God Save the Queen, Parts 18-23
by Chris Oakley.
installment one published in the May 2010 Edition of CTT, we develop our
what-if story set in the year 2015 based upon a fictional article in the
New Statesman in which Cameron is worse than we imagined, much worse.
Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily
reflect the views of the author(s).
Part 18: May 21st,
on this day the French government bought the Channel islands of Jersey and
Guernsey from England.
Part 19: May 22nd,
on this day Downing Street's fears about the neo-Peronista regime in
Argentina were realized when the Argentine defense ministry announced it had
successfully test-detonated a 12-kiloton nuclear device at a remote
The test, portions of which were shown on Argentina's
state-run TV network, sparked fears of a new global nuclear arms race and
another Falklands War.
Part 20: May 24th,
on this day the United States began taking possession of the former
United Kingdom's nuclear arsenal under the terms of a secret agreement made
two years earlier between the Cameron government and the administration of
President Mike Huckabee.
The pact was intended to keep British nuclear weapons
from falling into the wrong hands if the UK collapsed.
Part 21: May 27th,
on this day art lovers around the world began a massive online protest
campaign in response to plans by the English government to auction off most
of the painting collection at London's National Gallery to reduce the
national deficit the new English state had inherited from the defunct
22: May 30th, on this day Liberal
Democratic leader Nick Clegg was wounded in an assassination attempt during
a party rally in Manchester.
The would-be assassin, who subsequently fled to the US
and spent three months in hiding before he was arrested in New York City on
an unrelated charge, was a British National Party fanatic who blamed Clegg
and other prominent left-wingers for the collapse of the United Kingdom.
Part 23: May 31st,
on this day the airline formerly known as British Airways merged with United
Airlines of the US.
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