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2 hours ago, vcczar said:

The British pull their ambassador from the US, but offer no formal negative response, since they don't want to endanger the tariff that benefits them. Germany sends a new, higher ranking ambassador. He calls for a meeting between the US, Russia, and Germany in Berlin to discuss the official terms of an alliance. Napoleon III of France publicly denounces the US for embracing Germany. 

I'll send my best ambassador to this meeting in a show of good faith to this new alliance.

2 hours ago, vcczar said:

Factory owners and mining companies and railroad companies protest any child labor laws stating that they need children to get into the gears and mine shafts since adults can't fit. While Western politicians and Southern politicians mostly favor both these measures---The Liberty Party in New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and California kill the bill. 

I will personally go and speak with the factory, mine, and railroad workers in a national tour, we'll see what they think about it.

2 hours ago, vcczar said:

Congress votes to consider an amendment for this, but all politicians from Southern states and New England oppose such an amendment, killing the vote. They claim that this country has no room for secessionists. 

Tell the south we tried, but it simply wasn't meant to be.

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State of the Union for Election of 1876

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National Strength: We rank behind Great Britain, France, and Germany in national production. We have taken a big leap ahead Russia, and we are nearly tied with Germany. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 80,000 men and 48 ships.

Foreign Affairs: We are working on a potential alliance with Germany. 

Military: Our military is used in governing the South and in Indian Wars in the territories

Economy: Our economy still has not recovered from an Economic Panic. We are now in a depression, but we are expected to be out of it soon.  

Trade: Our trade is mostly good, but it would be better if we could remove ourselves from the British Tariff, which favors them much more than us. The nearly non-existent tariff on Britain allows their industries to out compete us, even in our own country. 

Budget: We have a sizable budget because of extremely high tariffs (except on Britain) and very high taxes. We are spending as much as we collect. The national debt is untouched. 

Social Harmony: Things are mostly good, but there is grumbling among the labor class. Disenfranchised White Southerners are extremely unhappy. Some are migrated to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or even Europe. 

Immigration: Immigration is once again lenient, but immigration is tailing off since the poor economy restricts the number of jobs. White Southerners are leaving out country. 

Mood of the people: People are mostly happy; however, the white lower class is unhappy, fearing that their needs are being ignored for those of women and blacks. Southern whites are depressed. Women are ecstatic. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Pres. Brooke is still popular among voters, but fatigue exists. The Liberty Party establishment has become more and more at odds with Brooke, who is more moderate than the establishment. Brooke is most popular among blacks in the South. His support has decreased in the West and in the cities. Brooke is likely to be reelected if he chooses to run. 

Party Power: The Liberty Party still dominates the governorships, Senators and US Reps. However, opposition parties have increased. Democrats have 1 senator in WV, LA, and TX. The American Progress Party has more support in the West Coast, and in the recent Western States. The new Social Republicans are gaining traction in the major cities in the North. 

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Will Pres. Brooke run for reelection? He will likely win again if he runs; although, competition should be tougher. Will all three opposition parties run their own nominees or will they join as one national opposition party?

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Form for 1876 Election

Name and Office:

Resident State:

Party:

Platform (see the State of the Union): 

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1876

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National Strength: We rank behind Great Britain, France, and Germany in national production. We have taken a big leap ahead Russia, and we are nearly tied with Germany. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 80,000 men and 48 ships.

Foreign Affairs: We are working on a potential alliance with Germany. 

Military: Our military is used in governing the South and in Indian Wars in the territories

Economy: Our economy still has not recovered from an Economic Panic. We are now in a depression, but we are expected to be out of it soon.  

Trade: Our trade is mostly good, but it would be better if we could remove ourselves from the British Tariff, which favors them much more than us. The nearly non-existent tariff on Britain allows their industries to out compete us, even in our own country. 

Budget: We have a sizable budget because of extremely high tariffs (except on Britain) and very high taxes. We are spending as much as we collect. The national debt is untouched. 

Social Harmony: Things are mostly good, but there is grumbling among the labor class. Disenfranchised White Southerners are extremely unhappy. Some are migrated to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or even Europe. 

Immigration: Immigration is once again lenient, but immigration is tailing off since the poor economy restricts the number of jobs. White Southerners are leaving out country. 

Mood of the people: People are mostly happy; however, the white lower class is unhappy, fearing that their needs are being ignored for those of women and blacks. Southern whites are depressed. Women are ecstatic. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Pres. Brooke is still popular among voters, but fatigue exists. The Liberty Party establishment has become more and more at odds with Brooke, who is more moderate than the establishment. Brooke is most popular among blacks in the South. His support has decreased in the West and in the cities. Brooke is likely to be reelected if he chooses to run. 

Party Power: The Liberty Party still dominates the governorships, Senators and US Reps. However, opposition parties have increased. Democrats have 1 senator in WV, LA, and TX. The American Progress Party has more support in the West Coast, and in the recent Western States. The new Social Republicans are gaining traction in the major cities in the North. 

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Will Pres. Brooke run for reelection? He will likely win again if he runs; although, competition should be tougher. Will all three opposition parties run their own nominees or will they join as one national opposition party?

1. Name and office. Governor Nigel H. Lawson

2. Resident state. New Hampshire

3. Party. Democratic

4. Platform 

National Strength: Continue to work here. This generation must work very hard in order to provide a better future for the coming generation. 

Military Strength: We are fine here, but make sure to use those forces just for defending. Currently nation building is inconceivable since we lack a stable condition at home. Rebuild our nation first.

Foreign Affairs: The Democratic Party is somewhat skeptical on alliances. For economical purposes is it could profitable but beware of getting into European conflicts. Our forefathers have fought for independence from Europe and we should not make any mistakes here.

Military: If our leadership would finally be able to solve those crisis we could reduce the resources needed for governing the South. Additionally let us finish the Indian Wars on an expansionist stance once and for all.

Economy: Keep trying to get our economy booming again, but make sure that laborers are treated in a respectful manner. Implement work safety standards and make sure that people get their money as promised. This will also help us to sustain a harmonious atmosphere among our people. Let women, black people and immigrants not suffer from poor working conditions and do not exclude them from the jobs they want to obtain. Only happy workers will produce worthy goods, so the Democratic Party will watch on your interests.

Trade: Get out of the British tariff trade deal immediately. We are not Queen Victoria's servants. We have to look on our people first. Our laborers are left behind, while we protect British interests. Expand trade with other European and Asian nations.

Budget: The Democratic Party stands for low taxes.

Social Harmony: Women and black people were granted many rights and we do not oppose this. But the Democratic Party believes that those rights are not executed fully. If you vote Democratic no one will be left behind. We might have the reputation to be a one-issue Southern interests party, but that is not true. As President I will look on all Americans and I will be a true president of all Americans. A thing we did not experience since decades.

Immigration: Our priority as Americans should not be to get more immigrants first, but to create a good social environment that Americans do not leave our soil again. However, we have to make sure that immigrants are treated fairly and not lynched like in California. We need to implement and execute our laws finally to end injustice. That does not just apply to immigrants, but for women, the working class and black people as well. Our current administration is very lenient here. 

Mood of the people: The Liberty Party labels itself as tolerant and liberal but is excluding a whole group of Americans from fulfilling their duty. To participate in elections. We live in a country where people are taken away their rights just in order to maintain electoral success. As the Democratic Party does not simply represent Southern interests we are also extremely worried that one day other groups of people are taken away those rights easily as well. Many years ago no one would have believed that this is possible, but now we do see it with our own eyes. What if one day the black community becomes more and more upset with the Liberty Party? What if the working class and laborers become unhappy with our government and demand certain rights? What if women stand up for the execution of their promised rights? Will those groups also be prohibited from voting, if the Liberty Party is likely to lose everything? I believe that electing someone could give that country a positive push into the right direction. Let us try this experiment together.

Popularity of the Incumbent: It seems that we are electing an emperor. Do not underestimate the Brooke fatigue. Although I think it is great that he broke several times with the even more leftist establishment, I think it is time for the Americans to unite under a fresh leader. The Democratic Party offers to serve all Americans, rich and poor, white and black, women and men from the South and North and West alike. Let us rebuild our country and unite under a new leadership.

Party Power: As already said the Democratic Party believes that the whole congress is more likely to serve our elected majesty instead of the American people. Especially their electorate they had promised to work for. Women, blacks and laborers were granted many rights in order to bind them to the Liberty Party but at the end of the day America is developing backwards into a one-party state with an elected emperor. People's interests will get and more and more unimportant to the ruling class and the Democratic Party offers to all people who are not ignoring those facts and extremely worried on this situation as well an alternative. Thank you and God bless you all.

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Just now, vcczar said:

Form for 1876 Election

Name and Office:

Resident State:

Party:

Platform (see the State of the Union): 

Name and Office: Gov. Ashton Alexander

Resident State: Connecticut

Party: New Republicans (No longer Social)

Platform (see the State of the Union): 

National Strength: Continue our strengthening and continue on the upward trajectory!

Military Strength: Continue on this front and hope to build up to 58 ships in 4 years.

Foreign Affairs: Cancel the alliance with Germany and Russia. We're America! We don't need them and we certainly don't need their problems. Do we want a war with Great Britain and France and having Brits pouring across the northern border? Us Republicans are done with war, the Liberty party can continue us on their warmongering or we can forge a new path, independent of Europe and work to make friends with independent nations in the Americas.

Military: Gradually reduce troops in the South if at all possible. For now, it seems the worst effects down there are over.

Economy: Work on upgrading the economy. Make the economy the centerpiece of our campaign - end the gold standard at any cost, it is outdated and hurting the American people. Banks must be held accountable.

Trade: Continue the Republican policy of eliminating the low British tariff. Make it as high as normal tariffs are currently. They cannot keep getting preferential treatment in the US.

Budget: Increase tariffs on Great Britain and use the extra money to lower taxes slightly on those who are suffering the most because of them.

Social Harmony: Help Labor out as much as possible. End child labor to free up jobs for working class Americans. Encourage migration to the South.

Immigration: Immigration can be kept lenient because not many are coming. Encourage those that come in to move to the South rather than the North.

Mood of the people: There is not much that can be done by Administrations on moods of the people, but keep working at it nonetheless.

Popularity of the Incumbent: What kind of President is he? A dictator if he runs for more terms. It's time for fresh news and a fresh face in Washington. There is no reason to have one person leading a country for this long unless you call it a King.

Party Power: Encourage down ballot voting for Republicans as much as we can.

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OOC: Vice President Gutch died in 1875 according to my list.

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Name and Office: Senator John Wesley

Resident State: New York

Party: American Progress

Platform (see the State of the Union):

 

National Strength: We are growing again! This means we need more room to grow! We should begin expanding our borders in the Pacific and Southern Hemisphere.

Military Strength: We should start using our navy to secure and gain assets in the Western Hemisphere.

Foreign Affairs: We need to solidify the German alliance.

Military: Push to gain either a military or diplomatic defeat over any major Indian groups still in combat.

Economy: Prosperity is great! Continue solid economic policies that will lead us to even more growth.

Trade: We really need to put more into Pacific trade, as well as balance our tariffs.

Budget: Keep the budget the same until we can lower it. (Infrastructure projects ending, Southern occupational ending, etc.)

Social Harmony: We need to work together to end this rule by the elite; the elite took advantage of every ordinary citizen, using optimism and unity to exploit a political agenda. The farmers, the laborers, and the people who moved their life west have all but pretty much been forgotten about. Also, don't get me started on the southerners that got completely screwed over.

Immigration: Utilize immigration to fill new lands out west, in order to create new jobs.

Mood of the people: The American Progress Party has always stood for unity, and we have never abused the privilege of unity.

Popularity of the Incumbent: I applaud the President for not going along with everything within his party, but we need change. The Liberty Party is a stain on his name.

Party Power: We shall continue to regrow our numbers, hopefully in every state west of the mississippi and even in the midwest.

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51 minutes ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1876

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National Strength: We rank behind Great Britain, France, and Germany in national production. We have taken a big leap ahead Russia, and we are nearly tied with Germany. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 80,000 men and 48 ships.

Foreign Affairs: We are working on a potential alliance with Germany. 

Military: Our military is used in governing the South and in Indian Wars in the territories

Economy: Our economy still has not recovered from an Economic Panic. We are now in a depression, but we are expected to be out of it soon.  

Trade: Our trade is mostly good, but it would be better if we could remove ourselves from the British Tariff, which favors them much more than us. The nearly non-existent tariff on Britain allows their industries to out compete us, even in our own country. 

Budget: We have a sizable budget because of extremely high tariffs (except on Britain) and very high taxes. We are spending as much as we collect. The national debt is untouched. 

Social Harmony: Things are mostly good, but there is grumbling among the labor class. Disenfranchised White Southerners are extremely unhappy. Some are migrated to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or even Europe. 

Immigration: Immigration is once again lenient, but immigration is tailing off since the poor economy restricts the number of jobs. White Southerners are leaving out country. 

Mood of the people: People are mostly happy; however, the white lower class is unhappy, fearing that their needs are being ignored for those of women and blacks. Southern whites are depressed. Women are ecstatic. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Pres. Brooke is still popular among voters, but fatigue exists. The Liberty Party establishment has become more and more at odds with Brooke, who is more moderate than the establishment. Brooke is most popular among blacks in the South. His support has decreased in the West and in the cities. Brooke is likely to be reelected if he chooses to run. 

Party Power: The Liberty Party still dominates the governorships, Senators and US Reps. However, opposition parties have increased. Democrats have 1 senator in WV, LA, and TX. The American Progress Party has more support in the West Coast, and in the recent Western States. The new Social Republicans are gaining traction in the major cities in the North. 

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Will Pres. Brooke run for reelection? He will likely win again if he runs; although, competition should be tougher. Will all three opposition parties run their own nominees or will they join as one national opposition party?

Name and Office: President Gregory Brooke 

Resident State: Maine

Party: Liberty

Platform: 

National Strength: Continue our growth with the eventual goal to supplant Britain in national production. 

Military Strength: Keep this as it is currently.

Foreign Affairs: Continue pursuing this alliance. 

Military: Begin winding down military involvement in the south once they seem fully integrated.

Economy: Implement more worker friendly programs, and public works programs to bring the economy back to growth.

Trade: Pursue pacific trade.

Budget: End the British tariff exemption once we finalize our German alliance.

Social Harmony: Pass more pro-labor laws. Unions yes!

Immigration: Encourage immigrants to settle in the south and west.

Mood of the people: Support laws that help the poor and working class.

Popularity of the Incumbent: Remind city voters of my pro-labor policies and my efforts to break-up corruption in local government.

Party Power: I am willing to cross the ballot in order to get my platform, specifically my labor laws, passed into law.

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Gov. Alexander takes a hit at the President for running for yet another term. Twenty years in power is bonkers, clearly they have no ideas in that party if all they can do is run one man. A king is the only one who would attempt to hold onto power for this long. We remind the American people that Liberty has sold them out in favor of foreigners for years. They could've ended the British tariff anytime, but only now that we support ending it, they have decided that as well. We'll show them opposition power in the coming elections. 

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2 hours ago, vcczar said:

Form for 1876 Election

Name and Office:

Resident State:

Party:

Platform (see the State of the Union): 

Name and Office: Senator Fredrick Bunt (One of the first black senators, who chose his last name out of respect for the first President of the republic, Jefferson Bunt)

Resident State: Alabama

Party: Liberty

Platform: A socialist leaning Liberty Senator who seeks to challenge Brooke on the grounds of his long rule and his alignment with the Germans and Russians
 

National Strength: The United States of America has grown to perhaps it's highest strength on the global scale, and we should continue to use this strength to build internally. 

Military Strength: There is no need to continue to buildup our standing army, though warships and convoys would give us better leverage internationally. 

Foreign Affairs: We must do away with the alliance with the Germans and Russians. We are much more familiar with the British, who are also more socially and religiously tolerant. Additionally, do what we can to support governments that align with our own, even if that means sending funding to opposition parties. 

Military: We must continue to use the military to force the former Confederates into submission. Heavy military use will continue in all ex confederate states. 

Economy: Dump funding into increasing infrastructure in the South and rapidly industrializing the region. Additionally, raise tariffs across the board. 

Trade: Raise tariffs across the board, including the British (though considerably less if they agree to a formal military alliance)

Budget: Raising tariffs should pay for some of the industrialization of the South, though not all. Inflation will make the debt much easier to pay back in time. 

Social Harmony: Stamp the confederate way of life out, and continue to modernize the Southern way of thought. We must empower women and blacks. Urge the strong passage of pro labor laws and outlaw child labor. Workers must unite to ensure that they are treated rightfully! 

Immigration: Immigration is heavily encouraged under a Bunt Presidency, and we will seek to reduce ex confederate emigration. 

Mood of the people: The people are happy and satisfied with the direction that the nation is going, which is a first in many years. We intend to continue socialist Liberty policies that will ensure this continues. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Brooke has been a fantastic President, but his many terms are beginning to become worrisome, and Americans are afraid he will not give up his power until his death. Additionally, the Liberty party needs a new face, and Bunt intends to take the party in a more socialist direction. 

Party Power: The party will continue to dominate in the South, and adopting socialist tendencies will ensure the Northeast and Northwest stay solidly within our own column. 

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19 minutes ago, CalebsParadox said:

Name and Office: Senator Fredrick Bunt (One of the first black senators, who chose his last name out of respect for the first President of the republic, Jefferson Bunt)

Resident State: Alabama

Party: Liberty

Platform: A socialist leaning Liberty Senator who seeks to challenge Brooke on the grounds of his long rule and his alignment with the Germans and Russians
 

National Strength: The United States of America has grown to perhaps it's highest strength on the global scale, and we should continue to use this strength to build internally. 

Military Strength: There is no need to continue to buildup our standing army, though warships and convoys would give us better leverage internationally. 

Foreign Affairs: We must do away with the alliance with the Germans and Russians. We are much more familiar with the British, who are also more socially and religiously tolerant. Additionally, do what we can to support governments that align with our own, even if that means sending funding to opposition parties. 

Military: We must continue to use the military to force the former Confederates into submission. Heavy military use will continue in all ex confederate states. 

Economy: Dump funding into increasing infrastructure in the South and rapidly industrializing the region. Additionally, raise tariffs across the board. 

Trade: Raise tariffs across the board, including the British (though considerably less if they agree to a formal military alliance)

Budget: Raising tariffs should pay for some of the industrialization of the South, though not all. Inflation will make the debt much easier to pay back in time. 

Social Harmony: Stamp the confederate way of life out, and continue to modernize the Southern way of thought. We must empower women and blacks. Urge the strong passage of pro labor laws and outlaw child labor. Workers must unite to ensure that they are treated rightfully! 

Immigration: Immigration is heavily encouraged under a Bunt Presidency, and we will seek to reduce ex confederate emigration. 

Mood of the people: The people are happy and satisfied with the direction that the nation is going, which is a first in many years. We intend to continue socialist Liberty policies that will ensure this continues. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Brooke has been a fantastic President, but his many terms are beginning to become worrisome, and Americans are afraid he will not give up his power until his death. Additionally, the Liberty party needs a new face, and Bunt intends to take the party in a more socialist direction. 

Party Power: The party will continue to dominate in the South, and adopting socialist tendencies will ensure the Northeast and Northwest stay solidly within our own column. 

Bunt: We agree on a number of policies Sen. Bunt, and if you want, I'd be honored to take you up as my VP.

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3 hours ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1876

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National Strength: We rank behind Great Britain, France, and Germany in national production. We have taken a big leap ahead Russia, and we are nearly tied with Germany. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 80,000 men and 48 ships.

Foreign Affairs: We are working on a potential alliance with Germany. 

Military: Our military is used in governing the South and in Indian Wars in the territories

Economy: Our economy still has not recovered from an Economic Panic. We are now in a depression, but we are expected to be out of it soon.  

Trade: Our trade is mostly good, but it would be better if we could remove ourselves from the British Tariff, which favors them much more than us. The nearly non-existent tariff on Britain allows their industries to out compete us, even in our own country. 

Budget: We have a sizable budget because of extremely high tariffs (except on Britain) and very high taxes. We are spending as much as we collect. The national debt is untouched. 

Social Harmony: Things are mostly good, but there is grumbling among the labor class. Disenfranchised White Southerners are extremely unhappy. Some are migrated to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or even Europe. 

Immigration: Immigration is once again lenient, but immigration is tailing off since the poor economy restricts the number of jobs. White Southerners are leaving out country. 

Mood of the people: People are mostly happy; however, the white lower class is unhappy, fearing that their needs are being ignored for those of women and blacks. Southern whites are depressed. Women are ecstatic. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: Pres. Brooke is still popular among voters, but fatigue exists. The Liberty Party establishment has become more and more at odds with Brooke, who is more moderate than the establishment. Brooke is most popular among blacks in the South. His support has decreased in the West and in the cities. Brooke is likely to be reelected if he chooses to run. 

Party Power: The Liberty Party still dominates the governorships, Senators and US Reps. However, opposition parties have increased. Democrats have 1 senator in WV, LA, and TX. The American Progress Party has more support in the West Coast, and in the recent Western States. The new Social Republicans are gaining traction in the major cities in the North. 

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Will Pres. Brooke run for reelection? He will likely win again if he runs; although, competition should be tougher. Will all three opposition parties run their own nominees or will they join as one national opposition party?

Sen. Randolph Yedver (D-WV) runs for a final time

National Strength: I worry of quick industrialization and call on our party and nation to support a remembrance of agriculture and the strong breadbasket which our nation is. We are allowing the South and Midwest to be forgotten as we centralize around the north, I wish to be a President for all people.

Foreign Affairs: Our economy is in shambles thanks to the Big Government policies of this President, now he attempts to tie us to Europe, the tinderbox of the world that will assuredly bring us into international war, we cannot allow alliances to be created, but rather cultivate friendly but strictly neutral partnerships across the continent.

Economy: What we need right now is for the government to withdraw from many sectors of private life. Taxes and tariffs are far too high and are crushing large portions of the population under their weight.

Trade: As I said in Foreign Affairs, Trade is wonderful and when we allow ourselves to compromise it by picking sides in Europe, we lose the American Neutrality that has allowed us to be successful in the past, like with all things, the government should employ a light touch.

Budget: Our budget needs to be greatly slashed, this large Federal Government model is never what the Founders intended and is frankly disgusting.

Social Harmony: The fact that we have allowed the disenfranchisement of people that were only trying to defend their own land against people they were told were invaders by the real villains at the top is shameful and I cannot stand for it.

Immigration: Immigration needs to be restricted once more to allow real Americans to take the jobs.

Mood of the People: I am running for the good white folk in this nation that are feeling suppressed by the Big Government of the Brooke administration. The Founders would be terrified by what they see today!

Incumbent: President Brooke has been a terrible President for his large government programs and now that he is running to extend his time in office to 20 years and after his terrible stripping of rights at his so-called "Constitutional Convention" it is apparent he is a dictator plain and simple, we must oppose this horrible man that has forgotten every virtue of our founding at once.

Party Power: The Democratic Party is the party for Conservative Men and Women that believe in this Nation's founding. We believe in Small, Limited Government and Conservative Moral and Traditional values. The South is our home and it is a shame that the majority of Southerners have no voice in steering their own homeland, we are the voice for them.

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Lawson: The Democratic Party calls for passing an amendment which makes it illegal to take away the right to vote for certain groups of people in the future. Collective punishment based on race, ethnicity, gender, area you live in or any other personal feature needs to be declared unconstitional as a violation of civil rights. We are all Americans and this needs to be done in order to protect the diversity in our community. We cannot risk the freedom our forefathers have achieved to be destroyed by a new dictatorian regime. Why did we even fight George III. if we let this happen? Despite the Liberty Party’s constant focus on social policies, while ignoring other important areas of politics we have to acknowledge that there is no social harmony at all existing in our country. 

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17 minutes ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Lawson: The Democratic Party calls for passing an amendment which makes it illegal to take away the right to vote for certain groups of people in the future. Collective punishment based on race, ethnicity, gender, area you live in or any other personal feature needs to be declared unconstitional as a violation of civil rights. We are all Americans and this needs to be done in order to protect the diversity in our community. We cannot risk the freedom our forefathers have achieved to be destroyed by a new dictatorian regime. Why did we even fight George III. if we let this happen? Despite the Liberty Party’s constant focus on social policies, while ignoring other important areas of politics we have to acknowledge that there is no social harmony at all existing in our country. 

Despite their differences in politics, the Republicans see this is a necessary way forward. The Liberty party is seeking to prevent those from voting that wouldn’t vote for them.

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OOC: I'll likely do the election tomorrow, unless I find free time later today. I'm really curious as to how this one turns out. 

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1876 Election

We enter yet another election in one-party America; however, the Liberty Party's government monopoly is fading. Pres. Brooke will likely be reelected, but there is the off-chance that the opposition could throw the election into the 2nd round. 

At the Liberty Party Convention, African-American Senator Frederick Bunt, took the surname after the first president when he earned his freedom, challenges Pres. Brooke. Bunt's nomination was seen as mostly symbolic by the party establishment. However, the entire South and Massachusetts cast their delegates for him, nearly throwing the convention to a second ballot, much to the embarrassment of Brooke. There had been plans for the establishment to back Bunt if the election went to the second round, since Bunt would make a more malleable president in their eyes. To ease division, Bunt was named VP. 

At the Democratic Convention, Lawson barely defeats Yedvers in the 1st round. The latter would have won if there were more Southern delegates, which have been reduced since the eligible voters are nearly all Liberty Voters for the time being. Yedvers was made VP. 

General Election

Brooke/Bunt (Lib) 230 EV 50% PV [All 1876 states, except those listed below]

Alexander/Lincoln (Rep) 77 EV 15% PV [NY, PA, MA]

Wesley/Denver (Pro) 42 EV  20% PV[CA, OR, WA, NV, TX, KS, NE, IA, CO]

Lawson/Yedvers (Dem) 20 EV 15% PV[LA, FL, WV, DE]

[At one point I expected this to go to the final round, especially after the Reps upset expectations and took MA, Progress took IA, and Democrats took FL and DE. However, Brooke won the day. The opposition parties have a lot to build around.]

@WVProgressive @Kingthero @Conservative Elector 2 @CalebsParadox @Reagan04 @Hestia11

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The Democratic Party accepts the results once again but says that everyone has to learn from this election. The Party officials are still worried about the concerns mentioned prior this election.

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Republicans also accept the results, and are overjoyed by their results. They focus on expanding their party to compete nationwide instead of just in the Northeast.

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OOC: Sorry if I missed that, but Washington State was already admitted to the Union in our universe? (WA) In RL 1876 they did not vote. @vcczar

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