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18 hours ago, Bushwa777 said:

In 1868 playtest the election of 1880 saw James A. Garfield beat George H. Pendleton in a race to the White House.  The GOP picked up a few state houses to keep the lead and destroyed the DEMS in taking back the House

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A new playtest was started in the Era of Nationalism, 1856.  It is being run to see how the Civil War and Reconstruction are handled by players and the CPU.

There are 4 human players, 2 Blue & 2 Red, and 4 other players processing CPU moves for the other factions.  The 2 human Blue players are the Southern Democrats and the Conservative Democrats, and if the South leaves the Union, these factions will be hit hard as they are full of politicians from the south.  The 2 Red players are playing the Moderate Red faction, which has Abraham Lincoln in it, and the Liberal Republicans led by Gov. Salmon P. Chase of Ohio.  If the Civil War happens and the North wins, this later faction will likely want to impose harsh reconstruction penalties on the South.

We have just begun and it's exciting to see what could happen.

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Not a major story but a fun piece of trivia from the 1948 test concerns the Byrd Family. Father Harry Byrd Sr was VP candidate for Reagan in 1956 and lost the election. He was replaced in the senate by his son Harry Byrd Jr. Following Lewis Douglas's ascent to the Presidency Harry F Byrd Jr was appointed as his VP. This means the Byrd family contains someone who ran for Vice President but did not become Vice President and someone who did not run for Vice President and did become Vice President. 

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A fun development in the 48 thread is that JFK had a terrible accident that led to his stepping down and VP Lewis Douglas stepping in as acting President, but it's become a packed primary battle for 68. 

In the fight for a full term in his own right, President Douglas faces a crowded field including House Majority Leader Anthony Tauriello, Senator Fuller Warren, former Supreme Court Justice William Douglas, and his own Ambassador to Russia Harley Staggers. 

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In the election of 1968, amongst JFK's resignation, fatigue with the Democratic Party and anger over failed wars in Korea and Japan, President Lewis Douglas loses his reelection bid to Clare Booth Luce, who becomes the first female president.

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In the 1856 Playtest, the midterm elections of 1858 didn't go well for the incumbent Democrats.  Several new Republican House members came to power, including the new Speaker of the House, Representative Abraham Lincoln of Illinois.  Minnesota was admitted as a free state, and Republicans also claimed a majority of Governorships with 20 against 12 Democrats.

President James Buchanan was assassinated in late 1858 by a crazy lone assassin who was then taken into custody.  Vice-President John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky becomes the 16th President of the United States.  Former Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois becomes Party Leader for the Democrats, and Governor Salmon P. Chase of Ohio remains the Party Leader for the Republicans/Know-Nothings/Old Whigs.

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Forgot to post this earlier.

In 1840, the 1892 Contingent Election sees incumbent Dem Pendleton maintain the Presidency.  Because all 3 historic contingent elections were pre-start date, that means this timeline has had 6.  Also, all 3 of the ones in the playtest have been for different reasons.  We've had one because a 3rd party kept everyone under 50%, we've had one because faithless electors took an otherwise winner under 50%, and we've had one because the EC was actually tied (there were faithless electors, but the tie was pre-defections).

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In the 1856 game, the Gov. Salmon P. Chase/Speaker Abraham Lincoln ticket wins the Presidency in 1860 with just over 50% of the popular vote.  The Democrats ran President Breckinridge (who became President after the assassination of Buchanan) and Allen G. Thurman of Ohio as VP.  The 3rd party ticket was Former Sec. of State Edward Everett of Massachusetts and George Washington Julien of Indiana.  There were also 5 faithless electors.

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In 1868 playtest:

Fernando Wood who has struggled so long to become speaker of the house finally saw it within his grasp and was elected to the post only to be cut down by an errant freight wagon (some say driven by Nehamiah Sperry who was blocked to become Secretary of State but that cannot be proven) in a rainstorm and killed.  

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22 minutes ago, Imperator Taco Cat said:

Democratic Senator David Broderick attempts to reinstate reconstruction in South Carolina.

(unless this was an illegal move we probably should make it one, otherwise it could be brought back well over 50 years after the civil war ended.)

Well after we move to Progressive era its no longer an allowed law

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