Zenobiyl Posted December 19, 2021 Share Posted December 19, 2021 January 1st, 1948. It is the beginning of a new year, the 172nd year of the great American experiment, the 3rd year of Truman’s presidency, and the 16th consecutive year of democratic rule. In those 16 years the face of America was revolutionized. From depression, hope; from isolation, intervention; from division, unity. FDR left a towering legacy in the United States of America, and the world. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is dead now. In his place a Missouri democrat known as Harry Truman has taken up the mantle, but it remains to be seen if he can fill the immense shadow left behind by Roosevelt. His first years were marked by struggles in foreign policy, equivocation on civil rights, and failures in economic policy. The previous midterms saw the democrats hemorrhage support, and pundits expect a republican blowout this November. Can Truman beat all the odds? Or is the era of democratic dominance finally coming to a close? Master Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TiSW-vpYpOIvGxtu_QUzJuP5U8OYtAGtXYVt6SFPtAI/edit Economy: N/A (No rolls for year 1) The economy has remained stable during the Truman administration, but concerns over inflation and labor unrest have caused discontent among the voting public. The new deal is firmly entrenched, and the woes of the Great Depression are no more. Confidence in Truman’s economic policies, however, is low. Foreign Policy: N/A The United States has emerged from the crucible of World War Two as the superpower of the western world. However, they have not emerged alone. The Soviet Union has established dominance in Eastern Europe, and Comintern insurgencies have sparked numerous wars across the globe. Reconstruction of Western Europe will be a prime concern for president Truman, along with preventing the further spread of communism. Isolationists remain a nuisance in both parties, albeit less so than the FDR days, and will oppose these efforts. Truman’s leadership in the post-war world has so far made him many friends at home, although isolationists are perpetually disgruntled. However, the rise of communism abroad will be sure to challenge Truman, and he will need to rise to the challenge if his foreign policy, “The Truman Doctrine”, is to prevail. Domestic: N/A America may have won the fight for freedom abroad, but much remains to be desired on the home front. Practically every state remains mired in the segregationist politics and legislation known as “Jim Crow”. However, the growing influence of minorities in the workforce has given them outlets to protest this. For his part, president Truman has yet to take a firm stance on his vision for the future of civil rights. This equivocation hasn’t made him any enemies, but it also hasn’t made him any friends. Furthermore, concerns over communists in the government have been quietly growing, and may give the republicans an avenue of attack if left unaddressed. Democratic Party: The Democratic Party of 1948 was, and is, defined by one man: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His calm and charming demeanor, ambitious economic programs, and leadership during World War Two have changed the United States forever, and the Democratic Party with it. Now, however, the hodge-podge of variegated groups glued together by one man are peeling apart under his successor. Three days prior, Henry Wallace announced he would be running under a third party “Progressive” ticket, taking many progressives and liberals with him. Worse still, the midterms have left the president with a republican congress intent on opposing his ambitious policies. Meanwhile, African Americans and southern whites have been calling on Truman to pick a side, and end the civil rights equivocations to which he has stuck for the previous two-and-a-half years. With the release of a report entitled “To Secure These Rights” by his civil rights commission, has the time come for Truman to cast his die, or will he try to kick the can down the road for some other poor democrat? Truman may be struggling in national approval, but his support in the party mainstream remains solid. The nomination is his for the taking, unless a dark horse should storm the convention hall… Prospective Democratic Candidates: Harry Truman [DemMod] Republican Party: The Republican Party during the Roosevelt years could be said to have reached its lowest point of the 20th century. The electoral massacres of the 1930s destroyed much of the party mainstream, and caused even many conservatives to lose their offices. Meanwhile, the triumphant democrats claimed victory in World War Two, and succeeded in their vision of a more involved government through social programs such as social security. Now, however, the Democrats are divided and demoralized, giving the GOP its best chance at reclaiming victory in decades. Nationally speaking, the Republican Party has tacked in a liberal direction over the last few years, and the odds-on favorite for the nomination is 1944 GOP candidate and governor of New York Thomas Dewey. Progressives remain influential, moderates continue chugging along, and conservatives appear dormant at the national level, at least for now. Should he prevail again, Dewey will have to decide what kind of campaign he wishes to run. Will he run as aggressively as he did in 1944? Or will Dewey try a more conciliatory approach? There is also the issue of the Republican congress to consider, which is much more conservative than the voting public and even the national GOP platform. Prospective Republican Candidates: Thomas Dewey [GOPLib] Earl Warren [GOPProg] Harold Stassen [GOPProg] Robert Taft [GOPCon] Arthur Vandenberg [GOPMod] Douglas MacArthur [GOPCon] [RP meta] We are starting in the off-season, so there won’t be primaries yet. Every turn each faction gets 1 legislative event, and 1 event to be used for any other purpose. The legislative event is a bill to be submitted into congress, either the house or senate. The miscellaneous event can be attempting to recruit a politician to run for office, prepping a national presidential campaign, enacting a policy with a faction-controlled governor, introducing a case to the Supreme Court, or any other number of things. This RP is structured similarly to the 1968RP, so the miscellaneous event can be used for a myriad of things. These events and bills will be graded out of 10, and bills will go through votes to be enacted or rejected. Unlike 1968RP, polls will not be done until the primary / election seasons have begun. The faction in control of the presidency will get three presidential events per turn. These should be spent on dealing with the issues at hand in the country, both domestic and international. The point of divergence with real history begins now, so take extra care that you use these events wisely. An absence of an event where one is expected may have serious repercussions. That being said, your events will also have much greater sway, being out of 20 instead of 10. The power of the bully pulpit can make or break a faction, so good luck. Some things to keep in mind as we go forward: There is a list of the most senior congress members on the spreadsheet for a reason. Very old candidates will suffer debilitating electoral penalties; run them at your own peril. There is a random chance of congress members, court members, cabinet members, or governors dying each year. Candidate lists will be required for every election season for all the statewide races. House candidates can also be submitted for specific races or just to a state in general. Failure to run a candidate in a race can lead to protest candidates in some cases, which may have undesired results. Politicians are as they were on January 1st, 1948. Circumstances can change the party or ideology of a politician in extreme cases. Also, major political figures are off-limits until the year they first ran for a significant office. If you are unsure about the ideology of a politician, let me know and I will make a call. If you are unable to submit events for any reason, please find someone who can do them on your behalf in your absence if possible. Major events in the world and in the nation will be rolled out of 100. Presidential Responses to them will also be rolled out of 100. The Unit Rule, a rule applied to Democratic Conventions, requires each state to deliver its entire convention delegation to one candidate. Current Players: DemPaleo & DemCon: @Timur DemMod (And President Truman): @Hestia DemLib: @Sean F Kennedy DemProg: @Fbarbarossa GOPPaleo & GOPCon: @Dobs GOPMod: @Kitten GOPLib: @Rezi GOPProg: @The Blood Progressives (Includes left wing parties such as ALP, FLP, and Progressive Party): @WVProgressive Schedule: [We will try doing a turn every day or every other day (with some exceptions) to take advantage of the break. The pace will be much slower during the school year, around a turn each week.] Off-season turn 1: January 1st [in RP time] Off-season turn 2: January 8th Off-season turn 3: January 17th Off-season turn 4: January 25th Off-season turn 6: February 5th Off-season turn 7: February 15th Off-season turn 9: February 26th Off-season turn 10: March 1st [Candidates announce] Primary turn 1: March 1st Primary turn 2: March 3rd Primary turn 3: March 6th Primary turn 4: March 7th Primary turn 5: March 8th Primary turn 6: March 9th [New Hampshire Primary] Primary turn 7: March 16th Primary turn 8: March 30th Primary turn 9: April 6th [NY & WI Primary] Primary turn 10: April 13th [IL & NE Primary] Primary turn 11: April 20th [AR & NJ Primary] Primary turn 12: April 27th [MA & PA Primary] Primary turn 13: May 4th [MD, AL, FL, OH Primary] Primary turn 14: May 11th [WV Primary] Primary turn 15: May 25th [OR Primary] Primary turn 16: June 2nd [CA & SD Primary] General Events: Communist Party of Greece proclaims government led by Markos Vafiadis Hideki Tojo defends himself in Tokyo war crimes trial Former Vice President Henry Wallace announces his third-party candidacy for president of the United States General Headlines: “Crowds cheer Henry Wallace speech pledging peace and strengthening of New Deal” - The National Guardian “Greek Communist Forces reach within 20km of Athens, sparking calls for further military aid from Allied Nations” - Liberty Abroad “To Secure These Rights: Communists in Truman Cabinet propose overthrow of State’s Rights” - The Mississippi Herald “Presidential aides remain tight-lipped on Truman administration’s choice for Vice President” - The New York Times Truman Approval Rating: 52% (Submit your events now! One legislative event and one miscellaneous event for each faction, and three events for President Truman by DemMods.) [Up Next: January 8th, 1948; Truman State of the Union Address] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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