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Postby Vienna Eliot » Thu May 03, 2018 5:37 pm

Al-Ghaihr wrote:Mohammed Ebrahim

Tell us more about how he became NC's Attorney General; if not what offices he held before that, at least just how difficult the race was.

Likewise, as expressed above, I would like to see more major party characters. Independents should expect a difficult route to the presidency, or even to having a measurable effect on the race, and thus are probably best reserved for those intending to do a lot more character-based roleplaying — more likely than not, you simply won't have the resources to do much actual campaigning. The only reason the current president is independent is to preclude the effects of party incumbency on the next general election.

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Postby Vienna Eliot » Fri May 04, 2018 6:30 pm

Tumbra wrote:Thomas "Tom" Gordon John Brae

Great app — accepted.

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Postby Vienna Eliot » Sat May 05, 2018 3:48 pm

IC will open one week from today.

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Postby Helowi » Sat May 05, 2018 4:47 pm

Vienna Eliot wrote:IC will open one week from today.

Hooray!
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Virginia "Ginger" Caulfield - Republican Party
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Account Name: Convallaria
Occupation: Mayor of Albuquerque
Political Ideology: Civil liberalism, Fiscal Conservatism, Libertarian-Capitalist, Anti-Statist

Family: Christopher (Son, 14) Violet (7)
Background: Ginger is not necessarily the most likable person in the world - she has a tendency to be shallow, vain, and snobby, along with obsessive-compulsive tendencies and other neuroses. Noticeably, she also suffers from mysophobia when she's stressed, once driving her to set an elderly couple's trash on fire because it was piled too high. She saw a therapist for her obsessive tendencies. However, Ginger genuinely loved her husband Fitch and extended family, and did the best she could to help him when he was in the hospital after the accident. Ginger doesn't hesitate to offer advice to other people, but often fails to practice what she preaches. Nevertheless, Ginger is supportive of her family especially her children. She is also quite impulsive, not thinking through her actions, even though she does have good intentions at heart. She appears self-centered, shallow, sharp, and opinionated, but is very devoted to her children and cares deeply for her friends. Ginger seems to strictly watch her weight and is big on eating healthy, low fat food. She can be frequently found perusing the aisles of organic or health-food stores. She appears to harbor an obsession with the color blue; she is almost always portrayed wearing blue and many elements of her home decor, including her kitchen appliances and bed linens, are matching shades of blue.
Faith: Lutheranism

Strengths: Generally speaking, Ginger is high-strung and has a straightforward attitude which makes her clear and easy to understand. She is also well rounded in state related issues, especially surrounding economics with her experience and education. Additionally, she can detect emotions, and occasionally even lies, with relative ease.
Weaknesses: Ginger's tough attitude makes her unlikable by certain people; in many senses, she lacks interesting character features and color, relying on desire for power to get her ahead. She has limited government experience outside the city/state level, and does not have extensive contacts in Washington.

Miscellaneous: Ginger graduated from the University of Eastern Colorado with a degree in economics and then a masters of Actuarial Science from the University of New Mexico. After training at Schultz & Feingold, a Denver based accounting firm, she spent five years working for the New Mexico State Treasury before moving to Albuquerque. She was briefly married to Fitch Weston, having two children before he died in an air crash in New York. With her experience in the State Treasury, she chose to Run for Mayor seeing it as an opportunity to leave the grief of her husband's death behind her professionally. She was successfully elected as Mayor in 2046 when she won marginally, with her main opponent falling just short of votes.
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    Postby Vienna Eliot » Sat May 05, 2018 5:51 pm

    Convallaria wrote:Ginger Caulfield

    I will accept this. For others' reference, the biography under miscellaneous should be under background.
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    Postby Helowi » Sun May 06, 2018 7:32 am

    I have a question about the debt of the United States government. Has it gotten worse under the administrations of Comey & Fisher, or better?
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    Postby Ascysia » Sun May 06, 2018 3:51 pm

    Richard Faulkner - Democrat
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    Account Name: Ascysia
    Occupation: Governor of Oregon
    Political Ideology: Socially Moderate, Fiscally Moderate, Atlanticist Hawk

    Family: Isabelle Hendricks (Wife), Daniel, Colin and Anna (Children)
    Background: Faulkner was born on August 6th, 1990 in Boise, Idaho, but following his fathers' death in the Iraq War, he moved to Jackson County, Oregon in 2003. Raised by a single mother, his family struggled to survive financially, forcing him to work two jobs alongside school when he was 16. He joined the US air force when he turned 18, serving for 6 years. When he returned, he studied Economics and Chinese until he graduated at 28. When he turned 30, he began his venture into politics, beginning work at the State Department as a researcher, before becoming an aide at the US Embassy in Beijing when he was 33. In 2028, he left the Embassy to return to Oregon as his mother's health began to deteriorate. This is where Faulkner registered as a Democrat, and worked as a policy adviser for the Oregon Democratic Party. Just a year later, his mother died, and Faulkner was getting sick of working for politicians, so he took a gamble and ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination for the second district in 2030. Thanks to a sex-scandal involving the incumbent, John Harmon, Faulkner was able to edge him out in a previously solid Republican state, running on the slogan "Pragmatic yet Principled".

    For the next four years, Faulkner served as congressman for the 2nd district, and earned a reputation as a staunch Atlanticist and war hawk. He rarely spoke in Congress, yet was very vocal when environmental issues and foreign policy came up, defending NATO and US military intervention abroad from pacifist Democrats and isolationist Republicans. Faulkner had a relatively pro-free market voting record in regards to regulations, however when environmental issues came up, he was always one of the first to vote in favour of imposing them. In 2034, Faulkner jumped for the Democratic nomination for Senator, and won it by a solid margin, defeating two progressive opponents with 63.2% of the vote. Between 2034 and 2042, Faulkner was Senator, continuing his support for hawkish and environmentalist policies. During this time, he became more socially moderate, and ended up being regarded as a relatively pro-gun Democrat.

    In 2042, his close friend Craig Navarro was ineligible to run for another term as Governor, and made the request that Faulkner took his place. Navarro endorsed him in a close primary, where Faulkner beat out two opposition candidates by a close margin, winning 37% of the vote to their 33% and 28% respectively. Faulkner naturally won the general election, with 49% to the Republican 46%. Faulkner focused his governorship on creating rural jobs, developing infrastructure and improving education standards. Faulkner was re-elected again in 2046, winning 51% of the vote, to the Republican 47%. After leaving office in February 2051, he appeared as a political commentator, mainly on FOX and MSNBC, before announcing his campaign for the presidency on July 7th 2051.

    Faith: Roman Catholic

    Strengths: Established support base among Democrats, respected by many liberal (Rockefeller) Republicans. Good speaker with a network of contacts in Washington to help him with his campaign, as well as friends in the news and political entertainment industries.
    Weaknesses: Opposed by progressives, isolating a large democratic base. Catholic faith may be off-putting to many Protestants.

    Miscellaneous: Faulkner is a leading figure among moderate Democrats, and is regarded as a bipartisan figure, with a Lugar index score of 1.86255. He is one of the most hated by progressives, due to his hawkish foreign policy.
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      Postby Zjaum » Sun May 06, 2018 3:51 pm

      Helowi wrote:I have a question about the debt of the United States government. Has it gotten worse under the administrations of Comey & Fisher, or better?

      I mean, at the rate everyone's been spending, on interest alone, it should probably be in the hundreds of trillions, if not in the quadrillions.
      I use my NationStates stats, because a population of billions/trillions and an economy of hundreds of trillions is totally viable, trust me.
      But seriously, aside from the population and GDP, just assume that my NS stats are roughly accurate.

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      Postby Vienna Eliot » Sun May 06, 2018 6:23 pm

      Helowi wrote:I have a question about the debt of the United States government. Has it gotten worse under the administrations of Comey & Fisher, or better?

      U.S. debt is about $40,000,000,000,000 or $40 trillion, double what it was in 2018. This falls short of the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that it would reach 150% of GDP, but it’s still 117% of GDP, while in 2018 the debt and GDP were equal.

      Much of the surprisingly slow debt growth is thanks to the changes to discretionary spending, including the privatization of social security, under President Comey. I’m going to publish this week a guide to some of the biggest issues facing the US in 2051 so you guys know what the national mindset is like (but agenda-setting is still an important part of every campaign!).

      Ascysia wrote:Richard Faulkner

      Accepted, even if the victory margins are a little wonky.

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      Postby Ascysia » Mon May 07, 2018 4:32 am

      Vienna Eliot wrote:
      Helowi wrote:I have a question about the debt of the United States government. Has it gotten worse under the administrations of Comey & Fisher, or better?

      U.S. debt is about $40,000,000,000,000 or $40 trillion, double what it was in 2018. This falls short of the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that it would reach 150% of GDP, but it’s still 117% of GDP, while in 2018 the debt and GDP were equal.

      Much of the surprisingly slow debt growth is thanks to the changes to discretionary spending, including the privatization of social security, under President Comey. I’m going to publish this week a guide to some of the biggest issues facing the US in 2051 so you guys know what the national mindset is like (but agenda-setting is still an important part of every campaign!).

      Ascysia wrote:Richard Faulkner

      Accepted, even if the victory margins are a little wonky.

      I'll adjust them then. I was assuming it was just a swing-state
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      Postby Helowi » Mon May 07, 2018 1:31 pm

      Vienna Eliot wrote:
      Helowi wrote:I have a question about the debt of the United States government. Has it gotten worse under the administrations of Comey & Fisher, or better?

      U.S. debt is about $40,000,000,000,000 or $40 trillion, double what it was in 2018. This falls short of the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that it would reach 150% of GDP, but it’s still 117% of GDP, while in 2018 the debt and GDP were equal.

      Much of the surprisingly slow debt growth is thanks to the changes to discretionary spending, including the privatization of social security, under President Comey. I’m going to publish this week a guide to some of the biggest issues facing the US in 2051 so you guys know what the national mindset is like (but agenda-setting is still an important part of every campaign!).

      Ascysia wrote:Richard Faulkner

      Accepted, even if the victory margins are a little wonky.

      Thanks for helping with it. I’m looking forward to the guide.
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      Postby Vienna Eliot » Wed May 09, 2018 3:52 pm

      Here is a brief guide on some of the issues facing Americans in 2051.

      Presidents, 2017-2051
      2017-2024: Donald Trump (R)
      2025-2032: Gwen Graham (D)
      2033-2040: James Comey (R)
      2041-2044: Aidan O’Connor (D)
      2045-present: Richard G. Fischer (I)


      Trade and the Economy
      One point of agreement between Republicans and Democrats during the Graham-Comey years was on protectionism — the U.S. gradually pulled out of NAFTA and implemented protective tariffs over the course of nearly three decades, but near the end of Fischer’s term the effects on the economy started to become prominent. As the world economy globalized, the United States stagnated, with China and Europe becoming the major decision-makers on the world economic stage. In many ways a haunting conflict between unions and chambers of commerce, Americans want a decisive stance on the future of America’s position in the global economy.

      Social Security
      Americans are living longer and longer, and social security became a major issue under President Graham when its benefits started to run out in 2032, at the end of her term. President Comey campaigned and won on privatizing the program, much to the chagrin of progressives, but moderate one-term Democrat Aidan O’Connor supported increased privatization, and President Fischer found himself unable to re-nationalize social security. Now, more than 15 years after the privatization of social security, many Americans still hope to see the program reworked and brought back into the public sector.

      Asia
      After the failure of Korean unification under President O’Connor, President Fischer swore to the American people that the United States was “done being the world’s mediator.” While North Korea has denuclearized and opened up to the world, its regime is still oppressive, and the South Korean government still fears that their neighbor could snap at any moment.

      The Japanese economy has long since collapsed, suffering the slow blow of losing trade with the US, and with China and Europe becoming self-sufficient and the world’s producers of most goods.

      China now has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world, after several years of struggle with Russia to claim the title of superpower. This of course manifested in a decisive end to the South China Sea dispute — the Chinese control anything that goes through the channels — and in China’s increased global influence in diplomacy and trade.

      In the Middle East, the Syrian conflict ended with a quiet Assad victory. The conflict in Yemen, too, was won by the Houthis. This can all be attributed to the increased strength of Iran — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (or the Iran nuclear deal), brought back into force and ratified by the Senate under President Graham, empowered the Islamic Republic to take control over the region, forcibly stabilizing it. Israel and Palestine are still not friends.

      Immigration
      After President Trump left office, America became a whole lot friendlier to immigration. The wall was never built, blocked for years by the Democratic majority in Congress, and President Graham embedded in the American memory her famous “nation of immigrants” speech. President Comey continued to be friendly to immigrants, easing the path to citizenship despite its harm to Republican prospects in the South. This has only energized Southern Republicans, though — concerns about immigration still exist, and many Americans feel they’ve gone unanswered.

      Healthcare
      President Comey’s mandatory spending cuts hit healthcare the hardest, but averted an economic catastrophe. The Affordable Care Act is still in place, but premiums continue to rise and millions of Americans end up uninsured every year. The American populace is completely polarized on the topic: nearly half of all Americans believe healthcare for everyone should be totally privatized, and nearly half want to see the old Sanders “Medicare-for-All” proposal brought back.

      Guns
      After a failed attempt to repeal the Second Amendment, progressive advocates are still energized to see more federal regulations on weapons. The NRA is just as strong as it has always been, though, and continues to ensure that firearms remain an issue on the mind of lawmakers.

      The Environment
      The state of the environment has grown worse, though not quite to the degree some predicted. Still, frequent natural disasters disrupt American lives, and plenty of Americans — especially on the coasts, where hurricanes have become more frequent and land has started to disappear — are demanding to see something done about climate change.

      Global Governance
      President Fischer made a big effort in his second term to form a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, but it never came to fruition. While few regular Americans are concerned with global governance, world leaders, American politicians, and business leaders are increasingly concerned with the place of the United States in negotiations over what the governance of the world is going to look like 50 years in the future.


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      Postby Zjaum » Wed May 09, 2018 4:55 pm

      I appreciate the quick-on-your-feet lore, especially considering that the deal was rescinded only yesterday!
      I use my NationStates stats, because a population of billions/trillions and an economy of hundreds of trillions is totally viable, trust me.
      But seriously, aside from the population and GDP, just assume that my NS stats are roughly accurate.

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      Postby Appalachian Communists » Wed May 09, 2018 5:00 pm

      tagging, will fill out a bio relatively soon

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      Postby Ascysia » Thu May 10, 2018 7:28 am

      Just a heads up, any posts I make in the next week will be somewhat short, my first long IC post will probably be the last campaign post before the Iowa caucuses.
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      Postby Urantia » Thu May 10, 2018 11:06 am

      I would like to play as either the campaign manager or the family member of a presidential candidate. Or potentially a spouse or someone the candidate is cheating on their spouse with. My preference would be a gay cis male character. If another player is interested then I would be open to letting them decide my role and input. This is a puppet nation of Key West. Below is my best sample of my RP writing:
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      Postby Urantia » Fri May 11, 2018 1:59 pm

      James Dykstra - Democrat
      Account Name:Urantia
      Occupation: Campaign Manager, Gareth B. Wright
      Political Ideology: Centrist - "Third Way"

      Family: None, currently single
      Background: James Dysktra is the campaign manager for Gareth Wright. After a string of losses in the late 2040s, James took a break and was sidelined from electoral politics. He tried starting a family with his ex-partner but James struggled to stay out of the adrenaline fueled sport which can be national politics. After leading the insurgent write in campaign for the newly elected Governor of Maine back in the 2050 midterms, James caught the attention of the no-nonsense Gareth B. Wright. James feels like 2052 will be the ultimate come back shot at redemption - but his serial philandering and personal issues may finish off his career once and for all.

      James was educated at the elite private liberal arts school, Rollins College, Class of 2035 (age 35)- located in Orlando Florida. He majored in Political Science and earned his MBA by 24. He is a friend of the Fisher family and has often bent the ear of the outgoing president. Besides politics James has worked at a friend's marketing start up in Miami and then at a well established silicon valley graphics design firm. James doesn't need the money. The thrill of winning drives him above all else and his appetite for victory is insatiable.

      James is openly gay and has never been attracted to the idea of starting a family but as he approaches mid life he begins to re evaluate his priorities.

      Notably James was turned down from a cushy K Street lobbying outfit because he slept with the founder's son - with rumours of hush money being paid abound. In short his personal life is muddy and murky having been neglected by a relentless pursuit of political conquest.

      Faith: Episcopalian

      Strengths: Driven, amibutious, goal oritentated, data-driven
      Weaknesses: Cold, calculated, cunning, possibly alcoholic
      Miscellaneous N/A
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        Postby Vienna Eliot » Fri May 11, 2018 9:56 pm

        Urantia wrote:James Dykstra

        Love the detail — accepted. I trust you have Helowi's go-ahead to be his campaign manager as well.

        I will post the IC within the next couple of hours. I'll continue to accept applications, but anyone coming in after the Iowa caucuses will of course have to roleplay as a latecomer. Unless there are any major objections, I will jump to January and assume everyone has been campaigning for a couple months.

        Since I never got a response back, Al-Ghaihr's application for Mohammed Ebrahim is denied.
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        Postby Vienna Eliot » Sat May 12, 2018 12:03 am

        And it's here. The State of the Union was just given near the end of January. Good luck to all!

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        Postby Lykens » Sat May 12, 2018 12:52 am

        Philip Blackburn (1990 - ) - Democrat
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        Account Name: Lykens
        Occupation: Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives (2043 - ), Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party (2039 - )
        Political Ideology: Power, sometimes described as an old-style Establishment Civil Rights New Dealer

        Family: Husband, Alejandro (60), Sons, Lucian (34), Jay (32), Roland (30), Daughters, Marguerite (31), Lucinda (29)

        Background: Born on a rainy winter day in 1990, Philip Blackburn was orphaned four days later as his parents brought him home from the hospital, killed in an automobile accident that left the newborn unscathed. Raised in the hardscrabble Hill Country by his grandparents, Blackburn came of age during a time of Republican ascendance throughout the state, especially in the rock ribbed conservative stronghold that the Hill Country was. Growing up within the limited means his grandparents could afford, Blackburn was instilled with a lifelong compassion to help those less fortunate and give back to the community, however hostile and unaccepting it was. He came out before college as gay.

        Securing a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas, he went on to earn his law degree, pass the bar exam, and go to work in the District Attorney's office for Blanco County for several years. After marrying his longtime partner, in 2024 he mounted a successful campaign to oust the longtime incumbent DA of the staunchly Republican county, on the back of swift demographic changes in the Hill Country that saw a more diverse populace moving into the surrounding area, Johnson City, the county seat of Blanco County, especially. From his perch of a fast growing county, Blackburn worked hard to focus on rehabilitation of criminals and the rebuilding of trust between law enforcement and the communities they served.

        After several successful years, he was ready for the next rung of the ladder, and in 2030, jumped in to represent the 45th State House district, representing Blanco county and the surrounding areas. After years of demographic changes the longtime Republican incumbent Jason Isaac retired, and Blackburn secured a comfortable 54% win by swamping his opponent in Blanco County. Despite his win, the Texas Democrats were still deep in the minority in the Texas Legislature, and he bided his time. Working on mostly agricultural and criminal justice issues during his early tenure, Blackburn established himself as a fiery orator enthralling the assembled lawmakers just as he did in the courtroom of Johnson City. He worked tirelessly for the next two election cycles to elect more and more Democrats to the Texas House and build his policy chops, eventually being elected Democratic Caucus Chair by his colleagues, becoming the Leader of the Texas House Democrats.

        With the election of Tom Brae in 2038, Blackburn proved a tireless ally, working to keep the Democratic Caucus unified to muster enough votes to pass his agenda, working with more moderate Republicans to circumvent the conservative House Leadership. It was during this time that he established his reputation as a skilled horsetrader and backroom dealer. Working the cloakrooms and House floor like a masterful orchestral conductor. Counting votes became a second nature to him, often knowing how many of his Republican colleagues would vote before their own leaders. Blackburn established many relationships with his Republican colleagues, working to build strong working relationships with those who chair powerful committees to ensure that legislation he supported didn't die as many bills did in the committee process. He would later use committee assignments as a way to ensure loyalty among his caucus and among dissenters in the Republican ranks when he became Speaker.

        He was elected Chair of the Texas Democratic Party in 2039, owing to his successes in establishing a strong turnout and voter registration machine that was powering a swingier Texas. He worked tirelessly to build GOTV infrastructure in each of Texas' 254 counties and maximize turnout wherever he could to boost Democratic candidates. Much like Dick Armey did in the early 2000s in remaking the political makeup and landscape of Texas, Philip Blackburn made it his mission to do the same to Texas in the 2040s, building up a successful organization that began to turn the tide against Republicans as demographic changes and institutional reforms made it fertile grounds for a Democratic come back. He established connections throughout Texas and the country, building fundraising networks that brought in top dollar for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot who would kiss his ring to begin their ascent up the greasy pole of Texas politics.

        With access to greater funding and infrastructure, the 2040 midterm elections and 2042 gubernatorial elections went extremely well for Democrats, owing to an anti-gerrymandering referendum, which saw Blackburn roar into power on an 88 seat majority as the first Democratic Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in forty years. Working hand in hand with Governor Brae, the pair worked hard to pass legislation that could squeak through the narrowly controlled Republican Senate.

        Enjoying a rise of the Democratic Party, the pair worked to pass a raft of Democratic priorities over the next two terms, but when his hefty 90 seat majority was reduced to 78 and the State Senate reverted to Republican control, the relationship between the two cooled, and although tensions subsided when Democrats picked up two seats in the House during Brae's reelection, the momentum behind the slate of Democratic policies had subsided.

        Having served on the DNC for the last eleven years, Blackburn is finally ready to make his mark on national politics by leveraging the might of Texas in both the primaries and general election, and his machine is already revving up for action for whomever is ready to kiss his ring.

        Faith: Baptist

        Strengths: Masterful orator and negotiator, patronage and cronyism, nationwide connections
        Weaknesses: Derided as a machine party boss, patronage and cronyism, quick to anger, prone to cursing

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          Postby Vienna Eliot » Sat May 12, 2018 2:04 am

          Lykens wrote:Philip Blackburn

          Just in time, and with a great character to boot! Accepted.

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          Postby Urantia » Sat May 12, 2018 4:31 am

          Vienna Eliot wrote:And it's here. The State of the Union was just given near the end of January. Good luck to all!

          I will be posting my first IC post in about an hour. Very well done Vienna. Excellent setup. In the theme of building character background it will also be a prologue scene set on the same night.

          ....and yes I got permission hehe :p in fact it was their idea...

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          Cainesland
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          Postby Cainesland » Sat May 12, 2018 8:45 am

          *Theodore Cornelius Whitehorse* - *Republicans*
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          Account Name: Cainesland
          Occupation: Senator Pro Tempore
          Political Ideology: Fiscal conservative, Socially liberal

          Family:
          Wife: Claire Whitehorse (56)
          Children:
          Rachel (Whitehorse) Northwest (28)
          Millard Calvin Whitehorse (27)
          Horace Connor Whitehorse (27)
          Victoria (Whitehorse) Rhodes (26)

          Grandchildren
          Victor Northwest (1) - Son of Rachel (Whitehorse) Northwest and Eric Northwest

          Nathaniel Rhodes (3) - Son of Victoria (Whitehorse) Rhodes and Joshua Rhodes
          Michael Rhodes (2)
          Summer Rhodes (1)

          Background: Theodore was born on December 12th, 1996. He grew up on a tree farm in Richwood, Nicholas County, West Virginia. When he was 6 years old he joined scouts. When he was 10 he started delivering a paper route. When he was 12 he joined cadets. When he was 16 he started working at chapters. When he was 15 he would go to high high school. He would get involved in clubs like the student council and chess club. When he was 17 he graduated from Richmond High School.

          He would go to the University of Virginia and get a dual degree history and education. This would take a year longer than normal to complete. During this time he would get involved with the student council. He would graduate at the age of 21.

          When he was 18 he would join the navy reserves. He would become a Navy Intelligence officer in the reserves.

          When he was 21 he would go to Harvard and get his masters degree in History, minoring in finance. While their he would get involved as a teaching assistant, and work in a politicians office. While going to Harvard, he would meet his future wife.

          When he was 23 he would get the Rhodes Scholarship and go to Oxford to get a doctorate degree in history, minoring in Latin and political science during which time he would move into the individual ready reserve.

          When he was 25 he would enter the active duty roll.

          When he was 26 he would return to the reserves, following 2 years of active duty service.

          He would gain a part time contract job teaching at the University of Virginia shortly after and also work in a politicians office.

          When he was 27 he would start up a YouTube channel where he would put up short lectures on topics from Ancient Rome to Colonial England. It would gain a few viewers and catch the attention of some university staff. He would be offered a full time non-tenure track position in the University of New Hampshire.

          When he was 29 he would be offered a Tenure track position.

          When he was 28 he would have his first child. He would have twins when he was 29, and 1 more when he was 30.

          When he was 30 he would get elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Because the salary is $200 he kept his teaching position at the same time. When he was 32 he would get elected to second term, this time becoming the speaker of the house. When he was 34 he ran for the Senate. A few of his colleagues would join him in the senate and he would be elected President if the Senate.

          When he was 40 he would run for Governor of New Hampshire. Backed by the farmers and supported by a few of his colleagues he would be successful. Following his election, he would step down from teaching at the university, and retire from the military following 22 years of service. As Governor he would help keep the budget under control and balanced. Education Healthcare and Infrastructure would be mainstays under his administration. He would try to make sure hunting and fishing regulations were enforced, labour rights were respected, and land owners land was respected as well. Rehabilitation for criminals was encouraged under his Governorship.

          When he was 44 his term was up and he would be Elected to be in the House of Representatives as an independent. While there he would argue against deficit adding measures. In this capacity he would usually side with the Republicans. However, he would also be in favour of penal reforms, helping the disabled, and healthcare updates which would have him side with the Democrats. He became known for his understanding nature however, usually listening to all sides and the facts before making up hid mind. The welfare of the people and his constituents came first, so if a case could be made that a penal reform wouldn’t be helpful or something else could be harmful he would be less likely to support it. If something seemed to be benificual he would try and reach across the isle to attempt to garner support for it.

          When he was 48 he was elected to the US Senate. He would become known for his positive and patient demeanour. Once again he would support efforts to reduce the deficit, and support social efforts such as preserving or expanding the national parks.

          When he was 54 he would be elected again. He would be elected into the position of Senate Majority leader by his peers.

          Experience point form
          4 years New Hampshire House of Representatives (2 served as speaker) - started 2026
          6 years New Hampshire Senate (President) - started 2030
          4 Years New Hampshire Governor - started 2036
          4 years US House of Representatives - started 2040
          6 years US Senate - started 2044
          2 years US Senate (Majority Leader) - Started 2050

          Faith: Christian

          Strengths: Honest, Patient, knowledgeable (PHD), experienced (approx. 26 years in office) good public speaker and legislator, centrist and unifier, well travelled, military experience, well known to other senators and representatives.
          Weaknesses: Not very wealthy, not as well known to the public outside the Eastcoast. Likes balanced budgets, so could be attacked as a penny pinching austerity candidate. Focused more on practicality than on making a show, so may not be as entertaining for voters.

          Miscellaneous
          He is backed by small donors, Landowners, and Agriculture
          He owns 2 homes. A home in Washington and a home in New Hampshire. He visits his parents tree farm in West Virginia on occasion. They are in their 80’s now.
          He likes to read and play board games
          He likes travelling and has travelled to Ireland, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Italy, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, China, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Luxembourg and Portugal.
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            Postby Vienna Eliot » Sat May 12, 2018 10:26 am

            Cainesland wrote:Theodore Cornelius Whitehorse

            Great character — I just have two requests if you would be amenable to them. The first is for him to belong to one of the two major parties, simply because for more than a month we'll be doing primaries, and independents will likely have little to do during that time (plus, we just have too many independents as it is). The second is a little bit more modest: instead of Senate President pro Tem, either Majority Leader or Minority Leader would be more realistic. This is just because the PPT is usually the most senior senator — someone who's served in the Senate for 40+ years.

            Assuming you can do both of those, or provide a compelling reason why you can't, your application is accepted.

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