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State of the Union for Election of 1904

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National Strength: We rank 6th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. Our economy is improving, so we are likely to shoot up this list. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 58 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are currently arming anti-Communists in France. 

Military: Our military is mostly inactive. Our navy patrols our naval bases. 

Economy: The economy, after two years of a high tariff, is showing a growth of domestic industry. We have finally slipped out of a recession, and it seems likely the economy could improve to pre-Civil War levels. 

Trade: See the economy section.

Budget: Our budget is slightly increasing because of tariff revenue, but it would be nice to have more revenue. Tax bills have failed. 

Social Harmony: Area with heavy labor populations are likely going to see many strikes, some violent. 

Immigration: European, Chinese, Jewish, and Slavic immigrants are coming in larger numbers. Some are calling for a literacy test. 

Mood of the people: Wage workers and poor farmers are disgruntled, but the country mostly has a positive outlook. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The president has some popularity, but some see the fact that most of his legislation did not pass as a sign of weakness. He still has a decent chance at reelection. 

Party Power: Liberals are likely to see more seats as labor forces organize. Socialists will also see gains, but may cut into Labor gains. Progress will likely stay about where they are at. Conservatives will probably lose some seats in the Northeast and Midwest, but could see gains on the West Coast. 

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Name and office:

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party:

Resident state: 

Platform (see State of the Union):

VP nominee: 

 

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3 minutes ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1904

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National Strength: We rank 6th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. Our economy is improving, so we are likely to shoot up this list. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 58 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are currently arming anti-Communists in France. 

Military: Our military is mostly inactive. Our navy patrols our naval bases. 

Economy: The economy, after two years of a high tariff, is showing a growth of domestic industry. We have finally slipped out of a recession, and it seems likely the economy could improve to pre-Civil War levels. 

Trade: See the economy section.

Budget: Our budget is slightly increasing because of tariff revenue, but it would be nice to have more revenue. Tax bills have failed. 

Social Harmony: Area with heavy labor populations are likely going to see many strikes, some violent. 

Immigration: European, Chinese, Jewish, and Slavic immigrants are coming in larger numbers. Some are calling for a literacy test. 

Mood of the people: Wage workers and poor farmers are disgruntled, but the country mostly has a positive outlook. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The president has some popularity, but some see the fact that most of his legislation did not pass as a sign of weakness. He still has a decent chance at reelection. 

Party Power: Liberals are likely to see more seats as labor forces organize. Socialists will also see gains, but may cut into Labor gains. Progress will likely stay about where they are at. Conservatives will probably lose some seats in the Northeast and Midwest, but could see gains on the West Coast. 

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Name and office:

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party:

Resident state: 

Platform (see State of the Union):

VP nominee: 

 

Name and office: Sen. Arty J. Talbot (1858-1947)

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party: Conservative

Resident state: New York

Platform (see State of the Union): Will post later, it is nearly 1 AM here in Austria and I am on mobile

VP nominee: John Rodgers TX

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Name and office: Representative Eric V Dobs (S-MA)

Race and gender, if other than white male: N/A

Party: Socialist

Resident state: MA

Platform:

National Strength: America has fallen further and further off from the national stage as a result in wavering production and economic turmoil. We must immediately take action to quell the policy of the greedy bankers and those who oppose nationalization and unionization, as they are hindering American production and causing us to be a far less powerful and prestigious nation. 

Foreign Affairs: We must strengthen our relationship with the Italians, as they are in great need of international assistance. They have thrown off the shackles of the wealthy and given power to each and every individual, and we praise them for that. The warship was sunken by the communist French, who are no better than the dictators and kings who have taken control in the past. We must immediately address them on the international stage and demand reparation lest they face consequences. 

Military: Our military does not need to grow and expand, though we may find it necessary to send military assistance to the Italians in quelling their communist insurgents if needed. 

Economy: The economy is essentially stagnated, and only the slight liberal policies put forth by the so called "Liberal" President Rothschild are improving the economy at all. He has no ability to put through worker friendly registration and must be immediately ousted. 

Trade: High protective tariffs must be enacted on all nations, with the exception of the Italians. American industry must be protected, and only our Italian brothers and sisters have embraced work practices that are safe for the worker and not merely efficient for the employer. 

Budget: The budget will be at a surplus, as we can expect the decrease in our military funding and the high protective tariff to undo the havoc wreaked on our finances by prior administrations.  

Social Harmony: The wealthy have pit the poor against each other, specifically the poor farmer in the west and the abused worker in the North. Northern workers will be ecstatic at the progress made under a Dobs administration and Westerners will be overjoyed to see their debts forgiven. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: President Rothschild is a failure of a President, and the American people will not re-elect this fake liberal. We must elect a President who puts workers and farmers at the forefront of policy, and does not give in to the greedy bankers and capitalist pigs. 

Party Power: Socialists should strive to contest seats across the nation, as even slight representation in either chamber of Congress can give us enough sway to affect economic policy and to protect the interests of the worker. Liberal Party members must be immediately ousted, and we should take particular focus in the economically stagnated states in the West that may have Socialist tendencies. 

VP nominee(s): Representative Antonio Seidel (S-DE)
Mr. Nathan Thomash (S-NY)

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Former VP and now Senator of Illinois Harper Inning Runs for the Progress Nomination

 

Name and office: Former VP and Senator Harper Inning

Party: American Progress Party

Resident state: Illinois

VP nominee: Oregon Agriculture/Interior Secretary Shelley Jones (Female)

Platform (see State of the Union):

National Strength:

 

This term was a lame duck term; but thankfully, this had no negative effect on the American People.

 

Under Barker's term, we solidified positions that have led to economic gain.

 

The American Progress Party set up strong foundations for our growing economy, took the country out of a depression onto steady growth, and mediated disputes all across the country so that we all, in the long run, stand united in this new state of European and Global affairs.

 

America will continue to grow if our foundations are solid, and kept solid, and that is exactly what I plan to do as your President.

 

Military Strength:

 

Thankfully, we have set up our military in our previous administration so that we do not need to ruin American lives abroad.

 

Our military is defensive, and also thanks to our initiatives our country can provide support to allies without putting a single American soldier on a different continent.

 

Foreign Affairs:

 

We should get revenge for our fallen soldiers near Cuba! We shall continue to send aid to the anti-communist forces; they will be punished for what they did to our AMERICAN MEN!

 

Military: 

 

We should conduct an economic analysis of our current military spending, seeing how large our reserve army is compared to our real army, and see if we can balance the budget further in this regard.

 

Economy:

 

I thank my good friend Lewis for fixing the economy, along with the support of the Conservatives for keeping our foundation alive.

 

I am also thankful to all those farmers that put their trust into our Government, and they should see that their debts will be reduced as time goes on.

 

Trade:

 

While we are hesitant about the tariffs, our tariff situation right now currently balances the geopolitical representation in the world. We shouldn't seek to become more restrictive of trade however, as trade is key to our American industries.

 

Budget:

 

The Liberal Party failed to work with Conservative and Progress lawmakers to create plans that would balance the budget. I promise that with a Progress President, we will Progress towards zero debt and a balanced budget.

 

Social Harmony: 

 

Strikes were not a huge issue until polarized Liberal responses ruined the delicate balance of labor and businesses. 

 

There is no way to return that balance without Government intervention, but I promise to all those States that have supported us in the past, along with the other States where the workers are in peril, that we will give the workers more rights, without bringing the United States towards the ideology that has already caused our people much distress.

 

I will say this right now: No workers, regardless of what industry they belong in, should work more than 10 hours in a shift without reasonable compensation to the threat of personal safety.

 

This is a realistic policy that we can implement with the support of the Government, which means we can deliver what the more extreme sides can not.

 

Immigration:

 

Immigration is what makes us who we are, and making our country harsher against immigrants will just make them join our bordering countries, resulting in more growth for them and less in our own country.

 

Mood of the people:

 

Under our administration, wage workers and farmers WILL SEE CHANGE! We have the unique ability to push through legislation that is both progressive and realistic, and won't upset the grand majority of the population.

 

Popularity of the Incumbent:

 

The President refused to come up with ideas that would represent the whole country, and betrayed the workers that were so in trust of him to make their lives better.

 

We will make the quality of living all across America higher than ever, as we deliver on what we say and what we propose.

 

Party Power:

 

I'd say its about time that the Liberal voters choose what they truly believe: if they believe that an eight hour workday is possible, than they should vote for a Socialist President who would likely actually work with the parties to make it happen, rather than a weak Liberal President that fails to get anything done.

 

All the President does is blame others for his own faults, don't you all see right through that mask?

 

As I was saying, the Liberal Voters should either support the stronger-willed Socialists, choose a new leader to represent them, or vote for a party that will get things done without having to blame others for their failures.

 

That Party is the American Progress Party, and we are open arms to everyone who feels betrayed by the establishments.

 

Say NO to a weak President.

 

Say YES to a prosperous future.

 

Vote Progress for a truly Progressive Future.

 

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1 hour ago, Kingthero said:

An Ad, to show the theme of the election.

 

Quality underrepresented ;)

 

 

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OOC: I know it's probably campaign speak, but the this party's anti-labor votes, and a general lack of government innovation makes the "Progressive America" or even the term "Progress" sort of ironic. It's more of a 3rd way, moderate party from what I can tell, which hardly makes it Progressive in the "Progressive Era" since of progressive, which is the age we are now in.

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28 minutes ago, vcczar said:

OOC: I know it's probably campaign speak, but the this party's anti-labor votes, and a general lack of government innovation makes the "Progressive America" or even the term "Progress" sort of ironic. It's more of a 3rd way, moderate party from what I can tell, which hardly makes it Progressive in the "Progressive Era" since of progressive, which is the age we are now in.

The modern term of progressive is outstandingly different from the gilded-era progressive.

 

The term was more used as a term for progress until it later advanced into the political realm as a word literally meaning "progress towards the end", as in progress shall keep being made in the direction of leftward policy. This is why you don't see the modern right saying they are "progressive" when they implement conservative policies.

 

I've read multiple books, in which every time it refers to the progressive or gilded era, it refers to the term as a general "progress" rather than a "leftward" take, especially since back then there wasn't really a divide of "left versus right" in the two main parties.

 

Also, its an attempt to make a wider appeal message, as it seems the party has a hard time achieving ballots anywhere.

 

Moderate needs to somehow be on the ballot everywhere, and not just in the west/midwest.

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46 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

The modern term of progressive is outstandingly different from the gilded-era progressive.

 

The term was more used as a term for progress until it later advanced into the political realm as a word literally meaning "progress towards the end", as in progress shall keep being made in the direction of leftward policy. This is why you don't see the modern right saying they are "progressive" when they implement conservative policies.

 

I've read multiple books, in which every time it refers to the progressive or gilded era, it refers to the term as a general "progress" rather than a "leftward" take, especially since back then there wasn't really a divide of "left versus right" in the two main parties.

 

Also, its an attempt to make a wider appeal message, as it seems the party has a hard time achieving ballots anywhere.

 

Moderate needs to somehow be on the ballot everywhere, and not just in the west/midwest.

OCC: I am well aware of the difference. I've read many books focusing on the era, since 1) Robert La Follette is one of my heroes, and 2) My great-grandfather was one of the leading Ohio Progressives. I'm not suggesting that your party isn't progressive because it isn't Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, I'm suggesting it isn't even progressive by the Gilded Age term (You should have said Progressive Age term, btw), since it seems too moderate even for that. Your party comes off more as a merge between the Old Silver Populists and Antebellum Democrats. La Follette or Roosevelt (two different versions of Progressive Era progressives) would not recognize your party as one allied to them. You could build an argument for it being somewhat in line with Taft''s Conservative Progressivism, but your ties to the West make it not even that. Your party is really something other than progressive in about any sense. I don't see how your policies can be construed to moving forward. It's more of like a stability party. Basically, the party lacks innovation and boldness, whether it is liberal, conservative, or third way. Just my observation. This isn't to say it isn't a great party for our RP, because it is, it just isn't progressive. 

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10 minutes ago, vcczar said:

OCC: I am well aware of the difference. I've read many books focusing on the era, since 1) Robert La Follette is one of my heroes, and 2) My great-grandfather was one of the leading Ohio Progressives. I'm not suggesting that your party isn't progressive because it isn't Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, I'm suggesting it isn't even progressive by the Gilded Age term (You should have said Progressive Age term, btw), since it seems too moderate even for that. Your party comes off more as a merge between the Old Silver Populists and Antebellum Democrats. La Follette or Roosevelt (two different versions of Progressive Era progressives) would not recognize your party as one allied to them. You could build an argument for it being somewhat in line with Taft''s Conservative Progressivism, but your ties to the West make it not even that. Your party is really something other than progressive in about any sense. I don't see how your policies can be construed to moving forward. It's more of like a stability party. Basically, the party lacks innovation and boldness, whether it is liberal, conservative, or third way. Just my observation. This isn't to say it isn't a great party for our RP, because it is, it just isn't progressive. 

Well, in all honesty in this RP we have drifted a lot of political ideals, if we splat this party into our irl timeline your argument would be justified. However, with the specific issues we have been focusing on, the theme of what is defined as progressive in general to the American People and what is defined as the opposite is changed.

 

Without an agriculturally-based South, the lack of social conservatism makes it so that idea of social beliefs doesn't even fit our own timeline.

 

Also an observation: a lot of Presidents have been almost exactly opposite of eachother, and we have been rebranding progress and progressivism more in the sense of getting things done in what seemingly is progress for the American nationstate rather than on typical timeline issues.

 

I don't know, but I'd also take a gamble that political terms as we know it today were defined in the past to associate with those historic presidencies and parties, which may present the argument that its all about the branding.

 

In this RP, I don't think populism has really reached much intensity, and I feel the socialists might be able to brand populism a lot.

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1904

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National Strength: We rank 6th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. Our economy is improving, so we are likely to shoot up this list. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 58 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are currently arming anti-Communists in France. 

Military: Our military is mostly inactive. Our navy patrols our naval bases. 

Economy: The economy, after two years of a high tariff, is showing a growth of domestic industry. We have finally slipped out of a recession, and it seems likely the economy could improve to pre-Civil War levels. 

Trade: See the economy section.

Budget: Our budget is slightly increasing because of tariff revenue, but it would be nice to have more revenue. Tax bills have failed. 

Social Harmony: Area with heavy labor populations are likely going to see many strikes, some violent. 

Immigration: European, Chinese, Jewish, and Slavic immigrants are coming in larger numbers. Some are calling for a literacy test. 

Mood of the people: Wage workers and poor farmers are disgruntled, but the country mostly has a positive outlook. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The president has some popularity, but some see the fact that most of his legislation did not pass as a sign of weakness. He still has a decent chance at reelection. 

Party Power: Liberals are likely to see more seats as labor forces organize. Socialists will also see gains, but may cut into Labor gains. Progress will likely stay about where they are at. Conservatives will probably lose some seats in the Northeast and Midwest, but could see gains on the West Coast. 

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Name and office:

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party:

Resident state: 

Platform (see State of the Union):

VP nominee: 

 

House Minority Leader John Rodgers

C-TX

VP: Gov. Theodore Hillsbury (C-IN)

National Strength: There is nothing to thank but Conservative policy for this growth, we have bent every single President since President Carpenter and the birth of our Party to the right and it has paid off. Our Party has led the nation into great strides of growth and we have defended its economy from terrible policies by the Liberal Party that would set growth back, we propose putting a Conservative in the White House for the first time in 20 years to cement this growth.

Military: We are happy with the bases we have built and short of any possible aggression from France or Italy, we are content with the state of the Military.

Foreign Affairs: We must support Anti-Communists in France and Anti-Socialists in Italy, those two vices may never reign over the Free World.

Economy: This is exactly what we need, the Conservative Party has pushed through reforms that have saved businesses and now is the time that we MUST finish denationalization, keep our tariff sturdy for the time being while the economy grows until we can lower it along with all government spending to realize our dream of truly small government. This is also a prime time to push through the Right to Business Amendment. We need a Gold Standard to get back on track.

Trade: Trade is great, I support trade with the 3rd World as well as building relations with all of Europe excluding France and Italy, where we must support resistance to those terrible Big Government regimes.

Budget: The secret is lowering spending, not increasing revenues!

Social Harmony: We encourage these reforms to be made at the state level if they so choose, this is simply not the prerogative of the Federal Government.

Immigration: A Literacy Test is absolutely necessary, we must protect the integrity of our borders! We also propose and support an ideology test to weed out Socialists, Communists, and Fascists.

Mood of the People: We want to assure the wage worker that we are working in the interest of all Americans, we bow neither to Big Business nor Big Labor, we bow to the will of the people and the Constitution only. We stand against large government because it violates our fundamental rights of Americans.

Popularity: We have stopped the President from passing his dangerous and reckless reforms, we are proud to point that out, when we are in power, we will be elated to remove this lame duck and actually get work done that the people see wished done.

Party Power: We will work against the Labor organizations by getting employers to offer voting suggestions and even benefits for employees that support their own economic prosperity by voting Conservative. We have a base in the Middle and Upper classes, let's use it. Let's fight tax increases and job-killing regulations and let's blast those two tenets of the Liberals loud and clear before the Working and Middle Classes.

 

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The Labor Party has been formed by Henry Weaver of the State of Iowa which espouses a new political ideology called Syndicalism.

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(Note: my platform will likely be defined in depth by noon tomorrow, which is still within the 24 hour time span. However, if for expediency you choose to do it sooner, the gist of the Socialist Platform is the same it was 4 years ago except with a focus on down-the-ballot performance as a means of political obstruction and bargaining chips, as well as blaming the French for the sinking of our warship)

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9 hours ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Name and office: Sen. Arty J. Talbot (1858-1947)

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party: Conservative

Resident state: New York

Platform (see State of the Union): Will post later, it is nearly 1 AM here in Austria and I am on mobile

VP nominee: John Rodgers TX

 

9 hours ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1904

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National Strength: We rank 6th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. Our economy is improving, so we are likely to shoot up this list. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 58 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are currently arming anti-Communists in France. 

Military: Our military is mostly inactive. Our navy patrols our naval bases. 

Economy: The economy, after two years of a high tariff, is showing a growth of domestic industry. We have finally slipped out of a recession, and it seems likely the economy could improve to pre-Civil War levels. 

Trade: See the economy section.

Budget: Our budget is slightly increasing because of tariff revenue, but it would be nice to have more revenue. Tax bills have failed. 

Social Harmony: Area with heavy labor populations are likely going to see many strikes, some violent. 

Immigration: European, Chinese, Jewish, and Slavic immigrants are coming in larger numbers. Some are calling for a literacy test. 

Mood of the people: Wage workers and poor farmers are disgruntled, but the country mostly has a positive outlook. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The president has some popularity, but some see the fact that most of his legislation did not pass as a sign of weakness. He still has a decent chance at reelection. 

Party Power: Liberals are likely to see more seats as labor forces organize. Socialists will also see gains, but may cut into Labor gains. Progress will likely stay about where they are at. Conservatives will probably lose some seats in the Northeast and Midwest, but could see gains on the West Coast. 

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Name and office:

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party:

Resident state: 

Platform (see State of the Union):

VP nominee: 

 

Name and office: Sen. Arty J. Talbot (1858-1947)

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party: Conservative

Resident state: New York

Arty is the scion of a wealthy New York banker family. He is young, charming and well-connected throughout the banks and industries. Despite being well-known around the establishment, Arty is a fighter for the interest of other people as well. He can make the difference and has proven so as Senator of NY since 1899. Most of his constituents love the funny and unconventional personality of Arty and now he seeks to win at national level as well.

Platform (see State of the Union): 

National Strength: It is our duty to further improve ourselves here. It is our duty because America is the greatest nation on earth and we need to make sure for our people to live in a strong country. A strong country means a strong economy. A strong economy means a lo of job opportunities and employment leads to happiness. We must for our our people to get on the top again.

Military Strength: Seems fine to me. We will not fight other countries wars again, we need to protect our families and not put them into grieve again. 

Foreign Affairs: Continue to arm anti-communists. Our factories gain profit which leads to higher wages for the workers and we fight a dangerous and totally hostile ideology. Never allow this tyranny to arrive as competitive ideology in our wonderful country. 

Military: We need our army to defend our people, not to fight overseas another countries wars.

Economy: Conservative policies built the basis here. By electing another Conservative into the highest office people will have a real chance to get a buzzing economy again.

Trade: Trade is a valuable thing. Years of Liberal/Liberty leadership made us the most hated country among our former European allies. The last years improved our reputation, but we can still work here to get more profit for our workers, laborers and farmers.

Budget: It is our duty to get more revenue. The high tariffs for hostile countries are a must, but I hope that Conservative policies combined with more trade, more exports and cut taxes and denationalized businesses will propel us into a new era of prosperity. 

Social Harmony: What we need is to make sure why people are protesting in order to address their problems. We cannot ignore the interests of the backbone of our nation. The Conservative Party represents all interests, whether you are the employer or the employee. We must also make sure that problems are already addressed at state level.

Immigration: A literacy test is a must to get the best immigrants. We cannot let anyone in, when we do not even have enough jobs for our own people. Keep an eye on French and Italian immigrants. Perhaps they are communist spies sent to undermine our great and free Democracy.

Mood of the people: A Talbot administration will not let anyone down. It does not matter where you live, as what you work or which skin color you have, we will work for you.

Popularity of the Incumbent: The only way to get things actually down is to elect a Conservative as president. We have seen during the last four years how weak this office can be executed and this is not what people want. They want a strong voice in the White House.

Party Power: We can only urge people to vote Conservative down-ballot. A president is no dictator so we need a working majority in both houses to defend your interests.

VP nominee: John Rodgers TX

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17 hours ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1904

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National Strength: We rank 6th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. Our economy is improving, so we are likely to shoot up this list. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 58 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are currently arming anti-Communists in France. 

Military: Our military is mostly inactive. Our navy patrols our naval bases. 

Economy: The economy, after two years of a high tariff, is showing a growth of domestic industry. We have finally slipped out of a recession, and it seems likely the economy could improve to pre-Civil War levels. 

Trade: See the economy section.

Budget: Our budget is slightly increasing because of tariff revenue, but it would be nice to have more revenue. Tax bills have failed. 

Social Harmony: Area with heavy labor populations are likely going to see many strikes, some violent. 

Immigration: European, Chinese, Jewish, and Slavic immigrants are coming in larger numbers. Some are calling for a literacy test. 

Mood of the people: Wage workers and poor farmers are disgruntled, but the country mostly has a positive outlook. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The president has some popularity, but some see the fact that most of his legislation did not pass as a sign of weakness. He still has a decent chance at reelection. 

Party Power: Liberals are likely to see more seats as labor forces organize. Socialists will also see gains, but may cut into Labor gains. Progress will likely stay about where they are at. Conservatives will probably lose some seats in the Northeast and Midwest, but could see gains on the West Coast. 

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Name and office:

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party:

Resident state: 

Platform (see State of the Union):

VP nominee: 

 

@MBDemSoc You need to fill out the bold part to make a candidate. You still have a few hours to do this. 

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3 minutes ago, vcczar said:

@MBDemSoc You need to fill out the bold part to make a candidate. You still have a few hours to do this. 

Ok, cool will sort after I have done the 1852 Election on my alt Presidential Elections Thread. 

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44 minutes ago, Kingthero said:

@Conservative Elector 2 I got it updated to now, along with adding the colors to the bars. Unless there is an easier way to do it, changing colors means going to the classic editor's source code.

Thank you very much

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20 hours ago, vcczar said:
State of the Union for Election of 1904

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National Strength: We rank 6th in the list of the top 10 countries: Russia, Great Britain, Germany,  Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Austria, Canada. The latter country has just been given independence from Great Britain. Our economy is improving, so we are likely to shoot up this list. 

Military Strength: Our professional army is 60,000 men and 58 ships. We have naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, and Panama. We have a strong enough army for defense, but not to wage war. 

Foreign Affairs: We are currently arming anti-Communists in France. 

Military: Our military is mostly inactive. Our navy patrols our naval bases. 

Economy: The economy, after two years of a high tariff, is showing a growth of domestic industry. We have finally slipped out of a recession, and it seems likely the economy could improve to pre-Civil War levels. 

Trade: See the economy section.

Budget: Our budget is slightly increasing because of tariff revenue, but it would be nice to have more revenue. Tax bills have failed. 

Social Harmony: Area with heavy labor populations are likely going to see many strikes, some violent. 

Immigration: European, Chinese, Jewish, and Slavic immigrants are coming in larger numbers. Some are calling for a literacy test. 

Mood of the people: Wage workers and poor farmers are disgruntled, but the country mostly has a positive outlook. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: The president has some popularity, but some see the fact that most of his legislation did not pass as a sign of weakness. He still has a decent chance at reelection. 

Party Power: Liberals are likely to see more seats as labor forces organize. Socialists will also see gains, but may cut into Labor gains. Progress will likely stay about where they are at. Conservatives will probably lose some seats in the Northeast and Midwest, but could see gains on the West Coast. 

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Name and office:

Race and gender, if other than white male:

Party:

Resident state: 

Platform (see State of the Union):

VP nominee: 

 

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Name and office: Henry Weaver, Former Member of the US House of Representatives from Iowa's 6th District (Essentially James B. Weaver).

Race and gender, if other than white male: White Male.

Party: Labor Party.

Resident state: Iowa (Born in Ohio).

Platform (see State of the Union): 

National Strength: Aim to move up one or two ranks in the top 10 country rankings.

Military Strength: Maintain the military and navy at the troop and ship levels they are currently at if the budget allows for it.

Foreign Affairs: Enact a policy of strict neutrality only engage in warfare if we are attacked or for humanitarian reasons (Or in exceptional circumstances).

Military: Have the military and navy perform training exercises to be prepared for possible attacks or potential humanitarian intervention,

Economy: Try and institute a progressive tax system, attempt to have at least one state-owned company in each industry and encourage the creation of workers co-operatives, institute a national 8-hour working day and give all workers two days off at the end of the week (Saturday and Sunday), Long-term aims are to establish a universal health care system and a social security system, institute heavy regulations on businesses whether they be publicly or privately owned, allow for trade unions to be formed if they are not already, institute a national minimum wage, continue the policy of bimetallism for small denominations of currency (under one dollar) and switch to using the civil war currency of greenbacks for denominations larger than a dollar, maintain the national bank as it is if one exists create one if there isn't one, maintain the independent treasury if there is one and create one if there isn't one, create an income tax if there isn't one already.

Trade: Create free trade deals with nations if they agree to strict protections for workers and the natural resources of the nations involved 

Budget: A deficit is fine. Focus on how the government can make people's lives better.

Social Harmony: Negotiate with striking workers and hopefully the reforms in the economy section shall ease tensions.

Immigration: All immigrants are welcome as long as they have not committed serious crimes. 

Mood of the people: Economic reforms proposed should make the wage workers and poor farmers happy. 

Popularity of the Incumbent: No comment. 

Party Power: The party is very willing to work with comrades in the Socialist Party and allies within the Liberal Party.

VP nominee: Samuel Brumm (PA).

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OCC: I'm bogged down by projects and it may take a bit for me to find the time to calculate the election. I'll probably only be on this forum occasionally for the near future. I propose that @Kingthero takes over as Master of the RP until I can return (he can obviously keep the role if he proves good at it). If he agrees, someone will have to take over his party. If he can't take over, then maybe someone else can be found or I can continue at it but at a much slower scale. I'd like to see this RP continue. Should KingThero or someone else take over, I may be able to make a candidate so I can stay involved, but I will likely check in on the board only a couple of times a day. I will type out an email or message to anyone that takes over, so they know how I conduct it, but they are free to choose their own method. 

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32 minutes ago, vcczar said:

OCC: I'm bogged down by projects and it may take a bit for me to find the time to calculate the election. I'll probably only be on this forum occasionally for the near future. I propose that @Kingthero takes over as Master of the RP until I can return (he can obviously keep the role if he proves good at it). If he agrees, someone will have to take over his party. If he can't take over, then maybe someone else can be found or I can continue at it but at a much slower scale. I'd like to see this RP continue. Should KingThero or someone else take over, I may be able to make a candidate so I can stay involved, but I will likely check in on the board only a couple of times a day. I will type out an email or message to anyone that takes over, so they know how I conduct it, but they are free to choose their own method. 

I would be delighted to take over if that were necessary because my party has a secondary leader. I Love this kind if thing as you know.

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OOC: At first I would like to say that this is a rather sad news of course. @vcczar does a tremendous job here and for me this is the best RP ever. I am already sad about the fact that someday we will get to 2020. Of course I have immense respect for all other projects Vcczar has to do, so we need acknowledge that there is a life outside of this forum. I would love to see it continued by Vcczar himself, even if it is slower than usual (we could use the time to coordinate the Wiki project), but if the majority votes to have a fast progress I think both @Reagan04 and @Kingthero would be more than qualified to do this, although I would prefer Reagan otherwise the Progress Party might lose it's initial face. But it is not my decision, I do not want to play the RP master anyway. I hope to see this continue and perhaps Reagan who seems enthusiastically about it, wants to lead a new one when this RP has ended or he wants to lead us behind 2020. :) I am curious.

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OCC: I picked @Kingthero because he's been a moderate, middle of the road person throughout this RP, and I think that's the right mindset for an RPer. In this sense, he'd be preferable to me in this role. He can certainly pass it on to @Reagan04, who I think would conduct it with great energy and skill as well, if he wants. I'll likely make a candidate, but I don't have the time to devote to it as RP master with all the projects I have going on right now. 

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1904 Election

Welcome to the election of 1904! We have had a very interesting race, from the strategies of emotion and appeal to the strategies of reason and realism. This election is not in the bag of the current President, as he is seen by members of his own party as a somewhat lame duck. Also, many passionate supporters of labor are throwing their votes towards the new labor party, as well as the radical-themed socialist party, even though we should see some drama as socialism is an ideal frowned upon in the vast majority of the United States. The Progress Party has made appeals outside of the West, but unlike Barker, Inning doesn't make the mistake of alienating his core support. Conservatives should see some gains, especially due to the scramble of pro-labor parties.

Primaries

The only significant primary this time around was in the Conservative Party between John Rodgers and Arty J. Talbot. Talbot is seen as a young, charismatic, and is very appealing to the rich and the cities, while Rodgers is seen as mature and popular among former Confederates, Westerners, and rural farmers. The middle class should decide this primary, along with the various ideals of the two candidates.

 

Talbot: 49.6%

 

Rodgers: 50.4%

 

The newspapers were all predicting an easy Talbot victory, but with Rodger's experience and popularity among more conservative conservatives, he snatched the victory.

 

RP Note: Both candidates had super similar stances, which resulted in a vaguer divide between the candidates, resulting in a more similar vote.

 

General Election Round 1

Rothschild/Cartwright (Lib) 229 EV 30% PV [ME, VT, NH, NY, MA, CT, RI, DE, PA, OH, IA, NC, GA, TN, AL, MS, AR, LA]

Rodgers/Hillsbury (Con) 160 EV 30% PV [WA, TX, MN, WI, MI, IN, MO, KY, WV, MD, NJ, VA, SC, FL]

Inning/Jones (Pro) 60 EV 30% PV [ND, SD, KS, NE, MT, WY, CO, ID, UT, NV, OR, CA]

Dobs/Thomash (Soc) 27 EV 8% PV [IL]

Weaver/Blumm (Lab) 0 EV 2% PV

 

RP Note: Progress did substantially better than the EV count has them at; however, they missed the 1# spot by mere thousands of votes in five states. Southern industries, slowly aging form the old days of Liberty, have begun to flip Conservative in lower african american % States, however the odds did not expect Conservatives to carry such States. Illinois was a five way race, with socialists edging just over Progress.

General Election Round 2

(Lib) 257 EV 45% PV [Gains all Progress except CA, ID, MT; gains SC and VA; loses PA and DE]

(Con) 219 EV 55% PV [Gains CA, ID, MT, IL; gains PA and DE; loses SC and VA]

RP Note: If the conservatives held on to SC and VA, Delaware was going to be the final decider state. However, hesitance and culture swung the states back to the Liberals. The West was hostile to the Gold standard, and had a conservative candidate not mention it, the Conservatives would likely have pulled the election.

Congress

Conservatives 45% Senate 38% US Rep

Progress 30% Senate 25% US Rep

Liberal 25% Senate 25% US Rep

Socialists 0% Senate 10% US Rep

Labor 0% Senate 2% US Rep

RP Note: Conservatives nearly take the house, and with a supermajority of the Senate Progress and Conservative Senators can likely pass articles of impeachment or obstruct executive decisions, however the House would likely block it unless the President pushed its members even further away.

 

@Conservative Elector 2 @vcczar Events/Decisions will be posted once maps are posted, likely either late tonight or tomorrow.

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