Popular Post Willthescout7 Posted June 7, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted June 7, 2022 The 1840s are upon us. Tensions are flaring between the Northern States and their Southern brethren. It feels that increasingly battle lines are being drawn over economic and social issues pertinent to the regions, without thought to common ground. Slavery continues to grow in importance in the plantation states, with Senators and elected leaders growing ever more voracious in their defense of the peculiar institution. In the North, new mercantile interests are dictating quick growth and a reduced reliance on slavery. As a result, the north has proven fertile ground for abolitionists seeking to end the horrendous practice by any means necessary. In addition, the country is looking westward. The states feel a new calling to expand their borders across the continent, from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea. For some they see a chance to build new lives and new economic opportunities. For some, wide open land for plantations and the expansion of slavery. How will the country approach this wild new frontier? How will they win the territory? Mexico lies to the South, roiled by internal turmoil. They appear easy to beat, but once the fighting starts, will they? Tensions also continue in the North with the border between Canada and the States. Will England finally grow tired of the bickering, or will the war of words turn hot? Politically, the country is fracturing into two parties. Andrew Jackson has left his mark on politics, with the Whig Party rising in opposition. The Whigs have their first President, William Henry Harrison in office, though rumors persist of his illness. Can they form a cohesive whole to continue to win while facing a better organized Democratic Party? Will they be able to rise above the sectionalism that is plaguing their conventions? Who will rise for the Democratic Party to reclaim the Presidency and restore their dominance? Welcome everyone to an all CPU playtest of the Civil War years, the last area that needs to be tested. This playtest will seek to nail down CPU actions and make sure that they are viable and can play off each other. This is similar to how the 2022 playtest is going, though that is based more around seeing multiple CPU’s react to a solitary human player. Ideally, we will also test Civil War rules and see how parties rise and fall. @Ich_bin_Tyler will serve as GM for the playtest, controlling the hands of fate and determining who lives and dies. @OrangeP47 and I have each taken a party and will run the CPU for each faction inside of it. We have decided to start after the 1840 elections and after leadership has been established. Our first phase shall be deaths and retirements. But first, before the Grim Reaper shows his face, let’s introduce you to the factions in this game. The Democratic Party Founded by Andrew Jackson and based on the ideals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republicans, the Democratic Party believes in a strong farmer and landowning based society, limited government intervention, and state sovereignty. With a party that stretches across the spectrum of issues and voters, how will the Democratic Party lead itself into the future? The Factions The Agrarians The Agrarians represent the landed gentry and plantation owning classes of the Democratic Party. The Agrarians constitute the most conservative faction of the Democratic Party and count among their numbers many Southern politicians, landowners, and old money families. This faction also prioritizes expansion of the American nation across the continent to the expense of all other existing powers and people. Rep Linn Boyd of Kentucky, a leading Jacksonian Democrat, serves as the leading voice of this faction. Other members of the faction include former President Andrew Jackson, Sen Robert J Walker, and Jefferson Davis. The Conservative Democrats The Conservative Democrats constitute the less extreme elements of the right wing of the party. Made up of the collection of conservative politicians across the country, the Conservative Democrats seeks to form a coalition that is less dependent on the landed aristocracy and the “peculiar institution” of slavery. This faction also seeks to expand American influence across the Western Hemisphere and are adherents to the Monroe Doctrine. Sen William Rufus King of Alabama, a moderate on the issues of slavery and western expansion but otherwise a stalwart Jacksonian, leads this faction. Other members of the faction include Sen John C Calhoun, Sen James Buchanan, and Sen Franklin Pierce. The Popular Sovereignty Democrats The Popular Sovereignty Democrats occupy the middle ground of the party. They are an overall more conservative mix of politicians but support the expansion of the United States across the continent. Being a national faction of the party, they support letting each state decide its position on the topic of slavery. Former Gov William L Marcy of New York, a leading voice in reconciliation between pro and anti-slavery camps, leads this faction and the Democratic Party. Other members include Ambassador to France Lewis Cass of Michigan, former President Martin Van Buren of New York, and Gov James K Polk of Tennessee. The Free Soil Democrats The Free Soil Democrats are moderate on many issues, especially that of slavery, seeing it as an antiquated and morally wrong way to operate an industry. They have the backing of many wealthy business interests of New England. Sen Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, a leading proponent of western expansion and weak supporter of slavery, leads this faction. Other members of this faction include Sen Levi Woodbury of New Hampshire, Stephen Douglas of Illinois, and Sam Houston of Texas. The Moderate Democrats The Moderate Democrats find themselves a mixture of the least supportive members of slavery and the more progressive and leftwing members of the party. They generally support the expansion of the nation seeing it as a God ordained mission. They also support the limiting of slavery in the country to the Southern States as a social, moral, and religious cause. John Robbins, a moderate from Pennsylvania, leads this faction. Other members of the faction include John P Hale of New Hampshire, Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, and John C Fremont of California. The Whig Party Formed in opposition to President Andrew Jackson, the Whigs favor an active federal government that supports a protective tariff, construction of infrastructure, and support for a national bank. The party is also critical of the expansion of the nation across the American continent seeing it as proactive land grabbing by the wealthy landowning elite of the South. The Factions States Rights Whigs The States Rights Whigs represent the leftover remnants of the old Federalist Party in the South. They are dominated by the wealthy plantation but also represent the more traditionalist parts of Northern society, especially the mercantile and trading states. Secretary of State Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a supporter of strong economic protectionism and comity between North and South, leads this faction. Other members include Vice President John Tyler, Sen John M Berrien of Georgia, and Rep Robert MT Hunter of Virginia. Wall Street Whigs The Wall Street Whigs represent the business and capital owning classes, primarily of the Northern States. They favor economic growth measures but without protections offered to the more conseravtive and reactionary factions. Senior General Winfield Scott of New Jersey, one of the nation’s military geniuses, leads this faction. Other members also include Sen Henry Clay of Kentucky, Secretary of War John Bell of Tennessee, and Ambassador to Great Britain Edward Everett. Moderate Whigs The Moderate Whigs represent a disparate collection of interests across the party, very much representative of the larger Whig Party. The Moderate Whigs ascribe to no one political agenda and are more or less free agents within the party. President William Henry Harrison of Ohio, the war hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, leads this faction. Other members include Speaker of the House John White of Kentucky, Rep Millard Fillmore of New York, and Abraham Lincoln of Illinois. Anti-Masons The Anti-Masons represent the moderate forces of the party that are distrusting of the political forces that currently operate in the country. They constitute the remnants of the Anti-Masonic Party and seek to reform the US government while promoting a safe society that is economically prosperous. Former Rep John Reed Jr of Massachusetts, a leader in the promotion of American arts and sciences, leads this faction. Other members include Attorney General John J Crittenden of Kentucky, former President John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts, and Gov William Seward of New York. Conscience Whigs The Conscience Whigs are the leading voices of abolition of slavery in the nation and represent the most social liberal forces in the poltical process. They seek the elimination of slavery and the reform of the US government to allow for a more fair and equal society. Washington Irving of New York, a globally renowned American author, leads this faction. Others in this faction include Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania, Rep Joshua Giddings of Ohio, and PT Barnum of Connecticut. Strap in as the United States of America enters into one of the most critical periods the young nation has ever faced. 9 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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