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United States of America

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Organization of Free Nations 

Official Name: United States of America
Ruling Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Republican)
Ideology: Liberal Democracy
After being humiliated in the Second World War and seeing Hawaii nuked by the Axis, America was forced to cede to Japan all of her Pacific territories and the ports of Los Angeles and San Francisco. This failure has left much of the population angry and itching for revenge. As the 1960s begin, the American political elite under President Richard Nixon leads the world's remaining democratic power in the containment of German Fascism and Japanese Imperialism, while growing internal divisions over Civil Rights sees antiestablishment politicians rise under the National Progressive Party umbrella; with the conclusion of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis in 1962, a new chapter begins for the land of the free.


    General Tropes 

  • The Alliance: The OFN, which depending on how events play out, can either become a glorified extension of American power at the expense of member nations, something more akin to The Federation under US guidance, or collapse altogether.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: In the Republican-Democratic Party, the Democrats being more right-leaning (Conservative Democracy) and the Republicans being more left-leaning (Liberal Democracy) may initially seem strange from a modern-day perspective, but this does have historical basis; a left-right party switch occured in the United States during the 60s, as the Democrats under LBJ supported Civil Rights and caused a shift in party platforms of both the Republicans and Democrats (which are really big tent parties with many different factions, and several factions, in particular the conservative southern Dixiecrats, switched sides during this time), and led to the Democrats becoming more progressive and Republicans becoming more conservative. In TNO, the US defeat led to a thorough shakeup of American politics, and thus the party switch never happened.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Should the US overcome its myriad social and political issues, it can emerge as a powerhouse that could overshadow both the Reich and Japan without risking nuclear war.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: During the South African War, if Wolfgang Schenck grants independence to the Republic of Angola, the OFN under the United States will immediately declare war on the newly-independent and anti-Schild Angola, since the OFN wants resources more than independent anti-Nazi allies.
  • Chummy Commies: Without the threat of the Soviet Union and with the dominance of the German Reich, Americans in this timeline are considerably more sympathetic to leftist ideologies, with the US government supporting communist rebels abroad and the left wing of the NPP advocating for socialism at home.
  • Control Freak: The US holds a strong grip over other OFN countries, especially Iceland (which is ruled by an American military administration), in fear that if they are not properly controlled, those countries would leave their alliance or even join another superpower.
  • Dark Horse Victory: It is very unlikely that either the L-NPP or the Yockeys become popular within the NPP and win the presidential elections, and if they do, it's a sign something has gone horribly wrong in America.
  • Day of the Jackboot: When Hall or Yockey wins the Presidential election, the US loses the "Last Bastion of Freedom" national spirit, as the new president begins to subvert the democratic institution.
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • When the NPP rose and the Democratic Party fell, Democrats who didn't want to affiliate with the new party fled to the Republican Party and formed the Republican-Democratic Party.
    • The NPP themselves can get this trope in two ways, depending on if the Nixon administration signs the Civil Rights Act or not. If Nixon refuses to sign the act, disillusioned progressives and other left-wing politicians will join the NPP, strengthening its position as both a socially and economically progressive party. If the Civil Rights Act is signed, die-hard right-wingers and Dixiecrats will leave the R-D party and defect to the NPP, shifting the party to the right.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: If the OFN achieves total victory in the South African War, and manages to weather through the insane challenge of nation building and successfully decolonize Africa, the US will gain a significant amount of African resoureces, and the President's party popularity will shoot through the roof.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: The most practical outcome for America in the South African War isn't a total victory, as this would entail the establishment of Mandates, the prolonged involvement of the US military in the region, and growing instability both in Africa and at home. Instead, the best option's a pro-OFN ceasefire, as it would mean that the US manages to secure its objectives in the region without the extra baggage, while the Reichskommisariate will still collapse anyway.
  • Enemy Mine: The National Progressive Party was formed from a union between the left-wing National Progressive Front and the right-wing Patriotic Party, both of whom oppose the R-D establishment and the overwhelming popularity of Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was President of the United States in TNO between 1952 and 1960).
  • Fallen States of America: Downplayed at the start. America in 1962 is still a major world power and the leading force behind the OFN, but is rife with even more social turmoil and economic issues than OTL. If the Left-NPP or the Yockeys win a Presidential election, however, the US loses all international influence, goes to isolationism, and effectively loses the Cold War.
  • Fictional Political Party:
    • The Republican-Democratic Party, which formed after remnants of the Democratic Party joined up with the Republican Party after WWII.
    • The National Progressive Party, which is an eclectic mix of socialists, progressives, segregationists, and fascists united only by opposition to the R-Ds.
    • The NPP itself was formed from a union of two fictional post-war parties, Henry A. Wallace's left-wing National Progressive Front and George S. Patton's right-wing Patriotic Party.
  • Invaded States of America:
    • The peace treaty that ended WWII created a series of Japanese-controlled "treaty ports" on the West Coast. Though not of substantial material value, this occupation of American land is a major political contention.
    • If Hermann Göring becomes Führer of Germany, he can attempt an invasion of the United States, Fall Rockwell. It has predictable results.
  • Necessary Evil: How the R-Ds view the Japanese occupation of American soil. They’re willing to tolerate the existence of the “treaty ports” (at least until the US is in a position to bargain for their relatively peaceful return) as trying to take them by force would risk nuclear war.
  • Oppressive States of America: Possible if extremists gain control of the National Progressive Party, and the NPP's candidate then wins the presidential election. Though the constitutional order nominally survives, the NPP is at a minimum capable of crushing the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Paper Tiger: On the surface, the US starts out in a seemingly strong position, though it's wracked by various social and political tensions. Navigating through the quagmire and finding a way out of it are almost as crucial as maintaining the balance of power against Germany and Japan.
  • Regime Change: In 1962, the USA will launch an invasion of OFN member state Guyana to depose the autocratic Forbes Burnham and install the more acceptably democratic Cheddi Jagan.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Oil Crisis can throw a wrench in American plans. Depending on who is in charge and what’s been done up until that point, this can potentially destabilize the country to the point of allowing either Hall or Yockey to assume power.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The liberal, social democratic C-NPP and the segregationist, pro-business FR-NPP are only held together as long as both can point to a common enemy in the R-Ds. If the NPP's compromise candidate Margaret Chase Smith wins the 1968 elections, she must make concessions with both, lest internal divisions fracture the party.
  • Victory by Endurance: The Republican-Democratic administration takes this view, believing in analysis suggesting both Germany and Japan are headed towards economic and political insolvency that will leave the US the most powerful nation in the world by simple dint of survival. The only issues are in the accuracy of the prediction, and in keeping the public content "doing nothing" until that happens.
  • Warhawk: Most members of the NPP believe that a more direct approach against the rival superpowers should be taken, and seek to reclaim the lost ports from Japan at all costs.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: If the US achieves a total victory over Afrika-Schild in the South African War, they'll establish new colonies on the territory of their old enemies (in the form of either the Central African Republic or three mandates). However, Central Africa has been vastly destabilised after years of Nazi rule, the natives have access to a vast amount of arms left over from the war and view the American generals who rule over them no better than the German Reichskommissare who used to, and domestic support for keeping US troops in Africa is low. In the end, the Mandates and the Central African Republic have an extremely tough time nation-building and decolonizing, become a massive sink of resources and public opinion, and might even be doomed to total collapse. The most practical outcome for the US in the South African War is not total victory, but a pro-OFN ceasefire.
  • You Are Too Late: As the US continued to maintain an isolationist policy under Joseph Kennedy, America got involved into World War II too late, when both the Soviet Union and the British Empire were already facing defeat.

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Presidents (1960-1964)

    Richard Nixon 

Richard Nixon

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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Republican)
Ideology: Liberal Democracy

Richard Nixon is the current President of the United States, having been sworn in on January 20, 1961. After winning the 1960 election by a landslide against the newly-formed NPP, one of the most one-sided elections in American history, Nixon's approval ratings have plummeted, in no small part due to allegations of corruption, constant NPP protests, and a Vice-President constantly receiving praise instead of him (intentionally or not).


  • Allohistorical Allusion: Nixon can employ the same dirty tricks he used in real life to weaken and discredit the opposition party... and suffer from the consequences if they are revealed to the American public, like in real life.
  • Corrupt Politician: The real life Richard Nixon is really the Trope Codifier. In the TNO timeline, he employs the same dirty tricks he used in our world, which will inevitably lead to his impeachment and subsequent resignation.
    Nixon: I am not a crook!
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Nixon is constantly being overshadowed by his vice-president JFK due to his role in defusing the tense Hawaiian Missile Crisis, and many progressive reforms are ascribed to Kennedy instead of him.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: No matter what happens, Nixon is doomed to be impeached for his dirty tricks.
  • In Medias Res: Unlike other countries, the US starts with several focuses already completed, since Nixon has been President for a year. Thus, the player has to follow the branch which involves illegal actions against the NPP and a middle ground in the Civil Rights issue since Nixon already made those decisions.
  • Landslide Election: Thanks to the popularity of his predecessor Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a weak opposition in the post-merger NPP, Nixon won a landslide victory in the 1960 presidential election. His popularity has sharply plummeted since then, however.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Nixon is President Corrupt, as he is more than happy to employ clandestine and illegal tricks to diminish the NPP, in doing so risking being impeached.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Even though Nixon can attempt to implement much needed progressive reforms throughout the country, many of these initiatives are ascribed to his VP Kennedy instead of him, which doesn't help Nixon's already controversial reputation.

    John F. Kennedy 

John F. Kennedy

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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Democrat)
Ideology: Conservative Democracy

John F. Kennedy is the incumbent Vice-President of the United States, having served since January 20, 1961 under President Richard Nixon. He can potentially become President after Nixon's impeachment.


  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: His in-game ideology is listed as Conservative Democracy, putting him to Nixon's right, but he's actually (as events make clear) more left-wing than Nixon. His ideology is listed that way because he's a Democrat, who are generally more conservative than Republicans, even though he is an exception.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the completely altered geopolitical situation, domestic conditions that led to his ascension to the presidency and a different timeframe, Kennedy is still assassinated on a visit to Dallas, Texas just like in our world.
  • Reluctant Ruler: When he becomes President after Nixon's impeachment, Kennedy grows to dislike his position.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: JFK's reputation suffers from the reputation of his father, who led the US to failure in WWII. However, depending on his actions taken as VP and President after Nixon's impeachment, Jack Kennedy can redeem himself in the eyes of the public.
  • Short-Lived Leadership: The Kennedy presidency lasts for mere months before he is assassinated by a radical Guyanese nationalist.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Kennedy gets assassinated less than two years after the game begins, having only served as President for a very short time.

    John W. McCormack 
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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Republican)
Ideology: Liberal Democracy

  • Short-Lived Leadership: McCormack is sworn in as President when the 1964 election lies barely a year away, and has no intention to run in the R-D primaries, instead simply resolving to hold the Oval Office for the coming months until a new President can be nominated.
  • Unexpected Successor: McCormack, Speaker of the House of Representatives, never expected himself to become President before President Nixon was impeached and his VP and successor Kennedy was assassinated.
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Presidents (1964 election)

    Robert F. Kennedy 

Robert F. Kennedy

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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Democrat), National Progressive Party (Center) (Civil Rights vetoed by Nixon)
Ideology: Social Democracy


  • Broken Pedestal: Should he give his approval for executing COINTELPRO, not only will it further destabilize American society and tarnish his reputation, but also make his assassination more likely to happen.
  • Defector from Decadence: If the Nixon administration refuses to sign the Civil Rights Act, Bobby will leave the Republican-Democratic party and join the NPP, becoming their presidential candidate in the 1964 election.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: While the historical RFK wasn't a reactionary by any means, the game portrays him as being more radical and progressive than he was in real life. Granted, you have the option to implement some rather dodgy policies, although the real RFK was more of a populist liberal than an outright social democrat.
  • In Spite of a Nail: He can wind up assassinated by radicals, sparking unrest not unlike real life.
  • Necessary Evil: He tries to justify COINTELPRO by rationalizing that it’s in the name of public safety and preventing subversive elements of whatever stripe from destabilizing America; specifically, the entire American far-right, from segregationists to Nazis.
  • Refuge in Audacity: His "door-in-the-face" plan for bringing reforms entails proposing proposals even further out there than he wants to go, only to mellow out of said proposals, making Kennedy seem like a pragmatic problem solver, while allowing him to push through more reforms.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: John F. Kennedy's assassination is a great personal tragedy to his brother Robert, who decides that the best thing he can do is to honour John's legacy by embodying everything that he stood for, if he becomes President.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Depending on how he handles his tenure as President especially regarding COINTELPRO, his last days in office have him wondering whether he lived up to JFK's legacy, or doomed America to prolonged social strife.

    Lyndon B. Johnson 

Lyndon Johnson

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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Republican)
Ideology: Liberal Democracy


  • Allohistorical Allusion: LBJ's Great Society policies aren't much different from OTL's Johnson Presidency social reforms. However, depending on the circumstances, they can even go beyond what was enacted in real life.
  • In Spite of a Nail: His time as President can wind up being very similar to OTL, whether in his Great Society policies or how the way he could handle crises like the American participation in the Indonesian War mirror Vietnam.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Johnson regards the tragically-short Kennedy presidency as possibly the best the Republican-Democrats could be, and vows to carry Kennedy's torch of progressivism and unity until America is whole once more.

    Wallace F. Bennett 
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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Democrat)
Ideology: Conservative Democracy


  • Global Currency: A considerable part of Bennett's reforms is oriented towards closer integration of the economies of the OFN members, which can result in the creation of the analog of the OTL Bretton Woods system, which ties the currencies of other OFN countries to the US dollar.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Bennett is President Personable for his willingness to compromise and President Minority since, if elected, Bennett would be the first Mormon President of America.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Bennett is an open and negotiable individual who tries to bring the American nation together in the aftermath of the rather turbulent Nixon presidency.
  • Status Quo Is God: Downplayed, but he makes a deliberate effort to not rock the boat too much while he's in office. That said, he would do whatever is necessary to uphold a sense of normalcy, such as reaching out to his fellow Americans and the OFN.

    George Wallace 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Far-Right)
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy


  • Crazy Enough to Work: Wallace could hire a strong legal team to cover for him should he be impeached. There's a chance that this would not only succeed in keeping him in office, but lead to the man himself expressing surprise that it'd actually worked.
  • Dystopia Is Hard: Unless Wallace manages to win over Congress and exert enough force among the public, not only would he find implementing his policies incredibly difficult, but doing so may also potentially lead to his impeachment before he could do enough damage.
  • Evil Reactionary: Wallace becomes the NPP nominee only if the Civil Rights Act was signed into law under Nixon. If he is elected, Wallace will do everything in his power to repeal it and protect racial segregation.
  • Heel Realization: Seemingly invoked by the "Was it worth it, Mr. President?" that shows up in response to enacting universal segregation across the United States through collaboration with fascist elements. This is likely also a reference to the fact that OTL Wallace eventually repented of his segregationist beliefs late in life, but not before he'd done his damage of a lifetime of pouring racist poison into the waters of wider American politics.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Being a member of the FR-NPP and former southern Old Democrat, Wallace is a zealous supporter of racial segregation.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite being a far-right racist, Wallace seeks to earn the support of workers' unions in some form of legislation, so that Southern workers and liberal R-Ds will appreciate the government. However, the only reason why Wallace does this at all is to secure votes, not out of any good in his heart.
  • President Evil: With his unyielding desire to cancel the Civil Rights Act, Wallace is - alongside Strom Thurmond - the most overtly evil and malevolent potential President. That is, until Yockey shows up.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Outright invoked at the end of a “successful” Wallace’s description:
"Was it worth it, Mr. President?"
  • What the Hell, Player?: Should Wallace enact universal segregation across America, the description will make it clear that mass riots in response are tearing up the country, as are emboldened American fascists going around arresting black children for the crime of going to school. The text that reads "Was it worth it, Mr. President?" is highlighted red to emphasize it's not just taking a jab at Wallace, but also you, the player, who chose to go down this hell path.

Secret Presidents

These characters don't run in the 1964 Presidential election, but can ascend to the office under various circumstances. Due to the nature of their rise to power, their spoilers are unmarked.

    Strom Thurmond 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Far-Right)
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • 0% Approval Rating: Thurmond's efforts to destroy Robert F. Kennedy's legacy turn him into the most hated man in the US, and he starts being called a lame duck President almost a year before that term usually applies. In the Iowa Caucus, he can't even get a full percentage point of the vote, ruling out the very possibility of running for a second term.
  • The Coup: After the assassination of President Robert F. Kennedy and Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Thurmond blackmails the Speaker of the House (who is next in line for the Presidency), who then proceeds to 'refuse' the office. As a result, the Presidency passes to the President pro tempore of the Senate—Thurmond himself.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Thurmond sees all of his efforts to undo civil rights as good and righteous, to protect the authority of states and the 'values that America had been founded upon'.
  • Evil Reactionary: Thurmond is single-minded in his effort to undo his predecessor Robert F. Kennedy's reforms and reinstate segregation across the entire US.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Thurmond is a hardline segregationist who will instate country-wide Jim Crow laws after taking over the Presidency.
  • Short-Lived Leadership: Thurmond doesn't get to serve a full Presidential term and can't run for re-election, but he leaves a considerable impact on American politics during his tenure as President as he undoes the legacy of RFK and divides the country even further.

    Curtis LeMay 
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LeMay as a USAF general 
Party: National Progressive Party (Far-Right)
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Despite being an unpleasant ex-military man in the Far-Right NPP, and coming to power first as the Vice President of hardline segregationist George Wallace, LeMay's presidency instead has him support integration and sign a new Civil Rights Act.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-lethal variant if he signs a new Civil Rights Act. He's giving up any chance of a future career but does so willingly, knowing America is better off for it.
  • Honor Before Reason: If LeMay becomes President, he'll sign a new Civil Rights Act, seeing segregation as patently against the freedom the Founding Fathers had revolted to bring into being. Even though he knows that he'll lose all support from the pro-segregationists who once voted for him on Wallace's ticket, LeMay cares nothing about being re-elected, and views his brief time in the Oval Office as the perfect opportunity to push through some of the reforms America desperately needed.
  • The Purge: In the wake of George Wallace's disastrous Presidency and impeachment, LeMay condemns the Southern segregationists and forces them to support integration if they don't want to be removed from the NPP.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: LeMay is rather foul-mouthed, as can be seen in his focus descriptions and events:
    You'll do no such thing! Don't even fuckin' think about it, you damn pansy! You'll whip those bastards in line or I'll have your head on a goddamn pike on the White House lawn by sundown! Don't think I'm gonna take this shit just 'cus I ain't been sitting on my ass in Congress collecting moss for the last twenty years! Do your goddamn job or it's your ass!
  • Unexpected Successor: When Wallace approaches him to ask him to be his running mate, LeMay never thought that Wallace would actually get elected, and never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined himself taking the oath after Wallace is impeached.

Presidents (1968 election)

    Michael Harrington 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Center)
Ideology: Social Democracy


  • Defector from Decadence: Harrington was originally a member of the Catholic Worker movement, but left because of the movement's ignorance on the threat of Fascism. He then became an associate of the Socialist Party of America and the Trotskyist Max Shachtman, but left that too after the party became increasingly authoritarian. He has since settled in with the NPP.
  • Internal Reformist: Harrington is a democratic socialist who will try to tackle poverty, unemployment, and hunger in America through reforms.
  • Suffrage and Political Liberation: The central theme of Harrington's Presidency is to try and empower the "Other America" of generally impoverished and unrepresented people alongside the politically-active working class. Whether this is successful or not largely depends on if he can recenter American politics on these groups before angering the wealthy enough that they turn on him.

    John Glenn 
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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Republican)
Ideology: Liberal Democracy


  • Emperor Scientist: Glenn is an engineer and astronaut who fills his government with all sorts of scientists and experts, knowing that this will ultimately lead to a stronger support staff in the future.
  • For Science!: Part of his motivation behind bolstering America’s space program, apart from one-upping the Reich. Should he succeed, the US can launch manned expeditions to Mars by the 1970s.
  • Long Game: Glenn seems particularly fond of these in his bid to ensure American dominance. Whether it's Project Ares or a successful détente through massive nuclear buildup.
  • Mutually Assured Destruction: Glenn takes this far further than any other Cold War leader, assembling an openly apocalyptic nuclear stockpile in order to leave absolutely zero doubt that a nuclear war would result in the end of all industrial civilization if not human extinction, and thus intimidate Germany and Japan into détente. This can work, but it can also fail, resulting in Glenn being one of the most likely people to trigger a nuclear war in spite of not being particularly hawkish.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Glenn is President Geek, as he is a former astronaut who is strongly interested in the development of American space technology.

    Barry Goldwater 

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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Democrat)
Ideology: Conservative Democracy


  • Allohistorical Allusion: Goldwater can implement 'Reganomics', an economic model involving minimal government spending (especially on things considered fruitless like social welfare), supply-side economics and deregulation, and disregarding Keynesian and Marxist theories, devised by Secretary of the Treasury Don Regan (who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald Reagan and advocated for Reaganomics in real life).
  • Must Have Caffeine: Goldwater is continually depicted drinking scalding-hot coffee.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Goldwater can be President Corrupt, as he can perform Nixonesque actions against the L-NPP or the Yockeys to discredit them, which will absolutely not backfire on him like what happened last time. Should he be elected, he's also President Minority since he'd be the first Jew to enter office.
  • Pet the Dog: Goldwater targeting the Yockeys sees him go all-in on denouncing fascism as an affront to American values.
  • Red Scare: Played straight in flavor text from Goldwater's own perspective if he attempts to crush the L-NPP. Other events show you the real consequences of this campaign, with one event showing a supporter of the far right comparing Goldwater approvingly to the Nazis.
    We will continue to isolate more communist traitors...
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Goldwater has a strained relationship with his VP, Nelson Rockefeller, whose political views couldn't be more different from his own.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Goldwater is a staunch libertarian-leaning conservative and everything he does from implementing right-wing economic policies to using the government to crack down on communist or fascist groups is done in the name of upholding the values Goldwater considers core to the US.

    Margaret Chase Smith 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Far-Right)
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy


  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: If Robert F. Kennedy or George Wallace is not the incumbent President in 1968, Smith can become the first woman to stand for the Presidency, and potentially America's first female President.
  • Deal with the Devil: If her policies split the NPP she can ally herself with Francis Parker Yockey and his faction, causing her administration to take a much harder line on Japan and intensify its anti-Japanese rhetoric, leading to hate crimes and government-vigilante repression against Japanese-Americans, and potentially letting Yockey himself take her place as the NPP nominee in the 1972 election.
  • Driven to Suicide: If nuclear war starts when she is president, she kills herself after the bombs drop and civilization collapses, writing a note that she does not want to be "queen of the ashes".
  • Iron Lady: Smith has built a reputation of being a principled hardliner and hawk, and is convinced that the US must take the fight to the fascists without losing its soul in the process.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Smith has two paths in which she can have this reaction. The first is if she forms a Deal with the Devil by aligning with Yockey and sees the horrors inflicted on the Japanese-American population due to the racism she stoked for political gain. She also has this reaction if nuclear war breaks out which leads to her ultimately committing suicide rather than be "queen of the ashes."
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Among other things, MCS can count as President Minority, as both the first female presidential candidate from a major party and the first female President.
  • Warhawk: Smith once commented that she would have nuked Japan for their attack on Pearl Harbor, and believes that the fight against foreign tyranny is never done until the fascists are destroyed.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: If she wins, Burgundy considers her to be this. They respect her belligerence toward Japan and claim she has risen above her "cowardly" English and French ancestry, and consider her election to be the Americans making a "sensible" choice.

Presidents (1972 election)

    Gus Hall 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Far-Left)
Ideology: Authoritarian Socialism

  • Downer Ending: A Hall presidency is the second worst possible path for the US (second only to a Yockey presidency).
  • Heteronormative Crusader: In an attempt to eliminate J. Edgar Hoover from his position, Hall publicly exposes him as homosexual, setting a precedent for the Lavender Scare across the country.
  • Hypocrite: Hall wants to push revolutionary civil rights reforms, including sexual equality, but is willing to use Lavender Scare to discredit J. Edgar Hoover and purge the FBI of his influence.
  • New Era Speech: Hall's inaugural address begins with words never before heard from an American President:
    Hall: My fellow Americans, citizens of the world...comrades.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Unlike Yockey, the other "failstate" president, Gus Hall is not a monster on the surface. He doesn't restrict civil liberties initially, and his policies are sincerely enacted to try to life up those crushed by unjust systems and preserve American democracy and its institutions. But, in his devotion to put his ideals into practice, he doesn't care much about making them practicable, nor all that interested with making compromises. On top of trying to purge the CIA and FBI of "reactionary" elements at the worst possible time, his "Revolutionary Civil Rights" event, in which he enforces radical equality through broad executive powers given to the Attorney General, not only makes Americans of many stripes uncomfortable with its scope, empowering and emboldening the Yockeys, but sets dangerous precedents that the Yockeys could use if they ever seize power. He’s destroying America, even if unintentionally.
  • Principles Zealot: Hall doesn't have "compromise" on his dictionary, and will do anything to subvert and undermine the more conservative and reactionary crowd of America, even if in doing so he greatly threatens the very stability of the USA. His "Unearthing the Bones" event is a good example of that, with him purging both the heads of the CIA and the FBI on the grounds that they are reactionary and conservative elements, even though that will leave both institutions vulnerable in the middle of a Cold War against two superpowers and his enemies' subversive activities completely unchecked.
  • The Purge: As his bio shows, Hall plans to clean out government institutions of reactionaries and conservatives, starting with both the FBI and the CIA if the "Unearthing the Bones" event is any indication. Nevermind the fact the purges in question will take both institutions down for maintenance at the worst time possible, what with two fascist superpowers running unchecked and trying to stir the pot in the US itself too.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In contrast to the dour mood of Yockey's election, Hall's is noted to have applause so loud that you can barely hear his inauguration speech. His superevent also is less melancholy than Yockey's (a cover of "Which Side Are You On?" over roaring crowds).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: President Hall seeks to uplift America's marginalised, unite the working class, and create a new socialist America, built for all instead of the few, even if it means tearing apart the American insitutions and bringing an end to American democracy as we know it.

    Henry M. Jackson 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Center)
Ideology: Social Democracy

  • Minor Major Character: In 1962, Jackson is the leader of the C-NPP, but he has little actual impact on the narrative during the early 60s, as RFK becomes the C-NPP candidate during the 1964 election. He only becomes a potential presidential candidate in the 1972 election.
  • The Purge: Jackson despises the L-NPP communists and the Yockeys, to the point where he has campaigned on a seemingly anti-democratic platform of banning the two cliques.
  • Warhawk: Jackson is one of the most interventionist and hawkish potential Presidents for America. Since OTL Jackson is considered as a major influence and predecessor to Neoconservatism, this shouldn't come as surprise.

    George McGovern 
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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Republican)
Ideology: Liberal Democracy

  • Our Presidents Are Different: McGovern is a President Personable, who seeks détente and reconciliation with the Germans and Japanese, and the end of the military-industrial complex.

    Robert McNamara 
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Party: Republican-Democratic Party (Democrat)
Ideology: Conservative Democracy

  • Enemy Mine: President McNamara can appoint Henry M. Jackson, a C-NPP senator, as his Secretary of Defense, as both have the same point of view when it comes to the military and foreign affairs: Germany and Japan are the biggest threats to the American way of life. While they may not agree on much else politically, McNamara is willing to overlook that, to provide bipartisan support to his agenda.
  • Realpolitik: McNamara is a stringent practitioner of this, though takes it even further than his OTL counterpart in the name of protecting America.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: McNamara is a ruthless pragmatist who believes that there can be no room for emotional compromises in politics. If military IQ standards must be lowered to allow more recruitment, if a foreign nation must be invaded to protect America, if taxes must be raised to provide for the common defense, then that should be done.

    Jeane Kirkpatrick 
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Party: National Progressive Party (Far-Right)
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • Allohistorical Allusion: The Kirkpatrick Doctrine is almost identical to what it was in real life, with anti-communism replaced by anti-Nazism, as the USA's Arch-Enemy in this timeline is the German Reich, instead of the Soviet Union.
  • Enemy Mine: She's more than willing to cooperate with (and prop up) unsavory dictatorships, if it means dealing another blow to Fascism.
  • Iron Lady: Kirkpatrick is an iron-willed President who pursues a policy of hardline diplomacy towards America's enemies.
  • Regime Change: The policies Kirkpatrick endorses include this in some form or another, though unlike OTL, these aren't confined to Latin America.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Kirkpatrick Doctrine is a geopolitical precept that America should support friendly dictatorships in order to prevent the spread of Nazi totalitarianism.

    Francis Parker Yockey 
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Party: National Progressive Party (All-American National Vanguard)
Ideology: National Socialism

  • 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. Yockey does require some domestic support in order to win the Presidential election, but his inauguration event points out how there are few people to celebrate his inauguration, outside of a handful brown-shirted supporters, and a delegation from the Reich. The R-Ds officially boycotted his inauguration, and almost every non-Yockey NPP branch refused to attend. There are more police guarding Yockey's election (and FAR more anti-Yockey protesters getting as much as they can out of their First Amendment rights before Yockey begins to strip them away).
  • Dark Reprise: The Yockey Presidency superevent plays the United States anthem in a mournful minor key.
  • Downer Ending: The developers consider a Yockey presidency to be the worst possible path America can take.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: The fascist wing of the NPP, formally called the All-American National Vanguard, is nicknamed Yockeys, after their leader.
  • The Klan: Many members of Yockey's extreme right faction are also members of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: While all NPP members hate Japan to some degree (though it doesn't always take the form of racial hatred towards the Japanese people), Yockey's racism against the Japanese (including Japanese Americans) reaches comical levels. In addition, his followers include segregationists so vile to give even George Wallace pause.
  • President Evil: Yockey is the leader of the NPP's fascist clique, and the worst person who can be elected President of the United States.
  • Sworn in by Oath: If elected, Yockey will take the oath of office with his hand on his neo-Nazi manifesto Imperium rather than The Bible traditionally used for such occasions.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Yockey is the most popular (relatively, as he is still very marginal even within the NPP) politician openly espousing Fascist beliefs.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: At regional stage, Vozhd Konstantin Rodzaevsky of Amur can express his support of Yockey in America. Upon learning about it, Yockey goes on a long rant about the nature of cultural wars, the inherit barbarity of the Slavic civilization and why Rodzaevsky's endorsement is no more valuable to him than support of his dog.

Other Important People

    William Westmoreland 

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Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy


  • Innocent Bigot: At the OFN All-African Summit in Harare, Westmoreland accidentally welcomes African representatives to Salisbury, which is the former colonial name for Hararenote . Needless to say, this doesn't endear him to local African leaders (amongst whom is the Zimbabwean nationalist Robert Mugabe).

    Creighton Abrams Jr. 

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Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy


  • Reluctant Ruler: If the OFN defeats Afrika-Schild in the South African War, Abrams is tasked with the uncomfortable task of crushing the insurgency in the Congo. Under pressure from both Washington and local investors, he thinks that there is no glory in this war but still has to decide on how to leave America's mark in the Congo before coming back home.

    John D. Lavelle 

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Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy


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