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Clay Voll Albelle
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Postby Clay Voll Albelle » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:51 pm

Velahor wrote:NEW AND IMPROVED WILLIAM ROGERS III APPLICATION

Major changes:
-made ADHD diagnosis not publicly disclosed



Excuse me?

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Jovuistan
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Jovuistan » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:58 pm

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Jovuistan
Character Name: Arnold Wolf Jr.
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 49
Character Height: 6'1"
Character Weight: 177 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: U.S. Senator from Idaho (2021-Present), President of Wolf PAC (2017-2019), CEO of Sanabex Inc. (1996-2015)
Character Country/State of Birth: Washington D.C.
Character State of Residence: Idaho
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Large name recognition, intelligent, business-savvy, wealthy, political outsider, negotiator, ambitious
Main Weaknesses: Lack of political experience, ties to big pharma, uncertain about beliefs, tied to unpopular former President, sexual assault allegations
Biography: Born on August 31st, 1971, Arnold Jr. is the eldest child of former President Arnold Wolf. As a child, Wolf Jr. was raised inheriting many of the traits of his father. Known to his classmates for his intelligence and temper, he was one of the popular kids of his Elementary School. He first became invested in politics in 1980 thanks to his father's own ambitions. He served as a cheerleader for his dad during his run for Congress in 1984 and even supported him during his controversial divorce.

While his father was focused on his political career, however, Wolf Jr. was eyeing up a different path. He developed a near-obsession with the idea of business and acquiring wealth through it. While obviously rich due to his father's work, his ambition fueled a desire to prove himself as someone just as capable of having a successful and lucrative career. After graduation from high school, he attended Amherst College, graduating in 1994 before moving on to Harvard Business School. During his time there, he had a chance meeting with Howard Prescott, a fellow student, and son of a pharmacist. Prescott had long toyed with the idea of creating a pharmaceutical business of his own and developed a friendship with the young Wolf Jr. After knowing each other for a few months, Prescott began to see Wolf Jr. as his key to success with a potential drug company and started to pester him about the idea. Wolf Jr. was highly skeptical of the idea at first, not viewing it as an industry he was particularly interested in, but after some time mulling about it (and being annoyed by Prescott) he agreed to the offer. After Wolf Jr. graduated from Harvard with an MBA, he and Prescott went on to form their pharma business in late 1996: Sanabex Inc., with Wolf Jr. as the CEO. Prescott used his connections through his father to help secure MD and PhD support, allowing them to get things moving at a steady pace.

Sanabex primarily produces and sells prescription opioid drugs. Notable drugs produced by Sanabex over the years include Henil (Hydrocodone/paracetamol), and Briox (Oxycodone). The Fentanyl brand name Apres has also been produced by Sanabex and has been cited as one of the common drugs perpetuating the opioid epidemic. Sanabex began to go beyond just painkillers by the early 2010s, manufacturing and selling insulin and amlodipine among others mostly through their subsidiaries.

As both Wolf Jr. and Prescott had a sizable amount of cash, along with some bankrolling by Wolf Sr., they were able to invest heavily in Sanabex early on. Their heavy spending on advertising paid off as within a few years the company was already somewhat well known on a regional level. Profits soared throughout the first years of the business's lifespan, and Wolf Jr. and Prescott made bank. After a 10 year period, Sanabex had become one of the notable regional-level drug companies in New England. Efforts to expand more nationally were hampered by the 2008 recession, but Wolf Jr. pushed on. Thanks to a successful mass marketing campaign, Sanabex was able to grow its brand beyond New England and into every state in the country, alongside the acquisitions of a few smaller businesses. He also married to his wife Ivana Manoukian in 2001 and had four children.

As Arnold Wolf stepped up his conspiracies and criticisms of Baharia, a rift began to form between Wolf and Prescott, as the latter was much more moderate and took issue with the rhetoric of the right-wing. Wolf Jr. meanwhile remained loyal to his father, leading to personal tensions between the two. Despite the growing divide, the two continued to work on expanding their business, and even united together against the ACA, deploying several lobbyists to try and sway lawmakers against the Act. Sanabex began to come under some scrutiny by 2013 as they started to raise drug prices more and more as time went on, and has also been accused of helping to spread the opioid crisis through the addictive nature of the opioids they have sold, but the company continued to find success.

While the business had reached a level of national prominence, they hadn't been able to reach the levels of Pfizer or J&J as Wolf Jr. had dreamed of, instead being stuck as a b-list level corporation. In fact, growth had actually been slowing by the time 2015 rolled around, frustrating Wolf Jr. to no end. Prescott was becoming increasingly difficult to work with as he couldn't quite get passed his family's politics. The last straw came when Arnold Wolf announced his run for President in 2015. Prescott was disgusted by the behavior of the elder Wolf and ended up in a heated argument with Wolf Jr. over it. Wolf Jr. was getting tired of having to deal with fighting, and his business venture was starting to slow down to his dismay. A few weeks after his father's candidacy was declared, Wolf Jr. made the decision to step down as CEO of Sanabex, being replaced by Prescott.

Wolf Jr. admittedly wasn't the most politically informed outside of areas that effected his business, mostly just going along with whatever his father believed. Regardless, Wolf Jr. devoted his time and money to help elect his father President. He actively campaigned for Wolf on the trail, stumping at events, actively tweeting, and spending on ads to get his name out to less informed voters. Things got serious for Wolf Jr. as when Wolf Sr. was being accused of sexual assault, Jr. was meeting the same accusations. Multiple women who previously worked at Sanabex came forward with claims that Wolf Jr. had committed acts of sexual misconduct against them, while other employees who once worked with him alleged that he had made disparaging and misogynistic comments about women in the company. Prescott himself came out in a widely publicized interview saying that Wolf Jr. "Gave off a hostile attitude to female workers when they weren't around, often without a real justified reason." as well as that Wolf Jr. had a tendency to treat his staff poorly. This all infuriated Wolf Jr. He countered claiming that the allegations all came from people upset about losing their jobs for bad performance and that Prescott hated his father and his political positions and was desperate to stop them.

Once Wolf was elected President to the shock of many, Wolf Jr. began to consider getting political full-time rather than the tweets he put out during the Presidential campaign. In January of 2017, Wolf Jr. announced the formation of Wolf PAC, a Super-PAC with the purpose of helping elect Wolf Pack politicians and even primarying Republicans not considered loyal to Wolf's cause. The PAC spent tons of money in advertising for more populists Republicans and was even credited with causing a few Republican incumbents who were more moderate to lose their primaries. In 2018 Wolf Jr. released a book titled Snowflakes: How the Left's Descent Into Madness Proves America is On the Right Track, which peddled conspiracy theories such as pizzagate and the 2016 primaries being rigged against Baginski, as well as endorsed the actions President Wolf had taken after his first year in office. He privately deeply despises the book and wishes he never wrote it.

With his father diagnosed with brain cancer and the 2020 primaries heating up, Junior was disatisfied with the candidates who were running to replace the incumbent President, and decided to throw his hat in the ring. Leaving Wolf PAC, he hit the ground running with fundraising while presenting himself as a fiery anti-establishment voice in the middle of Wolf Senior. However, he didn't have the same spark as his dad did. In truth, he wasn't fully sure about the words he was saying. Over the years of his political activity he began questioning his own beliefs, confidence in what he used to think wavering. No doubt he was still on the side of the Republicans and the right-wing, but was Wolfism truly the path to the future? While he preached a continuation of his father, he secretly grew more favorable to (legal) immigration, inclusion, legalizing marijuana, and even raising the minimum wage. Still, he couldn't say that out loud, so he remained spewing Wolfist ideology. Unfortunately, his inexperience in politics and lack of confidence in his own rhetoric led to a decline in his initial frontrunner position.

His wife Ivana meanwhile was growing disgruntled with her husband's entry into politics. She was hardly consulted on their path and felt that the campaign trail was taking time away from the children. Tensions rose between the pair and they began fighting over Junior's ambitions. Years in the making, the conflict boiled over to the point where Junior suddenly dropped out of the race. While of course his falling poll numbers and lack of enthusiasm contributed to his position, many in the media were surprised when he announced his sudden divorce from his wife. The two agreed to joint custody of their children.

The divorce left Junior devastated, and he took time to isolate for a month. He strongly considered abandoning politics altogether, but after conversations with Eliza and some politicians he had formed connections with, he found a new spark, now committed to pushing the country in the direction he perceived as needed. He moved to his second home in Couer D'Alene, Idaho and started organizing a new campaign. He announced his campaign for the open Senate seat in early january. Though his primary opponent attacked him for what they called carpet bagging, his name recognition and ties to the former President allowed him to crush the primary, and his Democratic opponent could do little in the deep red state.

He had done it. He was finally in a position of power, but it was bittersweet. His father had passed away and wouldn't be able to see how far his son had come. With the burden of a legacy to live up to, Arnold Wolf Jr. stepped up, place his hand on the bible, and entered the next chamber of his life.
Other Info: Has 4 children.

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Exciting stuff to see Arnie Jr. run for and enter the U.S. Senate.

I have just two points to raise before being happy to wave this through;

1. Was his platform in the 2020 Idaho U.S. Senate Race the same Wolfist one that he had struggled to espouse in the Presidential Race or did he switch it up slightly to be better confident in his campaign?
2. How does he feel about his stepmomma being UN Ambassador, how's the wife feeling, what is the family situation both publicly and privately for the Wolfs?

Most of these are addressed in the revised application here. As for the last part, Eliza and Junior have become closer after the former helped AWJ get back on his feet, as well as the experience of watching Wolf Sr. die from brain cancer. Their relationship was rather awkward early on considering the small age gap, but it gradually bloomed into a friendship type relationship, especially after the cancer diagnosis.
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Postby New Cobastheia » Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:13 pm

Newne Carriebean7 wrote:-snip-


Before I'd review the app I just want to make sure you know this is supposed to be a realistic RP, we've RP'd together before so I'm familiar with you're more chaotic RPing style, so you are aware of the realistic style we're aiming for right?
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Eliza LeBlanc Wolf (R-FL), Former First Lady of the United States and Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

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Postby Velahor » Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:26 pm

Clay Voll Albelle wrote:
Velahor wrote:NEW AND IMPROVED WILLIAM ROGERS III APPLICATION

Major changes:
-made ADHD diagnosis not publicly disclosed



Excuse me?


Sorry that should have said “removed section where ADHD diagnosis was publicly disclosed”
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Clay Voll Albelle
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America the Beautiful: An American Political RP (OOC)

Postby Clay Voll Albelle » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:07 pm

Velahor wrote:
Clay Voll Albelle wrote:
Excuse me?


Sorry that should have said “removed section where ADHD diagnosis was publicly disclosed”


Nah it's alright I just found it funny since I hadn't learned of the context

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Postby Emazia » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:50 pm

New Cobastheia wrote:
Newne Carriebean7 wrote:-snip-


Before I'd review the app I just want to make sure you know this is supposed to be a realistic RP, we've RP'd together before so I'm familiar with you're more chaotic RPing style, so you are aware of the realistic style we're aiming for right?

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Jovuistan
Character Name: Arnold Wolf Jr.
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 49
Character Height: 6'1"
Character Weight: 177 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: U.S. Senator from Idaho (2021-Present), President of Wolf PAC (2017-2019), CEO of Sanabex Inc. (1996-2015)
Character Country/State of Birth: Washington D.C.
Character State of Residence: Idaho
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Large name recognition, intelligent, business-savvy, wealthy, political outsider, negotiator, ambitious
Main Weaknesses: Lack of political experience, ties to big pharma, uncertain about beliefs, tied to unpopular former President, sexual assault allegations
Biography: Born on August 31st, 1971, Arnold Jr. is the eldest child of former President Arnold Wolf. As a child, Wolf Jr. was raised inheriting many of the traits of his father. Known to his classmates for his intelligence and temper, he was one of the popular kids of his Elementary School. He first became invested in politics in 1980 thanks to his father's own ambitions. He served as a cheerleader for his dad during his run for Congress in 1984 and even supported him during his controversial divorce.

While his father was focused on his political career, however, Wolf Jr. was eyeing up a different path. He developed a near-obsession with the idea of business and acquiring wealth through it. While obviously rich due to his father's work, his ambition fueled a desire to prove himself as someone just as capable of having a successful and lucrative career. After graduation from high school, he attended Amherst College, graduating in 1994 before moving on to Harvard Business School. During his time there, he had a chance meeting with Howard Prescott, a fellow student, and son of a pharmacist. Prescott had long toyed with the idea of creating a pharmaceutical business of his own and developed a friendship with the young Wolf Jr. After knowing each other for a few months, Prescott began to see Wolf Jr. as his key to success with a potential drug company and started to pester him about the idea. Wolf Jr. was highly skeptical of the idea at first, not viewing it as an industry he was particularly interested in, but after some time mulling about it (and being annoyed by Prescott) he agreed to the offer. After Wolf Jr. graduated from Harvard with an MBA, he and Prescott went on to form their pharma business in late 1996: Sanabex Inc., with Wolf Jr. as the CEO. Prescott used his connections through his father to help secure MD and PhD support, allowing them to get things moving at a steady pace.

Sanabex primarily produces and sells prescription opioid drugs. Notable drugs produced by Sanabex over the years include Henil (Hydrocodone/paracetamol), and Briox (Oxycodone). The Fentanyl brand name Apres has also been produced by Sanabex and has been cited as one of the common drugs perpetuating the opioid epidemic. Sanabex began to go beyond just painkillers by the early 2010s, manufacturing and selling insulin and amlodipine among others mostly through their subsidiaries.

As both Wolf Jr. and Prescott had a sizable amount of cash, along with some bankrolling by Wolf Sr., they were able to invest heavily in Sanabex early on. Their heavy spending on advertising paid off as within a few years the company was already somewhat well known on a regional level. Profits soared throughout the first years of the business's lifespan, and Wolf Jr. and Prescott made bank. After a 10 year period, Sanabex had become one of the notable regional-level drug companies in New England. Efforts to expand more nationally were hampered by the 2008 recession, but Wolf Jr. pushed on. Thanks to a successful mass marketing campaign, Sanabex was able to grow its brand beyond New England and into every state in the country, alongside the acquisitions of a few smaller businesses. He also married to his wife Ivana Manoukian in 2001 and had four children.

As Arnold Wolf stepped up his conspiracies and criticisms of Baharia, a rift began to form between Wolf and Prescott, as the latter was much more moderate and took issue with the rhetoric of the right-wing. Wolf Jr. meanwhile remained loyal to his father, leading to personal tensions between the two. Despite the growing divide, the two continued to work on expanding their business, and even united together against the ACA, deploying several lobbyists to try and sway lawmakers against the Act. Sanabex began to come under some scrutiny by 2013 as they started to raise drug prices more and more as time went on, and has also been accused of helping to spread the opioid crisis through the addictive nature of the opioids they have sold, but the company continued to find success.

While the business had reached a level of national prominence, they hadn't been able to reach the levels of Pfizer or J&J as Wolf Jr. had dreamed of, instead being stuck as a b-list level corporation. In fact, growth had actually been slowing by the time 2015 rolled around, frustrating Wolf Jr. to no end. Prescott was becoming increasingly difficult to work with as he couldn't quite get passed his family's politics. The last straw came when Arnold Wolf announced his run for President in 2015. Prescott was disgusted by the behavior of the elder Wolf and ended up in a heated argument with Wolf Jr. over it. Wolf Jr. was getting tired of having to deal with fighting, and his business venture was starting to slow down to his dismay. A few weeks after his father's candidacy was declared, Wolf Jr. made the decision to step down as CEO of Sanabex, being replaced by Prescott.

Wolf Jr. admittedly wasn't the most politically informed outside of areas that effected his business, mostly just going along with whatever his father believed. Regardless, Wolf Jr. devoted his time and money to help elect his father President. He actively campaigned for Wolf on the trail, stumping at events, actively tweeting, and spending on ads to get his name out to less informed voters. Things got serious for Wolf Jr. as when Wolf Sr. was being accused of sexual assault, Jr. was meeting the same accusations. Multiple women who previously worked at Sanabex came forward with claims that Wolf Jr. had committed acts of sexual misconduct against them, while other employees who once worked with him alleged that he had made disparaging and misogynistic comments about women in the company. Prescott himself came out in a widely publicized interview saying that Wolf Jr. "Gave off a hostile attitude to female workers when they weren't around, often without a real justified reason." as well as that Wolf Jr. had a tendency to treat his staff poorly. This all infuriated Wolf Jr. He countered claiming that the allegations all came from people upset about losing their jobs for bad performance and that Prescott hated his father and his political positions and was desperate to stop them.

Once Wolf was elected President to the shock of many, Wolf Jr. began to consider getting political full-time rather than the tweets he put out during the Presidential campaign. In January of 2017, Wolf Jr. announced the formation of Wolf PAC, a Super-PAC with the purpose of helping elect Wolf Pack politicians and even primarying Republicans not considered loyal to Wolf's cause. The PAC spent tons of money in advertising for more populists Republicans and was even credited with causing a few Republican incumbents who were more moderate to lose their primaries. In 2018 Wolf Jr. released a book titled Snowflakes: How the Left's Descent Into Madness Proves America is On the Right Track, which peddled conspiracy theories such as pizzagate and the 2016 primaries being rigged against Baginski, as well as endorsed the actions President Wolf had taken after his first year in office. He privately deeply despises the book and wishes he never wrote it.

With his father diagnosed with brain cancer and the 2020 primaries heating up, Junior was disatisfied with the candidates who were running to replace the incumbent President, and decided to throw his hat in the ring. Leaving Wolf PAC, he hit the ground running with fundraising while presenting himself as a fiery anti-establishment voice in the middle of Wolf Senior. However, he didn't have the same spark as his dad did. In truth, he wasn't fully sure about the words he was saying. Over the years of his political activity he began questioning his own beliefs, confidence in what he used to think wavering. No doubt he was still on the side of the Republicans and the right-wing, but was Wolfism truly the path to the future? While he preached a continuation of his father, he secretly grew more favorable to (legal) immigration, inclusion, legalizing marijuana, and even raising the minimum wage. Still, he couldn't say that out loud, so he remained spewing Wolfist ideology. Unfortunately, his inexperience in politics and lack of confidence in his own rhetoric led to a decline in his initial frontrunner position.

His wife Ivana meanwhile was growing disgruntled with her husband's entry into politics. She was hardly consulted on their path and felt that the campaign trail was taking time away from the children. Tensions rose between the pair and they began fighting over Junior's ambitions. Years in the making, the conflict boiled over to the point where Junior suddenly dropped out of the race. While of course his falling poll numbers and lack of enthusiasm contributed to his position, many in the media were surprised when he announced his sudden divorce from his wife. The two agreed to joint custody of their children.

The divorce left Junior devastated, and he took time to isolate for a month. He strongly considered abandoning politics altogether, but after conversations with Eliza and some politicians he had formed connections with, he found a new spark, now committed to pushing the country in the direction he perceived as needed. He moved to his second home in Couer D'Alene, Idaho, and started organizing a new campaign. He announced his campaign for the open Senate seat in early January, campaigning on a slightly modified platform that somewhat more conformed to his true beliefs while maintaining a Wolfist lens. Though his primary opponent attacked him for what they called carpetbagging, his name recognition and ties to the former President allowed him to crush the primary, and his Democratic opponent could do little in the deep-red state.

He had done it. He was finally in a position of power, but it was bittersweet. His father had passed away and wouldn't be able to see how far his son had come. His stepmother Eliza was nominated as UN Ambassador, and though he was incredibly proud of her and happy to see her recognized by Richardson, he was disappointed to know they wouldn't be able to talk as much (especially in person) after she had helped him regain his confidence. He and Ivana had moved on from the divorce and made up to an extent, now (at least hesitantly) on friendly terms as they take care of the kids. With the burden of a legacy to live up to, Arnold Wolf Jr. stepped up, place his hand on the bible, and entered the next chamber of his life.
Other Info: Has 4 children.

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The OAA of Arnold Wolf Jr. is hereby accepted.
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Character Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Sao Nova Europa
Character Name: Michael Chang
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 39
Character Height: 1.95cm
Character Weight: 72 kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative of the 9th District of California (2018 - )
Appearance:

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Character State of Origin: California
Character State of Residence: California
Character Party Affiliation: Democrat
Main Strengths: Decorated war veteran, policy wonk, handsome
Main Weaknesses: Freshman in Congress, not charismatic, boring orator, lost both legs in Afghanistan, considered too progressive by centrists and too centrist by progressives, his foreign policy views are neoconservative
Biography:

Michael Chang was born in April 12, 1982 to a family of Taiwanese immigrants. His parents emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s, and met while they were both in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. He had a rather happy childhood, though the pressure put on him by his parents to excel academically meant that he focused too much on studying to the detriment of his social skills. He enrolled at Brown University in 2000, where he majored in economics and political science, graduating in 2004. While at Brown University, he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and received an officer's commission in the U.S. Navy after graduation.

He volunteered for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. After six months of training, Michael graduated with BUD/S class 264. He completed SEAL qualification training in June 2006. Michael served five tours of duty, in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2014, he and the rest of his team were ambushed by Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Michael stepped on a IED and lost both of his legs, but he and his squad managed to hold off the Taliban long enough to be rescued. For his action, Michael was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, but his injury meant he had to retire that same year from military service with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Coping with the trauma of war and losing his legs, Michael decided to focus on public affairs and civic activism. "I had two choices," he later said in an interview. "I could either isolate myself from society and bottle up everything I felt, destroying myself in the process, or I could stop sulking over the past and do something for my community. I decided to go with the second choice." For the next two years, Michael would author articles at local newspapers on veterans' affairs and, later on, foreign policy. He would also host a podcast which would discuss the domestic problems America was facing. His YouTube channel afforded him great visibility and earned him a highly vocal online fanbase. What many found refreshing was that Michael would discuss with people across the political spectrum instead of creating an echo chamber.

This, along with his profile as a veteran, allowed him to gain broader recognition and to build ties with local politicians and activists. In September 2015, he published online his memoirs from his time as a soldier. The success of the book further raised his profile. In 2016, he first campaigned for office for the Oakland City Council. Running on a center-left platform, he focused mostly on local problems rather than national politics. Among his priorities were increased government transparency, supporting veterans, and supporting progressive solutions to local problems. Michael managed to narrowly - down to only a few votes - win a seat in the City Council. As councilor, he raised his local profile. He became known for avoiding mudslinging and sloganeering, and instead presenting solutions backed with charts and stats, which earned him the reputation of a 'policy wonk'. Michael was all too happy to promote this, modelling himself as a technocrat rather than a regular political.

Michael decided to run for the office of Representative of District 9 of California in the 2020 elections. He run on a center-left platform. He supported the creation of a public option for health insurance, with the aim of expanding health insurance coverage to 97% of Americans, instituting a federal carbon tax while reducing income tax on lower-class families, raising the minimum wage, trade protectionism, implementing a liberal immigration policy, pushing for criminal justice reform and legalizing marijuana for recreational use at the federal level. At the same time, he supported increased support for veterans, support for NATO (including pushing European nations to raise their military spending) and a policy of containment of China along with recognition of Taiwanese independence. He also spoke out against cancel culture, arguing that it was the wrong way to change minds. He was successfully elected into office. Since then, he has also began speaking about the benefits of a Universal Basic Income as a way to deal with automation and the fourth industrial revolution. This has earned him a dedicated, mostly online, following.

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He is happily married with two kids, both boys.
He is nondenominational Christian

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Mr. Chang needs his strengths and weaknesses to be reassessed. Check on the advice section for Apps in the OP, they need to be substantive. More than "handsome", I want to hear about how what you've said in the bio translates into a meaningful set of strengths.. and weaknesses. Good start, I happen to be among the more pedantic of the Admin Team :))

Velahor wrote:NEW AND IMPROVED WILLIAM ROGERS III APPLICATION

Major changes:
-added family political history
-added State House seat
-added failed State Senate campaign
-made ADHD diagnosis not publicly disclosed
-added state Democratic Party chairmanship
-added campaign management of not-Rob Quist
-set his election back to 2018 to align with the Democratic Montana Senate seat

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Character Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Velahor
Character Name: William Scott Rogers III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 44
Character Height: 5’11
Character Weight: 180
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator from Montana (2020-present)

Appearance:
Character State of Origin: Montana
Character State of Residence: Montana
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic

Main Strengths:
-Youthful, attractive and ambitious.
-A very strong ideological fit in Montana.
-Exudes professionalism (outwardly).
-While generally a moderate Democrat, his rhetoric has notes of populism that are attractive to the same type of voters who voted in 2016 for both Wolf and not-Governor Bullock.
-Very pragmatic and reasonable.
-Good at campaigning, has a lot of campaign trail stamina.
-Name recognition
-Has overcome several electoral failures to finally be elected to the Senate

Main Weaknesses:
-He is a better campaigner than legislator. He honestly does not know what to do now that he’s elected.
-Long-standing feud with family is not public knowledge, but is a major personal distraction.
-Suffers from ADHD, but it is not publicly disclosed. Symptoms of inattentiveness, distractibility, and rejection sensitive dysphoria hamper his administrative effectiveness, but they are somewhat mitigated by medication and well-practiced coping skills. He is concerned that someone may eventually leak his diagnosis publicly.
-Not a great team player, and a bit of a loner. Rogers prefers to take on most projects alone.
-He is pretty new to the Senate and an overly trusting person, and thus is easily manipulated by party elites. Though this may change as he gains wisdom and experience.
-Not very appealing to hard-left progressives.
-Very lacking in foreign policy knowledge.
-Grandfather & uncle were notable as Republicans, but he is a Democrat.

Career History:
-United States Senator from Montana (2018-present)
-Campaign Manager for not-Rob Quist (2017)
-Chairman of the Montana Democratic Party (2016-2017)
-Candidate for Montana State Senate District 31 (2014)
-Montana State Representative, House District 61 (2012-2014)
-Associate Attorney at Marshall & Marshall LLP, Bozeman, MT (2007-2016)
-Associate Attorney at Brixton, Myers, & Moss LLP, Los Angeles, CA (2001-2007)
-Law Degree at UCLA (1998-2001)
-Sales Representative at Wonderful Pistachio Company, Los Angeles, CA (1997-1998)
-Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness at Montana State University (1993-1997)

Biography:
William Scott Rogers III was born on July 29, 1976 in Bozeman, Montana and raised on the Lazy R Ranch near , Montana. It is one of America’s largest working cattle ranches, the ranch has been in the family for five generations. His late grandfather, William Rogers Sr. was a one-term Congressman in the 1970’s and a longtime Republican state senator in what is now State Senate District 9. His uncle was also briefly a Republican state house member. His father was not politically-inclined but was well-known for his business acumen in managing his ranch. Rogers grew up with 3 younger siblings. He was raised in a Republican household but was by all means the black sheep of the family.

Rogers experienced scholastic issues early due to ADHD symptoms but with the assistance of a Gifted & Talented school program was able to play into his strengths and become a successful student. At the end of his senior year of high school, he was selected as State President of the youth organization Future Farmers of America, which provided him with many opportunities to travel around Montana and meet all sorts of people from the From a young age, Rogers wanted a career in politics, though he also felt obligated to work for his father and carry on the "legacy" of their family ranch.

Rogers returned to the family ranch and began working under his father. Within a year, a feud brewed between Rogers and his parents over his relationship with his fiancee, his role on the ranch, political differences, and financial concerns. After one particularly heated argument, Rogers packed his bags and left with his college girlfriend for her home state of California. He has mostly cut ties with his parents, however, he still has a strong relationship with his younger brother who lives on the ranch.

After briefly working for the Wonderful Pistachio company as a sales representative, Rogers enrolled in UCLA Law School in 1998. While law school was very challenging for Rogers, he managed to finish it, pass the bar, and began working as corporate employment attorney in Los Angeles at . During this time, he married Kate Summers, his long-time girlfriend who he met at Montana State. While in Los Angeles, Rogers occasionally donated to local Democratic candidates in both California and Montana. He proved to be a valuable asset to his firm as an attorney. He was particularly good at bringing in new clients and at making an impression on a judge with sharp legal knowledge.

In 2007, Rogers returned to Montana, buying a home in Bozeman. He was quickly was admitted to the Montana bar by “admission by motion” and was hired by one of Montana’s leading law firms. He also registered with the Montana Democratic Party.

In 2012, Rogers was elected as a Democrat to State House District 61. The campaign had a significantly larger budget than its competitors, and the win can mostly be credited for that. He was mostly a do-nothing State Representative during these two short years.

In 2014, Rogers decided to make the jump to State Senate and ran Democratic primary for State Senate District 31. This time he was very competitive. This caught the attention of the media. The Bozeman Chronicle ran a front-page article titled “GONE ROGUE” about how he had left his family’s ranch, become a successful attorney, and now was a growing star on the Democratic side. Rogers felt pretty hurt that his dirty laundry was aired out as it was, but he pressed on, and the publicity surely helped. He won the nomination from the Democratic Party, and received campaign endorsements from major Montana Democrats, but fell short in the general election by 2%.

In 2015, the Rogers’ had twins, son Walter Rogers IV and daughter Ella Anne Rogers.

In 2016, Rogers was elected as Chairman of the Montana Democratic Party after an extensive push for the nomination at the convention by an informal group that that was dubbed the “cowboy caucus,” a group of rural Democrats in the agriculture industry who were trying to keep hard-line environmentalist elements out of the state party. He resigned from his law firm position.

In 2017, Rogers’ wife Kate was elected to the Bozeman, Montana school board. Rogers was floated as a candidate for the 2017 Montana Special Election for the At-Large House district, but he opted to remain in the state party chairmanship and instead assisted in managing the campaign of not-Rob Quist. While the not-Quist campaign was not successful, the creative strategies used for the campaign were noticed by national-level Democratic strategists, who began contacting Rogers about personally running for office. But he was hesitant after how hard his 2014 loss was on him.

In 2018, not-Jon Tester was presumed to be the nominee for the Democrats, when a health condition rendered not-Tester unable to run. Rogers was unsure about campaigning for Senate with only two years of State House experience and a party chairmanship under his belt. But he took the leap, and luckily, the connections he formed through not-Tester and while working on the not-Quist campaign helped him earn large donors, which began to build up the campaign’s war chest quite nicely. Rogers won a closely-contested Democratic primary.

He then faced not-Matt Rosendale in the general election. Rogers began criticizing not-Rosendale for not being from Montana and being out of touch with the state’s values. While Rogers ended up pulling out the win, he did not fare near as well as not-Tester would have, only beating not-Rosendale by 1.8%.

Since his election to the Senate in 2018, he has mostly voted the same as not-Tester would. He has not yet proposed any legislation, and has only really co-sponsored a few mostly symbolic bills.

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Views (not public unless otherwise stated):

Healthcare:
Supports ACA. Supports additional healthcare reforms. Does not support single-payer. Advocate for improved mental health services.

Climate Change: Supports climate regulations in general but will oppose any regulations that he thinks will hurt agriculture. Long-term goal of replacing income taxes with carbon taxes on factory emissions (not disclosed publicly).

Abortion: Pro-Choice, but not looking to push to expand abortion beyond Roe v. Wade.

Foreign Policy: Lacking in foreign policy expertise, he will likely rely on voting along with the party line.

Immigration: Very moderate on immigration, supports existing controls but does not support border wall, willing to increase yearly immigrant numbers.

Trade: Moderate-to-free on trade, except with China, where he takes a more protectionist stance.

Gun Control: One of the most pro-gun Democrats in the Senate, but he does support background checks and limited red flag laws.

Civil Liberties: Supports cannabis legalization. Supports LGBTQ rights. Supports police reform (but doesn’t call it “defunding”.)

Taxation & Spending: In the short-term, he generally supports Democratic spending and taxation plans, though he would prefer to see a shift in spending priorities to “growth-oriented spending.” In the long term (though this isn’t mentioned publicly), he would like to see the sources of revenue shifted from income tax to other types of taxes. He is in favor of big spending for infrastructure repair. He supports agricultural subsidies. Basically, he is a typical Democrat in practice, but more focused on economic growth in theory.

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There's some parts of this app I am excited to see in action, my main concern is twofold, one that he doesn't have a sufficient base/platform to win a Montana statewide general election in the 2018 environment. Tester himself won in 2006 from State Senate, but that was 2006. This man's trying to win an open Senate race in 2018, during Arnold Wolf's time as President, in Montana; I think you should beef up his networking, maybe have him elected well in advance of this time slot? To really let us justify why he made it over the line.

The other 'fold' of my critiques; Montana has one of the highest rates of veterans per capita, and this app would do well do touch on your character's relationship with the Montana Veterans groups/associations around the place.

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NS Nation Name: Louisianan
Character Name: Linda D. Lazare
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 40
Character Height: 5' 5"
Character Weight: 121 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: US Representative of Texas's 7th Congressional District (2019-) (2015-2017)
Character Country/State of Birth: Texas, United States of America
Character State of Residence: Texas
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Can appeal to minorities, Great Debater, Anti Wolfer, Pro-Choicer
Main Weaknesses: O.K. at Interviews, Isn't Tech Savvy, Not Too Transparent, Unable to Accept Responsibility
Biography: Linda Lazare was born in 1980 to parents Wilfred and Molly Lazare, she was raised in a mostly poor household. her father was a disabled veteran, while her mother was a bus driver. Linda was a very studious child, she was a 3.8 GPA student most of her life. She graduated high school and went into the University of Houston for Nursing. During college she became interested in politics, especially after the (Not-Bill Clinton) scandal. After she graduated college, she began volunteering at Soup Kitchens and Homeless shelters and became a secretary at a local law firm. As time went on, she noticed her parents going deeper and deeper into debt, she looked into it, and found out that they were paying for her College expenses which were way more than Linda originally thought. Linda was furious that politicians were touting how important education was, and how it would help in the future, and yet force people to pay these outrageously high expenses. She wrote to her Republican Representative about her issue, and nothing was done, no response or anything.

While in college, Linda also helped out at many blood drives. After college, Linda became aware of the Healthcare Crisis in America. After college, Linda became a Certified Nurse, and worked at various hospitals on and off, part time. Linda took an interest in politics and decided that would be her strong suit, and that her time as a nurse could help her.

In the late 2000s (Not Hillary Clinton) Announced her campaign for US President and Linda was inspired, she joined (not Hillary's) campaign staff and worked to help her win. Linda grew in the ranks and became (Not-Hillary's) scheduling coordinator for Texas. Eventually, it was obvious that a (Not-Hillary) nomination was unlikely so Linda, along with many other staffers joined the ranks of Rashid Baharia's campaign staff and became his scheduling coordinator for Texas to get things done. She helped him campaign throughout Texas and was a key reason the election was so close.

Later on in 2009 she decided that she would run for Congress. She ran for US Representative for the 7th District, she was primarying three more popular Democrats and came last at the end of the primary. She returned to the hospitals and meanwhile worked part-time with various local lawmakers as an advisor for Healthcare related bills. Her loss didn't deter her, she ran three more times in 2011 she didn't make the primary,in 2015 she won, and 2017 she lost the general election.

In her 2015-2017 term as Representative she blames her low successes on then President Elect Wolf, she became an activist to keep the ACA and help expand healthcare and getting it to the people who need it most, this made her unpopular with the wolfists who were very common at the time which made her lose the 2017 reelection. Her approval rating at the time of her departure was at about 67% but still she lost with only 46% of the vote going to her.

Then, in 2019 she ran again, this time she ran on a more middle liberal platform, she ran with the Me Too movement, with some support from the BLM movement, and attended many Protests and Marches with them, she would protest with Healthcare Activists, and the leader of Houstons Women on The Move group once said, "If we can't trust the Republican women in office to help us, we need a strong Democratic woman and Linda is that lady." With assistance from Women's rights groups and some help from the BLM group she won the Primary and the general election and was sworn in office on January 3rd 2019.

Later in 2020, she hopped into the race for Texas's Senate Seat. She gained notoriety as a meme, and as an easy win for Republicans. She eventually dropped out and focused on her congressional work where she wrote and passed the HPPSO Act through the House with Bipartisan support. She was re-elected and holds her seat as a Blue dot on the Texas Congressional map.

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She is Pro Choice, she believes we should have better background checks for weapons, while not banning them entirely. She believes in raising the taxes on the rich, lowering the price for universities, cheaper healthcare, and helping the climate. She leaned towards the top Democratic female candidate in the 2020 Election and supported the Equality Act and supported the Carbon Fund Act, as well as the Fair House Apportionments Act.

In December of 2020, Linda Lazare married her few month sweetheart Rodney Daniels. She kept her name Lazare like a true feminist and is currently three months pregnant.

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Character Name: Jackson "Jack" Emmanuel Vichter
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 40 (Born 10 May, 1980)
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 90kg
Character Position/Role/Job: U.S. Senator from Iowa (2021-), Attorney-General of Iowa (2019-2021), U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa (2011-2017), District Attorney for Clayton County, IA (2009-2011)
Character Country/State of Birth: Iowa
Character State of Residence: Iowa
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Bipartisan Roots, Farm-Labor, Friend to Organized Labor, Charismatic
Main Weaknesses: Prone to Gaffes (Though he sees them as just sincerity), Unfiltered, Could be Seen as 'Too Conservative', Young
Biography:

Jackson "Jack" Vichter (Born 10 May, 1980), is the newly elected U.S. Senator from Iowa and former Attorney-General of Iowa. Born to parents Eleanor and George Vichter in 1980, the family went through severe economic hardship after grandparents sold their family farm. The family could not afford to travel very far, and George put his mechanical skills to use in Guttenburg, Iowa. Some 40 miles northwest of Dubuque. They couldn't afford to move anywhere else. At 14, Jack also attained casual employment to build some degree of savings for a future college degree. In 1989, his father began working a permanent part-time role in one of the industrial plants in Dubuque, commuting roughly 50-60 minutes each way daily. Operating heavy machinery proved devastating and he died from a safety incident. The three year legal battle over his mother's entitlement to compensation from the company beyond installments provided by the state of Iowa motivated Jack to study law in future. In 1998 he finished school and immediately moved to Ames, Iowa, studying at Iowa State University where he attained a Bachelor's of Arts, in English and Humanities. At Iowa State he was a track and field runner, which helped him gain entry into UC upon graduation.

In 2002 he moved to Indiana where he obtained entry to study a JD/MBA at the Mendoza School of Business, in Notre Dame. The combination of his grades and athleticism allowed him to attain a larger scholarship which permitted him to focus more heavily on his degree for his first year, before in 2003 he funded his degree and study through a combination of loans, work and smaller scholarships and received the Gilman Scholarship as well.
In 2005, upon graduation he returned to Guttenburg, Iowa to be with his mother who had since retired due to ill health. Working as an Assistant D.A. to the Clayton County D.A. provided him with the opening to run at the Clayton County D.A. position in 2008 when the incumbent D.A. was brought down by a corruption scandal from which he was insulated. After winning election he proved to be a bipartisan player, working with both sides of the Iowa political spectrum, with a penchant for rarely settling the very few white-collar cases he came across. The election for District Attorney resulted in a narrow win in the primary over older more experienced candidates mostly due to Jack's success in bringing out blue-collar and low-income voters for himself. As a young DA he made some missteps in his early months, but he nonetheless proved an effective prosecutor 'once he found his feet'. Mostly misfiling paperwork and being scolded by Judges.

After the 2008 election of Rashid Baharia who he had voted for, and the economic disaster which followed, Vichter put his hand up for the open race that was Secretary of State in 2010, carrying a large swath of the Northern populist Democrat vote and Northwestern Religious conservative regions, his more moderated views on guns and social issues leading to him being defeated in the primary by the eventual loser in the open race who would lose narrowly to a Republican. Instead he returned to his position as District Attorney for Clayton County where he was well known for 'sticking up for the little guy'. The failed primary run was noted across the state for how it built a broad statewide name recognition. He was almost convinced by Iowa Republicans to switch his party membership entirely, but at the behest of the U.S. Senator Tom Harkin who had not endorsed anyone in the Secretary of State Dem Primary, but praised Vichter as a 'visionary and rising star', was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District for Iowa. This kept him onside for the foreseeable future, and he was given a platform to espouse his perspective more clearly within the Iowa Democratic Party. Having witnessed the change from Democrat to Republican among his neighbors and subsequently, had the favor of new and old, Republican and Democratic officeholders, he was seen as both a consensus and qualified albeit young candidate. As U.S. Attorney, his unfiltered and colourful language outside a courtroom won him a 'cut through the bullshit' moniker, which proved useful when later running for A.G. of Iowa. Between 2017 and 2018 he taught at Clarke College and practiced part-time in the favour of Iowa Labor.

In 2018, he ran in what would be a Democratic wave year, for the retiring Dem A.G.'s seat. Declaring he had no desire for higher office, as he anticipated the Republican Governor Laura Dunn would run and win the 2020 U.S. Senate seat. Throughout the campaign, he focused heavily on his opponent's status as a proponent of right-to-work legislation and campaigned heavily on being 'the grandson of Iowa farmers, the son of a teacher and a factory worker, and the husband to a beautiful woman'. This led to the appearance of being a big-time family values candidate, which while not inaccurate, ignored that Vichter himself would tell college kids and what little cosmopolitan voters existed in Des Moines that his version of family values meant good schools, good neighborhoods and good healthcare. He also spruced his Catholic beliefs. Winning as the top vote-getter of Iowa's Democratic slate, he won by a margin of seven points (52-45), against his Republican opponent. As A.G. he began working closely with the majority-Republican office holder bench, and developed what would later be called an amicable and collaborative relationship with Dunn's successor, though, he had an amicable relationship with her too from his time as U.S. Attorney.

When in 2019, as expected, now-Ambassador Dunn threw her hat in the ring for Senator, Vichter expressed support for what he called 'a vigorous debate of the future of Iowa's representation', saying he would ultimately back the Democrat, but anticipated a strong fight. In September 2019, three hypothetical polls indicated that Ambassador Dunn held high-single digit or a double digit lead against every Democratic candidate, except Jack Vichter, who tied one hypothetical and was down by less than two points in the others. This was due in large part to Jack's name recognition from 2010 and 2018, and his very directly involved work in the Northern half of the state. He was coaxed by the promise of good committee seats, and eventually announced his run, giving Laura Dunn a courtesy call to inform her of his late entry. The primary field cleared as Jack Vichter v. Laura Dunn began to take shape.

The campaign season was filled with a very heavy ground game, and Jack ignored the large amount of national media interest in the Presidential primary race, avoiding comment on that race and instead focusing on Iowans. His platform included a public option, 'universal access' and fixing Iowa schools. He attacked Dunn for ignoring falling ceilings as Governor, and being in the pocket of "big farms, and against family farms". He spoke passionately about his history and how his family was forced out of their farm thanks to governments taking the side of big business. He also used her affiliation to the Wolf Presidency to say "she'll bolt at the first sign of higher office". This attack was considered a stretch, until Dunn was pulled out and asked to be Vice President, effectively conceding the point to Vichter. Vichter then expressed frustration with national Democrats for neglecting other races, he believed that other than his Senate race, the Presidential race was competitive in Iowa as were all three Democratic seats. This compounded into what became a one-man show in Iowa with Vichter campaigning without any contact with Diehl's campaign. Republicans picked what Vichter quickly labeled an empty suit, and on election night even as Laura Dunn's name and Diehl's absolute incompetence gave Richardson the state, Jack Vichter pulled off a narrow win by just over three points (51.2-47.9).

In 2010, he married his high school sweetheart, June Robertson (now Vichter) in their local chapel. The Catholic couple are privately fiercely religious with Vichter in a 2018 interview, yet this did not stop Vichter from making the following comments on abortion, "I will always trust Iowa women with their health decisions, that's a decision between you, your health provider and your family. Not a conversation for the government or others' faith to get involved".

His views on marriage are cited to have evolved greatly, though he is not on the record as being opposed to same-sex marriage, only in October of 2014 did he declare that he was in support of same-sex marriage after being asked. He continues to support family values, but has included 'the modern family unit' to include the dynamic landscape of family structures, he has said the diverse, and modern family units of today are as much in line with his family values as the ones of an older time with which most are familiar.

Economic issues are where he has shown to be the greatest friend to organized-labor, as A.G. he has been aggressive in enforcing antitrust and labor laws, safety and EBA compliance being the two fields in which he has spent the bulk of his time. A vociferous opponent of free trade agreements, he declared in 2016 "the next candidate for President has to be a fierce fighter for workers, that means ending the crusade against jobs and misguided love-affair with free trade agreements".
Other Info:
He has requested that he be given a seat on the Agriculture Committee, and has also expressed interest in either HELP or Judiciary though has let this come at the discretion of his leadership team.

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Alas, my Democratic Senator is prepared for what I hope will be a prompt review.
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Postby Sao Nova Europa » Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:13 am

I am struggling a bit to come with additional strengths and weaknesses. Can someone make some suggestions? :)
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Postby Sao Nova Europa » Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:35 am

I am thinking of apping as another character, but want opinion of OPs first. Basic premise is 'David Petraeus' (without the scandal), but Democrat (politics = progressive at home, neocon abroad). I RPed as a similar character ('MacArthur') in the 1960s RP and the character was rather well received (RP sample). Should I attempt to make such a character or abandon it?
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Postby Yaruqo » Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:41 am

Sao Nova Europa wrote:I am struggling a bit to come with additional strengths and weaknesses. Can someone make some suggestions? :)


Does he have big local connections? National connections? What does that look like?

Is he social media savvy like AOC, or is he more of a back bencher?

Did he do anything outright corrupt, or that might give the perception of corruption?

Does he or a close family member have a drug or alcohol addiction, did they commit a crime that might be used against him by an opportunistic opponent? Is he having an affair no one knows about yet?

Just a few examples!
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Bumping my revised app :)

Yaruqo wrote:Whew, I did it. It's been a while since I've done one of these apps, but I've tried to stick to RL trends for KS-3 and go from there.

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NS Nation Name: Yaruqo
Character Name: Oliver Miller
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 35
Character Height: 5' 8"
Character Weight: 162 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas (2019 - Present); Overland Park City Council Member for the 6th Ward (2013 - 2018)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kansas
Character State of Residence: Kansas
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Strong local connections; personable and empathetic; emphasis on constituent services; "history making" election and re-election as Kansas's first LGBTQ Member of Congress has ensured continued fundraising support from a growing number of LGBTQ political action committees and power-building groups.
Main Weaknesses: His congressional district, which has been trending blue since 2016, is a target of state and national Republicans who aim to gerrymander it to a stronger Republican district and/or flip it red; while he has stronger bases of support in the major suburban areas of the district, the few rural areas swing too far to the right; many of his campaign promises may be unable to pass under a Republican Congress, could affect re-election chances. There were accusations that Oliver had tried to benefit one of his college friends with a contract to provide public internet to Overland Park while he was on the city council, but when the effort to create that utility failed in the face of political opposition, so too did the potential contract. Some activists claim that he also has close ties as a Congressman to one of the major Midwestern health insurance providers, with leftists claiming that’s why he hasn’t advocated for single-payer healthcare upon his election, and with conservatives claiming that’s why he has been pushing for an aggressive recession recovery package.
Biography:

Oliver Miller was born to Timothy and Jocelyn Miller on February 12, 1986 in Overland Park, Kansas. An only child, his Methodist parents doted on him as he grew up, entertaining him and his various interests - from archaeology, to mythology, and ultimately history and politics. He was a loner in high school, with a small circle of friends. His eleventh grade American History teacher went above and beyond to foster Oliver's interest and helped cultivate in him a desire to teach social studies and civics and help other kids feel welcome at school. With a goal in mind, Oliver would enroll into the University of Kansas in the fall of 2004, where he would graduate with a Bachelor's in Secondary History & Government Education in the spring of 2008.

It was in the midst of his college years that Oliver felt that he was not quite like his classmates and friends. Sure, he felt more welcomed here with his a larger clique of nerds and Dungeons and Dragons players than he had through his childhood, but this feeling was deeper than that. He had a feeling that he liked men, but with the state of sexual education in Kansas and the Internet still in its relatively infant stages, he didn't really know how to comfortably explore his feelings in a comfortable or safe environment. So instead, he had thrown himself deep into his studies, hoping to excel and push aside these thoughts and feelings whenever they arose. For a time, it worked.

He earned his teaching certification for secondary social studies and began teaching as a secondary substitute teacher in one of the few resident school districts back in Overland Park in the fall of 2009, having taken odd jobs in the interim as he prepared for his certification. When the school district finally hired him as a full time teacher in 2010, he was excited to leave his mark. Much as he did with his tertiary studies, he threw himself into his role as a middle school social studies teacher, winning praise from the district and parents alike. He had a reputation for being patient with his students, dedicating time after school to help those who were struggling with assignments or subjects.

In 2010, he had volunteered for the then-Democratic incumbent who served as the U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, Sandra Shore, primarily fundraising and canvassing. Despite the district containing both the Kansas City suburbs and Lawrence, the amount of anti-Baharia sentiment by 2010 had overwhelmed local Democratic efforts to maintain control of the district and, subsequently, the rest of the House of Representatives, resulting in the seat flipping to Republican Stephen Wooler after twelve years of Democratic control, who had painted himself as a moderate against "Baharia's communist policies," despite Congresswoman Shore being a Blue Dog Democrat. Shocked that his community would buy into what he perceived to be outright drivel, Oliver sought to improve civic education in his school and the wider school district. A year later, the Kansas State Legislature would redraw the maps after the 2010 census and cut Lawrence out from the 3rd Congressional District in a bid to strengthen now-Congressman Wooler's position. Oliver was further shocked at the naked hard-elbowed maneuvers of his parents' Republican Party. He lost faith that Republicans would play by the rules that Democrats bent over backwards to avoid breaking.

His frustrations with the system and the status quo would boil over in 2012, when he decided to run for the city council of Overland Park. Even though he had only been a teacher for a few years, he had seen firsthand that mental health care was taking a backseat on the municipal and school board levels of governance: students felt alone; bullying was on the rise, a trend coinciding with the rise of social media platforms; and mental health care resources were either delegated to teachers and guidance counselors at best, or neglected at worst. Since the laws of the city made it so that all municipal elections were nonpartisan, Oliver and his small, dedicated team of family members, friends, and Johnson County Democrats worked hard to set him apart from his challengers, emphasizing a platform that focused on improving mental health care in Overland Park, maintaining the city's fiscal responsibility by balancing low property taxes with smart investments, and increased spending in infrastructure and transportation spending to overhaul the city's roads and sewers. Oliver would win the race, securing his first 4 year term as one of two city council members of Overland Park's 6th Ward in the south of the city. On the city council, he championed programs to improve mental health care and mental health care in the city, urging his colleagues to remember that, "Not all wounds are visible, and we can only guess at the battles our families, friends, and colleagues are wrestling with." This initiative ultimately passed, and Councilman Miller would go on to sponsor and co-sponsor other pieces of legislation with some of his more liberal or center-left leaning colleagues on the council to push through projects that would make the city's downtown areas safer for pedestrians, introduce smart sewer programs to the city, and initiatives to set up green energy infrastructure. There were some victories, and there were some defeats - Oliver's bill to introduce a nondiscrimination ordinance that would expand protections to LGBTQ people was tabled when the mayor and city manager feared that Governor NotBrownback, who had a reputation of being a staunch Catholic and conservative, would sue the city on the grounds of "religious discrimination."

By the launch of Oliver Miller's re-election campaign in 2016, he had grown more confident in himself, who he was, and what that meant. First, he privately came out as a gay man to his parents, who maintained their love and unabashed acceptance of their son. A couple months after he launched his re-election campaign, he submitted an op-ed to the Kansas City Star, penning an open letter to his constituents. In the letter, he walked readers through his journey to self-awareness of his sexual orientation, touching on the loneliness he felt growing up; he guided them through his journey to accepting who he was; and finally, he declared that, "I look forward to continuing to serve you, unashamed, with nothing to hide, and with nothing to fear. Regardless of your decision on Election Day, know that being your Councilman has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and may God bless and keep you all." While the op-ed won him the odd glare from neighbors and community members, for the most part, many Overland Park residents fell into two camps, which Oliver summed up to friends into two statements: "Okay, and what are you going to do about our utilities?" and "I'm so happy for you! I love the gays!" Oliver would go on to win re-election that fall.

Continuing to focus on mental health, public safety, and infrastructure, Oliver would have continued into his second term without complaint had it not been for the election of President Arnold Wolf, who had lost the popular vote count in the Kansas 3rd by 1% to [NotHillaryClinton or ATB Character Here]. The suburbs that dominated the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas hadn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in years, and now, with a raving extremist at the head of the Republican Party, it appeared that Democrats had a shot to effect some change in ruby red Kansas, bit by bit. Oliver was encouraged by the DCCC, the Victory Fund, and local Democratic organizations to weigh a run against Congressman Stephen Wooler, who had taken a more stringent right wing position than he had initially begun with back in 2010. On December 18th, 2017, Oliver announced his intent to run for the Democratic nomination for congressional seat, entering a somewhat crowded Democratic primary. Oliver would ultimately push ahead and win the August 2018 primary with 38% of the vote, with the closest challenger, a former NotBernieSanders campaign surrogate in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, snagging 34% of the vote. It is at this point that the campaign took a savage turn. A far-right conspiracy theorist popular in alt-right online spaces began to tweet and share social media posts that claimed that Oliver had abused children while he was a substitute teacher in 2009. The claims, like much of what the conspiracy theorist had declared before - including that a well known Democratic Senator had a steamy affair with a much younger Marine - were unsubstantiated, but it didn't stop the Wooler campaign from leaping on it, perhaps with the goal of depressing Democratic turnout and encouraging Wolfist supporters to turnout. The Miller campaign and Democratic campaign organs hit back hard against the Congressman, but Oliver himself, while privately distraught over the allegations, publicly focused on the issues with voters: he promised accountability for the Wolf Administration's oversteps and conduct; he would work with Kansas City area Members of Congress - Democrat and Republican - to get the Department of Transportation to modernize and overhaul the beltway that fed into the greater Kansas City area; improve public education funding, particularly for Title I schools and school districts; and to work on legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and get generics to the market faster, among other goals. He acknowledged to voters that some of these goals might not be possible with a Republican in the White House, especially one like Arnold Wolf, but he promised that while he would push on those priorities in Congress, in the meantime, his office would also put greater value and focus on constituent relations. On November 4th, 2018, Oliver Miller was elected to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas with 53.3% of the vote, to Congressman Wooler's 44.2%.

Since his election, Oliver has mostly tried to follow the lead of Democratic Congressional leadership, all to wary of how precarious his position is. He has met mixed success in getting resources to his district, but just as he warned, very few of his priorities could be accomplished with Arnold Wolf in the White House. As history would have it, Wolf would not be in office for much longer, and by the November 2020 election, the showdown between Vice President Diehl and Governor Richardson would reach into his suburban district. Where other Democrats suffered defeats, Oliver's constituent service emphasis, honesty and empathy with regards to the situation he and his constituents faced, both politically and in light of the 2020 recession, maintained his favorability in the polls. It certainly didn't help that the local Republican machine nominated a Wolfist that alienated moderate Republicans and fired up Democratic voters at a time when lack of enthusiasm for the presidential candidates threatened turnout for both parties across the board. Oliver Miller was re-elected to office with 53.5% of the vote, touting a platform that declared that, with economic crisis hitting the nation and its most vulnerable communities, nothing short of historic investment in all communities could bring about an all-American recovery. Privately, Oliver is unsure about how such a recovery can go through, but he will be damned if he doesn't try.

One other footnote: when the Overland Park City Council voted to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance in 2019, Oliver Miller was one of the first to be notified. It's said he grinned ear from ear and said a silent prayer of thanks that his hometown saw it through.

Other Info: Single as a Pringle, though he has exhibited interest in starting a relationship. He is also a practicing Methodist and belongs to an LGBT-affirming Methodist church in Overland Park.

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Character Name: Oliver Miller
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 35
Character Height: 5' 8"
Character Weight: 162 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas (2019 - Present); Overland Park City Council Member for the 6th Ward (2013 - 2018)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kansas
Character State of Residence: Kansas
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Strong local connections; personable and empathetic; emphasis on constituent services; "history making" election and re-election as Kansas's first LGBTQ Member of Congress has ensured continued fundraising support from a growing number of LGBTQ political action committees and power-building groups.
Main Weaknesses: His congressional district, which has been trending blue since 2016, is a target of state and national Republicans who aim to gerrymander it to a stronger Republican district and/or flip it red; while he has stronger bases of support in the major suburban areas of the district, the few rural areas swing too far to the right; many of his campaign promises may be unable to pass under a Republican Congress, could affect re-election chances. There were accusations that Oliver had tried to benefit one of his college friends with a contract to provide public internet to Overland Park while he was on the city council, but when the effort to create that utility failed in the face of political opposition, so too did the potential contract. Some activists claim that he also has close ties as a Congressman to one of the major Midwestern health insurance providers, with leftists claiming that’s why he hasn’t advocated for single-payer healthcare upon his election, and with conservatives claiming that’s why he has been pushing for an aggressive recession recovery package.
Biography:

Oliver Miller was born to Timothy and Jocelyn Miller on February 12, 1986 in Overland Park, Kansas. An only child, his Methodist parents doted on him as he grew up, entertaining him and his various interests - from archaeology, to mythology, and ultimately history and politics. He was a loner in high school, with a small circle of friends. His eleventh grade American History teacher went above and beyond to foster Oliver's interest and helped cultivate in him a desire to teach social studies and civics and help other kids feel welcome at school. With a goal in mind, Oliver would enroll into the University of Kansas in the fall of 2004, where he would graduate with a Bachelor's in Secondary History & Government Education in the spring of 2008.

It was in the midst of his college years that Oliver felt that he was not quite like his classmates and friends. Sure, he felt more welcomed here with his a larger clique of nerds and Dungeons and Dragons players than he had through his childhood, but this feeling was deeper than that. He had a feeling that he liked men, but with the state of sexual education in Kansas and the Internet still in its relatively infant stages, he didn't really know how to comfortably explore his feelings in a comfortable or safe environment. So instead, he had thrown himself deep into his studies, hoping to excel and push aside these thoughts and feelings whenever they arose. For a time, it worked.

He earned his teaching certification for secondary social studies and began teaching as a secondary substitute teacher in one of the few resident school districts back in Overland Park in the fall of 2009, having taken odd jobs in the interim as he prepared for his certification. When the school district finally hired him as a full time teacher in 2010, he was excited to leave his mark. Much as he did with his tertiary studies, he threw himself into his role as a middle school social studies teacher, winning praise from the district and parents alike. He had a reputation for being patient with his students, dedicating time after school to help those who were struggling with assignments or subjects.

In 2010, he had volunteered for the then-Democratic incumbent who served as the U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, Sandra Shore, primarily fundraising and canvassing. Despite the district containing both the Kansas City suburbs and Lawrence, the amount of anti-Baharia sentiment by 2010 had overwhelmed local Democratic efforts to maintain control of the district and, subsequently, the rest of the House of Representatives, resulting in the seat flipping to Republican Stephen Wooler after twelve years of Democratic control, who had painted himself as a moderate against "Baharia's communist policies," despite Congresswoman Shore being a Blue Dog Democrat. Shocked that his community would buy into what he perceived to be outright drivel, Oliver sought to improve civic education in his school and the wider school district. A year later, the Kansas State Legislature would redraw the maps after the 2010 census and cut Lawrence out from the 3rd Congressional District in a bid to strengthen now-Congressman Wooler's position. Oliver was further shocked at the naked hard-elbowed maneuvers of his parents' Republican Party. He lost faith that Republicans would play by the rules that Democrats bent over backwards to avoid breaking.

His frustrations with the system and the status quo would boil over in 2012, when he decided to run for the city council of Overland Park. Even though he had only been a teacher for a few years, he had seen firsthand that mental health care was taking a backseat on the municipal and school board levels of governance: students felt alone; bullying was on the rise, a trend coinciding with the rise of social media platforms; and mental health care resources were either delegated to teachers and guidance counselors at best, or neglected at worst. Since the laws of the city made it so that all municipal elections were nonpartisan, Oliver and his small, dedicated team of family members, friends, and Johnson County Democrats worked hard to set him apart from his challengers, emphasizing a platform that focused on improving mental health care in Overland Park, maintaining the city's fiscal responsibility by balancing low property taxes with smart investments, and increased spending in infrastructure and transportation spending to overhaul the city's roads and sewers. Oliver would win the race, securing his first 4 year term as one of two city council members of Overland Park's 6th Ward in the south of the city. On the city council, he championed programs to improve mental health care and mental health care in the city, urging his colleagues to remember that, "Not all wounds are visible, and we can only guess at the battles our families, friends, and colleagues are wrestling with." This initiative ultimately passed, and Councilman Miller would go on to sponsor and co-sponsor other pieces of legislation with some of his more liberal or center-left leaning colleagues on the council to push through projects that would make the city's downtown areas safer for pedestrians, introduce smart sewer programs to the city, and initiatives to set up green energy infrastructure. There were some victories, and there were some defeats - Oliver's bill to introduce a nondiscrimination ordinance that would expand protections to LGBTQ people was tabled when the mayor and city manager feared that Governor NotBrownback, who had a reputation of being a staunch Catholic and conservative, would sue the city on the grounds of "religious discrimination."

By the launch of Oliver Miller's re-election campaign in 2016, he had grown more confident in himself, who he was, and what that meant. First, he privately came out as a gay man to his parents, who maintained their love and unabashed acceptance of their son. A couple months after he launched his re-election campaign, he submitted an op-ed to the Kansas City Star, penning an open letter to his constituents. In the letter, he walked readers through his journey to self-awareness of his sexual orientation, touching on the loneliness he felt growing up; he guided them through his journey to accepting who he was; and finally, he declared that, "I look forward to continuing to serve you, unashamed, with nothing to hide, and with nothing to fear. Regardless of your decision on Election Day, know that being your Councilman has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and may God bless and keep you all." While the op-ed won him the odd glare from neighbors and community members, for the most part, many Overland Park residents fell into two camps, which Oliver summed up to friends into two statements: "Okay, and what are you going to do about our utilities?" and "I'm so happy for you! I love the gays!" Oliver would go on to win re-election that fall.

Continuing to focus on mental health, public safety, and infrastructure, Oliver would have continued into his second term without complaint had it not been for the election of President Arnold Wolf, who had lost the popular vote count in the Kansas 3rd by 1% to [NotHillaryClinton or ATB Character Here]. The suburbs that dominated the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas hadn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in years, and now, with a raving extremist at the head of the Republican Party, it appeared that Democrats had a shot to effect some change in ruby red Kansas, bit by bit. Oliver was encouraged by the DCCC, the Victory Fund, and local Democratic organizations to weigh a run against Congressman Stephen Wooler, who had taken a more stringent right wing position than he had initially begun with back in 2010. On December 18th, 2017, Oliver announced his intent to run for the Democratic nomination for congressional seat, entering a somewhat crowded Democratic primary. Oliver would ultimately push ahead and win the August 2018 primary with 38% of the vote, with the closest challenger, a former NotBernieSanders campaign surrogate in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, snagging 34% of the vote. It is at this point that the campaign took a savage turn. A far-right conspiracy theorist popular in alt-right online spaces began to tweet and share social media posts that claimed that Oliver had abused children while he was a substitute teacher in 2009. The claims, like much of what the conspiracy theorist had declared before - including that a well known Democratic Senator had a steamy affair with a much younger Marine - were unsubstantiated, but it didn't stop the Wooler campaign from leaping on it, perhaps with the goal of depressing Democratic turnout and encouraging Wolfist supporters to turnout. The Miller campaign and Democratic campaign organs hit back hard against the Congressman, but Oliver himself, while privately distraught over the allegations, publicly focused on the issues with voters: he promised accountability for the Wolf Administration's oversteps and conduct; he would work with Kansas City area Members of Congress - Democrat and Republican - to get the Department of Transportation to modernize and overhaul the beltway that fed into the greater Kansas City area; improve public education funding, particularly for Title I schools and school districts; and to work on legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and get generics to the market faster, among other goals. He acknowledged to voters that some of these goals might not be possible with a Republican in the White House, especially one like Arnold Wolf, but he promised that while he would push on those priorities in Congress, in the meantime, his office would also put greater value and focus on constituent relations. On November 4th, 2018, Oliver Miller was elected to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas with 53.3% of the vote, to Congressman Wooler's 44.2%.

Since his election, Oliver has mostly tried to follow the lead of Democratic Congressional leadership, all to wary of how precarious his position is. He has met mixed success in getting resources to his district, but just as he warned, very few of his priorities could be accomplished with Arnold Wolf in the White House. As history would have it, Wolf would not be in office for much longer, and by the November 2020 election, the showdown between Vice President Diehl and Governor Richardson would reach into his suburban district. Where other Democrats suffered defeats, Oliver's constituent service emphasis, honesty and empathy with regards to the situation he and his constituents faced, both politically and in light of the 2020 recession, maintained his favorability in the polls. It certainly didn't help that the local Republican machine nominated a Wolfist that alienated moderate Republicans and fired up Democratic voters at a time when lack of enthusiasm for the presidential candidates threatened turnout for both parties across the board. Oliver Miller was re-elected to office with 53.5% of the vote, touting a platform that declared that, with economic crisis hitting the nation and its most vulnerable communities, nothing short of historic investment in all communities could bring about an all-American recovery. Privately, Oliver is unsure about how such a recovery can go through, but he will be damned if he doesn't try.

One other footnote: when the Overland Park City Council voted to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance in 2019, Oliver Miller was one of the first to be notified. It's said he grinned ear from ear and said a silent prayer of thanks that his hometown saw it through.

Other Info: Single as a Pringle, though he has exhibited interest in starting a relationship. He is also a practicing Methodist and belongs to an LGBT-affirming Methodist church in Overland Park.

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Sao Nova Europa wrote:I am thinking of apping as another character, but want opinion of OPs first. Basic premise is 'David Petraeus' (without the scandal), but Democrat (politics = progressive at home, neocon abroad). I RPed as a similar character ('MacArthur') in the 1960s RP and the character was rather well received (RP sample). Should I attempt to make such a character or abandon it?


I would say in modern day USA, the room for neocon interventionist + cold war liberal domestic progressive is very tight. You're looking at the smallest enclaves, not enough to elect them on a platform so openly in one direction or the other.
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Sao Nova Europa wrote:I am thinking of apping as another character, but want opinion of OPs first. Basic premise is 'David Petraeus' (without the scandal), but Democrat (politics = progressive at home, neocon abroad). I RPed as a similar character ('MacArthur') in the 1960s RP and the character was rather well received (RP sample). Should I attempt to make such a character or abandon it?


I would say in modern day USA, the room for neocon interventionist + cold war liberal domestic progressive is very tight. You're looking at the smallest enclaves, not enough to elect them on a platform so openly in one direction or the other.


Which would be a good state for such a character to be elected then? Probably will have him to lean a bit more on the progressive side, but without abandoning neocon interventionism.
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I'm not sure I can name a neocon interventionist Democrat off the top of my head. Liberal interventionists, sure, but not neocons.
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Gordano and Lysandus wrote:I'm not sure I can name a neocon interventionist Democrat off the top of my head. Liberal interventionists, sure, but not neocons.


If need be, I can have him be a moderate Republican, but would prefer a liberal Democrat as first choice.
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Velahor wrote:NEW AND IMPROVED WILLIAM ROGERS III APPLICATION

Major changes:
-added family political history
-added State House seat
-added failed State Senate campaign
-made ADHD diagnosis not publicly disclosed
-added state Democratic Party chairmanship
-added campaign management of not-Rob Quist
-set his election back to 2018 to align with the Democratic Montana Senate seat

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NS Nation Name: Velahor
Character Name: William Scott Rogers III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 44
Character Height: 5’11
Character Weight: 180
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator from Montana (2020-present)

Appearance:
Character State of Origin: Montana
Character State of Residence: Montana
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic

Main Strengths:
-Youthful, attractive and ambitious.
-A very strong ideological fit in Montana.
-Exudes professionalism (outwardly).
-While generally a moderate Democrat, his rhetoric has notes of populism that are attractive to the same type of voters who voted in 2016 for both Wolf and not-Governor Bullock.
-Very pragmatic and reasonable.
-Good at campaigning, has a lot of campaign trail stamina.
-Name recognition
-Has overcome several electoral failures to finally be elected to the Senate

Main Weaknesses:
-He is a better campaigner than legislator. He honestly does not know what to do now that he’s elected.
-Long-standing feud with family is not public knowledge, but is a major personal distraction.
-Suffers from ADHD, but it is not publicly disclosed. Symptoms of inattentiveness, distractibility, and rejection sensitive dysphoria hamper his administrative effectiveness, but they are somewhat mitigated by medication and well-practiced coping skills. He is concerned that someone may eventually leak his diagnosis publicly.
-Not a great team player, and a bit of a loner. Rogers prefers to take on most projects alone.
-He is pretty new to the Senate and an overly trusting person, and thus is easily manipulated by party elites. Though this may change as he gains wisdom and experience.
-Not very appealing to hard-left progressives.
-Very lacking in foreign policy knowledge.
-Grandfather & uncle were notable as Republicans, but he is a Democrat.

Career History:
-United States Senator from Montana (2018-present)
-Campaign Manager for not-Rob Quist (2017)
-Chairman of the Montana Democratic Party (2016-2017)
-Candidate for Montana State Senate District 31 (2014)
-Montana State Representative, House District 61 (2012-2014)
-Associate Attorney at Marshall & Marshall LLP, Bozeman, MT (2007-2016)
-Associate Attorney at Brixton, Myers, & Moss LLP, Los Angeles, CA (2001-2007)
-Law Degree at UCLA (1998-2001)
-Sales Representative at Wonderful Pistachio Company, Los Angeles, CA (1997-1998)
-Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness at Montana State University (1993-1997)

Biography:
William Scott Rogers III was born on July 29, 1976 in Bozeman, Montana and raised on the Lazy R Ranch near , Montana. It is one of America’s largest working cattle ranches, the ranch has been in the family for five generations. His late grandfather, William Rogers Sr. was a one-term Congressman in the 1970’s and a longtime Republican state senator in what is now State Senate District 9. His uncle was also briefly a Republican state house member. His father was not politically-inclined but was well-known for his business acumen in managing his ranch. Rogers grew up with 3 younger siblings. He was raised in a Republican household but was by all means the black sheep of the family.

Rogers experienced scholastic issues early due to ADHD symptoms but with the assistance of a Gifted & Talented school program was able to play into his strengths and become a successful student. At the end of his senior year of high school, he was selected as State President of the youth organization Future Farmers of America, which provided him with many opportunities to travel around Montana and meet all sorts of people from the From a young age, Rogers wanted a career in politics, though he also felt obligated to work for his father and carry on the "legacy" of their family ranch.

Rogers returned to the family ranch and began working under his father. Within a year, a feud brewed between Rogers and his parents over his relationship with his fiancee, his role on the ranch, political differences, and financial concerns. After one particularly heated argument, Rogers packed his bags and left with his college girlfriend for her home state of California. He has mostly cut ties with his parents, however, he still has a strong relationship with his younger brother who lives on the ranch.

After briefly working for the Wonderful Pistachio company as a sales representative, Rogers enrolled in UCLA Law School in 1998. While law school was very challenging for Rogers, he managed to finish it, pass the bar, and began working as corporate employment attorney in Los Angeles at . During this time, he married Kate Summers, his long-time girlfriend who he met at Montana State. While in Los Angeles, Rogers occasionally donated to local Democratic candidates in both California and Montana. He proved to be a valuable asset to his firm as an attorney. He was particularly good at bringing in new clients and at making an impression on a judge with sharp legal knowledge.

In 2007, Rogers returned to Montana, buying a home in Bozeman. He was quickly was admitted to the Montana bar by “admission by motion” and was hired by one of Montana’s leading law firms. He also registered with the Montana Democratic Party.

In 2012, Rogers was elected as a Democrat to State House District 61. The campaign had a significantly larger budget than its competitors, and the win can mostly be credited for that. He was mostly a do-nothing State Representative during these two short years.

In 2014, Rogers decided to make the jump to State Senate and ran Democratic primary for State Senate District 31. This time he was very competitive. This caught the attention of the media. The Bozeman Chronicle ran a front-page article titled “GONE ROGUE” about how he had left his family’s ranch, become a successful attorney, and now was a growing star on the Democratic side. Rogers felt pretty hurt that his dirty laundry was aired out as it was, but he pressed on, and the publicity surely helped. He won the nomination from the Democratic Party, and received campaign endorsements from major Montana Democrats, but fell short in the general election by 2%.

In 2015, the Rogers’ had twins, son Walter Rogers IV and daughter Ella Anne Rogers.

In 2016, Rogers was elected as Chairman of the Montana Democratic Party after an extensive push for the nomination at the convention by an informal group that that was dubbed the “cowboy caucus,” a group of rural Democrats in the agriculture industry who were trying to keep hard-line environmentalist elements out of the state party. He resigned from his law firm position.

In 2017, Rogers’ wife Kate was elected to the Bozeman, Montana school board. Rogers was floated as a candidate for the 2017 Montana Special Election for the At-Large House district, but he opted to remain in the state party chairmanship and instead assisted in managing the campaign of not-Rob Quist. While the not-Quist campaign was not successful, the creative strategies used for the campaign were noticed by national-level Democratic strategists, who began contacting Rogers about personally running for office. But he was hesitant after how hard his 2014 loss was on him.

In 2018, not-Jon Tester was presumed to be the nominee for the Democrats, when a health condition rendered not-Tester unable to run. Rogers was unsure about campaigning for Senate with only two years of State House experience and a party chairmanship under his belt. But he took the leap, and luckily, the connections he formed through not-Tester and while working on the not-Quist campaign helped him earn large donors, which began to build up the campaign’s war chest quite nicely. Rogers won a closely-contested Democratic primary.

He then faced not-Matt Rosendale in the general election. Rogers began criticizing not-Rosendale for not being from Montana and being out of touch with the state’s values. While Rogers ended up pulling out the win, he did not fare near as well as not-Tester would have, only beating not-Rosendale by 1.8%.

Since his election to the Senate in 2018, he has mostly voted the same as not-Tester would. He has not yet proposed any legislation, and has only really co-sponsored a few mostly symbolic bills.

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Views (not public unless otherwise stated):

Healthcare:
Supports ACA. Supports additional healthcare reforms. Does not support single-payer. Advocate for improved mental health services.

Climate Change: Supports climate regulations in general but will oppose any regulations that he thinks will hurt agriculture. Long-term goal of replacing income taxes with carbon taxes on factory emissions (not disclosed publicly).

Abortion: Pro-Choice, but not looking to push to expand abortion beyond Roe v. Wade.

Foreign Policy: Lacking in foreign policy expertise, he will likely rely on voting along with the party line.

Immigration: Very moderate on immigration, supports existing controls but does not support border wall, willing to increase yearly immigrant numbers.

Trade: Moderate-to-free on trade, except with China, where he takes a more protectionist stance.

Gun Control: One of the most pro-gun Democrats in the Senate, but he does support background checks and limited red flag laws.

Civil Liberties: Supports cannabis legalization. Supports LGBTQ rights. Supports police reform (but doesn’t call it “defunding”.)

Taxation & Spending: In the short-term, he generally supports Democratic spending and taxation plans, though he would prefer to see a shift in spending priorities to “growth-oriented spending.” In the long term (though this isn’t mentioned publicly), he would like to see the sources of revenue shifted from income tax to other types of taxes. He is in favor of big spending for infrastructure repair. He supports agricultural subsidies. Basically, he is a typical Democrat in practice, but more focused on economic growth in theory.

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I think he needs to make headlines doing one culturally conservative thing, like attacking BLM or something.... Otherwise im pretty happy
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Postby Dentali » Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:44 am

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If need be, I can have him be a moderate Republican, but would prefer a liberal Democrat as first choice.



I wouldn't suggest having him lead with foreign policy positions, in the 60s foreign policy was all the rage... not so much any more.
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Newne Carriebean7 wrote:-snip-


Before I'd review the app I just want to make sure you know this is supposed to be a realistic RP, we've RP'd together before so I'm familiar with you're more chaotic RPing style, so you are aware of the realistic style we're aiming for right?

Yes, I'm aware of the realism of this one. I'll be sure to make Maxine not do anything crazy or that might be considered political suicide. She'll have the voters to worry about in a year from now anyways. You aren't going to see her suddenly shift to support a repeal of the 2nd amendment, I think I'll play up her strengths and weaknesses.
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NS Nation Name: The Orion Islands
Character Name: Everitt Rigby Colbert
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 52
Character Height: 5'11"
Character Weight: 215 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Senator form Utah
Appearance: https://www.minnpost.com/wp-content/upl ... ?strip=all
Character State of Origin: Utah
Character State of Residence: Utah
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Military experience, Long term state government experience, Well liked in Utah, Strong willed
Main Weaknesses: PTSD, very emotional, establishment, somewhat on the outs with the GOP for a slight dislike of Wolf's style and overt willingness to work with Democrats, social media outbursts,
Biography: Everett was born in Salt Lake City and raised on a small farm about 10 miles outside the conurbation. Raised in a Mormon household, he was raised with a deep appreciation of the American political tradition and traditional American culture. He had emotional problems during school stemming from his father's death at age 10, but he finished high school third in his class. He attended the University of Utah, where he almost failed out in the first month. On the advice of a friend, he tried out for football. The coach provided him with the mentorship needed to continue. He eventually graduated 10th in his class, with a degree in business administration. He also started at free safety his redshirt junior and senior years. He played in the 1992 Copper Bowl, a 28-31 loss to Washington State. After graduation, he spent a three years in the Mormon missionary service, mainly serving in southern California. He worked for the Smith's grocery chain until 9/11, as an administrative assistant.
After the 9/11 attacks, Everett enlisted in the Marines and saw two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Division, 12th Regiment. He served with distinction. In one incident, the vehicle he was traveling in took an IED blast and rolled over. Everett cut everyone out of their seat belts and removed them all from the vehicle. No one was killed, and they all returned to duty at a later date, although he did suffer a concussion in the blast. He was discharged honorably with the rank of Corporal. In 2005, when he returned, he went to work at the Salt Lake VA hospital as an administrative assistant. That meant he mainly dealt with the day to day running of the hospital and some of its finances. In 2006, seeing the path the VA was on as well the path the country was on, he decided to run for Utah State House district 28. He was victorious in his first primary, winning by 205 votes. He was elected by an electorate disgusted with the way the country was heading. He developed a small government, pro-life, pro-business, pro-veteran voting record over his 12 years in the state house. He occasionally voted against his party if he thought it would help his district and did not impinge on his Mormon values. He held the chairman ship of the Veterans and Military Affairs Commission his final two terms. He also served on the Business and Labor Committee. In 2018 he ran for Senate largely on the strength of his voting record. He made sure to visit every county in Utah. He won the primary due to the Republicans in Utah liking his independent streak as well as his willingness to work with Democrats if it would help Utah. He went on the attack against his Democratic opponent in the general election. He asserted she was soft on national security, and he also attacked her as weak on economic matters, as well as being a bit out of touch with Utah. He was supportive of the President, but hesitant due to some of the comments he made about women and minorities, as well as his nicknames. He won that election with 62.6% of the vote. Upon arrival in the Senate, he began to push a strong national security agenda, while pushing to confront China. He was a strong advocate for increasing the strength of the US military. He also has longer term goals of pushing infrastructure and Social Security reform. He earned some derision for his comments after the payroll tax was suspended, Colbert called the suspension "illegal, unwise, and dumb as hell."
Other Info: He holds Romney's seat

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After further consultation with the other members of the mod team, Orion we would prefer if you expanded on this app a little bit. And add more details.

What exactly do you want?
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Postby Dentali » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:46 am

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Democratic Peoples republic of Kelvinsi wrote:
After further consultation with the other members of the mod team, Orion we would prefer if you expanded on this app a little bit. And add more details.

What exactly do you want?



Just expand on his history honestly
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Lavan Tiri » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:46 am

Newne Carriebean7 wrote:
New Cobastheia wrote:
Before I'd review the app I just want to make sure you know this is supposed to be a realistic RP, we've RP'd together before so I'm familiar with you're more chaotic RPing style, so you are aware of the realistic style we're aiming for right?

Yes, I'm aware of the realism of this one. I'll be sure to make Maxine not do anything crazy or that might be considered political suicide. She'll have the voters to worry about in a year from now anyways. You aren't going to see her suddenly shift to support a repeal of the 2nd amendment, I think I'll play up her strengths and weaknesses.


Counterpoint. Make her crazy.
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Capitalist Paradise

Postby The Sarangtus Lands » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:51 am

Lavan Tiri wrote:
Newne Carriebean7 wrote:Yes, I'm aware of the realism of this one. I'll be sure to make Maxine not do anything crazy or that might be considered political suicide. She'll have the voters to worry about in a year from now anyways. You aren't going to see her suddenly shift to support a repeal of the 2nd amendment, I think I'll play up her strengths and weaknesses.


Counterpoint. Make her crazy.

Make her Sharp's granddaughter.
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