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  1. Haha, it's funny to imagine that the Democrats, after Harris being totally undone in the debates, just canceled the rest of them. Fiorina is an interesting show. In real life, I imagine Pence would be kept on, but in a recent Jeb!2016 playthrough of mine, she became his Veep.
  2. Jacob William Henderson Scottsville, Virginia US Representative, Republican party Henderson generally opposes centralization of power and authority, preferring that society be directed toward an agrarian and self-sustaining ideal. Henderson supports the Constitution and the federal structure of government on practical grounds, seeing the current balance as necessary to prevent some other worse manner of rule. He prefers to see the Constitution as a strict regulation, with no assumed powers that are not explicitly spelled out. He also views monetary institutions and financial schemes with skepticism, with a preference toward 'natural economy'. Henderson can accept some minimal level of taxation, but would be hard pressed to accept tariffs of any kind. To Henderson, slavery is an economic necessity, viewing it as essential to support the proliferation of Southern society, but romances about a future where slaves would be unnecessary. He views both native Americans and especially Africans as essentially handicapped and incapable of emulating or adapting to European ways of life.
  3. My mother described me as exacerbating when I was a kid, so I learned that word pretty early on.
  4. Yes, absolutely. I had the South targeted the whole game and had to go really negative against White. He was a challenge all the way up til I got a scandal against him. Harrison had several comebacks too. I didn't bother competing with Webster and Mangum.
  5. Thanks for making Fillmore a what-if candidate!
  6. Here's my play through as Van Buren. Things pretty much set into place by late September, but it didn't feel overly unbalanced.
  7. Hopefully this uploads correctly, should have the map worked in! United States - 1836m.rar
  8. This is something I might be able to participate in.
  9. I feel it's important to note that this thread is about Paint.NET, which is different from Microsoft Paint, but which was created in Microsoft code framework (the .NET framework). As for Mac alternatives, I would second the suggestion of GIMP. It has a little higher learning curve, but it is a great program.
  10. It's no problem at all! You are very welcome.
  11. The map you've attached has some artefacting that might be causing the problems. I've taken the liberty of making all the black lines a consistent color and removed the glow throughout the image. This should work better for your purposes. mapIRE.bmp
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    Final Update: US 1832

    I re-downloaded that myself and it came out as all 1832, but here's another upload just in case. United States - 1832m.rar
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    Final Update: US 1828

    I thought winner of last election helped to determine who Congress votes for if they have to elect the President.
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    Final Update: US 1832

    Scenario with map attached below! I've been playing through as Clay. United States - 1832m.rar
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    Final Update: US 1832

    Hey-ho! Glad this is rolling again. I probably have the map already finished, just have to add it to the scenario tomorrow.
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    Alberta - 1935

    Calgary reminds me a lot of Oklahoma.
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    North Korea war

    DPRK seems to be officially signalling its intent to normalize relations, using nuclear capabilities as a bargaining chip. https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/kim-jong-un-wants-to-sign-peace-treaty-with-trump-report
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    North Korea war

    Good point. I don't think Japan would actually risk war, but the threat of North Korea is a damn good excuse to get those amendments wiped away.
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    North Korea war

    I still don't believe a renewed war will break out on the Korean peninsula - hostilities, perhaps, but not outright war. I would bet any hostilities would be largely limited to naval and air skirmishes. Any war worth fighting in Korea would require the cooperation of the Republic of Korea, and they simply will not accept war with China - to the extent that I even think South Korea would try to avoid outright dominating the North in any such military conflict. I know that RoK and the US just renewed the war-time command agreement, but I also really just don't see how the US could seriously force South Korea to engage if the government really were against it. If South Korea and/or the US took a position of air supremacy over North Korea (which RoK alone could do in a matter of days), that only puts China in the position of making a choice between intervening or folding - and folding out-and-out to American dominance in Korea is also not an option for China. I think war would very quickly have the Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China meeting in private to resolve the balance if the United States won't. The US might not like something like that, but the South Korean people just might make any Korean President who reached such a deal a literal national hero. It's not like South Korea is ever going communist at this point - neither China nor North Korea are communist now anyway. Real military conflict involving North Korea in any context would quite simply be disastrous for everyone involved, except perhaps China itself. ((minor edits have been added))
  20. This is kind of the point I was trying to avoid, but it's summed up in the Communist Manifesto. I understand you feel that communism is "dead in the water", but I don't feel that way. In essence, I favor making democracy real by eliminating the possibility or even incentive within the economic system for 1) wealth-hoarding, 2) the formation of classes, and 3) ecological destruction. That argument has gone round and round for over 200 years and I don't think it would benefit this forum to go over it again. It may seem fatalistic, but I don't know what else to offer you. Capitalism is not a game, it's life and death - not just for us, but for this planet (and god forbid we expand to other planets while still operating under this system). To adapt a quote Rosa Luxembourg who herself used a similar line to sum up her own points about 100 years ago, we are faced with a choice of socialism or death.
  21. I mean, I would have to disagree with you, but I'm sure you knew that already. I would say we are very much within a capitalist system still and your 'corporatism' is not any different from capitalism, just one of the stages. It's an expression of one of the inherent contradictions. That is, that capitalism, by encouraging competition in the marketplace naturally produces monopolies out of whatever most successfully dominated the market, yet monopolies are inherently counter to the need within the market for competition. Even ignoring a bunch of other theoretical crap like the concept of diminishing profits as capital matures, a monopoly, unchallenged, will almost always atrophy the market. This is why I also disagree with folks on the more libertarian side of things who argue for a kind of 'reset' button by breaking up the big corporations or whatever - the cycle is going to produce the same result by its own nature.
  22. When I'm looking for historical images on google, I often find the "similar to this" link to be helpful. Sometimes it's just another rabbithole you don't want to be in, but sometimes it is a rabbithole of everything you were looking for. Google is really a mixed bag...
  23. I am absolutely in agreement that greater gun control is a necessary political goal in the US now (I feel I should get that out of the way first), but I think an even bigger issue is the failure in American popular discourse to address deeper problems that are catalyzed through gun violence, but which exist even without guns. It's interesting that you are coming from a British perspective on this, because it's been the British example that I feel I've learned a lot from. Specifically, it is my understanding that the same antagonisms that characterize violence of all sorts here in the US are present in some way or another in much of the UK - and in this case I'm talking about fatal stabbings that have been rising steadily for years. No guns = no gun deaths is a simple equation, for sure. But it's not removing the violence, the reason or purpose of violence, and it's not resolving the totality of the underlying social issues (which I know we all have divergent views about). In my view, those issues stem from the way society has organized itself since the Industrial Revolution and the advent of capitalist motivations over the prior medieval and other existing ways of life that have since been more and more wiped away. (quick edit - also to say, I don't want to make these examples equivalent: obviously gun-wielders are capable of producing more deaths than knife-wielders, and that is quite a big part of the argument all to itself, and that's fair) I don't really want to start a big argument about socialism versus capitalism, but I do want to emphasize that society has changed in ways that we are still working to understand and I think this is an expression of that.
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