberal, progressive, multicultural, and vaguely democratic—in short everything the Republican Union is not. By the time the 20th century rolls around, to keep fighting against the [=RU=] the Empire has effectively become a police state just as bad as their American enemy.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Compared to the other Great Powers, the Tripartite Empire during the 19th century is liberal, progressive, multicultural, and vaguely democratic—in short everything the Republican Union is not. By Over the time course of the 20th century rolls around, century, to keep fighting against the [=RU=] [=RU=]/[[spoiler:NUSA]] the Empire has effectively become becomes a police state just as bad as their American enemy.

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** Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna is the leader of Texas in their fight for independence from Mexico.


** American culture generally prides itself on the freedom it affords to its citizens. The RU boasts about its so-called "freedom", especially by the time of the mid-late twentieth century and [[spoiler:the declaration of the New United States of America]], despite the fact that by that time, the country has turned into a totalitarian PoliceState.

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** American culture generally prides itself on the freedom it affords to its citizens. The RU boasts about its so-called "freedom", especially by the time of the mid-late twentieth century and [[spoiler:the declaration of the New United States of America]], despite even as it gradually becomes less and less democratic to the fact that by that time, the country has turned into point of becoming a totalitarian full-fledged PoliceState.


** Jurgen Ailes is described as one of the more reasonable members of [=RU=] leadership. [[spoiler: He takes over much of the Midwest after Oswald's fall. His reasonableness doesn't last and his government goes full on ANaziByAnyOtherName and begins herding Jews and Blacks into concentration camps.]]

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** Jurgen Ailes is described as one of the more reasonable members of [=RU=] the [=RU=]'s leadership. [[spoiler: He takes over much of the Midwest after Oswald's fall. His reasonableness doesn't last and his government goes full on ANaziByAnyOtherName and begins herding Jews and Blacks into concentration camps.]]


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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:A Jewish man named Midas Goldberg pushes the [=RU=] from merely enslaving "Inferiors" to outright exterminating them.]]


* BlackComedy: Much of the humour in the timeline, especially in later chapters, is little else than just laughing at the absurdity of self-satisfied totalitarian societies.

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* BlackComedy: Much of the humour in the timeline, especially in later chapters, is little else than just laughing at simply a satire of the absurdity of self-satisfied totalitarian societies.


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* JustBeforeTheEnd: [[spoiler:The pre-reboot timeline takes this turn during the 1990s and 2000s as the countries of the world inch closer and closer to nuclear war.]] Even before then, it's noted that the RapePillageAndBurn that the Republican Union suffers at the hands of Britain is marked as the start of the "End Times Era".


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* RapePillageAndBurn: During the War of 1812, the British forces in Canada, realizing they're gonna lose the war, decide to do this to the Republican Union as a final act of spite. [[StartOfDarkness The whole world suffers for it.]]


** American culture generally prides itself on the freedom it affords to its citizens. The RU boasts about its so-called "freedom", especially by the time of the mid-late twentieth century and [[spoiler:the declaration of the New United States of America]], despite the fact that by that time, literally no one in the country is free to do anything at all.

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** American culture generally prides itself on the freedom it affords to its citizens. The RU boasts about its so-called "freedom", especially by the time of the mid-late twentieth century and [[spoiler:the declaration of the New United States of America]], despite the fact that by that time, literally no one in the country is free to do anything at all.has turned into a totalitarian PoliceState.



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Compared to others in the Republican Union, Richard Nixon comes down as downright reasonable. He's still evil, just not child-eatingly so.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Compared to others in the Republican Union, Union/[[spoiler:NUSA]], Richard Nixon comes down as downright reasonable. He's still evil, just not child-eatingly so.



* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: After the original United States collapse in the early 19th century, North America becomes an increasingly worse place to live in, especially in a country as totalitarian as the Republican Union. The other, more democratic remnants, while certainly much freer by OTL standards, aren't very saintly either.



* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: After the original United States collapse in the early 19th century, North America becomes an increasingly worse place to live in, especially in a country as totalitarian as the Republican Union. The other, more democratic remnants, while certainly much freer by OTL standards, aren't very saintly either.


* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''WebOriginal/DecadesOfDarkness''. Both stories have the same basic plot: The United States of America splinters early on in its history, and the rump US evolves into a racist, militaristic empire.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''WebOriginal/DecadesOfDarkness''.''Literature/DecadesOfDarkness''. Both stories have the same basic plot: The United States of America splinters early on in its history, and the rump US evolves into a racist, militaristic empire.

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In September of 2018, the timeline was rebooted by [=Napoleon53=], with the story and characters essentially the same but with new forms of update added on. The new thread can be found [[https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/what-madness-is-this-redux-the-union-forever.451900/ here]].


** The doctrine of Manifest Destiny--the idea that the United States was divinely ordained to expand westward to the Pacific--is what drove the United States to attempt to expel dozens of Native American tribes from their native homelands, and led to America gaining the borders it has today. In the case of the Republican Union, its obsession with this concept makes it attempt to [[spoiler:attempt to take over the entire Western Hemisphere, and they come very close to succeeding.]]
* In addition, a lot of real historical figures, even mostly positive ones, receive villainous physical doppelgängers.

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** The doctrine of Manifest Destiny--the idea that the United States was divinely ordained to expand westward to the Pacific--is what drove the United States to attempt to expel dozens of Native American tribes from their native homelands, and led to America gaining the borders it has today. In the case of the Republican Union, its obsession with this concept makes it attempt to [[spoiler:attempt to take over the entire Western Hemisphere, and they come very close to succeeding.succeeding before their collapse.]]
* ** In addition, a lot of real historical figures, even mostly positive ones, receive villainous physical doppelgängers.


* EvilCounterpart: The Republican Union as the largest surviving chunk of an alternate USA gradually becomes what is effectively an evil and militaristic version of the United States, to the point that it could give Nazi Germany a run for its money. A lot of real historical figures, even mostly positive ones, receive villainous physical doppelgängers.

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* EvilCounterpart: The Republican Union as is essentially an incredibly dark doppelganger of the largest surviving chunk USA. Its history mirrors that of an America, except with America's historical good qualities practically nonexistent and its bad qualities [[UpToEleven taken to their worst possible extremes]]. For example:
** The tales of economic opportunity that drew Irish and German immigrants to America in real life, while certainly exaggerated then and now, were true in large part: although many immigrants ended up as impoverished factory workers, many more became reasonably prosperous farmers, and even for the factory workers, conditions were generally better than they would have been in Europe. In the
alternate USA gradually becomes what is effectively an evil universe, claims of such opportunity in the Republican Union are BlatantLies told by agents of the RU in order to lure immigrants from eastern Europe into the country, where they are treated as second class citizens and militaristic version forced to work grueling factory jobs in conditions worse than slavery.
** American culture generally prides itself on the freedom it affords to its citizens. The RU boasts about its so-called "freedom", especially by the time
of the mid-late twentieth century and [[spoiler:the declaration of the New United States of America]], despite the fact that by that time, literally no one in the country is free to do anything at all.
** The doctrine of Manifest Destiny--the idea that
the United States, States was divinely ordained to expand westward to the point that Pacific--is what drove the United States to attempt to expel dozens of Native American tribes from their native homelands, and led to America gaining the borders it could give Nazi Germany a run for has today. In the case of the Republican Union, its money. A obsession with this concept makes it attempt to [[spoiler:attempt to take over the entire Western Hemisphere, and they come very close to succeeding.]]
* In addition, a
lot of real historical figures, even mostly positive ones, receive villainous physical doppelgängers.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: After a German immigrant to the Repubican Union gives a crowd of religious fanatics a scathing speech, he's dragged away by ORRA thugs and the crowd continues to listen to Billy Graham, only strengthening their belief.


->''"How can you believe in this? What madness is this, that has consumed you all and turned you into [[AxeCrazy genocidal freaks]]?! I came to this country ten years ago, seeking freedom and opportunity. I was met at the docks by armed thugs. I was met at the hotel by armed thugs. I was immediately forced to sit down with a pastor of your [[CorruptChurch so-called Church]] and was forced to undergo tests to see how vulnerable I was to the 'Devil's wiles," like whether I would or would not be [[BigBrotherIsWatching willing to report]] a neighbor for speaking against the government in private to me. Whether I do or do not find Irish women attractive and/or worthy of carrying on my genetic lineage with. After that, I was given a [[YouAreNumberSix punch card for an [=ORRA=] computer]], and I was assigned a job in a factory. Then I was drafted. I lost most of my left foot in combat against Virginia in '56. It took me two months for your so-called 'government healthcare' to get me my painkillers. [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny What kind of freedom and opportunity is this]]? Since I got off the boat from Baden, I have been mugged, assaulted, forced into conversion, worked half-to-death, and been shot at by some guy I've never met in a war both of us got literally nothing out of. [[WorldGoneMad You're all insane]]. You're all evil lunatics hellbent on destruction and murdering your fellow human beings. You make me sick."''\\
--an unnamed German immigrant to the Republican Union

"What Madness is This?" is a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] AlternateHistory timeline by Napoleon53, a member of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom. It can be read [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=260683 here]]. It starts with the corrupt dealings of the American Federalist Party, whose attempts to gain supreme power lead to the collapse of the United States. Meanwhile in Europe, Napoleon has defeated his enemies and stands as master of the continent.

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->''"How can you believe in this? What madness is this, that has consumed you all and turned you into [[AxeCrazy genocidal freaks]]?! I came to this country ten years ago, seeking freedom and opportunity. I was met at the docks by armed thugs. I was met at the hotel by armed thugs. I was immediately forced to sit down with a pastor of your [[CorruptChurch so-called Church]] and was forced to undergo tests to see how vulnerable I was to the 'Devil's wiles," like whether I would or would not be [[BigBrotherIsWatching willing to report]] a neighbor for speaking against the government in private to me. Whether I do or do not find Irish women attractive and/or worthy of carrying on my genetic lineage with. After that, I was given a [[YouAreNumberSix punch card for an [=ORRA=] computer]], and I was assigned a job in a factory. Then I was drafted. I lost most of my left foot in combat against Virginia in '56. It took me two months for your so-called 'government healthcare' to get me my painkillers. [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny What kind of freedom and opportunity is this]]? Since I got off the boat from Baden, I have been mugged, assaulted, forced into conversion, worked half-to-death, and been shot at by some guy I've never met in a war both of us got literally nothing out of. [[WorldGoneMad You're all insane]]. You're all evil lunatics hellbent on destruction and murdering your fellow human beings. You make me sick."''\\
--an unnamed German immigrant to the Republican Union

"What Madness is This?" is a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] AlternateHistory timeline by Napoleon53, [=Napoleon53=], a member of Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom. It can be read [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=260683 here]]. It starts with the corrupt dealings of the American Federalist Party, whose attempts to gain supreme power lead to the collapse of the United States. Meanwhile in Europe, Napoleon has defeated his enemies and stands as master of the continent.



** The alternate Battle of Gettysburg during the Great War is full of these[[note]]the Union commander is named Jurgen Ailes (rather than George Meade)[[/note]]

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** The alternate Battle of Gettysburg during the Great War is full of these[[note]]the these.[[note]]The Union commander is named Jurgen Ailes (rather than George Meade)[[/note]]Meade), for example.[[/note]]



* AxCrazy: Charles 'Chuckie' Oswald, First Consul of the Republican Union [[spoiler:and President of the New United States of America]]. [[spoiler:You know this timeline's a creepy dystopia when the [[{{Expy}} alternate doppelgänger]] of ''John F. Kennedy'' is even crazier and even more hateful than the alternate version of ''Stalin'' (i.e. Joe Steele), who led the RU before him!]]

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* AxCrazy: Charles 'Chuckie' Oswald, First Consul of the Republican Union [[spoiler:and President of the New United States of America]]. [[spoiler:You know this timeline's a creepy dystopia when the [[{{Expy}} alternate doppelgänger]] doppelgänger of ''John F. Kennedy'' is even crazier and even more hateful than the alternate version of ''Stalin'' (i.e. Joe Steele), who led the RU before him!]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Near the end of the timeline, with most nations prepared to annihilate each other in a nuclear war and with no hope of tensions de-escalating, the suicide rates spike internationally. After the nuclear war happens, French Empress Napolena decides to hang herself.]]



* {{Eagleland}}: Of the worst possible sort.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Of The Republican Union is a type II, of the worst possible sort.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Nixon is disgusted by Lyndon Johnson, as the latter is a DirtyCoward who prefers to oversee Catholic Hispanics get butchered rather than do anything important militarily. This happens to Nixon again when Oswald starts nuking rebelling cities, which motivates Nixon to launch a coup.]]



** Hitler's alternate universe counterpart ends up leading a group of soldiers known as the "[[Film/IngloriousBasterds Inglorious Bastards]]".



* InsultBackfire: After Andrew Jackson creates the Confederation of the Carolinas, Madison and Jefferson call him a "vulture". The Confederation adopts the vulture as a national symbol to spite them.

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* InsultBackfire: After InsultBackfire:
**After
Andrew Jackson creates the Confederation of the Carolinas, Madison and Jefferson call him a "vulture". The Confederation adopts the vulture as a national symbol to spite them.them.
** Charles Oswald is called "The Beast of America" due to his brutality. This nickname catches on with his own men.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A German immigrant to the Republican Union gives a crowd of religious fanatics led by Billy Graham a blistering one.
--> "How can you believe in this? What madness is this, that has consumed you all and turned you into [[AxeCrazy genocidal freaks]]?! I came to this country ten years ago, seeking freedom and opportunity. I was met at the docks by armed thugs. I was met at the hotel by armed thugs. I was immediately forced to sit down with a pastor of your [[CorruptChurch so-called Church]] and was forced to undergo tests to see how vulnerable I was to the 'Devil's wiles," like whether I would or would not be [[BigBrotherIsWatching willing to report]] a neighbor for speaking against the government in private to me. Whether I do or do not find Irish women attractive and/or worthy of carrying on my genetic lineage with. After that, I was given a [[YouAreNumberSix punch card for an [=ORRA=] computer]], and I was assigned a job in a factory. Then I was drafted. I lost most of my left foot in combat against Virginia in '56. It took me two months for your so-called 'government healthcare' to get me my painkillers. [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny What kind of freedom and opportunity is this]]? Since I got off the boat from Baden, I have been mugged, assaulted, forced into conversion, worked half-to-death, and been shot at by some guy I've never met in a war both of us got literally nothing out of. [[WorldGoneMad You're all insane]]. You're all evil lunatics hellbent on destruction and murdering your fellow human beings. You make me sick."



* WesternTerrorists: [[spoiler: The Reverend-Prophet Billy Graham becomes this after the collapse of NUSA. His goal is to bring about the End Times using as many machine-guns and bombs as it takes.]]
** [[spoiler: [[TheBadGuyWins He succeeds]].]]

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* WesternTerrorists: [[spoiler: The Reverend-Prophet Billy Graham becomes this after the collapse of NUSA. His goal is to bring about the End Times using as many machine-guns and bombs as it takes.]]
** [[spoiler: [[TheBadGuyWins He succeeds]].
Nuclear war does happen, but directly because of his actions.]]

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* MurderSuicide: King George IV is severely mentally ill, so his brothers William and Fredrick try to institutionalize him. When they come to get him George kills his Fredrick and tries to kill William before killing himself.


* {{Homage}} / ShoutOut: To the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. The Republican Union and its later successor polity become very reminescent of the pre-War United States from the ''Fallout'' universe: A virtually stalinist/nazi-esque regime with a StepfordSmiler outer surface.

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* {{Homage}} / ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
To the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. The Republican Union and its later successor polity become very reminescent of the pre-War United States from the ''Fallout'' universe: A virtually stalinist/nazi-esque regime with a StepfordSmiler outer surface.surface.
** [[Literature/JoeSteele Joseph Stalin becomes a politician in America, renaming himself as Joe Steele.]]


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* InsultBackfire: After Andrew Jackson creates the Confederation of the Carolinas, Madison and Jefferson call him a "vulture". The Confederation adopts the vulture as a national symbol to spite them.

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