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1840 - Texas was admitted by as wide margin in the 1840-42 term. Too early to tell if there will be consequences internationally, but domestically, it seems the Whigs and Democrats are mostly on the same page in this AI only playtest, the only thing being shot down this term being the amendment that would require SC justices to be at least 40 years old.

BTW this thread is a great idea.

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1842 Midterm Elections

Despite presiding over a booming economy and governing much in line with what the Democrats prioritized, Whigs lose 4 Governorships including PA and NY; lose the House (132 to 92); and barely hold the Senate (28 to 26).

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1960 - President Bricker vetoes two pieces of spending leislation: NASA Funding Increase and a major increase to defense spending, citing possible budget issues at the end of the fiscal year. Congress, surprisingly enough, agreed and none of the legislation was overridden.

Bricker's agenda which was passed and signed does the following:

  • Police Improvement Grants
  • Increasing the Army and Navy Size
  • Establishes the Office of Management and Budget
  • Federal Loans to local governments (which only effects states in the deep south)
  • increased veterans benefits
  • updated the military to top of the line
  • allows the Bricker Administration to treat the Cuba as a client state, rather than the independent state it actually is
  • Subsidized local law enforcement agencies (oh boy SWAT Teams)
  • Set an imigration cap of 270,000 annually
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1960 - Bricker announces policy initiatives: Commission to Root Out Corruption from the Executive Branch and Institute the War on Drugs. Both are missmanaged, with Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Jack Snyder improperly filing paperwork. The Corruption Commission fell to Vice President Laxalt, who managed to fix no issues due to inexperience. 

War on Drugs also increase the national debt which means we are now solely 2 debt with Spain.

Democrats are being shown the favorites in the midterms.

 

Two new seats opened up on the court, with one as the result of the death of Hugo Black. Justice Felix Frankfurter also retires.

Edited by Arkansas Progressive
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1840 playtest-

(1842-44)

The Senate is tied with 27 Senators in each party.  Vice-President Tyler may have to vote to break some ties in the Senate.  The Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections.

After a scandal, and gaining the trait easily overwhelmed, Henry Clay is forced to resign from his position as Sec of the Treasury by President William Henry Harrison. 

Senator James Buchanan of Pennsylvania retires early from the Senate, frustrated with politics. 

Daniel Webster dies of tuberculosis. 

Former President and Rep John Quincy Adams dies of dropsy.

The US negotiates a treaty with the UK over the Oregon territory.

War breaks out with Spain over President Harrison's support of Cuban Rebels in 1840.

War also breaks out with Mexico over the annexation of Texas.

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1840 Playtest

1842-War with Spain & Mexico!  Chief Admiral Perry dispatches Admiral Farragut to the Atlantic with orders to engage and destroy the Spanish Navy.  He does so in back to back engagements, clearing both sides of the Atlantic of the once proud fleet of Spain.

The hard part of the war with Spain now begins.  General Alexander Maccomb, veteran of the War of 1812, is VERY narrowly defeated in combat (needed a 33, rolled a 34).  Phil Kearny takes command and also tries to engage the Spanish Army and defeat it on land, but also narrowly fails (need a 48, rolled a 51).  Finally, Gen William Worth is sent in to fight and is defeated.  0-3 in the War with Spain on land.  Need 5 wins, so this war may take a while unless the Army continues to be defeated on land.

In Mexico, the situation is very different.  Chief Admiral Perry sends Sydney Smith Lee and Robert F Stockton to the coasts.  Both Admirals defeat the Mexican Naval squadrons that have been assembled.

On land, Senior General Winfield Scott decides not to take personal command and instead sends new general, Robert E. Lee to fight.  Lee wins at Vera Cruz and Chapultapec placing the US military in an excellent position moving forward.  2-0 in land battles with Mexico, and need 5 wins.

Chief Admiral Perry gains +1 admin.  Winfield Scott gains incompetent and is forced to resign by President William Henry Harrison.  Harrison selects current Ambassador to France, former Sec of War, and War of 1812 officer Lewis Cass to be the new Senior General in the Army.

Edited by matthewyoung123
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1844 Presidential Election-

President William Henry Harrison has been defeated by former NY Gov William Marcy.

The electoral votes were 223 for Marcy (55.7% popular vote) and 58 for Harrison (44.3%). Harrison lost 6 Whig leaning states. His defeat can mainly be attributed to having a lobby that impacted 0 states whereas Marcy and Guthrie had agriculture and military-industrial which impacted the agriculture and maritime states (which is an overwhelming majority).

Harrison also suffered a -3 across the board for ongoing crises.  

Running the election without the -3 crisis penalty resulted in a Harrison win...but this is the one that counts.

1844 Marcy vs Harrison.png

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1962-1964 term

Democrats unite around MA Rep. Tip O'Neil as Speaker, with Jesse Helms as Majority Leader and John W McCormack as Majority Whip. In the Senate, Johnson and Russell make their returns to leadership, with Russell passing the position of president pro tempore (practically useless) to Dennis Chavez of New Mexico.

Republican leadership yet to be made.

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1844 Term

Newly elected President Marcy appoints his cabinet-

State- John C Calhoun- SC 
War- Lewis Cass- MI
Treasury- Richard Rush- PA 
Att Gen- Silas Wright- NY
Navy- Gideon Welles- CT
Post Gen- Andrew Jackson Donelson- TN
Key Advisor- George M. Dallas- PA

To replace Cass as General-in-Chief (as Winfield Scott resigned and retired due to the ground fiascos in the war with Spain)

General-in-Chief- Robert E Lee- VA (5 level military skill and Military Leader)
Replacing Lee- Albert S. Johnston- TX (3 level military skill)

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1962-64 term

In the deaths phase, nearly all but 4 factions saw the loss of 3 politicians, and two of those that didn't saw an additional retirment.

Notables:

  • Former President Harry S Truman died of bad lungs at the age of 78
  • Senator Paul Douglas (D-IL) died of heart attack at the age of 70
  • Senator Henry Dworshak  (R-ID) died of stroke at the age of 68
  • Rep. William L Dawson (R-IL) retired for Satisfied with the work they’ve done and want to consider other things at the age of 76
  • OTL VP and MD Gov Spiro T Agnew died of pneumonia at the age of 44

Surprisingly, Nonagenarian Theodore F Green (aged 95) survives both death and retirement rolls

Edited by Arkansas Progressive
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