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4 minutes ago, Lyly said:

((Excellent map, @Conservative Elector 2 !))

Thank you very much! :)

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Chapter 2: The second term of Jefferson Bunt (F-VA)

State of the Union heading into Bunt's 2nd Term

National Strength: 3rd-tier country. The US now includes KY and VT. 

Military Strength: Weak, with no professional army and no navy. Our ally France is having internal problems. Britain is strengthened in Europe. 

Military engagements: Northwest Indian War continues into it's 8th year, but appears to be on the verge of winding down in victory. 

Economy: Weak, and in debt, but the economy is slowly growing. The outlook is hopeful, as revenue is slowly creeping in. Not much manufacturing and industrial production outside New England. Outlook for production growth is hopeful with the new bank and tariffs.. Very agrarian in the South, but profitable. 

Trade: Protective Tariff allows for industrial growth in New England as well as revenue. The South opposes this tariff as it somewhat restricts their profits. International trade is very restricted, as Britain and her allies will not trade with us. France is undergoing its own problems, stifling her trade. 

Budget: Small, and any revenue we gather is going to paying off the national debt. 

Social Harmony: Slight tension between Northern and Southern economies and world view. The South and West opposes the government's economic policies, but there is no threat of disunion at the moment. Some Northerners are upset about the Fugitive Slave Act as contradicts their Free State status. 

Immigration: Limited, but non-restrictive. Mostly Protestant Scots-Irish, Protestant French, and a few Protestant Germans arrive, but they do not yet pose a danger to our more English-descent Protestant Culture. 

Mood of the people: Positive and proud with mild grumblings in the South. and lands West of the Appalachians. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: High, with a 70% chance of reelection. 

Party Power: Federalists dominate the Senate and the Supreme Court. The US House and Governorships are now evenly split between Federalists and the new Republican Party, composed primarily of Anti-Federalists and mostly Southern, States Rights former Federalists. 

Events/Decisions for Bunt's Second Term:

1) Your cabinet, as well as Congress, and the country are split regarding the war between the British-led coalition and the French Revolutionists. Federalists are calling for us to ditch our allies in favor of our cousin-enemy, Great Britain. Republicans want us to hold firmly to our alliance, intervening for the French. There are enough in both parties cognizant of our weak military and navy to suggest that we find a way out of this contest. Should you proclaim neutrality or intervene? Should you risk Congress deciding, or will you make this a unilateral decision?

2) The Northwest Indian War (in future OH, IN, MI) has been raging for nearly a decade. We have spent 80% of our minuscule budget on Indian Wars, mostly this one. Our general reports that victory will occur before the end of your second term, despite his small force. Should we disengage, so that we can shift the budget elsewhere, or should we follow through and clear this space out for settlement and to ensure that the British or Spanish to make an invasive claim to this land? 

3) Our government is badly in need of more revenue. The Congress allows us to apply a tax. A simple tax on Whiskey would definitely increase our budget.  It is possible, however, that any first tax may create some level of social unrest, but we have to start sometime right? Should we slap a tax on Whiskey? Would support a bill taxing whiskey? 

4) Currently our immigration laws are quite lenient. An immigrant needs only reside in our country for two years, with a one-year residency in a single state, then they become a citizen, so long as they are white and male. Also, they must have property to vote, just like any American citizen. While immigration is rather slow-going, some fear that our stabilizing country, and hopeful economy, and potential for industrialization, will lead to a massive influx of immigrant with their strange customs. Do you favor the current immigration laws, or would you favor a more restrictive clause pushed by Congress that asks for a longer residency? 

5) Mr. President, the French have killed their King, and are tearing themselves apart with war and civil war. We now have the opportunity to back out of a useless alliance, especially since it might not exist anymore with the old government dead. As we know, trade and commerce have been stifled under a French alliance, since Britain controls the seas. We can form a treaty returning us to our once profitable trade with our English-speaking cousins. The British Commonwealth, including the West Indies, and Canada, will be open to use for trade. To gain some favor for this, we can request that the British leave the forts in the West, refrain from rousing Indians, and ask that the British government compensate some of our merchant fleets for occasional attacks. Naturally, the British are demanding, and more powerful. I think we can entice them by awarding them Most Favored Trading Partner, which will benefit us as well, since it will be profitable. Additionally, we can promise not to intervene in British maritime policy, including aiding the French. We should leave out accusing British of impressing our sailors, and demanding compensation for this, since they adamantly deny these very true allegations. It's a price we must pay. Should we propose such a Treaty? What are your thoughts? 

6) Mr President, your advisers have conceived yet another way of making some money. If only we could access the Mississippi River, we would be able to set up a profitable future trade route. Currently, Kentucky would greatly benefit from it, as well as the likely future state of Tennessee. The Spanish control the great trade city of New Orleans, and we would now have two paths to it. In order to get the Spanish on board, we can give them a diplomatic "intention of friendship," which would improve relations. Additionally, we can resolve our lingering boarder dispute over our border with Spanish Florida. Their military is weak, since they're engaged in war in Europe, so we can push for further land (future Southern Mississippi and Alabama). This land is mostly uninhabited by Europeans, and they can't defend it anyway. They'll likely take the resolved border and the intention as a way to feel safe from any invasion by us. What do you say of such a Treaty? 

7) The settlers of Tennessee have petitioned to become a state, likely a Slave State. The population is rather large of a territory, and they are rather insistent on statehood, so that they can join our Democratic process. Only some in New England oppose their entry. Do you support efforts for Tennessee's statehood? 

8) Our merchants in the Atlantic and Mediterranean are rather routinely being attacked by the Barbary Pirates, some sailors being sold into slavery! We have no official navy, as even a single merchant fleet is larger than our navy. The Pirates have offered to refrain from attacking, so long as we provide tribute to the Barbary States. They promise to increase attacks if we do not pay. What do you say, Mr. President? Tribute? Cope with the attacks? War? 

9)  As with any new economy dealing with a world crisis, like the massive war in Europe and over speculation, our economy is in a panic. The outlook is that it will be sharp and brief. Republicans are blaming the economic system, calling for reverse of your first term economic policies. Federalists are suggesting that you wait it out. A minority in the Northern cities are calling for some sort of government involvement; although, such a move might anger those already hesitant on the encroaching power of our new federal government. Do you support the Federals or Republican Congress people at this time? Or will you use this opportunity to take a risk and  expand governmental power?

 

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32 minutes ago, vcczar said:

3) Our government is badly in need of more revenue. The Congress allows us to apply a tax. A simple tax on Whiskey would definitely increase our budget.  It is possible, however, that any first tax may create some level of social unrest, but we have to start sometime right? Should we slap a tax on Whiskey? Would support a bill taxing whiskey?

Bunt: I support a tax on whisky and encourage Congress to pass one.

32 minutes ago, vcczar said:

7) The settlers of Tennessee have petitioned to become a state, likely a Slave State. The population is rather large of a territory, and they are rather insistent on statehood, so that they can join our Democratic process. Only some in New England oppose their entry. Do you support efforts for Tennessee's statehood? 

I support Tennessee statehood, however on the issue of slavery maybe we can reach a compromise and allow an election on whether or not the citizens in Tennessee want to be a Slave state or a Free State, a sort of, if you will.  

34 minutes ago, vcczar said:

8) Our merchants in the Atlantic and Mediterranean are rather routinely being attacked by the Barbary Pirates, some sailors being sold into slavery! We have no official navy, as even a single merchant fleet is larger than our navy. The Pirates have offered to refrain from attacking, so long as we provide tribute to the Barbary States. They promise to increase attacks if we do not pay. What do you say, Mr. President? Tribute? Cope with the attacks? War? 

It's unfortunate this is our situation but until we have a proper navy, I fear we will have to pay tribute.

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18 minutes ago, vcczar said:

@WVProgressive see above

OOC: are we - the other candidates - allowed to comment voluntarily on some events and decisions as well?

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5 minutes ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

OOC: are we - the other candidates - allowed to comment voluntarily on some events and decisions as well?

OCC: Yes, but the decision is with the president. 

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2 minutes ago, vcczar said:

OCC: Yes, but the decision is with the president. 

OCC: Ok, thanks! Sure.

49 minutes ago, vcczar said:

7) The settlers of Tennessee have petitioned to become a state, likely a Slave State. The population is rather large of a territory, and they are rather insistent on statehood, so that they can join our Democratic process. Only some in New England oppose their entry. Do you support efforts for Tennessee's statehood? 

Assoc. Justice and two-time presidential candidate Alexander William Blount: I strongly support the efforts of Tennessee to gain statehood. Our friends there will be thankful if we get them into the Union and I believe it is a strong signal that our great country is moving into the right direction.

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39 minutes ago, vcczar said:

1) Your cabinet, as well as Congress, and the country are split regarding the war between the British-led coalition and the French Revolutionists. Federalists are calling for us to ditch our allies in favor of our cousin-enemy, Great Britain. Republicans want us to hold firmly to our alliance, intervening for the French. There are enough in both parties cognizant of our weak military and navy to suggest that we find a way out of this contest. Should you proclaim neutrality or intervene? Should you risk Congress deciding, or will you make this a unilateral decision?

Bunt: I will declare U.S neutrality in this European conflict, this simply isn't our fight, besides the king and the alliance we had is null and void.

40 minutes ago, vcczar said:

5) Mr. President, the French have killed their King, and are tearing themselves apart with war and civil war. We now have the opportunity to back out of a useless alliance, especially since it might not exist anymore with the old government dead. As we know, trade and commerce have been stifled under a French alliance, since Britain controls the seas. We can form a treaty returning us to our once profitable trade with our English-speaking cousins. The British Commonwealth, including the West Indies, and Canada, will be open to use for trade. To gain some favor for this, we can request that the British leave the forts in the West, refrain from rousing Indians, and ask that the British government compensate some of our merchant fleets for occasional attacks. Naturally, the British are demanding, and more powerful. I think we can entice them by awarding them Most Favored Trading Partner, which will benefit us as well, since it will be profitable. Additionally, we can promise not to intervene in British maritime policy, including aiding the French. We should leave out accusing British of impressing our sailors, and demanding compensation for this, since they adamantly deny these very true allegations. It's a price we must pay. Should we propose such a Treaty? What are your thoughts? 

We need to make a treaty with Britain. We should request they abandon their western forts, refrain from rousing of the Indian,  and compensate some of our merchant fleet. In exchange we should give them Most Favored Trading Partner s this is beneficial to both of us.

53 minutes ago, vcczar said:

6) Mr President, your advisers have conceived yet another way of making some money. If only we could access the Mississippi River, we would be able to set up a profitable future trade route. Currently, Kentucky would greatly benefit from it, as well as the likely future state of Tennessee. The Spanish control the great trade city of New Orleans, and we would now have two paths to it. In order to get the Spanish on board, we can give them a diplomatic "intention of friendship," which would improve relations. Additionally, we can resolve our lingering boarder dispute over our border with Spanish Florida. Their military is weak, since they're engaged in war in Europe, so we can push for further land (future Southern Mississippi and Alabama). This land is mostly uninhabited by Europeans, and they can't defend it anyway. They'll likely take the resolved border and the intention as a way to feel safe from any invasion by us. What do you say of such a Treaty? 

I fully support this treaty.

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

9)  As with any new economy dealing with a world crisis, like the massive war in Europe and over speculation, our economy is in a panic. The outlook is that it will be sharp and brief. Republicans are blaming the economic system, calling for reverse of your first term economic policies. Federalists are suggesting that you wait it out. A minority in the Northern cities are calling for some sort of government involvement; although, such a move might anger those already hesitant on the encroaching power of our new federal government. Do you support the Federals or Republican Congress people at this time? Or will you use this opportunity to take a risk and  expand governmental power?

(OOC: what sort of government involvement does this entail?)

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

2) The Northwest Indian War (in future OH, IN, MI) has been raging for nearly a decade. We have spent 80% of our minuscule budget on Indian Wars, mostly this one. Our general reports that victory will occur before the end of your second term, despite his small force. Should we disengage, so that we can shift the budget elsewhere, or should we follow through and clear this space out for settlement and to ensure that the British or Spanish to make an invasive claim to this land? 

Bunt: We'll continue forward with this war until we obtain total and complete victory.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

4) Currently our immigration laws are quite lenient. An immigrant needs only reside in our country for two years, with a one-year residency in a single state, then they become a citizen, so long as they are white and male. Also, they must have property to vote, just like any American citizen. While immigration is rather slow-going, some fear that our stabilizing country, and hopeful economy, and potential for industrialization, will lead to a massive influx of immigrant with their strange customs. Do you favor the current immigration laws, or would you favor a more restrictive clause pushed by Congress that asks for a longer residency? 

We do need immigration, but I wouldn't be averse to signing a law that lengthens the residency time.

 

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1 hour ago, WVProgressive said:

(OOC: what sort of government involvement does this entail?)

OOC: It could be anything, such as forcing banks to lend money to businesses or people on government credit, or restricting speculation. Both of which would be unpopular during this time, whether it would help or not. 

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3 hours ago, vcczar said:

9)  As with any new economy dealing with a world crisis, like the massive war in Europe and over speculation, our economy is in a panic. The outlook is that it will be sharp and brief. Republicans are blaming the economic system, calling for reverse of your first term economic policies. Federalists are suggesting that you wait it out. A minority in the Northern cities are calling for some sort of government involvement; although, such a move might anger those already hesitant on the encroaching power of our new federal government. Do you support the Federals or Republican Congress people at this time? Or will you use this opportunity to take a risk and  expand governmental power?

 

I stand steadfast in the decisions of my first term.

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OCC: I'll type of the results of your decision later. Most likely tomorrow. 

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Vice Presidential response to diplomatical presidential decision:

The President choosed the good choice for not dividing our country.

Even more when Europeans are fighting each others...

I also support all presidential decisions but I remain strongly on the idea that a huge budget has to be allowed for Research and Devellopment as well as Education in these domains.

More industrialized we will be, more free we will become.

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25 minutes ago, Rodja said:

@vcczar Is RP still alive?

I hope so, it has been the best RP I remember so far and I want to develop new maps fr its elections. :D 

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2 hours ago, Rodja said:

@vcczar Is RP still alive?

and @Conservative Elector 2

Yes, it's still going. I've been sick with food poisoning. Today's my first day back to somewhat normal. I have to catch up on work stuff though. If I can get back to this today, I will be able to do so at some point before Tuesday, most likely. 

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23 minutes ago, vcczar said:

and @Conservative Elector 2

Yes, it's still going. I've been sick with food poisoning. Today's my first day back to somewhat normal. I have to catch up on work stuff though. If I can get back to this today, I will be able to do so at some point before Tuesday, most likely. 

Get well soon!

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Take care!

((Is the President able to appoint members to the cabinet from the player pool? How would a Secretary of State as candidate be handled?))

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3 hours ago, Lyly said:

Take care!

((Is the President able to appoint members to the cabinet from the player pool? How would a Secretary of State as candidate be handled?))

(No. This is a very simple RP. I don't think I have the time to handle anything more complex for the foreseeable future. I sort of like it how I'm doing it right now.)

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On 4/18/2018 at 4:36 PM, WVProgressive said:

Bunt: I support a tax on whisky and encourage Congress to pass one.

I support Tennessee statehood, however on the issue of slavery maybe we can reach a compromise and allow an election on whether or not the citizens in Tennessee want to be a Slave state or a Free State, a sort of, if you will.  

It's unfortunate this is our situation but until we have a proper navy, I fear we will have to pay tribute.

@WVProgressive This is a follow up. 

You have signed the Whiskey Tax, and it appears that this will have a beneficial effect in increasing our revenue in our effort to pay off the debt. However, farmers in Western Pennsylvania are rebelling against the are rebelling against the tax and have taken up arms, threatening to attack government institutions until the tax is removed? How do you plan to respond, Mr. President? 

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28 minutes ago, vcczar said:

@WVProgressive This is a follow up. 

You have signed the Whiskey Tax, and it appears that this will have a beneficial effect in increasing our revenue in our effort to pay off the debt. However, farmers in Western Pennsylvania are rebelling against the are rebelling against the tax and have taken up arms, threatening to attack government institutions until the tax is removed? How do you plan to respond, Mr. President? 

Have the Pennsylvania militias put down this insurrection. On a political note, use this incident to point out the need of professional army. 

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18 minutes ago, WVProgressive said:

Have the Pennsylvania militias put down this insurrection. On a political note, use this incident to point out the need of professional army. 

(Thanks! I'll have your write up of your second term and the new state of the union up tomorrow or the next day. Good work calling for a professional army.)

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