Interracial Nicaragua

New to the series, got some thoughts about season 2

2020.09.26 14:42 thekittykaboom New to the series, got some thoughts about season 2

I just started season 1 two days ago and I'm already 4 episodes into season 2. I have some thoughts about a few of the couples.
Chelsea & Yamir
He's so cute and sweet and I don't understand why they had to come back here instead of staying in Nicaragua. He had a successful career, her Spanish is way stronger than his English and then you move him to a place with no real Latin community.
Danny & Amy
She's so beautiful and seems like such a sweetheart. His brother's creepy and ignorant. "Say something African!" And what's with bringing up sex all the time? I haven't even seen what his dad says. But as a black woman the minute you tell me your dad is racist, I'm out. I couldn't be with someone who was willing to subject me to that. Edit Omg his mom looks like her mom! And what country does his dad live in? Because it's not the US, where interracial relationships are very much so accepted.
Danielle & Mohamed
We all know what this is. Except Danielle. I sort of feel bad for her. She seems to genuinely loves him. But at the same I don't think she was upfront with him about her living situation. I'm watching this football/bar scene and it's so cringey. It's so obviously scripted and he looked really uncomfortable with that woman touching him.
Jason & Cassia
First of all, he's too damn old for her. I will always side eye men who go to these countries and pick up women substantially younger than them. And he's giving me serial killer vibes. Like he'd just snap on her if she made him mad. And his dad is just as creepy. You hear she hates clowns so you dress up as one when you meet her? And then says that he and Jason are a team and she'll learn her place??? I do not have a good feeling about them.
I don't really have anything to say about the other couples except where is Justin supposed to be from? He's got a southern twang sometimes and baby voice other times. And I honestly thought Brett was gay. I find it interesting that all his friends are older women.
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2020.08.12 20:32 fleur30 1929 Nicaragua

I just opened my eyes from a past life regression. Before I forget the details, I want to write it here.
I was a tall olive skinned 37 year old man. It was 1929 in Nicaragua. I kept on hearing Santa Monica. I was a farmer. I was barefoot cause I loved the feeling of the soil touching my skin.
I loved touching the soil. It looked like the land has just been tilled. I did not see any crops. It's as if it's the beginning of the planting season.
I have a wife. She's caucasian. Her name was Chelsea. I think she was Polish but I'm not sure. I am certain though that what we had was an interracial marriage. I was poor yet we are so in love. What really made me sob was the fact that Chelsea is my mother in this lifetime. I am so so happy to know that we've been together before. It's weird seeing her as my wife and now I'm her daughter.
She takes care of me and I saw our sweet moments. We were hugging. I loved sniffing her nape while she's doing the dishes. We did not have any furniture at all. We have a rocking chair outside.
I felt the heat of the sun. The voice said to go to one of the happiest moments of this lifetime. I saw at least 3 kites. I felt freedom. I wasn't sure what to plant this season but I was looking at the kites and I felt so light and relaxed. I was a very positive and chill guy.
I have a lot of farmer friends. They were simple people and I loved to make them laugh. I was sharing something with them and I think it was wheat. I walked a lot and sat down under a tree. I loved talking to myself. I was thinking out loud.
I did not see how I died. A part of me did not want to see it because it was a simple, poor yet loving life. However, I was bitten by a snake while walking and tending the land. My wife was panicking and I was lying there under the scorching sun.
I did not see if that's how I died. What's funny is, I was bitten on my upper left leg, just behind the knee. Today, my left leg has been hurting so bad, I don't know why. I figured it's my arthritis acting up.
I'm trying to think of the message but for now, I'm glad to document this past life here.
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2020.08.12 20:32 fleur30 1929 Nicaragua

I just opened my eyes from a past life regression. Before I forget the details, I want to write it here.
I was a tall olive skinned 37 year old man. It was 1929 in Nicaragua. I kept on hearing Santa Monica. I was a farmer. I was barefoot cause I loved the feeling of the soil touching my skin.
I loved touching the soil. It looked like the land has just been tilled. I did not see any crops. It's as if it's the beginning of the planting season.
I have a wife. She's caucasian. Her name was Chelsea. I think she was Polish but I'm not sure. I am certain though that what we had was an interracial marriage. I was poor yet we are so in love. What really made me sob was the fact that Chelsea is my mother in this lifetime. I am so so happy to know that we've been together before. It's weird seeing her as my wife and now I'm her daughter.
She takes care of me and I saw our sweet moments. We were hugging. I loved sniffing her nape while she's doing the dishes. We did not have any furniture at all. We have a rocking chair outside.
I felt the heat of the sun. The voice said to go to one of the happiest moments of this lifetime. I saw at least 3 kites. I felt freedom. I wasn't sure what to plant this season but I was looking at the kites and I felt so light and relaxed. I was a very positive and chill guy.
I have a lot of farmer friends. They were simple people and I loved to make them laugh. I was sharing something with them and I think it was wheat. I walked a lot and sat down under a tree. I loved talking to myself. I was thinking out loud.
I did not see how I died. A part of me did not want to see it because it was a simple, poor yet loving life. However, I was bitten by a snake while walking and tending the land. My wife was panicking and I was lying there under the scorching sun.
I did not see if that's how I died. What's funny is, I was bitten on my upper left leg, just behind the knee. Today, my left leg has been hurting so bad, I don't know why. I figured it's my arthritis acting up.
I'm trying to think of the message but for now, I'm glad to document this past life here.
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2017.12.30 23:51 electricmastro 201 lesser-known movies from 1950-2016 that are worth watching.

I decided to divide these up according to year:
1950:
No Way Out - A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist white, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
Stage Fright - A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.
The Men - A paralized war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.
1951:
The Browning Version - Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.
The Tales of Hoffmann - A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.
Westward the Women - A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.
1952:
Limelight - A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Scaramouche - In 18th century France, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.
The Bad and the Beautiful - An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.
1953:
I Confess - A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.
Lili - An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.
The Cruel Sea - The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.
1954:
Johnny Guitar - After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
Journey to Italy - An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.
Salt of the Earth - Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.
1955:
Bad Day at Black Rock - A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
Blackboard Jungle - A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.
Confidential Report - An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin, placing himself in grave danger.
1956:
Patterns - When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.
The Catered Affair - After Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week, Jane's mother attempts to give them a big wedding despite facing objections.
The Harder They Fall - Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his unknown, but easily exploitable find from Argentina.
1957:
3:10 to Yuma - Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.
Abandon Ship - A ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.
Big Time Operators - A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.
1958:
Ice Cold in Alex - During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.
The Big Country - A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness - Based on the true life exploits of Gladys Aylward who set off to China to work as a missionary and teacher.
1959:
Look Back in Anger - A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.
Shadows - Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.
Warlock - A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.
1960:
Home from the Hill - The story of the influential Hunnicutt family set in Texas during the late 1950s.
Tunes of Glory - Two senior officers conflict with each other in the cloistered environment of a Scottish military regiment.
Wild River - A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.
1961:
El Cid - The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) faces obstacles regarding a family vendetta and court intrigue while attempting to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.
Splendor in the Grass - A fragile Kansas girl falls in love with a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family, but both face pressures within the relationship.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire - When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
1962:
Advise & Consent - Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
David and Lisa - The story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems.
Light in the Piazza - The interactions between a young Italian man and young American woman, who has the mental capacity equivalent to that of a ten year old due to a mental disability caused by a head injury she received as a child.
1963:
A Child Is Waiting - When Jean Hansen comes to a school for disabled children to work there as a teacher, she becomes particularly interested in young Reuben, an autistic boy whose parents have not visited him for several years.
Love with the Proper Stranger - When Angie Rossini finds out she's pregnant, she tracks down Rocky Papasano the musician with whom she had a fling with.
Spencer's Mountain - The lives of Clay Spencer, his wife Olivia Spencer, and their nine children, who are the third and fourth generations of Spencers who have lived on Spencer's Mountain in the Snake River Valley nestled within the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.
1964:
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.
Seven Days in May - United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
The Americanization of Emily - An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.
1965:
In Harm's Way - A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
The Flight of the Phoenix - After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.
The Great Race - A grand adventurous race takes place between the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate across three continents.
1966:
Follow Me, Boys! - A traveling band member becomes scoutmaster of a scout troop and helps the youth of a small town.
Grand Prix - American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard.
The Chase - The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.
1967:
Point Blank - After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
To Sir, with Love - Focuses on an idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Two for the Road - Follows the lives of Joanna, a member of a touring girl's choir, and Mark, a struggling architect, after they first meet on the road in Europe.
1968:
Charly - Scientists try an experimental treatment on Charly, a good natured adult with a cognitive disability, which raises his IQ to genius levels but which does not give him emotional maturity.
Faces - After a middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
The Mercenary - While a Mexican revolutionary lies low as a U.S. rodeo clown, the cynical Polish mercenary who tutored the idealistic peasant tells how he and a dedicated female radical fought for the soul of the guerrilla general Paco, as Mexicans threw off repressive government and all-powerful landowners in the 1910s.
1969:
Kes - Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes.
Medium Cool - A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
1970:
Husbands - A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together.
The Phantom Tollbooth - Milo, a boy who is bored with life, comes home to find a toll booth in his room and gets in his toy car to drives through, only to emerge in a world full of adventure.
The Railway Children - After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.
1971:
Minnie and Moskowitz - After Minnie breaks up with her married boyfriend and becomes disillusioned, her feelings begin to change when she meets a crazy car-parker named Seymour.
Red Sun - In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a man hunt to retrieve it.
Walkabout - Two young siblings stranded in the Australian Outback are forced to cope on their own and meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.
1972:
Across 110th Street - Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.
The Culpepper Cattle Co. - A young farmboy who always wanted to be a cowhand talks a tough trail boss into hiring him on a cattle drive.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds - The story of a middle-aged widowed eccentric named Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, a rebellious epileptic named Ruth and a quiet science enthusiast named Matilda.
1973:
Emperor of the North - In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.
Scarecrow - Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.
The Last Detail - Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.
1974:
A Woman Under the Influence - Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
Conrack - A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families.
The Yakuza - Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia.
1975:
Night Moves - Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling.
The Sunshine Boys - A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.
The Wind and the Lion - In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.
1976:
Mikey and Nicky - In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.
The Front - In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
The Shootist - A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
1977:
Sorcerer - Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.
The Duellists - A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels.
The Late Show - A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.
1978:
Big Wednesday - The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.
The Driver - A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenancious detective.
The Silent Partner - A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives.
1979:
Return of the Secaucus Seven - Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.
The China Syndrome - A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.
The Wanderers - In 1963 New York, an Italian gang called the Wanderers attempt to defend their honor and turf against rival gangs.
1980:
Brubaker - The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Lion of the Desert - The story of the Libyan resistance leader, Omar Mukhtar, who led the Libyan resistance against the Italian opressors from 1911-1931.
The Long Riders - The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.
1981:
American Pop - The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.
My Dinner with Andre - Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.
Ragtime - A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other events in early 1900s New York City.
1982:
Diner - A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.
The Plague Dogs - Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.
The Year of Living Dangerously - A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.
1983:
Local Hero - An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery, but things don't go as expected.
Testament - The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.
Under Fire - Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.
1984:
Another Country - Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.
Broadway Danny Rose - In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.
Where the Green Ants Dream - A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.
1985:
The Adventures of Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.
The Journey of Natty Gann - In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.
To Live and Die in L.A. - A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
1986:
Malcolm - After getting fired for building his own tram, Malcolm gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills.
Salvador - An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.
True Stories - A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.
1987:
Bagdad Cafe - A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.
Matewan - A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.
Some Kind of Wonderful - When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.
1988:
Bird - The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.
Gorillas in the Mist - The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Miracle Mile - A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.
1989:
Lean on Me - The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.
Romero - The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.
The Unbelievable Truth - A man returns to his home town after serving a prison sentence for homicide, and finds that the details of the crime have been forgotten and replaced with local legends and rumors.
1990:
Hidden Agenda - When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth.
State of Grace - A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
The Field - "Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land, and when the widow, who owns the field, decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it, but runs into trouble with another bidder that wants the field to build a highway.
1991:
Europa - Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.
Riff-Raff - The story of a construction worker named Stevie and his unemployed pop singer girlfriend, which serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class.
The Indian Runner - A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.
1992:
American Me - A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.
One False Move - A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.
The Long Day Closes - The story of an 11-year-old named Bud, a sad and lonely boy who struggles through his days, with the movies that play at the local movie-house serving as his main source of solace.
1993:
Fearless - A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb - A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab, and meets a variety of strange creatures while finding a way back to his father.
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould - A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
1994:
Fresh - Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.
Vanya on 42nd Street - New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre.
War of the Buttons - Rival gangs of young Irish kids enjoin in constantly escalating battles that ultimately entails the removal of the buttons from the clothes of captured losers.
1995:
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life - In a dreamlike and surreal world, a school for servants is visited by a young man whose presence impacts the people there, and possibly even the school itself.
Land and Freedom - David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists.
Living in Oblivion - A film about filmmaking, which takes place during one day on the set of a low-budget movie.
1996:
Lone Star - When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Small Faces - Lex, a self-assured prankster in 1968 Glasgow, begins a downward spiral after he accidentally shoots the leader of his brother's gang, but Lex's cockiness and immaturity unfortunately prevent him from understanding the effect his subsequent crimes will have on both himself, and on those around him.
Some Mother's Son - Focuses on the mothers that struggle to save the lives of their sons that are involved in the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war.
1997:
Gridlock'd - After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program, but their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.
Kundun - From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.
Niagara, Niagara - An outsider and a young woman plagued by Tourette's syndrome meet and together journey to Canada.
1998:
Jinnah - The story of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
My Name Is Joe - Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.
This Is My Father - A middle-aged teacher discovers photos from his mother's past that convinces him that she has not told the truth about his real father.
1999:
Sunshine - The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.
Titus - Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.
Wonderland - Members of a working-class family each deal with their own relationship issues over the course of a long November weekend.
2000:
Bread and Roses - Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.
George Washington - A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.
Pollock - A film about the life and career of Jackson Pollock, an American painter struggling with drinking, insecurity, and stress.
2001:
Manic - Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution, where several other youths are there with a variety of serious problems.
Tape - Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.
The Zookeeper - In the midst of a civil war in an Eastern European country, a disillusioned ex-Communist is left behind to take care of the animals in the capital's zoological gardens until a U.N. rescue force arrives.
2002:
Bloody Sunday - A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
Sweet Sixteen - Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
The Dancer Upstairs - A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
2003:
Baadasssss! - Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Pieces of April - A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
Wondrous Oblivion - 11-year-old David Wiseman and his family run into problems after David befriends their new neighbors.
2004:
Ae Fond Kiss... - Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.
In My Father's Den - A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.
Mickybo and Me - Two boys, whom share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, also share an ambition of running away to Australia.
2005:
Beyond the Gates - An exhausted Catholic priest and a young idealistic English teacher find themselves caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Man Push Cart - A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.
Parzania - A parsi family struggles to find their son during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
2006:
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison, a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Just Like the Son - A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Kenny - The daily life of Kenny Smyth, a portable toilet deliverer.
2007:
California Dreamin' - A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.
Chop Shop - Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York.
Shotgun Stories - In Southeast Arkansas, a feud erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father.
2008:
Ballast - In the Mississippi delta, one man's suicide affects three people's lives.
Kisses - Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.
The Black Balloon - The complicated relationship between Thomas and his autistic brother, Charlie.
2009:
Balibo - War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.
Ink - A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi, the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
Looking for Eric - Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.
2010:
Beneath Hill 60 - In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
Boy - Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
The First Grader - An 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
2011:
Death of a Superhero - A 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
The Lady - The story of Aung San Suu Kyi's involvement in Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.
Wild Bill - Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year-old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves.
2012:
Good Vibrations - A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.
It's Such a Beautiful Day - Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche.
Ship of Theseus - Explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk, and a young stockbroker.
2013:
Josh - Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete - Two inner city boys are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet - A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
2014:
Before I Disappear - At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
The Prophet - Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter.
Wheels - Two suicidal paraplegic junkies hustle their way through the city streets trying to find a reason to live.
2015:
James White - James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
Last Cab to Darwin - When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.
The End of the Tour - A five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which takes place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
2016:
20th Century Women - The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.
Away - Set in the north English seaside town of Blackpool and centered on the interactions between two kindred spirits.
Ethel & Ernest - The life and times of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
Thanks to IMDb for help with descriptions.
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2017.12.01 16:28 electricmastro [Suggest] 201 lesser-known movies from 1950-2016 that are worth watching.

I decided to divide these up according to year:
1950:
No Way Out - A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist white, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
Stage Fright - A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.
The Men - A paralized war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.
1951:
The Browning Version - Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.
The Tales of Hoffmann - A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.
Westward the Women - A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.
1952:
Limelight - A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Scaramouche - In 18th century France, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.
The Bad and the Beautiful - An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.
1953:
I Confess - A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.
Lili - An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.
The Cruel Sea - The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.
1954:
Johnny Guitar - After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
Journey to Italy - An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.
Salt of the Earth - Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.
1955:
Bad Day at Black Rock - A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
Blackboard Jungle - A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.
Confidential Report - An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin, placing himself in grave danger.
1956:
Patterns - When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.
The Catered Affair - After Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week, Jane's mother attempts to give them a big wedding despite facing objections.
The Harder They Fall - Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his unknown, but easily exploitable find from Argentina.
1957:
3:10 to Yuma - Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.
Abandon Ship - A ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.
Big Time Operators - A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.
1958:
Ice Cold in Alex - During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.
The Big Country - A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness - Based on the true life exploits of Gladys Aylward who set off to China to work as a missionary and teacher.
1959:
Look Back in Anger - A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.
Shadows - Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.
Warlock - A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.
1960:
Home from the Hill - The story of the influential Hunnicutt family set in Texas during the late 1950s.
Tunes of Glory - Two senior officers conflict with each other in the cloistered environment of a Scottish military regiment.
Wild River - A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.
1961:
El Cid - The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) faces obstacles regarding a family vendetta and court intrigue while attempting to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.
Splendor in the Grass - A fragile Kansas girl falls in love with a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family, but both face pressures within the relationship.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire - When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
1962:
Advise & Consent - Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
David and Lisa - The story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems.
Light in the Piazza - The interactions between a young Italian man and young American woman, who has the mental capacity equivalent to that of a ten year old due to a mental disability caused by a head injury she received as a child.
1963:
A Child Is Waiting - When Jean Hansen comes to a school for disabled children to work there as a teacher, she becomes particularly interested in young Reuben, an autistic boy whose parents have not visited him for several years.
Love with the Proper Stranger - When Angie Rossini finds out she's pregnant, she tracks down Rocky Papasano the musician with whom she had a fling with.
Spencer's Mountain - The lives of Clay Spencer, his wife Olivia Spencer, and their nine children, who are the third and fourth generations of Spencers who have lived on Spencer's Mountain in the Snake River Valley nestled within the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.
1964:
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.
Seven Days in May - United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
The Americanization of Emily - An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.
1965:
In Harm's Way - A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
The Flight of the Phoenix - After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.
The Great Race - A grand adventurous race takes place between the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate across three continents.
1966:
Follow Me, Boys! - A traveling band member becomes scoutmaster of a scout troop and helps the youth of a small town.
Grand Prix - American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard.
The Chase - The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.
1967:
Point Blank - After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
To Sir, with Love - Focuses on an idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Two for the Road - Follows the lives of Joanna, a member of a touring girl's choir, and Mark, a struggling architect, after they first meet on the road in Europe.
1968:
Charly - Scientists try an experimental treatment on Charly, a good natured adult with a cognitive disability, which raises his IQ to genius levels but which does not give him emotional maturity.
Faces - After a middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
The Mercenary - While a Mexican revolutionary lies low as a U.S. rodeo clown, the cynical Polish mercenary who tutored the idealistic peasant tells how he and a dedicated female radical fought for the soul of the guerrilla general Paco, as Mexicans threw off repressive government and all-powerful landowners in the 1910s.
1969:
Kes - Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes.
Medium Cool - A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
1970:
Husbands - A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together.
The Phantom Tollbooth - Milo, a boy who is bored with life, comes home to find a toll booth in his room and gets in his toy car to drives through, only to emerge in a world full of adventure.
The Railway Children - After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.
1971:
Minnie and Moskowitz - After Minnie breaks up with her married boyfriend and becomes disillusioned, her feelings begin to change when she meets a crazy car-parker named Seymour.
Red Sun - In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a man hunt to retrieve it.
Walkabout - Two young siblings stranded in the Australian Outback are forced to cope on their own and meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.
1972:
Across 110th Street - Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.
The Culpepper Cattle Co. - A young farmboy who always wanted to be a cowhand talks a tough trail boss into hiring him on a cattle drive.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds - The story of a middle-aged widowed eccentric named Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, a rebellious epileptic named Ruth and a quiet science enthusiast named Matilda.
1973:
Emperor of the North - In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.
Scarecrow - Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.
The Last Detail - Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.
1974:
A Woman Under the Influence - Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
Conrack - A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families.
The Yakuza - Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia.
1975:
Night Moves - Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling.
The Sunshine Boys - A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.
The Wind and the Lion - In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.
1976:
Mikey and Nicky - In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.
The Front - In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
The Shootist - A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
1977:
Sorcerer - Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.
The Duellists - A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels.
The Late Show - A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.
1978:
Big Wednesday - The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.
The Driver - A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenancious detective.
The Silent Partner - A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives.
1979:
Return of the Secaucus Seven - Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.
The China Syndrome - A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.
The Wanderers - In 1963 New York, an Italian gang called the Wanderers attempt to defend their honor and turf against rival gangs.
1980:
Brubaker - The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Lion of the Desert - The story of the Libyan resistance leader, Omar Mukhtar, who led the Libyan resistance against the Italian opressors from 1911-1931.
The Long Riders - The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.
1981:
American Pop - The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.
My Dinner with Andre - Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.
Ragtime - A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other events in early 1900s New York City.
1982:
Diner - A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.
The Plague Dogs - Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.
The Year of Living Dangerously - A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.
1983:
Local Hero - An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery, but things don't go as expected.
Testament - The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.
Under Fire - Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.
1984:
Another Country - Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.
Broadway Danny Rose - In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.
Where the Green Ants Dream - A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.
1985:
The Adventures of Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.
The Journey of Natty Gann - In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.
To Live and Die in L.A. - A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
1986:
Malcolm - After getting fired for building his own tram, Malcolm gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills.
Salvador - An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.
True Stories - A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.
1987:
Bagdad Cafe - A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.
Matewan - A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.
Some Kind of Wonderful - When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.
1988:
Bird - The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.
Gorillas in the Mist - The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Miracle Mile - A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.
1989:
Henry V - In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Lean on Me - The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.
The Unbelievable Truth - A man returns to his home town after serving a prison sentence for homicide, and finds that the details of the crime have been forgotten and replaced with local legends and rumors.
1990:
Hidden Agenda - When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth.
State of Grace - A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
The Field - "Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land, and when the widow, who owns the field, decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it, but runs into trouble with another bidder that wants the field to build a highway.
1991:
Europa - Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.
Riff-Raff - The story of a construction worker named Stevie and his unemployed pop singer girlfriend, which serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class.
The Indian Runner - A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.
1992:
American Me - A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.
One False Move - A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.
The Long Day Closes - The story of an 11-year-old named Bud, a sad and lonely boy who struggles through his days, with the movies that play at the local movie-house serving as his main source of solace.
1993:
Fearless - A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb - A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab, and meets a variety of strange creatures while finding a way back to his father.
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould - A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
1994:
Fresh - Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.
Vanya on 42nd Street - New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre.
War of the Buttons - Rival gangs of young Irish kids enjoin in constantly escalating battles that ultimately entails the removal of the buttons from the clothes of captured losers.
1995:
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life - In a dreamlike and surreal world, a school for servants is visited by a young man whose presence impacts the people there, and possibly even the school itself.
Land and Freedom - David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists.
Living in Oblivion - A film about filmmaking, which takes place during one day on the set of a low-budget movie.
1996:
Lone Star - When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Small Faces - Lex, a self-assured prankster in 1968 Glasgow, begins a downward spiral after he accidentally shoots the leader of his brother's gang, but Lex's cockiness and immaturity unfortunately prevent him from understanding the effect his subsequent crimes will have on both himself, and on those around him.
Some Mother's Son - Focuses on the mothers that struggle to save the lives of their sons that are involved in the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war.
1997:
Gridlock'd - After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program, but their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.
Kundun - From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.
Niagara, Niagara - An outsider and a young woman plagued by Tourette's syndrome meet and together journey to Canada.
1998:
Jinnah - The story of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
My Name Is Joe - Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.
This Is My Father - A middle-aged teacher discovers photos from his mother's past that convinces him that she has not told the truth about his real father.
1999:
Sunshine - The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.
Titus - Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.
Wonderland - Members of a working-class family each deal with their own relationship issues over the course of a long November weekend.
2000:
Bread and Roses - Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.
George Washington - A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.
Pollock - A film about the life and career of Jackson Pollock, an American painter struggling with drinking, insecurity, and stress.
2001:
Manic - Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution, where several other youths are there with a variety of serious problems.
Tape - Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.
The Zookeeper - In the midst of a civil war in an Eastern European country, a disillusioned ex-Communist is left behind to take care of the animals in the capital's zoological gardens until a U.N. rescue force arrives.
2002:
Bloody Sunday - A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
Sweet Sixteen - Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
The Dancer Upstairs - A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
2003:
Baadasssss! - Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Pieces of April - A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
Wondrous Oblivion - 11-year-old David Wiseman and his family run into problems after David befriends their new neighbors.
2004:
Ae Fond Kiss... - Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.
In My Father's Den - A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.
Mickybo and Me - Two boys, whom share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, also share an ambition of running away to Australia.
2005:
Beyond the Gates - An exhausted Catholic priest and a young idealistic English teacher find themselves caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Man Push Cart - A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.
Parzania - A parsi family struggles to find their son during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
2006:
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison, a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Just Like the Son - A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Kenny - The daily life of Kenny Smyth, a portable toilet deliverer.
2007:
California Dreamin' - A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.
Chop Shop - Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York.
Shotgun Stories - In Southeast Arkansas, a feud erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father.
2008:
Ballast - In the Mississippi delta, one man's suicide affects three people's lives.
Kisses - Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.
The Black Balloon - The complicated relationship between Thomas and his autistic brother, Charlie.
2009:
Balibo - War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.
Ink - A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi, the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
Looking for Eric - Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.
2010:
Beneath Hill 60 - In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
Boy - Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
The First Grader - An 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
2011:
Death of a Superhero - A 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
The Lady - The story of Aung San Suu Kyi's involvement in Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.
Wild Bill - Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year-old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves.
2012:
Good Vibrations - A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.
It's Such a Beautiful Day - Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche.
Ship of Theseus - Explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk, and a young stockbroker.
2013:
Josh - Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete - Two inner city boys are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet - A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
2014:
Before I Disappear - At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
The Prophet - Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter.
Wheels - Two suicidal paraplegic junkies hustle their way through the city streets trying to find a reason to live.
2015:
James White - James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
Last Cab to Darwin - When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.
The End of the Tour - A five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which takes place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
2016:
20th Century Women - The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.
Away - Set in the north English seaside town of Blackpool and centered on the interactions between two kindred spirits.
Ethel & Ernest - The life and times of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
Thanks to IMDb for help with descriptions.
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2017.11.05 04:52 electricmastro 123 lesser-known movies from 1976-2016 that are worth watching.

Edit: The years 1950-1975 have been added, bringing the total to 201.
I decided to divide these up according to year:
1950:
No Way Out - A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist white, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
Stage Fright - A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.
The Men - A paralized war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.
1951:
The Browning Version - Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.
The Tales of Hoffmann - A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.
Westward the Women - A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.
1952:
Limelight - A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Scaramouche - In 18th century France, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.
The Bad and the Beautiful - An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.
1953:
I Confess - A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.
Lili - An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.
The Cruel Sea - The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.
1954:
Johnny Guitar - After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
Journey to Italy - An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.
Salt of the Earth - Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.
1955:
Bad Day at Black Rock - A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
Blackboard Jungle - A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.
Confidential Report - An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin, placing himself in grave danger.
1956:
Patterns - When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.
The Catered Affair - After Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week, Jane's mother attempts to give them a big wedding despite facing objections.
The Harder They Fall - Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his unknown, but easily exploitable find from Argentina.
1957:
3:10 to Yuma - Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.
Abandon Ship - A ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.
Big Time Operators - A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.
1958:
Ice Cold in Alex - During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.
The Big Country - A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness - Based on the true life exploits of Gladys Aylward who set off to China to work as a missionary and teacher.
1959:
Look Back in Anger - A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.
Shadows - Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.
Warlock - A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.
1960:
Home from the Hill - The story of the influential Hunnicutt family set in Texas during the late 1950s.
Tunes of Glory - Two senior officers conflict with each other in the cloistered environment of a Scottish military regiment.
Wild River - A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.
1961:
El Cid - The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) faces obstacles regarding a family vendetta and court intrigue while attempting to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.
Splendor in the Grass - A fragile Kansas girl falls in love with a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family, but both face pressures within the relationship.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire - When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
1962:
Advise & Consent - Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
David and Lisa - The story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems.
Light in the Piazza - The interactions between a young Italian man and young American woman, who has the mental capacity equivalent to that of a ten year old due to a mental disability caused by a head injury she received as a child.
1963:
A Child Is Waiting - When Jean Hansen comes to a school for disabled children to work there as a teacher, she becomes particularly interested in young Reuben, an autistic boy whose parents have not visited him for several years.
Love with the Proper Stranger - When Angie Rossini finds out she's pregnant, she tracks down Rocky Papasano the musician with whom she had a fling with.
Spencer's Mountain - The lives of Clay Spencer, his wife Olivia Spencer, and their nine children, who are the third and fourth generations of Spencers who have lived on Spencer's Mountain in the Snake River Valley nestled within the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.
1964:
7 Faces of Dr. Lao - A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.
Seven Days in May - United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
The Americanization of Emily - An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.
1965:
In Harm's Way - A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
The Flight of the Phoenix - After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.
The Great Race - A grand adventurous race takes place between the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate across three continents.
1966:
Follow Me, Boys! - A traveling band member becomes scoutmaster of a scout troop and helps the youth of a small town.
Grand Prix - American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard.
The Chase - The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.
1967:
Point Blank - After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
To Sir, with Love - Focuses on an idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Two for the Road - Follows the lives of Joanna, a member of a touring girl's choir, and Mark, a struggling architect, after they first meet on the road in Europe.
1968:
Charly - Scientists try an experimental treatment on Charly, a good natured adult with a cognitive disability, which raises his IQ to genius levels but which does not give him emotional maturity.
Faces - After a middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
The Mercenary - While a Mexican revolutionary lies low as a U.S. rodeo clown, the cynical Polish mercenary who tutored the idealistic peasant tells how he and a dedicated female radical fought for the soul of the guerrilla general Paco, as Mexicans threw off repressive government and all-powerful landowners in the 1910s.
1969:
Kes - Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes.
Medium Cool - A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
1970:
Husbands - A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together.
The Phantom Tollbooth - Milo, a boy who is bored with life, comes home to find a toll booth in his room and gets in his toy car to drives through, only to emerge in a world full of adventure.
The Railway Children - After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.
1971:
Minnie and Moskowitz - After Minnie breaks up with her married boyfriend and becomes disillusioned, her feelings begin to change when she meets a crazy car-parker named Seymour.
Red Sun - In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a man hunt to retrieve it.
Walkabout - Two young siblings stranded in the Australian Outback are forced to cope on their own and meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.
1972:
Across 110th Street - Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.
The Culpepper Cattle Co. - A young farmboy who always wanted to be a cowhand talks a tough trail boss into hiring him on a cattle drive.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds - The story of a middle-aged widowed eccentric named Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, a rebellious epileptic named Ruth and a quiet science enthusiast named Matilda.
1973:
Emperor of the North - In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.
Scarecrow - Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.
The Last Detail - Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.
1974:
A Woman Under the Influence - Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
Conrack - A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families.
The Yakuza - Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia.
1975:
Night Moves - Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling.
The Sunshine Boys - A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.
The Wind and the Lion - In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.
1976:
Mikey and Nicky - In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.
The Front - In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
The Shootist - A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.
1977:
Sorcerer - Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.
The Duellists - A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels.
The Late Show - A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.
1978:
Big Wednesday - The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.
The Driver - A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenancious detective.
The Silent Partner - A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives.
1979:
Return of the Secaucus Seven - Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.
The China Syndrome - A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.
The Wanderers - In 1963 New York, an Italian gang called the Wanderers attempt to defend their honor and turf against rival gangs.
1980:
Brubaker - The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Lion of the Desert - The story of the Libyan resistance leader, Omar Mukhtar, who led the Libyan resistance against the Italian opressors from 1911-1931.
The Long Riders - The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.
1981:
American Pop - The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century.
My Dinner with Andre - Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.
Ragtime - A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other events in early 1900s New York City.
1982:
Diner - A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.
The Plague Dogs - Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.
The Year of Living Dangerously - A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.
1983:
Local Hero - An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery, but things don't go as expected.
Testament - The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.
Under Fire - Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979.
1984:
Another Country - Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.
Broadway Danny Rose - In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.
Where the Green Ants Dream - A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.
1985:
The Adventures of Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.
The Journey of Natty Gann - In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.
To Live and Die in L.A. - A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
1986:
Malcolm - After getting fired for building his own tram, Malcolm gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills.
Salvador - An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.
True Stories - A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.
1987:
Bagdad Cafe - A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.
Matewan - A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.
Some Kind of Wonderful - When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.
1988:
Bird - The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.
Gorillas in the Mist - The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Miracle Mile - A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.
1989:
Henry V - In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Lean on Me - The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.
The Unbelievable Truth - A man returns to his home town after serving a prison sentence for homicide, and finds that the details of the crime have been forgotten and replaced with local legends and rumors.
1990:
Hidden Agenda - When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth.
State of Grace - A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
The Field - "Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land, and when the widow, who owns the field, decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it, but runs into trouble with another bidder that wants the field to build a highway.
1991:
Europa - Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.
Riff-Raff - The story of a construction worker named Stevie and his unemployed pop singer girlfriend, which serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class.
The Indian Runner - A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.
1992:
American Me - A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.
One False Move - A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.
The Long Day Closes - The story of an 11-year-old named Bud, a sad and lonely boy who struggles through his days, with the movies that play at the local movie-house serving as his main source of solace.
1993:
Fearless - A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb - A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab, and meets a variety of strange creatures while finding a way back to his father.
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould - A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.
1994:
Fresh - Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.
Vanya on 42nd Street - New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre.
War of the Buttons - Rival gangs of young Irish kids enjoin in constantly escalating battles that ultimately entails the removal of the buttons from the clothes of captured losers.
1995:
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life - In a dreamlike and surreal world, a school for servants is visited by a young man whose presence impacts the people there, and possibly even the school itself.
Land and Freedom - David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists.
Living in Oblivion - A film about filmmaking, which takes place during one day on the set of a low-budget movie.
1996:
Lone Star - When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Small Faces - Lex, a self-assured prankster in 1968 Glasgow, begins a downward spiral after he accidentally shoots the leader of his brother's gang, but Lex's cockiness and immaturity unfortunately prevent him from understanding the effect his subsequent crimes will have on both himself, and on those around him.
Some Mother's Son - Focuses on the mothers that struggle to save the lives of their sons that are involved in the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war.
1997:
Gridlock'd - After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program, but their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.
Kundun - From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.
Niagara, Niagara - An outsider and a young woman plagued by Tourette's syndrome meet and together journey to Canada.
1998:
Jinnah - The story of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
My Name Is Joe - Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.
This Is My Father - A middle-aged teacher discovers photos from his mother's past that convinces him that she has not told the truth about his real father.
1999:
Sunshine - The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.
Titus - Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.
Wonderland - Members of a working-class family each deal with their own relationship issues over the course of a long November weekend.
2000:
Bread and Roses - Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.
George Washington - A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.
Pollock - A film about the life and career of Jackson Pollock, an American painter struggling with drinking, insecurity, and stress.
2001:
Manic - Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution, where several other youths are there with a variety of serious problems.
Tape - Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.
The Zookeeper - In the midst of a civil war in an Eastern European country, a disillusioned ex-Communist is left behind to take care of the animals in the capital's zoological gardens until a U.N. rescue force arrives.
2002:
Bloody Sunday - A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
Sweet Sixteen - Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
The Dancer Upstairs - A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
2003:
Baadasssss! - Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Pieces of April - A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
Wondrous Oblivion - 11-year-old David Wiseman and his family run into problems after David befriends their new neighbors.
2004:
Ae Fond Kiss... - Sparks fly in Glasgow's south side when a young Asian man enters into a relationship with a Caucasian woman.
In My Father's Den - A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.
Mickybo and Me - Two boys, whom share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, also share an ambition of running away to Australia.
2005:
Beyond the Gates - An exhausted Catholic priest and a young idealistic English teacher find themselves caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Man Push Cart - A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.
Parzania - A parsi family struggles to find their son during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
2006:
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison, a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Just Like the Son - A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Kenny - The daily life of Kenny Smyth, a portable toilet deliverer.
2007:
California Dreamin' - A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.
Chop Shop - Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York.
Shotgun Stories - In Southeast Arkansas, a feud erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father.
2008:
Ballast - In the Mississippi delta, one man's suicide affects three people's lives.
Kisses - Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.
The Black Balloon - The complicated relationship between Thomas and his autistic brother, Charlie.
2009:
Balibo - War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.
Ink - A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi, the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
Looking for Eric - Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.
2010:
Beneath Hill 60 - In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
Boy - Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
The First Grader - An 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
2011:
Death of a Superhero - A 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
The Lady - The story of Aung San Suu Kyi's involvement in Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.
Wild Bill - Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year-old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves.
2012:
Good Vibrations - A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.
It's Such a Beautiful Day - Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche.
Ship of Theseus - Explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk, and a young stockbroker.
2013:
Josh - Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete - Two inner city boys are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet - A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
2014:
Before I Disappear - At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
The Prophet - Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter.
Wheels - Two suicidal paraplegic junkies hustle their way through the city streets trying to find a reason to live.
2015:
James White - James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
Last Cab to Darwin - When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.
The End of the Tour - A five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which takes place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
2016:
20th Century Women - The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.
Away - Set in the north English seaside town of Blackpool and centered on the interactions between two kindred spirits.
Ethel & Ernest - The life and times of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
Thanks to IMDb for help with descriptions.
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2017.07.05 03:46 NK_Ryzov United Americas: Full Timeline [warning: super long]

In the year 1985, the United States of the Americas and Oceania spans over 21,007,207 square miles of territory, and has a population of over 1.7 billion citizens, across six continents.
It all began with the “Northern Revolution” of 1776, when the fifteen colonies (Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada join the revolution) revolted against British rule. With the inclusion of the French Canadians in the national DNA of the young republic instilled a multicultural, multilingual, religiously-pluralistic society. After snagging Rupert’s Land, Bermuda, British Guyana, Florida, West Florida and the Bahamas during the British-American War, a man by the name of Simon Bolivar paid the United States a visit, and was impressed by the free and democratic society that Washington’s revolution had created. In particular, he was very impressed by their tolerance and acceptance of Romance-speaking Catholics.
So when Bolivar returned home to South America, the dream of Pan-American unity was always on his mind, and on the minds of the other Libertadores. Shortly after the Federal Republic of Gran Colombia gained independence from Spain in 1821 (the “Southern Revolution”), they became a protectorate of the United States; the Confederation of Peru did so as well in 1826. Also in the 1820’s, the United States acquired Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain. This seizure was largely carried out by local rebels, who were aided by an American secret society known as the “Order of the Eagle”; they’re like the Freemasons, only more prone to killing people and “not” covertly supported by the US government. The Order of the Eagle also organized militias in the US, which staged a 19th century Bay of Pigs.
Also in the 1820’s we see something truly stupendous. After losing in Europe, Napoleon fled to the United States, where he found himself on the lecture circuit, longing for the old days. Then America wanted to invade the Viceroyalty of New Spain. But political gridlock at the time (mostly related to the integration of Cuba, Puerto Rico and preparation for the annexation of Gran Colombia) made the invasion impossible for the US itself. So, some wealthy Dixie investors approached the aging Napoleon and presented him with an offer he couldn’t refuse. Putting together a ragtag army of cowboys, rednecks, Indians and at least one samurai (VERY long story as to how he ended up joining Napoleon’s army in Louisiana), as well as some of Napoleon’s old guard, he invaded New Spain, defeated its armies, and seized Mexico City. Out of this emerged the republics of California, Texas and Rio Grande, which were all gobbled up into the Union by 1838. Napoleon ended up dying after only six years as the Emperor of Mexico, and his successor was not as much of a cooperative US puppet as Napoleon.
Into the 1830’s, Gran Colombia was abolished, and the states thereof were incorporated into the Union. With this, the United States of America became the “United States of the Americas”, to reflect the country’s bi-continental status. Around this same time, you would expect the Trail of Tears to happen. Except it didn’t. See, during the Northern Revolution, the Iroquois sided with the Patriots, instead of the British. As thanks for their part in the revolution, a chunk of upstate New York was made into the Union’s 21st state, Haudenosaunee (which to this day is still native-majority). And because of the early involvement of Native Americans, the US has a much less belligerent attitude towards the Indians. Plus, with the addition of so many new citizens of Indian and half-Indian descent in the new South American states, having an openly-genocidal policy towards the Indians would come across as really silly. Anyway, instead of sending the Five Civilized Tribes west of the Mississippi, a state in the heart of Dixie was created – Oklahoma.
Over the course of the 1830’s and 1840’s, following Napoleon’s death, the Mexican Empire was ground down over the course of two wars (the Second and Third Mexican Wars), until all that remained were four rump states in Mesoamerica – the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Tabasco, the Republic of Chiapas, and the Republic of the Yucatan. All four were occupied by US forces, and were scheduled for incorporation into the Union. The republics of Chiapas and Tabasco were very much cooperative. The Yucatan was a heavily-stratified society, with high tensions between the Mayan underclass (the majority) and the white Yucateco ruling class (the minority); they were pro-US, but leaned heavily towards the slave states of Dixie and the Spanish Antilles. And the Mexican republic was the least cooperative, and was kept under heavy US military occupation for most of its existence. And towards the end of the 1830’s, you had the American-Brazilian War, which resulted in the US snagging some Amazonian territory, though both sides claimed victory.
Oh, I forgot to mention. In the aftermath of the Northern Revolution, you had a larger number of Loyalist refugees than OTL. And without Canada for them to flee to, they ended up fleeing elsewhere. Some went to South Africa, others India or Australia. But most found themselves settling the Southern Cone. See, many of these Loyalist refugees ended up taking part in the British invasion of the Rio de la Plata. With more manpower than OTL, the British were successful in capturing the Spanish territory. Buenos Aires was renamed Beresford, and the British also conquered the other bank of the Plata (OTL Uruguay), which became known as New Wessex. By the 1830’s, the British had expanded south into the Patagonian wastes. By the end of the decade, they secured the Pacific coast, crushing the fledgling Republic of Chile and inflaming relations with the pro-Chilean USA. Into the 1840’s, they began expanding further south into Tierra Del Fuego (which saw its entire native population wiped out and replaced with Englishmen), while also pushing northward, into Upper Peru (OTL Bolivia). Here, they unsuccessfully attempted to conquer the plucky little Republic of Paraguay, and it was during the 1844 Anglo-Paraguayan War that Paraguay earned the moniker “Sparta of South America”. Upper Peru came to be a disputed zone between the US (which by then had just incorporated the states of North Peru and South Peru) and the British.
During the early 1850’s, the United States got its first footholds in what would become known as “the American Far East”. The US took part in the First Sino-European War, and walked away with the Chinese treaty ports of Takau and Keelung (both on the island of Taiwan – today known as Takasago).
However, beginning in the mid-1840’s, slavery started becoming THE hot-button issue. The slave-holding states in Dixie regularly came to blows with the staunchly-abolitionist Southern states (“The South” and “Southern” in this timeline refers to South America, not Dixie). A number of incidents in the emerging states on the Great Plains happened (Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Nebraska, etc.). Pro-slavery “filibusters” invaded the collapsing remnants of Mexican Central America in the 1830’s and established the Federal Republic of Central America, a loose federation of slaveholding republics, set up with the intention of eventually being annexed into the Union as several new save states. Tensions in Missouri between the abolitionist Francophone majority, and the pro-slavery Anglophone minority that started settling the territory in large numbers.
One thing led to another and the whole thing hit the fan in 1859, when the so-called “Confederate States of the Americas” declared their secession from the Union. The CSA spanned the Dixie states, Texas, Rio Grande, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Barthelme, St. Kitts & Nevis, East Guyana and West Guyana. The Unionist territory of the Bahamas was quick to be occupied by Confederate forces; Bermuda was technically part of North Carolina, but the population was strongly pro-Union and resisted Confederate attempts to take it over (in the end, Bermuda became a refuge for Unionist North Carolinians). Meanwhile, in Mexico, pro-Union US troops and pro-Confederate troops started looking at each other funny, and those looks turned into gunfire, sparking the Mexican Civil War (even before the war between the actual Union and the actual Confederacy actually started). The Confederates lost pretty quickly and fled to the Confederate state of Rio Grande, while the Unionists were stuck fighting a loose coalition of Mexican nationalists split along republican and monarchist lines.
The Republic of the Yucatan sided with the Confederacy in return for aid in fighting the Mayan rebels that chose now to rise up. Chiapas and Tabasco sided with the Union. The FRCA sided with the CSA, and planned on becoming a part of it once the Confederates’ independence was assured.
The Great American War had begun.
Initially, the Confederates were winning the war. They captured Washington, DC early on (the Union government was able to flee to Toronto before Johnny closed off the city), annexed Maryland, and began to invade Pennsylvania, where bitter trench warfare set in after the Confederates suffered their first major defeat just outside Philadelphia.
Meanwhile in the West Indies, pro-Confederate “Dominican” militias launched an invasion of Haiti. These were white Hispanics who fled from Santo Domingo after the Haitians conquered it. Three decades later, these Hispanics and their sons formed militias that TOTALLY weren’t armed by the Confederate government. They invaded the eastern half of Haiti (as the entire island of Hispaniola was now known as at this point), which had more or less been assimilated into the rest of the Republic of Haiti. They showed little quarter to the Francophone black civilians they encountered, frequently targeted interracial couples, and had this nasty habit of captured Haitian soldiers to dig their own graves before getting their skulls perforated.
Further south, the Unionist Gran Colombian states invaded the Confederate Guyanas. It was pretty easy, since the Indian (not Native American, the OTHER “Indian”) majorities in East and West Guyana occupied a very…awkward position in the hierarchy of the Confederate regimes here. But the Confederate armed forces fled deeper into the jungles and mountains, where they received aid and supplies from Brazilian gun-runners.
Eventually, the war started turning against the Confederates, and Europe started to get involved. Liberal, idealistic German, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Croatian and Russian volunteers had already come over to fight for the Union, but the Confederates called upon the governments of Britain, France and Spain to intervene on their behalf, in return for expanded spheres of influence in the Americas and favorable economic agreements with an independent Confederacy. A joint Anglo-Brazilian force surged its way up the Andes, reaching as far as the outskirts of Bogota. The French “intervened” in Mexico and sided with the monarchist nationalists, who immediately stabbed their republican allies in the back (often literally). The French also invaded western Haiti, while the Spanish took eastern Haiti. The Confederates threw the Dominican militias under the bus in return for European aid, resulting in a confusing clusterfuck of a conflict in Haiti. In addition, Union and Brazilian troops clashed in the Amazon; this proved to be the WORST part of the Great American War, as the flash floods of the rainy season, tropical diseases, and rampant jaguar attacks destroyed morale on both sides and led to widespread mutinies and desertions.
The British also staged raids on Boston and Halifax, right as the Union invaded British-held Labrador, Newfoundland, Vancouver and the Queen Charlotte Islands (which were renamed the George Washington Islands).
During the Great American War, one of the greatest (or at least the ballsiest) feats of naval warfare took place: the voyage of “McDermott’s Marauders”. The cliff notes version of the story is that in 1862, an American admiral named Joseph McDermott staged a daring invasion of Hawaii, the Philippines AND Australia, and when he sailed into Auckland harbor, the colonial governor of New Zealand immediately surrendered after hearing of his feats elsewhere in the Pacific.
Speaking of Australia and New Zealand, McDermott didn’t conquer Australia. No, he came at an opportune moment when the continent was already awash in republican revolution. The revolutionaries were aided by a number of American expatriates, many of whom were members of the Order of the Eagle. Especially noteworthy are six individuals. Joshua Graham was an Iroquois adventurer and gunslinger from Albany, New York, and he and his close colleague, Noah Benjamin (a slave from Virginia, who Graham purchased and then immediately freed), helped convince many Aborigines (there are WAY more Australian Aborigines, due to an unknown Indian sailor washing up on the shore of the continent around 25 BCE, introducing Old World diseases to Australia centuries ahead of the Europeans, and giving the population time to rebound and gain immunity following the initial outbreak) to join the cause of the Australian revolutionaries; Jean-Francois Molyneaux of Quebec was a noted gunrunner, who played a key role in arming the revolutionaries; Arturo Mondragon (a lawyer and adventurer from Caracas, Venezuela) helped organize the revolutionaries and spread the revolution; Ann Cormac (born in Halifax, 1838) assassinated key British authorities and loyalist figures; and Roland Porter, a Texan who ended up becoming a martyr for the cause of Australian independence.
Another oft-forgotten aspect of the Great American War was the “spy war”, between the Order of the Eagle, and a splinter group, the Order of the Golden Circle. The Order of the Golden Circle was made up of those within the Order of the Eagle who were in favor of the Confederacy and the institution of slavery. This war-in-the-shadows was waged in North America, South America, coastal China, Australia, and even across Europe.
Ultimately, the Confederates lost, of course. Union troops captured the Confederate capital of Richmond, then the new Confederate capital of Atlanta, and then they began preparations for taking the new new Confederate capital of Havana. The Union broke the Confederacy into three pieces by seizing the Mississippi and Rio Bravo rivers. And reinforcements from California and the Rocky Mountain territories poured down into Mexico, defeated the French and their monarchist allies, and linked up with South American troops in Tegucigalpa – the black heart of the FRCA. South American troops also staged an amphibious invasion of Jamaica, and an island-hopping campaign in the Lesser Antilles (save for the Scandinavian Virgin Islands, which were neutral in the war). And if it seems like the South Americans were busy, these were just side-projects. Under the command of General Ambrose Burnsides, the Union’s “Army of the Andes” pushed the Anglo-Brazilians back south, all the way to Beresford. With British forces fleeing south into Patagonia, the Army of the Andes made the fateful decision to pursue the British and crush them before they could fortify their positions. This ended up giving the Brazilians time to fortify their own positions in their southern provinces, and an attempted Union invasion of southern Brazil ended in a total rout.
One interesting event during the fall of the Confederacy happened in South Carolina; here, the Gullah and other slaves of the Sea Islands rose up. Empowered by a folk form of Islam, they established the pro-Union “Republic of Geechee”, which lasted about three months, before disbanding; after the war, these guys would end up being a major force in South Carolina’s reconstruction, going so far as to form the “Green Party”, a regional party advocating for a very Americanized form of African Muslim democracy in the Gullah counties of South Carolina.
The Confederates surrendered on August 29th 1863, in a small church in the village of Nueva Paz (“New Peace” – a funny coincidence), outside of Havana. Many Confederate die-hards would end up fleeing to Imperial Brazil, along with much of the Order of the Golden Circle, which would be responsible for founding the Imperial Brazilian secret police.
As the Confederate leadership was tried for treason in Cincinnati, the US sent envoys to the city of Laibach, Germany (OTL: Ljubljana, Slovenia). It was here, on the rainy day of February 9th 1864, that the Treaty of Laibach was signed. Now, the Great American War did end up spreading to Europe, where it is remembered as “the First World War”. Germany, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Russia and Greece fought Britain, France, Spain and the Ottoman Empire for two and a half years and blah, blah, blah. We’re focusing on ‘Murica here, alright? And the important parts of the Treaty of Laibach that you should care about are the clauses where the British and French were forced to surrender all their remaining territories in the Western Hemisphere to the United States; Britain was forced to recognize the independence of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the Federal Republic of Australia, and the Republic of New Zealand; and Spain was forced to recognize the independence of the Republic of the Philippines.
The US didn’t annex the Philippines or Hawaii, because the US chose to set them free. Though both had constitutions very similar to that of the United States (of course, Hawaii’s had to be modified to account for their monarchy) and both were VERY close to the US. Australia and New Zealand were also very close to the US. New Zealand was much more reluctant in this, and had many British loyalists left over, but the Australians pressured them into getting with the program.
Reconstruction in this timeline was MUCH more radical than OTL. The abolitionist Southern states had lost many brothers, sons, fathers and husbands, mostly while fighting the British in the Andes. They wanted Dixie to suffer, and their clout in Congress and the Senate drove some of the more extreme initiatives in rebuilding the former Confederacy.
The Unionist parts of eastern Tenasi and western North Carolina became the state of Cumberland, while the pro-Union counties of northwestern Virginia became the state of Vandalia. Texas was split into four pieces: the Unionist counties of northeastern Texas became the state of Jefferson; the anti-slavery parts of southwestern Texas (with their large number of Texas Germans) became the state of Lincoln, in honor of the recently-deceased president; the remaining southeastern counties became a rump state of Texas, and the panhandle (by virtue of being cut off from the rump Texas) was made into the state of Jacinto. Aside from Lincoln, Jefferson, Cumberland and Vandalia, all former Confederate states were placed under military administration, which was overseen mostly by South American and Canadian soldiers. The first states to be reintegrated into the Union were East and West Guyana (both in 1870), and the last was West Florida (in 1905).
Without the influence of the Dixie states, not only was slavery abolished in the United States, but blacks were given full civil rights – strangling Jim Crow in the crib. The plantations were broken up, slaveowners were prosecuted, and though you did have the emergence of “Bloody Shirts” (this timeline’s equivalent of the KKK), this movement was rather ruthlessly crushed by the occupying federal troops.
As for Mexico, the republican nationalists for the most part abandoned the notion of an independent Mexican nation; their betrayal by the monarchists left most of them disillusioned. The Republic of Mexico was annexed into the Union as ten states: Jalisco, Nayarit, Mexico, Veracruz, Colima, Aguascalientes, Puebla, Oaxaca, Michoacán, and Nuevo Paraiso (yes, a Red Dead Redemption reference). Tabasco, Yucatan and Chiapas were all also annexed, as were the constituent states of the FRCA.
In the 1870’s, the Germans pressured the Scandinavian Commonwealth to sell Greenland and the Virgin Islands to the United States. And in the 1880’s, the Germans sold them the German West Indies. See, the Netherlands joined Germany as an autonomous kingdom, after a pan-Germanic mood swing following World War I. As a result, the Dutch West Indies technically became German territory. When the Germans ceded their West Indian territories, they stipulated that each island become a state, and that steps be taken to preserve the Dutch language in these new states. Russia sold their last North American territory to the US in 1887.
Also in the 1870’s, the US began construction of a new capital city. Or rather, three. Liberty City, District of Columbia was built as the executive and administrative capital, at the Atlantic mouth of the Nicaragua Canal (a simultaneous project); Unity City, District of Cincinnatus became the legislative capital, along the banks of Lake Nicaragua; and Independence City, District of Justitia – the nation’s judicial capital – was constructed on the border of Carleton and Wisconsin. Construction of all three finished by 1896.
The 1880’s saw the US once again dragged into a war in East Asia. The Second Sino-European War (as deceptively-named as the first conflict, as not only was the US involved, but so was the Republic of Japan and the Federal Republic of Australia). Beginning in the 1850’s, American influence had steadily grown in Shanghai, with American missionaries and businesses making their presence in the city abundantly clear. So when the Qing backed “rebels” who tried to “liberate” Shanghai from Yankee influence, the Marines went in and kicked some Manchu ass, knocking the “rebels” all the way to Wuxi. Amid a potential coup, the Qing backed down and agreed to the allied nations’ conditions. Among these included a 999-year lease on the city of Shanghai to the United States. Oh, also, Hawaii and the Philippines both joined the US in the 1880’s.
In the 1890’s came the Liberation of Brazil – the final downfall of the Empire of Brazil. And in the same decade, Australia and New Zealand joined the United States as several new states. With the New World now totally unified and the eagle’s wings now spanning Australia, New Zealand and essentially all of the South Pacific Islands, the US once again changed its name, to reflect the nature of this new empire of liberty: the United States of the Americas and Oceania (USAO).
For the next few decades, the US opted to rest and work on integrating all these new citizens, laying submarine telegraph cables from the Americas to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and the American Far East.
However, trouble was brewing in the Old World. In the UK, the National Action Party rose to prominence. It offered revenge to the elderly, and action for the youth. The party was led by the young and charismatic Oliver Drax, whose family were Canadian loyalists who fled to British South America, and then back to England, where they had to start over with nothing. The NAP was swept into power in the aftermath of the humiliation that was the Second World War (1912-1916), and under Drax’s leadership, the party effectively put an end to democracy and ramped up anti-American sentiment to the Nth degree.
Tensions between the US and the “Greater British Realm” grew worse and worse, until the Torres Strait Crisis lit the whole thing ablaze.
Troops from the British East Indies (OTL: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea) staged an invasion of northern Australia, which initially was an immense success, before it devolved into bitter desert warfare in the Outback. The British also launched U-boat attacks on Sydney Harbor and made landings in Tasmania (OTL: Queensland) and Perth, though these were repelled fairly quickly. The Australian Front was a nasty, hateful war, with large-scale use of chemical and biological weapons on the part of the British. Eventually, things got so bad that the women of Australia were brought onto the frontlines. Despite the concerns of more conservative strategic planners, the “GI Jills” proved their worth, with names like Soledad Muldoon (who famously tore her own eye out after it took shrapnel during the Battle of Alice Springs and then continued fighting) and Lucy Skeyhill (a sniper who racked up 155 confirmed kills in the Outback) becoming legends in the national press.
The British attempted to raid Takau and Keelung, but were surprised by a joint American-Japanese fleet. In this timeline, Japan is a democratic republic, and a staunch ally of America sempai. Anyway, after the Battle of the South China Sea, the Americans captured Hong Kong, simultaneous to an influx of US troops to push the British out of Mindanao. The USAO, in an attempt to draw British troops away from Australia, invaded New Guinea. This began a long and bloody chapter in the jungles and mountains of New Guinea.
The war in Australia came to a head after the decisive USAO victory at the Battle of Alice Springs. This was the largest tank battle in human history, involving thousands of tanks and artillery pieces, and over a million soldiers. Colonel “Mad” Max Kelly of the US Army’s 7th Armored Cavalry spearheaded the Alice Springs offensive, leading from the front in his personal tank. After a long and hard battle that leveled the small Outback town and killed thousands of men and women on both sides, the British were ultimately defeated, and Kelly’s forces gained the initiative on them – chasing them all the way to Darwin.
After ten and a half months of war in the desert, the British were in retreat.
Following the defeats in Australia and the Philippines, “Big Brother” Drax stepped up the dirty tricks. British sleeper agents in Liberty City launched an assault on the White House, using automatic weapons that were purchased on the American black market. There was even an aerial attack from a modified Scandinavian flying boat liner, which was used as a makeshift bomber that sprayed mustard gas on the city. A similar attack on the National Acropolis in Unity City (where the Senate and Congress meets) turned into a siege lasting 12 hours, before the US Republican Guard’s famous “Constitution Rifles” successfully defeated the British sleeper agents, who ultimately failed in their mission. Most of the agents taken prisoner ended up committing suicide via cyanide pills.
However, this was not the end of the attacks on American soil. There were British landings on Long Island, which pushed into New York City, which then came under occupation by the British Army and the elite Combat-SB (the conventional military service of the Special Branch paramilitary). The Battle of New York was harsh and bitter, but the Union was successful in retaking the city after two months of fighting. There was also a large-scale invasion of the West Indies, using troops from British Nigeria, and an offensive against coastal Brazil, where troops from South Africa collaborated with local Brazilian nationalists. Both offensives ultimately ended in failure for the British.
With all this on their minds, US forces in Australia landed in the Timor islands, followed up by an American-Japanese offensive into Borneo. After two years, the BEI capital of Singapore fell to allied forces. To try and cut off the British supply of oil, a bold incursion by the American/Japanese alliance was launched into the Persian Gulf. In addition, you had the “Atlantic Offensives” against Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa. As occurred in Australia, the South African Front saw extensive use of WMD’s by the British, who applied “scorched earth” tactics in the face of overwhelming American troop strength and firepower. Nigeria was not nearly as barbaric, due to a collapse in morale among the Nigerians leading to widespread mutinies against their British officers.
As US and Japanese forces began their invasion of India, the final Atlantic Offensive took the war to the British home isles itself, in an unprecedented move spearheaded by General Bernard Giroux – the liberator of New York City. Who else but a French-Canadian could be put in charge of invading Britain? The initial invasion of Ireland went rather smoothly, with the entire island coming under US control after only a month of fighting. It was here, that the camps were discovered, Giroux mandated that his officers march through the camps, to more fully understand what they had come to destroy.
The invasion of Britain proper was not as smooth. The first wave of the invasion was stopped by the largest mass-use of chemical and biological weapons in history – “Operation Chemo”. Much of Wales and western England was rendered uninhabitable, with American soldiers, British soldiers and British civilians alike all caught in the attack. Instead of pushing onward, Giroux ordered all surviving US forces to focus on evacuating any and all human beings from the “White Zones”, to refugee camps in Ireland. As this operation was underway, Giroux had airborne troops cross the White Zones, and Marines land in southern England, to keep the pressure on the Realm. The moment that the Army Corps of Engineers succeeded in making a path through the White Zones, a massive force of new troops and armored divisions pushed on through and thundered its way across the Midlands.
And then, the Battle of London began. Over a century of animosity between the United States and Britain was about to reach its conclusion – the climactic final confrontation between the Eagle and Lion.
This battle is remembered in much the same way that Stalingrad is in our own timeline: a savage fight, lasting many months, involving every branch of the US military, and the last remnants of the British military; soldiers, sailors and reluctant conscripts fought over every block, every building, every floor, every room; underneath the city, in London’s Underground, the fight waged on there as well; at one point, the Combat-SB began purposefully setting parts of the city on fire.
Moments before Drax’s capture by the Constitution Rifles, a full-blooded Iroquois soldier, Ratonhnhaké:ton (who lied about his age to join the Marines at age 14), climbed to the top of Big Ben and flew the Stars and Stripes. The image of the flag flying defiantly amid the falling snow and smoky sky was immortalized in a famous photograph.
As was the image of Drax being dragged out of his bunker by the elite Republican Guardsmen. Drax was placed on a heavily-guarded airship and flown to a detention facility in the Gulf of California, to await his trial for crimes against humanity. But alas, he took his own life while in custody.
So, now Britain was ruins and under American occupation. In the closing days of the war, while the Americans were held back behind the White Zones, Drax instituted a large-scale “scorched earth” policy of systematic destruction of British industry and infrastructure. He felt that if defeat was inevitable, then Britain would have to die with him.
For the British people, the announcement of Drax’s capture could only be compared to a spell being broken. This man had convinced them to abolish democracy, drop poison on their own people, and destroy their own nation. And they had done it willingly. In contrast to the deranged crimes of the Realm, the American occupiers had gone out of their way to help their enemies in need. Not just in the aftermath of Operation Chemo, either. Even before the end of hostilities, American citizens back home were donating blankets, food and other aid supplies to the British people living under US occupation. At a time when they were already rationing for the war effort.
In 1956, ten years after the end of World War III, the future of the British people was put to a referendum. Seeing a continent dominated by Germany and its allies, and realizing that the time of British independence was effectively over, the British people overwhelmingly voted for political union with the United States. And so, the Federation of the British Isles was born.
An autonomous sub-federation within the USAO, the states and territories of the FBI retain their parliamentary system of government, send representatives to an FBI parliament in London, and elect a Prime Minister of the FBI, all in addition to participating in federal elections and sending representatives to Unity City. The FBI does not have its own military, beyond the National Guard regiments of its individual states, however, it has a degree of regulatory and legislative sovereignty from the rest of the United States, and has the ability to interact with Europe independently of the rest of the USAO.
South Africa was similarly damaged, contaminated and occupied in the aftermath of WWIII, but the US worked hard to keep South Africa independent. In the end, however, these efforts were in vain, and against President Giroux’s own personal opinion on the matter, a second sub-fed – the Federation of South Africa – was created in 1960.
By 1961, all US forces had withdrawn from the areas of the British Empire that it had occupied, and the rest of the 20th century has seen no real further expansion of the US. Other than the Rhodesian War of 1966, that is. This conflict saw the white-supremacist Republic of Rhodesia invaded by the USAO and incorporated into the Union as the new states of Zimbabwe and Rhodesia. This was the first war in which British and South African servicepersons (after the experiment in Australia, the United States Armed Forces were officially gender desegregated, with women given full access to all positions in the military) played a significant role in the US military.
Given the USAO’s vast population, strong economy and powerful military, it could easily be a global hegemon. However, since the end of World War III and the last bouts of expansionism, the USAO has decided that it’s done enough expanding, and has returned to its traditional position of non-interventionism. In any case, the United States is secure enough in its resources that it doesn’t actually need to get involved in conflicts around the world. Which is not to say that it hasn’t gotten its hands bloody between 1946 and today (1985).
Aside from the aforementioned Rhodesian War of 1966, the USAO was infamously embroiled in a small civil war three years later, in 1969. The British Independence Army and its separatist allies in the FBI unsuccessfully attempted to break free from the USAO. After that, the US was really unwilling to get involved overseas, but still assisted its ally, Japan, in backing up Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia against Thai aggression during the Indochina War of the 1970’s. The election of National Party candidate Raul Menendez of Nicaragua has seen the US grow a bit more confident in throwing its weight around, most notably in the US Navy’s ongoing anti-piracy operations in the East Indies Federation. And currently, President Menendez is starring down the resurgent China (now under the rule of the Later Xin Dynasty), as tensions grow between the two nations over the lawless, ungoverned territory known as the Walled City of Kowloon.
But enough about war, jeez. Right now, the USAO is working on building a trans-Atlantic tunnel, to connect New York to London with nuclear-powered bullet trains. And recently, the preliminary construction of the Lunar outpost, Shackleton Base, has been completed. America now joins Germany and Russia in the ranks of nations to have established permanent moon bases. The computer revolution, started by the Germans in the 1960’s, has been fully embraced by the United States at this point as well.
Happy Fourth of July, y’all.
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2017.03.28 00:56 NK_Ryzov A timeline for a six-continent USA (warning: very long)

In the year 1984, the United States spans over 21,007,207 square miles of territory, across six continents, and has a population of over 1.7 billion citizens.
It all began with the “Northern Revolution” of 1776, when the fifteen colonies (Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada join the revolution) revolted against British rule. The inclusion of the French Canadians in the national DNA of the young republic instilled in it a multicultural, multilingual, religiously-pluralistic society. After snagging Rupert’s Land, Bermuda, British Guyana, Florida, West Florida and the Bahamas during the British-American War, a man by the name of Simon Bolivar paid the United States a visit, and was impressed by the free and democratic society that Washington’s revolution had created. In particular, he was very impressed by their tolerance and acceptance of Romance-speaking Catholics like the French-Canadians.
So when Bolivar returned home to South America, the dream of Pan-American unity was always on his mind, and on the minds of the other Libertadores. Shortly after the Federal Republic of Gran Colombia gained independence from Spain in 1821 (the “Southern Revolution”), they became a protectorate of the United States; the Confederation of Peru did so as well in 1826. Also in the 1820’s, the United States acquired Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain, during the First Spanish-American War. This seizure was largely carried out by local rebels, who were aided by an American secret society known as the “Order of the Eagle”; they’re like the Freemasons, only more prone to killing people and totally “not” covertly supported by the US government. The Order of the Eagle also organized militias in the US, which staged a 19th century successful Bay of Pigs.
Also also in the 1820’s, we see something truly stupendous. After losing in Europe, Napoleon fled to the United States, where he found himself on the lecture circuit, longing for the old days. Then America wanted to invade the Viceroyalty of New Spain. But political gridlock at the time (mostly related to the integration of Cuba, Puerto Rico and preparation for the annexation of Gran Colombia in the next ten years) made the invasion impossible for the US itself. So, some wealthy Dixie investors approached the aging Napoleon and presented him with an offer he couldn’t refuse. Putting together a ragtag army of cowboys, rednecks, Indians and at least one samurai (VERY long story as to how he ended up joining Napoleon’s army in Louisiana), as well as some of Napoleon’s old guard, he invaded New Spain, defeated its armies, and seized Mexico City. Out of this emerged the republics of California, Texas and Rio Grande, which were all gobbled up into the Union by 1838. Napoleon ended up dying after only six years as the Emperor of Mexico, and his successor was not as much of a cooperative US puppet as Napoleon.
Into the 1830’s, Gran Colombia was abolished, and the states thereof (Boyacá, Alta Colombia, Baja Colombia, Maracaibo, Sucre, Venezuela, Orinoco and Miranda) were incorporated into the Union. With this, the United States of America became the “United States of the Americas”, to reflect the country’s bi-continental status. Around this same time, you would expect the Trail of Tears to happen. Except it didn’t. See, during the Northern Revolution, the Iroquois sided with the Patriots, instead of the British. As thanks for their part in the revolution, a chunk of upstate New York was made into the Union’s 21st state, Haudenosaunee (which as of 1984 is still native-majority). And because of the early involvement of Native Americans, the US has a much less belligerent attitude towards the Indians. Plus, with the addition of so many new citizens of Indian and half-Indian descent in the new South American states, having an openly-genocidal policy towards the Indians would come across as really silly. Anyway, instead of sending the Five Civilized Tribes west of the Mississippi, a state in the heart of Dixie was created – Oklahoma (which is also still native-majority).
Across the 1830’s and 1840’s, following Napoleon’s death, the Mexican Empire was ground down over the course of two wars (the Second and Third Mexican Wars), until all that remained were four rump states in Mesoamerica – the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Tabasco, the Republic of Chiapas, and the Republic of the Yucatan. All four were occupied by US forces, and were scheduled for incorporation into the Union by 1862. The republics of Chiapas and Tabasco were more or less cooperative. The Yucatan was a heavily-stratified society, with high tensions between the Mayan underclass (the majority) and the white Yucateco ruling class (the minority). The Yucatecos were pro-US, but leaned towards the slave states of Dixie and the Spanish Antilles. The Mexican republic was the least cooperative, and was kept under US military occupation for most of its existence. And towards the end of the 1830’s, you had the American-Brazilian War, which resulted in the US snagging some Amazonian territory, though both sides claimed victory.
Oh, I forgot to mention. In the aftermath of the Northern Revolution, you had a larger number of Loyalist refugees than OTL. And without Canada for them to flee to, they ended up fleeing elsewhere. Some went to South Africa, others India or Australia. But most found themselves settling OTL Argentina/Uruguay. See, many of these Loyalist refugees ended up taking part in the British invasion of the Rio De La Plata, and with more manpower than OTL, the British were successful. Buenos Aires was renamed Beresford, and the British also conquered the other bank of the Plata (OTL Uruguay), which became known as New Wessex. By the 1830’s, the British had expanded south into the Patagonian wastes and by the end of the decade, they secured the Pacific coast, crushing the fledgling Republic of Chile. Into the 1840’s, they began expanding further south into Tierra Del Fuego (which saw its entire native population wiped out and replaced with Englishmen), while also pushing northward, into Upper Peru (OTL Bolivia) and unsuccessfully attempted to conquer the plucky little Republic of Paraguay (and it was during the 1844 Anglo-Paraguayan War that Paraguay earned the moniker “Sparta of South America”). Upper Peru came to be a disputed zone between the US (which by then had just incorporated the states of North Peru and South Peru) and the British.
During the early 1850’s, the United States got its first footholds in what would become known as “the American Far East”. The US took part in the First Sino-European War, and walked away with the Chinese treaty ports of Takau and Keelung (on the island of Taiwan – today known as Takasago).
However, beginning in the mid-1840’s, slavery started becoming THE hot-button issue. The slave-holding states in Dixie regularly came to blows with the staunchly-abolitionist Southern states (“The South” and “Southern” in this timeline refers to South America, not Dixie). A number of incidents in the emerging states on the Great Plains happened (Bleeding Kansas, etc.). Pro-slavery “filibusters” invaded the remnants of Mexican Central America in the 1830’s and established the Federal Republic of Central America (a loose federation of slaveholding republics, set up with the intention of eventually being annexed into the Union as several new save states). Tensions in Missouri between the abolitionist Francophones and the pro-slavery Anglophones that started settling the territory in large numbers.
One thing led to another, and the whole thing hit the fan in 1859, when the so-called “Confederate States of the Americas” declared their secession from the Union. The CSA spanned the Dixie states, Texas, Rio Grande, Cuba, Puerto Rico, East Guyana and West Guyana. The Unionist territory of the Bahamas was quick to be occupied by Confederate forces; Bermuda was technically part of North Carolina, but the population was strongly pro-Union and resisted Confederate attempts to take it over (in the end, Bermuda became a refuge for Unionist North Carolinians). Meanwhile, in Mexico, pro-Union US troops and pro-Confederate US troops started looking at each other funny, and those looks turned into gunfire, sparking the Mexican Civil War (even before the war between the actual Union and the actual Confederacy actually started). The Confederates lost pretty quickly and fled to the Confederate state of Rio Grande, while the Unionists were stuck fighting a loose coalition of Mexican nationalists split along republican and monarchist lines.
The Republic of the Yucatan sided with the Confederacy in return for aid in fighting the Mayan rebels that chose now to rise up. Chiapas and Tabasco sided with the Union. The FRCA also sided with the CSA, and planned on becoming a part of it once the Confederates’ independence was assured.
The Great American War had begun.
Initially, the Confederates were winning the war. They captured Washington, DC early on (the Union government was able to flee to New York before the Confederates closed off the city), annexed Maryland, and began to invade Pennsylvania, where bitter trench warfare set in after the Confederates suffered their first major defeat outside of Philadelphia.
Meanwhile in the West Indies, pro-Confederate “Dominican” militias launched an invasion of Haiti. These were white Hispanics who fled from Santo Domingo after the Haitians conquered it 30 years prior. Three decades later, these Hispanics and their sons formed militias that TOTALLY weren’t armed by the Confederate government. They invaded the eastern half of Haiti (as the island of Hispaniola was now known as at this point), which had more or less been assimilated into the rest of the Republic of Haiti. They showed little quarter to the Francophone black civilians they encountered, often targeted interracial couples, and had this habit of forcing captured Haitian soldiers to dig their own graves before getting their skulls perforated.
Further south, the Unionist Gran Colombian states invaded the Confederate Guyanas. It was pretty easy, since the Indian (not Native American, the OTHER “Indian”) majorities in East and West Guyana occupied a very…awkward position in the hierarchy of the Confederate regimes here, and for the most part refused to fight. But the Confederates fled deeper into the jungles and mountains, where they received aid and supplies from Brazilian gun-runners.
Eventually, the war started turning against the Confederates, and Europe started to get involved. German, Italian, Hungarian and Russian volunteers had already come to fight for the Union, but the Confederates called upon the actual governments of Britain, France and Spain to intervene on their behalf, in return for expanded or renewed spheres of influence in the Americas. A joint Anglo-Brazilian force surged their way across the Andes, reaching as far north as the outskirts of Bogota. The French intervened in Mexico, and sided with the monarchist nationalists, who immediately stabbed their republican allies in the back (often literally so). The French also invaded western Haiti, while the Spanish took eastern Haiti; the Confederates threw the Dominican militias under the bus in return for European aid, and this resulted in a confusing clusterfuck of a conflict in Haiti. In addition, Union and Brazilian troops clashed in the Amazon; this proved to be the WORST part of the Great American War, as the flash floods of the rainy season, tropical diseases, and rampant jaguar attacks destroyed morale on both sides and led to widespread mutinies and desertions.
The British staged raids on Boston and Halifax, right as the Union invaded British-held Labrador, Newfoundland, Vancouver and the Queen Charlotte Islands (which were renamed the George Washington Islands).
During the Great American War, one of the greatest (or at least the ballsiest) feats of naval warfare took place: the voyage of “McDermott’s Marauders”. This story is really long, but the cliff notes version of the story is that in 1862, an American admiral named Joseph McDermott staged a daring invasion of Hawaii, the Philippines AND Australia, and when he sailed into Auckland harbor, the British colonial governor of New Zealand immediately surrendered after hearing of his feats elsewhere in the Pacific.
Speaking of Australia and New Zealand, McDermott did not conquer Australia, so much as come at an opportune moment when the continent was awash in republican revolution. The revolutionaries were aided by a number of American expatriates, many of whom were members of the Order of the Eagle.
Another often-forgotten aspect of the Great American War was the “spy war”, between the Order of the Eagle, and a splinter group, the Order of the Golden Circle. The Order of the Golden Circle was made up of those within the Order of the Eagle who were in favor of the Confederacy and the institution of slavery. This war-in-the-shadows was waged in North America, South America, coastal China, Australia, and even in Europe.
Ultimately, the Confederates lost, of course. Union troops captured the Confederate capital of Richmond, then the new Confederate capital of Atlanta, and then they began preparations for taking the new new Confederate capital of Havana. The Union broke the Confederacy into three pieces by seizing the Mississippi and Rio Grande/Rio Bravo rivers. Reinforcements from California and the Rocky Mountain territories surged down into Mexico, defeated the French and their monarchist allies, and linked up with South American troops in Tegucigalpa – the black heart of the FRCA. South American troops also staged an amphibious invasion of Jamaica, and an island-hopping campaign in the Lesser Antilles (save for the Scandinavian Virgin Islands, which were neutral in the war). And if it seems like the South Americans were busy, these were just side-projects. The Union’s “Army of the Andes” pushed the Anglo-Brazilians back south, all the way to Beresford. With British forces fleeing south into Patagonia, the Army of the Andes made the fateful decision to pursue the British and crush them before they could fortify their positions. This ended up giving the Brazilians time to fortify their positions in their south, and an attempted Union invasion of southern Brazil ended in a total rout. One interesting event during the fall of the Confederacy happened in South Carolina; here, the Gullah and other slaves of the Sea Islands rose up. Empowered by a folk form of Islam, they established the pro-Union “Republic of Geechee”, which lasted about three months, before disbanding; after the war, these guys would end up being a major force in South Carolina’s reconstruction, going so far as to form the “Green Party”, a regional party advocating for a very Americanized form of African Muslim democracy in the Gullah counties of eastern South Carolina.
The Confederates surrendered on August 29th 1863, in a small church in the village of Nueva Paz (“New Peace” – a funny coincidence), outside of Havana. Many Confederate die-hards would end up fleeing to Imperial Brazil (along with much of the Order of the Golden Circle, which would be responsible for founding the Imperial Brazilian secret police).
As the Confederate leadership was tried for treason in Cincinnati, the US sent envoys to the city of Laibach, Germany (OTL: Ljubljana, Slovenia). It was here, on the rainy day of May 9th 1864, that the Treaty of Laibach was signed. Now, the Great American War did end up spreading to Europe, where it is remembered as “the First World War”. Germany (unified in 1835), Italy (mostly unified in 1835), Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Russia and Greece, fought Britain, France, Spain, Naples and the Ottoman Empire. They fought each other for a year and a half and blah, blah, blah. We’re focusing on ‘Murica here. And the important parts of the Treaty of Laibach that you should care about are the clauses wherein the British and French were forced to surrender all of their remaining territories in the Western Hemisphere to the United States; Britain was forced to recognize the independence of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the Federal Republic of Australia, and the Republic of New Zealand, and Spain was forced to recognize the independence of the Republic of the Philippines, as well as relinquish any remaining claims in the New World.
The US didn’t annex the Philippines or Hawaii, because the US chose to set them free. Though both had constitutions very similar to that of the United States (of course, Hawaii’s had to be modified to account for their monarchy), and both were VERY close to the US. Australia and New Zealand were also very close to the US. New Zealand was much more reluctant in this, and had many British loyalists left over, but the Australians pressured them into getting with the program, especially with the loomng threat of India, the British East Indies and the Royal Navy.
Reconstruction in this timeline was MUCH more radical than OTL. The abolitionist Southern states had lost many brothers, sons, fathers and husbands, mostly while fighting the British in the Andes. They wanted Dixie to suffer, and their clout in Congress and the Senate drove some of the more extreme initiatives in rebuilding the former Confederacy.
The Unionist parts of eastern Tenasi (OTL Tennessee) and western North Carolina became the state of Cumberland, while the pro-Union counties of northwestern Virginia became the state of Vandalia. Texas was split into four pieces: the Unionist counties of northeastern Texas became the state of Jefferson; the anti-slavery parts of southwestern Texas (with their large population of German abolitionists) became the state of Lincoln, in honor of the recently-deceased president; the remaining southeastern counties became a rump state of Texas, and the panhandle (by virtue of being cut off from the rump Texas) was made into the state of Jacinto. Aside from Lincoln, Jefferson, Cumberland and Vandalia, all former Confederate states were placed under military administration, which was overseen mostly by South American soldiers and military governors. The first states to be reintegrated into the Union were East and West Guyana (both in 1870), and the last was West Florida (in 1901).
Without the influence of the Dixie states, not only was slavery abolished in the United States, but blacks were given full civil rights – strangling Jim Crow in the crib.
As for Mexico, the republican nationalists for the most part abandoned the notion of an independent Mexican nation; their betrayal by the monarchists left most of them disillusioned. The Republic of Mexico was annexed into the Union as ten states: Jalisco, Nayarit, Mexico, Veracruz, Colima, Aguascalientes, Puebla, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Nuevo Paraiso (yes, a Red Dead Redemption reference). Tabasco, Yucatan and Chiapas were all also annexed, as were the constituent states of the FRCA.
In the 1870’s, the Germans pressured the Scandinavian Commonwealth to sell Greenland and the Virgin Islands to the United States, and in the 1880’s, the Germans sold the German West Indies. See, the Netherlands joined Germany as an autonomous kingdom following the First World War, after a pan-Germanic mood swing. As a result, the Dutch West Indies technically became German territory. When the Germans ceded their West Indian territories, they stipulated that each island become a state, and that steps be taken to preserve the Dutch language in these new states. And thus, the states of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. Russia sold their last North American territory to the US in 1887.
Beginning in the 1870’s, the US began construction of a new capital city. Or rather, three. Liberty City, District of Columbia was built as the executive and administrative capital, at the Atlantic mouth of the Nicaragua Canal (which was under construction at the same time). Unity City, District of Cincinnatus became the legislative capital, along the banks of Lake Nicaragua. And Independence City, District of Justitia – the nation’s judicial capital – was constructed on the border of Carelton (a Francophone state comprising Michigan’s upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin), Minnesota and Wisconsin. Construction of all three was finished by 1897. This project was begun under the administration of President Felix Strong, the first black president of the United States – born a slave, he was elected to the White House in 1874.
Now, the US had long avoided getting involved in Africa. Though colonialism in this timeline is WAY less horrible than OTL (in this timeline, it’s all about indirect rule, client states, princely states, puppet states, etc.), the US was just not interested in it. Nevertheless, the US got involved in a war with Spain in the mid 1880’s. Mostly to demonstrate US naval power, the Americans captured the Canary Islands, Spanish Sahara and Sidi Ifni. All the Marines sent to capture these territories were Spanish-speakers, mostly from Mexico. At the conclusion of the Second Spanish-American War, the US wound up keeping these territories.
Also in the 1880’s, the Philippines and Hawaii joined the United States. Hawaii came in as one state, but the Philippines was split into three – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (the first majority-Muslim state of the Union).
In the 1890’s came the Liberation of Brazil – the final downfall of the Empire of Brazil. The Liberation saw the first extensive use of aircraft, machine guns and armored cars. And in the same decade, Australia and New Zealand joined the United States as several states. With the New World now totally unified and the eagle’s wings now spanning Australia, New Zealand and essentially all of the South Pacific Islands, the US once again changed its name, to reflect the nature of this new empire of liberty: the United States of the Americas and Oceania (USAO).
For the next few decades, the US pretty much rested and worked on integrating all these new citizens, laying submarine telegraph cables from the Americas to Australia and New Zealand, as well as to the Canary Islands, American Sahara and Greenland. Tonga was integrated into the Union in 1919, after a long and troublesome civil war in the island nation. But other than that, the US more or less took a break from expanding.
However, trouble was brewing. In the UK, the Britannic Sword Party rose to prominence. It grew in popularity at an astounding rate following Britain’s embarrassing performance in the Second World War (1913-1916). This conflict saw the German-Russian axis, with their Egyptian and Greek allies, totally destroy the Ottoman Empire. The conflict was mostly fought in the Middle East and Mediterranean, though fighting also occurred across Africa and in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The British and their French allies failed to prevent the Ottoman defeat, and the British in particular suffered a gross humiliation when the Ethiopians captured Aden (with the aid of American volunteer pilots). London had to “beg” Berlin and St. Petersburg to accept peace terms that didn’t totally buttfuck the Empire.
The party was led by the young and charismatic Oliver Drax, whose family were Canadian loyalists who fled to British South America, and then back to England, where they had to start over with nothing. Under his leadership, the party effectively put an end to democracy and ramped up anti-American sentiment to the Nth degree. Drax promised action for the young, and revenge for the elderly.
Tensions between the US and the British Empire grew worse and worse. Then the Torres Strait Incident of 1939 lit the whole thing ablaze. World War III (1939-1946) had begun.
Troops from the British East Indies (OTL: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea) staged an invasion of northern Australia, which initially was an immense success, before it devolved into bitter desert warfare in the Outback (to offset the Americans’ home field advantage, the British made extensive use of chemical weapons, and large areas of the Outback are still off-limits to this day due to contamination and unexploded ordinance). The British also launched U-boat attacks on Sydney Harbor and made landings in Tasmania (OTL: Queensland) and Perth, though these were repelled fairly quickly. There was also a British invasion of the Philippine states, with Moro separatists in Mindanao siding with the invaders (sorry, I meant “liberators”). Additionally, the British invaded and occupied the American-held island states and territories of Palau, Micronesia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
The British attempted to raid Takau and Keelung, but were surprised by a joint American-Japanese fleet, and following the Battle of the South China Sea, the Americans captured Hong Kong. After re-capturing the island territories, the USAO, in an attempt to draw British troops away from Australia, invaded British New Guinea, which began a long and bloody chapter in the jungles and mountains of the island’s interior.
The war in Australia came to a head after the decisive USAO victory at the Battle of Alice Springs (the largest tank battle in human history – basically this timeline’s equivalent of Kursk), where Colonel “Mad” Max Kelly defeated the infamous Field Marshall Arthur Clarkson. After three years of war in the desert, the British were in retreat. Following the defeats in Australia, “Big Brother” Drax stepped up the dirty tricks. British sleeper agents in Liberty City launched an assault on the White House, using automatic weapons that were purchased on the American black market. There was even an aerial attack, from a modified Scandinavian flying boat liner, which was used as a makeshift bomber. A similar attack on the National Acropolis in Unity City (where the Senate and Congress meets) turned into a siege lasting nine hours, before the United States Republican Guard defeated the British sleeper agents, who ultimately failed in their mission. Most of the agents taken prisoner ended up committing suicide via cyanide pills.
However, this was not the end of the attacks on the New World.
Immediately following the attacks on Liberty City and Unity City, the British invaded the West Indies. Saboteurs and spies infiltrated US military assets in the islands of the Lesser Antilles a decade earlier, softening them up for the surprise attack, which succeeded in capturing the island chain in less than two weeks (fighting in Trinidad went on a bit longer). Having secured the Lesser Antilles, the British then unleashed Nigerian troops on Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba, and even East Florida. Bombing raids against Jamaica and Gran Colombia were frequent.
Further to the north, there were British landings on Long Island, which pushed into New York City, which was placed under occupation by the British Army and the elite Combat-SB (the conventional military arm of Oliver Drax’s Special Branch paramilitary). The Battle of New York was harsh and bitter, but the Union was successful in retaking the city after two months of winter fighting. Additional British occupations of Boston, Halifax, Charleston and Baltimore were shorter-lived. Further south, the British deployed South African soldiers to “liberate” the Brazilian states and the states that formerly were part of British South America. They failed as well, though in Brazil, considerable numbers of locals sided with the invaders.
With Australia liberated and reinforcements from the Pacific Islands, North America and South America on their way, the Australian and New Zealand forces launched an invasion of the British East Indies. After securing Timor and Java, the invasion moved to Sumatra, where the Americans encountered waves of troops from India. This succeeded in delaying the American advance. But following the defeat of British forces in the Philippines, American and Japanese forces began landing in Borneo and peninsular Malaya, and those reinforcements I mentioned earlier began pouring into Sulawesi and hopping islands westward. All these American and Japanese troops were heading for the capital of the British East Indies: Singapore.
In the Indian Ocean, the US Navy scored a major victory over the Royal Navy at the Battle of the Maldives. They didn't destroy the British fleet in the Indian Ocean, but they sure beat some respect into them. Emboldened, the USN then staged a ballsy offensive into the Persian Gulf, along with a small Japanese force for support.
Meanwhile, the USAO also began the Atlantic Offensives. Troops from Central America and the West Indies had successfully driven the British out of the Caribbean, and were now poised to invade Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Troops from the Brazilian and Southern Cone states landed on the shores of South Africa and Walvis Bay. And finally, a 2 million man force was assembled in North America to storm the British Isles themselves.
The invasion of the British Isles went smoothly at first. General Bernard Giroux (the French-Canadian general who liberated New York City) led the operation, was successful in liberating Ireland. But when American forces began advancing into Britain itself, the Combat-SB unleashed all remaining chemical and biological weapons on the US troops. And British troops. And British civilians. It was then that General Giroux activated “Operation Cartwheel” (a contingency plan that was drawn up in the event that something like this happened), and began evacuating and quarantining the contaminated “white zones”. This delayed the American advance by two months, but saved many thousands of people. Drax exploited this delay to begin simultaneously arming the British populace and destroying British infrastructure. In Drax’s mind, this was the end of Britain. If he couldn’t have it, nobody would. The Battle of London was long and hard, with British and American forces fighting over every block, every street, and sometimes even different floors of the same building. During the fighting, a young soldier (a full blooded-Iroquois from Haudenosaunee, named Ratonhnhaké:ton) climbed Big Ben and flew the American flag from its peak. Shortly afterwards, Drax was captured.
Drax was taken to New York City, to be tried for his crimes. As the trial went on (he was found guilty, but committed suicide before his execution), the dust began to settle in Britain. The British people found themselves waking up from what could only be described as a spell. They had abolished democracy, gassed their own people, destroyed their own infrastructure, and now found their nation in ruins. Their empire was crumbling. Britain’s history as a fully-sovereign nation was over. It now had to choose between two masters: a German-dominated Europe, or the damn yanks.
After a long, drawn out negotiation period and a VERY tense series of elections, the United Kingdom was officially abolished in 1954 and was incorporated into the United States. But in an unusual way - as a sub-federation within the USAO: the Federation of the British Isles (the FBI or "the British Federation”).
The states of Ulster, Munster, Connacht, Leinster, Scotland, Wales, Northumbria, Cumbria, Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire, West Mercia, East Mercia, Wessex, Essex, Kent, East Anglia, Sussex, Cheshire, Cornwall and the Free City of London, along with the commonwealths of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, and the territories of St. Helena, Ascension, South Georgia, South Orkney, the South Sandwich Islands, the Pitcairn Islands, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and the Chagos Archipelago (known as the British Indian Ocean Territory), are all part of this Federation, which is like a mini-US, inside the larger US.
The FBI has its own tariff policies and other such regulations, their own regional form of the US Dollar, and have a vastly different political culture, even within the context of the diversity of the USAO as a whole (namely, the states, territories and commonwealths of the FBI all preserve the parliamentary system). They also have their own flag, which is flown below the USAO flag.
The British states are very independent-minded, though as of 1984, the current generation feels more at home as part of a larger superstate than the generation that came before them, but even the latter are starting to get with the program, or at least admit defeat with grace.
Meanwhile, the USAO worked to make former British colonies like the East Indies, Nigeria and South Africa independent. In South Africa, much of the country was wrecked by the war (including widespread use of WMD’s by the British), and consequently, was economically dependent on the US. Well, shit happened, and by 1960, the USAO had a second sub-federation, the Federation of South Africa. Like the FBI, the FSA is rather autonomous, and preserves the parliamentary system.
There are some more events that happen between 1945 and 1984, but this timeline is already long enough for Reddit.
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