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  1. Sander

    The Disunited States of America (OOC)

    Discord Name; You got it Desired State; California History of said State’s history, leadership, and government; California didn't have a history that dates back a long time like that of most other states. It had only become a state ten years earlier, when it was conquered from Mexico. The area had been settled before then by a mix of Mexicans and American pioneers, the latter group increased significantly since the start of the Californian Goldrush. While the Goldrush had lasted only seven years, it lefts it's mark on California. The territory had rapidly changed, becoming the first somewhat tamed part of the 'wild west’. Towns had sprung up everywhere and the land had started being developed, the American west coast was becoming civilized. While California had been ruled by a governor like any other U.S. state, this fell into questioning as the U.S. itself fell. There were other figures in California, they may not all have been as qualified, though they were sure more popular. One such figure was a certain Joshua Norton. A man from San Francisco who the citizens of the city had begun calling the Emperor of the United States. He lacked any significant backing, he was a businessman who'd gone poor and now lived on the poverty line, instead he made made himself Emperor and declared it to the San Francisco newspapers, who thought it'd make for a fun article. Immediatly it caught on and people started going along with it, calling Norton 'his majesty’ and the likes. Norton became so popular in fact, that he started getting some actual power and recognition. Not only were San Francisco toy stores selling Emperor Norton dolls, mister Norton was provided free public transport too, some people, who felt sympathy for Norton's impoverished lifestyle, even went as far as to donate money to him, calling it "Tax Revenue”. It didn't take long before Joshua Norton was perhaps the best known man in San Francisco and the surrounding region, and his rise to popularity came at exactly the right time, because when the United States fell, people started looking for a man to lead the newly independent California in the right direction. Thus, in 1861, the Federal Empire of California was founded, with a small senate as it's government and Joshua Norton as it's popular figurehead, the Emperor from San Francisco. Nominal Leader/President/Governor/etc.; Joshua Norton, Emperor of California Do you want a Custom Character? If so what’s their name and background? (Can only start in low level positions of power); Not yet.
  2. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum Early 1917 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- White House, Washington DC, January 31st, 1917 Charles Evans Hughes was the new president of the United States of America, with the Republican party back in power. Hughes wanted to blow a fresh wind into the US, he showed this primarily in his four year plan concept. This entailed a four year long plan, the length of his term, during which he promised to boost the economy, increase welfare and wealth and overall improve living conditions within the United States of America. The USA would once again isolate itself from the rest of the world, the City upon the Hill would distance itself from the valleys of chaos once more like it had done in the past and look inwards rather than outwards, growing ever stronger like the sleeping giant that it was, not to be awakened by the rest of the world. Of course this didn’t mean Hughes planned to close Heaven’s doors, he made clear during a summit in New York. He explained that he wished to instead boost immigration, stating: “If they’ve come knocking on Heaven’s door, it’s time we let them in.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- London, Greater London, Great Britain, February 12th, 1917 White House, Washington DC, U.S., February 11th, 1917 During the Great War, the United States of America had sold tremendous amounts of supplies and equipment to Great Britain for their war effort. Now that the war was over, American companies and the US government were calling for payday. The British, decent folk as always, readily obliged and paid off what they owed to the American manufacturers and the US government. To the latter they paid both in money as well as land. The United States were sold the British territories of Belize and Vancouver Island, as well as a sum of one-hundred million American dollars. In response to the good deal and proper handling of payment, President Hughes stated he looked forward to further cooperation with the British government in the future. Furthermore, the US government receives an additional fifty million American dollars from the German government as debt repayment. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chicago, Illinois, February 19th, 1917 Chicago, the biggest city in the area known as the Rust Belt or Manufacturing Belt, the part of the United States where the heavy industry was situated, was home to many of the factories that produced weapons for the British War Effort. President Hughes understood the economic importance of the Rust Belt and since the 150 million US dollars that the American government earned from selling weapons were produced in this area of the country, he saw it fit to directly invest these 150 million dollars, right into the Rust Belt. They would be used to further develop infrastructure and industry in that part of the country, as well as housing and living condition development. This was all to ensure a big economic boost in the Rust Belt over the course of Hughes’ Four Year Plan. Milwaukee, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Lansing, Toledo and Pittsburgh would be the cities which were to gain the most from this investment. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ellis Island, New York/New Jersey, March 5th, 1917 After the Great War, many Europeans saw their homes and countries wrecked. Many didn’t desire to live there no more and an increasing number of them were looking towards America. The US government felt a certain pressure of millions of possible immigrants coming to the nation. Hughes wanted to embrace this and even encourage it. Ellis Island would become THE designated spot for immigrants to first arrive in the States. The docks of the island were expanded just like the island itself where offices for the Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Naturalization were built to make sure the process of welcoming immigrants and extending citizenship was organized further. Additionally, the Bureau of Integration is founded, this bureau helps to teach new immigrants English for a cheap fee and also directs them into a variety of sections of the economy in case they want the Bureau to help them find a job. Furthermore, shipping from Europe to America with the purpose of transporting migrants to the US is subsidized, making the journey cheaper and thus more accessible. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New York City Branche of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, New York City, New York, April 31st, 1916 Miss Anne-Beth Schuyler walked onto the tribune. “My dear sisters! Look around, look around, the revolution’s happening in New York!” “New York!” The gathering of thousands of suffragettes exclaimed, a sound that echoed between the buildings. “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now! History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world!” “In the greatest city in the world!” The joined in. They had practiced this speech, every one of them. And in a few minutes, they were about to march through the major streets of Manhattan, putting down traffic in the economic centre of the United States. “As stated by one of our great founding fathers.. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal’. But if we were here with Thomas Jefferson...” “WE’D HAVE COMPELLED HIM TO INCLUDE WOMEN IN THE SEQUEL!” Thousands of women yelled. “We’ll start this revolution to cause a revelation, so listen to our declaration!” This passionate speech for women’s suffrage was one of many that day. Similar ones were being held in Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston and many more cities. All followed by a march through the city streets. Today would be the day they made clear to the American public what they wanted. Today would be the day they made clear to President Charles Evans Hughes what was to be done. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -The Four Year Plan starts. [MOD] -The United States obtains Belize, Vancouver Island and 150 million US$ as British debt payment. Belize and Vancouver Island are made into the territories of Belize and West Elizabeth respectively. -150 million US$ are invested into the Manufacturing Belt. [MOD] -With the Great War being over, the US. Army stops mobilizing and instead puts the effort previously invested in expanding the army into now maintaining the army. [MOD] -Immigration is heavily encouraged. [MOD] -Pressure is put on approving Women’s Suffrage in congress. [MOD] -The US Army Engineers start work on the US Airship programme as well as other innovative measures. [MOD] -TBC [MOD] -The new Mexican government is recognized by the USA. [MOD] -Paraguay is offered to sign the Hayes Act. [MOD] -The Lafayette Volunteer Division is sent back to the States [FRANCE/MOD] -Proposal of the Sleeper Act named after Governor Albert Sleeper of Michigan, which entails an 8 hour work day with additional pay for overtime. [MOD]
  3. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum Early & Late 1916 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- White House, Washington DC, January 1st, 1916 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuoYjkbObvE A new year had started, 1916, and with it, a new president came. Last night’s new year’s eve party at the White House hadn’t been like other years, there was an overall mood of sadness amongst the attendants as Roosevelt had announced his stepping down as president, sticking around until twelve o'clock before being lead out by his doctor for a brief talk before heading to bed. The next morning, Hiram Johnson was officially inaugurated as the next president of the United States of America, only to stay around for a year, as he did announce, like all other prominent Progressives that they wouldn’t be running for president this year. Johnson said some nice words, both about Roosevelt, who stood by his side, as well as America itself, most remembered were his words about the world war: “May we stand unshaken, amidst a crash of worlds.” After the inauguration, Roosevelt agreed to speak to a few journalists, immediately being interviewed by one of the New York Times. “Mister Roosevelt, you said you were planning to live out the rest of your days in peace, but the general populace doesn’t expect you to, despite having TB, be sitting behind glass until your passing. Is this true?” Roosevelt made a sign of needing a moment, taking out a handkerchief to cough into, coughing up some blood. “Ahum.. cough cough that’s true I suppose.. I wish to cough see some o’ the world while I still can.. Cough cough cough.” The journalist nodded, giving him some time before asking his next question. “Where will you be going sir? And will we still hear from you?” “I plan on cough headin’ down south, the Andes mountains.. Cough cough. I don’t know if you’ll still cough hear from me specifically… But surely you will from my travelling companions which inc- cough include my… my sons..” He wheezed, coughing more blood onto the ground, waving the journalist off. “God bless you, mister Roosevelt..” He said, taking a step back. “God.. Bless.. America.. COUGH cough cough” Roosevelt brought out before the journalists were shoo’d away by guards and Roosevelt was helped inside by his doctor. Roosevelt at his home in NY after packing up, about to leave for S. America -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- U.S. Army Recruitment Office, Fayetteville, North Carolina, April 28th, 1916 Fayetteville, North Carolina was suddenly a city that was in all the major American newspapers. Named after French nobleman Marquis de Lafayette who served as a major general in the American revolution, the town was made the center of a new recruitment drive for a military division with a similar name: The Lafayette Division of American Volunteers to fight in France. Newspapers tried to appeal to young men all across the country with lines like “Do you want to fight for freedom and friendship? Aid France in their hour of need like they did for us; join the Lafayette Volunteer Division now, and start your mission before the end of summer!” The first shipment of volunteers across the Atlantic was scheduled before christmas. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic May 5th, 1916 In late April, the Dominican Republic’s Secretary of War, Desidero Arias, seized power in the country and overthrew the government. To protect the Democracy of the Dominican Republic, the United States sends an invasion force of 1800 marines as well as a sizeable portion of the navy, under the command of Admiral William B. Caperton and Vice Admiral Harry Knapp. The commanders positioned their fleet some ways in front of Santo Domingo, demanding for Desidero Arias to leave the city and hand himself over while having his militia of 1000 Dominicans surrender. If he were to refuse, Santo Domingo would receive a Naval Bombardment, and the US invasion force would go on land, decked out with the best equipment available, ready to take out the military dictatorship by force if needed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kingston, Territory of Jamaica, May 15th, 1916 It came as a huge suprise, though president Johnson quickly accepted it. Apparently, Theodore Roosevelt had been having talks with the British crown regarding a certain island in the Caribbean, and out of the blue, he called the American government from Peru, saying he would like to offer his old friend Hiram Johnson the island of Jamaica, as a parting gift from Roosevelt to the United States of America. President Johnson didn’t believe what he was hearing at first, though after a long phone call explaining it all, interrupted by oh so many coughing fits, Roosevelt managed to explain that he had managed to buy Jamaica off the British crown for 53 million US dollars of his own money, and that he now wished to give the island to the USA as his parting gift, his way of truly saying goodbye to the nation he loved, before setting off to spend the last of his days exploring the Andes mountains of southern America. Johnson thanked his old friend dearly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fuel Administration, Washington DC, June 31st, 1916 To further organize the army and it’s mobilization, as well as being an organization for nationwide projects, the Federal Fuel Administration is founded. It’s main goals include keeping a steady supply of coal, oil, petroleum and the likes, while it also introduces measures to decrease civilian fuel usage. For example, daylight savings gets introduced, giving people longer days in the summer months so they have to use less fuel for lighting. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo, Protectorate of Cuba, August 19th, 1916 In Guantanamo Bay, on the Protectorate of Cuba, a US military base is formed for the newly founded ‘Caribbean Division’. This division is to represent Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, letting citizens of these American dependencies join the US Army with men and boys from the same area, fighting together in the name of freedom, under the star spangled banner! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Oval Office, The White House, Washington DC, September 10th, 1916 On September 10th, 1916, the Jones Act was enacted by President Hiram Johnson, this was to both appease and further integrate the Caribbean territories of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica, as citizens of these territories that were born there and speak English, are given American citizenship. This means that any residents of these islands can go to the nearest post office, and fill out a form to ask for U.S. citizenship, this gets looked at by the local governance office and either approved or denied based on some research into the person’s background. Those with American citizenship can call themselves Americans and experience all the benefits of being one. Furthermore, each of the three islands gets a proper US National Bank. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roosevelt Expedition Camp, Andes Mountains, Peru, October 3rd, 1916 Theodore Roosevelt, his sons and their guide had taken their baggage off their horses and stood up from briefly sitting down for a drink. Roosevelt wheezed loudly before pointing at one of his sons. “Kermit.. cough cough cough… You, your brother and Javier.. Cough cough.. Go set up camp for the night… Wheeze I’ll take the ol’ winchester and see what I can find for dinner.. Cough cough” Kermit nodded before turning around to the other two to start giving directions, Roosevelt slowly climbed onto his horse called El Jefe, the boss. He’d ride off into the woods to hunt, the last time he’d be seem alive. The coughing fit lasted a while after he climbed off his horse, eventually he gathered himself and kneeled down to inspect what he saw. Bloodstains. All over the place, accompanied by deer tracks. He’d follow the tracks for a bit as they lead up the mountain. A foul stench filled his nostrils and suddenly, behind some bushes he came across a half eaten deer carcass. “Cough better than nothing..” He mumbled as he took out his hunting knife and started cutting off a big piece of meat. Then he heard it. A rustle in the bushes, followed by a growl. He immediately knew what it was; a cougar. He took a few steps back silently, hiding behind a tree as a cougar emerged from the bushes, sniffing the carcass. “Stay silent Theodore..” He thought. Right after that, a deep cough bursted out, and he ran. "I’ve found him, amigos!” Javier shouted to the two sons. They ran up the mountain to where Javier was and in the distance, covered in the sunlight of the morning, they saw their father, dead. He laid against a rock, staring off into the valley to the east with open eyes, a tired expression on his face. His arm was badly wounded though it held the Winchester. A few feet away from him laid three dead cougars, bullet holes in their skulls, two laid some ways away from him, one almost right next to him, a knife stuck into the side of it’s head. “Father…” Kermit sighed softly. Roosevelt stumbled back against the cliff, he’d shot the first two cougar, including the one that bit half his arm off. The third slowly approached him before jumping at him, knocking the sick man back against the rocks. Roosevelt acted quickly, stabbing his hunting knife into the cougar’s head, causing it to fall away from him. He shot it between the eyes before collapsing against the rocks. A few feet away from him, the sun started to cover the rocks after a while. He crawled over to it with the last of his strength. Maybe he could get back to camp? No… he was done. He wheezed loudly and coughed a bit before laying back against a rock, staring off into the valley, looking at the rising son. “Cruel ,cruel world, I’m moving on…” He wheezed, looking at a deer down in the valley. He brought out a tired smile, the expression that remained rested on his face as a last wheeze brought out the last breath that came from his black lungs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- San Salvador, El Salvador October 27th, 1916 El Salvador had always been politically unstable, they obviously needed a strong nation like the United States to keep them in cheque, otherwise bad things happen. Like the time the assassination of the Salvadoran president caused the Central American union state to fall apart. The United States of America would have it no more. A purge seemed to be happening in El Salvador, presumably executed by the army, nobody knew what was happening, but various government figures, including the president, had gone missing, or been assassinated. The U.S would not let her neighbouring country suffer from instability like this, thus their military intervention came conveniently at the perfect timing, weird how that can work out, huh? American troops entered the country from Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as through a marine corps invasion. They headed straight for the three biggest cities, San Salvador, Santa Ana and San Miguel, to get the operation over with swiftly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The White House, Washington DC, November 6th, 1916 It is election day, and in the White House, tensions rise between candidates Woodrow Wilson and Charles Evans Hughes, as the latter seems to have the upper hand in the polls… The gathering the two stood before was a merry bunch of Democrats, Progressives and Republicans, the Democrats and Republicans were arguing slightly, the Progressives mostly kept their mouths shut and enjoyed the show. Wilson began calmly “After 1912 I went hard at work...” “A-After 1912 I went hard at work!” Hughes chimed in. Wilson frowned and continued. “I finished up my plans and I practiced governance..” “I practiced governance, he worked nextdoor..” Hughes said with a smirk, pointing lazily at Wilson with his thumb. Wilson squinted, turning away from Hughes and everyone but the Democrats, starting to complain. “Even though I started at a much earlier time, Charles Evans Hughes began to climb… How to account for his rise to the top?” “Man, the man is non-stop...” All the democrats huffed together with Wilson. “Gentlemen of the Senate I’m curious, bear with me. Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry?” Hughes started speaching to the Progressives and Republicans. “This is the next era for our grand nation, the liberty behind deliberation.” “Non-stop!” Wilson’s running mate, Thomas Marshall, exclaimed. Hughes continued undisturbed. “I intend to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt against this fake candidate-” “REAL CANDIDATE! HUGHES SIT DOWN!” Wilson shouted. “You’re going to turn things around after you win, pretty obvious. That’s all you had to say.” Hughes rolled his eyes and tried to continue. “O-kay.. One more thing-” Wilson would have none of it. “Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Soon that attitude may be your doom. Why do you write like you´re running out of time? Write day and night like you're running out of time? Ev'ry day you fight, like you're running out of time. Keep on fighting. In the meantime.” “Non-stop..” The other democrats sighed, as Hughes simply continued. “Corruption’s such an old song that we can sing along in harmony, and nowhere is it stronger than here in DC. This country’s economy’s increasingly stalling and.. Honestly that’s why public service seems to be calling me.” “Non-Stop...” Wilson shook his head, leaving the stand to sit down next to Marshall. Charles Evans Hughes grinned and, indeed, didn’t stop. “I’ve practiced the law, I’ve practic’ly perfected it. I’ve seen injustice in the world and I’ve corrected it. Now for a strong central democracy if not, then I’ll be Socrates throwing verbal rocks at these mediocrities.” With that final word he casted a glance at Wilson with a grin: the polls were in… -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -The reforms from the Second Square Deal are worked on getting through congress before Johnson’s term is over. [MOD] -Mobilization continues. [MOD] -Caribbean Division is founded to further mobilization and give Caribbean Americans a chance to fight with their own men. [MOD] -Fuel Administration is founded to further mobilization. [MOD] -The US Army Engineers continue the US tank programme as well as other innovative measures. [MOD] -TBC [MOD] -Jamaica is bought for 53 million USD by former president Theodore Roosevelt and becomes a territory of the USA. [MOD] -The Jones Act is enacted by president Johnson. [MOD] -El Salvador is invaded to ‘ensure political stability’. [MOD] -The Lafayette Volunteer Division is founded to fight in [FRANCE] -The Dominican Republic becomes an occupied zone of the USA. [MOD] -Elections are held between Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson and Republican candidate Charles Evans Hughes. [MOD]
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    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum Late 1915 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A lot had changed really fast in the summer of 1915. William Howard Taft took a step back from politics and focused on his job as a Professor at Yale University Law School. The man replacing him as the main figure for the Republican party was Charles Evans Hughes, governor of New York. Woodrow Wilson’s position within the democratic party was uncertain after all his arguing with Taft made a fool of himself. His position as the face of the party was being contested by men like James Cox, John Davis, Edwin Meredith and a man with a familiar surname, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. With Taft out of the picture and Wilson’s position for the next elections uncertain, Theodore Roosevelt began to seem like the light in the dark of American Politics, but then shocking news was shared. All over America, September 20th, 1915 At noon on the 20th of July, all radios sounded the same presidential message, by dinnertime, the newspapers had caught up on it and the next morning, everyone knew what the President had said… “What follows is a message to all Americans from the President of the United States of America.” Said a neutral voice on the radio before Roosevelt started speaking. “My fellow Americans.. Ahum… I interrupt your lives today to bring you a message, a message that might shock many of you as much as it did me. For the past months, I haven’t been feeling ‘fit as a bull moose’ like.. cough like I used to, I thought nothing major of it until just last week.” He wheezed slightly as he took a long breath and coughed a few more times. “Last friday, I woke up feeling stuffy, lightheaded and dizzy. I could barely.. cough stand on my feet as I got out of bed. For a bit I thought it would pass, that it was just a part of getting older. But as the afternoon approached, I didn’t start feeling much better yet. I… Called in my cough cough my doctor… And after some examination… He.. Diagnosed me with Tuberculosis...” He coughed lightly and took a deep breath again. “I’ve been under medication to give me energy ever since… But sadly, my condition is past the stage of the disease being likely to be cured anymore… I.. Feel capable enough to keep working, partly due to the abundance of great men in our government that are willing to work hard on everything.. But this does mean I will not be running for president again next year, despite already being nominated by my fellow P- cough cough cough COUGH cough my.. My fellow Progressives… By the end of the year.. I will retire from politics to.. In the hopes of peacefully living out the last of my days. From then until the inauguration of the next president, vice-pres cough vice-president Johnson will take my place. I felt that I needed to share this information with you, my fellow Americans, as soon as possible, as my remaining days in life are counting down… I thank you all, for the opportunity thou hast given me, and this beautiful land we’ve shaped together.. I wish I didn’t have to let any of you down like this.. But I fear there is no other way. For as long as possible, I will still do what I can for you.. I hope you all understand my decision and support me in it... God bless you, and God Bless America!” A wheeze and incoming coughing is heard before the message cuts out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh1gCHfYeQw -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Port-au-Prince, the Occupied Territory of Haiti October 5th, 1915 In late July, the president of Haiti was assassinated by rebels that wished to overthrow the government. The United States of America stepped in to aid their neighbour, sending US marines and soldiers in an invading force of about 1,500 men. The fighting didn’t take long, only 28 American soldiers were killed and 70 Haitian soldiers opposed to over 200 rebels. The Haitian government had regained control of the country, though it remained occupied by the USA due to remaining political instability. By October 5th, most fighting had died away and American soldiers were garrisoned across the island, including the capital… and the seat of government. No corrupt presidents could be allowed to ruin this country no more, so the US Army took control of the nation until they could find a suitable new president. Of course this had to be someone who understood the United States’ interests in Haiti… For now though, Haiti would remain a place where there was no government except that of general Shelton and the US Army’s 1,500 soldiers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Governance Office, Lincoln, Nebraska (?) October 15th Recently, the citizens of Nebraska, the large majority of which had German heritage, had been complaining to the governor of Nebraska to permit a referendum for changing the state’s name. A first referendum had proven that a majority of Nebraskan citizens did in fact want a name change. A second referendum had shown that the favourite optional new name was ‘New Hanover’. While the governor remained hesitant, he eventually saw himself forced to further the issue to be voted on in congress. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- War Industries Board, Washington DC, October 31st, 1915 To further the mobilization programme, the Council of National Defense formed the War Industries Board as a government agency to coordinate the purchasing of war supplies and equipment between the War Department and the Navy Department as well as the producers of said supplies and equipment. Combined with this, the annual budget for the Council of National Defense sees an expansion to account for the greater purchases of equipment. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Food Administration, Washington DC, November 31st, 1915 As a joint effort between the ministry of Agriculture and the Council of National Defense, the United States Food Administration is founded to ensure sufficient food supply and production for a nation with a growing army. It’s main two goals are ensuring a sufficient American food supply in times of mobilization and war and providing food to be sold to the Entente. Other objectives include but aren’t limited to stabilizing the American wheat and corn prices as well as bolstering growth of the agricultural sector. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -The reforms from the Second Square Deal are worked on getting through congress. [MOD] -The Nebraska/New Hanover state name change is proposed in congress. [MOD] -Mobilization continues. [MOD] -War Industries Board is founded to further mobilization. [MOD] -Food Administration is founded to further mobilization. [MOD] -Roosevelt retired because of his illness. Vice-President Hiram Johnson becomes President. [MOD] -The US Engineers continue the US tank programme as well as other innovative measures. [MOD] -TBC [MOD] -Haiti becomes an occupied zone of the USA. [MOD] -Discussions are held in congress, assumingly about intervention in the world war, though what exactly is said is uncertain. [MOD] EARLY 1916 POST INCOMING ASAP, FELT IT’D BE APPROPRIATE TO STILL POST THIS POST TOO
  5. Sander

    The Big Dogs are Back

    Aint your army of child soldiers working anymore irl, Vege?
  6. Sander

    Rule Proposal

    Idk about the specific details like time/emotes or the quantity of them, but the general idea is pretty guuuud! +1
  7. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum Early 1915 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- White House, Washington DC January 1st, 1915 President Roosevelt’s New Year’s party was in full swing, down the hallway was where all the guests were partying. Many prominent figures were amongst them, Henry Ford, Robert La Follette, John Rockefeller, Charles Evan Hughes, Calvin Coolidge and many more. The First Lady, Edith Roosevelt was entertaining the guests and keeping an eye out while the President himself, along with the vice president and other prominent Progressives, withdrew to the oval office for a private conversation and a toast. The five men sat down, Theodore Roosevelt, Hiram Johnson, Victor Murdock, Gifford Pinchot and John Parker. After a maid had brought in some champagne and left again, Roosevelt stood up and gave a toast. “To progress!” He said with a grin before the other four repeated him and chinked their glasses. After some talking about last year’s achievements and the plans for next year, Murdock, Pinchot and Parker left the president and vice-president alone and went back to the partying. “Now then, Hiram… Now we can speak about the real secret matters, hm?” Roosevelt said with a grin, Johnson nodded and took another drink from his champagne. “The Black Chamber’s first operations is what you speak of I assume?” “Mhm! I’d call London a success, what about you, partner?” “Definitely! I’d say that went just about our way.” Johnson agreed, pouring Roosevelt some more champagne. “So what about the plans we passed onto Bielaski and Yardley before Christmas? Any updates?” Asked Theodore. “Bielaski told me that our further plans for the Banana Wars have been put into action… We should be getting news about Havana in a few months. The conference with Honduras and Co. is projected to be planned somewhere in the summer, the same goes for the Haiti plan. We’ll put that into motion in July.” Theodore Roosevelt grinned his typical grin. “Excellent! So what about Europe?” “Yardley told me they’re still working on that. German code is one of their top priorities at the moment. Though we should be seeing more action from that department later in the year. The British project is obviously still underway, though I’m afraid I can’t give much more news about that currently...” Roosevelt nodded, thinking in silence for a moment. “And Russia?” Johnson laughed. “The Russians are better at tearing themselves up than we are...” Roosevelt snickered. “Fair enough partner, fair enough… Happy new year!” William Taft stood in the hallway with some other Republicans, he wasn’t paying attention to what Henry Ford was saying, gazing off at the door to the oval office, knowing who were inside there. “No-one else is in the room where it happens, the room where it happens, the room where it happens….” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- White House, Washington DC & Wilson Residence, Princeton, New Jersey February 5th, 1915 Vice-President Johnson was giving President Roosevelt an update on what had been happening between the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties in the past week, it ain’t pretty… “Taft confronts Wilson, privately calls him “Dixie bastard” in his taunts,” “Say what?” Roosevelt raised a brow. “Wilson published his response...” “An open letter to the fat, arrogant, anti-charismatic, national embarrassment known as former president William Taft. The man’s irrational, he claims that I’m in league with France in some vast international intrigue. Son of a gun, please! You wouldn’t know what I’m doing, you’re always going berserk, but you never show up to work. Give my regards to Helen Taft next time you write about my lack of moral compass, at least I do my job up in this rumpus. The line’s behind me, I crossed it again, well that Republican lost it again. ‘Aww’... Such a rough life, better run to your wife, now the boss’ with the real boss again. Let me ask you a question; who sits at your desk while you call it quits? They were calling you a **** in ‘06 and you haven’t done anything new since! You nuisance with no sense! You will die of irrelevance! Go ahead: you can call me the devil, you aspire to my level, you aspire to malevolence! Say hi to the Roosevelts, and their spies all around me, maybe they can confirm. I don’t care if I kill my career with this letter, I’m confining you to one term: You fat motherf-” “Okay, enough!” Roosevelt interrupted with a deep sigh. He understood now what all the disorder was about. “He’s out of control!” “No sir! It’s fine.” Hiram Johnson said with a somewhat cheeky grin. “Wilson has made a fool of himself, and he destroyed the only significant member of the Republican party...” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Havana, La Habana, Protectorate of Cuba, March 21st, 1915 Lowkey political moves are made between Washington DC and the American puppet government in Havana, strengthening ties between the mothernation and it’s protectorate. This is to make it more possible for the Protectorate of Cuba to be reintegrated by the United States as a territory. The US government spends sizeable funds in investments in the island - mainly in the sugar production, American radio stations and newspapers (translated to Spanish) are introduced all over the island. English and American History are made mandatory subjects for highschool students from next year onward. Every friday, a patriotic speech from the is played on the new Cuban radio channel, a form of propaganda for democracy and the friendship of Cuba and the USA. Furthermore, free movement of people and goods is enacted between Cuba and the USA, with a passport control being the only remaining border between the two nations. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington Barracks, Washington DC, May 13th, 1915 As a part of the U.S. military mobilization effort, the army is further modernized, up to the standards of the armies of the warring powers in Europe. Trade deals for equipment and supplies had been established with nations on both sides of the war, and thus it was a perfect opportunity to send some researchers and engineers along with the transport of goods, to take a look at the equipment the Europeans were rockin’. The French government even stated they’d be open towards the Americans checking out their latest artillery pieces to see if improvements could be made. While experts continue studying European equipment, research reports are sent back home for the military’s engineers to study and act upon. ESSAYONS! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -The reforms from the Second Square Deal are worked on getting through congress. [MOD] -Partial Mobilization continues. [MOD] -The US Engineers focus on further modernizing the army. [MOD] -TBC [MOD] -Influence on the Protectorate of Cuba is increased, aiming to make it more of a puppet. [MOD] -Delegates from the Protectorate of Nicaragua, the Protectorate of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica are invited to a conference with President Theodore Roosevelt in Houston, Texas. [MOD]
  8. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum Late 1914 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- US Congress, Washington DC, August 23rd, 1914 President Theodore Roosevelt stood before congress. The noise started to settle down as the matter at hand was starting. There were very important matters to be discussed today. On one side of the room stood Taft, representing the Republicans, on the other side stood Wilson, representing the Democrats. Roosevelt, Johnson and the rest of the Progressive party had decided to take a neutral stance on the matter, seeing how this was something for the President to decide. “The issue on the table:” Roosevelt announced. “The Entente is beyond the verge of war with the Central Powers. Now do we provide aid and volunteers to our French friends, or do we stay out of it? Remember, my decision on this matter is not subject to congressional approval. The only person you have to convince... Is me. Senator Wilson, you have the floor sir.” Wilson started right away. “I call you all back to the birth of our nation. When we were on death’s door, when we were needy… We made a promise, we signed a treaty. We needed money and guns and half a chance, who provided those funds?” “France...” murmered Thomas Marshall who sat behind Wilson, loud enough for people to hear, causing various Democrats to make remarks of agreement. Wilson continued “In return they didn’t ask for land, only a promise that we’d lend a hand and stand with them if they fought against oppressors.. And we’re quite late, but now is the time to stand! I know that Senator Taft here would rather not have this debate, but I’ll remind you: he is NOT secretary of State! He knows nothing of loyalty!” “Nothing!” Yelled some democratic senator in the back, causing Roosevelt to glance in his direction with a glare. Wilson continued with his insults “Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty.. Desperate to rise to his former station, everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation!” A loud “Ooh!” sounded from the democrats, as well as a few progressives who didn’t like Taft. “Hey and if you don’t know, now you know, Mr. President...” said Wilson with a grin. Roosevelt rolled with his eyes and nodded. “Thank you, Senator Wilson… Senator Taft, your response...” There was a moment of silence on Taft’s side. “C’mon...” “Get him..” were some of the incentives heard amongst the Republicans. Suddenly Taft slammed his fist onto the desk. “You must be out of your GODDAMN mind if you think, the President is going to bring the nation to the brink, of meddling in the middle of a military mess, a game of chess, where France is Queen and Kingless! We signed that treaty more than ages ago! Time to let the French go ‘head and face their own foe! Now, Mister Francophile, do you call those insults a thread? You’re gonna have to get real and fill my head with lead if you want to see me filled with dread!” Taft yelled at Wilson, his response wasn’t stylish to say the least, but it got the point across. Roosevelt intervened “Enough, Senator Taft is right!” “Mister President-” Wilson started before Roosevelt motioned for him to remain silent “This war is not our fight!” “But sir, do we not fight for freedom?” Wilson complained. “Sure, when the French figure out how to lead ‘em...” “Their generals are leading!” “Their generals are making a mess, there’s a difference! Frankly it’s a little disquieting you would let your ideals blind you to reality. Johnson.” “Ready sir.” said the vice president. “Draft a statement of neutrality.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fort Lafayette, New York City, New York, September 7th, 1914 Fort Lafayette was demoted to solely being an ammunition storage in 1897, on this day, that decision was reversed though. All over the United States, mobilization began to slowly be planned out. Fort Lafayette for example became a training camp and recruitment center for New Yorkers who would later be transported to other forts and camps all over the Union. Military spending was gradually increased as the war in Europe got more fowl by the day, and the United States started arming itself just in case war came knocking on Heaven’s door. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wall Street Stock Exchange, New York City, New York, October 15th, 1914 There went Benjamin Franklin, multiple hundreds of times to be exact. 100 dollar bills were becoming more common than ever at the Stock Market in NYC. Capitalism was at it’s finest here as usual, but on the other side, the Stock Exchange was trading blood money nowadays. More and more companies in the USA were starting to make a profit from the war in Europe. The American government had somewhat supported this, knowing that there was a good opportunity in the war for the American economy, and thus they had helped arms companies in reaching out to the warring nations in the old world. Multiple of these nations had quickly agreed to a variety of deals on weapons, supplies and resources and American companies were starting to make their sales to the fronts in Europe. War Profiteering had begun. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The White House, Washington DC, November 1st, 1914 In November 1914, Theodore Roosevelt announced his plans for the second part of his third term as president. His plan, which he called “The Second Square Deal”, named after the successful and very popular prequel, was ambitious, but he said he didn’t see it likely to make all of the plan happen. “It doesn’t matter if I finish the plan or not though. For the plan will see benefit for all of our nation, and my successor will recognize that, and thus will see to it that it gets finished. I have faith in that, as I have faith in our government, even in dire times like these.” The Second Square Deal included, but wasn’t limited to: -Trustbusting and disassembling hurtful monopolies -The founding of both more Natural Parks throughout the country, as well as ‘reservates’ for the remaining Native American tribes where they may live in peace, undisturbed by our fast-changing world. -Greater development of the Pacific, Caribbean and Philippine territories. -The “Uncle Sam’s Schools” programme, that aims to improve the quality of education both in the states and territories. -Further integration of the state of Jefferson and infrastructural development for the state’s citizens and companies. -Formation of the previously proposed GACA. -Voting rights for women. -Further introduction of laws regarding consumer protection. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -Lend lease is offered to France. [FRANCE] -Partial Mobilization starts. [MOD] -The reforms from the Second Square Deal are worked on getting through congress. [MOD] -TBC [MOD] -Delegations from France and Germany are invited to Washington DC to have a talk about the importance of peace with uncle Teddy. [GERMANY] [FRANCE]
  9. Sander

    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Spring and Summer of 1603 Current Leader: Mr. President, Cornelis Tromp Spring went by peacefully in the colony of Trompsylvania, the soldiers returned home in May from the war in Hanseong, no deaths, only a few sick men. Their families were delighted to see them again, though were sad the war was lost. Many felt pity for the Neu Brandenburgers and they convinced President Tromp to invite any Neu Brandenburgers that were still alive and didn't want to live under Korean rule, to come to Trompsylvania where they could get their own neighbourhood in Nieuw Rotterdam. As word was caught of a disease ravaging the Haudenosaunee, President Tromp ordered for one of the colony's two doctors to be sent up north with a few men to see if he could cure some of their native friends. Extreme caution is to be taken as not to catch the disease themselves, whatever it may be. ---The Dutch Proposal--- In the midst of summer, President Tromp gets a letter from the outposts at he mouth of the Tjessepieck bay, Dutch ships had been spotted in the distance a few hours earlier and were now approaching the bay, were the ships to be stopped or let into the bay, towards Nieuw Rotterdam? President Tromp ordered for the ships to be let through, ordering for vice President Joris Wasserman to come to his office at once wherever he may be. Towards the evening, the Dutch ships approached New Rotterdam, Tromp leaned on his walking cane, vicepresident Wasserman at his left side, treasury secretary Koopman on his right side. They watched the Dutchmen dock one of their ships, their captain coming forth to greet the men. The five men had dinner that evening, secretary of state Thomas Janssen joining in, and discussed the matter of why the Dutchmen were here with a few ships, carrying about 150 peasants with them as well as a bunch of rifles. It came down to the Dutch Republic wishing to support Trompsylvania, in return for most of the fur the colony produced being shipped to Holland, for free... The next morning, the cabinet of the small colony met in the town hall of New Rotterdam, the weak president Tromp sat silent in front of the gathered men as vice-president Wasserman spoke for him: "My finest gentlemen.. You could've been anywhere in the world today, but you're here with us in New Rotterdam's cabinet. Are you ready, for a cabinet meeting?!” Wasserman called out, he was a popular fellow, a bit of a showman, he'd been quite the cultural figure in his younger days. The gathered men all knocked on the wood of their benches, excited to hear what they were called in for. "The issue on the table... The Dutch government's plan to assume our fur production in exchange for continued support. Secretary Janssen, you have the floor, sir...” For over an hour, a heated debate followed between Secretary Janssen and Secretary Koopman. Eventually Tromp and Wasserman had heard enough, and like usually, they went with their little favourite, Tromp's right hand man: Alexander Koopman, accepting the Dutch proposal. As the meeting was ended, everyone started standing up and leaving, amidst the slight chaos, Thomas Janssen stepped up to Alexander Koopman, prodding him on his chest. "So quick-witted..” "Alas, I admit it..” Koopman squinted. "I bet you'd be quite a lawyer...” "I could get my defendants acquitted..” "Yeah.. Well someone ought to remind you-” "What?” Koopman asked softly with a glare. "You're nothing without Wasserman behind you...” And just as Alexander Koopman was about to say something, Wasserman opened the door of the room he and Tromp went into. "Koopman!” Alexander Koopman gasped, glancing back. "Daddy's calling...” Thomas Janssen whispered, patting Koopman's shoulder before leaving with an evil grin. -Actions- AP = 0 current + 5 base + 3 from settlements + 10 (2 markets) + 2 from 1 FUR + 1 from trade + 5 (From WHITE PORT) – 2 AP (fur sent to Netherlands) - 0 AP army upkeep - 0 AP navy upkeep = 24 AP FS = 1 base + 2 from farms + 2 from fertile lands - 1 (selling to WHITE PORT) = 4 FS Population modifier = 5% base + 0.1% from farms + 0.1% from fertile lands = 5.2% Population = 2605 + 150 * 1.052 = 2898 1 Militia 1 Arquebusiers 1 Small Freighter A message is spread to the Neu Brandenburgers in Hanseong, giving them the offer of their own place within Trompsylvania. [MOD] A doctor is sent to the [HAUDENOSAUNEE] with a few men to see if he could still do anything about the disease. The offer from the Netherlands is accepted... for now. [MOD] 14 AP is invested in (Lodge: 40/40 AP) 10 AP is invested in (Mine: 10/40 AP)
  10. Sander

    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Spring and Summer of 1603 Current Leader: Mr. President, Cornelis Tromp The men were done for. They'd been attempting attacks and sabotage actions on the Hanseong people for half a year now, but to no avail, protection was too strict. Sure, they'd managed to light a few farms on fire now and then, but that'd been it. And now the Vinlandish fleet retreated back north, the siege of Hanseong was about over, and the 100 militiamen from Trompsylvania were sitting idle in their wooden camp in the forest. They'd been living off of dire rations, some of them were sick, many of them were bored and just all of them were done with the fight. Neu Brandenburg had lost, it was clear. There'd be nothing they could do about it anymore. At the beginning of spring, they had to make the call, the way home would be doable again now that the snow was melting... Would they retreat? Or would they fight? After the soldiers, all of them, commanders and footmen alike, discussed the matter one night, the answer became clear. When they spotted a Hanseong scout in the distance the next morning, one of them climbed up on the parapet of their camp, frantically waving a white handkerchief... The Trompsylvanian militia would offer white peace to Hanseong, they'd withdraw from the Hanseong conquest of Neu Brandenburg, no demands would be made from either side. -Actions- AP = 1 current + 5 base + 3 from settlements + 10 (2 markets) + 2 from 1 FUR + 1 from trade + 5 (From WHITE PORT) - 0 AP army upkeep - 0 AP navy upkeep = 27 AP FS = 1 base + 2 from farms + 2 from fertile lands - 1 (selling to WHITE PORT) = 4 FS Population modifier = 5% base + 0.1% from farms + 0.1% from fertile lands = 5.2% Population = 2376 + 100 * 1.052 = 2605 1 Militia 1 Small Freighter A white peace is offered to [HANSEONG] 26 AP is invested in (Lodge: 26/40 AP)
  11. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s2B6WPlngH8DtBaU1cXYgoMrLtzpo13rZz0O0FZ61bU/edit Sorry for the crappy post this time, having issues with pasting it onto the forums correctly.
  12. Sander

    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Trompsylvania Virtus libertas est, et independentiae Autumn and Winter of 1602 Current Leader: Mr. President, Cornelis Tromp Trompsylvania was doing alright for itself, the colony was developing rapidly, the population was growing steadily, the economy was booming and food was plentiful. The Dutch settlers had made friends with the Haudenosaunee to the north and formed a pact of non-agression, furthermore, the natives had offered to protect the colony if they were to be attacked. Money was coming in plentifully, both from production as well as trade, a lot of which was done with Wittehaven, where a lot of food was exported to. All in all, the small colony was blooming, the only major issue was their envoys to the old world not returning, which bothered the President. The city of Nieuw-Rotterdam in the distance with Trompsylvanian farms in the foreground, right on the Tjessepieck bay. Various reforms were made within the colony's governing system, Tromp's health wasn't making a turn for the better, so he wished to leave his nation as best as possible before his seemingly inevitable passing. He appointed two secretaries to function as a sort of advisors, the secretary of state, and the secretary of the treasury, modelled after the Dutch Stadtholder and Councilpensionary. The latter of which was a man called Alexander Koopmans, a Dutch trader and banker from origin. He'd proven to know all there was to know about trade, money and finance and his policies made the colony's wealth soar to new heights, something that drew attention to him among the citizens. On December 1st, he opened the new Grand Market, a plan of his own, and on the 5th (Saint Nicholas' Feast), the market was already full of stands, primarily selling things for the holiday season. Tromp had taken a liking to him and unofficially made him his right hand man, something that'd inevitably bother the secretary of state, Thomas Janssen, if he wasn't gone to the Haudenosaunee territory, learning about their structure of state and laws. A vicepresident was also appointed; Joris Wasserman, who used to be a general in the eighty years war, and had always been a close friend of Tromp. The men of the upper class of Trompsylvania at a party, with Cornelis Tromp himself sitting in the middle. The final of the three ships that the colonists used to get to Amerika was now being sent back to Europe, a delegation on board. They were to find more settlers like the previous two ships that had disappeared. This time a different approach would be taken though, offering to make New Rotterdam a port of export of American goods for the Dutch Republic, giving an offer no Dutchman could resist: profitable trade. Hope was put into the last ship that could give the colony contact with the old world, the last of their ships capable of crossing the Atlantic. (PS: BE NICE FOR ONCE PLS MODS!) -Actions- AP = 0 current + 5 base + 3 from settlements + 5 (market) + 2 from 1 FUR + 1 from trade + 5 (From WHITE PORT) - 0 AP army upkeep - 0 AP navy upkeep = 21 AP FS = 1 base + 2 from farms + 2 from fertile lands - 1 (selling to WHITE PORT) = 4 FS Population modifier = 5% base + 0.1% from farms + 0.1% from fertile lands = 5.2% Population = 2259 * 1.052 = 2376 1 Militia 1 Small Freighter Men are sent to the Haudenosaunee to teach them and learn from them in return. If the Haudenosaunee are willing, an alliance is to also be formed. [IROQUOIS/HAUDENOSAUNEE] The militia send eastward to help fight the Koreans goes to work very conservatively, carefully launching nightly harassment hit-and-run attacks on army camps as well as the city, setting anything outside the city's walls to the torch, farms included, to cripple the Korean foodsupply. [MOD] A small group of citizens is sent out to the ruins of New Amsterdam and the West India Company to see if there was anything left of use. [MOD] The explorer is sent back home from exploring to the south. [MOD] A third and last envoy is sent back to Europe, even more carefully this time, to tell how the colony was established. The offer is made to the States General, the Dutch Republic's government, to support Trompsylvania, primarily by sending settlers, in return for which the colony can be used as a point for Dutch merchants to get American products from. [MOD] 21 AP is invested in expanding the market (Market II: 60/60 AP)
  13. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum Early 1913 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The White House, Washington DC, January 20th, 1913 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt with the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party had won the elections by a slight margin last year, and earlier today, Roosevelt was sworn into office once again, the very first president ever to have a third term in office. And already he introduced something new. The so called “State of the Union”, where he spoke to Congress and the press about his plans for the year, replacing the former “Annual message to the congress”. The Progressives, the Republicans and the Democrats had debated over this for a long while, but eventually agreed that this was more efficient in these times and were a more proper way to hold the annual adress. A big topic in this State of the Union speech was the controversial elections of the year prior and Roosevelt’s part in what was happening in Mexico, to which he said the following: “I am well aware, my dear fellow Americans, that you all have mixed feelings about what has been happening in our nation as of recent times. And I know that a lot of you would have rather not seen me stand before congress once again today. But I ask you, have faith, have faith like you did those other two terms, those two terms that brought great progress to our Union. Me and my fellow Progressives will not let you down. Nor will the other two parties with which we’ll work together as best as possible. Believe you can, and you’re halfway there. That’s what you’re used to hearing from me and that’s what you’ll hear from me again. Because yes, we can!” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tidal Basin, Washington DC, February 15th, 1913 After a month or two of hard work, the 3000 cherry trees, sent to the Union by the Empire of Japan, have found their places throughout the capital of Washington DC. Most of these trees were planted along the Tidal Basin, but many of which were also planted next to other monuments in the city. Furthermore, one has been planted in every state capital, 48 in total, and one extra in the garden of the Roosevelt residence, claimed by the first lady in the end of January, for she “truly loved the romantic and joyful colours of these exotic trees which were just about to bloom”. Many citizens as well as painters have taken an interest in the beautiful pink trees and the parks in the capital are fuller than ever. Furthermore, the small Bonsai tree that was sent to Theodore Roosevelt directly now stands proudly on top of a drawer in the oval office. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Congress, Washington DC, March 5th, 1913 On march 3rd, over 5000 women from all over the U.S. as well as abroad marched through Washington DC in the “Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913”, led by Inez Milholland on horseback. This, combined with women gaining the right to vote in various other nations all around the globe, was enough encouragement for the Progressive Party to put forth a motion in congress, pleading for voting rights for women. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, April 1st, 1913 By the start of April, all troops along the American-Mexican border had returned to garrisoning the border’s forts. The Rio de Janeiro conference had failed, not like anyone should’ve expected otherwise from nations like Brazil or Mexico. The U.S. had offered Mexico peace on favourable terms, but the Mexicans would not have it. Roosevelt stated: “I am a man that will honour his nobel peace prize. But I am also a man that won't simply let his fellow Americans be attacked. (...) I say that we would be willing to work together with el Presidente señor Caranza in dealing with these bandit gangs, though we do expect reparation payments to all the damage done to American towns and farmsteads by said Mexican gangs.” While the Mexican government refused and all delegates left the conference room soon after, the President has not ordered for further action, but instead for the ranchers and possible outlaws, the so-called ‘cowboys’, to return home and for the U.S. army to garrison the forts on the border. Furthermore, a telegram known as the “Hay-Telegram”, named after the American secretary of state, is sent to the Mexican government, stating: “To el Presidente, señor Caranza: The last of the American troops have returned to the forts on our side of the border today and will stay there until further notice. We expect no further actions and in return we will take no further actions. Nobody will be allowed to cross the border into the Union, but will instead be shot on sight, mind you. As far as we are concerned, this border conflict is over, we hope you settle on the same solution. Be sure to keep the ‘banditos’ under control, we are willing to help you with this whenever the Mexican government decides to pay for damage done to American property during bandito raids. If you or a delegate of yours wishes to further discuss this issue, we ask you to arrange a meeting in Washington DC. -Theodore Roosevelt Jr, President of the United States of America” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manilla, Luzon, Philippines , May 18th, 1913 The US government makes a deal with private investors for improving the infrastructure throughout the Philippines territory. More and better roads are to be built for the expanding American car market, various ports are expanded throughout the archipelago and on Luzon, a railway is constructed between Manilla and Baguio. Aside from the deal with private investors, the US government spends a sizeable sum of money in other fields of developing the islands. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Congress, Washington DC, June 14th, 1913 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WySzEXKUSZw Part of the Progressive Party’s campaigning plan was the greater exploitation of resources from the Alaska territory. The Klondike gold rush at the end of the last century had drawn thousands of people to the northernmost territory of the USA, now more and more people began to show interest in further developing the territory and perhaps even integrating it into the Union as the 49th state. The main goal of this further development were resources, for Alaska had proven to be rich of such. There was still a sizeable amount of gold left, as well as large deposits of iron, copper, coal, oil and gas, not to mention the enormous amounts of fish and crab that were just offshore or the inexhaustible amount of lumber. The Progressive Party this puts forth another motion in Congress, this time in cooperation with the.. THE DEMOCRATS?! WHAT?! Roosevelt and vice-president Johnson knew that the democratic party would oppose their plan for further development of Alaska for greater resource exploitation, so Johnson came up with an alternative plan… “Ah! Mr. President...” Roosevelt turned around and eyed Taft with little interest. “Mr. Taft, sir..” “I was wondering if maybe we could confer, sir?” “No...” “Ya know La Follette?” “Yeah..” Roosevelt said, squinting at Taft as he walked through the hall at the Congress building. “They caught him as a drunkard in a Brooklyn bar, I fear that he’s no longer a threat... ” Taft smirked lightly. “And all he had to do was drink..” “Yeah that’s a lot less work..” Roosevelt frowned. Taft replied “You ought to give it a try..” “Ha!” “Now how’re ya gonna get ya gold plan through?..” Taft asked with a raised brow as he halted, with Roosevelt turning to him “I guess I’m gonna finally have to listen to you...” “Really?” Roosevelt puffed up his cheeks to look fat like Taft “Talk less… Smile more...” “Haha...” Taft replied, with the slightest bit of honest amusement. “Do whatever it takes to get my plan on the congress-floor...” Taft frowned “Now Marshall and Wilson are merciless..” Roosevelt shrugged “Well.. Hate the sin, love the sinner...” He said before proceeding down the hall again, over to an open door where Thomas Marshall was waiting. “Roosevelt.” Marshall said. “I’m sorry Taft, I gotta go...” “But!” Taft glared, pacing after Roosevelt “Decisions are happening over dinner..” Roosevelt said before Marshall closed the door behind them, in Taft’s face…. Two Democrats and a President, walk into a room, diametrically opposed foes… They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were previously closed, bros. The President emerges with unprecedented material power, resources he can exploit however he wants. The Democrats emerge with the 49th state, and here’s the pièce de résistance: no-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage gets made.., We just assume that it happens… But no-one else is in the room where it happens. Wilson claims: “Theodore was on my doorstep one day, in distress and disarray..” Wilson claims: “Teddy said ‘I have nowhere else to turn’, and basic’ly begged me to join the fray.. ” Wilson claims: “I approached Marshall and said ‘I know ya hate him, but let’s hear what he has to say..’” Wilson claims: “Well, I arranged the meeting, I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating..” But! No-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one really knows how the parties get to ‘yes’. The pieces that are sacrificed in ev’ry game of chess.. We just assume that it happens… But no-one else is in the room where it happens… Marshall pursed his lips when Wilson came to him with the news of his plan with Roosevelt. ”Maybe we could solve one problem with another, and win a victory for the southerners, in other words-” “O-ho!” Wilson smirked, interrupting him. “A quid pro quo?” Marshall tilted his head. “I suppose...” “Wouldn’t you like another southern name on show?” “Actually I would...” Wilson grinned widely. “Well I propose ‘Jefferson’.” Said Thomas Marshall. “And you’ll provide him his votes?” Woodrow tilted his head. “Well we’ll see how it goes...” “Let’s go!” “My God!” Taft exclaimed. In God we trust! But we’ll never really know what got discussed. Click-boom, then it happened… “And no-one else was in the room where it happened..” Taft grumbled as the door got locked before him. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -Motion is put forth in Congress, pleading for voting for women [MOD] -Cowboys are sent home and the US army simply garrisons border forts. Trespassers of the border are shot on sight. [MOD] -Telegram is sent to Mexico. [MOD] -Money is spent and invested on improving Philippine development. [MOD] -The Progressives AND the Democrats put forth a motion in Congress, proposing what would later be called "The Compromise of 1913". Where the Progressives get free range over greater exploitation of resources in the Alaska Territory, but in turn said territory gains statehood as "The State of Jefferson", the 49th state of the Union and a prize for the southern Democrats. [MOD] -A 'bonsai tree' in the form of a tiny American red maple tree. [JAPAN]
  14. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum The election of 1912 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wilson Residence, Princeton, New Jersey, September 8th, 1912 Woodrow Wilson and his running mate Thomas Marshall stood in front of the window of Wilson’s study, looking out over the window. Marshall was in the middle of telling Wilson about his problems at home, tears in his eyes, when Wilson sighed, having had enough, he asked “Can we get back to politics?..” Marshall promptly sat down in his chair by the chess table, setting out a frustrated and somewhat depressed ‘please’. “Yo..” Wilson snapped his fingers as to grab his attention while he sat down. “Ev’ry action has an equal opposite reaction...” He said as he picked up a chess piece and moved it forth to knock over one of Marshall’s pieces. “William Taft shat the bed. I love the guy, but he’s in traction...” He grinned at Marshall, who looked a little less sad already, but frowned as Wilson picked another one of his pieces off the board. “Poor Eugene Debs? He.. Is missing in action… So now I’m facing-” Marshall moved forth one of his pieces. “Teddy Roosevelt..” “With his own faction...” Wilson concluded with a deep frown. Thomas Marshall clasped his hands “He’s very attractive in the north, New Yorkers like his chances..” Woodrow Wilson glared and set one of his pieces in place to strike Marshall’s ‘Teddy Roosevelt’ piece. “He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances..” Marshall nodded at his “Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances..” He said as he moved the piece away to a safe place again. Wilson hung his head back over the back of the chair, sighing deeply and grunting “And they say I’m a racist, at least they know I know what race he is...” Thomas Marshall stood up, pacing across the room. “Woodrow, that’s the problem, they see Roosevelt as a less extreme option..” “HA!” “You need to change course, otherwise this race is not won..” Wilson looked up to him “What did you have in mind?” “Don’t laugh..” “What?” Marshall squinted “We’re gonna write a paragraph...” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Second Reynolds Pamphlet - The Norton Pamphlet THEODORE ROOSEVELT tells the press about his big secret. An affair of which he informed the New York Times last night through a letter he delivered, much like first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton did with the Reynolds Pamphlet from which Roosevelt presumably took inspiration. Theodore Roosevelt had a torrid affair. “The charge against me is a connection with one Richard Norton. For purposes of improper speculation. My real crime is an amorous connection with his wife for a considerable time, with his knowing consent. I had frequent meetings with her, most of them at my own house. During these visits, Mrs. Edith Roosevelt and our children, would be absent on a visit to her friend. [...] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Have you ever watched a man destroy his own life?” All over New York, Americans read the morning paper in shock… “Have you read this?” Was the most-heard thing on the streets. “Theodore Roosevelt had a torrid affair.. And he wrote it down right there!” said a man to his friend. “Damn!” the other replied after reading the article. “At his own house?!” A girl in her teens exclaimed before covering her mouth. “At his own house..” Her mother replied with slow nodding. In front of a kiosk stood a man reading the article out loud to a small crowd of passers-by. “...on a visit to her friend..” He repeated with a mumble. “Booo!” Exclaimed more and more people in the crowd. “Have you read this?!” “Have you read this?” asked Ellen Wilson to her husband as they walked through Princeton with Thomas and Lois Marshall. Woodrow and Thomas glanced to eachother with a brief smirk as Ellen Wilson read out the article. “Well he’s never gon’ be president now...” Lois muttered in disbelief. “Never gon’ be president now...” both Thomas and Woodrow said simultaneously with a grin. “Where is Roosevelt even?! Is he not around to give word to the press?” A shopkeeper in downtown manhattan asked a politician that read the New York Times. “I.. I don’t know.. He wasn’t home when people went to look for him this morning.. He probably fled the critique..” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mexico-US border, Fort Bliss, Texas, September 9th, 1912 Teddy Roosevelt had his typical grin on his face as he and his men rode into US army camp Fort Bliss. It’d been a long journey, by train to the southwest and then on horseback for the last part. But here they were. Everything had gone according to plan. Roosevelt knew that the army officials he was meeting today were sick of the government not doing anything against the Mexican bandits raiding Texas and New Mexico, so he’d taken the gamble to head to Texas, rally up a bunch of cowboys through his contacts, and meet with the army at the location they discussed, Fort Bliss. “Good afternoon folks!” Roosevelt cheered as he and his dozens of cowboys rode into the army camp. Hundreds of soldiers watched the iconic figure ride by and waved with big grins. The military had taken it upon themselves to garison the forts on the Mexican border, but they were afraid they’d get into an argument with congress. Then Roosevelt rang them and said he was on board. Now he was there, travelling from fort to fort to motivate the troops, take pictures for his campaign and rally cowboys and local farmers to his ranks to deal with those darn Mexicans like they did in the old days: with guns and horses. “Who’s ready to kick ‘em Mexicans back across the border?!” Roosevelt stayed in the southwest for a few weeks, nobody except his family, some close friends and some colleagues knew where he was, this was to be a suprise. Together with the army he made sure all the forts on the border got manned, that any bandito raid was met with gunshots straight away, that any attack on the US would be met with a counterattack and most importantly, that everyone knew it was him taking action, not Taft or Wilson, who sat around campaigning rather than protecting the nation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The White House, Washington DC, November 4th, 1912 The last speeches were given that day. Taft, Roosevelt and Wilson, all speaking to the press one last time to ask for support from the voters. Tomorrow, November 5th was election day. Taft was simply acting defeatist, his support had dwindled more and more over the last months, less Republicans supported him by the day, all switching the Progressive “Bull Moose” party, or even the Democrats. Though, not the Democrats as much anymore though. Wilson had been doing great in the polls until mid-September: The Wilson Newspaper Scandal. When Roosevelt returned from his trip to the Mexican border because he caught wind of the news of the affair that had spread about him, he was furious. He immediatly claimed it’d all been lies, and the government started an investigation. From the start, Roosevelt had had an alibi: he hadn’t been anywhere near New York when “Theodore Roosevelt” delivered his letter to the New York Times late at night. He had been in Texas, defending the states against the Mexican bandits. Within two weeks the pretender Roosevelt had been found, he truly looked like the presidential candidate. In the face of being sentenced to prison, he confessed that he’d been paid by Marshall and Wilson to deliver a fake letter to the New York Times; a measure taken by the democrats to kick Roosevelt out of the race and strengthen their position. It isn’t necessary to tell how badly said plan backfired. Now they stood in the White House, all four candidates. Most of the planned time went to Roosevelt and Wilson, with interest for Taft and thus the press’ interest for him being more moderate. There was also Eugene Debs, the presidential candidate for the Socialist party, but he had even less support, not many people wanted to hear from him all that much. The Democrats spoke out for tariff decreases, banking reforms, Philippine independence and Marshall’s “really good five cent cigar”. The Republicans spoke out for breaking up monopolies, less protectionist tariffs and “trust busting”. The Progressives spoke out for improved workers’ rights, universal sufferage for women, a social welfare programme, increased action against the Mexican agressions to protect the union, regulating monopolies and lastly, greater tapping of Alaskan resources. Then now, it is time to cast your VOTE! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Actions -The military as well as a large quantity of cowboys are rallied to garison forts and outposts along the Mexico-US border to protect against the bandito's. [MOD] -Elections are held. [MOD]
  15. Sander

    1912; The Great War

    United States of America E Pluribus Unum -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Times Square, New York City, January 1st, 1912 As the new year begins, President Taft takes the stage in Times Square, giving a speech. Not many listen with a lot of interest... Taft isn't all that popular, he was when Former President Theodore Roosevelt gave Taft his approval for the next Republican candidate, but the two men had slowly descended into open rivalry during Taft's presidency, due to his policies. Now a crowd of New Yorkers and other Americans stood before him, listening to his speech, or well.. Some listened, others were just celebrating the new year in front of the stage. There were a few men quite near to the front that DID listen though, a small clique of politicians... "Hey, is that Teddy Roosevelt?!" A drunk man standing close to one of the politicians suddenly yelled. Within seconds a large amount of people focused their attention on the clique of politicians- all of them were Republican progressives, Roosevelt in their center. "IT IS! HEY FOLKS! ROOSEVELT IS HERE!" Another voice yelled. "Franklin? The Senator?!" "NO! TEDDY ROOSEVELT!" were some of the more audible exclaims. Within seconds the crowd was no longer focused on Taft, who himself had halted his speech with a deep sigh, squinting at Roosevelt who grinned up at him. Within seconds, his grin faded though as reporters had already made their way to him.. This was what happened last months whenever Roosevelt found himself outside in his home state of New York. ((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrfPvuNUBg8)) "Mister Roosevelt! Mister Roosevelt! We all know it, Taft is gonna lose! He's just defeatist! And Wilson?" "He's a racist!" A drunk man shouted, interrupting the reporter, though many bystanders nodded. "Yeah he's a supremacist!" Another person shouted. "I like mister La Folette.." "I don't agree with him!" "He seems approachable.." "Aye, like you could have a beer with him..." A man said sarcastically. The reporter had given up trying to ask his question as the crowd descended into arguing and chaos, but then, the crowd asked the reporter's question: "Dear mister Roosevelt, your fellow Americans would like to know who you'll be voting..." Roosevelt glanced to his friends "We should go home.." "Dear mister Roosevelt, William Taft doesn't stand a chance so who are you promoting?" "Now we should go home..." He said again, his friends and him making their way through the crowd towards their waiting car. "La Folette or Wilson? Tell us, tell us, tell us.." "La Folette or Wilson?! C'mon please tell us!" "Dear mister Roosevelt, William Taft doesn't stand a chance so who are you promoting?" They asked one more time before Roosevelt and his friends drove off and Taft was left on the stage without a crowd. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "1800 all over again." Said the headline of the New York Times the next day. Taft read it with a glare. "Just like the New Yorkers looked to Hamilton in 1800 to decide between Jefferson and Burr and endorse either of them since Adams was sure to loose, New Yorkers now look to former President Theodore Roosevelt to support either Republican Robert La Follette or Democrat Woodrow Wilson, as Taft is sure to be out of the picture by the end of the year." "That goddamn Roosevelt is screwing everything up! First he and his progressives clique of our party make it impossible for my administration to get any bills through congress and now he's going to screw up my re-election!" Taft shouted at his butler, his wife sitting next to him and frowning. "Calm down, William.." "NO! I will not calm down! La Follette isn't one to draw votes! If Roosevelt keeps going like this he's going to make the Democrats win with Wilson! The Democrats Helen! The party that almost never wins an election! It's gonna be a landslide!" "I'm sure a democratic victory with Wilson isn't realistic.. Let alone a landslide.." She said doubtfully. As the American politicians were busy tearing eachother into pieces, they had trouble making any progress in governing. Not much could be done against the Mexican banditos that were raiding Texas, no progress was made with better workers' conditions, no progress on the railroads, no foreign actions, nothing. The Taft administration tried to keep rowing with the peddles they had, the other half of the Republican party, most notably Roosevelt and his clique of progressives did everything they could to oppose Taft, meaning no work got done. And all the while Wilson and the Democrats were busy raking in the voters. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Town hall, Columbus, Ohio, June 8th, 1912 At the beginning of the campaigning season, in June, Taft and his supporters had a rally in Columbus Ohio. All of the Republican party was there, including good ol’ Teddy Roosevelt… Taft was in his element, these were his supporters! These were the people that’d vote for him, that believed the republicans had a chance and deserved another chance. He grinned and mumbled to himself “Talk less..” “TAFT!” The crowd cheered. “Smile more..” “TAFT!” “Don’t let them know what you’re against and what you’re for...” “TAFT!” He went to shake a factory owner from Cleveland’s hand “Shake hands with him..” “TAFT!” and then proceeded to make a quick flirt with the man’s wife. “Charm her..” “TAFT!” “It’s 1912, ladies tell your husbands: ‘Vote for Taft!’” “TAFT!” The crowd cheered along with him. Not all were there for Taft though, there was also a crowd surrounding Theodore Roosevelt and his friend Hiram Johnson. And still, the people asked him the same question. "Dear mister Roosevelt, your fellow Republicans would like to know how you'll be voting..." “I wish I was home..” He muttered to Johnson. "Dear mister Roosevelt, William Taft doesn't stand a chance so who’re you promoting?" “Please just hold on...” “La Follette or Wilson?” ”We know it’s lose, lose...” “La Follette or Wilson?” “If you had to choose, if you had to choose...” “If you had to choose, if you had to choose...” "Dear mister Roosevelt, William Taft doesn't stand a chance so who’re you promoting?" Finally, after being asked the same question for months, Roosevelt was sick of it. “Well then, if it ain’t gonna be Taft, for we all know the man’s daft..” Taft walked over to Roosevelt, having heard the commotion. “Theodore.. You’ve created quite a stir, sir..” Roosevelt glared at him. “I’m talking to the people, you boor..” “Sure.. You’re openly campaigning… That’s new...” Roosevelt snorted ”Aye, honestly it’s kinda draining…” Taft grunted “Is there any way to make you stop?” Roosevelt’s joking face turned to a serious one “No. I’m chasing what I want, the top..” People’s eyes widened, were they hearing this right? Was former president Roosevelt saying he was going to be running again, right in the current president’s face? “And you know what?” Roosevelt continued. Taft replied “What?” “I’ll make you drop...” Here and there, a soft ‘oof..’ or ‘ouch’ was heard in the otherwise silent crowd. Taft was furious. “You?! OLD MAN?! You’re ‘n old grandfather!” Teddy R. squinted “But still fit like a darn bull moose...” At that, Taft and his buddies stormed away. His supporters stood silent, confused as to what just happened. Roosevelt’s supporters cheered, the man himself grinning widely under his moustache. He had made his point. And he would be running for president again… Just liked that there was another candidate for the presidential elections. Roosevelt and his supporters split from the Republican party to form the Progressive party- which everyone called the “Bull Moose Party” after Roosevelt’s metaphor. Taft’s support dwindled further as the remaining republican supporters that looked to him or those that had looked to the democrats with Wilson, now looked to Roosevelt. Good old Teddy Roosevelt. He’d been a great president! Surely he’d do a great job again, right? Vote for Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose party!
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