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An Independent in 2000

People
Charles Malcolm Edwards
John McCain
Barack Obama
Elections
2000 US Presidential Election
2004 US Presidential Election
2008 US Presidential Election
Geopolitics and War
September 11 attacks
List of Nations
Organizations
War on Jihadism
Timeline
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INTRODUCTION

An independent in 2000 Major Powers

Point of Departure 2023: Former Boeing engineer and late-in-life congressman Charles Malcolm Edwards is killed by a racist mob during the American Troubles, he awakens in Mt. Rainier National on November 14th, 1963, in the body of his three-year-old self. Not long after entering public school, Charles displayed an intense aptitude unmatched by his peers. Charles was transferred to an elite private school for the gifted, and by age six, had written his first real essay on the plight of interracial families in America. The paper was so well received by his teacher and the school that they helped him submit it for publication, where it was picked up by the Seattle Times. By age nine Edwards had been promoted to high school as a freshmen, where he won the National Science fair for his tilt rotor helicopter concept. The victory caught the attention of UC Berkley which offered him a full ride once he left high school. At age 13 Charlie graduated High School Valedictorian and was accepted into UC Berkley where he entered into the school's Propulsion Engineering department.

By his senior year Edwards had constructed a combined cycle jet engine capable of transitioning from subsonic to hypersonic flight. That was when disaster struck. Edwards' mother died in December of that year. After returning home and postponing his finals, young Charles soon learned the sinister nature of how his mother died. She had been diagnosed with early stage ovarian cancer in 1973. While treatable even by 1970's standards, she was denied her claim to her insurer on the theory that her disease was related to a previous illness. Lisa hid the truth from her family and for six years fought with her insurer to grant her the treatment she needed to survive, and for six years she was denied. With this knowledge Charles returned to Berkley to change his major to political science, with a new goal in mind: ensuring that the kind of injustice that befell his mother would never happen to anyone again.

After graduating from Berkley with a Ph.D. in Political Science and Propulsion Engineering, Edwards spent the next year abroad and upon returning was hired by Boeing to lead the development of new aircraft and space technologies. His work at Boeing led to the development of the AGM-129 Stealth Cruise Missile. In 1989 he made several investments into then unknown tech startups, and was promoted to Vice President and general manager of Phantom Works. He is given a column at Newsweek's Politics section where he writes alongside George Will in his spare time, and even gets appointed as a space technology advisor to President Reagan's Star Wars program.

In 1992 Boeing produces the first hypersonic demonstrator for the X-30 NASP program. Several programs at Boeing are accelerated and Edwards becomes the face of the future of Aviation. Edwards doesn't make the transition to politics until after he mediates a compromise with the Washington State government that allows Boeing to remain in the State, making a hero to workers and business leaders alike. This was the moment that made Edwards a household name, and in 1993 he left Boeing to successfully run for Mayor of Seattle. His tenure as a technocratic Mayor led to the city becoming a hub for startups and his previous work at Boeing had positioned the company for growth that brought more jobs and wealth to the state.

New Stuff

The timeline is undergoing a number of changes, mainly to impart greater realism.

  • John McCain
    • Remains Edwards' VP through the end of his presidency, and is elected in his own right in 2008.
  • Barack Obama
    • Is now a left-wing populist (Still a Democrat)
    • Elected in 2012, 2 years after the Great Recession starts in this TL.
    • Re-elected in 2016.
  • The War on Terrorism has been changed to the War on Jihadism and features greater cooperation with regional governments to root out their own Jihadist groups. A consequence of this is that several nations use this support to conduct political purges to maintain authoritarian regimes.
  • No unification of North America, Europe, etc.
  • No State Reorganization
  • Greater emphasis on the renewed Cold War with Russia.
  • More realistic changes to space exploration.
  • The "Neo-Conservative Conspiracy" will #1 Get a better name, and #2 will be more realistic.
  • Generally less "Ameriwank" tone.
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