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Prince Kropotkin
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Founded: Aug 11, 2020
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Postby Prince Kropotkin » Thu Apr 07, 2022 2:03 pm

New Luciannova wrote:I'm looking for a link to Congress.

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New Luciannova
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Posts: 303
Founded: Nov 16, 2018
Left-Leaning College State

Postby New Luciannova » Thu Apr 07, 2022 2:47 pm

Prince Kropotkin wrote:
New Luciannova wrote:I'm looking for a link to Congress.

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=516947

Thank you.

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

Postby Madrinpoor » Thu Apr 07, 2022 3:13 pm

Prince Kropotkin wrote:
New Luciannova wrote:I'm looking for a link to Congress.

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=516947

This needs to be added to the OP
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Madrinpoor
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Postby Madrinpoor » Thu Apr 07, 2022 3:21 pm

New Luciannova wrote:I'm looking for a link to Congress.

And I'd like to ask to be on the judiciary committee dealing with civil rights and civil liberties.

Judiciary Committee has a subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties. If he was on that, he would also be on judiciary, which is a pretty powerful committee. I see no reason for him not to be, as long as he stays in Sommo's good graces regarding what counts as civil rights
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New Luciannova
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Postby New Luciannova » Thu Apr 07, 2022 4:37 pm

Madrinpoor wrote:
New Luciannova wrote:I'm looking for a link to Congress.

And I'd like to ask to be on the judiciary committee dealing with civil rights and civil liberties.

Judiciary Committee has a subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties. If he was on that, he would also be on judiciary, which is a pretty powerful committee. I see no reason for him not to be, as long as he stays in Sommo's good graces regarding what counts as civil rights


I've read about that. I thought it would be a good fit.

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Sutalia
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Posts: 222
Founded: Feb 10, 2022
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Sutalia » Thu Apr 07, 2022 9:55 pm

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NS Nation Name: Sutalia
Character Name: Leon Havek
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 58
Character Height: 5'10"
Character Weight: 154lbs
Character Position/Job: Professor at Miskatonic Community College (1977-1984), Political Analyst & Author (1984-1994), Representative for New York's 23rd Congressional District (1994-Present)
Character Country/State of Birth: United States/New York
Character State of Residence: New York
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: David Boaz
Main Strengths: Well-educated, Strong Support from Non-Interventionists, Fiscally Responsible
Main Weaknesses: Unsympathetic, Elitist, Isolationist

Biography: Havek, a third-generation immigrant whose family originated from Austria, was the quiet, humble son of an ordinary shopkeeper in upstate New York. By contrast, his siblings were loud and overtly ambitious. The young Leon assisted his parents in running the business and watched as it blossomed into the regional brand known as Havek's General Goods. The modest success that his family enjoyed demonstrated to him that the American Dream was still alive, and that it took great perseverance to achieve. With that lesson in mind, he distanced himself from the brand and decided to carve out his own path in life, choosing to advance his education at the University of Chicago. It was there that he became a devoted disciple to free-market economics, thanks to the teachings of one Milton Friedman.

Upon graduating, Havek became an associate professor at Miskatonic Community College, specializing in political science and civics. He was generally respected, though not without controversy from time to time. Havek eventually met his wife, an upcoming archaeologist from Barnett College, during one of her special presentations at Miskatonic. The couple got married before long, and soon after Havek was promoted to serve as a full-time political science professor. He became a consultant to Reagan's reelection campaign in 1983, and later stepped down from his teaching career in order to advocate for limited government in his home state of New York. In this effort he took on the role of a full-time analyst for the Republican Party. Through an exchange of letters with prominent libertarian intellectuals, Havek slowly adopted more radical anti-government views, distancing himself from religious conservatives and Republican moderates alike.

Havek boosted his popularity in right-wing circles by publishing The Ageless Doctrine, a book examining the shifting cultural landscape of the late 1970s and 1980s. It received modest reviews but was praised by the major figures of the Reagan Revolution. With all of this newfound acclaim, combined with a major corruption scandal in his home district from the incumbent representative, Havek decided to run for office. He comfortably won the Republican primary but only managed a razor-thin victory in the general election. He saw this as a triumph, one of many that emerged from the Republican Revolution of '94. In the House of Representatives, he gained a reputation for being a fiscal hawk. On social matters, he chose the path of moderation. Havek is still a lesser known figure in national politics, but his fringe views are quickly winning over a niche audience.

Other Info: Havek has written a handful of other books, but none were as notorious as The Ageless Doctrine. He stands out somewhat for having protested the Vietnam War and other military operations abroad.

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Hanovereich
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Founded: Jun 24, 2021
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Postby Hanovereich » Fri Apr 08, 2022 12:18 am

Madrinpoor wrote:The only issue is that abortion and Louisiana don't really mesh. May I suggest maybe Virginia? Delaware? Maine? Even Maryland, maybe, those might be better states than Louisiana.

Just a friendly suggestion :)


Solution: Get rid of his abortion support entirely.

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NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: George S. Walker
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 50
Character Height: 175cm
Character Weight: 68kg
Character Position/Role/Job:
Governor of Louisiana (2006-)
Department of State Policy Advisor (2004)
Louisiana State Senator (1994-2002)
Ensign, ONI, US Navy (1983-1987)
CSIS Policy Advisor (1982) (1988-1994) (2003)

Character Country/State of Birth: Louisiana
Character State of Residence: Louisiana
Character Party Affiliation: Democrat
Main Strengths: Can rely on support and funding from richer and more urban people; calm under pressure; can connect with the young
Main Weaknesses: Has little support among the minorities and rural areas; poor public speaker; supports the unpopular War on Terror (although, since taking the governorship, he has tried to avoid talking about it)
Biography: George Spencer Walker was born in New Orleans to Henry Walker, a naval officer, and Sienna Walker, a clerk for Hugo Black. Henry was in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in the Pacific Fleet, and had been in the Battle of Okinawa on USS Idaho, gaining the Purple Heart for injuries sustained when a fire broke out on the bow of the ship. The family was relatively popular in their community, and rich enough to send George to Yale. He originally was interested in computer and information studies, but eventually gained a degree in international relations and affairs.

After leaving university in 1982, he worked briefly for the CSIS think tank, before following in his father's footsteps and joining the Navy in the Office of Naval Intelligence. He received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for intelligence collection service in Operation Earnest Will. He was on the USS Stark when it was hit by two Exocet missiles in May 1987, getting injuries to his right arm, and was discharged that same year. After leaving the Navy, he, supported by his father, entered politics and entered the 1988, 1990 and 1992 Democrat Louisiana State Senate primaries, in vain. During this time, he went back to the CSIS as a foreign policy advisor. Finally, in 1994, he gained the nomination for the 14th State Senate district, and won.

As Senator, he drafted a strict State Senate bill on the National Guard, which caused some local media attention for increasing the National Guard budget by over 60%- something which gave him a name recognition boost. He also advocated for the Iraq War, and, after 9/11, the War in Afghanistan.

On 9/11, George was one of the first in Louisiana to publicly advocate a war on terror, and made a State Senate speech declaring that "Terror must not, cannot and will not govern America." He also drew on his CSIS and ONI experience to observe that "If they can destroy the heart of what is America, they are ready to fight us, in their homeland and in ours."

In 2002, he announced that he was not going to stand, and hinted that he may go for the gubernatorial election. He briefly worked for CSIS again, and became a policy advisor to the Department of State on the Middle East, before returning to politics in the Democrat gubernatorial primaries in 2006. He had the backing of many of his colleagues in the State Legislature, and the urban and rich population centred in the cities; however, he spent a lot of time in the rural areas and tried to connect with the minorities. He was on a platform of increased social programs, and cutting down on bureaucracy. He supported LGBTQ rights. which was one of his more popular platforms, but advocated for more security- which, in the eyes of the people, meant less privacy (and George stressed strongly that he was not advocating for less privacy, but more security, and that those two were different things). He also planned to strengthen the State Police.

He won the primaries for Governor with 54.29%, and the gubernatorial with 52.8%, having the highest majorities in Houston and the urban areas. His majority was so slim partly because of his support for the War on Terror.

Since taking office, he has tried to get a start on his policies. He has also approved a $210 million relief bill for Hurricane Katrina. Other measures, including some controversial privacy-related ones, are rumoured to be planned, and the latest opinion polls give him only a 5-point lead over the Republicans.

Other Info: He identifies himself as a New Democrat.

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Nestortopia
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Posts: 8
Founded: Apr 06, 2022
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Postby Nestortopia » Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:08 am

New Luciannova wrote:
Nestortopia wrote:I just don’t understand. People own restaurants while having other jobs a lot. Running small business while being African American and running for Office is not strange...

Apologies for my English I will improve the app. If I add more can I be accepted or will you reject no matter what I do...


I work with lawyers all day, many have additional jobs and investments.
Are you more comfortable with a different language?

Portuguese :)

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Nestortopia
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Founded: Apr 06, 2022
Ex-Nation

Postby Nestortopia » Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:08 am

Someone can please tell me how to be accepted? I will change my application...

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Madrinpoor
Minister
 
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:35 am

Nestortopia wrote:Someone can please tell me how to be accepted? I will change my application...

You need your biography to be much longer, and more detailed. Also, your character cannot be "deep state" because the deep state doesn't exist. Multiple aspects of your character are unrealistic, he can't have two full-time extremely demanding jobs at the same time. Washington Shadow Rep is pretty useless, just a warning. He needs some weaknesses and strengths more than "hanging with friends" that actually relate to his character or his electability, I recommend reading over some accepted apps first.

Make some of those changes as a good start.
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Madrinpoor
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Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 08, 2022 8:39 am

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NS Nation Name: Sutalia
Character Name: Leon Havek
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 58
Character Height: 5'10"
Character Weight: 154lbs
Character Position/Job: Professor at Miskatonic Community College (1977-1984), Political Analyst & Author (1984-1994), Representative for New York's 21st Congressional District (1994-Present)
Character Country/State of Birth: United States/New York
Character State of Residence: New York
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: David Boaz
Main Strengths: Well-educated, Strong Support from Non-Interventionists, Fiscally Responsible
Main Weaknesses: Unsympathetic, Elitist, Isolationist

Biography: Havek, a third-generation immigrant whose family originated from Austria, was the quiet, humble son of an ordinary shopkeeper in upstate New York. By contrast, his siblings were loud and overtly ambitious. The young Leon assisted his parents in running the business and watched as it blossomed into the regional brand known as Havek's General Goods. The modest success that his family enjoyed demonstrated to him that the American Dream was still alive, and that it took great perseverance to achieve. With that lesson in mind, he distanced himself from the brand and decided to carve out his own path in life, choosing to advance his education at the University of Chicago. It was there that he became a devoted disciple to free-market economics, thanks to the teachings of one Milton Friedman.

Upon graduating, Havek became an associate professor at Miskatonic Community College, specializing in political science and civics. He was generally respected, though not without controversy from time to time. Havek eventually met his wife, an upcoming archaeologist from Barnett College, during one of her special presentations at Miskatonic. The couple got married before long, and soon after Havek was promoted to serve as a full-time political science professor. He became a consultant to Reagan's reelection campaign in 1983, and later stepped down from his teaching career in order to advocate for limited government in his home state of New York. Through an exchange of letters with prominent libertarian intellectuals, Havek slowly adopted more radical anti-government views, distancing himself from religious conservatives and Republican moderates alike.

Havek boosted his popularity in right-wing circles by publishing The Ageless Doctrine, a book examining the shifting cultural landscape of the late 1970s and 1980s. It received modest reviews but was praised by the major figures of the Reagan Revolution. With all of this newfound acclaim, combined with a major corruption scandal in his home district from the incumbent representative, Havek decided to run for office. He comfortably won the Republican primary but only managed a razor-thin victory in the general election. He saw this as a triumph, one of many that emerged from the Republican Revolution of '94. In the House of Representatives, he gained a reputation for being a fiscal hawk. On social matters, he chose the path of moderation. Havek is still a lesser known figure in national politics, but his fringe views are quickly winning over a niche audience.

Other Info: Havek has written a handful of other books, but none were as notorious as The Ageless Doctrine. He stands out somewhat for having protested the Vietnam War and other military operations abroad.

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Looks great so far:

1. How did he get into politics?
2. The 21st in 2007 was based around Albany, the 23rd was roughly were the 21st is today — the Albany area it used to be in was pretty Democratic, definitely too much for Havek's views IMO.
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Meretica
Senator
 
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Founded: Nov 16, 2019
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Meretica » Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:11 pm

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NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: John Amos Mattox III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 57 (B. 1950)
Character Height: 6’0
Character Weight: 165
Character Position/Role/Job: Congressman from MA-7 (1978-Present); Whip of the House Democratic Caucus (1991-2001); Democratic Veep Nominee 2004 (Approved by San)
Character Country/State of Birth: Massachusetts
Character State of Residence: Massachusetts
Character Party Affiliation:
Faceclaim: Al Gore
Main Strengths:
War Veteran: Despite the tradition the Democrats are “weak on defense,” Mattox served for the entirety of the Vietnam War, winning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star; it is also important to know that he enlisted and returned to fight after an injury sent him home for six months.
I Know Him: Mattox is a household name thanks to his veep nomination in 2004; he is liked by the political establishment and the people at large. He is also seen as one of the friendlier faces in Congress, having a naturally kind appeal that’s all too rare in Washington these days.
Bipartisanship is Key: Mattox sticks to the party line, but he also likes to compromise. He has worked to maintain good relationships with various Republicans such as Cassandra Hepburn-Smith in the name of national unity and bipartisanship. (He does, however, think she should just become a Democrat and be done with it.)
A Real American: Mattox has Native American ancestry from his mother’s side: she was half Cherokee. He is not an active member of the Cherokee Nation, but his mother and sisters are. He is nonetheless proud of his heritage despite his inactivity and has frequently sponsored or cosponsored pro-Native American legislation. This has made him a well-known, liked member of Congress among Native American groups. Despite not being a particularly large demographic, though, Mattox sees it as an ethnic strength as Native Americans can often be overlooked, possibly increasing turnout in states with higher Native populations.

Main Weaknesses:
Nepotism: Mattox’s daughter Ginny serves as his chief of staff; his son Richard is in the state legislature. Were he to leave Congress, they are both seen as top contenders for the Democratic nomination– and thus take the seat successfully.
Do As I Say: Despite being an overall friendly fella, when it comes to whipping votes, he’s a monster. Mattox will do what it takes to get a vote passed in Congress, doing his best to remain on good terms with most of the caucus while issuing a few subtle threats to make sure that the party line is followed.
A Secret: Mattox’s wife, Virginia, had HIV in the mid-1980s. It developed into AIDs in 1994, and as she neared the end of her life, she experienced great pain. She began smoking marijuana to handle the pain and her husband hid her use of it. The three Mattox children are aware of this, but the public does not know how Virginia died nor that she used marijuana.
Loyal to His Friends: Mattox is loyal to his friends, willing to stand by them until the very end. He takes a quote from his ancestor John Mattox I to heart: “Standing by a friend regardless of the consequences often proves to be the greater good; were this not true, I would not be alive today.” Although not politically sound, it has not ruined Mattox’s career… yet.
Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever: Mattox’s family branched off in the early 1800s between the pro-segregationists and the abolitionist factions of the family. It’s a fact that John is descended from the anti-slavery wing, being named for JAM the First who left his family in Virginia due to his abolitionist beliefs. However, the pro-slavery wing is alive and well, and just as racist as ever, actively participating in the KKK. Mattox has repeatedly denounced these relatives when mentioned, but he does his best to ignore them as he (and his ancestors) have not been in contact with them since before the Civil War.
Mr. Moneybags: The good news is that Mattox isn’t corrupt and no one in his family ever has been. The bad news is that several of his ancestors made good investments that made life easier for him and his family, meaning that he is on the wealthier side of things. His tax returns show that he purposefully overpays anyways, though.

The history of the Mattox family predates the French and Indian War, with Edgar Mattox’s immigration to the Massachusetts colony in 1752 at the age of 17. Edgar’s parents were poor English farmers that had scrimped and saved so that he could move to live with Edgar’s aunt and uncle in Richmond, Virginia. Uncle William owned a print shop (as well as a plantation) and began teaching Edgar the printing trade, but when the French and Indian War began in 1754, Edgar immediately enlisted, seeing a chance to rise above his class. Edgar was placed under the command of a Lt. Colonel named George Washington. Edgar admired Washington, even after the Battle of Fort Necessity ended in defeat. For the duration of the war, Edgar trusted Washington and followed his leave. In the end, Edgar left the army as a major that still served under Washington. Uncle William and Aunt Hilda were upset that he had stayed in the army for the entire war, but they were proud to see that he had done well for himself.

For the next several years, Edgar “worked” as a plantation overseer, helping to keep the two dozen or so slaves busy. When Uncle William died in 1767, Edgar inherited the Mattox Plantation. He married and began having children in 1770, the eldest of these being Remus Mattox. When the American Revolution began in 1773, Edgar again joined the military, supporting the Patriots and again serving under Washington, who was now a general. Edgar maintained his status as a major during the war, fighting alongside Washington in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. After the war, Edgar was promoted to colonel and became a member of the Virginia legislature for a single term. He died in 1800, just a few weeks after the death of his beloved general.

With the death of his father, Remus Mattox inherited the plantation. At the age of 20, Remus found himself to be a loyal Democratic-Republican, preferring the policies of Jefferson to those of Adams; thus, he voted for the Democratic-Republicans, and later the Democrats, until his death in 1850. He lived a relatively dull life, focusing solely on building his profits and expanding the size of his plantation. He had two sons, Avery and John; it is here that the Mattox family branches off.

Avery and John were two very different men. Avery, the elder of the two, was a Jeffersonian Republican like his father. John, on the other hand, became a National Republican, then a Whig, then a Republican. John had a stronger sense of ethics and was an abolitionist. The strife between the two brothers resulted in John taking his inheritance and moving to Boston, Massachusetts. John had studied law in his youth and became a lawyer at 23; he joined a firm in Boston and built a life for himself. He raised his children to hold an eternal hatred of slavery and bigotry. This resulted in the split between the Mattox line that exists today. Despite being raised as Episcopalian, John converted to Methodism.

John married and had a son, John Jr, in 1860. John served as an active member of the local Republican Party, serving in the state legislature for the duration of the Civil War. John considered himself a Radical Republican, strongly supporting the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens, and Edwin Stanton. In 1868, he attended the Republican National Convention and proudly led the Massachusetts delegation in casting their votes for Ulysses S. Grant. John served in the legislature until he had a heart attack in 1876 as his doctor urged him to resign as he was working himself to death. John remained politically active, however, attending and hosting various Republican events in Massachusetts. He had a second heart attack in 1880, followed by another in 1881 that left him paralyzed as he fell from a second-story balcony. John died after a third and final heart attack on December 31, 1899. All of his wealth was given to his wife, son, and three daughters.

John Jr– or Amos, as he preferred– grew up during the Civil War. He was strictly raised as an anti-slavery Methodist. Like his father, he studied law and began practicing at a firm based in Boston. He married late in life (1895) and had twins, Margaret and Uther. Amos left the child-rearing to his wife and mother, spending more time in his study or in the courtroom than at home. Unlike his father, Amos was a quiet introvert, rarely saying much, leaving his words to be found in verbose essays and court papers. Amos served as a local judge from 1899 until his death in 1941. He remained a Republican for his entire life.

Uther Mattox was a banker born in 1895. He began working for the Boston Federal Reserve in 1920 after several years of college studying finance and economics at Harvard thanks to his family’s wealth. Uther considered himself a Roosevelt Progressive, generally aligning with the more progressive factions of the Republican Party. However, with the start of the Depression in 1929, he flipped entirely in favor of the Democrats. Despite not being politically active, Uther was firm in his support of Roosevelt, the New Deal, and liberalism. Like his father and grandfather, he was also a strong supporter of civil rights. Like his father, he also married later in life, opting to marry Angelica Mosely in 1948 and having his only child, a son, in 1950.


It is here that the life of John Amos Mattox III begins. As the son of Uther Mattox and Angelica Mosely, John grew up in relative prosperity, experiencing the economic prosperity of Boston’s wealthier class in the 1950s and 1960s. After graduating from high school in 1968, Mattox enlisted in the US Army against the wishes of his parents. He spent several months in training before joining several missions. Mattox was shot during a ground-based mission in January 1971 but returned to the fight a few months later. He served for the remainder of the war, coming home in May 1975.

After staying home for several months, Mattox became involved in local politics and met a member of the state legislature named Wolfe. Wolfe had a daughter named Virginia, and she married Mattox in February 1976. They had two children later that year, Laertes and Ophelia. Laertes followed his grandfather into banking before entering state politics while Ophelia became a worker for the VA. In 1979, Mattox and his wife had a second set of children, Ginevra (Ginny for short) and Arthur. Arthur was stillborn, unlike his sister. Ginny worked in Boston politics before becoming her father’s chief of staff in 2005.

Mattox first ran for political office in 1978 at the urging of his father-in-law. With the backing of local leaders and his family’s wealth, Mattox easily won his primary in a race for Congress. He focused partly on his military service but also on the policies of liberal leaders such as the Kennedys. Despite his military service, Ted Kennedy met with and later endorsed Mattox, all but assuring that he would win. Mattox has consistently been reelected to his seat every two years since then, facing only token opposition.

In 1991, Mattox was asked to serve as the Whip of the House Democratic Caucus. He readily accepted the post, happy to play his role on behalf of the nation. He maintained the friendly demeanor that he was known for, but his methods for whipping votes quickly became infamous. Though they were not openly discussed, it has been verified that Mattox has never engaged in corruption. Privately, Mattox has used various methods to make sure that members vote certain ways, with some rumors floating around that he had threatened to withhold funding or change the committees that members were on for the sake of key votes.

In 1985, Mattox learned that his wife had tested positive for HIV after a seasonal flu shot. At his wife’s request, this was not revealed to the general public. A few years later, this developed into AIDs, and the pain of her death in 1994 made him begin considering resigning from the Whip position. He opted not to, holding onto his position until 2001. He decided to step down and advocated for the selection of Abilene Wilson-Carter as his replacement.

In 2004, Mattox was tapped for the vice presidency by Senator Ward. Mattox is extremely loyal to Ward and would get involved in presidential politics at the Senator’s request. Currently, Mattox favors Martel, but just barely. Generally speaking, however, he is highly dissatisfied with the current state of affairs on the Democratic side. If a Republican was to win, Mattox has privately shared that he would prefer CHS as it is easier to work with her than most other Republicans. He has also stated publicly that Woolworth being the nominee would be the end of the Democratic Party, saying, “If the choice is a Republican or Woolworth, I’m voting for the Republican.”

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News: Richard Martin, the independent governor of Meretica's Lunar Colony, has announced a presidential bid. A centrist running on a populist platform, Martin is gaining traction on both sides of the aisle. || President Maria Flores now holds a net approval rating of -28 points as the Meretican economy has begun to collapse. After Treasury Secretary Amanda Dayton was honest about the inability of the Flores Admin to properly handle the crisis, she was fired, leaving the Treasury Department without a leader.

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Madrinpoor
Minister
 
Posts: 2231
Founded: Dec 01, 2020
Left-Leaning College State

Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:13 pm

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: John Amos Mattox III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 57 (B. 1950)
Character Height: 6’0
Character Weight: 165
Character Position/Role/Job: Congressman from MA-7 (1978-Present); Whip of the House Democratic Caucus (1991-2001); Democratic Veep Nominee 2004 (Approved by San)
Character Country/State of Birth: Massachusetts
Character State of Residence: Massachusetts
Character Party Affiliation:
Faceclaim: Al Gore
Main Strengths:
War Veteran: Despite the tradition the Democrats are “weak on defense,” Mattox served for the entirety of the Vietnam War, winning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star; it is also important to know that he enlisted and returned to fight after an injury sent him home for six months.
I Know Him: Mattox is a household name thanks to his veep nomination in 2004; he is liked by the political establishment and the people at large. He is also seen as one of the friendlier faces in Congress, having a naturally kind appeal that’s all too rare in Washington these days.
Bipartisanship is Key: Mattox sticks to the party line, but he also likes to compromise. He has worked to maintain good relationships with various Republicans such as Cassandra Hepburn-Smith in the name of national unity and bipartisanship. (He does, however, think she should just become a Democrat and be done with it.)
A Real American: Mattox has Native American ancestry from his mother’s side– she was half Cherokee. He is not an active member of the Cherokee Nation, but his mother and sisters are. He is nonetheless proud of his heritage despite his inactivity and has frequently sponsored or cosponsored pro-Native American legislation.

Main Weaknesses:
Nepotism: Mattox’s daughter Ginny serves as his chief of staff; his son Richard is in the state legislature. Were he to leave Congress, they are both seen as top contenders for the Democratic nomination– and thus take the seat successfully.
Do As I Say: Despite being an overall friendly fella, when it comes to whipping votes, he’s a monster. Mattox will do what it takes to get a vote passed in Congress, doing his best to remain on good terms with most of the caucus while issuing a few subtle threats to make sure that the party line is followed.
A Secret: Mattox’s wife, Virginia, had HIV in the mid-1980s. It developed into AIDs in 1994, and as she neared the end of her life, she experienced great pain. She began smoking marijuana to handle the pain and her husband hid her use of it. The three Mattox children are aware of this, but the public does not know how Virginia died nor that she used marijuana.
Loyal to His Friends: Mattox is loyal to his friends, willing to stand by them until the very end. He takes a quote from his ancestor John Mattox I to heart: “Standing by a friend regardless of the consequences often proves to be the greater good; were this not true, I would not be alive today.” Although not politically sound, it has not ruined Mattox’s career… yet.
Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever: Mattox’s family branched off in the early 1800s between the pro-segregationists and the abolitionist factions of the family. It’s a fact that John is descended from the anti-slavery wing, being named for JAM the First who left his family in Virginia due to his abolitionist beliefs. However, the pro-slavery wing is alive and well, and just as racist as ever, actively participating in the KKK. Mattox has repeatedly denounced these relatives when mentioned, but he does his best to ignore them as he (and his ancestors) have not been in contact with them since before the Civil War.
Mr. Moneybags: The good news is that Mattox isn’t corrupt and no one in his family ever has been. The bad news is that several of his ancestors made good investments that made life easier for him and his family, meaning that he is on the wealthier side of things. His tax returns show that he purposefully overpays anyways, though.

The history of the Mattox family predates the French and Indian War, with Edgar Mattox’s immigration to the Massachusetts colony in 1752 at the age of 17. Edgar’s parents were poor English farmers that had scrimped and saved so that he could move to live with Edgar’s aunt and uncle in Richmond, Virginia. Uncle William owned a print shop (as well as a plantation) and began teaching Edgar the printing trade, but when the French and Indian War began in 1754, Edgar immediately enlisted, seeing a chance to rise above his class. Edgar was placed under the command of a Lt. Colonel named George Washington. Edgar admired Washington, even after the Battle of Fort Necessity ended in defeat. For the duration of the war, Edgar trusted Washington and followed his leave. In the end, Edgar left the army as a major that still served under Washington. Uncle William and Aunt Hilda were upset that he had stayed in the army for the entire war, but they were proud to see that he had done well for himself.

For the next several years, Edgar “worked” as a plantation overseer, helping to keep the two dozen or so slaves busy. When Uncle William died in 1767, Edgar inherited the Mattox Plantation. He married and began having children in 1770, the eldest of these being Remus Mattox. When the American Revolution began in 1773, Edgar again joined the military, supporting the Patriots and again serving under Washington, who was now a general. Edgar maintained his status as a major during the war, fighting alongside Washington in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. After the war, Edgar was promoted to colonel and became a member of the Virginia legislature for a single term. He died in 1800, just a few weeks after the death of his beloved general.

With the death of his father, Remus Mattox inherited the plantation. At the age of 20, Remus found himself to be a loyal Democratic-Republican, preferring the policies of Jefferson to those of Adams; thus, he voted for the Democratic-Republicans, and later the Democrats, until his death in 1850. He lived a relatively dull life, focusing solely on building his profits and expanding the size of his plantation. He had two sons, Avery and John; it is here that the Mattox family branches off.

Avery and John were two very different men. Avery, the elder of the two, was a Jeffersonian Republican like his father. John, on the other hand, became a National Republican, then a Whig, then a Republican. John had a stronger sense of ethics and was an abolitionist. The strife between the two brothers resulted in John taking his inheritance and moving to Boston, Massachusetts. John had studied law in his youth and became a lawyer at 23; he joined a firm in Boston and built a life for himself. He raised his children to hold an eternal hatred of slavery and bigotry. This resulted in the split between the Mattox line that exists today. Despite being raised as Episcopalian, John converted to Methodism.

John married and had a son, John Jr, in 1860. John served as an active member of the local Republican Party, serving in the state legislature for the duration of the Civil War. John considered himself a Radical Republican, strongly supporting the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens, and Edwin Stanton. In 1868, he attended the Republican National Convention and proudly led the Massachusetts delegation in casting their votes for Ulysses S. Grant. John served in the legislature until he had a heart attack in 1876 as his doctor urged him to resign as he was working himself to death. John remained politically active, however, attending and hosting various Republican events in Massachusetts. He had a second heart attack in 1880, followed by another in 1881 that left him paralyzed as he fell from a second-story balcony. John died after a third and final heart attack on December 31, 1899. All of his wealth was given to his wife, son, and three daughters.

John Jr– or Amos, as he preferred– grew up during the Civil War. He was strictly raised as an anti-slavery Methodist. Like his father, he studied law and began practicing at a firm based in Boston. He married late in life (1895) and had twins, Margaret and Uther. Amos left the child-rearing to his wife and mother, spending more time in his study or in the courtroom than at home. Unlike his father, Amos was a quiet introvert, rarely saying much, leaving his words to be found in verbose essays and court papers. Amos served as a local judge from 1899 until his death in 1941. He remained a Republican for his entire life.

Uther Mattox was a banker born in 1895. He began working for the Boston Federal Reserve in 1920 after several years of college studying finance and economics at Harvard thanks to his family’s wealth. Uther considered himself a Roosevelt Progressive, generally aligning with the more progressive factions of the Republican Party. However, with the start of the Depression in 1929, he flipped entirely in favor of the Democrats. Despite not being politically active, Uther was firm in his support of Roosevelt, the New Deal, and liberalism. Like his father and grandfather, he was also a strong supporter of civil rights. Like his father, he also married later in life, opting to marry Angelica Mosely in 1948 and having his only child, a son, in 1950.


It is here that the life of John Amos Mattox III begins. As the son of Uther Mattox and Angelica Mosely, John grew up in relative prosperity, experiencing the economic prosperity of Boston’s wealthier class in the 1950s and 1960s. After graduating from high school in 1968, Mattox enlisted in the US Army against the wishes of his parents. He spent several months in training before joining several missions. Mattox was shot during a ground-based mission in January 1971 but returned to the fight a few months later. He served for the remainder of the war, coming home in May 1975.

After staying home for several months, Mattox became involved in local politics and met a member of the state legislature named Wolfe. Wolfe had a daughter named Virginia, and she married Mattox in February 1976. They had two children later that year, Laertes and Ophelia. Laertes followed his grandfather into banking before entering state politics while Ophelia became a worker for the VA. In 1979, Mattox and his wife had a second set of children, Ginevra (Ginny for short) and Arthur. Arthur was stillborn, unlike his sister. Ginny worked in Boston politics before becoming her father’s chief of staff in 2005.

Mattox first ran for political office in 1978 at the urging of his father-in-law. With the backing of local leaders and his family’s wealth, Mattox easily won his primary in a race for Congress. He focused partly on his military service but also on the policies of liberal leaders such as the Kennedys. Despite his military service, Ted Kennedy met with and later endorsed Mattox, all but assuring that he would win. Mattox has consistently been reelected to his seat every two years since then, facing only token opposition.

In 1991, Mattox was asked to serve as the Whip of the House Democratic Caucus. He readily accepted the post, happy to play his role on behalf of the nation. He maintained the friendly demeanor that he was known for, but his methods for whipping votes quickly became infamous. Though they were not openly discussed, it has been verified that Mattox has never engaged in corruption. Privately, Mattox has used various methods to make sure that members vote certain ways, with some rumors floating around that he had threatened to withhold funding or change the committees that members were on for the sake of key votes.

In 1985, Mattox learned that his wife had tested positive for HIV after a seasonal flu shot. At his wife’s request, this was not revealed to the general public. A few years later, this developed into AIDs, and the pain of her death in 1994 made him begin considering resigning from the Whip position. He opted not to, holding onto his position until 2001. He decided to step down and advocated for the selection of Abilene Wilson-Carter as his replacement.

In 2004, Mattox was tapped for the vice presidency by Senator Ward. Mattox is extremely loyal to Ward and would get involved in presidential politics at the Senator’s request. Currently, Mattox favors Martel, but just barely. Generally speaking, however, he is highly dissatisfied with the current state of affairs on the Democratic side. If a Republican was to win, Mattox has privately shared that he would prefer CHS as it is easier to work with her than most other Republicans. He has also stated publicly that Woolworth being the nominee would be the end of the Democratic Party, saying, “If the choice is a Republican or Woolworth, I’m voting for the Republican.”

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Madrinpoor wrote:Looks great so far:

1. How did he get into politics?
2. The 21st in 2007 was based around Albany, the 23rd was roughly were the 21st is today — the Albany area it used to be in was pretty Democratic, definitely too much for Havek's views IMO.

1. He was brought on as a consultant for the Reagan campaign and stuck around in the political landscape.
2. I'll make the edit to change it to the 23rd district.

Glad to know my character is looking good so far. :)
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Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 08, 2022 5:50 pm

Sutalia wrote:
Madrinpoor wrote:Looks great so far:

1. How did he get into politics?
2. The 21st in 2007 was based around Albany, the 23rd was roughly were the 21st is today — the Albany area it used to be in was pretty Democratic, definitely too much for Havek's views IMO.

1. He was brought on as a consultant for the Reagan campaign and stuck around in the political landscape.
2. I'll make the edit to change it to the 23rd district.

Glad to know my character is looking good so far. :)

Alright, can you just put a blurb about getting into politics into the app? Other than that, I think I'm ready to approve it! :)
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Postby Sutalia » Fri Apr 08, 2022 6:02 pm

Madrinpoor wrote:
Sutalia wrote:1. He was brought on as a consultant for the Reagan campaign and stuck around in the political landscape.
2. I'll make the edit to change it to the 23rd district.

Glad to know my character is looking good so far. :)

Alright, can you just put a blurb about getting into politics into the app? Other than that, I think I'm ready to approve it! :)

I inserted a short blurb in the second paragraph of the bio. I look forward to joining the fray!
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Postby Prince Kropotkin » Fri Apr 08, 2022 6:08 pm

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Internet Tax Fairness Act of 2007

A BILL
To permanently extend the moratorium on certain taxes relating to the Internet and to electronic commerce and limit the extent to which States may tax the compensation earned by nonresident telecommuters.

Sponsor: Regan Storm [R-CT-4]
Senate Sponsors:
House Sponsors: Tommy Sommo [R-NY-1], Jack Claassen [R-TN-1]


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Internet Tax Fairness Act of 2007".

SECTION 2: Limitation on State taxation of compensation earned by nonresident telecommuters.
    Prohibits a state from imposing an income tax on the compensation of a nonresident individual for any period in which such individual is not physically present in or working in such state or from deeming such nonresident individual to be present in or working in such state on the grounds that: (1) such individual is present at or working at home for convenience; or (2) such individual's work at home fails any convenience of the employer test or any similar test.

SECTION 3: Permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.
    The Internet Tax Freedom Act is amended to be made permanent rather than expiring in November 2007.

SECTION 4: Grandfather provisions.
    The grandfather provisions of the Internet Tax Freedom Act are inapplicable if the state with a grandfather claim has repealed or otherwise nullified its tax laws at any point prior to the passage of this Act.
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Internet Tax Fairness Act of 2007

A BILL
To permanently extend the moratorium on certain taxes relating to the Internet and to electronic commerce and limit the extent to which States may tax the compensation earned by nonresident telecommuters.

Sponsor: Regan Storm [R-CT-4]
Senate Sponsors:
House Sponsors:


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Internet Tax Fairness Act of 2007".

SECTION 2: Limitation on State taxation of compensation earned by nonresident telecommuters.
    Prohibits a state from imposing an income tax on the compensation of a nonresident individual for any period in which such individual is not physically present in or working in such state or from deeming such nonresident individual to be present in or working in such state on the grounds that: (1) such individual is present at or working at home for convenience; or (2) such individual's work at home fails any convenience of the employer test or any similar test.

SECTION 3: Permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.
    The Internet Tax Freedom Act is amended to be made permanent rather than expiring in November 2007.

SECTION 4: Grandfather provisions.
    The grandfather provisions of the Internet Tax Freedom Act are inapplicable if the state with a grandfather claim has repealed or otherwise nullified its tax laws at any point prior to the passage of this Act.

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MEAD Act and the corruption bill will be shared tomorrow. Plan to officially submit them to the docket on Monday.
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When will that happen in the new timeline? I'm back in DC the same day and want to get to work.

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Postby Kavanis » Sat Apr 09, 2022 12:33 am

Prince Kropotkin wrote:Internet Tax Fairness Act of 2007

Jack Claassen (R–TN–1) will cosponsor.
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New Luciannova wrote:When will that happen in the new timeline? I'm back in DC the same day and want to get to work.

What do you mean
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The MEAD Act
A BILL
To provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs, and to protect the environment.

Sponsor: Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Senate Sponsors: -
House Sponsors: Abilene Wilson-Carter, Greg Shields

Total Expense: $46.5 Billion

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
This Act may be cited as the "Modern Economic Aid and Development Act."

SECTION 2: References and Enactment
Except as expressly provided otherwise, any reference to “this Act” contained in any subtitle of this Act shall be treated as referring only to the provisions of that subtitle. This Act shall go into effect on January 3, 2009.

SECTION 3: Severability
If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 4: Buy American
All of the things purchased by the American government for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in America, with manufactured items coming from small businesses if possible. This can be excused if the head of a federal department/program that approves purchases submits a letter requesting an exemption to Congress to be approved by the House. Additionally, large businesses and corporations are encouraged to promote competition with smaller businesses without taking them over or attacking them.

SECTION 4: Wage Rate and Employee Protection Requirements
Notwithstanding any other provision of law and in a manner consistent with other provisions in this Act, all laborers, and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the federal government according to this Act shall be paid wages at rates not less than $6.55 and adjusted every two years for inflation. The Secretary of Labor shall also be able to request wage increases every four years. An additional $1 billion in funds shall be used to assist small businesses with the wage increase.

SECTION 5: Extension of Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits shall expire at the end of 252 business days.

SECTION 6: Construction Plans
Immediately on the passage of this bill into law, the many Secretaries that oversee the Departments of Labor, Housing & Urban Development, Energy, Transportation, Treasury, Interior, and Commerce shall receive funds that shall be jointly allocated to the Departments to be spent to improve roads, build additional housing facilities, create new jobs, support small businesses, and boost the American economy. Departments found not to be compliant with Section 4 (excluding necessary exceptions) shall be considered to violate federal law and will be considered to have committed a high crime or misdemeanor, thus resulting in a fine not exceeding the misuse of funds times two and up to a year in jail time. $500 million of funding shall be set aside as a precautionary measure in case there are needs for any civil or criminal suits.

Section 7: Small Business Tax Cuts
Small businesses shall have their earnings taxed less; the first calendar year that this act is in effect shall see a 1% decrease, and it shall decrease by an additional 1% until small business taxes are 10% lower.

Section 8: Increased SBA Funding
An additional $45 billion shall be set aside to increase funding for the Small Business Administration.
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Postby Hopal » Sat Apr 09, 2022 4:33 pm

Meretica wrote:
The MEAD Act
A BILL
To provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs, and to protect the environment.

Sponsor: Senator Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Senate Sponsors: -
House Sponsors: Abilene Wilson-Carter

Total Expense: $46.5 Billion

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
This Act may be cited as the "Modern Economic Aid and Development Act."

SECTION 2: References
Except as expressly provided otherwise, any reference to “this Act” contained in any subtitle of this Act shall be treated as referring only to the provisions of that subtitle.

SECTION 3: Severability
If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 4: Buy American
All of the things purchased by the American government for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in America, preferably from small businesses. This can be excused if the head of a federal department/program that approves purchases submits a letter requesting an exemption to Congress to be approved by the House.

SECTION 4: Wage Rate and Employee Protection Requirements
Notwithstanding any other provision of law and in a manner consistent with other provisions in this Act, all laborers, and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the federal government according to this Act shall be paid wages at rates not less than $6.55 and adjusted every two years for inflation. The Secretary of Labor shall also be able to request wage increases every four years. An additional $1 billion in funds shall be used to assist small businesses with the wage increase.

SECTION 5: Extension of Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits shall expire at the end of 252 business days.

SECTION 6: Construction Plans
Immediately on the passage of this bill into law, the many Secretaries that oversee the Departments of Labor, Housing & Urban Development, Energy, Transportation, Treasury, Interior, and Commerce shall receive funds that shall be jointly allocated to the Departments to be spent to improve roads, build additional housing facilities, create new jobs, support small businesses, and boost the American economy. Departments found not to be compliant with Section 4 (excluding necessary exceptions) shall be considered to violate federal law and will be considered to have committed a high crime or misdemeanor, thus resulting in a fine not exceeding the misuse of funds times two and up to a year in jail time. $500 million of funding shall be set aside as a precautionary measure in case there are needs for any civil or criminal suits.

Section 7: Small Business Tax Cuts
Small businesses shall have their earnings taxed less; the first calendar year that this act is in effect shall see a 1% decrease, and it shall decrease by an additional 1% until small business taxes are 10% lower.

Section 8: Increased SBA Funding
An additional $45 billion shall be set aside to increase funding for the Small Business Administration.

Greg Shields will co-sponsor.
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