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  1. I support this, but only for the entertainment value.
  2. In this thread, we have: An inflammatory title Debate over the veracity of poll numbers Godwin's law General anger with @Reagan04 I don't understand what's wrong with political discussion being posted... until it turns into this.
  3. I know, but that's what @TheMiddlePolitical's map says. Technical error?
  4. Screenshots or it didn't happen (and no one can troubleshoot)
  5. The Panic of 1907 was caused by a myriad of factors, one being the United Copper Company scheme, but the condition in which traders would lose faith in financial markets was created by the Interstate Commerce Commission. The Hepburn Act decimated the value of railroad securities, causing market capitalisation to tumble by nearly 25% even before the October crash. It was this lack of liquidity that led to the panic in the first place. If the UCC scheme was alone, then markets would've adjusted quickly. For a more recent comparison, financial markets in September 1907 were in a similar sta
  6. The impact of tariffs on the economy was smaller since tariff revenue was only ~1.75% of GNP, but their role in government was disproportionate since it was half of federal revenues, making it an issue in the political arena. If he implemented the policies that led to the Panic of 1907 during the 1890s, then it shouldn't be a surprise that a contraction like it occurs. In the 1890s, the suffrage movement was a mess at best. The two leading organisations, National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, merged earlier in the decade and had no clear goa
  7. I assumed that this was one of those "what would happen if Bryan won the presidency" scenarios and in 1896, he supported the Spanish-American War. On the domestic policy front, Bryan would be in a state of quagmire after the Panic of 1893. If he did implement substantial progressive reform that we saw the decade after, then one would see a repeat of the Panic of 1907, which was promulgated by federal intervention in the rail industry through the Hepburn Act as well as major trust-busting cases, most notably against Standard Oil. His desire to lower the tariff would have a negligible effec
  8. This tends to happen on custom maps for some reason. The application seems to not detect the boundaries in the BMP image, so you end up with a myriad of fragmented regions and conflicts. When this happens, I go open the image in Photoshop and strengthen the boundaries, but sometimes the stroke required to get it right is far above the 1 pixel suggested in the game. Strange.
  9. What region comes up when you click on the blue background?
  10. This forum uses IPS as a platform, and there is an option to do allow users to modify polls. Perhaps he's using a different version?
  11. If we're talking about a win against McKinley in 1896 (1900 is a whole different story), then there wouldn't have been many changes from OTL on the foreign policy front. While he was anti-imperialist in the election of 1900, he initially supported both the Spanish-American War and the 1898 Treaty of Paris. He turned against those positions in his 1900 speech "Imperialism: Flag of an Empire", but again, the focus is on 1896. At this point, he viewed the Spanish as an oppressive empire against the Filipinos, a group that must be liberated and have democracy spread to them. When he came out again
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