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

Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 15, 2022 8:47 am

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Madrinpoor wrote:Announcement

Iowa Lincoln Dinner (a very important occasion for the GOP, anyone not going will be viewed as snubbing it, unless that's your character's intent) is happening next IRL week, on the IC date of April 22nd.

The Lincoln Dinner is a Republican tradition and fundraiser, everybody (governors to presidential candidates) will be invited. It will be a great opportunity to have characters communicate with others in an informal setting, with no meetings or agendas, just personal stuff. It will help you get to know your characters OOC, and get to know other characters IC. It will also be a place to see the current standings of everybody in the party — who speaks, who doesn't, who isn't even invited.

The equivalent for the Democrats is the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, which will happen later in the year, in November.


I'll have a post up sometime next irl week then. THanks for shifting the day due to it running into the VA Tech Issue and Debate. Are we simply to attend or deliver addresses?

Just attend, a couple party bigwigs will be scheduled for speeches
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Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 15, 2022 8:47 am

Mareadmonte wrote:When would be a good time for Woolworth's barbecue?

I'm not sure. How long do you think it will take IRL?
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Meretica
Senator
 
Posts: 4159
Founded: Nov 16, 2019
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Meretica » Fri Apr 15, 2022 10:36 am

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NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Amos “Mose” Hammond
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 39
Character Height: 5’8”
Character Weight: 159 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Political Reporter for The New York Times
Character Country/State of Birth: Arizona
Character State of Residence: Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican– er, I mean, he’s a reporter! He’s nonpartisan, of course!
Faceclaim: John Vause
Main Strengths and Weaknesses:
Stubborn as a Mule: Mose will do whatever it takes to get his story, no matter how many times he has to ask his question. Several politicians have compared him to a petulant child, with some southern members of Congress calling him a mosquito. His bosses, on the other hand, love him.
Liked by the People, Not the Pols: While the aforementioned politicians dislike him, Hammond is generally liked by the people that read his articles. His style of writing is easy for them to comprehend, and his snarky way of writing appeals to them.
Crucified on a Cross of Gold: Mose is a right-wing populist, but not in the sense that you would think. He believes that the views that are accepted by the majority of people should be put into place, but with a conservative system. He acknowledges that his views would not be put into place under this system as few true Goldwaterites remain.
Always After a Good Story: Hammond travels a lot, and while the NYT covers a lot of his expenses, he’s very rarely home and often sleeps on buses and trains while chasing after politicians, leaving him to be a bit grimy at times. He often looks half-dead because of this, but that’s okay– the stories that he chases after are worth it, 100%.
Always the Cynic: Mose is extremely pessimistic, leading him to be a cynic. This does little for the people that know him personally, but the people who read his articles? They gobble it up all the more because the best kind of news is bad news. Just ask Congressman Gunsley!

Biography: Amos Hammond was born on January 19 in 1968 to Marietta Carlson and James Hammond Jr. Mose was born in Goldwater country and raised to support Barry Goldwater 100%. Though he never wanted to be politically involved himself, he did take an interest in journalism from an early age and at 16 worked for The Arizona Republic to sell papers at his parents’ hardware store. In high school, he was an active member of the newspaper staff, though he was not able to write as many opinion pieces as he liked. He did, however, get the chance to write about local, state, national, and international news whenever he could.

Hammond turned 18 in 1986, supporting Ronald Reagan in the primaries and the general as all Goldwaterites did. Hammond, unlike others, was a true Goldwaterite, supporting libertarianism rather than conservatism. He attended UA Tuscan for four years and studied journalism, earning a bachelor’s degree; he also earned an associate’s degree in political science, thereby solidifying his plans to be a political journalist. He worked at The Arizona Republic from 1990 to 1999, when he was invited to work for The New York Times as a political journalist. Hammond did not intend to stay at the Times, but he came to love his work.

In 2000, Hammond moved to Arlington, Virginia, so that he could more closely cover the presidential race. He voted for Cassandra Hepburn-Smith in 2002 but came to dislike her the longer that she stayed in the Senate. He has not supported her campaign though he does like her views on unifying America, writing in some of his notes that she would “make a decent if forgettable vice president, even as the first woman to hold the office.” He had been attracted to Putnam, but now that the Virginia Tech Shooting has happened, he is uncertain of whether or not his libertarian views are the way to go. Currently, he has toyed with the idea of voting for all the candidates based solely on how fun the articles he would get to write would be.

Since 1984, Hammond has voted in every presidential election. He voted for Reagan then, followed by Cush Senior, Perot, Perot, Cush Jr., and Cush Jr. Therefore, he has voted for right-wing candidates solidly since 1984.

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Dentali
Postmaster of the Fleet
 
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Dentali » Fri Apr 15, 2022 11:26 am

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NS Nation Name: Dentali
Character Name: Elliot James Cragie
Character Gender: M
Character Age: Born April 1947 (Age 60)
Character Height: 5’10”
Character Weight: 210 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congressman Georgia 2nd since 1996, Democratic Caucus Chairman
Character Country/State of Birth: Georgia
Character State of Residence: Georgia
Character Party Affiliation: D
Faceclaim: Rob Portman
Main Strengths: Blue Collar Background, intimate knowledge of Congress, reliable reputation, Culturally conservative, strong ties to the African American community
Main Weaknesses: Lacks ideological pinning, lacks money, increasingly red state, Culturally conservative
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)

Elliot James Cragie was born in 1947 in a small West Georgian town in the postwar baby boom. His father, a WW2 veteran, now worked at US Steel, while his mother was a homemaker and town seamstress. He was the second oldest of 5 children and spent his youth alongside his brother getting up before dawn to start one of their many jobs around the town, delivering papers, milking cows, running errands, anything to make a buck. He was no genius but worked incredibly hard in school, pulling all-nighters and earning good marks again and again. This combined with his exceptional work ethic and a Basketball Scholarship allowed him to be the first in his family to attend college, and in 1965 he began studying pre-law at Georgia Southwestern College.
During his third year studying pre-law he would be drafted into the military and would serve at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina in a non-combat role until 1970. His service was uneventful but he kept up his strong work ethic and impressed many of his superiors and peers. During this time he would also meet Abigail Penrose who lived in a town just outside the Fort, they would marry in 1970 just one week after his tour ended. In 1970 after his time in the military ended Elliot returned to Georgia Southwestern College, and graduated in the top 15% of his class.

From there he attended Mercer University from 1972 to 1975, working nights at a local diner to pay room and board. Between Ft. Bragg and Mercer University, Elliot had a great deal of exposure to African Americans and the civil rights movement and became interested in politics. After graduating in 1975 he served for 2 years as Staff Counsel for Senator Sam Nunn, a Moderate Democrat for Georgia. In 1976 Elliot and Abigail welcomed their first child, Rose.

Once again impressing with his ability, drive, work ethic, and ability to make positive impressions he was made an assistant US Attorney in Western Georgia in 1977. After serving and developing a reputation for toughness and fairness he ran as a Democrat for the open Georgia 2nd Congressional seat and lost a surprising close primary.

With his children growing up and his mother ill he decided it was time to focus on securing his family's future and he took a position at a private law firm. Between 1980 and 1992 he once again became known for his firm but fair conduct, as well as a tireless work ethic and was finally able to provide his family a comfortable life, and made many ties with poor African Americans in the region who he often would represent pro bono. All the while however he remained heavily involved in Georgia politics, advising, financing and supporting local democrats who supported civil rights and in 1991 was an early supporter of Clifford.

In 1993 with a Democratic President finally in the White House, he was appointed the US District Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia by a unanimous voice vote. In 1994 he would prosecute the case against former KKK members who had bombed a church in the early 70s. A high profile trial in front of a Grand Jury, Elliot Cragie got a life sentence for multiple members of the KKK. His strong reputation and newfound fame prompted local democrats to draft him to run in the Georgia 2nd after the incumbent Democrat was forced out. Buoyed by record African American turnout in his district Elliot was elected in 1992.

He established himself as a Moderate “New Democrat” and Clifford loyalist, he joined the house negotiations team on the deal with Republicans on the budget surplus in 1997. In ‘98 he was able to force a Congressional coalition to pressure Clifford into brokering the Good Friday Agreement, and in 1999 he proudly voted against repealing Glass Steagall.

During the Cush Administration he turned into a party warrior, albeit a more moderate one, fighting the tax Cuts of the Cush administration tooth and nail and successfully convincing a number of colleagues to do the same. In 2002 he did vote in favor of the Iraq war, swayed in large part by Senator Clifford on the matter, and was the leading House member on the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of ‘02.

In the 2004 Presidential election he joined those pressuring Senator Clifford to run for President, but after he was rebuffed he endorsed (Not-Edwards) later helping heal the party after a contentious primary and giving a well received speech at the convention about improving education for the working class. That same year he spoke out against the Constitutional Amendement that would ban same sex marriage though stopped short of coming out in favor himself. And in 2004 his son Robert was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives.

In 2005 he was instrumental in instituting the “Six for 06 Agenda”, specifically convincing Democrats in the South to get on board with the proposals, though some of his pet projects such as the federalization of Iraq fell by the wayside. After the wins in ‘06 and his demonstrated ability to convince his fellow Congressman to see things his way, he was made the House Majority Whip.




Elliot Cragie has proven time and again to be an egoless man, an incredibly hard and respected worker, and someone who truly had his finger on the pulse of Congress. He knew each member and their needs, he knew the districts almost as good as they did, and he knew how to make bills seem like they were in the best interest of individual members. He has also maintained strong personal relationships across the aisle, and socially finds himself closer to many culturally conservative members of Congress rather than those he aligns with more ideologically, often privately disdaining “Coastal Elitism” though he’d never say so in public.



Other Info: established liberal stances on health care, organized labor and environmental conservation issues, based on his legislative actions as well as evaluations and ratings by pertinent interest groups

Despite his opposition to partial-birth abortion, Cragieis regarded as pro-abortion rights, as shown by his high ratings from Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America and low rating from the National Right to Life Committee

Cragie has opposed legislation to increase offshore drilling for oil or natural gas. Instead, he has promoted use of nuclear energy as an cheaper alternative to fossil fuels than wind and solar energy.

Chair of Energy and Commerce Committee
Supports School vouchers


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Mareadmonte
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Founded: Jan 22, 2022
Corporate Bordello

Postby Mareadmonte » Fri Apr 15, 2022 12:36 pm

Madrinpoor wrote:
Mareadmonte wrote:When would be a good time for Woolworth's barbecue?

I'm not sure. How long do you think it will take IRL?


Depends on how many characters attend, but no more than 12 hours IC.

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Madrinpoor
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 15, 2022 12:50 pm

Mareadmonte wrote:
Madrinpoor wrote:I'm not sure. How long do you think it will take IRL?


Depends on how many characters attend, but no more than 12 hours IC.

You could do it this week IRL if you want.
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Hanovereich
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Postby Hanovereich » Fri Apr 15, 2022 1:16 pm

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NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Henry P. Gallagher
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 53
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 75kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Secretary of State (2004-) | Coordinator for Counterterrorism (2000-2004) | Senator for Kentucky (1996-2000) | US Ambassador to the UK (1990-1994) | Trade Attaché to the UK (1988-1990) | First Lieutenant, 2nd Marine Division (1975-1985)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kentucky
Character State of Residence: Kentucky
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim:
Main Strengths: Very charismatic, strong fundraising/voter base, regarded as an expert on foreign affairs
Main Weaknesses: Little experience on domestic affairs, seen as out of touch with the public with the Iraq War
Biography: Henry Patrick Gallagher was born on 11 January 1954, in Louisville, to James Gallagher, the director of the Kentucky Derby, and Emily Gallagher, a teacher of physics at the University of Kentucky. His father had been exempt from the draft on medical grounds, but Henry was fascinated by military history and, in particular, the Marines. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce. After that, he joined the Marines as an officer, and was first stationed at Camp Lejeune in recon and surveillance training. In 1983, he was sent to Lebanon as part of their peacekeeping force, where he gained the Commendation Medal and a promotion for defending his platoon whilst under fire in a local store in Beirut.

After leaving the Marines, he joined the Diplomatic Service and became trade attaché to Kuwait. He then became ambassador to Kuwait in 1990, where he was the primary point of communication between the Kuwaiti and US governments in the Gulf War, often visiting war-torn cities himself. He also stirred some controversy when it was revealed that he had taken part in combat himself, with his old unit, the 2nd Marines. He then left the Service in 1994, with a solid record and some fame in the newspapers for his role in the Gulf War. He gained the Republican nomination for the Senate in Kentucky, and won with 68% of the vote.

As Senator, he unsuccessfully tried to loosen gun control laws in his first bill, in the belief that gun control laws weren't the problem; police powers (or, rather, the lack thereof) were. However, after the Heath High School shooting in Kentucky, he increased police powers to let police put people under surveillance if they deem the person "a risk to others due to their mental health" (foreshadowing?!). He has consistently argued for more police powers over tighter gun controls.

He also co-sponsored a bill strengthening the military, and amending the Posse Comitatus Act to allow 'the deployment of forces of the United States Armed Forces as a posse comitatus in the case of an imminent threat or danger to the national security of the United States [...] whether or not there is an imminent threat or danger to the national security of the United States will be decided by the President of the United States, and other persons as the President may direct'. In short, the military could be used in the US if the President deemed it necessary. The bill was controversial as it went against the well-established principles that the military was not the police.

Despite getting his name in the news frequently for these bills, Gallagher did not try to sponsor any social or economic bills, instead focusing on foreign policy.

After leaving the Senate in 2000, Gallagher supported Cush in the primaries and the election, and became Coordinator for Counterterrorism. His first big task came on 9/11, and he was criticized for ignoring briefs about a possible attack months before 9/11. After this, Gallagher decided to try to be seen as more tough on terrorism. He was one of the first on the scene at the World Trade Centre, then rushed back to the Pentagon for a briefing, arriving just minutes after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it.

He was one of the strongest advocates for the invasion of Afghanistan, and began to combat further terrorism in the US. However, many officials privately disliked Gallagher, for trying to control the national security policy; his public image, however, improved along with many others' in the Cush administration. He was the first to propose an Iraq War, in mid-2002, and his proposals were accepted and implemented on 20 March 2003. After this, he was nominated for Secretary of State a few months before the 2004 election, and was confirmed. Some have speculated that he was only appointed to make Cush seem tougher; Gallagher was one of the people who staunchly defended the War on Terror.

Gallagher became Secretary of State at a time when the Iraq War was slowing down, the resistance to the coalition was getting more intense and bigger, and the ambush of a convoy carrying food caterers and PMCs. He had to convince countries to continue deploying forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gallagher visited Iraq twice during 2004, and announced an expansion of the Bureau of Counterterrorism, his old bureau, and established the Office for the War on Terror, where the State Department's role in the War on Terror would be centralised in one office.

Gallagher visited Iraq 4 times between 2005 and 2007, and Afghanistan twice. As the war got more unpopular, Gallagher was one of the most prominent people to defend the war. When Hurricane Katrina hit, he was criticized for refusing large aid packages from Cuba; he defended his decision, although his popularity dived over this.

Gallagher is now trying to improve his popularity when his support for the Iraq War is lowering his credibility in the eyes of the public. He has tried to rectify this by focusing on other affairs, mainly Russia and China, but the public is not fooled. This stopped him from becoming a presidential candidate in 2004, and his future is still unclear.

Other Info:
Opposes: same-sex marriage; affirmative action; tighter gun controls; Medicaid and related programs
Supports: more police powers; tighter immigration regulations, except for refugees; War on Terror

Thomas Gallagher, his brother, joined the Marines with him, rose to Major, and is now a CIA analyst in India

William Gallagher, his brother, also joined the Marines with him and is now a journalist for CNN working in Israel

Oscar Gallagher, a cousin on his father's side, is currently Deputy Head of Global Banking at the Bank of America and a former President of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland

Commander Cameron Gallagher, his paternal grandfather, was briefly ADC to Admiral William Sims, commander of naval forces in Europe in World War I

Ross Gallagher Jr., his great-grandfather, was Minister Resident to the Ottoman Empire

Ross Gallagher Sr., his great-great-grandfather, was a Colonel in the Confederate Army, but later switched to the Union

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Was a Marine, got Commendation Medal. Became trade attaché and then Ambassador to the UK, got some fame for his role in Gulf War. Left diplomacy for the Senate; sponsored a law to put people under surveillance if they are a risk due to mental health (foreshadowing?!). Then left Senate for State Department as Coordinator for Counterterrorism- criticized for ignoring warnings about 9/11. Defended War on Terror (and still does). Became Secretary of State, visited Iraq and Afghanistan, defended the war when it got unpopular. Now his popularity is taking hits due to the War on Terror.
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Madrinpoor
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Postby Madrinpoor » Fri Apr 15, 2022 1:26 pm

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NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Henry P. Gallagher
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 53
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 75kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Secretary of State (2000-) | Senator for West Virginia (1992-1998) | US Ambassador to the UK (1984-1990) | First Lieutenant, Marine Raiders Regiment (1975-1980)
Character Country/State of Birth: West Virginia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim:
Main Strengths: Very charismatic, strong fundraising/voter base, regarded as an expert on foreign affairs
Main Weaknesses: Little experience on domestic affairs, seen as out of touch with the public with the Iraq War
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Other Info:

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Believe it or not WV actually had two Dem senators at this time. May I suggest Kentucky?
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Anarchy

Postby Kargintinia » Fri Apr 15, 2022 1:47 pm

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Henry P. Gallagher
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 53
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 75kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Secretary of State (2000-) | Senator for West Virginia (1992-1998) | US Ambassador to the UK (1984-1990) | First Lieutenant, Marine Raiders Regiment (1975-1980)
Character Country/State of Birth: West Virginia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim:
Main Strengths: Very charismatic, strong fundraising/voter base, regarded as an expert on foreign affairs
Main Weaknesses: Little experience on domestic affairs, seen as out of touch with the public with the Iraq War
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Other Info:

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Marine Raiders did not exist in the 70s or 80s. They existed during WW2 and were not re-activated until 2006.

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Postby Hanovereich » Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:42 am

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Character Application and Information Sheet


NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Henry P. Gallagher
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 53
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 75kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Secretary of State (2000-) | Senator for West Virginia (1992-1998) | US Ambassador to the UK (1984-1990) | First Lieutenant, Marine Raiders Regiment (1975-1980)
Character Country/State of Birth: West Virginia
Character State of Residence: West Virginia
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim:
Main Strengths: Very charismatic, strong fundraising/voter base, regarded as an expert on foreign affairs
Main Weaknesses: Little experience on domestic affairs, seen as out of touch with the public with the Iraq War
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Other Info:

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Marine Raiders did not exist in the 70s or 80s. They existed during WW2 and were not re-activated until 2006.


Thanks for noticing that oversight- I'll fix it.
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Attaché
 
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Prince Kropotkin » Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:04 am

OK, having got over my little strop, there is at last something happening in Congress so I will sign back in, but I would still like to make a new character, even if only temporarily until the game roster grows a bit.

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Madrinpoor
Minister
 
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Madrinpoor » Sat Apr 16, 2022 9:25 am

Prince Kropotkin wrote:OK, having got over my little strop, there is at last something happening in Congress so I will sign back in, but I would still like to make a new character, even if only temporarily until the game roster grows a bit.

Sure, no problem. You can have more than one btw
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Hanovereich
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Postby Hanovereich » Sat Apr 16, 2022 9:31 am

All done with Gallagher!
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Postby Madrinpoor » Sat Apr 16, 2022 11:20 am

Hanovereich wrote:All done with Gallagher!

Nice! Let's see!
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Postby Providence Rock » Sat Apr 16, 2022 4:43 pm

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NS Nation Name: Providence Rock
Character Name: Matthias Dolan
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 49
Character Height: 5'10"
Character Weight: 165 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congressman (RI-02)
Character Country/State of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island
Character State of Residence: Warwick, Rhode Island
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Evan Bayh
Main Strengths: Reputation as honest and principled, scandal-free almost squeaky clean, connects with people even if they disagree, "Christ-like" in his compassion, he can show empathy without compromising his ground, devout, has blue collar routes and connects to the "Dunkin Donuts Democrats" and "lunchpail liberals" (i.e. senior citizens, minorities, union members, working class people)
Main Weaknesses: a bit "too devout" for his liberal district, his stances are heavily guided by faith making him increasingly distrusted by Democrats
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Matthias Dolan was born in Providence in 1958 and raised by devout, hard working, working-class people. His father was a dock worker in Providence and his mother was a waitress at a diner. He loved Sunday, because it was the only day his parents did not work and he was able to see them. He came to love going to church from a young age because of that. Matthias was a good student and was very outgoing, friendly, altruistic, and well-behaved. He earned a number of scholarships for academics and need and was able to afford to enroll in College at University of Rhode Island, transferring to Providence College after one year. He returned to University of Rhode Island, hoping to become a teacher. He taught at a Jesuit School in Warwick. While the Jesuit preachers taught religious education, Dolan taught social studies and English. He married a co-worker, a Brazilian-American teacher who taught Spanish, Maria Velasquez, married in 1985. Dolan was a well-liked teacher he was charismatic and made lessons as engaging and interesting as possible. He began attending local town meetings in Rhode Island to advocate for the Catholic Schools and gradually became increasingly passionate. He joined the Democratic Party and was elected to the Board of Education in Warwick in 1991. He was later elected to city council in 1995, and when the Second District's seat became open in 1998, he ran for it and despite a challenging primary, he won, talking to blue collar and working class Democrats, speaking in poorer areas in Providence and Warwick, and ultimately defeated more established candidates. He continued campaigning hard in the general election, and easily defeated his Republican opponent.
Dolan was excited in 2007 when Democrats now hold the majority in the House for the first time since he's been elected and is hoping this will help him, however, more progressive activists do not like some of his social positions and have challenged him in 2006, only for him to win with 82% of the vote. However, progressives will likely try again.
Other Info:
Dolan describes himself as a "Catholic Democrat." He states that while he believes in a separation of Church and state he does not believe about a separation of "morality and state" and states that "if our money can say in God we trust, so can our leaders."
Dolan supports mostly center-left economic positions including raising the minimum wage, allowing unions, and providing quality social services. He supports single-payer universal healthcare and gun control. However, he also opposes abortion, except in cases of health, opposes same-sex marriage, and supports school choice, especially for lower-income students.
Dolan has five children Bernadette (b. 1987), Peter (b, 1989), Joseph (b. 1993), Angela (b. 1994), and Anna (b. 1998). Bernadette is enrolled in Providence College, Peter is hoping to attend Stonehill College in the fall. Joseph is enrolled in a Catholic high school for boys, Angela will be attending an all girl's school after she completes eight grade next year.
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NS Nation Name: Providence Rock
Character Name: Matthias Dolan
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 49
Character Height: 5'10"
Character Weight: 165 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congressman (RI-02)
Character Country/State of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island
Character State of Residence: Warwick, Rhode Island
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Evan Bayh
Main Strengths: Reputation as honest and principled, scandal-free almost squeaky clean, connects with people even if they disagree, "Christ-like" in his compassion, he can show empathy without compromising his ground, devout, has blue collar routes and connects to the "Dunkin Donuts Democrats" and "lunchpail liberals" (i.e. senior citizens, minorities, union members, working class people)
Main Weaknesses: a bit "too devout" for his liberal district, his stances are heavily guided by faith making him increasingly distrusted by Democrats
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Matthias Dolan was born in Providence in 1958 and raised by devout, hard working, working-class people. His father was a dock worker in Providence and his mother was a waitress at a diner. He loved Sunday, because it was the only day his parents did not work and he was able to see them. He came to love going to church from a young age because of that. Matthias was a good student and was very outgoing, friendly, altruistic, and well-behaved. He earned a number of scholarships for academics and need and was able to afford to enroll in College at University of Rhode Island, transferring to Providence College after one year. He returned to University of Rhode Island, hoping to become a teacher. He taught at a Jesuit School in Warwick. While the Jesuit preachers taught religious education, Dolan taught social studies and English. He married a co-worker, a Brazilian-American teacher who taught Spanish, Maria Velasquez, married in 1985. Dolan was a well-liked teacher he was charismatic and made lessons as engaging and interesting as possible. He began attending local town meetings in Rhode Island to advocate for the Catholic Schools and gradually became increasingly passionate. He joined the Democratic Party and was elected to the Board of Education in Warwick in 1991. He was later elected to city council in 1995, and when the Second District's seat became open in 1998, he ran for it and despite a challenging primary, he won, talking to blue collar and working class Democrats, speaking in poorer areas in Providence and Warwick, and ultimately defeated more established candidates. He continued campaigning hard in the general election, and easily defeated his Republican opponent.
Dolan was excited in 2007 when Democrats now hold the majority in the House for the first time since he's been elected and is hoping this will help him, however, more progressive activists do not like some of his social positions and have challenged him in 2006, only for him to win with 82% of the vote. However, progressives will likely try again.
Other Info:
Dolan describes himself as a "Catholic Democrat." He states that while he believes in a separation of Church and state he does not believe about a separation of "morality and state" and states that "if our money can say in God we trust, so can our leaders."
Dolan supports mostly center-left economic positions including raising the minimum wage, allowing unions, and providing quality social services. He supports single-payer universal healthcare and gun control. However, he also opposes abortion, except in cases of health, opposes same-sex marriage, and supports school choice, especially for lower-income students.
Dolan has five children Bernadette (b. 1987), Peter (b, 1989), Joseph (b. 1993), Angela (b. 1994), and Anna (b. 1998). Bernadette is enrolled in Providence College, Peter is hoping to attend Stonehill College in the fall. Joseph is enrolled in a Catholic high school for boys, Angela will be attending an all girl's school after she completes eight grade next year.
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This looks good! The only issues are that

1. Evan Bayh is a bit old for a 49 year old...may I suggest ageing this character up a little?
2. Progressives really weren't around at this time
3. I need some more weaknesses, he seems too perfect

Other than that, great app
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Postby Kavanis » Sat Apr 16, 2022 6:57 pm

Madrinpoor wrote:2. Progressives really weren't around at this time

???
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Character Name: Tomas Sancho DeLaPilar Zaragoza
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 37
Character Height: 5’11”
Character Weight: 170 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Soldier (1988-1993), Prosecuting Attorney (2000-2005), Congressman FL-04 (2005-Present)
Character Country/State of Birth: Miami, Florida
Character State of Residence: Jacksonville, Florida
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: Marco Rubio
Main Strengths: Fluent speaker of English and Spanish, Inspiring Military and Legal Background, Son of Cuban Immigrants, had arose from poverty, extremely hard worker, very conservative, dark red district, religiously devout, strong ties to the Hispanic Community, willing to work hard and passionate for his beliefs
Main Weaknesses: can be very stubborn and make judgements easily, had a temper, rumors of an affair are whispered (unclear what happened)
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Tomas Sancha Zaragoza was born in the United States only several days after his parents had illegally immigrated into the United States from Cuba. His parents wanted him to be born an American. His family moved into a poor immigrant community in Miami’s inner cities. Tomas’ father, Ricardo, and his mother Maria took whatever jobs they could. His mother worked as a maid at a hotel and his father did construction work when he could and otherwise performed odd jobs. Tomas was often left in the care of neighbors and the few relatives who also immigrated. When he was four, his father was able to find more reliable work as a mechanic’s assistant and trained as an mechanic, his mother ultimately made more money and worked at more upscale hotels. A year later his sister, Isabella, was born and later his brother Matteo and his sister, Antonia. When Tomas was nine he began working at a local Bodega to earn some of his own money. It was revealed he had been working as a drug mule, fist unknowingly, but later blackmailed by the owner when he was 13. He was arrested for drug possession and attended a reformatory. After getting out he distanced himself from crime and attended school diligently and went to church regularly, finding worship tranquil. Tomas took what jobs he could, but ensuring they were legitimate and achieved good grades in school. He graduated and enlisted in the US Army Reserve to pay for his college education. That’s when the Gulf War occurred. Tomas was sent to Iraq along with his unit. However, he distinguished himself in Iraq and won a bronze star for his actions. He left the US army after his tour was over as a corporal and enrolled in the University of Miami, after graduating he decided to attend law school at the same University, becoming an attorney and a prosecutor. During that time he initially worked in Miami, but he married a former college classmate, Emilia, who was a businesswoman and he moved with her to Jacksonville for her career. In Jacksonville, however, Tomas continued to work as a prosecutor, and believed he was helping his community. His parents later moved to live closer to him and are extremely proud of their “American” son. In early 2001 his first child was born, a son named Francisco. Tomas wanted to re-enlist in the army after 9-11, but Emilia forbade it for his son. Tomas was approached by a judge after a trial and attended his first meeting of the local Republican Town Committee. Tomas became increasingly political and read works like Conscience of a Conservative, the Road to Serfdom, Atlas Shrugged, Capitalism and Freedom, Edmund Burke, and Russel Kirk, all in rapid succession. He ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2004. Despite being in a red district he knocked on every door. His military and legal background, and reputation as a constant underdog presented wide appeal.
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Postby Providence Rock » Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:19 pm

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NS Nation Name: Providence Rock
Character Name: Matthias Dolan
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 49
Character Height: 5'10"
Character Weight: 165 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Congressman (RI-02)
Character Country/State of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island
Character State of Residence: Warwick, Rhode Island
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Todd Young
Main Strengths: Reputation as honest and principled, scandal-free almost squeaky clean, connects with people even if they disagree, "Christ-like" in his compassion, he can show empathy without compromising his ground, devout, has blue collar routes and connects to the "Dunkin Donuts Democrats" and "lunchpail liberals" (i.e. senior citizens, minorities, union members, working class people)
Main Weaknesses: a bit "too devout" for his liberal district, his stances are heavily guided by faith making him increasingly distrusted by Democrats
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Matthias Dolan was born in Providence in 1958 and raised by devout, hard working, working-class people. His father was a dock worker in Providence and his mother was a waitress at a diner. He loved Sunday, because it was the only day his parents did not work and he was able to see them. He came to love going to church from a young age because of that. Matthias was a good student and was very outgoing, friendly, altruistic, and well-behaved. He earned a number of scholarships for academics and need and was able to afford to enroll in College at University of Rhode Island, transferring to Providence College after one year. He returned to University of Rhode Island, hoping to become a teacher. He taught at a Jesuit School in Warwick. While the Jesuit preachers taught religious education, Dolan taught social studies and English. He married a co-worker, a Brazilian-American teacher who taught Spanish, Maria Velasquez, married in 1985. Dolan was a well-liked teacher he was charismatic and made lessons as engaging and interesting as possible. He began attending local town meetings in Rhode Island to advocate for the Catholic Schools and gradually became increasingly passionate. He joined the Democratic Party and was elected to the Board of Education in Warwick in 1991. He was later elected to city council in 1995, and when the Second District's seat became open in 1998, he ran for it and despite a challenging primary, he won, talking to blue collar and working class Democrats, speaking in poorer areas in Providence and Warwick, and ultimately defeated more established candidates. He continued campaigning hard in the general election, and easily defeated his Republican opponent.
Dolan was excited in 2007 when Democrats now hold the majority in the House for the first time since he's been elected and is hoping this will help him, however, more progressive activists do not like some of his social positions and have challenged him in 2006, only for him to win with 82% of the vote. However, progressives will likely try again.
Other Info:
Dolan describes himself as a "Catholic Democrat." He states that while he believes in a separation of Church and state he does not believe about a separation of "morality and state" and states that "if our money can say in God we trust, so can our leaders."
Dolan supports mostly center-left economic positions including raising the minimum wage, allowing unions, and providing quality social services. He supports single-payer universal healthcare and gun control. However, he also opposes abortion, except in cases of health, opposes same-sex marriage, and supports school choice, especially for lower-income students.
Dolan has five children Bernadette (b. 1987), Peter (b, 1989), Joseph (b. 1993), Angela (b. 1994), and Anna (b. 1998). Bernadette is enrolled in Providence College, Peter is hoping to attend Stonehill College in the fall. Joseph is enrolled in a Catholic high school for boys, Angela will be attending an all girl's school after she completes eight grade next year.
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This looks good! The only issues are that

1. Evan Bayh is a bit old for a 49 year old...may I suggest ageing this character up a little?
2. Progressives really weren't around at this time
3. I need some more weaknesses, he seems too perfect

Other than that, great app


Thanks!
The flaw this guy has is more that he doesn't have a lot of money and that his own party looks eager to run him out for his conservative positions on some social issues. He's not a boll weevil Democrat by any stretch, but has some conservative views on religious issues (abortion, marriage, vouchers)....
I'll try to find something else. I left it open with the idea he's almost "too wholesome." Maybe a minor gambling problem. He's been spending a little too much time at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, which are only about an hour from Warwick.

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Postby Hanovereich » Sat Apr 16, 2022 11:49 pm

Anybody checking Gallagher, or is his bio just too long?
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Postby Madrinpoor » Sun Apr 17, 2022 7:28 am

Kavanis wrote:
Madrinpoor wrote:2. Progressives really weren't around at this time

???

Not in the way Providence Rock is talking about them, they weren't a strong enough force to try and unseat a Democratic rep in Rhode Island in 2007

Hanovereich wrote:Anybody checking Gallagher, or is his bio just too long?

Yes, sorry, that's on me
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NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Henry P. Gallagher
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 53
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 75kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Secretary of State (2004-) | Coordinator for Counterterrorism (2000-2004) | Senator for Kentucky (1996-2000) | US Ambassador to the UK (1990-1994) | Trade Attaché to the UK (1988-1990) | First Lieutenant, 2nd Marine Division (1975-1985)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kentucky
Character State of Residence: Kentucky
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim:
Main Strengths: Very charismatic, strong fundraising/voter base, regarded as an expert on foreign affairs
Main Weaknesses: Little experience on domestic affairs, seen as out of touch with the public with the Iraq War
Biography: Henry Patrick Gallagher was born on 11 January 1954, in Louisville, to James Gallagher, the director of the Kentucky Derby, and Emily Gallagher, a teacher of physics at the University of Kentucky. His father had been exempt from the draft on medical grounds, but Henry was fascinated by military history and, in particular, the Marines. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce. After that, he joined the Marines as an officer, and was first stationed at Camp Lejeune in recon and surveillance training. In 1983, he was sent to Lebanon as part of their peacekeeping force, where he gained the Commendation Medal and a promotion for defending his platoon whilst under fire in a local store in Beirut.

After leaving the Marines, he joined the Diplomatic Service and became trade attaché to the UK. He then became ambassador to the UK in 1990, where he was the primary point of communication between the US and UK governments in the Gulf War. He then left the Service in 1994, with a solid record and some fame in the newspapers for his role in the Gulf War. He gained the Republican nomination for the Senate in Kentucky, and won with 68% of the vote.

As Senator, he unsuccessfully tried to loosen gun control laws in his first bill, in the belief that gun control laws weren't the problem; police powers (or, rather, the lack thereof) were. However, after the Heath High School shooting in Kentucky, he increased police powers to let police put people under surveillance if they deem the person "a risk to others due to their mental health" (foreshadowing?!). He has consistently argued for more police powers over tighter gun controls.

He also co-sponsored a bill strengthening the military, and amending the Posse Comitatus Act to allow 'the deployment of forces of the United States Armed Forces as a posse comitatus in the case of an imminent threat or danger to the national security of the United States [...] whether or not there is an imminent threat or danger to the national security of the United States will be decided by the President of the United States, and other persons as the President may direct'. In short, the military could be used in the US if the President deemed it necessary. The bill was controversial as it went against the well-established principles that the military was not the police.

Despite getting his name in the news frequently for these bills, Gallagher did not try to sponsor any social or economic bills, instead focusing on foreign policy.

After leaving the Senate in 2000, Gallagher supported Cush in the primaries and the election, and became Coordinator for Counterterrorism. His first big task came on 9/11, and he was criticized for ignoring briefs about a possible attack months before 9/11. After this, Gallagher decided to try to be seen as more tough on terrorism. He was one of the first on the scene at the World Trade Centre, then rushed back to the Pentagon for a briefing, arriving just minutes after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it.

He was one of the strongest advocates for the invasion of Afghanistan, and began to combat further terrorism in the US. However, many officials privately disliked Gallagher, for trying to control the national security policy; his public image, however, improved along with many others' in the Cush administration. He was the first to propose an Iraq War, in mid-2002, and his proposals were accepted and implemented on 20 March 2003. After this, he was nominated for Secretary of State a few months before the 2004 election, and was confirmed. Some have speculated that he was only appointed to make Cush seem tougher; Gallagher was one of the people who staunchly defended the War on Terror.

Gallagher became Secretary of State at a time when the Iraq War was slowing down, the resistance to the coalition was getting more intense and bigger, and the ambush of a convoy carrying food caterers and PMCs. He had to convince countries to continue deploying forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gallagher visited Iraq twice during 2004, and announced an expansion of the Bureau of Counterterrorism, his old bureau, and established the Office for the War on Terror, where the State Department's role in the War on Terror would be centralised in one office.

Gallagher visited Iraq 4 times between 2005 and 2007, and Afghanistan twice. As the war got more unpopular, Gallagher was one of the most prominent people to defend the war. When Hurricane Katrina hit, he was criticized for refusing large aid packages from Cuba; he defended his decision, although his popularity dived over this.

Gallagher is now trying to improve his popularity when his support for the Iraq War is lowering his credibility in the eyes of the public. He has tried to rectify this by focusing on other affairs, mainly Russia and China, but the public is not fooled. This stopped him from becoming a presidential candidate in 2004, and his future is still unclear.

Other Info:
Opposes: same-sex marriage; affirmative action; tighter gun controls; Medicaid and related programs
Supports: more police powers; tighter immigration regulations, except for refugees; War on Terror

Thomas Gallagher, his brother, joined the Marines with him, rose to Major, and is now a CIA analyst in India

William Gallagher, his brother, also joined the Marines with him and is now a journalist for CNN working in Israel

Oscar Gallagher, a cousin on his father's side, is currently Deputy Head of Global Banking at the Bank of America and a former President of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland

Commander Cameron Gallagher, his paternal grandfather, was briefly ADC to Admiral William Sims, commander of naval forces in Europe in World War I

Ross Gallagher Jr., his great-grandfather, was Minister Resident to the Ottoman Empire

Ross Gallagher Sr., his great-great-grandfather, was a Colonel in the Confederate Army, but later switched to the Union

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Was a Marine, got Commendation Medal. Became trade attaché and then Ambassador to the UK, got some fame for his role in Gulf War. Left diplomacy for the Senate; sponsored a law to put people under surveillance if they are a risk due to mental health (foreshadowing?!). Then left Senate for State Department as Coordinator for Counterterrorism- criticized for ignoring warnings about 9/11. Defended War on Terror (and still does). Became Secretary of State, visited Iraq and Afghanistan, defended the war when it got unpopular. Now his popularity is taking hits due to the War on Terror.

Looks really, really good — only a couple of little notes

1. Ambassadorships are either awarded to political cronies or foreign service specialists that have worked in the service for like 20+ years, especially an ambassadorship as high level as the UK. What I can see happening is Gallagher being ambassador to a smaller but crucial country, or one maybe more in his field of expertise, like Kuwait, Iraq, etc. The UK is a top spot for crony ambassadorships (Trump's UK ambassador was a Johnson & Johnson heir, who raised and donated millions for him and Republican candidates; both of Obama's UK ambassadors were bankers or businessmen who raised a lot of money for him. Bob Iger was considered for the UK ambassadorship under the Biden admin, but it is going to a political fundraiser-turned-career diplomat instead) and a very powerful spot. I think it would make more sense for this guy to go into Middle East diplomacy after his service, but I want to hear your thoughts on that.
2. He doesn't really need much of a voter base as a Secretary of State, unless he wants to run for office somewhere, in which he has a very sizeable lead with such a high position
3. I'm not sure about the precedent for cabinet members; I have asked the admins and am awaiting their response. As long as Gallagher understands he is working for the President and is not independent, then he's fine in that regard
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Postby Hanovereich » Sun Apr 17, 2022 7:52 am

Madrinpoor wrote:Looks really, really good — only a couple of little notes

1. Ambassadorships are either awarded to political cronies or foreign service specialists that have worked in the service for like 20+ years, especially an ambassadorship as high level as the UK. What I can see happening is Gallagher being ambassador to a smaller but crucial country, or one maybe more in his field of expertise, like Kuwait, Iraq, etc. The UK is a top spot for crony ambassadorships (Trump's UK ambassador was a Johnson & Johnson heir, who raised and donated millions for him and Republican candidates; both of Obama's UK ambassadors were bankers or businessmen who raised a lot of money for him. Bob Iger was considered for the UK ambassadorship under the Biden admin, but it is going to a political fundraiser-turned-career diplomat instead) and a very powerful spot. I think it would make more sense for this guy to go into Middle East diplomacy after his service, but I want to hear your thoughts on that.
2. He doesn't really need much of a voter base as a Secretary of State, unless he wants to run for office somewhere, in which he has a very sizeable lead with such a high position
3. I'm not sure about the precedent for cabinet members; I have asked the admins and am awaiting their response. As long as Gallagher understands he is working for the President and is not independent, then he's fine in that regard


Changed his ambassadorship to Kuwait. And yes, I'm looking for him to spend some more time in politics after the election. And yes, he does understand his role.
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So...
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NS Nation Name: Hanovereich
Character Name: Henry P. Gallagher
Character Gender: M
Character Age: 53
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 75kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Secretary of State (2004-) | Coordinator for Counterterrorism (2000-2004) | Senator for Kentucky (1996-2000) | US Ambassador to the UK (1990-1994) | Trade Attaché to the UK (1988-1990) | First Lieutenant, 2nd Marine Division (1975-1985)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kentucky
Character State of Residence: Kentucky
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim:
Main Strengths: Very charismatic, strong fundraising/voter base, regarded as an expert on foreign affairs
Main Weaknesses: Little experience on domestic affairs, seen as out of touch with the public with the Iraq War
Biography: Henry Patrick Gallagher was born on 11 January 1954, in Louisville, to James Gallagher, the director of the Kentucky Derby, and Emily Gallagher, a teacher of physics at the University of Kentucky. His father had been exempt from the draft on medical grounds, but Henry was fascinated by military history and, in particular, the Marines. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce. After that, he joined the Marines as an officer, and was first stationed at Camp Lejeune in recon and surveillance training. In 1983, he was sent to Lebanon as part of their peacekeeping force, where he gained the Commendation Medal and a promotion for defending his platoon whilst under fire in a local store in Beirut.

After leaving the Marines, he joined the Diplomatic Service and became trade attaché to Kuwait. He then became ambassador to Kuwait in 1990, where he was the primary point of communication between the Kuwaiti and US governments in the Gulf War, often visiting war-torn cities himself. He also stirred some controversy when it was revealed that he had taken part in combat himself, with his old unit, the 2nd Marines. He then left the Service in 1994, with a solid record and some fame in the newspapers for his role in the Gulf War. He gained the Republican nomination for the Senate in Kentucky, and won with 68% of the vote.

As Senator, he unsuccessfully tried to loosen gun control laws in his first bill, in the belief that gun control laws weren't the problem; police powers (or, rather, the lack thereof) were. However, after the Heath High School shooting in Kentucky, he increased police powers to let police put people under surveillance if they deem the person "a risk to others due to their mental health" (foreshadowing?!). He has consistently argued for more police powers over tighter gun controls.

He also co-sponsored a bill strengthening the military, and amending the Posse Comitatus Act to allow 'the deployment of forces of the United States Armed Forces as a posse comitatus in the case of an imminent threat or danger to the national security of the United States [...] whether or not there is an imminent threat or danger to the national security of the United States will be decided by the President of the United States, and other persons as the President may direct'. In short, the military could be used in the US if the President deemed it necessary. The bill was controversial as it went against the well-established principles that the military was not the police.

Despite getting his name in the news frequently for these bills, Gallagher did not try to sponsor any social or economic bills, instead focusing on foreign policy.

After leaving the Senate in 2000, Gallagher supported Cush in the primaries and the election, and became Coordinator for Counterterrorism. His first big task came on 9/11, and he was criticized for ignoring briefs about a possible attack months before 9/11. After this, Gallagher decided to try to be seen as more tough on terrorism. He was one of the first on the scene at the World Trade Centre, then rushed back to the Pentagon for a briefing, arriving just minutes after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it.

He was one of the strongest advocates for the invasion of Afghanistan, and began to combat further terrorism in the US. However, many officials privately disliked Gallagher, for trying to control the national security policy; his public image, however, improved along with many others' in the Cush administration. He was the first to propose an Iraq War, in mid-2002, and his proposals were accepted and implemented on 20 March 2003. After this, he was nominated for Secretary of State a few months before the 2004 election, and was confirmed. Some have speculated that he was only appointed to make Cush seem tougher; Gallagher was one of the people who staunchly defended the War on Terror.

Gallagher became Secretary of State at a time when the Iraq War was slowing down, the resistance to the coalition was getting more intense and bigger, and the ambush of a convoy carrying food caterers and PMCs. He had to convince countries to continue deploying forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gallagher visited Iraq twice during 2004, and announced an expansion of the Bureau of Counterterrorism, his old bureau, and established the Office for the War on Terror, where the State Department's role in the War on Terror would be centralised in one office.

Gallagher visited Iraq 4 times between 2005 and 2007, and Afghanistan twice. As the war got more unpopular, Gallagher was one of the most prominent people to defend the war. When Hurricane Katrina hit, he was criticized for refusing large aid packages from Cuba; he defended his decision, although his popularity dived over this.

Gallagher is now trying to improve his popularity when his support for the Iraq War is lowering his credibility in the eyes of the public. He has tried to rectify this by focusing on other affairs, mainly Russia and China, but the public is not fooled. This stopped him from becoming a presidential candidate in 2004, and his future is still unclear.

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Opposes: same-sex marriage; affirmative action; tighter gun controls; Medicaid and related programs
Supports: more police powers; tighter immigration regulations, except for refugees; War on Terror

Thomas Gallagher, his brother, joined the Marines with him, rose to Major, and is now a CIA analyst in India

William Gallagher, his brother, also joined the Marines with him and is now a journalist for CNN working in Israel

Oscar Gallagher, a cousin on his father's side, is currently Deputy Head of Global Banking at the Bank of America and a former President of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland

Commander Cameron Gallagher, his paternal grandfather, was briefly ADC to Admiral William Sims, commander of naval forces in Europe in World War I

Ross Gallagher Jr., his great-grandfather, was Minister Resident to the Ottoman Empire

Ross Gallagher Sr., his great-great-grandfather, was a Colonel in the Confederate Army, but later switched to the Union

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Was a Marine, got Commendation Medal. Became trade attaché and then Ambassador to the UK, got some fame for his role in Gulf War. Left diplomacy for the Senate; sponsored a law to put people under surveillance if they are a risk due to mental health (foreshadowing?!). Then left Senate for State Department as Coordinator for Counterterrorism- criticized for ignoring warnings about 9/11. Defended War on Terror (and still does). Became Secretary of State, visited Iraq and Afghanistan, defended the war when it got unpopular. Now his popularity is taking hits due to the War on Terror.

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