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« on: July 25, 2017, 11:03:51 pm »

Sun and Moon
The Presidential Election of 2040

a new year
will there be
new gadgets
new toys
or will there be
new friends
new love

 - Rupi Kaur, “Sun and Moon,” published 2038

The year 2040 arrives. The ball drops in Times Square, visited by much fanfare and confetti, seen by thousands huddled in the cold of New York. Millions more experience the drop from afar, whether they watch it through old-fashioned means like television or online video or immerse themselves via new-fangled virtual reality systems or brain implants. Either way, the new year is greeted by a world cautiously optimistic, still recovering from the turmoil of previous decades while grappling with the new challenges of this one.

For two people in particular, 2040 brings both much trepidation and much opportunity. One of them is the President of the United States, a change agent who vies for reelection in a world much changed. The other is perhaps America’s greatest living leftist, eyeing the presidency as a way to make the world a better place. From the outside, they are sworn enemies, but the truth is, they form a symbiosis; it is no surprise that they, once upon a time, used to be friends.

This is their story.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 11:04:46 pm »

Table of Contents

00. Prologue

Part I: Nasty Women

01. The Future is Female
02. Beautiful Stranger
03. Four Walls
04. Into the New World
05. Rude Love
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 02:46:22 pm »

Chapter 1: The Future is Female

“Why are all the women these days so...unladylike? Back in my day, a woman did this, and a man did that. Now our Republican President is a C-pop idol who cares more about breaking ceilings than conservatism and probably smoked weed in college, while the leading Democratic challenger is a Communist muffin who definitely smoked weed in college.”

 - Conservative radio host Al “All-Right” Anderson, on a January 4, 2040 radio broadcast

* * *

January 5, 2040; Governor’s Office, Baltimore, Maryland

The Governor looked at herself in the wall mirror, sitting a good distance away in her fancy steel swivel chair that formed the centerpiece of her office. It complemented, and in some ways, overshadowed her austere office. The chair, another chair located near the door, the desk, and a shelf of various papers. No pictures, no office plants, nothing but her computer, the mirror, furniture, and papers of all sorts. Just like she wanted; the Governor loved minimalism and hated clutter.

She combed her hair, looking at herself in that one piece of office decoration. Short hair, she thought. The governors of Maryland; they all had short hair. I merely continued that tradition.

But that was because they were all male, the first female governor of Maryland remembered. Surely I’m the first female governor anywhere who has short hair!

And, she thought, knocking on her steel armrest (since there was no wood anywhere in knocking distance; her desk was also made of steel), I will be the first female President of the United States with short hair.

She combed her hair with her fingers one more time, hair dyed yellow with streaks of the original black at the roots. Both were colors you would commonly see on the heads of politicians, but never together. But in her case, it was not a liability; her crazy hair made her authentic, and that was all that mattered.

What other “firsts” would I be? The Governor kept thinking. I could have been the first female and the first Asian President of the United States, if it weren’t for the fact that my opponent already beat me to it on both counts! At least I would be the first Korean. And I would be the first President from Maryland since, like, ever.

She paused. Were there any Marylanders who became President before her? She couldn’t remember. If she were connected to the Internet, she could’ve instantly checked online if she were correct or not. But the Presidential Security Act of 2034 prohibited Presidents and presidential candidates from having active brain implants that were connected to the Internet. Not that she would’ve gotten one otherwise. She always found getting one quite weird, even for her weird self.

She looked down and turned on her phone hologram. With the touch of a button, her speeches beamed up in front of her, typed in her own words, though with plenty of editor corrections crisscrossing the screen, written in red pen and marker. Though her phone screen itself automatically turned dark, as they usually do when holograms are activated, she had enough muscle memory to adjust the zoom level by dancing her fingers on her phone, like how one would do on a phone screen before phone holograms were invented.

The Governor had the speech currently displayed down pat; looking at it one more time had a bit of a feel-goodness to it, but it didn’t really help with the actual memorization part. So, taking a very brief respite from her busy schedule, she instead swiped to another app - the photo gallery.

She swiped to the “Favorites” album, where her favorite photos from a good two decades were stored. She looked at the first one. There she was, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Bernie Sanders. The other socialist with crazy hair, who also used their crazy hair for authenticity purposes.

Sanders was long gone, died a peaceful death at the age of 88. But he was smiling, somewhere. He lived just long enough to see the ascendance of the new progressive, nay, the new socialist majority. He lived just long enough to see his image of America, the one he spent years and decades trying to create, come true. And had he lived just a bit longer, he could see the Governor, this spunky young woman with crazy hair from the South, become his ideological heir.

Dang, she thought. How much times had changed.

The Governor swiped right when she overheard conversation.

“I’m sorry, m’am,” a Secret Service Agent said, “but you can’t go into this room.”

“I’m sorry,” a female voice said in response. “I was just trying to find the printer room. I...I didn’t want to cause any trouble.”

“Let her in,” the Governor said without much thought.

“Excuse me, Governor Glass?” the agent said as he opened the door. “This person is not authorized to enter your office.”

“She’s one of my interns,” Glass responded. “She’s been on my team for two months. She’s vetted and everything. For her it’s just an honest mistake, and besides, it would be great to she the person she’s been campaigning for.”

“All right,” the agent said. After a brief pause - presumably to double check that the other person didn’t have any weapons on her - the door opened. A young intern, sporting a white skirt and white hair, walked in with a stack of equally white papers. A stack of papers, the Governor thought. In 2040. Heading to a print room. Yep.

“Governor Amber Glass,” the intern said excitedly. “It’s such an honor to see you!” She gingerly put the stack of papers on a nearby glass table before extending her hand out.

“Thanks for the compliment, Deneb,” the Governor said, shaking the intern’s hand. “And Happy New Years!”

“And Happy New Year’s to you too,” Deneb said.

Deneb. A butterfly puked in the Governor’s stomach, as it does every time she hears that name. Deneb. She turned around and noticed that her phone hologram was still on, showing the next photo wide and clear across the wall.

It took a good second for Governor Glass to snap out of her trance. “Oh, Deneb Kay,” she said, “sorry about the whole Secret Service agent thing. They’re just here to protect me from danger, as you obviously know. But I have the philosophy to keep myself open to talking with interns like you, since it’s important that you gain the full experience of working with an actual public servant. It’s important that you keep your politicians and politics accountable.”

“It’s okay,” Deneb replied.

Another pause as the Governor shifted herself in her fancy chair. “So, Deneb, what would you like to talk about?”

“I don’t really know.” Deneb said. “I guess the Iowa caucuses, since they’re coming up pretty soon.”

“Oh, yes the caucuses,” the Governor said. “Yes, they are very important indeed.” She was about to grab her phone off the desk, but she had forgotten why she wanted to do so, so she returned her arm to her side.

“Currently there are five candidates running right now, including myself, as you know.” The Governor took a deep breath, as one often does as they state the obvious.

“What about-”

“Six if you include the President,” Glass said, anticipating the question. “It’s not going to be easy; all those candidates are quite strong, and a lot of them have a hell of a lot more ‘experience’ than I do.” She took another breath. “Not to toot my own horn too much, but here’s the key: I’m also a hell of a lot more to the left than them, and I expect that my record is going to be worth a lot more than their ‘experience’ on the field.”
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 02:47:14 pm »

Deneb paused for a second. She opened her mouth slightly, then closed it once she forgot what question she was going to ask. Trying to figure out what said question was, she laid her eyes on the still-on projection. “I’m curious, what’s that on the wall?”

She shifted her seat back to its original position, examining the projection some more. There were two women in the selfie, and yes, it was a selfie, back when they were still kind of dodgy in terms of filter quality and the like. One of them was clearly Amber Glass, née Moon, the plucky short-haired socialist and future Governor of Maryland. The other woman stood in the back, her bangs glittering in the sun.

“Okay, I’m this big politics and history nerd, which is totally unsurprising considering that I’m one of your interns,” Deneb the intern said in one breath, “so I know a lot of really obscure historical figures even without the Internet.” She took another breath and pointed to the other woman. “This is Deneb Luna, right, Democratic House candidate for Georgia’s 6th district in 2024? Okay, maybe it’s less that I’m a nerd and more that I’m basically her namesake.” She rolled her eyes in irony and chuckled simultaneously.

“I don’t know if you know this, Deneb,” Governor Glass said, emphasizing the shared name, “but this Deneb, Deneb Luna, was more than a Congressional candidate. She was actually my classmate since elementary school.” A single tear formed in the Governor’s eye, though she maintained her composure. “She was actually the one who inspired me to go into electoral politics.”

And that single tear fell. Deneb’s eyes tracked the tear, but she did not say anything about it.

“Really,” Deneb the intern said instead. “Even more than Bernie Sanders.”

“In some sense, yes, even more than Bernie.” The Governor flipped to the previous picture of her younger self with Sanders. “Though he was an important influence of mine, so don’t underestimate his in-.”

“Hold on.” It was her phone, buzzing and nagging her on the table. She checked it; it was her campaign manager. “Meeting with staff at 2,” the text said. “Oh, I’m sorry Deneb, but I need to meet with my campaign staff to discuss strategy in a few minutes.”

“Oh it’s okay,” Deneb said, “I know that you’re always so busy. Honestly, I didn’t expect to talk with you in the first place, so this is a great opportunity.”

“But,” Deneb added, “may I ask for one more thing. It’s a minor thing, it won’t take long.”

“Let me guess, it’s the intern selfie,” Glass responded as she stood up in anticipation.

“How did you know,” Deneb said wryly.

“Every intern wants one,” Glass said. “What do you think the photo op with Bernie was?”

“I guess,” Deneb said. She stood up, positioned herself next to the Governor, careful not to trip over the thousands of chairs that dotted the room. She grabbed her phone out of her purse, stretched out her arm in classic selfie position, and tilted it for cutsy reasons. With the raise of an eyebrow - the Governor noticed that they were brownish-tan, indicative of a bottle white - Deneb then activated the phone camera and positioned it just so.

“Hey,” Deneb said when she, through the phone camera, eyed the Governor squinting to see their faces on the phone screen. “I know that you can’t see ourselves through the camera, but please, look presidential.”

“Haha,” Glass said, relaxing her eyes to their normal selves. 3...2...1...snap! And another historical moment was captured.

“Thank you, Governor,” Deneb said as she headed to the door.

“You’re welcome,” Governor Glass said as she walked backwards to her steel chair.

“And make sure you go out and change the world!” Deneb said as she left.

Change the world, the Governor thought. That is what Presidents do, don’t they, for better and worse. And she remembered the original Deneb. I know that you always wanted to change the world.

I will make your wish come true, Deneb.
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 08:37:31 pm »

January 5, 2040; White House, Washington, D.C.

At this moment, the Leader of the Free World was at her most vulnerable. Standing in the shower, a simple misstep could send her careening down to her doom. With her goes the country, and with the country goes the world. Nobody said being the Leader of the Free World was easy.

She adjusted the water temperature to be slightly warmer than it is what it is now, using the button selector panel. Despite the amazing, amazing design - somehow they compressed over a hundred different options into a shape that vaguely looked like a Venn diagram - it was not the fanciest shower out there. The fanciest showers could be controlled via brain implants and a Local Area Network, but surprise! The President is forbidden by law to have such implants.

Even after three years, she missed having her old implants. They were technically still there, but they have been permanently disabled, so she may as well have bricks in her head. And despite her implants being absolutely terrible compared to the new models out there, it was still so convenient. Operating showers were just the tip of the iceberg. But national security was paramount, so old school technology it was.

The steel button panel also happened to double up as a good mirror. She looked at her own face. It was like most other Asian faces, somewhat oval in shape, somewhat long. with the characteristic eye shape and long cheekbones.

There was also the youth of her face; nary a pimple nor a wrinkle spoiled her perfect countenance. Being Asian certainly helped, though one can easily argue that it is White people who age abnormally fast. It is not uncommon to mistake a thirty-year-old for someone ten years younger. But the President was almost a month older than forty-four, and nobody mistakes someone who’s forty for someone’s who’s thirty. That’s where the Botox and the plastic surgeries and the lasers come in.

Hey, nobody said being President was easy. Especially a Republican president; as the party of the rich and vain, beauty was everything. And especially for a female Republican president. These days, a forty-year-old Republican female who actually looks like they’re forty can kiss their political career goodbye. Better start sooner than later to beat the inevitable in-office aging.

The Democrats do have it somewhat easier. After all, the leader in the polls, Governor Amber Glass, has her characteristic short hair, hair that’s currently blondish-yellow (or should one say, amber). While the Republicans are stuck as the party of plastic surgery, a bit of authenticity never hurts for the Democrats. But even then, youth-preserving procedures are not uncommon with them either.

What the Botox and the surgeries and the lasers can never hide, though, are the scars of being in office. Over the last three years, she has killed people. Many thousands of people, some of who were killed via the most grotesque of methods.

The President looked down at herself, counting each single drop of water that landed on her skin. In each drop, there was a soul, a soul cut short by the words she said, the actions she directed. The child soldier, forced into conflict, shot by American bullets. His brother, who managed to escape, only to be dismembered shortly after by American bombs. His mother, raped by militia who were funded with American aid.

Hey, nobody said being Leader of the Free World was easy.

She shook her head, her beautiful dyed-brown hair going whichever which way. But she quickly suppressed those musings. Quickly, the President turned off the water, stepped out of the shower, dried herself, and put on her clothes: underwear, then makeup (which may as well count as clothing with the amount she has to put on), then her suit and tie.

“Good morning,” she said to the Secret Service agent standing outside the bedroom door as she left for her daily coffee and her daily briefings.

“Good morning to you, Mrs. President,” the Secret Service agent said in return, before taking a moment to examine his fingertips.

The President entered the main White House hallway when she heard a soft pitter patter that got louder and louder. She knew who it was. It was Jay Buono, the President’s new polling director.

“Hi, President Sun,” Jay said, short of breath as per usual. “Big news!”

“Big news, you say,” President Sun said, one eyebrow lifted. “Big enough to interrupt me on my way to my daily coffee?”

“Sorry, sorry,” the campaign manager said. His eyes locked with the President’s for a moment, but in the next instant searched for something else to look at. To stare at the President was a dangerous proposition that nobody dared.

The President attempted a smile, and got halfway there; it was a moment more humorous than annoying. But the annoyance was still there, and so abandoned her smile, settling for a half-assed uncomfortable smirk.

“So what’s the big news, Jay?” President Sun said.

“Oh, it’s just that Governor Glass has had a yuge rise in the polls!” Jay said. “Like-”

“Please,” the President interrupted, “don’t say ‘yuge’ ever again. Say ‘huge’ like normal people, okay?” Can’t believe he was the Republican president before me, she thought.

“Okay, I’m sorry, huge,” Jay said, emphasizing the initial ‘h’ sound. “But regardless, it’s a pretty big jump. Our internals now have Glass at 28 percent in Iowa, surpassing Buttigieg’s place.”

“28 percent?” the President responded? “That’s not ‘huge.’ Any increase is probably just either statistical noise or undecideds coalescing around the candidates.”

“Okay,” Jay admitted, “it wasn’t that big of a jump, but I just thought I wanted to tell you about this. Okay?”

“You don’t need to tell me anything,” the President said. “First, I can find out stuff for myself.” She stepped back and made a huge indeterminate gesture with her arms. “News is everywhere these days! That’s the beauty of technology and mass media.”

Jay just stood there. It was not like he was going to argue with a former tech CEO, even if she wasn’t also the President.

“Besides,” the President added, “this Amber girl? I can take care of her. I know her.”

Jay nodded before pitter pattering away down the hallway. Then a pause. Then he turned around, just in time to see the President about to exit the hallway.

“Governor Glass...about her…” Jay said.

“Yes?” the President said, left eyebrow raised.

“You two went to the same university, right?”

The President paused, as if in deep thought. It was more like shallow thought, though.

“Yes,” she said, “if you mean by undergraduate. She was  Class of 2020, I was Class of 2017.”

“And,” the President added, “fun fact, we were both part of the College Democrats club. Fun times, actually.”

Jay tried to make sense of the President’s words. College Democrats. Republican president. His face slightly contorted, hinting at the mental jigsaws he was doing in his head. He gave up though. It probably makes sense somehow, he thought.

“And yes, we knew each other somewhat. Not the best of friends, but we were friends. So I know her. I know her strengths, and I know her weaknesses. Heaven help that she wins the nomination, but if that happens, I will be ready.”

And with that said, the Leader of the Free World continued on her path, headed to drink her daily coffee and listen to her daily briefings.
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 09:58:22 am »

Looks interesting! What did the 2036 electoral map look like?
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Something between a Rockefeller Republican and a paleoconservative...

It is very important to preserve tradition, but if we wallow in it too much we will never move forward.

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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2017, 12:48:24 pm »

Fascinating! Do go on.
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2017, 12:51:39 pm »

Looks interesting! What did the 2036 electoral map look like?
And 2020-2036.
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http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=18844.1250

2020 Democratic Primary - Sherrod Brown, Tulsi Gabbard, Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Bernie Sanders.

What if Henry Wallace remained on the ticket?

https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=287468.0
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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2017, 01:52:00 pm »

Looks interesting! What did the 2036 electoral map look like?

The 2036 Electoral Map



Gov. Crystal Sun (R-CA)/Sen. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) - 484 EVs
Pres. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)/VP Jason Kander (D-MO) - 170 EVs

Two things of note:
1. The House of Representatives is now working on the Wyoming Rule (technically it's now the Vermont Rule, but whatever), where the number of CDs is determined by the state's population divided by the least populated state's population (by the 2030 Census, this would be Vermont).
2. Yes, your eyes don't deceive you, that is a Republican California.

As for other elections, I'll reveal them as the story progresses. I plan to make big updates out of the 2020 and 2024 elections in particular.
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2017, 02:27:04 pm »

Please continue, this is really well written.
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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2017, 02:33:17 pm »

Please continue, this is really well written.

Thanks for the compliment! To be honest, I was worried that people here won't have the attention span to read these long-form stories, so it's nice to hear this kind of encouragement.

Anyways, next up will be presidential candidate bios.
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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2017, 06:59:05 pm »

I love how far in the future is set! Far enough for a Democratic political realignment to usher in change, and then a resurgence for GOP. Eager for more.
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2017, 01:54:37 pm »

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Crystal Sun (Chinese: 孙美玉, Sūn Měi yù; born December 8, 1995) is an American entrepreneur and politician who is the 48th and current President of the United States. She is the first female and first Asian-American President, as well as the youngest President upon assuming office.. Before taking office in 2037, she was the CEO of Daedalus Inc. (now Daedalus Mindworks) and served as the 48th Governor of California from 2032 to 2037.

Sun was born to Chinese immigrants from Nanjing, China who settled in Montgomery, New Jersey, where Sun and her older sister, businesswoman Jessica Sun, were born. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, she worked at Google before co-founding Daedalus with co-founder Isaac Hassan. After serving as CEO from 2022 to 2032, she switched her party affiliation from Democratic to Republican and was elected Governor of California in the 2032 recall election to replace then-Governor John Chiang; she became the 5th youngest person ever to assume the office.

Sun announced her candidacy for president in early 2035, and led in many polls between then and the Iowa caucuses. After securing the nomination, Sun defeated incumbent Democratic president Joaquin Castro in the 2036 general election, becoming the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president since Bill Clinton in 1992 and the first Republican to win California since George H.W. Bush in 1988. Sun was inaugurated on January 20, 2037 as the first Republican president since Donald Trump.

Immediately after taking office, Sun presided over a series of tax cuts and new tax exemptions, such as the Automation Tax Correction Act of 2037 and the Developer Relief Act of 2037. Most of the cuts were aimed at stimulating the economy in the aftermath of the Recession of 2036. She also enacted laws that deregulated industry, particularly the pharmaceutical, biotech, and information technology sectors, including the Human Genetics Freedom Act of 2037 and the Information Technology Freedom Act of 2038. Sun has been a proponent of feminism and minority rights, enacting the Diverse Leaders Act of 2037; however, her passage of the Equal Admittance Act of 2038 has garnered both support and criticism from civil rights circles.

In foreign policy, Sun engaged in a so-called “Sunshine Policy” with the People’s Republic of China, which included signing free trade deals, repealing most restrictions on Sino-American space cooperation, and working with China on the liberalization of North Korea. Sun has continued the trend of increasing American involvement in African affairs of her predecessors, including expanding American involvement in the Third Congo War and the Niger War. She also greatly expanded the American refugee program, particularly to accommodate climate refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Sun is married to former entrepreneur and First Gentleman Coleman Harris; they have one child, Isabella Harris. The second billionaire president after Donald Trump, her net worth is estimated to be $10 billion, making her the richest president in American history and the 201st wealthiest person in the world.
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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2017, 01:58:23 pm »

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Amber Glass (née Moon; Korean: 문엠버, Mun Em-beo; born November 11, 1997) is an American politician who is the 66th and current Governor of Maryland, in office since January 2035. She has previously served as the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City from 2027 to 2030 and as Mayor of Baltimore from 2030 to 2034.

Born in Johns Creek, Georgia, Glass attended Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, before attending Yale Law School. Glass then returned to Baltimore, where she was involved in many criminal justice cases in Baltimore, most notably the police shooting of Patricia Lea and the Koreatown riots of 2023.

While as Governor and as Mayor, she has implemented various progressive reforms, most notably the first statewide Universal Basic Income program in the United States. She has also implemented criminal justice reforms and reversed policies associated with the War on Drugs.

Glass announced her entry in the 2040 United States Presidential Elections in April 2039. She has become a favorite of the socialist wing of the Democratic Party, having led in several opinion polls since the announcement of her candidacy.

Glass is notable for being the first female, the first Asian-American, and the first democratic socialist to serve as Governor of Maryland. She is also the youngest Governor of Maryland since Henry Lloyd served as the 40th Governor from 1885 to 1888. She is well known for both her leftist politics and her eccentric personal qualities, including her famous short haircut and her self-identification as a “tomboy.” Glass is married to classical musician Timothy Glass.
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Thomas Jonathan “Jon” Ossoff (born February 16, 1987) is an American politician who served as the 85th Governor of Georgia from 2031 to 2039 and is a candidate in the 2040 United States Presidential Election. Ossoff also served as Georgia Secretary of State from 2023 to 2031.

After working as a political aide and documentary producer, Ossoff ran for Congress twice against Congresswoman Karen Handel, in 2017 and 2018. Both times he was defeated; the former election also has the distinction of being the most expensive House race in history when adjusted for inflation. He returned to the private sector before winning the Secretary of State election in 2022.

As Governor, Ossoff expanded infrastructure and renewable energy in Georgia, particularly in the Atlanta metropolitan area and in climate change-affected coastal regions. He is widely seen as one of the more conservative members of the Democratic Party, having at times publicly opposed progressive policies such as Universal Basic Income. Ossoff is also seen as a favorite in the 2040 presidential election, usually placing first or second in nationwide polls.
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Pete Buttigieg


Peter Paul Montgomery “Pete” Buttigieg (born January 19, 1982) is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from Indiana and a candidate for the 2040 United States Presidential Elections. He also served as mayor of South Bend and as U.S. Representative for Indiana’s second congressional district.

Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University, a Rhodes Scholar, and a veteran of the American War in Afghanistan. He is also the first gay Senator from Indiana. While as mayor of South Bend, Buttigieg unsuccessfully ran for the chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017. He won election to the Senate in 2030, succeeding outgoing Senator Joe Donnelly, with notable support from working class voters; he went on to win reelection in 2036.

As Senator, he has advocated for progressive policies, particularly those that assist blue-collar workers. He supports universal college tuition and active retraining programs for workers displaced by automation. Buttigieg has also been active in programs designed to encourage millennials and homelanders to participate in politics, such as the DNC’s Rising America program.
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Tim Ryan


Timothy John Ryan (born July 16, 1973) is an American politician and presidential candidate who is the senior United States Senator from Ohio, in office since January 2025. Ryan has previously served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district, having served 2003 to 2024.

Ryan was first elected to Ohio’s 17th district in 2002, which was reconstituted as the 13th district after 2010 redistricting. While in the House, Ryan unsuccessfully tried to unseat Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader in 2016. Ryan later ran for Sherrod Brown’s Senate seat, which was vacated in 2024; Ryan defeated Republican Congressman Bob Latta 54% to 45% in the 2024 election.

In March 2039, Ryan ended months of speculation by announcing his candidacy for the 2040 United States Presidential Election. Since his election to the Senate, he has also been speculated to succeed Chris Van Hollen as Senate Minority Leader. As Senator, Ryan has served as a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee since 2034.
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Tulsi Gabbard


Tulsi Gabbard (born April 12, 1981) is an American politician who is the senior Senator of Hawaii. She previously served as the United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 to 2025, when she succeeded Mazie Hirono in the Senate. Before then, she also served on the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Honolulu City Council. She also served as a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until 2016. Gabbard is the first American Samoan and Hindu member of the United States Congress.

Gabbard is well known as a perennial candidate for President of the United States, having ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2032 and 2036. She has announced that she will run for President a third time in 2040. Gabbard is also notable for being one of the few Democratic politicians who endorsed Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Gabbard’s views has been described as “progressive,” “isolationist,” and “faux-liberal” by various commentators. Most notably, she supports Universal Basic Income, and strong Indo-American relations, while she opposes restrictions on human genetic modification and US involvement in the Third Congo War and the Niger War.
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2017, 02:22:21 pm »

This is great! Keep it up. I wonder if there are any candidates who aren't from the 2010s other than Sun and Glass

Also, how come Ossoff was only the governor for 6 years and not 8?
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2017, 02:34:22 pm »

This is great! Keep it up. I wonder if there are any candidates who aren't from the 2010s other than Sun and Glass

Also, how come Ossoff was only the governor for 6 years and not 8?

Good catch there! My mistake. Tongue

And at this stage, these are the only candidates remaining; everybody else dropped out. I originally thought about adding some non-current politicians in the mix (e.g. candidates who are running in 2018), but I figure it would be easier to write the story with these figures. I also figured they would also be more familiar to my 2010s audience.
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2017, 04:39:43 pm »

This is a great timeline and it really makes me kind of excited to see an Asian as President.....

May I suggest something ? TD's Between the Two Majorities Timeline I believe is a great reference Point for anyone really.
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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2017, 06:18:14 pm »

Rooting for Gabbard!
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2020 Democratic Primary - Sherrod Brown, Tulsi Gabbard, Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Bernie Sanders.

What if Henry Wallace remained on the ticket?

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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2017, 06:36:09 pm »

This is a great timeline and it really makes me kind of excited to see an Asian as President.....

May I suggest something ? TD's Between the Two Majorities Timeline I believe is a great reference Point for anyone really.

This timeline was actually inspired by Between Two Majorities, and a lot of what happens is based off of that. I created this timeline to give a more human face to the abstract ideas that TD outlines in his timeline.
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