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Tehrangeles
Spokesperson
 
Posts: 137
Founded: Nov 13, 2018
Liberal Democratic Socialists

Postby Tehrangeles » Sun Mar 06, 2022 5:07 am

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NS Nation Name: Tehrangeles
Character Name: William T. McGavin
Character Gender: Boy
Character Age: 58
Character Height: 6’1”
Character Weight: 190 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Governor of California (2003-Present), CEO of the McGavin Foundation (1997-2003), CEO of the Aerospace Corporation (1994-1997), Government Relations Officer for the Aerospace Corporation (1992-1993), Challenger Commission Member (1986), Astronaut (1978-1992), Naval Test Pilot (1975-1978), Naval Aviator (1972-1975)
Character Country/State of Birth: North Carolina
Character State of Residence: San Luis Obispo County / Sacramento, California
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Here
Main Strengths: National name recognition, unique experience, attractive to large donors, charismatic
Main Weaknesses: Hamstrung by state partisanship, poor business experience, past infidelity, military service issues
Biography:
William Thomas McGavin was born in 1949 in a rural community outside of Asheville, North Carolina. He had a fairly normal childhood, with a mother who worked as a homemaker, father who served in the Second World War and became a machinist at a small furniture manufacturing company. With an all-American upbringing he was a Boy Scout, ran varsity track, and was a volunteer for his church. This made him a good fit for the United States Naval Academy, which he applied for in 1967. He knew he strived to be the teacher’s pet, respected by his peers, and loved by his parents- turning him into an all-around egoist. Thanks to a recommendation from President Johnson, he was accepted. Though he had an unremarkable time at Anapolis, he secured a spot in pilot training and finally became an aviator in 1972. He avoided service in Vietnam, flying F-4 Phantoms first out of Souda Bay, then on a tour aboard the John F. Kennedy, then out of Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. In late 1975, he was selected to become a test pilot.

Working as a test pilot was a brief, yet fulfilling part of McGavin’s career. After finishing Navy Test Pilot School in Maryland, he served at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Test Wing Atlantic, notably testing FA/18 Hornet models. In 1978, he was eagerly applied for and was selected for NASA’s Astronaut Group 8, leveraging his background as an aviator and test pilot. Given his young age, he was given PLT status- a Space Shuttle co-pilot and deputy commander. He flew on STS 1 and STS 2, the first and second flight missions, respectively. By 1985 he had flown two more missions, the last of which he served as commander. His work during these missions included deploying satellites, recording astronomical data, and conducting laser tracking for defense purposes. In 1986 he took a brief absence from the training/flight cycle to serve as a member on the Rogers Commission investigating the Challenger Disaster, following a request from President Reagan for a current astronaut to be involved.

After this break, he returned to duty as Director of Flight Operations. However, the administrative role bored him, and he returned to space in 1992 on his final flight, commanding the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Following this mission he retired from NASA and from the Navy, due in part to the strain being placed on his body. Through his experience, particularly as Director of Flight Operations and serving on the Rogers Commission, McGavin was named as Government Relations Officer for the Aerospace Corporation, serving simultaneously on the board of trustees of the nonprofit defense institution.

Other Info: One of the youngest astronauts in United States history, practicing Baptist

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Magellanica-Beringia
Civilian
 
Posts: 1
Founded: Mar 03, 2022
Ex-Nation

Postby Magellanica-Beringia » Sun Mar 06, 2022 12:59 pm

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NS Nation Name: The Commonwealth of Magellanica-Beringia
Character Name: Gabriela Arias Vidal bat-Abram(G.A Vidal)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 61(b. 28th February 1946)
Character Height:
Character Weight:
Character Current Position/Role/Job: Senator from Florida(Independent): January 3rd 2001 - present
Past Character Positions/Roles/Jobs:
Governor of Florida(Independent): January 8th 1991 - January 5th 1999
Mayor of Miami City(Independent): November 14th 1985 - November 14th 1989
Mayor of Miami-Dade County(then Dade County)(Independent): November 6th 1978 - August 8th 1985
Ordained Rabbi(Reform Judaism): June 3rd 1972-present
Character Country/State of Birth: Florida
Character State of Residence: Florida
Character Party Affiliation: Independent(leans Republican)
Faceclaim: Hilda Solis as Los Angeles County First District Supervisor
Main Strengths:
1: Fluent in Ladino/Spanish(first language), English, and Hebrew, and has considerable skill with Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, and Haitian Creole, which has contributed to her popularity amongst religious and ethnic minorities.
2: Extremely popular in her home state of Florida, particularly among it Cuban, Haitian and Jewish populations concentrated in South Florida.
3: Has been opposed to the Iraq War since its start, and to foreign intervention in general, a popular position among the general American public.
4: Is politically moderate(socially liberal, fiscally mixed), politically independent and bipartisan, giving her significant appeal amongst moderate and independent voters.
5: Is a key and popular figure in the LGBT community due to her work for improved LGBT rights and her struggles as a lesbian both before and after coming out in 1985 after becoming Mayor of Miami.
Main Weaknesses:
1: Her socially liberal and economically heterodox views, as well as her ethnic background and sexuality have resulted in significant opposition and dislike from right-wing Republicans and the Christian right.
2: Though her opposition to the Iraq War is popular with many, it has, as well as her general pacifist and non-interventionist views, resulted in some, particularly defense hawks, viewing her as overly dovish and potentially weak on national security and foreign policy.
3: Her strongly pro-immigration views and support of refugees is opposed by many conservatives and even some moderates as economically and socially unviable.
4: Being politically independent has complicated Vidal's relationships with the Democratic and Republican parties, shutting her from their party resources and requiring her to construct her own political infrastructure.
Biography:
Gabriela Arias Vidal bat-Abram was born on the 28th February 1946 to her parents Abram Arias la Paz(A.A la Paz) and Sara Vidal Castro(S.V Castro). Both of her parents were of primarily Sephardic Jewish descent and came from moderate Orthodox families, with her paternal ancestors having fled from Spain to first the Netherlands and then to New Amsterdam and Dutch Brazil until its conquest, after which they settled in New York, with her father's family branch settling and establishing agricultural businesses in Florida, while her maternal ancestors fled directly to Dutch Brazil until its conquest by the Portuguese after which they resettled in Curacao and New Amsterdam, with the Curacao branch spreading across the Caribbean to Hispaniola, Cuba and Florida.

Abram was born on December 19 1925 in his family's plantation home in South Florida, where he spent his childhood and teenage years. Sara was born on the 3rd February 1926 in her family's affluent home in Parque Central, Havana. The parents of both Abram and Sara were relatively affluent merchants from centuries old business families with deep connections to the Caribbean. Both had significant business connections and relations which developed into personal friendships, and the Arias family spent many vacations in Havana. It was in these circumstances that Abram and Sara met as young teenagers and grew close, eventually developing a romantic relationship which was welcomed by their respective families. This eventually resulted in their marriage on the 6th March 1944, after which they moved to an upper-class apartment in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, New York City, and began attending the nearby Columbia University and affiliated Barnard's College...WIP.
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Gyoric
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Posts: 19
Founded: Jan 29, 2022
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Gyoric » Sun Mar 06, 2022 1:33 pm

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NS Nation Name: Gyoric
Character Name: Alexander Baker-Albescu
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6'2
Character Weight: 194 IBS
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative for Alaska (HOR) (2002 - Present Day)
Character Country/State of Birth: Juneau, Alaska
Character State of Residence: Juneau, Alaska
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: https://imgur.com/a/m28XrGH
Main Strengths: Easy-Going, Charismatic, Well-Respected in Home State and Young.
Main Weaknesses: Could sway to Democrats, Inexperienced in Politics, few connections in the political world, Unliked in the Republican Party due to very moderate views. Despite being charismatic in terms of talking, he struggles with public speaking. Has sometimes been considered a "career politician" due to his views swaying frequently. Calling his political thinking as the "Common Ground", some of his views can change if the situation changes, in which has seen attacks suggesting his credibility as a "man of the people".
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Born in Juneau, Alaska In 1969, to Mary Baker-Albescu, who was born within the same City, and to his native Romanian Father, Costin Albescu, who had fled Communist-ruled Romania at the age of 17. His mother was 23 when she had Alex, and Costin was 27 and left his native country at the age of 17 in 1959 left the Capital city to go to the Land of the Free and Opportunity in Alaska. Though his mother had wanted more children, his father had refused to have another, suggesting his numerous low-paying jobs during his infancy wouldn't pay the bills for multiple children.

At the age of 12, he would gain an immediate interest in Basketball and would join the School's team. Between 12 - 14, Alex would become a promising player due to tall height at that age, and at 14 would go and play for Alaska Fairbanks' Youth Team at that age. However, his lack of skill on the ball and his lack of movement off-ball would lead to humbling cut 9 months later, with him going from one of the tallest member on the team to being fairly average height in the team. However, his love for Basketball wouldn't fade, and would continue to go for try-outs at the Youth Team until 16, which would be unsuccessful. However, by 16, Alex was a fairly bright student, focusing an academic studies of History and English Literature. This would lead to him at 18 going to the University of Alaska South-East, and would be studying Political Science. It was his time at College which would see his political views mould in.

It is believed Alexander's views were moulded by two factors, his Professor and his friends. His professor was a fairly moderate man in a political sense, belleving in mild conservatism. His views would transform over to Alex, who would, in addition to the classes, attend events held by the Democratic Party. However, his shift over to the Republican Side would occur after he would have a seat under a local council in a town near Campus. This was were he developed an idea of moderate conservatism, and his time spent at the council, in which was between 1988 - 1992. However, his political ambition would go further than local council, and would join the Republican Party in 1993. Between 1994 - 1998, he would join the council of the capital, in which was Republican-Controlled. It was in 96' in which Alexander would befriend the Mayor and would quickly have a lot of influence in the Judaea's Local Councils. He would push bills to support families, swell as using his long bands of influence to prevent certain motions going into place. It was 1998 in which would resign and would then prepare for even more ambitious areas, Governor of Alaska.

Alexander went for the Governor role twice, in 1998, when he would lose in the Primaries to another Republican Candidate. However, it was a surprise to seem him make it to the last 4 for Alaska, seemingly the youngest candidate. He would quickly prepare for 2000, where it was the mid-terms. Though he wasn't backed by much, a few former council members, his major backing was former Mayor of Juneau, though he was unsuccessful once more. However, he would make it to the Last 2, where he would lose in a tight vote. However, these string of progress allowed him the political backing by former members to go for the 2002 Election. He would receive backing from Former Mayors, and coming up to 2002, he would have the backing of the Party for the House of Representatives in the 2002 Election.

2002 went just as was expected. Winning the primaries with ease, his balanced, youthful and "Liberal Conservatism" in which promised the backing of everyone. His slogan for the election was "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting". Many saw the slogan as implying his moderate view. However, him winning as a HOR could be a backstabber. Though his balanced and people-pleasing approach to politics would win him a seat in HOR, his actions wouldn't be at all Republican. Alaska had never been a strong-, right-wing state like Texas, yet, he would work almost as both a Republican and Democrat. Though this allowed changes to go much smoother, this would see the Republicans make him untrustworthy, and make him unpopular in the parties more radical and right-wing areas. He wouldn't support the War on Terror, attempting to vote against implications. However, 2004 would see him comfortably due to his pushing of several changes in his area of Alaska. His 2004 victory wasn't a shock, however, many believe between now and 2008, he will attempt to shift the power onto the Democrats, suggesting not only a change of heart in parties, but an ambition to become Governor, as a democrat. He would win comfortably in the Mid-Terms in 2006, portraying a similar role as a "swing-politician".

His views are often considered very moderate by Republicans, and some of his views are similar or the same to some democrats. Since his introduction to Politics, he has been an advocate for "Abortion for a Reason", in which suggests to ban any abortion in which has a weak/no justification. Despite him in his early years being Anti-Gun, suggesting an all-out ban to Assault Rifles and Automatic Rifles, like moderate republicans and all democrats, Alex changed to wanting an increase to the age of 25+, to have had specific number of hours on the said weapon, all in all, wanting more strict gun control, though not the ban of Assault Weapons and Automatics. Once more, Alex's views has changed dramatically on the War On Terror. Since the operation began after 9/11, he was a supporter of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, however, wasn't a supporter of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, believing Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction and that Hessian's reign was to come to an end. Despite his Whip in 2003 pushing him to vote yes to Invasion of Iraq, yet he was one of few who was Republican who voted against the war in Iraq in 2003. He believes in low taxes, though in recent years since 2002, has wanted an increase to corporation tax.

The idea of "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting" is one of the quotes situated with Alex. Critics of Mr Baker-Albescu have said that he is making the image that he is a conservative to please Alaskan Republicans and Republicans across the country, but truly believes in Liberal Conservatism, a moderate form which combines the ideas of liberalism and conservatism together. Many see that he went for the Republicans not because he as a Republican, but only because he saw it as a quicker and a better chance at getting power.

Known as "The Swinger" in the Republican Party, the next two years could be crucial for Republicans in Alaska, and Democrats, with a power-hungry. ambitious and youthful Representative, who may stop at nothing to get power. Some may even argue he is a "Career Politician".

The likability of him is mostly due to his "common-sense" in terms of his political views, in which has allowed him to be popular with moderates to both the left and the right. Though his liberal conservatism appeases both libertarians and moderate conservatives, his views are most popular with those without a straight-forward view. He is often considered an appeaser, attempting to push policies in which make the most people happy. However, with it being a resourceful state, with lots of natural-resources, he considers both himself, and other around him consider Alex, a man of the people. Alex is often considered someone who has opinions on issues, and not a basic political opinion. This is often proven with his centrist view on many policies. He has been an advocate to increase state operations in Alaska and using resources in Alaska to boost the economy frequently.

Added on, his experience in basketball became the reality, when he bought a 60% stake into the Alaska Aces in 2002. He would invest into the team, however, would leave the club in 2005, however, after only just 10 months from leaving the Alaska Aces, he would buy back the team in 2006. During his longest reign as owner of the Alaska Aces, he would implant a new Director of Basketball, and his investment would further establish Alaska's basketball team as a formidable force in the middle-pack. He still currently has a majority in the company.

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Madrinpoor
Minister
 
Posts: 2220
Founded: Dec 01, 2020
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Madrinpoor » Sun Mar 06, 2022 2:19 pm

Gyoric wrote:
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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Gyoric
Character Name: Alexander Baker-Albescu
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6'2
Character Weight: 194 IBS
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative for Alaska (HOR) (2002 - Present Day)
Character Country/State of Birth: Juneau, Alaska
Character State of Residence: Juneau, Alaska
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: https://imgur.com/a/m28XrGH
Main Strengths: Easy-Going, Charismatic, Well-Respected in Home State and Young.
Main Weaknesses: Could sway to Democrats, Inexperienced in Politics, few connections in the political world, Unliked in the Republican Party due to very moderate views. Despite being charismatic in terms of talking, he struggles with public speaking. Has sometimes been considered a "career politician" due to his views swaying frequently. Calling his political thinking as the "Common Ground", some of his views can change if the situation changes, in which has seen attacks suggesting his credibility as a "man of the people".
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Born in Juneau, Alaska In 1969, to Mary Baker-Albescu, who was born within the same City, and to his native Romanian Father, Costin Albescu, who had fled Communist-ruled Romania at the age of 17. His mother was 23 when she had Alex, and Costin was 27 and left his native country at the age of 17 in 1959 left the Capital city to go to the Land of the Free and Opportunity in Alaska. Though his mother had wanted more children, his father had refused to have another, suggesting his numerous low-paying jobs during his infancy wouldn't pay the bills for multiple children.

At the age of 12, he would gain an immediate interest in Basketball and would join the School's team. Between 12 - 14, Alex would become a promising player due to tall height at that age, and at 14 would go and play for Alaska Fairbanks' Youth Team at that age. However, his lack of skill on the ball and his lack of movement off-ball would lead to humbling cut 9 months later, with him going from one of the tallest member on the team to being fairly average height in the team. However, his love for Basketball wouldn't fade, and would continue to go for try-outs at the Youth Team until 16, which would be unsuccessful. However, by 16, Alex was a fairly bright student, focusing an academic studies of History and English Literature. This would lead to him at 18 going to the University of Alaska South-East, and would be studying Political Science. It was his time at College which would see his political views mould in.

It is believed Alexander's views were moulded by two factors, his Professor and his friends. His professor was a fairly moderate man in a political sense, belleving in mild conservatism. His views would transform over to Alex, who would, in addition to the classes, attend events held by the Democratic Party. However, his shift over to the Republican Side would occur after he would have a seat under a local council in a town near Campus. This was were he developed an idea of moderate conservatism, and his time spent at the council, in which was between 1988 - 1992. However, his political ambition would go further than local council, and would join the Republican Party in 1993. Between 1994 - 1998, he would join the council of the capital, in which was Republican-Controlled. It was in 96' in which Alexander would befriend the Mayor and would quickly have a lot of influence in the Judaea's Local Councils. He would push bills to support families, swell as using his long bands of influence to prevent certain motions going into place. It was 1998 in which would resign and would then prepare for even more ambitious areas, Governor of Alaska.

Alexander went for the Governor role twice, in 1998, when he would lose in the Primaries to another Republican Candidate. However, it was a surprise to seem him make it to the last 4 for Alaska, seemingly the youngest candidate. He would quickly prepare for 2000, where it was the mid-terms. Though he wasn't backed by much, a few former council members, his major backing was former Mayor of Juneau, though he was unsuccessful once more. However, he would make it to the Last 2, where he would lose in a tight vote. However, these string of progress allowed him the political backing by former members to go for the 2002 Election. He would receive backing from Former Mayors, and coming up to 2002, he would have the backing of the Party for the House of Representatives in the 2002 Election.

2002 went just as was expected. Winning the primaries with ease, his balanced, youthful and "Liberal Conservatism" in which promised the backing of everyone. His slogan for the election was "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting". Many saw the slogan as implying his moderate view. However, him winning as a HOR could be a backstabber. Though his balanced and people-pleasing approach to politics would win him a seat in HOR, his actions wouldn't be at all Republican. Alaska had never been a strong-, right-wing state like Texas, yet, he would work almost as both a Republican and Democrat. Though this allowed changes to go much smoother, this would see the Republicans make him untrustworthy, and make him unpopular in the parties more radical and right-wing areas. He wouldn't support the War on Terror, attempting to vote against implications. However, 2004 would see him comfortably due to his pushing of several changes in his area of Alaska. His 2004 victory wasn't a shock, however, many believe between now and 2008, he will attempt to shift the power onto the Democrats, suggesting not only a change of heart in parties, but an ambition to become Governor, as a democrat. He would win comfortably in the Mid-Terms in 2006, portraying a similar role as a "swing-politician".

His views are often considered very moderate by Republicans, and some of his views are similar or the same to some democrats. Since his introduction to Politics, he has been an advocate for "Abortion for a Reason", in which suggests to ban any abortion in which has a weak/no justification. Despite him in his early years being Anti-Gun, suggesting an all-out ban to Assault Rifles and Automatic Rifles, like moderate republicans and all democrats, Alex changed to wanting an increase to the age of 25+, to have had specific number of hours on the said weapon, all in all, wanting more strict gun control, though not the ban of Assault Weapons and Automatics. Once more, Alex's views has changed dramatically on the War On Terror. Since the operation began after 9/11, he was a supporter of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, however, wasn't a supporter of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, believing Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction and that Hessian's reign was to come to an end. Despite his Whip in 2003 pushing him to vote yes to Invasion of Iraq, yet he was one of few who was Republican who voted against the war in Iraq in 2003. He believes in low taxes, though in recent years since 2002, has wanted an increase to corporation tax.

The idea of "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting" is one of the quotes situated with Alex. Critics of Mr Baker-Albescu have said that he is making the image that he is a conservative to please Alaskan Republicans and Republicans across the country, but truly believes in Liberal Conservatism, a moderate form which combines the ideas of liberalism and conservatism together. Many see that he went for the Republicans not because he as a Republican, but only because he saw it as a quicker and a better chance at getting power.

Known as "The Swinger" in the Republican Party, the next two years could be crucial for Republicans in Alaska, and Democrats, with a power-hungry. ambitious and youthful Representative, who may stop at nothing to get power. Some may even argue he is a "Career Politician".

The likability of him is mostly due to his "common-sense" in terms of his political views, in which has allowed him to be popular with moderates to both the left and the right. Though his liberal conservatism appeases both libertarians and moderate conservatives, his views are most popular with those without a straight-forward view. He is often considered an appeaser, attempting to push policies in which make the most people happy. However, with it being a resourceful state, with lots of natural-resources, he considers both himself, and other around him consider Alex, a man of the people. Alex is often considered someone who has opinions on issues, and not a basic political opinion. This is often proven with his centrist view on many policies. He has been an advocate to increase state operations in Alaska and using resources in Alaska to boost the economy frequently.

Added on, his experience in basketball became the reality, when he bought a 60% stake into the Alaska Aces in 2002. He would invest into the team, however, would leave the club in 2005, however, after only just 10 months from leaving the Alaska Aces, he would buy back the team in 2006. During his longest reign as owner of the Alaska Aces, he would implant a new Director of Basketball, and his investment would further establish Alaska's basketball team as a formidable force in the middle-pack. He still currently has a majority in the company.

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(This has been updated to the latest)

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Gyoric
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Gyoric » Sun Mar 06, 2022 2:34 pm

Oh, you have. This is just the updated version.

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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Gyoric » Sun Mar 06, 2022 2:35 pm

Madrinpoor wrote:
Gyoric wrote:
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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Gyoric
Character Name: Alexander Baker-Albescu
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6'2
Character Weight: 194 IBS
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative for Alaska (HOR) (2002 - Present Day)
Character Country/State of Birth: Juneau, Alaska
Character State of Residence: Juneau, Alaska
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: https://imgur.com/a/m28XrGH
Main Strengths: Easy-Going, Charismatic, Well-Respected in Home State and Young.
Main Weaknesses: Could sway to Democrats, Inexperienced in Politics, few connections in the political world, Unliked in the Republican Party due to very moderate views. Despite being charismatic in terms of talking, he struggles with public speaking. Has sometimes been considered a "career politician" due to his views swaying frequently. Calling his political thinking as the "Common Ground", some of his views can change if the situation changes, in which has seen attacks suggesting his credibility as a "man of the people".
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Born in Juneau, Alaska In 1969, to Mary Baker-Albescu, who was born within the same City, and to his native Romanian Father, Costin Albescu, who had fled Communist-ruled Romania at the age of 17. His mother was 23 when she had Alex, and Costin was 27 and left his native country at the age of 17 in 1959 left the Capital city to go to the Land of the Free and Opportunity in Alaska. Though his mother had wanted more children, his father had refused to have another, suggesting his numerous low-paying jobs during his infancy wouldn't pay the bills for multiple children.

At the age of 12, he would gain an immediate interest in Basketball and would join the School's team. Between 12 - 14, Alex would become a promising player due to tall height at that age, and at 14 would go and play for Alaska Fairbanks' Youth Team at that age. However, his lack of skill on the ball and his lack of movement off-ball would lead to humbling cut 9 months later, with him going from one of the tallest member on the team to being fairly average height in the team. However, his love for Basketball wouldn't fade, and would continue to go for try-outs at the Youth Team until 16, which would be unsuccessful. However, by 16, Alex was a fairly bright student, focusing an academic studies of History and English Literature. This would lead to him at 18 going to the University of Alaska South-East, and would be studying Political Science. It was his time at College which would see his political views mould in.

It is believed Alexander's views were moulded by two factors, his Professor and his friends. His professor was a fairly moderate man in a political sense, belleving in mild conservatism. His views would transform over to Alex, who would, in addition to the classes, attend events held by the Democratic Party. However, his shift over to the Republican Side would occur after he would have a seat under a local council in a town near Campus. This was were he developed an idea of moderate conservatism, and his time spent at the council, in which was between 1988 - 1992. However, his political ambition would go further than local council, and would join the Republican Party in 1993. Between 1994 - 1998, he would join the council of the capital, in which was Republican-Controlled. It was in 96' in which Alexander would befriend the Mayor and would quickly have a lot of influence in the Judaea's Local Councils. He would push bills to support families, swell as using his long bands of influence to prevent certain motions going into place. It was 1998 in which would resign and would then prepare for even more ambitious areas, Governor of Alaska.

Alexander went for the Governor role twice, in 1998, when he would lose in the Primaries to another Republican Candidate. However, it was a surprise to seem him make it to the last 4 for Alaska, seemingly the youngest candidate. He would quickly prepare for 2000, where it was the mid-terms. Though he wasn't backed by much, a few former council members, his major backing was former Mayor of Juneau, though he was unsuccessful once more. However, he would make it to the Last 2, where he would lose in a tight vote. However, these string of progress allowed him the political backing by former members to go for the 2002 Election. He would receive backing from Former Mayors, and coming up to 2002, he would have the backing of the Party for the House of Representatives in the 2002 Election.

2002 went just as was expected. Winning the primaries with ease, his balanced, youthful and "Liberal Conservatism" in which promised the backing of everyone. His slogan for the election was "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting". Many saw the slogan as implying his moderate view. However, him winning as a HOR could be a backstabber. Though his balanced and people-pleasing approach to politics would win him a seat in HOR, his actions wouldn't be at all Republican. Alaska had never been a strong-, right-wing state like Texas, yet, he would work almost as both a Republican and Democrat. Though this allowed changes to go much smoother, this would see the Republicans make him untrustworthy, and make him unpopular in the parties more radical and right-wing areas. He wouldn't support the War on Terror, attempting to vote against implications. However, 2004 would see him comfortably due to his pushing of several changes in his area of Alaska. His 2004 victory wasn't a shock, however, many believe between now and 2008, he will attempt to shift the power onto the Democrats, suggesting not only a change of heart in parties, but an ambition to become Governor, as a democrat. He would win comfortably in the Mid-Terms in 2006, portraying a similar role as a "swing-politician".

His views are often considered very moderate by Republicans, and some of his views are similar or the same to some democrats. Since his introduction to Politics, he has been an advocate for "Abortion for a Reason", in which suggests to ban any abortion in which has a weak/no justification. Despite him in his early years being Anti-Gun, suggesting an all-out ban to Assault Rifles and Automatic Rifles, like moderate republicans and all democrats, Alex changed to wanting an increase to the age of 25+, to have had specific number of hours on the said weapon, all in all, wanting more strict gun control, though not the ban of Assault Weapons and Automatics. Once more, Alex's views has changed dramatically on the War On Terror. Since the operation began after 9/11, he was a supporter of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, however, wasn't a supporter of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, believing Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction and that Hessian's reign was to come to an end. Despite his Whip in 2003 pushing him to vote yes to Invasion of Iraq, yet he was one of few who was Republican who voted against the war in Iraq in 2003. He believes in low taxes, though in recent years since 2002, has wanted an increase to corporation tax.

The idea of "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting" is one of the quotes situated with Alex. Critics of Mr Baker-Albescu have said that he is making the image that he is a conservative to please Alaskan Republicans and Republicans across the country, but truly believes in Liberal Conservatism, a moderate form which combines the ideas of liberalism and conservatism together. Many see that he went for the Republicans not because he as a Republican, but only because he saw it as a quicker and a better chance at getting power.

Known as "The Swinger" in the Republican Party, the next two years could be crucial for Republicans in Alaska, and Democrats, with a power-hungry. ambitious and youthful Representative, who may stop at nothing to get power. Some may even argue he is a "Career Politician".

The likability of him is mostly due to his "common-sense" in terms of his political views, in which has allowed him to be popular with moderates to both the left and the right. Though his liberal conservatism appeases both libertarians and moderate conservatives, his views are most popular with those without a straight-forward view. He is often considered an appeaser, attempting to push policies in which make the most people happy. However, with it being a resourceful state, with lots of natural-resources, he considers both himself, and other around him consider Alex, a man of the people. Alex is often considered someone who has opinions on issues, and not a basic political opinion. This is often proven with his centrist view on many policies. He has been an advocate to increase state operations in Alaska and using resources in Alaska to boost the economy frequently.

Added on, his experience in basketball became the reality, when he bought a 60% stake into the Alaska Aces in 2002. He would invest into the team, however, would leave the club in 2005, however, after only just 10 months from leaving the Alaska Aces, he would buy back the team in 2006. During his longest reign as owner of the Alaska Aces, he would implant a new Director of Basketball, and his investment would further establish Alaska's basketball team as a formidable force in the middle-pack. He still currently has a majority in the company.

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I'm not sure how successful a swinging moderate Republican would be in Alaska, unless he was heavily pro-oil and gas. Has he ever come close to losing his job? How close?


I did mention, only skim mentioned, that he was pro-resources, though I didn't mention him being heavily pro-oil and gas, though that would be realistic.

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Madrinpoor wrote:Damn have we not gotten to you? I am so sorry!

I'm not sure how successful a swinging moderate Republican would be in Alaska, unless he was heavily pro-oil and gas. Has he ever come close to losing his job? How close?


I did mention, only skim mentioned, that he was pro-resources, though I didn't mention him being heavily pro-oil and gas, though that would be realistic.

Well you're probably fine. I think it looks pretty good overall, I'll hand this over to another admin for further review.
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Woolworth on clean energy was a gaffe, just realized I wrote that now reading Madrinpoor's post. Apologies.

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Zohiania wrote:That looks pretty good! Just a few notes.

1. Who's the faceclaim? Like what RL person are you using for this character?
2. Online followings didn't really exist in 2007 — which makes it significantly harder for candidates to have national support without being an already experienced politician or a solid support base in a particular region (or some exception to that rule, like having a TV show or being as charismatic as Obama).
3. Immigrant and Minority appeal aren't very strong strengths. That doesn't mean you have to change them, I just want to let you know that in 2007 they might damage his chances more than help them.
4. Being a war hawk isn't much of a weakness, although it's not really the most popular position at this time. It's just a political position.
5. I would change "despised by Republican and Democrat hardliners" to being unsupported by the GOP and DNC establishment, because from what you've told me he doesn't really fit in either and definitely holds some views that wouldn't be popular among the party leaderships. Not a request, just a suggestion.
6. Media connections don't really do much as a strength, pretty much all politicians have media connections haha. You could give him something like being charismatic or made for TV instead, I guess.
7. Being a Muslim and having the name "Muhammad" is a weakness in 2007, really sad but true. Expect to get islamophobic attacks from other player characters (though not players themselves hopefully)
8. I'm not opposed to him speaking all those languages (I know multiple polyglots) especially since they're related, but maybe replace Spanish with Hebrew? Someone who speaks Arabic can reportedly learn Hebrew in two weeks, and Spanish seems kinda random on that list. Again, just a friendly suggestion :)
9. The bio is pretty good in my opinion, just some of the weaknesses need tweaking and that's a really minor thing. Great job!
10. Once you fix those things, I'm gonna pass it on to another admin and see what they think (we're doing that now, so there may be a little delay)


1. Trey Yingst, he is a foreign correspondent
2. Online followings did exist, and he is on radio, I guess I should've made that more clear
3. & 4. I think they are depending on the context, and in PA, anyone running the statewide dem ticket needs minority and immigrant appeal to get those Philadelphia votes. And being a warhawk was a disadvantage in 2007, the extent to which it was one is disputed.
5. If you think I should, I mean I was talking about the hardliners in both parties, not necessarily the leadership of the parties per say, but I would imagine he wouldn't be popular with them either lol.
6. Media connections are important insofar that the media plays a part in shaping the image of political figures in the eyes of voters.
7. I would expect such to possibly occur, but I have received stuff irl too so it's not exactly anything new to me.
8. He was a conflict zone journalist; he did work in the Americas that is why he learned Spanish, as well as the fact many members of the military speak Spanish as it is effectively a second language in America. I can flesh out the explanation in the bio more if you want. And the other languages he learned while growing up in Lebanon and serving in Iraq.
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Mareadmonte wrote:Woolworth on clean energy was a gaffe, just realized I wrote that now reading Madrinpoor's post. Apologies.

Oh...
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Postby Madrinpoor » Sun Mar 06, 2022 5:05 pm

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1. Trey Yingst, he is a foreign correspondent
2. Online followings did exist, and he is on radio, I guess I should've made that more clear
3. & 4. I think they are depending on the context, and in PA, anyone running the statewide dem ticket needs minority and immigrant appeal to get those Philadelphia votes. And being a warhawk was a disadvantage in 2007, the extent to which it was one is disputed.
5. If you think I should, I mean I was talking about the hardliners in both parties, not necessarily the leadership of the parties per say, but I would imagine he wouldn't be popular with them either lol.
6. Media connections are important insofar that the media plays a part in shaping the image of political figures in the eyes of voters.
7. I would expect such to possibly occur, but I have received stuff irl too so it's not exactly anything new to me.
8. He was a conflict zone journalist; he did work in the Americas that is why he learned Spanish, as well as the fact many members of the military speak Spanish as it is effectively a second language in America. I can flesh out the explanation in the bio more if you want. And the other languages he learned while growing up in Lebanon and serving in Iraq.
9. I can change or add more weaknesses if needed

1. I looked him up, and situations where Trey Yingst looks like a politician are very limited — just be aware.
2. Not nearly as much as they do today. You'd never see a "Yang Gang" in 2007.
3&4&7. I think that since he's trying to court both liberal and conservative voters being a warhawk that turns away liberal voters is going to really hurt, especially since he's going to automatically lose votes from conservatives in rural Pennsylvania SOLELY because of his name. Barack Hussein Obama scared Republicans — imagine someone who's middle name is Muhammad (I'm really sorry you've faced IRL racism because of things like your name, that's horrible — but I'm not saying like a lot of Republicans IC will say Zahir is a radical Islamist, I'm saying you will lose votes for it. And it will end up being a weakness if whoever is campaigning against Zahir knows what they're doing. Especially since it's such a tricky balance for your character, turning away liberals via Iraq and conservatives via Islam is going to make things seriously harder for you.
8. I'd love to see a little more about that, thanks.
9. I think you're actually pretty good on that front in my opinion. But I'm not the final one to go through.
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New app with the other proposed character cut out, I hope this is fine.

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NS Nation Name: Cybernetic Socialist Republics
Character Name: Upton Robert Fleming
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 43 (Born August 16th, 1963)
Character Height: 6’3
Character Weight: 220 Pounds
Character Position/Role/Job:
  • Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-)
  • Philadelphia District Attorney (1997-2003)
  • Staffer for the Ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997)
  • [Not-Bill Clinton] Presidential Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor (1991-1992)
  • Junior Manager at USAID (1988-1991)
  • [Not-Jesse Jackson] Presidential Campaign Economic Policy Advisor (1987-1988)
  • [Not-Jesse Jackson] Presidential Campaign Foreign Policy Junior Staffer (1983-1984)
Character Country/State of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Character State of Residence: Pennsylvania
Character Party Affiliation:
  • Democratic Party (1981-)
Main Strengths:
  • Charismatic communicator
  • Good administrator
  • Donor support from Real Estate Development, Construction and Nuclear Industry
  • Relatively Young
  • Multi-racial/strata youth support
  • Cool and Calculating

Main Weaknesses:
  • Disliked by Libertarians, Isolationists, White Evangelicals, Nuclear Energy Skeptics, Localists, NIMBYs
  • Donor support from Real Estate Development, Construction and Nuclear Industry
  • Aloof
  • Arrogant
  • Catholicism inspired fence-sitting on sexual politics with a 'personally conservative, civically liberal' position that alienates both sides.
  • Target of a grassroots right-wing conspiracy machine

Biography:

Upton Robert Fleming was born to Judith Fleming (nee Moore) and Harold Fleming In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother was among a select few women who worked at NASA on the Mercury program, the year before moving to Philadelphia with her husband as newly weds as both of them received offers to work in Pennsylvania in higher education, Judith in teaching mathematics and Harold is developmental economics. In addition to career advancement, their new better paying jobs would also allow them to live in a minority-majority suburban neighborhood in late 1962. Having educated parents, a bright mind and living in an affluent community, it was none too difficult for him to not only do well in school, but vigorously pursue extracurricular activities, sports and volunteering included, primarily through catholic organizations due to his religious upbringing.

He would graduate as a valedictorian in high school at 17 before earning a scholarship to Stanford University, where he'd get a double major in International Relations and Economics. He'd graduate at 21 and get a job working for the firmly left-wing (Not-Jesse Jackson) Presidential Campaign in 1983, working on its foreign policy team, specifically working on writing policy for sanctioning apartheid South Africa, the only element of the candidate's platform to make it into the 1984 Democratic Platform. After Democratic convention that year, Upton would manage to work is way on to the foreign policy advisory team in the 1984 General election campaign for the democratic party, before starting Law School at Harvard later that year. He would complete law school in 1987 and that same year he would work as campaign staff for the second (Not-Jesse Jackson) Presidential Campaign, this time his job was more focused on the economic portion of the campaign, specifically when it came to crafting policy and messaging for the rustbelt, where (Not-Jesse Jackson) would get consistent seconds, but most surprisingly a blow out ~55% victory, including very strong performances in predominately white working class areas won by the segregationist populist George Wallace only 16 years prior. That particular result would go on to become a formative moment of Upton's politics, alongside the other short comings of the campaign.

In 1988, he'd get a job working for USAID, a position he'd hold until 1992, when he'd work on the (Not-Bill Clinton) Campaign, reprising a role as a foreign policy advisor, but this time in a a more senior capacity. By now he was adopting a more interventionist view on foreign policy that went beyond sanctions and argued for the more assertive application of military force in the post-cold war era. When (Not-Bill Clinton) won the presidency, he managed to secure a job under the president's newly appointed Ambassador to the United Nations.

Upton Fleming would remain working under the Ambassador to the United Nations until 1997, when they would be made Secretary of State. Using political ties that he had established for over 10 years now, from both progressives and liberals in the 80s and more centrist figures in the 90s, he was able to build a team and get campaign funds to run for Philadelphia District Attorney, also operating on the hunch that crime was reaching a peak in the late 90s, which would allow him to take credit for improvements upon its fall in addition to what ever he'd be able to accomplish himself, which would be useful for further political endeavors. He'd win election candidly, and over the next four years, he’d aggressively promote his actions as contributing to a decreasing crime rate, raising his profile as the homicide rate continued to descend. His mode of operation included aggressively pursuing the harshest possible prison sentences against hard drug manufacturing and dealers. He’d win re-election to district attorney easily and rumors began to swirl about his being a potential candidate for the 2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election to replace the term limited Republican Governor. He announced his run early in 2002, running a campaign emphasizing both his tough on crime record and, to many observers, surprisingly liberal orientation on economics, even as he supported bi-partisan proposals like simplifying public programs, promoting movement towards land value taxes and backing employee stock ownership plans. He also cautiously tapped into an abortion skeptical vein among older African American voters and a critical number of white Catholics, while seeking a big donor constituency of Real estate developers and the construction industry. He’d manage to win the Democratic race in a field split by three notable candidates, securing 39% the primary vote with a strong showing in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, but a noticeable weakness in rural Pennsylvania.

In addition to emphasizing his record on crime in Philadelphia, he would spend his campaign promising to lower sales taxes, introduce progressivity to state income taxes and support a process to replace property taxes in the state with land value taxes to promote land development and punish vacant land ownership. He'd go on to win the general election by 5 points, primarily hampered by poor performance in rural counties, but aided by very strong urban support and solid suburban backing.

In office, his first legislative production was the Pennsylvania of Tomorrow program, which was meant to significantly lower sales taxes and increase education funding by shifting over to a more progressive state income tax, along with a variety of 'sin' taxes on beer, cigarettes and gambling. Looking to find a way to secure revenue through utilities taxes, the plan also called for a small tax on electricity generation that was weighted by carbon emissions, partially in an attempt to promote nuclear energy. The program also called for the phase out and replacement of both state and local property taxes in Pennsylvania with land value taxes, starting with a complete moratorium on new property taxes within municipalities. Lastly the bill included putting the Pennsylvania state Treasurer, an office held by a Republican in charge of an project called 'Pennsylvania Solidarity', which would exist to provide advice and aid to businesses in Pennsylvania to implement ESOP plans for their employees, support agricultural cooperatives and promote credit union membership as local alternatives to national conglomerates.

After negotiations with the republican controlled legislature, Upton was able to secure smaller versions of all of his priorities, with the exception of the property tax/land value tax transition, which went through without modifications. Upton would go on to reform government procurement in Pennsylvania through the creation of the Office of Administration and Efficiency, which would seek to factor in recirculated tax revenue in its’ procurement decisions, leading to an increase in business for Pennsylvania from the state government and net improvements to the Pennsylvania budget of around a billion dollars by the end of his first term. As part of his tough on crime approach, he also support laws intended to move towards a requirement for all prisoner's to either work or train for work during their prison term, even at the expense of bending to a republican legislature that wished aimed to increase prison privatization.

In 2005, when the discussion of social security reform in Washington D.C. went into full swing, Upton weighed in by suggesting that he’d be supportive of having the social security trust fund transition its assets into index funds and away from non-marketable securities, alongside lifting the cap on FICA and SECA contributions. The former parts of these comments would be interpreted by some as endorsement of a partial privatization of social security, which caused some dissension in the ranks among progressives in the state democratic party.

In the 2006 election, Upton would face the 2002 Green Party candidate to running against him in the gubernatorial democratic primaries, who was originally reluctant to do so due to feeling that there was a lack of infrastructure to support a campaign. He quickly gained support from some factions of the Pennsylvania democratic party that opposed Upton, primarily those on the right and localist leaning parts of the party, feeling that while he was in theory closer to their views, the challenger, or the Republican nominee, would be easier to pull in their direction once in office than Upton.

Despite an impressive campaign for someone who was a third party candidate in the election cycle before, Upton won a decisive victory in the primaries, though it was notably much smaller than his own wife’s senate primary victory. Both, however, would go on to win their general election victory in November with around ~60% of the popular vote. The election victory would do much to undermine organized opposition to Upton in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, particularly when his election victory saw the end of his team's attempts to squash speculation that he was planning to run for President for 2008. State Democrats coveted the chance to have the first black president come from the state whose only other native born president was the man who let America fall into civil war, James Buchanan.

Come new years, 2007, news of an exploratory committee to run for a Upton Fleming run would come out, allowing him to draw some national media to his inauguration speech on January 21st, where he lay out all that he had accomplished in his previous term as Governor of Pennsylvania, before laying out his agenda for the future in terms that were very much nationally applicable, with the promise that specifics would be saved for his February budget address to the state General Assembly.

On March 1st, 2007 he’d officially launch his presidential campaign.

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The election victories here are significantly toned down to be at around the average national democrat numbers of the given year to account for the fair possibility that Upton would do worse than Ed Rendell. Given that the RL 2006 republican nominee was a black football player, and given that he performed only ~5 points worse than the 2002 candidate, in a year that republicans did ~13 points worse nationally, I think a black veteran with a tough on crime record could perform at least this well. The inspirations here are Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, except a veteran and committed to building a political force inside of Democratic party to the left of the New Democrats/Democratic Leadership Council types, but just as professionalized.

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NS Nation Name: Lavan

Character Name: Olivia Nalani Hiraya Calalo-Walker

Character Gender: Gorl

Character Age: 49 (born July 23rd, 1959)

Character Height: 5'8

Character Weight: 154 pounds

Character Position/Role/Job:
- Candidate for 2008 United States Presidential Election
- Board Member, Republican Leadership Committee (since 2006)
- Governor of Hawai'i (since 2002)
- Prosecutor of Honolulu (1996-2002)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Hawai'i, Criminal Division (1990-1996)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Criminal Division (1986-1990)
- Assistant San Francisco District Attorney (1984-1986)

Character Country/State of Birth: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character State of Residence: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Faceclaim: Nancy Binay

Main Strengths:
- Highly popular in Hawai'i: Calalo's reelection victory was the largest margin of victory in Hawai'ian history, and she has enjoyed consistently high approval ratings during most of her gubernatorial tenure. This is due to a strong economic rebound in Hawai'i during her term, and a perceived decline in corruption and government waste.

- As a Republican governor of one of the bluest states in the nation, her reputation for bipartisanship and ability to balance a conservative ideology and a Democratic supermajority in the legislature has benefited her greatly.

- While not widely known, Calalo has a certain amount of name recognition and respect amongst Beltway players and dedicated politicos

- Skilled manager, compromiser, and dealmaker.

- Young, attractive, crusading reformer who knows how to use her past as a tough prosecutor to project an image of power

Main Weaknesses:
- Republican Governor of probably the most heavily Democratic state in the nation. While Calalo has good personal relationships with the Hawai'i Legislature, her reputation as a dealmaker is mostly based on the fact that she has to be in order to get anything done. The Legislature has occasionally stymied large parts of her agenda since 2002.

- Low name recognition outside Hawai'i, dedicated politicos, and Asian-American communities, which will certainly impact her chances as a Presidential candidate.

- Being a young, attractive, reform-minded woman of color from a tiny state does not endear Calalo to support or friendship from the conservative establishment or the main body of the GOP. Additionally, there is a not-insignifigant contingent of voters who will simply not vote for her either due to her heritage or her gender or both.

- Politically inexperienced, especially in running a campaign outside of a tiny state.

Biography:
Alphonso Calalo (1929-present) and Kanani Haukea (1934-present) met in 1954, when Kanani was working as a waitress at a diner in Honolulu. Alphonso, a law student at the University of Hawai'i, frequented the establishment, and struck up a relationship with the pretty young waitress over time. They were married in 1958, and their first child, Olivia, was born a year later. They also had three other children: Alphonso Junior (1960-present), Luis (1961-present), and Jorge (1965-present). Life in the Calalo household was easy, and cheerful. Olivia remembers this time as the happiest in her life, and maintains a close relationship with her parents.

Alphonso was a career climber, and worked his way up to being appointed Attorney General of Hawai'i in the 1970s. Olivia was very close to get father, and often spent afternoons "helping" him in the office when she was younger--meaning, she would sort-of organize his files in order for him to get some time to spend with his daughter. As she grew up, Olivia was a sporty, athletic girl, with consistently good grades. She played soccer and ran track for her high school teams, just a few years after the passage of Title IX. She also decided during this time that she would be a lawyer like her father, although she went to the mainland for her studies. In 1977, she began attending University of Southern California, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, Olivia attended the University of San Francisco Law School. She graduated near the top of her class, and was hired by the San Francisco District Attorney shortly after graduation.

As Assistant DA, Olivia's main focus was on criminal law. She assisted in the prosecution of several violent crimes, most notably the trials of serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. She had a reputation for her quick mind and strong sense of justice, which she claims she inherited from her father. After 26 months at the San Francisco office, she was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and moved to Los Angeles in 1986. Her main purview was in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights section, where she assisted in the prosecution and takedown of corrupt public officials and civil rights violations. In 1987, Olivia's work friend Janice set Olivia and her brother, LAPD officer Tom Walker (1961-present), up on a blind date. The pair hit it off quickly, and were engaged within eight months. In 1989, they were married. Olivia insisted on keeping her last name, but agreed to hyphenate it with Tom's on official documents while still going by Calalo unofficially. Olivia and Tom have three sons and a daughter: Gregory (1990-present), Diego (1993-present), Hector (1995-present), and Angelina (1999-present).

While Olivia was pregnant with Gregory, the Calalo-Walker household decided to leave Los Angeles due to the rising crime and cost of living. Instead, the relocated to Olivia's childhood home in Honolulu, where her parents still lived. Tom got a job with the Honolulu police, and Olivia (after maternity leave) found employment with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai'i. She was hired as a Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Public Corruption and Fraud Office.

Olivia worked happily for the U.S. Attorney's office for six years, and reintegrated into Honolulu society. Her father had retired from his political aspirations, as a Republican in Hawai'i. However, his venture at the time (as a well-known defense attorney) and his previous connections allowed him to stay in contact with many heavy hitters in the government. Olivia, who was beginning to consider the possibility of elected office after the birth of her third son, used connections from Alphonso to position herself for a run for Prosecutor of Honolulu County. In late 1996, she announced her campaign and resigned from the U.S. Attorney's office. Although registered as a Republican and unapologetic about it, Olivia's relentless campaigning and connections allowed her to be competitive against a Democratic opponent. She would personally drive across Honolulu, with newborn Hector along for the ride, to knock on doors and deliver speeches. In her campaign, she emphasized that "crime isn't partisan--it isn't political," and claimed that she wouldn't treat the Prosecutor's office as a political office. Her Democratic opponent, by contrast, ran a harsh and attacking campaign against her, hoping to bury her in a tide of partisanship. Olivia instead twisted this, plastering pictures of her and her young children across the city, captioned with insulting quotes from the Democrat. The bottoms of these posters read "This is how [Democrat] treats a young mother of three. Do you trust him to stick up for you?" The Democrat quickly tried reversing his campaign and reducing the partisan tone, quickly switching to a more positive approach. However, at a candidate debate hosted by the local television news, Olivia soundly won, with one particular highlight being a heated exchange over experience. The Democrat claimed that Olivia, being so young, lacked the relevant experience for the job. Olivia fired back, "Let's ask the serial killers I put away in San Francisco if they agree," which the Honolulu Star-Bulletin noted was a "stretch of the truth, at best". But it worked, and Olivia began overtaking the Democrat in the polls. Come election day, she won by roughly 1.7 percent, and was sworn in in December of 1996.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was mostly in an administrative role, which she chafed at. Her main responsibilities, she found out, were to supervise the two-hundred-odd other attorneys and prosecutors who worked for the department and did most of the legwork. She proved component at it, and would take a case or two a year to prosecute herself. She cracked down on organized crime and government corruption in Honolulu, seizing on widespread dissatisfaction with the state government and rising crime. Under Olivia, the Prosecutor's office had a policy to take as few plea deals for violent crime and corruption as possible--and to only take them when there was a clear benefit to doing so. She also enforced harsh trials and sought hard sentences for young offenders to reduce youth crime, while also rooting out dirty cops in the Honolulu PD.

In 1999, Olivia prosecuted a case herself--the worst mass murder in Hawai'i history. The 1999 Xerox Shootings, where a service tech at a Xerox facility in Honolulu shot and killed 7 coworkers. Olivia made the national news during the trial, and boosted her statewide profile as well, for her aggressive offense and pursuit of the harshest sentence possible for the shooter. In the end, the shooter got sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. The fame and renown from this trial carried her to a solid reelection in 2000.

In 2000, Olivia convinced the state legislature to amend the laws surrounding trials in Hawai'i. Now, instead of calling witnesses and interviewing the victims, a trial for violent crime can be called by the judge, after a careful examination of the evidence surrounding the case. Critics have said that this violates personal liberties, while Olivia claims that it makes for a better system: rather than take up police officers' time and potentially re-traumatizing victims by forcing them to submit to questions before a trial even begins, the judge can simply decide to go to trial based on the gathered evidence.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was known for a very hands-on management style, which some former employees characterized as "micromanaging". It was also noted that she only personally prosecuted cases that were a "slam dunk" for the prosecution. In 2002, Olivia was recruited by some Honolulu Republicans to run for Governor. The incumbent, term-limited Democrat was unpopular, while the only prominent Republican candidate in the race had already lost the 1998 race. Olivia agreed, and entered the Republican primary.

The Republican primary was a very clean race: both candidates met early on and agreed to avoid attacking one another publicly, and both publicly said that they would endorse and campaign for whoever won the nomination. The Star-Bulletin sarcastically referred to the singular Republican debate as "the most polite event you'll see this side of a Victorian tea party". In the end, Olivia barely won the primary, due mainly to her prominent role in the 1999 trial and her voter base being in the states most populated municipality.

The general election was a tough race. Olivia and the HI GOP put out a news bulletin, "A New Vision for Hawai'i", where they laid out their reformist ambitions versus "The Way Things Are" (AKA, the Democratic platform). With the state economy in a slump, over 40 years of continuous Democratic government, and an unpopular candidate nominated by the Democrats, Olivia was able to pull ahead by a point early on and maintain her lead. In the general election, she won 51% to 48%, and was sworn in in December 2002.

As Governor, Olivia has sought to revitalize and diversify the state economy. She fought to decentralize and deregulate the state, including a quixotic effort to decentralize education in Hawai'i, and give more control to local areas instead of the state government. She also tried to pass a law that would allow municipalities in Hawai'i to incorporate, as Hawai'i does not recognize local government below the County level. Both these efforts failed. However, she did manage to attract more diverse businesses that didn't rely on land development and tourism. She also testified in Congress in 2005, arguing for the repeal of the Jones Act. While she failed to get the law repealed, she attracted good press.

In her first term, Olivia also pursued greater energy independence, targeted tax relief, an increase in Hawai‘i’s homegrown food supply and security, workforce development, expansion of quality health care, creation of more affordable housing, modernization of the transportation infrastructure, and bolstering of public safety and disaster preparedness. She established the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to develop the capacity of residents and businesses to innovate with the goal of enabling the state to compete in the global economy of the 21st century and create new, higher-paying jobs, and as the 2006 election neared, her popularity soared--as did the state budget surplus. In January 2006, it was estimated that Hawai'i had a record government surplus of $730 billion, as opposed to the $250 million deficit in 2002.

In 2004, aided by the War on Terror and the popularity of the Republican governor, polls showed (not-Kerry) only leading President Cush by a point. The Vice President campaigned alongside Olivia, and although the state went blue again, the Governor made useful contacts in Washington. She was selected as Chair of the 2004 Republican National Convention, and gave a widely-praised opening speech, in which she praised Cush and called for "An America we can be proud of".

Although she initially appeared to be a very vulnerable candidate in 2002--with many thinking of her victory as a fluke--by late 2005, no prominent Democrat in Hawai'i was willing to run against Olivia. The party nominated a little-known state senator, who attacked Calalo for her tough on crime policies, and for sending criminals to prisons on the mainland instead of keeping them in Hawai'i. Calalo ran a positive campaign, focused on her success in office and her vision for the future of Hawai'i. In the end, she won 63% to 35%, the largest margin of victory in Hawai'i history.

Early in her second term, Olivia has once more tried fighting the Democratic legislature to dissolve the State Board of Education and instead form 7 County Boards of Education, to "return control to the people in the community". She has also quietly begun accumulating support for a 2008 Presidential bid, despite the seeming hopelessness of a mixed-race moderate from a tiny state winning the primary or the general election.

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- Devout Catholic.

- Husband left Honolulu PD for work in private security when Olivia was elected Prosecutor.

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Governor Calalo has variously been referred to as a moderate, centrist, or "Rockefeller" Republican. She describes herself as "functionally pretty libertarian", noting that she believes "the business of government isn't to put its nose in people's business...it's to provide services that private industry cannot. I care less about Roe v Wade than I do about reducing crime, corruption, and homelessness." She has allied herself with moderate groups and individuals such as (not-Christine Todd Whitman) and the Log Cabin Republicans.

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Gay marriage

Abortion

Local Issues

The Economy

Education

Presidential Votes and Endorsements
- 1980: Reagan
- 1984: Reagan
- 1988: Cush
- 1992: Cush
- 1996: Wrote in Pierce in the primary and the general.
- 2000: Endorsed and voted [not-McCain] in the primary, Cush in the general
- 2004: Wrote in Pierce in the primary, Cush in the general



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NS Nation Name: Gyoric
Character Name: Alexander Baker-Albescu
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6'2
Character Weight: 194 IBS
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative for Alaska (HOR) (2002 - Present Day)
Character Country/State of Birth: Juneau, Alaska
Character State of Residence: Juneau, Alaska
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
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Main Strengths: Easy-Going, Charismatic, Well-Respected in Home State and Young.
Main Weaknesses: Could sway to Democrats, Inexperienced in Politics, few connections in the political world, Unliked in the Republican Party due to very moderate views. Despite being charismatic in terms of talking, he struggles with public speaking. Has sometimes been considered a "career politician" due to his views swaying frequently. Calling his political thinking as the "Common Ground", some of his views can change if the situation changes, in which has seen attacks suggesting his credibility as a "man of the people".
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Born in Juneau, Alaska In 1969, to Mary Baker-Albescu, who was born within the same City, and to his native Romanian Father, Costin Albescu, who had fled Communist-ruled Romania at the age of 17. His mother was 23 when she had Alex, and Costin was 27 and left his native country at the age of 17 in 1959 left the Capital city to go to the Land of the Free and Opportunity in Alaska. Though his mother had wanted more children, his father had refused to have another, suggesting his numerous low-paying jobs during his infancy wouldn't pay the bills for multiple children.

At the age of 12, he would gain an immediate interest in Basketball and would join the School's team. Between 12 - 14, Alex would become a promising player due to tall height at that age, and at 14 would go and play for Alaska Fairbanks' Youth Team at that age. However, his lack of skill on the ball and his lack of movement off-ball would lead to humbling cut 9 months later, with him going from one of the tallest member on the team to being fairly average height in the team. However, his love for Basketball wouldn't fade, and would continue to go for try-outs at the Youth Team until 16, which would be unsuccessful. However, by 16, Alex was a fairly bright student, focusing an academic studies of History and English Literature. This would lead to him at 18 going to the University of Alaska South-East, and would be studying Political Science. It was his time at College which would see his political views mould in.

It is believed Alexander's views were moulded by two factors, his Professor and his friends. His professor was a fairly moderate man in a political sense, belleving in mild conservatism. His views would transform over to Alex, who would, in addition to the classes, attend events held by the Democratic Party. However, his shift over to the Republican Side would occur after he would have a seat under a local council in a town near Campus. This was were he developed an idea of moderate conservatism, and his time spent at the council, in which was between 1988 - 1992. However, his political ambition would go further than local council, and would join the Republican Party in 1993. Between 1994 - 1998, he would join the council of the capital, in which was Republican-Controlled. It was in 96' in which Alexander would befriend the Mayor and would quickly have a lot of influence in the Judaea's Local Councils. He would push bills to support families, swell as using his long bands of influence to prevent certain motions going into place. It was 1998 in which would resign and would then prepare for even more ambitious areas, Governor of Alaska.

Alexander went for the Governor role twice, in 1998, when he would lose in the Primaries to another Republican Candidate. However, it was a surprise to seem him make it to the last 4 for Alaska, seemingly the youngest candidate. He would quickly prepare for 2000, where it was the mid-terms. Though he wasn't backed by much, a few former council members, his major backing was former Mayor of Juneau, though he was unsuccessful once more. However, he would make it to the Last 2, where he would lose in a tight vote. However, these string of progress allowed him the political backing by former members to go for the 2002 Election. He would receive backing from Former Mayors, and coming up to 2002, he would have the backing of the Party for the House of Representatives in the 2002 Election.

2002 went just as was expected. Winning the primaries with ease, his balanced, youthful and "Liberal Conservatism" in which promised the backing of everyone. His slogan for the election was "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting". Many saw the slogan as implying his moderate view. However, him winning as a HOR could be a backstabber. Though his balanced and people-pleasing approach to politics would win him a seat in HOR, his actions wouldn't be at all Republican. Alaska had never been a strong-, right-wing state like Texas, yet, he would work almost as both a Republican and Democrat. Though this allowed changes to go much smoother, this would see the Republicans make him untrustworthy, and make him unpopular in the parties more radical and right-wing areas. He wouldn't support the War on Terror, attempting to vote against implications. However, 2004 would see him comfortably due to his pushing of several changes in his area of Alaska. His 2004 victory wasn't a shock, however, many believe between now and 2008, he will attempt to shift the power onto the Democrats, suggesting not only a change of heart in parties, but an ambition to become Governor, as a democrat. He would win comfortably in the Mid-Terms in 2006, portraying a similar role as a "swing-politician".

His views are often considered very moderate by Republicans, and some of his views are similar or the same to some democrats. Since his introduction to Politics, he has been an advocate for "Abortion for a Reason", in which suggests to ban any abortion in which has a weak/no justification. Despite him in his early years being Anti-Gun, suggesting an all-out ban to Assault Rifles and Automatic Rifles, like moderate republicans and all democrats, Alex changed to wanting an increase to the age of 25+, to have had specific number of hours on the said weapon, all in all, wanting more strict gun control, though not the ban of Assault Weapons and Automatics. Once more, Alex's views has changed dramatically on the War On Terror. Since the operation began after 9/11, he was a supporter of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, however, wasn't a supporter of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, believing Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction and that Hessian's reign was to come to an end. Despite his Whip in 2003 pushing him to vote yes to Invasion of Iraq, yet he was one of few who was Republican who voted against the war in Iraq in 2003. He believes in low taxes, though in recent years since 2002, has wanted an increase to corporation tax.

The idea of "Conservative Thinking, Liberal Acting" is one of the quotes situated with Alex. Critics of Mr Baker-Albescu have said that he is making the image that he is a conservative to please Alaskan Republicans and Republicans across the country, but truly believes in Liberal Conservatism, a moderate form which combines the ideas of liberalism and conservatism together. Many see that he went for the Republicans not because he as a Republican, but only because he saw it as a quicker and a better chance at getting power.

Known as "The Swinger" in the Republican Party, the next two years could be crucial for Republicans in Alaska, and Democrats, with a power-hungry. ambitious and youthful Representative, who may stop at nothing to get power. Some may even argue he is a "Career Politician".

The likability of him is mostly due to his "common-sense" in terms of his political views, in which has allowed him to be popular with moderates to both the left and the right. Though his liberal conservatism appeases both libertarians and moderate conservatives, his views are most popular with those without a straight-forward view. He is often considered an appeaser, attempting to push policies in which make the most people happy. However, with it being a resourceful state, with lots of natural-resources, he considers both himself, and other around him consider Alex, a man of the people. Alex is often considered someone who has opinions on issues, and not a basic political opinion. This is often proven with his centrist view on many policies. He has been an advocate to increase state operations in Alaska and using resources in Alaska to boost the economy frequently.

Added on, his experience in basketball became the reality, when he bought a 60% stake into the Alaska Aces in 2002. He would invest into the team, however, would leave the club in 2005, however, after only just 10 months from leaving the Alaska Aces, he would buy back the team in 2006. During his longest reign as owner of the Alaska Aces, he would implant a new Director of Basketball, and his investment would further establish Alaska's basketball team as a formidable force in the middle-pack. He still currently has a majority in the company.

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NS Nation Name: Cybernetic Socialist Republics
Character Name: Upton Robert Fleming
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 43 (Born August 16th, 1963)
Character Height: 6’3
Character Weight: 220 Pounds
Character Position/Role/Job:
  • Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-)
  • Philadelphia District Attorney (1997-2003)
  • Staffer for the Ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997)
  • [Not-Bill Clinton] Presidential Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor (1991-1992)
  • Junior Manager at USAID (1988-1991)
  • [Not-Jesse Jackson] Presidential Campaign Economic Policy Advisor (1987-1988)
  • [Not-Jesse Jackson] Presidential Campaign Foreign Policy Junior Staffer (1983-1984)
Character Country/State of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Character State of Residence: Pennsylvania
Character Party Affiliation:
  • Democratic Party (1981-)
Main Strengths:
  • Charismatic communicator
  • Good administrator
  • Donor support from Real Estate Development, Construction and Nuclear Industry
  • Relatively Young
  • Multi-racial/strata youth support
  • Cool and Calculating

Main Weaknesses:
  • Disliked by Libertarians, Isolationists, White Evangelicals, Nuclear Energy Skeptics, Localists, NIMBYs
  • Donor support from Real Estate Development, Construction and Nuclear Industry
  • Aloof
  • Arrogant
  • Catholicism inspired fence-sitting on sexual politics with a 'personally conservative, civically liberal' position that alienates both sides.
  • Target of a grassroots right-wing conspiracy machine

Biography:

Upton Robert Fleming was born to Judith Fleming (nee Moore) and Harold Fleming In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother was among a select few women who worked at NASA on the Mercury program, the year before moving to Philadelphia with her husband as newly weds as both of them received offers to work in Pennsylvania in higher education, Judith in teaching mathematics and Harold is developmental economics. In addition to career advancement, their new better paying jobs would also allow them to live in a minority-majority suburban neighborhood in late 1962. Having educated parents, a bright mind and living in an affluent community, it was none too difficult for him to not only do well in school, but vigorously pursue extracurricular activities, sports and volunteering included, primarily through catholic organizations due to his religious upbringing.

He would graduate as a valedictorian in high school at 17 before earning a scholarship to Stanford University, where he'd get a double major in International Relations and Economics. He'd graduate at 21 and get a job working for the firmly left-wing (Not-Jesse Jackson) Presidential Campaign in 1983, working on its foreign policy team, specifically working on writing policy for sanctioning apartheid South Africa, the only element of the candidate's platform to make it into the 1984 Democratic Platform. After Democratic convention that year, Upton would manage to work is way on to the foreign policy advisory team in the 1984 General election campaign for the democratic party, before starting Law School at Harvard later that year. He would complete law school in 1987 and that same year he would work as campaign staff for the second (Not-Jesse Jackson) Presidential Campaign, this time his job was more focused on the economic portion of the campaign, specifically when it came to crafting policy and messaging for the rustbelt, where (Not-Jesse Jackson) would get consistent seconds, but most surprisingly a blow out ~55% victory, including very strong performances in predominately white working class areas won by the segregationist populist George Wallace only 16 years prior. That particular result would go on to become a formative moment of Upton's politics, alongside the other short comings of the campaign.

In 1988, he'd get a job working for USAID, a position he'd hold until 1992, when he'd work on the (Not-Bill Clinton) Campaign, reprising a role as a foreign policy advisor, but this time in a a more senior capacity. By now he was adopting a more interventionist view on foreign policy that went beyond sanctions and argued for the more assertive application of military force in the post-cold war era. When (Not-Bill Clinton) won the presidency, he managed to secure a job under the president's newly appointed Ambassador to the United Nations.

Upton Fleming would remain working under the Ambassador to the United Nations until 1997, when they would be made Secretary of State. Using political ties that he had established for over 10 years now, from both progressives and liberals in the 80s and more centrist figures in the 90s, he was able to build a team and get campaign funds to run for Philadelphia District Attorney, also operating on the hunch that crime was reaching a peak in the late 90s, which would allow him to take credit for improvements upon its fall in addition to what ever he'd be able to accomplish himself, which would be useful for further political endeavors. He'd win election candidly, and over the next four years, he’d aggressively promote his actions as contributing to a decreasing crime rate, raising his profile as the homicide rate continued to descend. His mode of operation included aggressively pursuing the harshest possible prison sentences against hard drug manufacturing and dealers. He’d win re-election to district attorney easily and rumors began to swirl about his being a potential candidate for the 2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election to replace the term limited Republican Governor. He announced his run early in 2002, running a campaign emphasizing both his tough on crime record and, to many observers, surprisingly liberal orientation on economics, even as he supported bi-partisan proposals like simplifying public programs, promoting movement towards land value taxes and backing employee stock ownership plans. He also cautiously tapped into an abortion skeptical vein among older African American voters and a critical number of white Catholics, while seeking a big donor constituency of Real estate developers and the construction industry. He’d manage to win the Democratic race in a field split by three notable candidates, securing 39% the primary vote with a strong showing in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, but a noticeable weakness in rural Pennsylvania.

In addition to emphasizing his record on crime in Philadelphia, he would spend his campaign promising to lower sales taxes, introduce progressivity to state income taxes and support a process to replace property taxes in the state with land value taxes to promote land development and punish vacant land ownership. He'd go on to win the general election by 5 points, primarily hampered by poor performance in rural counties, but aided by very strong urban support and solid suburban backing.

In office, his first legislative production was the Pennsylvania of Tomorrow program, which was meant to significantly lower sales taxes and increase education funding by shifting over to a more progressive state income tax, along with a variety of 'sin' taxes on beer, cigarettes and gambling. Looking to find a way to secure revenue through utilities taxes, the plan also called for a small tax on electricity generation that was weighted by carbon emissions, partially in an attempt to promote nuclear energy. The program also called for the phase out and replacement of both state and local property taxes in Pennsylvania with land value taxes, starting with a complete moratorium on new property taxes within municipalities. Lastly the bill included putting the Pennsylvania state Treasurer, an office held by a Republican in charge of an project called 'Pennsylvania Solidarity', which would exist to provide advice and aid to businesses in Pennsylvania to implement ESOP plans for their employees, support agricultural cooperatives and promote credit union membership as local alternatives to national conglomerates.

After negotiations with the republican controlled legislature, Upton was able to secure smaller versions of all of his priorities, with the exception of the property tax/land value tax transition, which went through without modifications. Upton would go on to reform government procurement in Pennsylvania through the creation of the Office of Administration and Efficiency, which would seek to factor in recirculated tax revenue in its’ procurement decisions, leading to an increase in business for Pennsylvania from the state government and net improvements to the Pennsylvania budget of around a billion dollars by the end of his first term. As part of his tough on crime approach, he also support laws intended to move towards a requirement for all prisoner's to either work or train for work during their prison term, even at the expense of bending to a republican legislature that wished aimed to increase prison privatization.

In 2005, when the discussion of social security reform in Washington D.C. went into full swing, Upton weighed in by suggesting that he’d be supportive of having the social security trust fund transition its assets into index funds and away from non-marketable securities, alongside lifting the cap on FICA and SECA contributions. The former parts of these comments would be interpreted by some as endorsement of a partial privatization of social security, which caused some dissension in the ranks among progressives in the state democratic party.

In the 2006 election, Upton would face the 2002 Green Party candidate to running against him in the gubernatorial democratic primaries, who was originally reluctant to do so due to feeling that there was a lack of infrastructure to support a campaign. He quickly gained support from some factions of the Pennsylvania democratic party that opposed Upton, primarily those on the right and localist leaning parts of the party, feeling that while he was in theory closer to their views, the challenger, or the Republican nominee, would be easier to pull in their direction once in office than Upton.

Despite an impressive campaign for someone who was a third party candidate in the election cycle before, Upton won a decisive victory in the primaries, though it was notably much smaller than his own wife’s senate primary victory. Both, however, would go on to win their general election victory in November with around ~60% of the popular vote. The election victory would do much to undermine organized opposition to Upton in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, particularly when his election victory saw the end of his team's attempts to squash speculation that he was planning to run for President for 2008. State Democrats coveted the chance to have the first black president come from the state whose only other native born president was the man who let America fall into civil war, James Buchanan.

Come new years, 2007, news of an exploratory committee to run for a Upton Fleming run would come out, allowing him to draw some national media to his inauguration speech on January 21st, where he lay out all that he had accomplished in his previous term as Governor of Pennsylvania, before laying out his agenda for the future in terms that were very much nationally applicable, with the promise that specifics would be saved for his February budget address to the state General Assembly.

On March 1st, 2007 he’d officially launch his presidential campaign.

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The election victories here are significantly toned down to be at around the average national democrat numbers of the given year to account for the fair possibility that Upton would do worse than Ed Rendell. Given that the RL 2006 republican nominee was a black football player, and given that he performed only ~5 points worse than the 2002 candidate, in a year that republicans did ~13 points worse nationally, I think a black veteran with a tough on crime record could perform at least this well. The inspirations here are Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, except a veteran and committed to building a political force inside of Democratic party to the left of the New Democrats/Democratic Leadership Council types, but just as professionalized.

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I’d like to see a personal weakness here. “Progressive or socialist” in a D+20 congressional district is not exactly a weakness in of itself, and the fact that he’s wealthy means he gets a distinct advantage otherwise. Please let us know when you’re done with your revision.


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NS Nation Name: New Provenance
Character Name: Francis "Frank" Taylor
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 57 years
Character Height: 5"9
Character Weight: 189.7 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: , Deputy Campaign Manager for not-Cal Dooley (1990-1990), Campaign Manager for not-Leon Panetta (1992-1993), Professor on Political Science at Santa Clara University (1993-1996), Representative for California's 17th Congressional District (1996-)
Character Country/State of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States of America
Character State of Residence: California
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Faceclaim: Ralph Northam

Main Strengths:

Voice of Persuasion - Taylor was a natural-born speaker, as his mother described him. He speaks with persuasiveness and natural charisma and talent, harnessed during his years in high school as a successful class president. He carried this talent into his tenure on the campaigns of not-Dooley and not-Panetta in the early 1990s, and later to his job as a California congressman.
The Taylor Name - His grandfather, Peter Taylor, previously served as a junior senator for California, and his great-grandfather on his mother's side served as a Republican representative for California's 16th Congressional District, giving his name recognition of some form on the political scene.
A Deep Well of Green - Thanks to a sizable inheritance from the death of his businessman father coupled with the general wealth of the Taylor family, Taylor is able to run campaigns with more frequency and strength thanks to his larger-than-usual pool of funding, at times helping him push forward in Washington.
Main Weaknesses:
Member of the Elite - Frank is usually regarded as a high-class wealthy Californian and is at times accused by opponents of being too out-of-touch of the common American, damaging his public reputation and image.
For Progress or for Socialism? - Taylor's unusually socially and fiscally progressive stances on various policy issues has led to some calling him a fighter for socialism rather than a fighter for progress, especially after he once said during a 2002 interview that 'capitalism isn't all good' and that 'our current economic system no longer benefits the workers and the people'.
Family or Country First? - Taylor is a very strong family man, with a conviction that he needed to be with his wife and children as much as possible. While many have seen this as a great positive, it has resulted in him lagging behind on work and emails and the like.

Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)

Francis Jackson "Frank" Taylor was born on 3 July 1951 to Roger Taylor and Moira Jackson, a wealthy Santa Clara couple who rose from the middle-class to the higher echelons of California society thanks to Mr. Taylor's successful financial business and Mrs. Taylor's knack at keeping tabs on expenses and earnings. Living a privileged life from the very start, Frank studied at prestigious elementary and high schools in Santa Clara before going off to study at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California, graduating in 1973 with a degree in political science.

His education proved vital in deciding in future, for in his high school years he harnessed his seemingly natural ability to speak with charisma and wonderful talent when he successfully secured multiple terms as class president. He was a highly respected member of the high school and later his college debate club.

Although his degree didn't match it Frank went to work for his father's insurance company first as an advisor to his father than later as an in-house law expert for the firm. In 1979 he married Marilyn Baker, a Santa Clara banker and financier he met through work. Their first child, Sarah, was born in 1984 and their second child, Marcus, was born in 1991. Their third, Lily, was born in 1993.

In 1990, Taylor departed his father's insurance firm to join not-Cal Dooley's Democratic run for California 17th Congressional district seat in the House of Representatives as deputy campaign manager. When Dooley successfully won the election, Taylor took his first steps into the American political scene. He would return to his father's firm until the 1992 elections, when he would serve as not-Leon Panetta's campaign manager in 1992 and 1993. He used his interest and passion in politics as well as his expertise in managing finances - a skill secured from his time at his father's firm - to support and eventually secure not-Panetta's victory.

After spurring onwards in politics, Taylor accepted a position as a professor of political science back home at Santa Clara University to help his wife take care of their newborn child, Lily Taylor. He held this position and taught political science at SCU until 1995, when with the support of his dying father and his family, made the decision to run for Congress.

In the 1996 elections, Francis Taylor ran for and successfully won the 17th Congressional District of California, defeating Democratic incumbent not-Sam Farr with 51.78% to 48.22%. He ran on a platform of pushing aggressively for progress and 'getting Congress' gears turning again', as well as supporting the rise of dot-com companies which he believed would 'go big' in the next two decades.

His first few terms, following re-election in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004, where characterized mainly by him voting alongside other socially and fiscally progressive Democrats, though at times he toed progressives' line and voted more conservatively, particularly after the September 11 attacks when he voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act and other legislation proposed by the Republicans in the wake of the most disastrous attack on America in recent history. In 2004, he became the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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Postby Zohiania » Mon Mar 07, 2022 9:25 am

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Character Application and Information Sheet

NS Nation Name: Zohiania
Character Name: Zahir Muhammad Huriya
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6’4”
Character Weight: 200 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job:
Physician’s Assistant (11-14)
Lebanese Red Cross Volunteer (15-19)
Active Duty | U.S. Army (19-30)
Reserve Duty | U.S. Army (30-36)
Arabic Language Teacher (30-32)
(Independent) Conflict Zone Journalist/Reporter (32-38)
Radio/Podcast Host (32-38)
U.S. Senate (Present)
Character Country/State of Birth:
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1969 (Jan. 7), immigrated to United States in 1988 though the "Accelerated" Process to Citizenship program by joining the U.S. military at the age of 19.
Character State of Residence:
Texas (1988-2005), Pennsylvania (2005-Present)
Character Party Affiliation:
National Liberal Party (Lebanon, 1987-1988), Independent (USA, 1988-2005) Independent/Democrat (2005-Present)
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Main Strengths:
Independent, Multi-Lingual (Arabic, English, French, Kurdish, and Spanish), Popular Journalist/Reporter, Large Online/Radio Following, Veteran, Moderate Appeal, Minority Appeal, Immigrant Appeal, Reformer Persona, Some Media Connections

Main Weaknesses:
Arabic Name, Despised by Islamophobes, Despised by Democratic and Republican Hardliners, Unsupported by the GOP and DNC establishment, Fledging Senator, Barely Won U.S. Senate Seat, Warhawk, Foreign Born, Not Wealthy, Very Few Political Connections

Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Zahir Muhammad Huriya was born in 1969 in Beirut, Lebanon, as the oldest of three children. He has a younger brother and sister. His father was an Arab physician with a small clinic in Beirut, and his mother was an Assyrian full-time mother raising him and his siblings in addition to being a prominent local women’s rights activist. They were both Sunni Muslims and prominent local supporters of the National Liberal Party.

He would begin to assist his father in the clinic at the age of 11 as the Lebanese Civil War ensured there was plenty of people in need. His father would help people even if they were incapable of paying, and this would continue till his father and mother were both killed in a bombing in 1984. Young Zahir would go on to volunteer and work with the Lebanese Red Cross until he would immigrate to the United States and join the U.S. military in 1988.

Zahir would serve in the U.S. military as an Army Interpreter/Translator (09L) throughout his military career until he left the service in 2005. He participated in five deployments throughout his military career including the Gulf War, First Intervention in the Somali Civil War, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa. While still serving in the Army Reserves, he became a foreign language teacher of Arabic and French.

Zahir was always interested in conflict and politics growing up during the Lebanese Civil War, and he would become a conflict zone journalist reporting in conflict zones to show the world what so many civilians across the globe are experiencing every day. He traveled to many countries including Afghanistan, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Mexico some of which he had previously been deployed to as well as many others with the help of local and military friends. While reporting on fighting in Columbia and Mexico he would learn to speak Spanish which allowed him to more easily communicate with people on the ground. Quickly many of his articles, photos and videos would begin appearing in major newspapers across the globe. He would also begin a radio show/podcast and website covering global news and providing forums for communication directed mainly towards political dissidents and people who live under regimes that are restrictive of media. His media platform has been likened to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Zahir and his family decided to move to Pennsylvania in 2005 after he had left the Army to be closer to family as well as to expand his radio/podcast to radio stations in the northeast.

Zahir is an advocate for constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to further limit the powers of government, including term limits, limits on congressional pay, limits on special interests funding campaigns, mandatory sunset clauses for all legislation, and a lifetime ban on lobbying for former members of Congress. He supports reforming the criminal justice system, reforming the education system, and reforming healthcare. He is a major supporter of improving infrastructure and lowering taxes which were winning issues during the campaign. Despite his strong support for abolishing or lowering most taxes, he supports increasing ‘sin taxes.’ He has advocated for national paid parental leave and gun rights. He is an ardent opponent of abortion and supports stronger restrictions on it. He is an advocate of refugees and supports increasing the refugee cap to 50,000. He is also known for supporting the Afghanistan Conflict, Iraq War, and the War on Terror, although he rarely emphasized such when campaigning. Although Zahir is a self-described ‘independent’, he registered Democrat and ran on the Democratic ticket for Senate in the 2006 Pennsylvania elections winning his seat by a thin margin.

Other Info:
Is an Immigrant to United States
Is a Muslim
Is Married with five kids

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Economic Views:
Supports Lowering Income Tax Rates, Eliminate Lowest Single and Household Filer Tax Brackets
Supports Abolishing the Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, and Tariffs
Supports Increasing Sin Taxes
Supports Implementing Carbon Tax
Supports Promoting Alternative Energy (Solar, Geothermal, Nuclear)
Supports Transition Medicare and Medicaid to HSAs, and Vouchers
Supports Transitioning Government Employees Pensions into PMAs
Supports Expanding to Full Coverage for Veterans Healthcare, Special integrated HSAs
Supports Expanding Environmental Regulations
Supports Expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices
Supports Free Trade, expand unilateral free trade
Supports Funding Mental Health research and treatment
Supports National Paid Parental Leave (up to 24-28 weeks)
Supports National Paid Sick Leave for full time employees (up to two weeks)
Supports Expanding Disability Accessible Infrastructure
Supports Improving Infrastructure and Implementation of Satellite Tolling
Supports Social Security Reform, 5-year commitment with opt out option
Supports Universal Preschool
Opposes Public Unions, Supports Private Unions
Opposes Biofuels Promotion
Opposes Subsidies to Farmers

Foreign Policy:
Supports Afghanistan Conflict, establish stable government, eliminate key terrorist figures, expand troop presence
Supports Iraq War, establish stable government, prevent and contain Iranian influence
Supports Kurdish Independence
Supports NATO, End Atlanticism/Expand to include Global NATO Partners, diplomatically oppose Chechnyan and Georgian occupation
Supports Increasing Foreign Aid
Prevent nuclearization of Iran and North Korea, expand troop presence in South Korea


Domestic/Social Views:
Opposes Abortion in all cases but life of mother in danger
Opposes Civil Asset Forfeiture
Opposes Common Core Standards
Opposes Portions of the Patriot Act (Due Process Violations, Mass Surveillance)
Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
Opposes School Truancy Laws
Opposes Torture
Supports Ban on Foreign Lobbyist raising money for American campaigns
Supports Expanding Environmental Conservation Efforts
Supports Criminal Justice Reform
Supports Death Penalty for extreme circumstances
Supports Disability Rights
Supports Expanding Voting Rights of foreign residents to vote in local elections
Supports Lifetime Lobbying Ban on Former Government Officials
Supports Gun Rights, constitutional carry advocate, but supports background checks
Supports Increasing Marriage and Work Visas
Supports Immigration Reform, increase visas and streamline immigration procedures
Supports Refugees, supports increasing cap to 50,000
Supports Term Limits For Elected and Appointed Officials (including federal judges and Supreme Court Justices)


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Postby Lavan Tiri » Mon Mar 07, 2022 3:55 pm

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NS Nation Name: Lavan

Character Name: Olivia Nalani Hiraya Calalo-Walker

Character Gender: Gorl

Character Age: 49 (born July 23rd, 1959)

Character Height: 5'8

Character Weight: 154 pounds

Character Position/Role/Job:
- Candidate for 2008 United States Presidential Election
- Board Member, Republican Leadership Committee (since 2006)
- Governor of Hawai'i (since 2002)
- Prosecutor of Honolulu (1996-2002)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Hawai'i, Criminal Division (1990-1996)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Criminal Division (1986-1990)
- Assistant San Francisco District Attorney (1984-1986)

Character Country/State of Birth: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character State of Residence: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Faceclaim: Nancy Binay

Main Strengths:
- Highly popular in Hawai'i: Calalo's reelection victory was the largest margin of victory in Hawai'ian history, and she has enjoyed consistently high approval ratings during most of her gubernatorial tenure. This is due to a strong economic rebound in Hawai'i during her term, and a perceived decline in corruption and government waste.

- As a Republican governor of one of the bluest states in the nation, her reputation for bipartisanship and ability to balance a conservative ideology and a Democratic supermajority in the legislature has benefited her greatly.

- While not widely known, Calalo has a certain amount of name recognition and respect amongst Beltway players and dedicated politicos

- Skilled manager, compromiser, and dealmaker.

- Young, attractive, crusading reformer who knows how to use her past as a tough prosecutor to project an image of power

Main Weaknesses:
- Republican Governor of probably the most heavily Democratic state in the nation. While Calalo has good personal relationships with the Hawai'i Legislature, her reputation as a dealmaker is mostly based on the fact that she has to be in order to get anything done. The Legislature has occasionally stymied large parts of her agenda since 2002.

- Low name recognition outside Hawai'i, dedicated politicos, and Asian-American communities, which will certainly impact her chances as a Presidential candidate.

- Being a young, attractive, reform-minded woman of color from a tiny state does not endear Calalo to support or friendship from the conservative establishment or the main body of the GOP. Additionally, there is a not-insignifigant contingent of voters who will simply not vote for her either due to her heritage or her gender or both.

- Politically inexperienced, especially in running a campaign outside of a tiny state.

Biography:
Alphonso Calalo (1929-present) and Kanani Haukea (1934-present) met in 1954, when Kanani was working as a waitress at a diner in Honolulu. Alphonso, a law student at the University of Hawai'i, frequented the establishment, and struck up a relationship with the pretty young waitress over time. They were married in 1958, and their first child, Olivia, was born a year later. They also had three other children: Alphonso Junior (1960-present), Luis (1961-present), and Jorge (1965-present). Life in the Calalo household was easy, and cheerful. Olivia remembers this time as the happiest in her life, and maintains a close relationship with her parents.

Alphonso was a career climber, and worked his way up to being appointed Attorney General of Hawai'i in the 1970s. Olivia was very close to get father, and often spent afternoons "helping" him in the office when she was younger--meaning, she would sort-of organize his files in order for him to get some time to spend with his daughter. As she grew up, Olivia was a sporty, athletic girl, with consistently good grades. She played soccer and ran track for her high school teams, just a few years after the passage of Title IX. She also decided during this time that she would be a lawyer like her father, although she went to the mainland for her studies. In 1977, she began attending University of Southern California, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, Olivia attended the University of San Francisco Law School. She graduated near the top of her class, and was hired by the San Francisco District Attorney shortly after graduation.

As Assistant DA, Olivia's main focus was on criminal law. She assisted in the prosecution of several violent crimes, most notably the trials of serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. She had a reputation for her quick mind and strong sense of justice, which she claims she inherited from her father. After 26 months at the San Francisco office, she was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and moved to Los Angeles in 1986. Her main purview was in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights section, where she assisted in the prosecution and takedown of corrupt public officials and civil rights violations. In 1987, Olivia's work friend Janice set Olivia and her brother, LAPD officer Tom Walker (1961-present), up on a blind date. The pair hit it off quickly, and were engaged within eight months. In 1989, they were married. Olivia insisted on keeping her last name, but agreed to hyphenate it with Tom's on official documents while still going by Calalo unofficially. Olivia and Tom have three sons and a daughter: Gregory (1990-present), Diego (1993-present), Hector (1995-present), and Angelina (1999-present).

While Olivia was pregnant with Gregory, the Calalo-Walker household decided to leave Los Angeles due to the rising crime and cost of living. Instead, the relocated to Olivia's childhood home in Honolulu, where her parents still lived. Tom got a job with the Honolulu police, and Olivia (after maternity leave) found employment with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai'i. She was hired as a Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Public Corruption and Fraud Office.

Olivia worked happily for the U.S. Attorney's office for six years, and reintegrated into Honolulu society. Her father had retired from his political aspirations, as a Republican in Hawai'i. However, his venture at the time (as a well-known defense attorney) and his previous connections allowed him to stay in contact with many heavy hitters in the government. Olivia, who was beginning to consider the possibility of elected office after the birth of her third son, used connections from Alphonso to position herself for a run for Prosecutor of Honolulu County. In late 1996, she announced her campaign and resigned from the U.S. Attorney's office. Although registered as a Republican and unapologetic about it, Olivia's relentless campaigning and connections allowed her to be competitive against a Democratic opponent. She would personally drive across Honolulu, with newborn Hector along for the ride, to knock on doors and deliver speeches. In her campaign, she emphasized that "crime isn't partisan--it isn't political," and claimed that she wouldn't treat the Prosecutor's office as a political office. Her Democratic opponent, by contrast, ran a harsh and attacking campaign against her, hoping to bury her in a tide of partisanship. Olivia instead twisted this, plastering pictures of her and her young children across the city, captioned with insulting quotes from the Democrat. The bottoms of these posters read "This is how [Democrat] treats a young mother of three. Do you trust him to stick up for you?" The Democrat quickly tried reversing his campaign and reducing the partisan tone, quickly switching to a more positive approach. However, at a candidate debate hosted by the local television news, Olivia soundly won, with one particular highlight being a heated exchange over experience. The Democrat claimed that Olivia, being so young, lacked the relevant experience for the job. Olivia fired back, "Let's ask the serial killers I put away in San Francisco if they agree," which the Honolulu Star-Bulletin noted was a "stretch of the truth, at best". But it worked, and Olivia began overtaking the Democrat in the polls. Come election day, she won by roughly 1.7 percent, and was sworn in in December of 1996.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was mostly in an administrative role, which she chafed at. Her main responsibilities, she found out, were to supervise the two-hundred-odd other attorneys and prosecutors who worked for the department and did most of the legwork. She proved component at it, and would take a case or two a year to prosecute herself. She cracked down on organized crime and government corruption in Honolulu, seizing on widespread dissatisfaction with the state government and rising crime. Under Olivia, the Prosecutor's office had a policy to take as few plea deals for violent crime and corruption as possible--and to only take them when there was a clear benefit to doing so. She also enforced harsh trials and sought hard sentences for young offenders to reduce youth crime, while also rooting out dirty cops in the Honolulu PD.

In 1999, Olivia prosecuted a case herself--the worst mass murder in Hawai'i history. The 1999 Xerox Shootings, where a service tech at a Xerox facility in Honolulu shot and killed 7 coworkers. Olivia made the national news during the trial, and boosted her statewide profile as well, for her aggressive offense and pursuit of the harshest sentence possible for the shooter. In the end, the shooter got sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. The fame and renown from this trial carried her to a solid reelection in 2000.

In 2000, Olivia convinced the state legislature to amend the laws surrounding trials in Hawai'i. Now, instead of calling witnesses and interviewing the victims, a trial for violent crime can be called by the judge, after a careful examination of the evidence surrounding the case. Critics have said that this violates personal liberties, while Olivia claims that it makes for a better system: rather than take up police officers' time and potentially re-traumatizing victims by forcing them to submit to questions before a trial even begins, the judge can simply decide to go to trial based on the gathered evidence.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was known for a very hands-on management style, which some former employees characterized as "micromanaging". It was also noted that she only personally prosecuted cases that were a "slam dunk" for the prosecution. In 2002, Olivia was recruited by some Honolulu Republicans to run for Governor. The incumbent, term-limited Democrat was unpopular, while the only prominent Republican candidate in the race had already lost the 1998 race. Olivia agreed, and entered the Republican primary.

The Republican primary was a very clean race: both candidates met early on and agreed to avoid attacking one another publicly, and both publicly said that they would endorse and campaign for whoever won the nomination. The Star-Bulletin sarcastically referred to the singular Republican debate as "the most polite event you'll see this side of a Victorian tea party". In the end, Olivia barely won the primary, due mainly to her prominent role in the 1999 trial and her voter base being in the states most populated municipality.

The general election was a tough race. Olivia and the HI GOP put out a news bulletin, "A New Vision for Hawai'i", where they laid out their reformist ambitions versus "The Way Things Are" (AKA, the Democratic platform). With the state economy in a slump, over 40 years of continuous Democratic government, and an unpopular candidate nominated by the Democrats, Olivia was able to pull ahead by a point early on and maintain her lead. In the general election, she won 51% to 48%, and was sworn in in December 2002.

As Governor, Olivia has sought to revitalize and diversify the state economy. She fought to decentralize and deregulate the state, including a quixotic effort to decentralize education in Hawai'i, and give more control to local areas instead of the state government. She also tried to pass a law that would allow municipalities in Hawai'i to incorporate, as Hawai'i does not recognize local government below the County level. Both these efforts failed. However, she did manage to attract more diverse businesses that didn't rely on land development and tourism. She also testified in Congress in 2005, arguing for the repeal of the Jones Act. While she failed to get the law repealed, she attracted good press.

In her first term, Olivia also pursued greater energy independence, targeted tax relief, an increase in Hawai‘i’s homegrown food supply and security, workforce development, expansion of quality health care, creation of more affordable housing, modernization of the transportation infrastructure, and bolstering of public safety and disaster preparedness. She established the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to develop the capacity of residents and businesses to innovate with the goal of enabling the state to compete in the global economy of the 21st century and create new, higher-paying jobs, and as the 2006 election neared, her popularity soared--as did the state budget surplus. In January 2006, it was estimated that Hawai'i had a record government surplus of $730 billion, as opposed to the $250 million deficit in 2002.

In 2004, aided by the War on Terror and the popularity of the Republican governor, polls showed (not-Kerry) only leading President Cush by a point. The Vice President campaigned alongside Olivia, and although the state went blue again, the Governor made useful contacts in Washington. She was selected as Chair of the 2004 Republican National Convention, and gave a widely-praised opening speech, in which she praised Cush and called for "An America we can be proud of".

Although she initially appeared to be a very vulnerable candidate in 2002--with many thinking of her victory as a fluke--by late 2005, no prominent Democrat in Hawai'i was willing to run against Olivia. The party nominated a little-known state senator, who attacked Calalo for her tough on crime policies, and for sending criminals to prisons on the mainland instead of keeping them in Hawai'i. Calalo ran a positive campaign, focused on her success in office and her vision for the future of Hawai'i. In the end, she won 63% to 35%, the largest margin of victory in Hawai'i history.

Early in her second term, Olivia has once more tried fighting the Democratic legislature to dissolve the State Board of Education and instead form 7 County Boards of Education, to "return control to the people in the community". She has also quietly begun accumulating support for a 2008 Presidential bid, despite the seeming hopelessness of a mixed-race moderate from a tiny state winning the primary or the general election.

Other Info:
- Devout Catholic.

- Husband left Honolulu PD for work in private security when Olivia was elected Prosecutor.

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Governor Calalo has variously been referred to as a moderate, centrist, or "Rockefeller" Republican. She describes herself as "functionally pretty libertarian", noting that she believes "the business of government isn't to put its nose in people's business...it's to provide services that private industry cannot. I care less about Roe v Wade than I do about reducing crime, corruption, and homelessness." She has allied herself with moderate groups and individuals such as (not-Christine Todd Whitman) and the Log Cabin Republicans.

Healthcare
"The amount of un-and-underinsured people in America is frankly, alarming. And terrifying. I believe that we need to expand the web of coverage, but the way to do that isn't through a European-style welfare system. I believe that tax breaks for insurance companies predicated on lowering premiums for consumers, a ban on denial of insurance based on preexisting conditions, tort and malpractice reform to reduce the cost of malpractice insurance to doctors and hospitals, the ability to purchase health insurance plans across state lines, and requiring employers to give employees optional health insurance--with an included tax credit--are the best ways to achieve universal, affordable healthcare in America."

Gay marriage
"Look, I'm a Catholic, I've read the Bible, and the Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. I think civil unions are acceptable, legally. But I think marriage isn't just a legal issue."

Abortion
"Another issue where you have to make a decision between your morals and the law. Morally, I think abortion is reprehensible. But the law is the law, and I know that if abortion is banned outright that women will still get abortions from back-alley scumbags. I think partial-birth abortions and late-term abortions should be banned unless medically necessary, and that we can establish a 'pain threshold', past which no abortions can be performed except for cases of rape, incest, or medical need."

Local Issues
"Hawai'i has the most beautiful environment in the world. The absolutely most beautiful. We need to balance preservation of the environment with feeding and housing our people. I support building 'up' as opposed to 'out'. I support incentivizing companies who use our land to revitalize it, using tax breaks and credits."

"The Jones Act is a crime against the people of Hawai'i and it's negative effect on our economy is evident everywhere. If the law was repealed, the cost of living in this state would drop instantly."

"We don't need to build more prisons in Hawai'i, we don't need to expand the ones in use. My prisoner removal program removes these violent elements from our islands and ships them to larger prisons in California and Oregon, where they already have facilities to handle them."

"The amount of power vested in the state government is insane. We need to begin decentralizing more, putting more power in the hands of counties and municipalities."

The Economy
"The Hawai'ian economy is a humming engine. Through targeted tax cuts and credits, we've incentivized companies to expand their operations in Hawai'i and new companies to grow. I believe the government should encourage competition in the economy, by preventing the rise of monopolies and giving smaller businesses tax credits and cuts. Leaving the Cush tax cuts in place and expanding them for the middle class is important."

Education
"Local control of education is a high priority. We should have national and statewide standards, but ultimately, a great deal of control over particulars should be invested in communities and counties. Every child deserves a strong school to attend, every parent deserves an active role in their child's education, every teacher deserves a living wage. I believe setting a higher minimum wage for teachers and offering teachers tax credits and student loan benefits would massively benefit our education system. Additionally, removing or reforming the tenure system would make it easier to remove or retrain underperforming teachers, rather than having to leave them in place due yo their seniority."

Presidential Votes and Endorsements
- 1980: Reagan
- 1984: Reagan
- 1988: Cush
- 1992: Cush
- 1996: Wrote in Pierce in the primary and the general.
- 2000: Endorsed and voted [not-McCain] in the primary, Cush in the general
- 2004: Wrote in Pierce in the primary, Cush in the general


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Character Application and Information Sheet

NS Nation Name: Zohiania
Character Name: Zahir Muhammad Huriya
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6’4”
Character Weight: 200 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job:
Physician’s Assistant (11-14)
Lebanese Red Cross Volunteer (15-19)
Active Duty | U.S. Army (19-30)
Reserve Duty | U.S. Army (30-36)
Arabic Language Teacher (30-32)
(Independent) Conflict Zone Journalist/Reporter (32-38)
Radio/Podcast Host (32-38)
U.S. Senate (Present)
Character Country/State of Birth:
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1969 (Jan. 7), immigrated to United States in 1988 though the "Accelerated" Process to Citizenship program by joining the U.S. military at the age of 19.
Character State of Residence:
Texas (1988-2005), Pennsylvania (2005-Present)
Character Party Affiliation:
National Liberal Party (Lebanon, 1987-1988), Independent (USA, 1988-2005) Independent/Democrat (2005-Present)
Faceclaim: https://imgur.com/VBBQrMR
Main Strengths:
Independent, Multi-Lingual (Arabic, English, French, Kurdish, and Spanish), Popular Journalist/Reporter, Large Online/Radio Following, Veteran, Moderate Appeal, Minority Appeal, Immigrant Appeal, Reformer Persona, Some Media Connections

Main Weaknesses:
Arabic Name, Despised by Islamophobes, Despised by Democratic and Republican Hardliners, Unsupported by the GOP and DNC establishment, Fledging Senator, Barely Won U.S. Senate Seat, Warhawk, Foreign Born, Not Wealthy, Very Few Political Connections

Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Zahir Muhammad Huriya was born in 1969 in Beirut, Lebanon, as the oldest of three children. He has a younger brother and sister. His father was an Arab physician with a small clinic in Beirut, and his mother was an Assyrian full-time mother raising him and his siblings in addition to being a prominent local women’s rights activist. They were both Sunni Muslims and prominent local supporters of the National Liberal Party.

He would begin to assist his father in the clinic at the age of 11 as the Lebanese Civil War ensured there was plenty of people in need. His father would help people even if they were incapable of paying, and this would continue till his father and mother were both killed in a bombing in 1984. Young Zahir would go on to volunteer and work with the Lebanese Red Cross until he would immigrate to the United States and join the U.S. military in 1988.

Zahir would serve in the U.S. military as an Army Interpreter/Translator (09L) throughout his military career until he left the service in 2005. He participated in five deployments throughout his military career including the Gulf War, First Intervention in the Somali Civil War, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa. While still serving in the Army Reserves, he became a foreign language teacher of Arabic and French.

Zahir was always interested in conflict and politics growing up during the Lebanese Civil War, and he would become a conflict zone journalist reporting in conflict zones to show the world what so many civilians across the globe are experiencing every day. He traveled to many countries including Afghanistan, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Mexico some of which he had previously been deployed to as well as many others with the help of local and military friends. While reporting on fighting in Columbia and Mexico he would learn to speak Spanish which allowed him to more easily communicate with people on the ground. Quickly many of his articles, photos and videos would begin appearing in major newspapers across the globe. He would also begin a radio show/podcast and website covering global news and providing forums for communication directed mainly towards political dissidents and people who live under regimes that are restrictive of media. His media platform has been likened to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Zahir and his family decided to move to Pennsylvania in 2005 after he had left the Army to be closer to family as well as to expand his radio/podcast to radio stations in the northeast.

Zahir is an advocate for constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to further limit the powers of government, including term limits, limits on congressional pay, limits on special interests funding campaigns, mandatory sunset clauses for all legislation, and a lifetime ban on lobbying for former members of Congress. He supports reforming the criminal justice system, reforming the education system, and reforming healthcare. He is a major supporter of improving infrastructure and lowering taxes which were winning issues during the campaign. Despite his strong support for abolishing or lowering most taxes, he supports increasing ‘sin taxes.’ He has advocated for national paid parental leave and gun rights. He is an ardent opponent of abortion and supports stronger restrictions on it. He is an advocate of refugees and supports increasing the refugee cap to 50,000. He is also known for supporting the Afghanistan Conflict, Iraq War, and the War on Terror, although he rarely emphasized such when campaigning. Although Zahir is a self-described ‘independent’, he registered Democrat and ran on the Democratic ticket for Senate in the 2006 Pennsylvania elections winning his seat by a thin margin.

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Is an Immigrant to United States
Is a Muslim
Is Married with five kids

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Economic Views:
Supports Lowering Income Tax Rates, Eliminate Lowest Single and Household Filer Tax Brackets
Supports Abolishing the Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, and Tariffs
Supports Increasing Sin Taxes
Supports Implementing Carbon Tax
Supports Promoting Alternative Energy (Solar, Geothermal, Nuclear)
Supports Transition Medicare and Medicaid to HSAs, and Vouchers
Supports Transitioning Government Employees Pensions into PMAs
Supports Expanding to Full Coverage for Veterans Healthcare, Special integrated HSAs
Supports Expanding Environmental Regulations
Supports Expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices
Supports Free Trade, expand unilateral free trade
Supports Funding Mental Health research and treatment
Supports National Paid Parental Leave (up to 24-28 weeks)
Supports National Paid Sick Leave for full time employees (up to two weeks)
Supports Expanding Disability Accessible Infrastructure
Supports Improving Infrastructure and Implementation of Satellite Tolling
Supports Social Security Reform, 5-year commitment with opt out option
Supports Universal Preschool
Opposes Public Unions, Supports Private Unions
Opposes Biofuels Promotion
Opposes Subsidies to Farmers

Foreign Policy:
Supports Afghanistan Conflict, establish stable government, eliminate key terrorist figures, expand troop presence
Supports Iraq War, establish stable government, prevent and contain Iranian influence
Supports Kurdish Independence
Supports NATO, End Atlanticism/Expand to include Global NATO Partners, diplomatically oppose Chechnyan and Georgian occupation
Supports Increasing Foreign Aid
Prevent nuclearization of Iran and North Korea, expand troop presence in South Korea


Domestic/Social Views:
Opposes Abortion in all cases but life of mother in danger
Opposes Civil Asset Forfeiture
Opposes Common Core Standards
Opposes Portions of the Patriot Act (Due Process Violations, Mass Surveillance)
Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
Opposes School Truancy Laws
Opposes Torture
Supports Ban on Foreign Lobbyist raising money for American campaigns
Supports Expanding Environmental Conservation Efforts
Supports Criminal Justice Reform
Supports Death Penalty for extreme circumstances
Supports Disability Rights
Supports Expanding Voting Rights of foreign residents to vote in local elections
Supports Lifetime Lobbying Ban on Former Government Officials
Supports Gun Rights, constitutional carry advocate, but supports background checks
Supports Increasing Marriage and Work Visas
Supports Immigration Reform, increase visas and streamline immigration procedures
Supports Refugees, supports increasing cap to 50,000
Supports Term Limits For Elected and Appointed Officials (including federal judges and Supreme Court Justices)


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NS Nation Name: Lavan

Character Name: Olivia Nalani Hiraya Calalo-Walker

Character Gender: Gorl

Character Age: 49 (born July 23rd, 1959)

Character Height: 5'8

Character Weight: 154 pounds

Character Position/Role/Job:
- Candidate for 2008 United States Presidential Election
- Board Member, Republican Leadership Committee (since 2006)
- Governor of Hawai'i (since 2002)
- Prosecutor of Honolulu (1996-2002)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Hawai'i, Criminal Division (1990-1996)
- Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Criminal Division (1986-1990)
- Assistant San Francisco District Attorney (1984-1986)

Character Country/State of Birth: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character State of Residence: Honolulu, Hawai'i

Character Party Affiliation: Republican

Faceclaim: Nancy Binay

Main Strengths:
- Highly popular in Hawai'i: Calalo's reelection victory was the largest margin of victory in Hawai'ian history, and she has enjoyed consistently high approval ratings during most of her gubernatorial tenure. This is due to a strong economic rebound in Hawai'i during her term, and a perceived decline in corruption and government waste.

- As a Republican governor of one of the bluest states in the nation, her reputation for bipartisanship and ability to balance a conservative ideology and a Democratic supermajority in the legislature has benefited her greatly.

- While not widely known, Calalo has a certain amount of name recognition and respect amongst Beltway players and dedicated politicos

- Skilled manager, compromiser, and dealmaker.

- Young, attractive, crusading reformer who knows how to use her past as a tough prosecutor to project an image of power

Main Weaknesses:
- Republican Governor of probably the most heavily Democratic state in the nation. While Calalo has good personal relationships with the Hawai'i Legislature, her reputation as a dealmaker is mostly based on the fact that she has to be in order to get anything done. The Legislature has occasionally stymied large parts of her agenda since 2002.

- Low name recognition outside Hawai'i, dedicated politicos, and Asian-American communities, which will certainly impact her chances as a Presidential candidate.

- Being a young, attractive, reform-minded woman of color from a tiny state does not endear Calalo to support or friendship from the conservative establishment or the main body of the GOP. Additionally, there is a not-insignifigant contingent of voters who will simply not vote for her either due to her heritage or her gender or both.

- Politically inexperienced, especially in running a campaign outside of a tiny state.

Biography:
Alphonso Calalo (1929-present) and Kanani Haukea (1934-present) met in 1954, when Kanani was working as a waitress at a diner in Honolulu. Alphonso, a law student at the University of Hawai'i, frequented the establishment, and struck up a relationship with the pretty young waitress over time. They were married in 1958, and their first child, Olivia, was born a year later. They also had three other children: Alphonso Junior (1960-present), Luis (1961-present), and Jorge (1965-present). Life in the Calalo household was easy, and cheerful. Olivia remembers this time as the happiest in her life, and maintains a close relationship with her parents.

Alphonso was a career climber, and worked his way up to being appointed Attorney General of Hawai'i in the 1970s. Olivia was very close to get father, and often spent afternoons "helping" him in the office when she was younger--meaning, she would sort-of organize his files in order for him to get some time to spend with his daughter. As she grew up, Olivia was a sporty, athletic girl, with consistently good grades. She played soccer and ran track for her high school teams, just a few years after the passage of Title IX. She also decided during this time that she would be a lawyer like her father, although she went to the mainland for her studies. In 1977, she began attending University of Southern California, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, Olivia attended the University of San Francisco Law School. She graduated near the top of her class, and was hired by the San Francisco District Attorney shortly after graduation.

As Assistant DA, Olivia's main focus was on criminal law. She assisted in the prosecution of several violent crimes, most notably the trials of serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. She had a reputation for her quick mind and strong sense of justice, which she claims she inherited from her father. After 26 months at the San Francisco office, she was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and moved to Los Angeles in 1986. Her main purview was in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights section, where she assisted in the prosecution and takedown of corrupt public officials and civil rights violations. In 1987, Olivia's work friend Janice set Olivia and her brother, LAPD officer Tom Walker (1961-present), up on a blind date. The pair hit it off quickly, and were engaged within eight months. In 1989, they were married. Olivia insisted on keeping her last name, but agreed to hyphenate it with Tom's on official documents while still going by Calalo unofficially. Olivia and Tom have three sons and a daughter: Gregory (1990-present), Diego (1993-present), Hector (1995-present), and Angelina (1999-present).

While Olivia was pregnant with Gregory, the Calalo-Walker household decided to leave Los Angeles due to the rising crime and cost of living. Instead, the relocated to Olivia's childhood home in Honolulu, where her parents still lived. Tom got a job with the Honolulu police, and Olivia (after maternity leave) found employment with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai'i. She was hired as a Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Public Corruption and Fraud Office.

Olivia worked happily for the U.S. Attorney's office for six years, and reintegrated into Honolulu society. Her father had retired from his political aspirations, as a Republican in Hawai'i. However, his venture at the time (as a well-known defense attorney) and his previous connections allowed him to stay in contact with many heavy hitters in the government. Olivia, who was beginning to consider the possibility of elected office after the birth of her third son, used connections from Alphonso to position herself for a run for Prosecutor of Honolulu County. In late 1996, she announced her campaign and resigned from the U.S. Attorney's office. Although registered as a Republican and unapologetic about it, Olivia's relentless campaigning and connections allowed her to be competitive against a Democratic opponent. She would personally drive across Honolulu, with newborn Hector along for the ride, to knock on doors and deliver speeches. In her campaign, she emphasized that "crime isn't partisan--it isn't political," and claimed that she wouldn't treat the Prosecutor's office as a political office. Her Democratic opponent, by contrast, ran a harsh and attacking campaign against her, hoping to bury her in a tide of partisanship. Olivia instead twisted this, plastering pictures of her and her young children across the city, captioned with insulting quotes from the Democrat. The bottoms of these posters read "This is how [Democrat] treats a young mother of three. Do you trust him to stick up for you?" The Democrat quickly tried reversing his campaign and reducing the partisan tone, quickly switching to a more positive approach. However, at a candidate debate hosted by the local television news, Olivia soundly won, with one particular highlight being a heated exchange over experience. The Democrat claimed that Olivia, being so young, lacked the relevant experience for the job. Olivia fired back, "Let's ask the serial killers I put away in San Francisco if they agree," which the Honolulu Star-Bulletin noted was a "stretch of the truth, at best". But it worked, and Olivia began overtaking the Democrat in the polls. Come election day, she won by roughly 1.7 percent, and was sworn in in December of 1996.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was mostly in an administrative role, which she chafed at. Her main responsibilities, she found out, were to supervise the two-hundred-odd other attorneys and prosecutors who worked for the department and did most of the legwork. She proved component at it, and would take a case or two a year to prosecute herself. She cracked down on organized crime and government corruption in Honolulu, seizing on widespread dissatisfaction with the state government and rising crime. Under Olivia, the Prosecutor's office had a policy to take as few plea deals for violent crime and corruption as possible--and to only take them when there was a clear benefit to doing so. She also enforced harsh trials and sought hard sentences for young offenders to reduce youth crime, while also rooting out dirty cops in the Honolulu PD.

In 1999, Olivia prosecuted a case herself--the worst mass murder in Hawai'i history. The 1999 Xerox Shootings, where a service tech at a Xerox facility in Honolulu shot and killed 7 coworkers. Olivia made the national news during the trial, and boosted her statewide profile as well, for her aggressive offense and pursuit of the harshest sentence possible for the shooter. In the end, the shooter got sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. The fame and renown from this trial carried her to a solid reelection in 2000.

In 2000, Olivia convinced the state legislature to amend the laws surrounding trials in Hawai'i. Now, instead of calling witnesses and interviewing the victims, a trial for violent crime can be called by the judge, after a careful examination of the evidence surrounding the case. Critics have said that this violates personal liberties, while Olivia claims that it makes for a better system: rather than take up police officers' time and potentially re-traumatizing victims by forcing them to submit to questions before a trial even begins, the judge can simply decide to go to trial based on the gathered evidence.

As Prosecutor, Olivia was known for a very hands-on management style, which some former employees characterized as "micromanaging". It was also noted that she only personally prosecuted cases that were a "slam dunk" for the prosecution. In 2002, Olivia was recruited by some Honolulu Republicans to run for Governor. The incumbent, term-limited Democrat was unpopular, while the only prominent Republican candidate in the race had already lost the 1998 race. Olivia agreed, and entered the Republican primary.

The Republican primary was a very clean race: both candidates met early on and agreed to avoid attacking one another publicly, and both publicly said that they would endorse and campaign for whoever won the nomination. The Star-Bulletin sarcastically referred to the singular Republican debate as "the most polite event you'll see this side of a Victorian tea party". In the end, Olivia barely won the primary, due mainly to her prominent role in the 1999 trial and her voter base being in the states most populated municipality.

The general election was a tough race. Olivia and the HI GOP put out a news bulletin, "A New Vision for Hawai'i", where they laid out their reformist ambitions versus "The Way Things Are" (AKA, the Democratic platform). With the state economy in a slump, over 40 years of continuous Democratic government, and an unpopular candidate nominated by the Democrats, Olivia was able to pull ahead by a point early on and maintain her lead. In the general election, she won 51% to 48%, and was sworn in in December 2002.

As Governor, Olivia has sought to revitalize and diversify the state economy. She fought to decentralize and deregulate the state, including a quixotic effort to decentralize education in Hawai'i, and give more control to local areas instead of the state government. She also tried to pass a law that would allow municipalities in Hawai'i to incorporate, as Hawai'i does not recognize local government below the County level. Both these efforts failed. However, she did manage to attract more diverse businesses that didn't rely on land development and tourism. She also testified in Congress in 2005, arguing for the repeal of the Jones Act. While she failed to get the law repealed, she attracted good press.

In her first term, Olivia also pursued greater energy independence, targeted tax relief, an increase in Hawai‘i’s homegrown food supply and security, workforce development, expansion of quality health care, creation of more affordable housing, modernization of the transportation infrastructure, and bolstering of public safety and disaster preparedness. She established the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to develop the capacity of residents and businesses to innovate with the goal of enabling the state to compete in the global economy of the 21st century and create new, higher-paying jobs, and as the 2006 election neared, her popularity soared--as did the state budget surplus. In January 2006, it was estimated that Hawai'i had a record government surplus of $730 billion, as opposed to the $250 million deficit in 2002.

In 2004, aided by the War on Terror and the popularity of the Republican governor, polls showed (not-Kerry) only leading President Cush by a point. The Vice President campaigned alongside Olivia, and although the state went blue again, the Governor made useful contacts in Washington. She was selected as Chair of the 2004 Republican National Convention, and gave a widely-praised opening speech, in which she praised Cush and called for "An America we can be proud of".

Although she initially appeared to be a very vulnerable candidate in 2002--with many thinking of her victory as a fluke--by late 2005, no prominent Democrat in Hawai'i was willing to run against Olivia. The party nominated a little-known state senator, who attacked Calalo for her tough on crime policies, and for sending criminals to prisons on the mainland instead of keeping them in Hawai'i. Calalo ran a positive campaign, focused on her success in office and her vision for the future of Hawai'i. In the end, she won 63% to 35%, the largest margin of victory in Hawai'i history.

Early in her second term, Olivia has once more tried fighting the Democratic legislature to dissolve the State Board of Education and instead form 7 County Boards of Education, to "return control to the people in the community". She has also quietly begun accumulating support for a 2008 Presidential bid, despite the seeming hopelessness of a mixed-race moderate from a tiny state winning the primary or the general election.

Other Info:
- Devout Catholic.

- Husband left Honolulu PD for work in private security when Olivia was elected Prosecutor.

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Governor Calalo has variously been referred to as a moderate, centrist, or "Rockefeller" Republican. She describes herself as "functionally pretty libertarian", noting that she believes "the business of government isn't to put its nose in people's business...it's to provide services that private industry cannot. I care less about Roe v Wade than I do about reducing crime, corruption, and homelessness." She has allied herself with moderate groups and individuals such as (not-Christine Todd Whitman) and the Log Cabin Republicans.

Healthcare
"The amount of un-and-underinsured people in America is frankly, alarming. And terrifying. I believe that we need to expand the web of coverage, but the way to do that isn't through a European-style welfare system. I believe that tax breaks for insurance companies predicated on lowering premiums for consumers, a ban on denial of insurance based on preexisting conditions, tort and malpractice reform to reduce the cost of malpractice insurance to doctors and hospitals, the ability to purchase health insurance plans across state lines, and requiring employers to give employees optional health insurance--with an included tax credit--are the best ways to achieve universal, affordable healthcare in America."

Gay marriage
"Look, I'm a Catholic, I've read the Bible, and the Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. I think civil unions are acceptable, legally. But I think marriage isn't just a legal issue."

Abortion
"Another issue where you have to make a decision between your morals and the law. Morally, I think abortion is reprehensible. But the law is the law, and I know that if abortion is banned outright that women will still get abortions from back-alley scumbags. I think partial-birth abortions and late-term abortions should be banned unless medically necessary, and that we can establish a 'pain threshold', past which no abortions can be performed except for cases of rape, incest, or medical need."

Local Issues
"Hawai'i has the most beautiful environment in the world. The absolutely most beautiful. We need to balance preservation of the environment with feeding and housing our people. I support building 'up' as opposed to 'out'. I support incentivizing companies who use our land to revitalize it, using tax breaks and credits."

"The Jones Act is a crime against the people of Hawai'i and it's negative effect on our economy is evident everywhere. If the law was repealed, the cost of living in this state would drop instantly."

"We don't need to build more prisons in Hawai'i, we don't need to expand the ones in use. My prisoner removal program removes these violent elements from our islands and ships them to larger prisons in California and Oregon, where they already have facilities to handle them."

"The amount of power vested in the state government is insane. We need to begin decentralizing more, putting more power in the hands of counties and municipalities."

The Economy
"The Hawai'ian economy is a humming engine. Through targeted tax cuts and credits, we've incentivized companies to expand their operations in Hawai'i and new companies to grow. I believe the government should encourage competition in the economy, by preventing the rise of monopolies and giving smaller businesses tax credits and cuts. Leaving the Cush tax cuts in place and expanding them for the middle class is important."

Education
"Local control of education is a high priority. We should have national and statewide standards, but ultimately, a great deal of control over particulars should be invested in communities and counties. Every child deserves a strong school to attend, every parent deserves an active role in their child's education, every teacher deserves a living wage. I believe setting a higher minimum wage for teachers and offering teachers tax credits and student loan benefits would massively benefit our education system. Additionally, removing or reforming the tenure system would make it easier to remove or retrain underperforming teachers, rather than having to leave them in place due yo their seniority."

Presidential Votes and Endorsements
- 1980: Reagan
- 1984: Reagan
- 1988: Cush
- 1992: Cush
- 1996: Wrote in Pierce in the primary and the general.
- 2000: Endorsed and voted [not-McCain] in the primary, Cush in the general
- 2004: Wrote in Pierce in the primary, Cush in the general


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Postby Yaruqo » Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:29 pm

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Character Application and Information Sheet

NS Nation Name: Zohiania
Character Name: Zahir Muhammad Huriya
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 6’4”
Character Weight: 200 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job:
Physician’s Assistant (11-14)
Lebanese Red Cross Volunteer (15-19)
Active Duty | U.S. Army (19-30)
Reserve Duty | U.S. Army (30-36)
Arabic Language Teacher (30-32)
(Independent) Conflict Zone Journalist/Reporter (32-38)
Radio/Podcast Host (32-38)
U.S. Senate (Present)
Character Country/State of Birth:
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1969 (Jan. 7), immigrated to United States in 1988 though the "Accelerated" Process to Citizenship program by joining the U.S. military at the age of 19.
Character State of Residence:
Texas (1988-2005), Pennsylvania (2005-Present)
Character Party Affiliation:
National Liberal Party (Lebanon, 1987-1988), Independent (USA, 1988-2005) Independent/Democrat (2005-Present)
Faceclaim: https://imgur.com/VBBQrMR
Main Strengths:
Independent, Multi-Lingual (Arabic, English, French, Kurdish, and Spanish), Popular Journalist/Reporter, Large Online/Radio Following, Veteran, Moderate Appeal, Minority Appeal, Immigrant Appeal, Reformer Persona, Some Media Connections

Main Weaknesses:
Arabic Name, Despised by Islamophobes, Despised by Democratic and Republican Hardliners, Unsupported by the GOP and DNC establishment, Fledging Senator, Barely Won U.S. Senate Seat, Warhawk, Foreign Born, Not Wealthy, Very Few Political Connections

Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Zahir Muhammad Huriya was born in 1969 in Beirut, Lebanon, as the oldest of three children. He has a younger brother and sister. His father was an Arab physician with a small clinic in Beirut, and his mother was an Assyrian full-time mother raising him and his siblings in addition to being a prominent local women’s rights activist. They were both Sunni Muslims and prominent local supporters of the National Liberal Party.

He would begin to assist his father in the clinic at the age of 11 as the Lebanese Civil War ensured there was plenty of people in need. His father would help people even if they were incapable of paying, and this would continue till his father and mother were both killed in a bombing in 1984. Young Zahir would go on to volunteer and work with the Lebanese Red Cross until he would immigrate to the United States and join the U.S. military in 1988.

Zahir would serve in the U.S. military as an Army Interpreter/Translator (09L) throughout his military career until he left the service in 2005. He participated in five deployments throughout his military career including the Gulf War, First Intervention in the Somali Civil War, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn of Africa. While still serving in the Army Reserves, he became a foreign language teacher of Arabic and French.

Zahir was always interested in conflict and politics growing up during the Lebanese Civil War, and he would become a conflict zone journalist reporting in conflict zones to show the world what so many civilians across the globe are experiencing every day. He traveled to many countries including Afghanistan, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Mexico some of which he had previously been deployed to as well as many others with the help of local and military friends. While reporting on fighting in Columbia and Mexico he would learn to speak Spanish which allowed him to more easily communicate with people on the ground. Quickly many of his articles, photos and videos would begin appearing in major newspapers across the globe. He would also begin a radio show/podcast and website covering global news and providing forums for communication directed mainly towards political dissidents and people who live under regimes that are restrictive of media. His media platform has been likened to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Zahir and his family decided to move to Pennsylvania in 2005 after he had left the Army to be closer to family as well as to expand his radio/podcast to radio stations in the northeast.

Zahir is an advocate for constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to further limit the powers of government, including term limits, limits on congressional pay, limits on special interests funding campaigns, mandatory sunset clauses for all legislation, and a lifetime ban on lobbying for former members of Congress. He supports reforming the criminal justice system, reforming the education system, and reforming healthcare. He is a major supporter of improving infrastructure and lowering taxes which were winning issues during the campaign. Despite his strong support for abolishing or lowering most taxes, he supports increasing ‘sin taxes.’ He has advocated for national paid parental leave and gun rights. He is an ardent opponent of abortion and supports stronger restrictions on it. He is an advocate of refugees and supports increasing the refugee cap to 50,000. He is also known for supporting the Afghanistan Conflict, Iraq War, and the War on Terror, although he rarely emphasized such when campaigning. Although Zahir is a self-described ‘independent’, he registered Democrat and ran on the Democratic ticket for Senate in the 2006 Pennsylvania elections winning his seat by a thin margin.

Other Info:
Is an Immigrant to United States
Is a Muslim
Is Married with five kids

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Economic Views:
Supports Lowering Income Tax Rates, Eliminate Lowest Single and Household Filer Tax Brackets
Supports Abolishing the Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, and Tariffs
Supports Increasing Sin Taxes
Supports Implementing Carbon Tax
Supports Promoting Alternative Energy (Solar, Geothermal, Nuclear)
Supports Transition Medicare and Medicaid to HSAs, and Vouchers
Supports Transitioning Government Employees Pensions into PMAs
Supports Expanding to Full Coverage for Veterans Healthcare, Special integrated HSAs
Supports Expanding Environmental Regulations
Supports Expanding Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices
Supports Free Trade, expand unilateral free trade
Supports Funding Mental Health research and treatment
Supports National Paid Parental Leave (up to 24-28 weeks)
Supports National Paid Sick Leave for full time employees (up to two weeks)
Supports Expanding Disability Accessible Infrastructure
Supports Improving Infrastructure and Implementation of Satellite Tolling
Supports Social Security Reform, 5-year commitment with opt out option
Supports Universal Preschool
Opposes Public Unions, Supports Private Unions
Opposes Biofuels Promotion
Opposes Subsidies to Farmers

Foreign Policy:
Supports Afghanistan Conflict, establish stable government, eliminate key terrorist figures, expand troop presence
Supports Iraq War, establish stable government, prevent and contain Iranian influence
Supports Kurdish Independence
Supports NATO, End Atlanticism/Expand to include Global NATO Partners, diplomatically oppose Chechnyan and Georgian occupation
Supports Increasing Foreign Aid
Prevent nuclearization of Iran and North Korea, expand troop presence in South Korea


Domestic/Social Views:
Opposes Abortion in all cases but life of mother in danger
Opposes Civil Asset Forfeiture
Opposes Common Core Standards
Opposes Portions of the Patriot Act (Due Process Violations, Mass Surveillance)
Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
Opposes School Truancy Laws
Opposes Torture
Supports Ban on Foreign Lobbyist raising money for American campaigns
Supports Expanding Environmental Conservation Efforts
Supports Criminal Justice Reform
Supports Death Penalty for extreme circumstances
Supports Disability Rights
Supports Expanding Voting Rights of foreign residents to vote in local elections
Supports Lifetime Lobbying Ban on Former Government Officials
Supports Gun Rights, constitutional carry advocate, but supports background checks
Supports Increasing Marriage and Work Visas
Supports Immigration Reform, increase visas and streamline immigration procedures
Supports Refugees, supports increasing cap to 50,000
Supports Term Limits For Elected and Appointed Officials (including federal judges and Supreme Court Justices)


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So, I’m having a hard time picturing this guy getting elected to Senate in Pennsylvania. The closest thing to political experience he seems to have is being the host of some radio show, and with his anti-choice/abortion views, his pro-gun views, his (frankly) bizarre views on government that are very out of line with what most Democrats supported at the time wouldn’t have gotten him past a primary, let alone the general election. Opposition to same-sex marriage, I get it, not a lot of Democrats were openly for it back then, but this guy would not be a primary voter’s first choice, even in Pennsylvania.

This is an interesting concept, but I’m sorry, I’m having trouble finding this guy winning the Senate election, let alone the Democratic Party’s primary for that seat. I’m going to ask you to reconsider some of these positions, and expand on how this nobody (cause that’s realistically what he was until his election) managed to clinch a win in the Democratic primary and the subsequent general election.
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Postby Zohiania » Tue Mar 08, 2022 6:34 am

Yaruqo wrote:
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So, I’m having a hard time picturing this guy getting elected to Senate in Pennsylvania. The closest thing to political experience he seems to have is being the host of some radio show, and with his anti-choice/abortion views, his pro-gun views, his (frankly) bizarre views on government that are very out of line with what most Democrats supported at the time wouldn’t have gotten him past a primary, let alone the general election. Opposition to same-sex marriage, I get it, not a lot of Democrats were openly for it back then, but this guy would not be a primary voter’s first choice, even in Pennsylvania.

This is an interesting concept, but I’m sorry, I’m having trouble finding this guy winning the Senate election, let alone the Democratic Party’s primary for that seat. I’m going to ask you to reconsider some of these positions, and expand on how this nobody (cause that’s realistically what he was until his election) managed to clinch a win in the Democratic primary and the subsequent general election.


He is not far off from Joe Manchin on many of the issues you take issue with, but he is way more pro-green. I wanted him to be an independent candidate, but PA is a pretty moderate state, and I could see a Joe Manchin type democrat winning in PA.

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Postby Madrinpoor » Tue Mar 08, 2022 7:09 am

Zohiania wrote:
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He is not far off from Joe Manchin on many of the issues you take issue with, but he is way more pro-green. I wanted him to be an independent candidate, but PA is a pretty moderate state, and I could see a Joe Manchin type democrat winning in PA.

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documen ... y-platform

The comparison has a few problems though:

1. Manchin was Governor before being Senator, and he succeeded Democratic governor Bob Wise back in 2003 when WV was Democratic-leaning on economic issues
2. Manchin isn't Muslim post-911
3. Pennsylvania isn't West Virginia, because West Virginia's Democratic voters (or Republicans that vote Manchin) are rural union workers, whereas in Pennsylvania, the rural union workers trend GOP and the Democratic party is led by liberals in Philadelphia that would strap Zahir to a railroad track over his views.
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