Popular Post Vols21 Posted September 9, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted September 9, 2022 The 1960 playtest had to be stopped because some of the ratings, especially Admin were all at starter levels and it tanked all the meters since we didn't have any Cabinet members above 3 (and very few at 3). I've gone back and reset the ratings based on mid and peak levels where necessary and adjusted the meters back close to where they were. Now we are ready to give this era another go - picking up where we left off. Quick recap: John Bricker (OH) and Paul Lexalt (NV) defeated Senator John Kennedy and Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan to win President in a landslide. Republicans rode his coattails to take control of the House and cut into the majority the Democrats had in the Senate. Long time House Speaker Sam Rayburn lost in the primaries and retired. The Speaker job became a revolving door as 3 different Republicans held the gavel for a brief time before stepping down for other jobs (like George Bush going to England as Ambassador). Joseph Martin kept the position until being swept out in the Midterms and replaced by Tip O'Neil. The divided Congress spent a lot of money to beef up the military since we are in a Cold War, and also send subsidies to local law enforcement due to mounting tensions and riots in many cities. President Bricker opted not to send National Guard to put down riots but instead allowed the Governors to handle matters and so far that has worked out. There was also a major earthquake in California. President Bricker sent aid which Gov. Pat Brown misallocated (leading to Brown losing his re-election bid) so former VP Nixon was asked to oversee the FEMA efforts on behalf of President Bricker. Supreme Court News: Hugo Black passed away and Felix Frankfurter retired. President Bricker replaced them with Warren Burger and William Renquist. 1962: Midterm elections were brutal for the incumbent President as the new voting laws and 12 years of Republicans in the White House saw the Democrats regain control of the House 255 to 182 (they started 1960 with 232 so they have gained 20 seats so far). Democrats maintain control of the Senate; however, Republicans were elected to more state houses for the first time. President Bricker signs a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with Russia. Peace breaks out around the world as relations warm with both Russia and China as well as several of our NATO allies. Bricker receives mostly praise for this bold action and taking necessary action to take a step back from the brink of war. Some in the Military-Industrial cabal that former President Eisenhower warned us about thought Bricker's treaty with the Russians was weak and appeasing our enemies. There are looking for a war somewhere, anywhere. I will post the new Cabinet since we made a lot of changes. Currently we are up to the Congress in Session phase and have a diverse number of bills to consider. 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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