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Twilight's Last Gleaming: An American Political RP OOC (Open

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June 29th, 2007 - July 13th, 2007
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THE COMPOSITION

Situation in DC

President not-Bush will be leaving office with unhappy parties on both sides. With the GOP not holding the majority in either party, poor approval ratings, and the War-on-Terror ongoing, he must soon face the greatest financial crisis in decades.


THE HOUSE
Democratic: 233
Republican: 202

Players may apply for any given seat in the House as any party member, but deviations from real life will need to be rationalized in the application and approved by admins.


THE SENATE
Democratic: 52
Republican: 48
Vacant: 0

Players may apply for any given seat in the Senate as any party member, but deviations from real life will need to be rationalized in the application and approved by admins.

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THE ROSTER

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President of the United States - John Cush [R-TX] (New Provenance)
Vice President of the United States - Nathan Mabus [R-CO] (Lavan Tiri)
United States Secretary of State - Henry P. Gallagher [R-KY] (Hanovereich)
United States Secretary of Energy - Katie Miller [R-TX] (Prince Kropotkin)


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THE DEMOCRATS
Senate Majority Leader -
Senate Majority Whip -
President Pro Tempore -
U.S. Senator from California - Carole Martel [D-CA] (Jovuistan)
U.S. Senator from Vermont - Robert Wallace [D-VT] (Alozia)
U.S. Senator from North Dakota - Everest Curtis Laakso [D-ND] (Vaquas)
U.S. Senator from Washington - Chuck Bloedel Ward Jr. [D-WA] (Tehrangeles)
U.S. Senator from Washington - Julie Littenbaum [D-WA] (Free Ward Marchers)

THE REPUBLICANS
Senate Minority Leader - Tom Krueger [R-TX] (Prince Kropotkin)
Senate Minority Whip - Ruskie Helms [R-NC] (Sarangtus Lands)
U.S. Senator from Alabama - Deborah Feyrer [R-AL] (Sarenium)
U.S. Senator from Arizona - George Pierce Jr [I-AZ] (Dentali)
U.S. Senator from Wyoming - Everitt Colbert [R-WY] (Orion Islands)
U.S. Senator from Virginia - Cassandra Hepburn-Smith [R-VA] (Meretica)
U.S. Senator from Texas - Shawn Seidel [R-TX] (Vaquas)


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THE DEMOCRATS
Speaker of the House of Representatives - Elliot Cragie [D-GA-2] (Dentali)
House Majority Leader - Ryan Gaines [D-OR-3] (Prince Kropotkin)
House Majority Whip -
Dem Caucus Chair -
Representative for Tennessee's 5th Congressional District - Allison Schnell [D-TN-5] (Goddess Taytay)
Representative for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District - Robert Woolworth [D-NC-11] (Mareadmonte)
Representative for California's 26th Congressional District - Greg Shields [D-CA-26] (Hopal)
Representative for California's 17th Congressional District - Frank Taylor [D-CA-17] (New Provenance)
Representative for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District - Oscar Callaghan [D-GA-12] (Aureumterra)
Representative for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District - John A. Mattox III [D-MA-7] (Meretica)
Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District - Daniel Kaheo’ole [D-HI-2] (Reorganized Portugal)
Representative for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District - Abigail Wilson-Carter [D-MI-13] (Meretica)

THE REPUBLICANS
House Minority Leader - Tommy Sommo [R-NY-1] (Madrinpoor)
House Minority Whip - Earl Tenson [R-MT-AL] (Kargintinia)
GOP Caucus Chair -
Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District - Amadeus Putnam [R-NH-2] (New Luciannova)
Representative for Ohio's 5th Congressional District - Harold Gunsley [R-OH-5] (Melovinta)
Representative for Tennessee's 1st Congressional District - Jack Claassen [R-TN-1] (Kavanis)
Representative for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District - Regan Storm [R-CT-4] (Prince Kropotkin)
Representative for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District - Thomas Volker [R-MO-8] (Greater Arab State)
Representative for New York’s 23rd Congressional District - Leon Havek [R-NY-23] (Sutalia)
Representative for Illiinois’ 15th Congressional District - Bobby Markoe [R-IL-15] (Free Ward Marchers)


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THE GOVERNORS

Governor of New Mexico - Elana Bennett [D] (Sarangtus Lands)
Governor of Pennsylvania - Upton Robert Fleming [D] (Cybernetic Socialist Republic)
Governor of Hawaii - Olivia Calalo [R] (Lavan Tiri)
Governor of Ohio - Robert Baxton [D] (Sarenium)
Governor of Louisiana - George S. Walker [D] (Hanovereich)
Governor of Texas - Marc Pender [R] (Jovuistan)


THE OTHERS

CEO of Baylor Airlines (Karginitinia) - Nesbitt Tripp Baylor [D]
Former Mayor of Baltimore (Madrinpoor) - Jéan-Jacques St. Cierge [D]
Former Governor of Oklahoma (Kavanis) - Ben Eriksen [R]
Campaign manager for Everest Laakso (Sarenium) - Catarina Olman
Wife of Amadeus Putnam (New Luciannova) - Dr. Kenzie Putnam [R]
Political Reporter, New York Times (Meretica) - ”Mose” Hammond
Former Governor of Mississippi (Latvijas Otra Republika) - Eleanor Brosnan [D]
Former Mayor of New York (Sarangtus Lands) - Kensington Alphaeus Montgomery Eastmoreland-Northwoods [R]
MSNBC Hardball Pundit (Greater Arab State) - Abigail Volker [R]
Owner of Dallas Cowboys/GOP Megadonor (Vaquas) - Sutton Owen Seidel [R]
Campaign manager for J.J. St. Cierge (Sarangtus Lands) - Lyman Connor





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- Introduce your character.
- Be fair and balanced.
- Give other characters a rudimentary idea of your character's motivations and desires.
- Do not take multiple leadership positions where you would likely be negotiating with yourself


This means your strengths and weaknesses need to be more than "Struggles to Cooperate with People" or "Very Charismatic", these strengths and weaknesses should be drawn from the application itself so fill that box in after the biography.

Writing a good biography is key to getting an application quickly accepted, a good bio means detail is placed in proportion to the importance and weight of the character. If the character is a White House Staffer, you can get away with just two or three paragraphs, but if you're applying for a Senator or Governor, the Admin Team is looking for more background. How did they first get their foot in the door? What did they do before entering politics? What have they done since being in office? What's their family like? Be prepared for OPs to give you some constructive criticism, it's very rare for applications to be accepted on the first try and there might be multiple OPs who give their opinion before you receive final approval.

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NS Nation Name: Yaruqo
Character Name: Oliver Miller
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 35
Character Height: 5' 8"
Character Weight: 162 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas (2005 - Present); Overland Park City Council Member for the 6th Ward (2000 - 2004)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kansas
Character State of Residence: Kansas
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Pete Buttigieg
Main Strengths: Strong local connections; personable and empathetic; emphasis on constituent services; well-reputed as a “common sense” legislator.
Main Weaknesses: His congressional district will always be a target of the Republican Party, even if he is willing to field their concerns on most legislative priorities. As such, he has to consistently prove to his constituents that the district is better off with his advocacy and legislative record in order to stay one step ahead of a viable Republican opponent. Additionally, Oliver Miller is a closeted gay man. If his secret is revealed, he has no idea how his constituents (or his family) might react, but he doubts that it will be good. He tries to cope with his situation by throwing himself into his work, convinced that, especially with the passage of Kansas Amendment 1, his hopes for happiness are forever dashed, which has inevitably led to episodes of burn out, anxiety, and depression. He also tends to keep his congressional colleagues at arm’s length, maintaining professional relationships, but by and large he doesn’t allow them to get too close to him, for fear that they might discern his closeted status.
Biography:

Oliver Miller was born to Timothy and Jocelyn Miller on February 12, 1972 in Overland Park, Kansas. An only child, his Methodist parents doted on him as he grew up, entertaining him and his various interests - from archeology, to mythology, and ultimately history and politics. He was a loner in high school, with a small circle of friends. His eleventh grade American History teacher went above and beyond to foster Oliver's interest and helped cultivate in him a desire to teach social studies and civics and help other kids feel welcome at school. With a goal in mind, Oliver would enroll into the University of Kansas in the fall of 1990, where he would graduate with a Bachelor's in Secondary History & Government Education in the spring of 1994.

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

He earned his teaching certification for secondary social studies and began teaching as a secondary substitute teacher in one of the resident school districts back in Overland Park in the fall of 1995, having taken odd jobs in the interim as he prepared for his certification. When the school district finally hired him as a full time teacher in 1996, he was excited to leave his mark. Much as he did with his tertiary studies, he threw himself into his role as a middle school social studies teacher, winning praise from the district and parents alike. He had a reputation for being patient with his students, dedicating time after school to help those who were struggling with assignments or subjects, even just being there for those who had issues at home.

By 1999, Miller had been involved in local Democratic politics for a few years, attending school board meetings and public hearings of the city council, often seen advocating for better public education funding, allowing middle and high school students freedom of information by loudly standing against the “banning” of books from school and public libraries, and better resources for student mental health. No longer satisfied with sitting on the sidelines, Oliver decided to run for a city council seat in the 1999 municipal elections, which were nonpartisan in nature. With the help of his family, friends, and Johnson County Democrats, Oliver managed to out-organize his opponent and won on a platform that focused on improving mental health care in Overland Park, maintaining the city's fiscal responsibility by balancing low property taxes with smart investments, and increased spending in infrastructure and transportation spending to overhaul the city's roads and sewers, becoming one of two city council members for Overland Park’s 6th Ward, in the south of the city.

On the city council, he championed programs to improve mental health care and mental health care in the city, urging his colleagues to remember that, "Not all wounds are visible, and we can only guess at the battles our families, friends, and colleagues are wrestling with." This initiative ultimately passed, and Councilman Miller would go on to sponsor and co-sponsor other pieces of legislation with some of his more liberal or center-left leaning colleagues on the council to push through projects that would make the city's downtown areas safer for pedestrians, introduce smart sewer programs to the city, and initiatives to set up green energy infrastructure. There were some victories, and there were some defeats - among them was a bill to reform the city government so that the elected positions of Mayor and City Councilmember would be full time and paid accordingly, his reasoning being that governing is a full time job, and that, “As our city grows, our constituents expect their elected representatives to be there for them to remedy and address growing issues that they face.”

In January 2003, Congressman Lewis Rohr announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and would not be seeking re-election for the US House in 2004. The news sent shockwaves through the Kansas Democratic Party. A Blue Dog Democrat, Rohr had been the first Democrat elected to Congress in 37 years after his initial election in 1998. Miller decided to throw his hat in the ring, running as a center-left candidate that had a strong, local record, who was able to work across the aisle in City Council, and as a Democrat who was an advocate for sensible, common sense solutions to the problems that Americans were concerned with. Leaning heavily on Democratic strongholds in Lawrence, Wyandotte County, and Overland Park, he sought to energize young voters, suburban women, and Black voters within Wyandotte County to support him in the primary. It was a gamble that paid off, though now he would be contesting a battleground congressional district during a presidential election. His opponent was NotKrisKobach, a conservative law professor and former Department of Justice attorney, who had won the Republican primary against a moderate.

In the 2004 general election, the noticeably unmarried Miller was met with barbs by NotKobach at the latter’s rallies, some of them surprisingly uncivil for a high stakes congressional campaign in a suburban district. Miller, for his part, continued to campaign without responding to the attacks, focusing instead on championing proposals for Medicare expansion, better funding for public education and transportation projects to better serve the Kansas City Metropolitan area and Lawrence, as well as national security issues, including a desire to limit domestic surveillance powers that were enjoyed by the Cush Administration. In debates, NotKobach erred and focused on attacking Miller on his stances regarding abortion (Miller was unapologetically pro-choice) and the death penalty (he sided with Governor NotSebelius in opposing capital punishment and had lauded the Kansas Supreme Court’s declaration of capital punishment as being unconstitutional), and Miller made sure to broadside NotKobach on his “misplaced priorities” and hammered him for supporting cuts in Medicare, supporting freezing cost of living adjustments, and for his support of privatizing Social Security, declaring that NotKobach’s policies would, “...severely disadvantage elderly and disabled Kansans who depend on these benefits to survive, all while burying the country in debt and imposing more taxes on the middle class and the poor.” Election night produced a welcome, yet surprising result for the young Miller: with nearly 55% of the vote, he had not only defeated a Republican backed by the White House and maintained Democrats’ control of a critical House seat, but he had managed to build upon Rohr’s prior electoral successes and, for the first time since Rohr had won his first election in 1998, won more than 52% of the vote.

After he was elected, Miller did what he could to shepherd common sense legislation through the House, which had remained in Republican hands. Among these, Miller sponsored legislation that raised the death gratuity paid to the family of a soldier who died in combat to $100,000, building upon a bill that his Democratic predecessor had sponsored in the prior Congress to raise the gratuity from $12,000 to $50,000. He also voted for gun control legislation, and voted with the League of Women Voters and NARAL 100% of the time. In 2005, he campaigned with what would eventually grow to become the Kansas Equality Coalition against the Amendment 1 referendum, which would go further than existing state law and declare that the recognition or performing of same-sex marriages or civil unions by the state would be unconstitutional. Despite his best efforts to frame the amendment as “legally redundant”, only Douglas County strongly opposed the referendum, which passed in April 2005, with Johnson and Wyandotte Counties narrowly supporting the proposed amendment. It is rumored that this particular defeat stung Miller, though few will confirm that if asked, and fewer still would be in a position to explain why. In 2006, Miller won re-election with 64% of the vote, riding on a wave of anti-Cush sentiment and ensuring that Democrats would win the House that year. Miller hopes to build on these successes and pass legislation that would restore proper oversight and controls over domestic and international surveillance, as well as to improve the state of healthcare and public education across the country.

Other Info: Single, is a practicing Methodist.

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NS Nation Name: The Sarangtus Lands
Character Name: Elana Bennett (nee Botin)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 65kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Deming Council Member (1993-2001), Mayor of Deming (2001-2006), Governor of New Mexico (2006-)
Character Country/State of Birth: New Mexico
Character State of Residence: New Mexico
Character Party Affiliation: Democrat
Main Strengths: Inspiring background, good record, quite charismatic, favourable personal ratings, strong support among minorities, able to appeal to traditional rural voters, supported by the activist left, and can attract small dollar donations.
Main Weaknesses: Bad campaigner, few connections, very much to the left of the current political consensus, has never fought an election in a swing state, race and gender might prove barriers to higher office, very little support from the establishment or large corporations, very unorthodox in terms of background and style
Biography: The story of Elana Bennett begins with that of her father. Her father, Bernard Botin, who was a farm worker and committed member of the Guatemalan opposition under the dictatorship, and fought during the early days of its civil war. Bastien was a tough man, who attended a great deal of protests and rallies, though mostly in his youth and prior to the birth of his daughter. He cheered when there was an attempted coup by the military officers, and joined them in their fight against the dictatorship, however after being shot in the right eye - and losing his sight in it - he decided to flee to America.

Botin moved to New Mexico, and became a farmer in a quiet New Mexico town, giving up the struggle for a bit, however, within about 5 years, he joined the United Farm Workers and got back to organising. He did some work in and around the area, however, after some time, he and his wife decided to have a child, and this is where the story of Elana Bennett begins.

Bennett was born as a fraternal twin. Both of her parents worked in farming, and her father often gave her and her brother what he called 'lessons about the world', talking to them about his leftist ideals, with her father being a self-described socialist who often criticised the US government for not providing for its people. While she attended school and did well there, her main education, according to her, came from her father. Her father saw that she began to form into the mould of a politician, and so helped her to realise her potential, giving her books on political topics and passing down the political knowledge he had from self-study.

Thanks to both her efforts and that of her father, she was the first - along with her brother - to receive any form of formal education, with her father having spent the first twenty years of his life illiterate and only able to read thanks to education he received from leftist political organisations back in Haiti. However, due to not being able to afford it, she was unable to attend university, and instead joined the Peace Corps after finishing high school, after doing a few years of volunteering experience while working on the farm.

Both due to her ability to speak French and her farming experience, she was posted off to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she helped local people with farming techniques and agricultural management, both teaching and getting into more practical work. After the end of her two-year term and a short extension, she returned to the United States.

As soon as she returned, both thanks to her father's status in the town and her personal inspiration, she slowly began to get into politics, first being a member of being the local Democratic Party, organising to increase turnout and get people involved in politics around rural New Mexico. She was decent at her job, and so ran for Deming Council in 1993, winning narrowly thanks to the reputation she built in the town.

In the city council, she primarily focused on local concerns, pushing for increased funding for libraries, personally overseeing the "Read for Deming" initiative, where local schools were provided with books - both fictional and non-fictional - through working with NGOs, parents and some money from the budget along with afterschool clubs to encourage students to educate themselves more about the world and things they were interested in. She also worked on getting a volunteer effort up to help beautify the parks and local environment, helping get rid of litter and so on. She was reelected with a wide margin, typical of the safe Democratic politics of the town.

After two terms in the city council, she ran for Mayor, as the incumbent retired. She was endorsed by the former Mayor, and so won in a solid victory, once again, typical of the town's politics. She continued her work there, amassing what she termed the Deming Volunteers, opening door-to-door outreach efforts to help mobilise people into taking volunteer action, then pushing ahead to improve transport in the town and creating a bill to offer grants and support to local cooperatives and expand adult education. She did this through implementing a small income tax on the more well-off in the town (in relative terms - the town had the highest poverty rate in New Mexico and one of the lowest average incomes when she came into office), though some of that money was wasted in spending on a failed solar power initiative, which led to a relatively decent deficit for quite a bit during her term, however she was able to fully scuttle the programme by the end of her term.

Her ethos of small-town solidarity struck a chord with voters from her town, and her policies were quite effective, slashing the poverty rate by quite a large amount, along with reducing unemployment and driving growth to the town. She also helped cut the crime rate through rehabilitation policies, giving prisoners education and reintegrating them into the community, along with her economic policies offering opportunity to people and tackling the causes of crime as well. Her rhetoric largely consisted of three things: hope, solidarity and inclusive populism, according to one local journalist.

She also made a brief, failed run for Congress in 2002, running on a stridenly and openly progressive platform, as opposed to her more mainline run in 2006. This run failed, as she narrowly lost in the Democratic primary, 52-48. She was disheartened by the loss, but nevertheless moved on, adapting her rhetoric and strategy to be a bit more mainline in the future. This defeat likely contributed to her victory in both the Democratic primary and in the general as Governor.

She briefly saw a moment of national recognition, after appearing on CNN to openly oppose the Iraq War, saying that it would be a great mistake and urging caution, and talked about how a pointless war like it - since the UN hadn't been able to find evidence of WMDs yet and there was no resolution in favour, making the war illegal - would take away money from the bottom of American society, and that instead of spending money on bombs they ought to spend it on food. Her spirited opposition to the war gave her a moment in the activist left circles, but ultimately it was just a mere moment.

Aside from that, her term went quietly well, as local and state newspapers covered the "Deming Miracle", and so, in 2006, with the retirement of the incumbent for personal reasons, she took the chance, declaring early, once again running on her rhetoric of solidarity, along with implementing a "Prosperity for All Plan" for New Mexico, campaigning on support of policies such as expanded access to healthcare, universal employment, police reform and increased funding to education. She narrowly won the primary, using her usual style to win voters over.

But then came the general. The general was a spirited fight, as her opponent knew that her gender and race would pose a high barrier to victory, and in spite of the national environment being against him, he had a chance. She knew that too, so she campaigned hard, despite a few missteps as a result of her lack of statewide experience, with her opponent having held statewide office. But regardless of that, she pressed on, and while some felt that the newcomer progressive's campaign was going to end up like [not-Dukakis] in 1988, she inspired a great deal of enthusiasm among the Democratic base, and brought in quite a bit of attention from outside of the state, and despite an initial slide in the polls, she was able to hold her own, winning 58-39. [Note: this margin is 19 points lower than the IRL result]

Now that she takes office, what will she do? It's time to look ahead, and see what the future brings.
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NS Nation Name: Yaruqo
Character Name: Oliver Miller
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 35
Character Height: 5' 8"
Character Weight: 162 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: United States Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas (2005 - Present); Overland Park City Council Member for the 6th Ward (2000 - 2004)
Character Country/State of Birth: Kansas
Character State of Residence: Kansas
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Main Strengths: Strong local connections; personable and empathetic; emphasis on constituent services; well-reputed as a “common sense” legislator.
Main Weaknesses: His congressional district will always be a target of the Republican Party, even if he is willing to field their concerns on most legislative priorities. As such, he has to consistently prove to his constituents that the district is better off with his advocacy and legislative record in order to stay one step ahead of a viable Republican opponent. Additionally, Oliver Miller is a closeted gay man. If his secret is revealed, he has no idea how his constituents (or his family) might react, but he doubts that it will be good. He tries to cope with his situation by throwing himself into his work, convinced that, especially with the passage of Kansas Amendment 1, his hopes for happiness are forever dashed, which has inevitably led to episodes of burn out, anxiety, and depression. He also tends to keep his congressional colleagues at arm’s length, maintaining professional relationships, but by and large he doesn’t allow them to get too close to him, for fear that they might discern his closeted status.
Biography:

Oliver Miller was born to Timothy and Jocelyn Miller on February 12, 1972 in Overland Park, Kansas. An only child, his Methodist parents doted on him as he grew up, entertaining him and his various interests - from archeology, to mythology, and ultimately history and politics. He was a loner in high school, with a small circle of friends. His eleventh grade American History teacher went above and beyond to foster Oliver's interest and helped cultivate in him a desire to teach social studies and civics and help other kids feel welcome at school. With a goal in mind, Oliver would enroll into the University of Kansas in the fall of 1990, where he would graduate with a Bachelor's in Secondary History & Government Education in the spring of 1994.

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

He earned his teaching certification for secondary social studies and began teaching as a secondary substitute teacher in one of the resident school districts back in Overland Park in the fall of 1995, having taken odd jobs in the interim as he prepared for his certification. When the school district finally hired him as a full time teacher in 1996, he was excited to leave his mark. Much as he did with his tertiary studies, he threw himself into his role as a middle school social studies teacher, winning praise from the district and parents alike. He had a reputation for being patient with his students, dedicating time after school to help those who were struggling with assignments or subjects, even just being there for those who had issues at home.

By 1999, Miller had been involved in local Democratic politics for a few years, attending school board meetings and public hearings of the city council, often seen advocating for better public education funding, allowing middle and high school students freedom of information by loudly standing against the “banning” of books from school and public libraries, and better resources for student mental health. No longer satisfied with sitting on the sidelines, Oliver decided to run for a city council seat in the 1999 municipal elections, which were nonpartisan in nature. With the help of his family, friends, and Johnson County Democrats, Oliver managed to out-organize his opponent and won on a platform that focused on improving mental health care in Overland Park, maintaining the city's fiscal responsibility by balancing low property taxes with smart investments, and increased spending in infrastructure and transportation spending to overhaul the city's roads and sewers, becoming one of two city council members for Overland Park’s 6th Ward, in the south of the city.

On the city council, he championed programs to improve mental health care and mental health care in the city, urging his colleagues to remember that, "Not all wounds are visible, and we can only guess at the battles our families, friends, and colleagues are wrestling with." This initiative ultimately passed, and Councilman Miller would go on to sponsor and co-sponsor other pieces of legislation with some of his more liberal or center-left leaning colleagues on the council to push through projects that would make the city's downtown areas safer for pedestrians, introduce smart sewer programs to the city, and initiatives to set up green energy infrastructure. There were some victories, and there were some defeats - among them was a bill to reform the city government so that the elected positions of Mayor and City Councilmember would be full time and paid accordingly, his reasoning being that governing is a full time job, and that, “As our city grows, our constituents expect their elected representatives to be there for them to remedy and address growing issues that they face.”

In January 2003, Congressman Lewis Rohr announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and would not be seeking re-election for the US House in 2004. The news sent shockwaves through the Kansas Democratic Party. A Blue Dog Democrat, Rohr had been the first Democrat elected to Congress in 37 years after his initial election in 1998. Miller decided to throw his hat in the ring, running as a center-left candidate that had a strong, local record, who was able to work across the aisle in City Council, and as a Democrat who was an advocate for sensible, common sense solutions to the problems that Americans were concerned with. Leaning heavily on Democratic strongholds in Lawrence, Wyandotte County, and Overland Park, he sought to energize young voters, suburban women, and Black voters within Wyandotte County to support him in the primary. It was a gamble that paid off, though now he would be contesting a battleground congressional district during a presidential election. His opponent was NotKrisKobach, a conservative law professor and former Department of Justice attorney, who had won the Republican primary against a moderate.

In the 2004 general election, the noticeably unmarried Miller was met with barbs by NotKobach at the latter’s rallies, some of them surprisingly uncivil for a high stakes congressional campaign in a suburban district. Miller, for his part, continued to campaign without responding to the attacks, focusing instead on championing proposals for Medicare expansion, better funding for public education and transportation projects to better serve the Kansas City Metropolitan area and Lawrence, as well as national security issues, including a desire to limit domestic surveillance powers that were enjoyed by the Cush Administration. In debates, NotKobach erred and focused on attacking Miller on his stances regarding abortion (Miller was unapologetically pro-choice) and the death penalty (he sided with Governor NotSebelius in opposing capital punishment and had lauded the Kansas Supreme Court’s declaration of capital punishment as being unconstitutional), and Miller made sure to broadside NotKobach on his “misplaced priorities” and hammered him for supporting cuts in Medicare, supporting freezing cost of living adjustments, and for his support of privatizing Social Security, declaring that NotKobach’s policies would, “...severely disadvantage elderly and disabled Kansans who depend on these benefits to survive, all while burying the country in debt and imposing more taxes on the middle class and the poor.” Election night produced a welcome, yet surprising result for the young Miller: with nearly 55% of the vote, he had not only defeated a Republican backed by the White House and maintained Democrats’ control of a critical House seat, but he had managed to build upon Rohr’s prior electoral successes and, for the first time since Rohr had won his first election in 1998, won more than 52% of the vote.

After he was elected, Miller did what he could to shepherd common sense legislation through the House, which had remained in Republican hands. Among these, Miller sponsored legislation that raised the death gratuity paid to the family of a soldier who died in combat to $100,000, building upon a bill that his Democratic predecessor had sponsored in the prior Congress to raise the gratuity from $12,000 to $50,000. He also voted for gun control legislation, and voted with the League of Women Voters and NARAL 100% of the time. In 2005, he campaigned with what would eventually grow to become the Kansas Equality Coalition against the Amendment 1 referendum, which would go further than existing state law and declare that the recognition or performing of same-sex marriages or civil unions by the state would be unconstitutional. Despite his best efforts to frame the amendment as “legally redundant”, only Douglas County strongly opposed the referendum, which passed in April 2005, with Johnson and Wyandotte Counties narrowly supporting the proposed amendment. It is rumored that this particular defeat stung Miller, though few will confirm that if asked, and fewer still would be in a position to explain why. In 2006, Miller won re-election with 64% of the vote, riding on a wave of anti-Cush sentiment and ensuring that Democrats would win the House that year. Miller hopes to build on these successes and pass legislation that would restore proper oversight and controls over domestic and international surveillance, as well as to improve the state of healthcare and public education across the country.

Other Info: Single, is a practicing Methodist.

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1. Is his status as a gay man totally unknown, or suspected, or an open secret?
2. Otherwise im happy to accept
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NS Nation Name: The Sarangtus Lands
Character Name: Pauline Bennett (nee Bastien)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 38
Character Height: 170cm
Character Weight: 65kg
Character Position/Role/Job: Deming Council Member (1993-2001), Mayor of Deming (2001-2006), Governor of New Mexico (2006-)
Character Country/State of Birth: New Mexico
Character State of Residence: New Mexico
Character Party Affiliation: Democrat
Main Strengths: Inspiring background, good record, quite charismatic, favourable personal ratings, strong support among minorities, able to appeal to traditional rural voters, supported by the activist left, and can attract small dollar donations.
Main Weaknesses: Politically inexperienced, few connections, very much to the left of the current political consensus, has never fought an election in a swing state, race and gender might prove barriers to higher office, very little support from the establishment or large corporations, very unorthodox in terms of background and style
Biography: The story of Pauline Bennett begins with that of her father. Her father, Bernard Bastien, who was a farm worker and committed member of the MOP, attending many meetings of the party. Bastien was a tough man, who attended a great deal of protests and rallies, though mostly in his youth and prior to the birth of his daughter. He cheered when Fignolé was elected, however his quick disposal of by the military - backed by the CIA - made him very angry, and he was involved in civil resistance against the military regime. However, as time grew on, he began to fear for his safety, and so took him and his wife to flee to the United States of America.

Bastien moved to New Mexico, and became a farmer in a quiet New Mexico town, giving up the struggle for a bit, however, within about 5 years, he joined the United Farm Workers and got back to organising. He did some work in and around the area, however, after some time, he and his wife decided to have a child, and this is where the story of Pauline Bennett begins.

Bennett was born as a fraternal twin. Both of her parents worked in farming, and her father often gave her and her brother what he called 'lessons about the world', talking to them about his leftist ideals, with her father being a self-described socialist who often criticised the US government for not providing for its people. While she attended school and did well there, her main education, according to her, came from her father. Her father saw that she began to form into the mould of a politician, and so helped her to realise her potential, giving her books on political topics and passing down the political knowledge he had from self-study.

Thanks to both her efforts and that of her father, she was the first - along with her brother - to receive any form of formal education, with her father having spent the first twenty years of his life illiterate and only able to read thanks to education he received from leftist political organisations back in Haiti. However, due to not being able to afford it, she was unable to attend university, and instead joined the Peace Corps after finishing high school, after doing a few years of volunteering experience while working on the farm.

Both due to her ability to speak French and her farming experience, she was posted off to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she helped local people with farming techniques and agricultural management, both teaching and getting into more practical work. After the end of her two-year term and a short extension, she returned to the United States.

As soon as she returned, both thanks to her father's status in the town and her personal inspiration, she slowly began to get into politics, first being a member of being the local Democratic Party, organising to increase turnout and get people involved in politics around rural New Mexico. She was decent at her job, and so ran for Deming Council in 1993, winning narrowly thanks to the reputation she built in the town.

In the city council, she primarily focused on local concerns, pushing for increased funding for libraries, personally overseeing the "Read for Deming" initiative, where local schools were provided with books - both fictional and non-fictional - through working with NGOs, parents and some money from the budget along with afterschool clubs to encourage students to educate themselves more about the world and things they were interested in. She also worked on getting a volunteer effort up to help beautify the parks and local environment, helping get rid of litter and so on. She was reelected with a wide margin, typical of the safe Democratic politics of the town.

After two terms in the city council, she ran for Mayor, as the incumbent retired. She was endorsed by the former Mayor, and so won in a solid victory, once again, typical of the town's politics. She continued her work there, amassing what she termed the Deming Volunteers, opening door-to-door outreach efforts to help mobilise people into taking volunteer action, then pushing ahead to improve transport in the town and creating a bill to offer grants and support to local cooperatives and expand adult education. She did this through implementing a small income tax on the more well-off in the town (in relative terms - the town had the highest poverty rate in New Mexico and one of the lowest average incomes when she came into office)

Her ethos of small-town solidarity struck a chord with voters from her town, and her policies were quite effective, slashing the poverty rate by quite a large amount, along with reducing unemployment and driving growth to the town. She also helped cut the crime rate through rehabilitation policies, giving prisoners education and reintegrating them into the community, along with her economic policies offering opportunity to people and tackling the causes of crime as well. Her rhetoric largely consisted of three things: hope, solidarity and inclusive populism, according to one local journalist.

She also made a brief, failed run for Congress in 2002, running on a stridenly and openly progressive platform, as opposed to her more mainline run in 2006. This run failed, as she narrowly lost in the Democratic primary, 52-48. She was disheartened by the loss, but nevertheless moved on, adapting her rhetoric and strategy to be a bit more mainline in the future. This defeat likely contributed to her victory in both the Democratic primary and in the general as Governor.

She briefly saw a moment of national recognition, after appearing on CNN to openly oppose the Iraq War, saying that it would be a great mistake and urging caution, and talked about how a pointless war like it - since the UN hadn't been able to find evidence of WMDs yet and there was no resolution in favour, making the war illegal - would take away money from the bottom of American society, and that instead of spending money on bombs they ought to spend it on food. Her spirited opposition to the war gave her a moment in the activist left circles, but ultimately it was just a mere moment.

Aside from that, her term went quietly well, as local and state newspapers covered the "Deming Miracle", and so, in 2006, with the retirement of the incumbent for personal reasons, she took the chance, declaring early, once again running on her rhetoric of solidarity, along with implementing a "Prosperity for All Plan" for New Mexico, campaigning on support of policies such as expanded access to healthcare, universal employment, police reform and increased funding to education. She narrowly won the primary, using her usual style to win voters over.

But then came the general. The general was a spirited fight, as her opponent knew that her gender and race would pose a high barrier to victory, and in spite of the national environment being against him, he had a chance. She knew that too, so she campaigned hard, despite a few missteps as a result of her lack of statewide experience, with her opponent having held statewide office. But regardless of that, she pressed on, and while some felt that the newcomer progressive's campaign was going to end up like [not-Dukakis] in 1988, she inspired a great deal of enthusiasm among the Democratic base, and brought in quite a bit of attention from outside of the state, and despite an initial slide in the polls, she was able to hold her own, winning 58-39. [Note: this margin is 19 points lower than the IRL result]

Now that she takes office, what will she do? It's time to look ahead, and see what the future brings.
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1. She seems pretty young
2. She's not politically inexperienced, she's been in elected office for just under 15 years
3. Is the "Deming Miracle" based on irl progress in the town?
4. What are her stances on guns, immigration, and abortion?
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Postby Melovinta » Mon Feb 21, 2022 9:42 am

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NS Nation Name: Melovinta
Character Name: Harold Pierce Gunsley
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 44
Character Height: 185 cm
Character Weight: 82 kilograms
Character Position/Role/Job: (1996-2002, 2006-Present) Representative from North Dakota
Character Country/State of Birth: North Dakota
Character State of Residence: North Dakota
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Strong farmer-base support, establishment support, long political career, and veteran support due to military background.
Main Weaknesses: Making off the cuff remarks and opening his mouth before thinking, never fighting a truly competitive election, lack of outsider credentials, and lack of funds.
Biography:

Born to a German-American lawyer and a housewife in 1962, Harold Pierce Gunsley grew up in a moderately wealthy family. He was never the best student as he grew, but he was good enough to get into the university of North Dakota, graduating with an economics degree and working as a stockbroker for a good few years, racking up a considerable amount of wealth, 8 million Dollars to be exact. In 1988, he joined the Marine Corps, being assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve. In 1991, he was called into active service to fight in the Gulf War. He was deployed to serve 6 months of duty as his tour. In a skirmish in a village, he lost his lower right leg to an IED, having it amputated and replaced with a prosthetic leg. He finished his tour of duty away from the frontline.

It was in 1996 that he made his debut into politics when he ran for the position of Representative of North Dakotas at-large district against Sarah Lawrence, winning easily in the heavily conservative state. In his position he campaigned against gay marriage, campaigned for increased farmer subsidies, and made several connections in Washington. He ran again in 1998 against Sarah Lawrence again, winning again, where he continued his previous policies of championing against gay marriage. He won re-election in 2000.

As the millennium dawned, he saw an increasingly liberal America over the horizon, toning down his conservative rhetoric against homosexuality, and drug use but not gun control to retain his conservative base, which cost him in 2002 and 2004, but wasn't much of a loss due to him stressing his military background. In 2006, he attempted to reach out to the moderates by fence-sitting on homosexuality, which caused him to win the election. But in the year 2007 he is concerned about the unpopularity of the War on Terror, the history of his remarks against gay marriage, and that he might be too conservative for the time, and he is certainly not ready to give up his seat without a fight, hoping to capitalize on the rural, veteran, and conservative or moderate votes to retain his seat in the House in 2008, and possibly make it into the Senate in 2010 and in the event of a miracle, the Presidency in 2012.
Other Info: Married, Evangelical.

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Postby Yaruqo » Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:04 am

Dentali wrote:
Yaruqo wrote: -snip-


1. Is his status as a gay man totally unknown, or suspected, or an open secret?
2. Otherwise im happy to accept


Probably suspected in some circles, but he hasn’t come out to anyone [yet].
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Postby Latvijas Otra Republika » Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:32 am

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NS Nation Name: Latvijas Otra Republika
Character Name: Eleanor Brosnan
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 52
Character Height: 5ft 4
Character Weight: 58kg
Character Position/Role/Job:
    Chancellor at the University of Mississippi (2004-Present)
    Governor of Mississippi (2000-2004)
    Associate Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court (1995-2000)
    Attorney for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1991-1995)
    Independent Attorney (1987-1991)
Appearance: Image
Character State of Origin: Mississippi, Jackson
Character State of Residence: Mississippi, Laurel
Character Party Affiliation: Democrat
Main Strengths:
    - Southern Local: Born, raised and married in the Magnolia state. Brosnan is a true deep-south local through and through.
    - Devoted Evangelical: Espousing Evangelical views and attending Church regularly has earned her a reputation of being a hard-line Christian.
    - Lifelong Pro-Life & Childcare Advocate: Having spent much of her life campaigning for pro-life movements, being in close contact to childcare issues/groups and becoming a mother has added to this image.
    - Federal Government Experience: Her work within the F.B.I has given her some experience with internal federal affairs and procedures.
    - Education Reformer: Brosnan's governorship has championed education, being a core issue and legislative victory for her within the state.
Main Weaknesses:
    - Stern & Coldly Analytical: Warm comfort isn't associated with Eleanor, her lack of emotion and human touch tends to alienate voters.
    - DNC Disconnect: Her social stances and general moderate politics tends to not go down well with more liberal elements in the DNC, creating an oftentimes straining relationship with the party.
    - Prideful Narcissism: Having already been raised with a certain sense of pride, her unique position today has developed mere pride into unhealthy self-loving narcissism.
    - Lacking Public Relations: Personal connections to voters, other than the relatability of having a family, are few and far between.
    - Political Balancing: Being a Democrat in the South has continually put her political career under strain, maintaining her status requires delicate balancing and compromise.
Biography: 1954

Other Info: Practising Evangelical, One child & a stay at home husband

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Postby Dentali » Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:34 am

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NS Nation Name: Melovinta
Character Name: Harold Pierce Gunsley
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 44
Character Height: 185 cm
Character Weight: 82 kilograms
Character Position/Role/Job: (1996-2002, 2006-Present) Representative from North Dakota
Character Country/State of Birth: North Dakota
Character State of Residence: North Dakota
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Strong farmer-base support, establishment support, long political career, and veteran support due to military background.
Main Weaknesses: Making off the cuff remarks and opening his mouth before thinking, never fighting a truly competitive election, lack of outsider credentials, and lack of funds.
Biography:

Born to a German-American lawyer and a housewife in 1962, Harold Pierce Gunsley grew up in a moderately wealthy family. He was never the best student as he grew, but he was good enough to get into the university of North Dakota, graduating with an economics degree and working as a stockbroker for a good few years, racking up a considerable amount of wealth, 8 million Dollars to be exact.

It was in 1996 that he made his debut into politics when he ran for the position of Representative of North Dakotas at-large district against Sarah Lawrence, winning easily in the heavily conservative state. In his position he campaigned against gay marriage, campaigned for increased farmer subsidies, and made several connections in Washington. He ran again in 1998 against Sarah Lawrence again, winning again, where he continued his previous policies of championing against gay marriage. He won re-election in 2000, but in 2002 decided to not run but enlist in the military due to the War on Terror, hoping a successful tour of duty would help with the veteran vote back home.

He enlisted in the marines, being deployed to Afghanistan where he was to serve a tour of 3 years. He fought against Afghan militants in the mountains, where he lost his right leg all the way up to his knee to an IED in a near death experience, being temporarily stopped from continuing his tour. His leg had to be amputated, replacing it with a prosthetic leg. He eventually finished his tour, returning to the states in 2005 just in time for the 2006 midterm election, where he used his connections in Washington to help him become the frontrunner in North Dakota, running against Steve Pekowsky, winning the election in a landslide. But in the year 2007 he is concerned about the unpopularity of the War on Terror, the history of his remarks against gay marriage, and that he might be too conservative for the time, and he is certainly not ready to give up his seat without a fight, hoping to capitalize on the rural, veteran, and conservative or moderate votes to retain his seat in the House in 2008.
Other Info: Married, Evangelical.

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1. I feel like you just wanted him to be a War on Terror vet... Can i recommend him being a reservist before the war? Alternatively have him serve in Desert Storm? Him leaving congress to just enlist is really odd especially give his age and family back home.

2. A marine tour for an enlisted solider is typically 6-9 months, 12 months MAXIMUM

3. I would just work out the timeline a bit.
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Postby Dentali » Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:35 am

Yaruqo wrote:
Dentali wrote:
1. Is his status as a gay man totally unknown, or suspected, or an open secret?
2. Otherwise im happy to accept


Probably suspected in some circles, but he hasn’t come out to anyone [yet].



Cool i just wanted some clarification
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Postby Melovinta » Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:38 am

Dentali wrote:
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NS Nation Name: Melovinta
Character Name: Harold Pierce Gunsley
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 44
Character Height: 185 cm
Character Weight: 82 kilograms
Character Position/Role/Job: (1996-2002, 2006-Present) Representative from North Dakota
Character Country/State of Birth: North Dakota
Character State of Residence: North Dakota
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Main Strengths: Strong farmer-base support, establishment support, long political career, and veteran support due to military background.
Main Weaknesses: Making off the cuff remarks and opening his mouth before thinking, never fighting a truly competitive election, lack of outsider credentials, and lack of funds.
Biography:

Born to a German-American lawyer and a housewife in 1962, Harold Pierce Gunsley grew up in a moderately wealthy family. He was never the best student as he grew, but he was good enough to get into the university of North Dakota, graduating with an economics degree and working as a stockbroker for a good few years, racking up a considerable amount of wealth, 8 million Dollars to be exact.

It was in 1996 that he made his debut into politics when he ran for the position of Representative of North Dakotas at-large district against Sarah Lawrence, winning easily in the heavily conservative state. In his position he campaigned against gay marriage, campaigned for increased farmer subsidies, and made several connections in Washington. He ran again in 1998 against Sarah Lawrence again, winning again, where he continued his previous policies of championing against gay marriage. He won re-election in 2000, but in 2002 decided to not run but enlist in the military due to the War on Terror, hoping a successful tour of duty would help with the veteran vote back home.

He enlisted in the marines, being deployed to Afghanistan where he was to serve a tour of 3 years. He fought against Afghan militants in the mountains, where he lost his right leg all the way up to his knee to an IED in a near death experience, being temporarily stopped from continuing his tour. His leg had to be amputated, replacing it with a prosthetic leg. He eventually finished his tour, returning to the states in 2005 just in time for the 2006 midterm election, where he used his connections in Washington to help him become the frontrunner in North Dakota, running against Steve Pekowsky, winning the election in a landslide. But in the year 2007 he is concerned about the unpopularity of the War on Terror, the history of his remarks against gay marriage, and that he might be too conservative for the time, and he is certainly not ready to give up his seat without a fight, hoping to capitalize on the rural, veteran, and conservative or moderate votes to retain his seat in the House in 2008.
Other Info: Married, Evangelical.

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1. I feel like you just wanted him to be a War on Terror vet... Can i recommend him being a reservist before the war? Alternatively have him serve in Desert Storm? Him leaving congress to just enlist is really odd especially give his age and family back home.

2. A marine tour for an enlisted solider is typically 6-9 months, 12 months MAXIMUM

3. I would just work out the timeline a bit.


Got it, thanks for the advice. I'll edit the application appropriately.
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Postby Meretica » Mon Feb 21, 2022 2:16 pm

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Dorothy Winthrop
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Dorothy Winthrop
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 53 (nearing 54)
Character Height: 5'6"
Character Weight: 139 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Businesswoman from Maine, Senate Candidate (Unannounced)
Character Country/State of Birth: Maine
Character State of Residence: Maine
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic (2001 to present); Independent (1973 to 2001); Republican (prior to 1973)
Face Claim: Meryl Streep (Devil Wears Prada face claim due to age)
Main Strengths: Extremely wealthy, not too old, extremely Progressive, well-known on the East Coast, campaigned hard during the midterms, successful businesswoman
Main Weaknesses: Former Republican, sometimes accused of being a flip-flopper, doesn't always follow the party line, comes from money, Wall Street connections, can be shrewd, little known outside of New England, health episode cover-up, questionable record on unions, stubborn and independent

Biography: Dorothy Winthrop was born July 4, 1953, in Augusta, Maine at Winthrop Manor. A member of the well-to-do family, the Winthrops, she was raised to be a Liberal Republican from an early age and brought up into a political family. Her father and grandfather had served in the Maine legislature as a Progressive and a Liberal Republican respectively, and it was expected that all Winthrop relatives have some involvement in politics. Dorothy was a natural and took to political theory like a fish to water from a young age. Like her father, she was of the Rockefeller-Romney-Warren (as in Earl Warren) stock, being socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

At the age of 13, Dorothy served as a volunteer for a Republican campaign in Maine. She continued to work for his campaign even though he was considered to lose, and he did. In 1968, (age 15), she worked for Nixon’s election campaign. She did the same in 1972 but disavowed him after Watergate. She made up for it by supporting Franck Church for president in 1976 and voting for Carter that same year. In 1980, she supported Ted Kennedy in the primaries and wrote him in. In 1984, she worked part-time for Reagan’s re-election campaign, before switching back to the Democrats to support Jesse Jackson in 1988 (she voted for Dukakis in the end). In 1992 and 1996, Dorothy worked for the Perot campaign. During these years, she also obtained a Bachelor’s in Business and a Bachelor’s in Economics.

In 2000, Dorothy supported (McCain) in the GOP primaries; she reluctantly voted for (Gore) in the general and was disgusted by the Florida results, believing that the election should've gone to the House since Florida's final tally could not officially be created. She wrote letters back and forth with her family over whether or not to publish an op-ed suggesting this in mid-November 2000, but decided against it. Dorothy was appointed to serve as an economic advisor to Governor (Angus King). However, Dorothy resigned after she was shoved down a staircase (in the middle of a family argument) in 2002 because she broke her femur and was bed-bound for weeks. She now has a very noticeable limp and often has walking issues, sometimes making use of a cane. She also sometimes has intense pain in her side that has stuck with her since the attempt; the pain is usually temporary and quick, and it is well-known that this is an issue she has. She refuses to take pain medication as most that would be prescribed to her are either narcotics or not strong enough; the lone exception has been morphine, which she has had to use on a select few occasions where the pain was so intense that she once screamed herself hoarse after falling at her home in 2005. A neighbor that had often house sat entered her home to check on her after not hearing from her in several days. This neighbor very likely saved her life. Her nephew, Philemon, now serves as a part-time staffer and is almost always nearby. This particular event was covered up at Dorothy's request. Dorothy's refusal to be medicated comes largely from her desire to not be seen as drug reliant, though she tends to come off as stubborn.

Dorothy started a news media organization called “The Real American” in late 2002 after resigning with help from her relatives. It began as a radio talk show based in Maine with extremely progressive leanings. It joined Sirius XM early on and was soon being broadcasted across New England. In 2006, the program received attention for its 99-hour "Live on Air Filibuster," conducted during Congressional hearings for the nomination of (Samuel Alito) to the (Supreme Court). Hosts including Dorothy and several others filled in during the event, to allow the show's regular hosts and contributors to rest or take breaks. That same year, TRA joined YouTube and started creating a podcast to share its progressive message. The show's name was changed to “The Caffeinated American” on Election Day. Since then, Winthrop has been appearing more and more on the show, occasionally hinting that she might run for federal office. Some members of Congress, such as Rep. John Mattox, have appeared on the show to share various policy ideas and more.

Additionally, Dorothy hit the campaign trail in 2006, campaigning on behalf of several primary challengers and working to elect progressives. Dorothy is a self-proclaimed member of the Progressive movement and spent a large amount of time campaigning on behalf of the Democratic Party in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. She also had brief campaign events in Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Montana, and California.

Winthrop is seen as a likely candidate to run in 2008 for the Democratic or Green nominations, but she will be running for Senate instead. Most of the speculation has come about because has spent a fair amount of time in New York, New Hampshire, and Iowa speaking on behalf of white-and-blue collar workers. She has also crisscrossed the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama in an attempt to drive up voter registration and turnout among blacks, homosexuals, and other minorities.

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Family Tree and Summarized Dynamic--
Daniel Winthrop (b. 1918 and d. 1983) and Tonya Estes (m. 1939; b. 1921) had three children: Titus I, Marianne, and James.

Titus I (b. 1940) + Elizabeth (m. 1961) had four children:
-Nathaniel (b. 1962) + Jessica Davies (m. 1985); had Titus II in 1989, Gabriel in 1992, and Philemon in 1994.
-Dorothy (b. 1967); never married
-Rebecca (b. 1968) + Matthew Wallace (m. 1990); had Andrea in 1992 and Isaac in 1993.
-Augustine (b. 1970); mostly a recluse, suffers from agoraphobia

Marianne (b. 1943) + Arnold Robertson (m. 1964) had two children:
-Yvette (b. 1968) + Andrew (m. 1979); had Strom in 1981 and Fred in 1983
-Regina II (b. & d. 1973)

James (b. 1945) + Hepzibah (m. 1969) died in a car crash in 1999.

Titus II lives in New York with his wife Anna (m. 2012) where he serves as a member of the city council from Albany. Andrea is unmarried but has an adopted daughter, Sam (b. 2019); Andrea is a part-time host of TCA, often hopping over to Maine from her home in Vermont. The other relatives work for the growing media organization or are preparing to work for the upcoming campaign, either as staffers, lawyers, or something else.


John Mattox
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: John Amos Mattox III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 55
Character Height: 6'4"
Character Weight: 199 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Speaker of the House (2007-Present); Congressman from Massachusetts (1986-Present); Democratic Whip (1997-2001); House Minority Leader (2001-2007)
Character Country/State of Birth: Massachusetts (specifically Concord, MA-3)
Character State of Residence: Massachusetts
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Face Claim: Jeb Bush (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Establishment politician, been around since the Reagan-era, Vietnam Vet, slowly becoming more progressive, well-connected, and organized, humble war hero
Main Weaknesses: Faced close primary in 2006 with a super progressive, wary of the progressive left and has not made any strong stances on them despite being a New England liberal, can occasionally buck the party for his own interests, skipped the Iraq vote due to “illness”

Biography: John Amos Mattox III (born January 3, 1952), sometimes referred to as JAM (like you’d put on a biscuit or piece of toast), is a Massachusetts politician currently serving as a Democrat from the third congressional district. Mattox is a Vietnam veteran, an establishment politician, and an old-style New England liberal. Mattox is typically classified as a progressive Skeptic despite being a relatively liberal member of the House. Mattox worked with politicians like John Kerry, Tip O’Neil, and others to build an agenda that was acceptable to the American people.

After finishing high school, Mattox had hoped to attend college but was drafted after his graduation in 1970. Mattox joined the Air Force and served in Vietnam, earning the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Medal of Honor by Congress in 1976 for “actions as a prisoner of war.” Mattox was captured by the Viet-Cong in 1972 and was held until shortly after the war ended. Though he said nothing at first, several men he was released with explained that Mattox had often given his rations to other prisoners and encouraged them to stay alive. He attempted to nurse three fellow POWs back to health, but two of them died. The third shared detailed experiences of life as a POW with his family, military leaders, and Congressman Harold Donohue of Massachusett’s 3rd District, which Mattox would later represent. Rep. Donohue submitted Mattox’s name to Congress, and a special act was passed to award Mattox with the Medal of Honor, despite his protests. Mattox rarely if ever discussed his days as a veteran, preferring not to share his harrowing experiences.

In 1976, Mattox began to attend college and married Annabelle Wolfe (then 20 years old), the daughter of a state legislator. John and Annabelle had two sets of twins, one in 1977 (Bella and Henry) and the other in 1988 (Thalia and Avery). Thanks to the wealth of their families, the Mattox’s were able to prosper in Concord. After graduating in 1980, Mattox joined the workforce as an architect. Mattox made a relatively good salary and paid back both his parents and his in-laws for the funds that they had provided with interest. Mattox enjoyed his peaceful life and was appointed to work with a large team on the Big Dig. Mattox left the project out of frustration in late 1982, believing that his advice and expertise were being ignored. He returned to working with private firms.

In 1984, Congressman Joseph D. Early announced he was entering early retirement. Mattox announced that he would run for the seat a few days later, despite having no political experience. Despite wanting to focus on policy, Mattox won the primary largely because of a debate during which his opponent was questioning his military record. In a rare burst of anger, Mattox spat, “If you want to question my record, have at it, but you will not be forgiven for attacking the sacrifices I gave to my country.” Mattox promptly left the debate, joined by his wife. He won the primary a few weeks later in a landslide, followed by a landslide election to the House.

Mattox took rather liberal stances on various issues and tried not to stray from the party line if he could avoid it. He voted against some of the worst excesses of Reagan and supported Dukakis for president in 1988. In 1992, Mattox advocated for Tom Harkin’s candidacy. In 1992 and 1996, Mattox voted for Clinton. In 2000, he supported Al Gore during the primaries solely because he was more liberal than anyone else running; however, he voted for Ralph Nader. Mattox voted against certifying the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida.

In 2004, Howard Dean was Mattox’s preferred presidential choice, but he voted for John Kerry. In 2006, Mattox was primaried by a progressive backed by Dorothy Winthrop and other progressives. Mattox somewhat surprisingly adopted several policies, including the abolition of the electoral college, introducing additional hate crime legislation, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and more. Mattox narrowly won his primary but went on to win his election easily. Mattox is wary of the ultra progressives and isn’t sure how much longer he will last in Congress without being pushed too far left.

Mattox became the Whip of the House Democratic Caucus in January 1997. Despite his calm nature, Mattox is known for being relatively harsh regarding party-line votes, using ethically shady tactics to force other Democrats to keep to the party line. He also works with Reps to make sure their districts get crucial funding if he’s able to and has gained the trust of the Democratic Caucus. In 2003, he was elevated to serve as House Minority Leader and subsequently became Speaker of the House in 2007. As Speaker, Mattox has done what he can to limit the worst of President not-Bush and work with the Democratic Senate to push a Democratic agenda to unite the party around a left-leaning agenda and keep some of the more progressive members in line. Mattox finds the Speakership to be stressful and is unsure if he will retain the office. He has aspirations to seek higher office, specifically the Senate seat up in 2008. He has said that he will make his decision about whether or not to run in December.

Other Info:
Children: Bella (30), Henry (30), Thalia (19), Avery (19)

Thalia and Avery are currently Georgetown University attendees studying political science and economics respectively. Henry is a member of the Massachusetts State Senate and his father’s heir apparent in state politics; if his father is elected to the Senate, Henry will run for his father’s House seat. Henry is married to Bernice Young, and they have fathered two children: John IV, Joseph, and Jessica. Bella serves as an architect and works with the government on infrastructure projects. Mattox has sometimes come under suspicion for helping his daughter find work, but this has never been proven and stays out of the news. Mattox’s wife, Annabelle, currently has early-onset Alzheimer’s, leading Mattox to join the Alzheimer’s research caucus. He is one of the best-known advocates for Alzheimer’s research in Congress. Annabelle is expected to pass within the next five years.

Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: Cassandra Hepburn-Smith
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 65
Character Height: 6'0"
Character Weight: 166 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Senator (2003-Present), VA Attorney General (1998-2002)
Character Country/State of Birth: Virginia
Character State of Residence: Virginia (specifically Arlington/D.C.)
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Face Claim: Helen Mirren (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Moderate, prefers compromise, establishment member, popular, well-known in her state, stays close to the people
Main Weaknesses: Sometimes seen as too moderate, comes from money, accused of being a maverick (which can be a strength)

Biography: Born in 1943, Cassandra Hepburn-Smith nee Livingston is a moderate Republican Senator from Virginia. Cassie grew up in a relatively wealthy family during the end of FDR’s and the start of Truman’s presidencies and was influenced early on to be a moderate Republican by her father, who had been a Republican his entire life. Living in relative prosperity regardless of how the national economy was faring, Cassie was an only child.

After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Cassie attended Harvard Law School thanks to her father’s wealth. She graduated in the top third of her class and joined a law firm in Washington, D.C. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Cassie began working for Republican members of Congress regarding Constitutional law, which she had specialized in. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Cassie wrote dozens of editorials fighting abortion. In 1993, Cassie ran for the position of Virginia Attorney General and won as a Republican; she was reelected in 1997 and 2001, but in 2002 she resigned to run for Senate as the sitting Senator chose to enter early retirement. She easily trounced her opponents.

Cassie has been a strong supporter of President Bush and is publicly wary of the ultra-progressive movement, saying, “What we’re seeing here is very alarming, very worrying. I know that we need some changes to parts of our economy, but these people are pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?”

Cassie is married to Glenn Hepburn-Smith, a corporate lawyer from Maryland. They have a daughter, Angela; she was born in 1988 in hard labor. Cassie tries not to discuss her personal life, and thus little is disclosed to the public. Cassie prefers focusing on the issues to focusing on herself, but she has started focusing on how she overcame anti-women attitudes to become a leading politician in her state.

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Cassie is well-known for having weekly town halls open to the public across Virginia each week. While she will continue holding weekly town halls open to the public, she will not stay in Virginia. Voters in Maryland, D.C., and West Virginia have sometimes crossed state lines because they view Cassie as their voice in Congress despite having elected officials themselves (except in the case of D.C.). Additionally, Cassie advocates for all US territories holding referendums to determine their futures, focusing on statehood, continued protection as a territory, or independence. Cassie has included D.C., but adds a fourth option, that option being that D.C. can either join Virginia or Maryland. Cassie believes that Ranked-Choice Voting should be used for these issues.
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John Mattox
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: John Amos Mattox III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 55
Character Height: 6'4"
Character Weight: 199 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Speaker of the House (2007-Present); Congressman from Massachusetts (1986-Present); Democratic Whip (1997-2001); House Minority Leader (2001-2007)
Character Country/State of Birth: Massachusetts (specifically Concord, MA-3)
Character State of Residence: Massachusetts
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Face Claim: Jeb Bush (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Establishment politician, been around since the Reagan-era, Vietnam Vet, slowly becoming more progressive, well-connected, and organized, humble war hero
Main Weaknesses: Faced close primary in 2006 with Coffee Housers, wary of the Coffee Housers and has not made any strong stances on them despite being a New England liberal, can occasionally buck the party for his own interests, skipped the Iraq vote due to “illness”

Biography: John Amos Mattox III (born January 3, 1952), sometimes referred to as JAM (like you’d put on a biscuit or piece of toast), is a Massachusetts politician currently serving as a Democrat from the third congressional district. Mattox is a Vietnam veteran, an establishment politician, and an old-style New England liberal. Mattox is typically classified as a Coffee House Skeptic despite being a relatively liberal member of the House. Mattox worked with politicians like John Kerry, Tip O’Neil, and others to build an agenda that was acceptable to the American people.

After finishing high school, Mattox had hoped to attend college but was drafted after his graduation in 1970. Mattox joined the Air Force and served in Vietnam, earning the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Medal of Honor by Congress in 1976 for “actions as a prisoner of war.” Mattox was captured by the Viet-Cong in 1972 and was held until shortly after the war ended. Though he said nothing at first, several men he was released with explained that Mattox had often given his rations to other prisoners and encouraged them to stay alive. He attempted to nurse three fellow POWs back to health, but two of them died. The third shared detailed experiences of life as a POW with his family, military leaders, and Congressman Harold Donohue of Massachusett’s 3rd District, which Mattox would later represent. Rep. Donohue submitted Mattox’s name to Congress, and a special act was passed to award Mattox with the Medal of Honor, despite his protests. Mattox rarely if ever discussed his days as a veteran, preferring not to share his harrowing experiences.

In 1976, Mattox began to attend college and married Annabelle Wolfe (then 20 years old), the daughter of a state legislator. John and Annabelle had two sets of twins, one in 1977 (Bella and Henry) and the other in 1988 (Thalia and Avery). Thanks to the wealth of their families, the Mattox’s were able to prosper in Concord. After graduating in 1980, Mattox joined the workforce as an architect. Mattox made a relatively good salary and paid back both his parents and his in-laws for the funds that they had provided with interest. Mattox enjoyed his peaceful life and was appointed to work with a large team on the Big Dig. Mattox left the project out of frustration in late 1982, believing that his advice and expertise were being ignored. He returned to working with private firms.

In 1984, Congressman Joseph D. Early announced he was entering early retirement. Mattox announced that he would run for the seat a few days later, despite having no political experience. Despite wanting to focus on policy, Mattox won the primary largely because of a debate during which his opponent was questioning his military record. In a rare burst of anger, Mattox spat, “If you want to question my record, have at it, but you will not be forgiven for attacking the sacrifices I gave to my country.” Mattox promptly left the debate, joined by his wife. He won the primary a few weeks later in a landslide, followed by a landslide election to the House.

Mattox took rather liberal stances on various issues and tried not to stray from the party line if he could avoid it. He voted against some of the worst excesses of Reagan and supported Dukakis for president in 1988. In 1992, Mattox advocated for Tom Harkin’s candidacy. In 1992 and 1996, Mattox voted for Clinton. In 2000, he supported Al Gore during the primaries solely because he was more liberal than anyone else running; however, he voted for Ralph Nader. Mattox voted against certifying the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida.

In 2004, Howard Dean was Mattox’s preferred presidential choice, but he voted for John Kerry. In 2006, Mattox was primaried by a Coffee Houser backed by Dorothy Winthrop and other progressives. Mattox somewhat surprisingly adopted several policies, including the abolition of the electoral college, introducing additional hate crime legislation, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and more. Mattox narrowly won his primary but went on to win his election easily. Mattox is wary of the Coffee Housers and isn’t sure how much longer he will last in Congress without being pushed too far left.

Mattox became the Whip of the House Democratic Caucus in January 1997. Despite his calm nature, Mattox is known for being relatively harsh regarding party-line votes, using ethically shady tactics to force other Democrats to keep to the party line. He also works with Reps to make sure their districts get crucial funding if he’s able to and has gained the trust of the Democratic Caucus. In 2003, he was elevated to serve as House Minority Leader and subsequently became Speaker of the House in 2007. As Speaker, Mattox has done what he can to limit the worst of President not-Bush and work with the Democratic Senate to push a Democratic agenda to unite the party around a left-leaning agenda and keep some of the more progressive members in line. Mattox finds the Speakership to be stressful and is unsure if he will retain the office. He has aspirations to seek higher office, specifically the Senate seat up in 2008. He has said that he will make his decision about whether or not to run in December.

Other Info:
Children: Bella (30), Henry (30), Thalia (19), Avery (19)

Thalia and Avery are currently Georgetown University attendees studying political science and economics respectively. Henry is a member of the Massachusetts State Senate and his father’s heir apparent in state politics; if his father is elected to the Senate, Henry will run for his father’s House seat. Henry is married to Bernice Young, and they have fathered two children: John IV, Joseph, and Jessica. Bella serves as an architect and works with the government on infrastructure projects. Mattox has sometimes come under suspicion for helping his daughter find work, but this has never been proven and stays out of the news. Mattox’s wife, Annabelle, currently has early-onset Alzheimer’s, leading Mattox to join the Alzheimer’s research caucus. He is one of the best-known advocates for Alzheimer’s research in Congress. Annabelle is expected to pass within the next five years.



Let me be clear the Speaker of the house is the single most powerful position in congress, going to a senate seat is a MASSIVE step down
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Postby Meretica » Mon Feb 21, 2022 3:16 pm

Dentali wrote:
Meretica wrote:(Face claims listed, too lazy to Imgur rn)



John Mattox
NS Nation Name: Meretica
Character Name: John Amos Mattox III
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 55
Character Height: 6'4"
Character Weight: 199 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: Speaker of the House (2007-Present); Congressman from Massachusetts (1986-Present); Democratic Whip (1997-2001); House Minority Leader (2001-2007)
Character Country/State of Birth: Massachusetts (specifically Concord, MA-3)
Character State of Residence: Massachusetts
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Face Claim: Jeb Bush (circa 2007)
Main Strengths: Establishment politician, been around since the Reagan-era, Vietnam Vet, slowly becoming more progressive, well-connected, and organized, humble war hero
Main Weaknesses: Faced close primary in 2006 with Coffee Housers, wary of the Coffee Housers and has not made any strong stances on them despite being a New England liberal, can occasionally buck the party for his own interests, skipped the Iraq vote due to “illness”

Biography: John Amos Mattox III (born January 3, 1952), sometimes referred to as JAM (like you’d put on a biscuit or piece of toast), is a Massachusetts politician currently serving as a Democrat from the third congressional district. Mattox is a Vietnam veteran, an establishment politician, and an old-style New England liberal. Mattox is typically classified as a Coffee House Skeptic despite being a relatively liberal member of the House. Mattox worked with politicians like John Kerry, Tip O’Neil, and others to build an agenda that was acceptable to the American people.

After finishing high school, Mattox had hoped to attend college but was drafted after his graduation in 1970. Mattox joined the Air Force and served in Vietnam, earning the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Medal of Honor by Congress in 1976 for “actions as a prisoner of war.” Mattox was captured by the Viet-Cong in 1972 and was held until shortly after the war ended. Though he said nothing at first, several men he was released with explained that Mattox had often given his rations to other prisoners and encouraged them to stay alive. He attempted to nurse three fellow POWs back to health, but two of them died. The third shared detailed experiences of life as a POW with his family, military leaders, and Congressman Harold Donohue of Massachusett’s 3rd District, which Mattox would later represent. Rep. Donohue submitted Mattox’s name to Congress, and a special act was passed to award Mattox with the Medal of Honor, despite his protests. Mattox rarely if ever discussed his days as a veteran, preferring not to share his harrowing experiences.

In 1976, Mattox began to attend college and married Annabelle Wolfe (then 20 years old), the daughter of a state legislator. John and Annabelle had two sets of twins, one in 1977 (Bella and Henry) and the other in 1988 (Thalia and Avery). Thanks to the wealth of their families, the Mattox’s were able to prosper in Concord. After graduating in 1980, Mattox joined the workforce as an architect. Mattox made a relatively good salary and paid back both his parents and his in-laws for the funds that they had provided with interest. Mattox enjoyed his peaceful life and was appointed to work with a large team on the Big Dig. Mattox left the project out of frustration in late 1982, believing that his advice and expertise were being ignored. He returned to working with private firms.

In 1984, Congressman Joseph D. Early announced he was entering early retirement. Mattox announced that he would run for the seat a few days later, despite having no political experience. Despite wanting to focus on policy, Mattox won the primary largely because of a debate during which his opponent was questioning his military record. In a rare burst of anger, Mattox spat, “If you want to question my record, have at it, but you will not be forgiven for attacking the sacrifices I gave to my country.” Mattox promptly left the debate, joined by his wife. He won the primary a few weeks later in a landslide, followed by a landslide election to the House.

Mattox took rather liberal stances on various issues and tried not to stray from the party line if he could avoid it. He voted against some of the worst excesses of Reagan and supported Dukakis for president in 1988. In 1992, Mattox advocated for Tom Harkin’s candidacy. In 1992 and 1996, Mattox voted for Clinton. In 2000, he supported Al Gore during the primaries solely because he was more liberal than anyone else running; however, he voted for Ralph Nader. Mattox voted against certifying the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida.

In 2004, Howard Dean was Mattox’s preferred presidential choice, but he voted for John Kerry. In 2006, Mattox was primaried by a Coffee Houser backed by Dorothy Winthrop and other progressives. Mattox somewhat surprisingly adopted several policies, including the abolition of the electoral college, introducing additional hate crime legislation, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and more. Mattox narrowly won his primary but went on to win his election easily. Mattox is wary of the Coffee Housers and isn’t sure how much longer he will last in Congress without being pushed too far left.

Mattox became the Whip of the House Democratic Caucus in January 1997. Despite his calm nature, Mattox is known for being relatively harsh regarding party-line votes, using ethically shady tactics to force other Democrats to keep to the party line. He also works with Reps to make sure their districts get crucial funding if he’s able to and has gained the trust of the Democratic Caucus. In 2003, he was elevated to serve as House Minority Leader and subsequently became Speaker of the House in 2007. As Speaker, Mattox has done what he can to limit the worst of President not-Bush and work with the Democratic Senate to push a Democratic agenda to unite the party around a left-leaning agenda and keep some of the more progressive members in line. Mattox finds the Speakership to be stressful and is unsure if he will retain the office. He has aspirations to seek higher office, specifically the Senate seat up in 2008. He has said that he will make his decision about whether or not to run in December.

Other Info:
Children: Bella (30), Henry (30), Thalia (19), Avery (19)

Thalia and Avery are currently Georgetown University attendees studying political science and economics respectively. Henry is a member of the Massachusetts State Senate and his father’s heir apparent in state politics; if his father is elected to the Senate, Henry will run for his father’s House seat. Henry is married to Bernice Young, and they have fathered two children: John IV, Joseph, and Jessica. Bella serves as an architect and works with the government on infrastructure projects. Mattox has sometimes come under suspicion for helping his daughter find work, but this has never been proven and stays out of the news. Mattox’s wife, Annabelle, currently has early-onset Alzheimer’s, leading Mattox to join the Alzheimer’s research caucus. He is one of the best-known advocates for Alzheimer’s research in Congress. Annabelle is expected to pass within the next five years.



Let me be clear the Speaker of the house is the single most powerful position in Congress, going to a senate seat is a MASSIVE step down

It's very clear. Mattox hopes to seek POTUS in either 2012 or 2016 and thinks that having experience in both will help him more than harm him, esp since he plans to run as a slightly more progressive candidate. Plus, statewide wins can be more appealing than district-wide wins, especially when talking about experience in elections.
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Postby Dentali » Mon Feb 21, 2022 3:42 pm

Meretica wrote:
Dentali wrote:

Let me be clear the Speaker of the house is the single most powerful position in Congress, going to a senate seat is a MASSIVE step down

It's very clear. Mattox hopes to seek POTUS in either 2012 or 2016 and thinks that having experience in both will help him more than harm him, esp since he plans to run as a slightly more progressive candidate. Plus, statewide wins can be more appealing than district-wide wins, especially when talking about experience in elections.



Every commentator will see that as him getting pushed out of the speakership and a win by a dem in Massachusetts especially one with his power and influence will not be seen as a win of any significance. In fact anything short of a blowout is a failure
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Postby Meretica » Mon Feb 21, 2022 3:46 pm

Dentali wrote:
Meretica wrote:It's very clear. Mattox hopes to seek POTUS in either 2012 or 2016 and thinks that having experience in both will help him more than harm him, esp since he plans to run as a slightly more progressive candidate. Plus, statewide wins can be more appealing than district-wide wins, especially when talking about experience in elections.



Every commentator will see that as him getting pushed out of the speakership and a win by a dem in Massachusetts especially one with his power and influence will not be seen as a win of any significance. In fact, anything short of a blowout is a failure

He has a plan for that.
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Postby Dentali » Mon Feb 21, 2022 4:33 pm

Meretica wrote:
Dentali wrote:

Every commentator will see that as him getting pushed out of the speakership and a win by a dem in Massachusetts especially one with his power and influence will not be seen as a win of any significance. In fact, anything short of a blowout is a failure

He has a plan for that.



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NS Nation Name: Sarenium
Character Name: Deborah "Deb" Feyrer
Character Gender: F
Character Age: 64 (Born 2 November, 1955)
Character Height: 198cm
Character Weight: 88kg
Character Position/Role/Job: U.S. Senator from Alabama (1993-), U.S. Congresswoman from Alabama's 7th Congressional District (1987-1993)
Appearance: Pauline Hanson
Character State of Origin: Mississippi
Character State of Residence: Alabama
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic (Until 1994), Republican (1994-)
Main Strengths: Established, Longtime Incumbent, Deeply Religious, Historic Outsider
Main Weaknesses: Long History of Published Statements, Has Made Racially Insensitive Remarks in the Past, Elitist Roots
Biography:

Deb Feyrer, born to father Richard Feyrer and mother Elaine Feyrer in 1955 is the sitting U.S. Senator from Alabama, an office she has held since she was first elected to it in 1994. Re-elected in 1998 as a Republican, she was first elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and has since gone onto become one of most staunchly conservative Republican Senators.

Born the only daughter to the Feyrer family, she was born on the other side of statelines as the family was visiting relatives in Gulfport. Her father was the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 7th District from 1963 to 1975 when he retired to run for and be elected as Governor of Alabama. Governor Feyrer served from 1975 until 1983 when he would leave office. In June of 1980, the former Democrat Governor delivered a stinging rebuke of President Carter, calling him unfit for the highest office, declaring the party had abandoned it's commitment to 'hardworking Alabama Families' and endorsed Governor Reagan. Richard Feyrer would later serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Reagan Administration, while remaining a Democrat. In 1984, as her father was nominated for Agriculture Secretary, Deborah began working in the office of then-Congressman Richard Shelby. Shelby became a sort of mentor to the young Alabama gal and when he ran for U.S. Senate in 1986, Deborah took his seat in the House.

In the House she opposed the Immigration Act of 1990, due to it's embrace of homosexuals. She also exuded Shelby-like foreign policy views, becoming a noted Boll Weevil. When Shelby was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1991, he announced his intention to retire and simultaneously endorsed "proven Alabama conservative Democrat" Deb Feyrer. She would win the primary runoff narrowly before winning the Senate election with a six point margin. Almost immediately, she gained notice for her public feud with President Clifford when she labeled him as 'big on taxes and soft on cuts'. Following the 1994 Republican Revolution she switched parties. She later sponsored DOMA and became a vociferous opponent of the effort to soften the laws surrounding "f@gs shooting in uniform" as she declared at a rally at the time. Every year she has introduced a bill to amend the Constitution and ban the practice of abortion and every year it is assigned to Committee and never entertained. She also became notable for her vote against all Democratic nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court except Justice [Not-Ginsburg], her rationale being that the Justice was exceptionally qualified for the role irrespective of her views, though secretly it was because she believed it's what god would have wanted. She later expressed privately to her late husband that maybe that was a misinterpretation of God's views. Her vote against [Not-Breyer] in 1994 was rationalized by her view that he held international court rulings in too high an esteem for her liking.

In the late-1990s she supported the interventions in the Balkans while becoming the Republican Senate's point-person in opposition to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Having done her undergrad at Auburn University, a Bachelor of Arts and later on having done her postgraduate Masters of Arts dissertation in a critical evaluation of American Foreign Policy in Asia and the Middle East, she was seen as both qualified and a likely contender for the second term of the Burke Administration, a role for which she was passed over after a coalition of New England Republican Senators voiced their opposition publicly to any speculated nomination. She also rejected any White House role and preferred to remain in the Senate. In the wake of 9/11, Senator Feyrer expressed caution in the headlong passage of the PATRIOT Act in private. Her eventual vote in favor coming after being prevailed upon by the White House and Republican Leadership. Pundits have noted that she has pivoted her language away from the inflammatory and towards that with more consensus. She has used her position in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to, for now, help the Administration in a limited capacity as it seeks to avoid scrutiny over the Iraq War. In 2006, she was spotted joining Republican Candidates up and down the ballot in every state, involvement made easier by the fact that she was comfortably re-elected in 2004 by almost 35 points against a barely known Democrat.

She has also published a book titled "A Southern Gal: Memoirs of Deborah Feyrer" in 2001, and "Opportunity for the Middle Class: Done Right" in February 2006. She also has a published cookbook titled "Southern Recipes from MeeMaw". Her book on economic opportunity and the middle class garnered conversation and some support from among elite Republicans as it spoke of a flat tax rate, simplification of the tax code and the dismantlement of regulatory hurdles to success. Her book also gained acclaim from centrist pundits in those circles, for it's hinted embrace of regulation where competition is dysfunctional, a deviation from general Republican Orthodoxy but nonetheless a line of thinking which has won plaudits from some centrist thinkers. Her announcement of an Exploratory Committee in January of 2007 has led to quick staffing and a warm embrace of e-Campaigning, tacitly acknowledging the Dean methodology, while also engaging those with bigger dollars to donate where appropriate and possible. The Feyrer Campaign is expected to be fully underway in the next month as the ardent social conservative from Alabama aims to be the first woman as well as first Alabamian to be elected President...

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NS Nation Name: Gyoric
Character Name: Robert O'Neil
Character Gender: Male
Character Age: 55
Character Height: 5'10
Character Weight: 170 IBS
Character Position/Role/Job: Representative for Kentucky (HOR)
Character Country/State of Birth: Texas, United States of America
Character State of Residence: Lexington, Kentucky
Character Party Affiliation: Republican
Faceclaim: https://imgur.com/a/FreFXxN
Main Strengths: Sticks to his guns, Charismatic, Confident, Great Public Speaker, Respected by many in the Republican Party
Main Weaknesses: Due to his views being considered "old-fashioned, outdated and undemocratic", his respect in the Republican Party is all the respect he gets. With Democrats even calling for him too kicked out for racist and xenophobic remarks, Robert is also disliked by the majority of the country, though was lucky that his opposite to Kentucky in the democrat side was even more disliked. O'Neill's experience in American politics may be his only redeemable quality, with his views considered by many in state as "edging to fascism". He is hated by his own people in Kentucky, though many consider him a "career politician" has before he entered the main fray of American politics, he was a left-leaning democrat.
Biography: (Minimum 2-3 paragraphs)
Other Info:

Robert O'Neil was born on October 14th, 1952 in Houston, Texas. Born into the suburban areas of the city, his father worked as a banker at the local bank to the time, and his mother was a house-wife. Born to a privileged household, most of his childhood was spend with at a boarding school in the state, and so his relationship with Kenny O'Neil, his father and Patty O'Neil, mother, were sour until 16. His childhood interests ranged from Football, Basketball and even Hockey, and his interest in sport would be strong ever since. At 16, he would leave home, seeing college as a useless practise, and would instead begin work as a Dishwasher at a local diner, while also working a second job at a car-wash. It paid bills, and up to 18, it seems Robert would continue his seemingly hectic life until death, however, things changed at 19, when he was invited by a friend to a local rally, in which was affiliated with the Republican Party. In the rally, he befriended a man named Mathew Chesque, in which he would later find out to be a Neo-Nazi after his death. However, on that day in 1971, he was invited to a smaller rally in a few weeks a few miles out of the state, in which was an anti-immigration rally.

Robert would be immediately interested in the political world since that rally in Houston, and would soon become the Co-Founder of the American Populist Party, in which in that he would run for Mayor of Houston for that year, in which he would be unsuccessful. However, between 1972 - 1978, his party would arrange rallies and protests in Texas, attempting to spread the word of the Populism. In 1976, he would run for mayor once more, though unsuccessful, would remain since the biggest vote share a "hard-right" party had achieved, coming in third. After the arrest of Chesque, Robert would quickly transform the party into a "Liberal Conservative" Party, in which he would support economic policies of liberals, but human and social policies of Conservative. Many consider this move in 1981 to be evidence he was career politician. Surprisingly, the Party would gain attention in Texas, and would eventually in 1982, join with the Democratic Party and would become a Councillor in Houston in that year in 84'. It was then when Robert would begin his controversy.

Robert would keep his Title as a Houston Councillor until 1990, when he would resign from the position. He would influential in certain decisions in Houston's city council, and many suggest he had similar influence than the Mayor himself. In 1990, he would befriend a former Republican Candidate, who would quickly endorse Robert if he went for Kentucky. Robert's resignation from the position is often met within that he wanted to be more ambitious. Between 1992 and 2000, Mr O'Niel became a staple to American Populism. In 1991, he re-found the American Populist Party, and would have a new tactic. He would establish the "Populist Guard" in the same year, used as a para-military force for the party, The party between those 8 years would organise many rallies and protests on Immigration, Abortion, economic issues and other issues which faced America. However, his controversy came at the hands of his aggressive tactics, in which saw several beatings occur between those years, all being from immigrant descent. Though Robert denies any involvement in the attacks, Houston Police would begin an investigation into the Party between 1994 - 1996. However, they found nothing, though Robert amped the level. He and other organised an attack on the Houston Police Station, though it became clear that Robert had actually left the Party hours before, and had wanted to go for the 1996 US Election, seeing any involvement in the attacks at to see his efforts could be finished. Incredibly, not only did he leave the party merely hours before the attack, he would offer names and addresses to those within the "Populist Cabinet". 9 members of the Populist Cabinet would be arrested, with Robert free of charges. It was no proven wether or wether not Robert had any involvement in the attacks, and O'Neil says he left the Party in 1996, and said the attacks after that were not of his doing. They remain a great controversy in his personal and political life to this day.

After his time in the 90's, Robert set to win in Kentucky in 1996, with his presence known in the Republican Party, known as Robert "Big Balls" due to his stubborn, controversial and ignorant personality. Though he saw defeat in 98's by a fellow Republican in the Primaries, his success would come in 4 years time, where Robert won the in as a Representative for Kentucky in 2000 with a landslide, mostly due to his campaign on immigration and abortion. Though his time as a representative saw little done, he is often given a part to play in decisions made with abortions, immigration and certain economic decisions with his populist view. In 2004, many even saw Robert to go far as going for Governor for the state, though he said that his time wasn't ready. He recaptured his spot in 2004 Election, keeping as a representative in Kentucky.

Robert now desires to continue to apply influence in Kentucky and the Republican Party, attempting to fuel more tougher immigration, abortion laws and new economic laws in which go with his views. However, his influence could already be fading...



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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

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NS Nation Name: Jovuistan
Character Name: Carole Martel (née Zima)
Character Gender: Female
Character Age: 62
Character Height: 5 ft 6 in
Character Weight: 156 lbs
Character Position/Role/Job: U.S. Senator for California (1999-Present), U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1993-1997), Mayor of San Francisco, CA (1984-1992), Member of the California State Assembly (1979-1983)
Character Country/State of Birth: California
Character State of Residence: California
Character Party Affiliation: Democratic
Faceclaim: Debbie Stabenow
Main Strengths: Effective and decisive, wealthy, fundraising war chest, machine connections, bipartisan, popular tenures in HUD and as Mayor, popular with moderates and suburban whites, especially women.
Main Weaknesses: Seen as a tool for the establishment, out of touch upbringing, controversial with some African-Americans, too compromising, early Iraq War support.
Biography: Carole Martel's grandparents emigrated from Russia in the late 19th century, fleeing from the Empire persecuting their spiritualist Christianity. They settled originally in Los Angeles, but their youngest son, Alexander, would move north to San Francisco to open a Real Estate Business. Marrying to a Nurse named Sylvia Keith, Alex Zima's tycooning would prove to be quite profitable, his cunning and charisma allowing him to outmaneuver his competition. Alex and Sylvia bore five children, Carole being the fourth in line.

Carole Sylvia Zima was born on May 19th, 1944. Thanks to her father's sizable and expanding wealth, Carole had a well-off and relatively struggle-less upbringing. She attended multiple private schools in her formative years, being an above-average student and a bit of a social butterfly. Her main political inspirations came in the early 60s just as she was finishing high school. John F. Kennedy's youthful optimism drew Carole in, and that combined with the growing civil rights movement gave birth to her political aspirations. While her eldest siblings prepared to run the Zima Organization, Carole watched the world changing around her and decided her role in life would be as a political leader.

She graduated from high school and proceeded to be enrolled in UC Berkeley. She would meet her future husband, Winston Martel, and later graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Political Science. She moved back to SF and began work as a campaign staffer for Phillip Burton in 1968. She would work as a public policy analyst for the SF government in the early 1970s, being noted as moderate and realist, though ambitious. With support from her family, she was able to infiltrate the SF political machine, working to build connections with major figures, especially the Burton brothers and Mayor Moscone. After years spent working for the Mayoral government, Carole made her move, running for an open seat in the State Assembly in 1978.

Campaigning on maintaining a balanced budget and strengthing the state's infrastructure, Carole ran a formidable campaign, winning the primary and general election with little issue thanks in part to her financial advantage and connections. As she promised, she spent much of her two terms focused on infrastructure, pushing legislation to improve state roadways and build new housing projects. She gained some statewide attention when it was leaked that she had been privately pressuring (not-Jerry Brown) to take more serious measures to deal with the 1981 medfly infestation that affected the Bay Area. Her penchant for negotiation and bipartisanship made her popular with the moderate wing, and she maintained good relations with the party establishment.

The Mayor of San Francisco chose not to seek re-election in 1983, leaving the position open for the taking. The party machine had several options, but the moderate wing saw potential in Carole, pushing her to make a bid. She was hesitant for a time, wanting to remain at the state level, but was eventually convinced. Her platform focused on being tough on crime, boosting the city's economy, and combating and funding research for AIDS. Starting off as an underdog, her fundraising war chest and key endorsements allowed her to get a close second place in the first round with 41% of the vote compared to the frontrunner's 44%. By the runoff the next month, her campaign had enough momentum to narrowly secure a majority of the vote, making Carole Martel the second woman to be elected Mayor of San Francisco (second in a row, in fact).

Her first term as Mayor was largely defined by her fight against the city's crime rate. She boosted funding to the police and SF experienced a significant crackdown on gang violence. While the crime rate did decline overall, many black citizens took issue with the amount of power given to police, including the more widespread use of stop and frisk. The majority white population however supported Carole's efforts on that front. She also notably took action as promised in regards to the AIDS epidemic, declaring the first AIDS Awareness Week and significantly increasing funding for research. She signed legislation prohibiting discrimination against AIDS victims, and give gay live-in lovers the same health benefits as straights. She was criticized by those on the left for attempting to push anti-union legislation limiting strikes that were blocked by the Board of Supervisors.

The generic citizen generally supported Carole's tenure in her first term, and despite some opposition from the left-wing and the Black and White Panther Parties, she cruised to re-election on the first round. Her second term focused more on dealing with the uptick in homeless in the city. She pushed for the construction of new housing and high-rise projects, which resulted in an increase in affordable housing and a drop in homelessness. The term was most notable for the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the ensuing recovery. In a bit of a turnaround from her support for the homeless, she used police to remove and prevent those left homeless from camping out at city hall. She received praise for the city's effective management of the crisis, investing heavily in reconstruction. She was also notable for investments in public education. She was considered one of the country's most effective Mayors by the national media.

Once (not-Bill Clinton) was elected President, Carole Martel was tapped as an option to run the HUD Department, being a popular and effective mayor of a major city. She was selected for the role and approved unanimously by the Senate. She made homelessness her highest priority, much as she did during her later years as Mayor. She oversaw the successful implementation of HOPE VI, pushed legislation to give more flexibility to local housing associations to adjust rents, loosened mortgage restrictions, and provided millions in housing vouchers to low-income families, all while resisting efforts to cut the Department's budget. Her work at HUD was praised for her reforms and the increase in homeownership she oversaw.

Though some tried to convince her otherwise, she declined to retain her post in (not-Clinton)'s second term, citing her belief that her work in the Department was complete to her and she felt she was needed elsewhere, along with the tragic death of her father via car accident dampening her morale. She privately felt dissatisfied with her influence being limited to purely housing policy, as much as she enjoyed the job. Late in 1997, she would announce a run for U.S. Senate, using her popularity as HUD Secretary and nostalgia for her Mayoral terms to propel herself to frontrunner status. She was able to win an outright majority of the primary vote with minimal issue. In the general election, she campaigned on supporting the President's policies and being a decisive, bipartisan voice at Capitol Hill. She would go on to win the general election by over 8 points.

Being inaugurated at the start of 1999, Senator Martel maintained a position in the background, more interested in getting things done than getting media attention. Her first notable act was co-writing the Water Resources Development Act of 1999, and the Children's Health Act. She attempted to push through further reforms on housing, but they were rejected with not enough support from the Republican majority. She was one of the few Democrats to support the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, was a strong proponent of the Patriot Act, and voted for No Child Left Behind. She was an initial backer of the Iraq War, but she changed her tune in 2004, calling continued American presence in the country after their objections had been completed as unnecessary and criticized Cush's handling of the occupation, additionally decrying him to jumping to action far too quickly to verify the validity of his WMD claims. She supported a timetable for a gradual withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

In the latter half of her first term, Carole was a chief architect of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. She faced no opposition in her re-election campaign and crushed her Republican opponent. Her second term was marked by increasingly vocal regret and opposition to the Iraq War. Aside from Iraq, she was a co-sponsor of the failed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 and introduced the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. With her growing presence and criticism of the Cush administration, she is speculated as a potential candidate in the 2008 Presidential Election, though she has declined to comment on these rumors.
Other Info: Chairs the Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Sub-Committee, and also serves on the Finance and Homeland Security Committees. Has two children.

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