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10 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

Born, February 21, 1762 Allentown, Pennsylvania

Died, July 19, 1841 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

OOC: Talk about REALLY pre-planning one's funeral in advance... :P

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1 hour ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

OOC: Do we already know birth dates and places and election dates for the former offices of our newly elected leader? @WVProgressive  @vcczar  @Conservative Elector 2 @Lyly 

Born, February 2nd 1774. At his fathers plantation house in Essex county. 

Died, March 4th 1854. Boston, Massachusetts.  

@Conservative Elector 2

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I hereby challenge the authority of the new President, as he is under the required age of 35 to be leading the country.

 

Oooooof

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6 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

I hereby challenge the authority of the new President, as he is under the required age of 35 to be leading the country.

 

Oooooof

OOC: He'd be  of age by the  inauguration date.

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2 hours ago, Kingthero said:

I hereby challenge the authority of the new President, as he is under the required age of 35 to be leading the country.

 

Oooooof

lol

((Let's kill off Baldwin at a nice ripe age so he can see the world burn. Age of 92 would put him to 1862.
So let's say he's born: April 27, 1770, in Murderkill Hundred, Delaware (yes, that's a real place); died: December 9, 1862)) (edit, misspelled the name)

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20 minutes ago, Lyly said:

lol

((Let's kill off Baldwin at a nice ripe age so he can see the world burn. Age of 92 would put him to 1862.
So let's say he's born: April 27, 1770, in Murderville Hundred, Delaware (yes, that's a real place); died: December 9, 1862))

OOC: No doubt with ancestors who moved to Delaware from Slaughter Bridge in the English County of Cornwall (another real place)... :P

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State of the Union at March 1809

National Strength: 3rd-tier country, but on the rise! The US now includes KY, VT, TN, and OH with land mostly cleared for settlement up to the Mississippi River. An expedition was sent west to estimate the value of the land as far as the eye can see, but government funding only got them as far as the Rockies. What lies beyond the Rockies is unknown. The expedition came back with reports proving that the explored territory, technically under European control, is immensely valuable. 

Military Strength: Weak, a professional army of 5,000 men and a professional navy of 3 ships. We should have 3 more warships at the end of this coming term. 

Foreign Affairs: Issues over trade favoritism, as well as conditions with the Napoleonic War have led to both British and French navies harrassing our ships and occasionally impressing our sailors for service in their navies. We still give tribute to the Barbary Pirates to protect our ships from pirate attacks. Relations with Spain have improved, but the country is expected to fall to France. 

Military: A few militia men guard against potential Indian attacks in the frontier. The professional army is being used for Indian Removal

Economy: Medium size, and growing. New England is now moderately industrialized and generating revenue through the tariff system. The outlook is hopeful, as revenue is coming in through tariff and and some remaining taxation. We are still in debt, but debt has resumed, with an expected 1828 payoff date. The South is very agrarian, but profitable for the people and now the country as recent inventions allow greater production of cotton. Britain is buying it up in large numbers. The agrarian sectors are critical of our current economic policies.

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. About 80% of our international trade is via Britain, 10% is via France, and 10% via the rest of Europe. The Pirates are being paid tribute, so we are free from attacks. 

Budget: Medium-sized and growing, mostly through tariff revenue. 80% of revenue comes from Tariffs, 10% through tax, 10% through other. About 60% of our budget is going to military upkeep and creation and to protect the boarders, and toward the creation of 3 more warships. 20% is going to paying off the national debt.  20% is going to government upkeep. Taxes has been reduced but increased industrial production in the north, with the aid of the protective tariff, makes up for the loss of tax money. 

Social Harmony: Slight tension between Northern and Southern economies and world view. Some Northerners are upset about the Fugitive Slave Act as contradicts their Free State status. The Slave Trade has been banned, which is mostly accepted everywhere except for South Carolina. 

Immigration: Limited. 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. More dangerous to our culture are the French and Spanish people we inherited through the Louisiana Purchase. New Orleans is practically a foreign city in our boarders.

Mood of the people: Mostly positive and proud with mild grumblings in the North and in some of the Midatlantic. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Bunt has just taken office, but he is opposed in Congress. Bunt is well respected as the son of the first president. His popularity is high, but his party is popular only in the North; although, some are warming up to it in the West.  

Party Power: The Senate is majority Republican. The US House has a Republican majority. Governorships are overwhelmingly Republican, except in New England. 

Events and Decisions for March 1809- March 1813 @WVProgressive

1) Mr. President, see the Economy, Trade, Budget in the State of the Union above. Do you wish to make any changes to budget allocation, tariff, or taxation, so that you may be able to fund your platform?

2) Congress is Republican majority, and they are blocking internal improvement efforts. Some Republicans favor them, but believe that they are unconstitutional. Some Republicans want a new amendment. 

3) Federalists in Congress have found enough Republicans to send a military upgrade act to your desk. We should have 6 warships at the end of your term. This bill allows for 3 more warships for the navy and 10,000 more men for the army. However, to fund the bill, either 70% of the budget must go to the military, or it can remain at 60%, but then the Indian Removal must end. 

4) In regards to expanded White male suffrage, will you push for a national law, or will you urge state governments to act on their own?

5) Mr. President, how will you handle the civilizing of Indian tribes?

6) Mr. President, how do you plan to handle the British and French governments, who have been seizing ships and impressing sailors. 

7) West Florida has broken off from Spain, and requests annexation to the United States. Mr. President, what is your decision on this matter?

8) We have seen an increase of Indian attacks in the Northwest, including in Ohio. Scouts and militia believe that the British are encouraging attacks. 

9) Both the British and French governments have sent respective letters inviting us to join in the War in Europe on their side. Both countries imply that refusal could negatively affect us. What is your decision, Mr. President?

10) Do you support Louisiana's bid for statehood? Some Federalists oppose Louisiana statehood, since they believe the culture, language, and religion of this proposed state are alien to our culture, language, and religion. 

11) Warhawks from both parties are strongly urging your to declare war on Britain, France, or both. Congressional warhawks have drawn up a detailed plan for an invasion of Canada. However, a minority of warhawks don't believe that we have a sizable army or navy for such an invasion. 

12) The Mexicans of New Spain are rebelling against the Spanish government. They are requesting military and financial aid from us against Spain, a government with which we are currently friendly. Likewise, Spain is asking us to help them squash the rebellion. Mr. President, what do we do?

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

4) In regards to expanded White male suffrage, will you push for a national law, or will you urge state governments to act on their own?

I will fight day and night to see suffrage granted to all white male citizens.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

8) We have seen an increase of Indian attacks in the Northwest, including in Ohio. Scouts and militia believe that the British are encouraging attacks. 

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

9) Both the British and French governments have sent respective letters inviting us to join in the War in Europe on their side. Both countries imply that refusal could negatively affect us. What is your decision, Mr. President?

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

6) Mr. President, how do you plan to handle the British and French governments, who have been seizing ships and impressing sailors. 

Call a meeting between Britain, France, and us to discuss the rights of America as a neutral power. Make it clear we will continue armed neutrality if and only impressment and Indian attack end.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

7) West Florida has broken off from Spain, and requests annexation to the United States. Mr. President, what is your decision on this matter?

As the people will it, we have no right to deny these brave souls their wish to become productive patriots for Columbia. 

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

3) Federalists in Congress have found enough Republicans to send a military upgrade act to your desk. We should have 6 warships at the end of your term. This bill allows for 3 more warships for the navy and 10,000 more men for the army. However, to fund the bill, either 70% of the budget must go to the military, or it can remain at 60%, but then the Indian Removal must end. 

This is a necessary increase in order to stay on par with European powers plus our civilizing of Indians will costs less than fighting them.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

5) Mr. President, how will you handle the civilizing of Indian tribes?

Simple. We simply educate them on the superiority of western culture and values. Impress them with our technological "marvels" (manufactured goods, firearms, European style clothing pretty much anything Indians wouldn't have access to). Send in the finest preachers to convert the Indians away from their paganism.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

10) Do you support Louisiana's bid for statehood? Some Federalists oppose Louisiana statehood, since they believe the culture, language, and religion of this proposed state are alien to our culture, language, and religion. 

Absolutely I do.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

2) Congress is Republican majority, and they are blocking internal improvement efforts. Some Republicans favor them, but believe that they are unconstitutional. Some Republicans want a new amendment. 

The necessary and proper clause of the Constitution allows us to fund this as it's necessary to continue and even expand the economic growth we've experienced over the past years.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

1) Mr. President, see the Economy, Trade, Budget in the State of the Union above. Do you wish to make any changes to budget allocation, tariff, or taxation, so that you may be able to fund your platform?

Budget changes:

70% to military  10% to internal improvements 15% to upkeep and 5% to debt payments. Also give enough money to the Lewis & Clark expedition to map the entire continent. 

Tax and Tariff changes:

 Lower the Tariff for southern states (Virginia and below)

Introduce a property tax mainly affecting those who own large plantations (like me and my family). 

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

11) Warhawks from both parties are strongly urging your to declare war on Britain, France, or both. Congressional warhawks have drawn up a detailed plan for an invasion of Canada. However, a minority of warhawks don't believe that we have a sizable army or navy for such an invasion. 

I;d like more information on this Canada plan and I've already ordered a buildup just in case we do happen to go to war.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

12) The Mexicans of New Spain are rebelling against the Spanish government. They are requesting military and financial aid from us against Spain, a government with which we are currently friendly. Likewise, Spain is asking us to help them squash the rebellion. Mr. President, what do we do?

Make sure to keep it off the books but send the Mexicans some help as they'll be easier to expand against rather than Spain.

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9 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

Call a meeting between Britain, France, and us to discuss the rights of America as a neutral power. Make it clear we will continue armed neutrality if and only impressment and Indian attack end.

Minor representatives from these countries seem to imply that harassment will end if you join the war on their respective side. Meanwhile, Indian attacks near Ohio are increasing, with the British being suspected for rousing them up against us. What should we do about them? I also don't think the British or French are ready to negotiate unless they get something out of us. We may have to apply for a loan if we opt for any military escalation.  Since all major European powers are either with or against Britain or France, we would have to apply for a loan from Russia or the Ottoman Empire

 

9 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

I;d like more information on this Canada plan and I've already ordered a buildup just in case we do happen to go to war.

The invasion would require that we call the state militias for a force of 25,000, and then add 5,000 of our professionals or more. We would march up to Canada between the border of NY and VT, and then lead an attack towards Quebec City. If successful, we could hold their prize city for ransom, and then demand reparations for all damages caused by the British on our ships. Obviously, war would leads to an absolute closing of trade between us, and 80% of our trade is conducted with the British (including Canada). New Englanders, and Coastal City Americans absolutely oppose War, but the rest of the country supports it. It could be risky considering our military is still smaller than it was during the Revolution, and our navy won't be up to 6 ships until the end of your term. However, calling out all militia can probably get us about 50,000 men, and converting merchant ships for military use will get us about 20 decent war vessels. 

9 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

The necessary and proper clause of the Constitution allows us to fund this as it's necessary to continue and even expand the economic growth we've experienced over the past years.

A combination of Federalists and Northern Republicans have been able to produce a minor internal improvements bill (all other bills were shot down). This bill will create improvements for harbors and lighthouses along our entire East Coast, but it does not allow for federal funding for canals, bridges, roads. Will you still sign this bill?

9 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

Make sure to keep it off the books but send the Mexicans some help as they'll be easier to expand against rather than Spain.

Mr. President are you recommending financial aid or military aid? If so, how much? We may have to adjust the budget. Regardless, of military or budget, we have to consider the British, French, and Indian issues we are facing. If you can peacefully solve these issues we may be able to part with money or troops for Mexico. 

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19 minutes ago, vcczar said:

Minor representatives from these countries seem to imply that harassment will end if you join the war on their respective side. Meanwhile, Indian attacks near Ohio are increasing, with the British being suspected for rousing them up against us. What should we do about them? I also don't think the British or French are ready to negotiate unless they get something out of us. We may have to apply for a loan if we opt for any military escalation.  Since all major European powers are either with or against Britain or France, we would have to apply for a loan from Russia or the Ottoman Empire

OOC: What is about Prussia for the loan? Do not forget that Former Vice President Bigelow is fluent in German and could help to negotiate a great deal for America. :D 

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

A combination of Federalists and Northern Republicans have been able to produce a minor internal improvements bill (all other bills were shot down). This bill will create improvements

for harbors and lighthouses along our entire East Coast, but it does not allow for federal funding for canals, bridges, roads. Will you still sign this bill?

I'll sign this bill and while I wish it could be more it's a start.

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

The invasion would require that we call the state militias for a force of 25,000, and then add 5,000 of our professionals or more. We would march up to Canada between the border of NY and VT, and then lead an attack towards Quebec City. If successful, we could hold their prize city for ransom, and then demand reparations for all damages caused by the British on our ships. Obviously, war would leads to an absolute closing of trade between us, and 80% of our trade is conducted with the British (including Canada). New Englanders, and Coastal City Americans absolutely oppose War, but the rest of the country supports it. It could be risky considering our military is still smaller than it was during the Revolution, and our navy won't be up to 6 ships until the end of your term. However, calling out all militia can probably get us about 50,000 men, and converting merchant ships for military use will get us about 20 decent war vessels. 

1 hour ago, vcczar said:

Minor representatives from these countries seem to imply that harassment will end if you join the war on their respective side. Meanwhile, Indian attacks near Ohio are increasing, with the British being suspected for rousing them up against us. What should we do about them? I also don't think the British or French are ready to negotiate unless they get something out of us. We may have to apply for a loan if we opt for any military escalation.  Since all major European powers are either with or against Britain or France, we would have to apply for a loan from Russia or the Ottoman Empire

Tell France that if they stop impressment and give some aid to our war effort we'll join the war on their side. If we do we need to call the militia and convert merchant ships in order to have a chance. We'll also invade using the Quebec City attack plan. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

Mr. President are you recommending financial aid or military aid? If so, how much? We may have to adjust the budget. Regardless, of military or budget, we have to consider the British, French, and Indian issues we are facing. If you can peacefully solve these issues we may be able to part with money or troops for Mexico.

I'll wait until France responds to our offer before deciding on this.

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10 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

Tell France that if they stop impressment and give some aid to our war effort we'll join the war on their side. If we do we need to call the militia and convert merchant ships in order to have a chance. We'll also invade using the Quebec City attack plan. 

Emperor Napoleon agrees to this military partnership if they are allowed to participate in any post-war treaty involving Canada should any invasion of Quebec, a former French colony, occur.

10 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

I'll wait until France responds to our offer before deciding on this.

This is to remind you about the Mexican plea for help against the Spanish.  

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2 minutes ago, vcczar said:

Emperor Napoleon agrees to this military partnership if they are allowed to participate in any post-war treaty involving Canada should any invasion of Quebec, a former French colony, occur.

That is quite good, we agree.

 

5 minutes ago, vcczar said:

This is to remind you about the Mexican plea for help against the Spanish.

Send an amount equal to half the military aid value provided by France as per our agreement (specific part embolded so you don't forget).

 

10 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

Tell France that if they stop impressment and give some aid to our war effort we'll join the war on their side. If we do we need to call the militia and convert merchant ships in order to have a chance. We'll also invade using the Quebec City attack plan. 

 

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6 minutes ago, WVProgressive said:

That is quite good, we agree.

 

Send an amount equal to half the military aid value provided by France as per our agreement (specific part embolded so you don't forget).

 

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OOC: How do you plan on getting New England behind this idea?

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3 minutes ago, Patine said:

OOC: How do you plan on getting New England behind this idea?

OOC: The same way Lincoln got Maryland behind the Civil War.

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36 minutes ago, WVProgressive said:

That is quite good, we agree.

 

Send an amount equal to half the military aid value provided by France as per our agreement (specific part embolded so you don't forget).

 

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Ok, the updated State of the Union will include updates on the War Effort, etc. I hope to have this up tomorrow or the next day. 

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30 minutes ago, WVProgressive said:

OOC: The same way Lincoln got Maryland behind the Civil War.

OOC: Lincoln's situation for "persuasion" of Maryland was, in context, a lot more advantageous than what you probably will realistically face...

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State of the Union at Election day 1812-Mar 1813

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War of 1811 : 

Northwest Indian Campaign - A mix of professionals and militia against Indian tribes allied with the British. Our generals report success after success in this theatre, but we have squashed the tribal Confederacy yet. 

Invasion of of Canada Campaign -- A mix of professional and militia troops are supplemented by French troops, mostly from their Caribbean colonies. We scored a major victory at Lake Champlain, sending the British troops scatter back into Canada. Our General launched a feigned invasion of Toronto in an effort to mislead the enemy, but this smaller force of ours was tricked into battle, surrounded, and surrendered. Our main body is pushing towards Quebec, and despite French support, it is turning into a slogfest, and we probably won't be able to push through without further reinforcements. Additionally, the British have launched a counterattack from Toronto at Ft. Niagara, taking this fort at the New York border. 

Naval engagements in the Great Lakes -- We initially caught the British by surprise, scoring a major victory near Fort Detroit on land with the aid of naval bombardments. We then attempted to push into Canada to eventually combine with troops near Toronto. However, the British navy arrived, scattered our boats, lest they be destroyed. A French ship held the British ships off long enough that our warship and converted merchant ships could flee. Our army is holding Fort Detroit. The French warship was lost. 

Naval engagements in the Atlantic -- The British Navy has had a far easier time than expected in scattering our ships and destroying coastal cannons. We've lost many converted warships, but none of our warships. The British seem to be more focused on the French warships, which have been taking more damage. The British have begun a blockade, but seem to be avoiding blockading New England. 

Naval engagement in the Gulf of Mexico -- Our ships with French aid have shattered every attempt of a blockade in the Gulf, allowing trade to flow from New Orleans. French Caribbean ports have allowed the French an advantage in this theater. The French have ransacked British Caribbean ports. Yet, the British ships keep coming. 

Involvement in Mexican Independence from Spain -- Our troops, mostly militia, have been bogged down in Mexico, harassed by anarchic bandits and Spanish guerrillas. The line of communication, as well as the supply line, is tenuous, as it is dependent on the Gulf and New Orleans being free from a British Blockade.  

Overall, the war is currently going against us. Someone, possibly New England, tipped the British off on a possible invasion, as they started to march to the border before our militia were even organized. There is still time to turn this around, but we need New England to contribute, we need to break the blockade, and we need to raise taxes tremendously and potentially consider war bonds. We've called militia, but we may need to call for a draft. 

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National Strength: 3rd-tier country, but on the rise! The US now includes KY, VT, TN, OH, and LA. Lewis and Clark have received additional funding to cross the Rockies to make a report. 

Military Strength: Weak but growing, a professional army of 15,000 men and a professional navy now of 6 ships, with 3 more to join at the end of the next term. We have several merchant ships converted for war as well. We have a militia of 50,000 men, and the use of about 25,000 professional French troops and about 5 French warships

Foreign Affairs: We are at war with Great Britain and Spain. We have secured a military alliance with France and Mexico.  We still give tribute to the Barbary Pirates to protect our ships from pirate attacks. Relations with Spain, which had improved, have now collapsed, as we are aiding the Mexicans. There is a threat that Napoleon's opponents will declare war on us at some point. 

Military: The military is engages with Indian tribes in Ohio, British troops in Canada and upstate NY, and our navy is engages in the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico, and we have troops in Mexico.The Indian Removal policy has been replaces with a policy of civilizing. 

Economy: Economy is tanking because of the war so close to home. The country is rapidly industrializing. New England is now industrialized and generating revenue through the tariff system; although, the tariff has been decreases in the South. Taxation remains low. . We are still in debt, and the payment has been stopped because of the war. An expected 1835ish payoff date has been estimated. We now owe a large loan to Russia and the Ottoman Empire for helping in funding our war. The South is very agrarian, but profitable for the people and now the country as recent inventions allow greater production of cotton. We are facing a blockade in the Atlantic, which is stifling our trade. 

Trade: Very stifled.  Protective Tariff allows for industrial growth in New England as well as revenue. The South opposed this tariff, but the South is now bound by a moderate tariff, which has alleviated this tension. However, this is at the cost of some revenue. Additionally, the British Navy is stifling out trade. About 80% of our international trade was via Britain, with 10% via France, and 10% via the rest of Europe. However, trade with Britain has ceased, for the most part. Trade with France is now 50% of our trade, while the rest goes to Western Hemisphere colonies unattached to Britain or Spain.The Pirates are being paid tribute, so we are free from their attacks. 

Budget: Medium-sized and shrinking, because of stifled trade and a reduced tariff in the South. 80% of revenue comes from Tariffs, 10% through tax, 10% through other. About 80% of our budget is going to military upkeep during the War and creation and to protect the boarders, and toward the creation of 3 more warships. 0% is going to paying off the national debt.  20% is going to government upkeep. Taxes remains low and it needs to be drastically increased to support the war effort and balance out the reduced tariff in the South. 

Social Harmony: For the most part harmony exists, but New England is defiantly against the war, so much so that they are considering secession, refusing to organize militia, and some say they are trading illegally with Britain, and possibly trying to negotiate an illegal separate peace. While the rest of the country is patriotic, the lack of success in the war has been somewhat demoralizing, but people remain vigilant. 

Immigration: Limited. 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. More dangerous to our culture are the French and Spanish people we inherited through the Louisiana Purchase. New Orleans is practically a foreign city in our boarders.

Mood of the people: Moderate to positive throughout the country, except New England is enraged. Some are getting demoralized by a lack of war victories. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Bunt is very popular in the West, and South, where the war support is the highest. Support is divided in the MidAtlantic, including NY and PA. Despite a Federalist domination of New England, support for Bunt is nearly non-existent in the very pro-British New England. 

Party Power: The Senate is tied. The US House has a Republican majority. Governorships lean slightly Republican.

This war needs a steady hand and stability, and seems likely to hold on to an incumbent mid-war if Bunt seeks reelection. Will a Republican challenge a Federalist president that is becoming increasingly popular among Republicans? Will a Federalist in New England challenge Bunt as a 3rd party candidate? We may be at our most perilous moment during the era of the presidency--we are at either the tipping point of greatness or collapse. Who can push us over the edge?

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Former Secretary of War Yates Endorses Bunt

 

"While it was a shame to see Aldrige depart, this war that is ongoing is very important to us westerners. As our trade is still profitable down the Mississippi River, us westerners are still in decent shape. Also, as the Indians have been kept at bay, Western expansions is still open to those fleeing the East. President Bunt needs to hold office."

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Former Vice President Bigelow says that he will decide after Former President Aldridge has made a decision. @Reagan04

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2 hours ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union at Election day 1812-Mar 1813

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War of 1811 : 

Northwest Indian Campaign - A mix of professionals and militia against Indian tribes allied with the British. Our generals report success after success in this theatre, but we have squashed the tribal Confederacy yet. 

Invasion of of Canada Campaign -- A mix of professional and militia troops are supplemented by French troops, mostly from their Caribbean colonies. We scored a major victory at Lake Champlain, sending the British troops scatter back into Canada. Our General launched a feigned invasion of Toronto in an effort to mislead the enemy, but this smaller force of ours was tricked into battle, surrounded, and surrendered. Our main body is pushing towards Quebec, and despite French support, it is turning into a slogfest, and we probably won't be able to push through without further reinforcements. Additionally, the British have launched a counterattack from Toronto at Ft. Niagara, taking this fort at the New York border. 

Naval engagements in the Great Lakes -- We initially caught the British by surprise, scoring a major victory near Fort Detroit on land with the aid of naval bombardments. We then attempted to push into Canada to eventually combine with troops near Toronto. However, the British navy arrived, scattered our boats, lest they be destroyed. A French ship held the British ships off long enough that our warship and converted merchant ships could flee. Our army is holding Fort Detroit. The French warship was lost. 

Naval engagements in the Atlantic -- The British Navy has had a far easier time than expected in scattering our ships and destroying coastal cannons. We've lost many converted warships, but none of our warships. The British seem to be more focused on the French warships, which have been taking more damage. The British have begun a blockade, but seem to be avoiding blockading New England. 

Naval engagement in the Gulf of Mexico -- Our ships with French aid have shattered every attempt of a blockade in the Gulf, allowing trade to flow from New Orleans. French Caribbean ports have allowed the French an advantage in this theater. The French have ransacked British Caribbean ports. Yet, the British ships keep coming. 

Involvement in Mexican Independence from Spain -- Our troops, mostly militia, have been bogged down in Mexico, harassed by anarchic bandits and Spanish guerrillas. The line of communication, as well as the supply line, is tenuous, as it is dependent on the Gulf and New Orleans being free from a British Blockade.  

Overall, the war is currently going against us. Someone, possibly New England, tipped the British off on a possible invasion, as they started to march to the border before our militia were even organized. There is still time to turn this around, but we need New England to contribute, we need to break the blockade, and we need to raise taxes tremendously and potentially consider war bonds. We've called militia, but we may need to call for a draft. 

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National Strength: 3rd-tier country, but on the rise! The US now includes KY, VT, TN, OH, and LA. Lewis and Clark have received additional funding to cross the Rockies to make a report. 

Military Strength: Weak but growing, a professional army of 15,000 men and a professional navy now of 6 ships, with 3 more to join at the end of the next term. We have several merchant ships converted for war as well. We have a militia of 50,000 men, and the use of about 25,000 professional French troops and about 5 French warships

Foreign Affairs: We are at war with Great Britain and Spain. We have secured a military alliance with France and Mexico.  We still give tribute to the Barbary Pirates to protect our ships from pirate attacks. Relations with Spain, which had improved, have now collapsed, as we are aiding the Mexicans. There is a threat that Napoleon's opponents will declare war on us at some point. 

Military: The military is engages with Indian tribes in Ohio, British troops in Canada and upstate NY, and our navy is engages in the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico, and we have troops in Mexico.The Indian Removal policy has been replaces with a policy of civilizing. 

Economy: Economy is tanking because of the war so close to home. The country is rapidly industrializing. New England is now industrialized and generating revenue through the tariff system; although, the tariff has been decreases in the South. Taxation remains low. . We are still in debt, and the payment has been stopped because of the war. An expected 1835ish payoff date has been estimated. We now owe a large loan to Russia and the Ottoman Empire for helping in funding our war. The South is very agrarian, but profitable for the people and now the country as recent inventions allow greater production of cotton. We are facing a blockade in the Atlantic, which is stifling our trade. 

Trade: Very stifled.  Protective Tariff allows for industrial growth in New England as well as revenue. The South opposed this tariff, but the South is now bound by a moderate tariff, which has alleviated this tension. However, this is at the cost of some revenue. Additionally, the British Navy is stifling out trade. About 80% of our international trade was via Britain, with 10% via France, and 10% via the rest of Europe. However, trade with Britain has ceased, for the most part. Trade with France is now 50% of our trade, while the rest goes to Western Hemisphere colonies unattached to Britain or Spain.The Pirates are being paid tribute, so we are free from their attacks. 

Budget: Medium-sized and shrinking, because of stifled trade and a reduced tariff in the South. 80% of revenue comes from Tariffs, 10% through tax, 10% through other. About 80% of our budget is going to military upkeep during the War and creation and to protect the boarders, and toward the creation of 3 more warships. 0% is going to paying off the national debt.  20% is going to government upkeep. Taxes remains low and it needs to be drastically increased to support the war effort and balance out the reduced tariff in the South. 

Social Harmony: For the most part harmony exists, but New England is defiantly against the war, so much so that they are considering secession, refusing to organize militia, and some say they are trading illegally with Britain, and possibly trying to negotiate an illegal separate peace. While the rest of the country is patriotic, the lack of success in the war has been somewhat demoralizing, but people remain vigilant. 

Immigration: Limited. 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. More dangerous to our culture are the French and Spanish people we inherited through the Louisiana Purchase. New Orleans is practically a foreign city in our boarders.

Mood of the people: Moderate to positive throughout the country, except New England is enraged. Some are getting demoralized by a lack of war victories. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Bunt is very popular in the West, and South, where the war support is the highest. Support is divided in the MidAtlantic, including NY and PA. Despite a Federalist domination of New England, support for Bunt is nearly non-existent in the very pro-British New England. 

Party Power: The Senate is tied. The US House has a Republican majority. Governorships lean slightly Republican.

This war needs a steady hand and stability, and seems likely to hold on to an incumbent mid-war if Bunt seeks reelection. Will a Republican challenge a Federalist president that is becoming increasingly popular among Republicans? Will a Federalist in New England challenge Bunt as a 3rd party candidate? We may be at our most perilous moment during the era of the presidency--we are at either the tipping point of greatness or collapse. Who can push us over the edge?

President Bunt declares run for a second term. Promises to win the war, get New England back in line, and generally improve the economy. 

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OOC: Well, I'm withdrawing my commentary, like I always end up having to do with alternate history RP and long play-by-play threads. I don't blame the posters personally. I just believe that alternate history is a sub-genre of fiction which ALWAYS gets very silly and illogical quickly and is very hard to back-up and justify, by it's very nature, and thus a genre I don't really enjoy, as such. So, enjoy yourselves. You will no longer endure my waspish commentary on this one.

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4 hours ago, Patine said:

OOC: Well, I'm withdrawing my commentary, like I always end up having to do with alternate history RP and long play-by-play threads. I don't blame the posters personally. I just believe that alternate history is a sub-genre of fiction which ALWAYS gets very silly and illogical quickly and is very hard to back-up and justify, by it's very nature, and thus a genre I don't really enjoy, as such. So, enjoy yourselves. You will no longer endure my waspish commentary on this one.

OOC: Alternate History is just as silly as the History we have forged/

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President Aldridge announces he will not seek election to a 3rd nonconsecutive term.

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