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Join us, then. Senator or Representative, Governor or Mayor, Broadcaster or General, all are welcome. Fight for your bills in Congress. Pander your way to electoral victory. Wrap the public around your little finger, as you fight to form the city in your own image.
A new generation of leaders, pundits, and politicians. Make your own, original character, join in the ever-changing landscape-and we'll see just how far you get.
All are welcome. All that is left is to fill out the application, and take your place in the Great Game.
The nation is ready for you. Don't keep her waiting.'
1- OP is Lord and the Co-OP's are the princes. Their word is law. Follow it.
2- No RL characters Or at least no celebrities. That's no Donald Trump. I knew you were aching to play Trump, but that's no-no. On this note, RL politicians post-Reagan do not exist, or have been replaced with generic stand-ins. Records and history are the same, including statistics, save in the places where player-characters have brought about a change.
3- Good quality IC and Frequent posting preferred. We know you are busy, and RL concerns come first-but make sure if you join, that you will stick around. A post per week or more is preferred, and try to keep them of good quality-one-liners will not go far.
4- Respect your fellow players. Play nice. If you don't have friends, you won't have fun.
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6-No cheat-edits Typos are one thing, but don't try to change what was done IC because you don't like it. You can appeal if you want to, but don't try to change what already happened.
7- If you are not sure if something is legal, ask OOC first. Always better to check-and there is limited leniency for things that are obviously bad.
8-No assassination attempts. You can probably look for a loophole there-don't. In essence, no use of extreme physical force against another player, or anything like poison. If you and another both agree, contact an OP, and it will be discussed-unilateral action is strictly forbidden.
9-No spite characters. You may hate Democrats, and want to make a Senator who will have scandals on them-don't. Complex characters are fine, but having your character actively sabotage their own party/demographic out-of-character is forbidden.
No metagaming. This takes two forms-first, using OOC knowledge that you have but your character could not in the IC, and second, attempting to "engineer" a character specifically to do something in relation to specific aspects of another character or a situation. Hiccups aside, keep OOC and IC separate. Similarly
11-Keep OOC comments out of the IC. We have a whole thread set aside just for that reason. Putting and leaving OOC comments in parenthesis degrades the quality of the RP, wholly OOC posts in the IC are right out. Bring up any issues in the OOC, or TG the OP.
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[b]Character Information Sheet[/b]
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Republican Final Primary Delegate Count
Mr. Calvin Reed-1,619
Sen. Matteos Egazarian-433
Sen. Eric Gonzalez-295
Sec. Jay Garestaer-65
Sen. Troy Wilson-38
Rep. Henry Hutchinson-15
Gov. Gerald Drumpf-7
Democratic Final First Ballot Results
Gov. Irina Kuznetsov-1737
Sen. Gianna Carrollton-1107
Gov. Robert Danders-951
May. Jeremy Beaumont-573
Gov. Kailen Murray-282
Sen. Anthony Conti-113
Mr. Dick Kirk-44
Initial Final Libertarian Pledged Delegates Count
Ms. Anita Flores: 300 Delegates
Gov. Martin Longwood: 120 Delegates
Rep. Gerald Breckinridge: 107 Delegates
May. Sherman Paulson: 46 Delegates
May. Victoria DeLucca: 6 Delegates
Ms. Cassandra Arumb: 3 Delegates
Other Candidates: 8 Delegates
Uncommitted Delegates: 75
Calvin Reed (R)-66%
Ellen Walton (P)-28%
Robert Danders (D)-5%
Calvin Reed (R)-66%
Ellen Walton (P)-25%
Robert Danders (D)-8%
Calvin Reed (R)-65%
Ellen Walton (P)-27%
Robert Danders (D)-7%
Calvin Reed (R)-63%
Ellen Walton (G)-23%
Robert Danders (D)-14%
Matteos Egazarian-Rhode Island The Portland Territory
Eric Gonzalez-California Bolovia
Jack Scalise-Missouri The Jaclean Empire (I)
Troy Wilson-Wyoming The Orion Islands
Brandon Kiser-Texas Sanabel
María Antonieta Arroyo Villanueva de Peña-New Mexico Tumblrena
Ernesto Ayon-New Mexico Greater Liverpool
Marcus Brightwater-Florida Nova Socrum
Buck Havich-Connecticut Tumblrena
Thomas Nilap-Alaska Meelducan
Tim Kirkwell-Tennessee Austria and Bavaria
Garrett Allan Walker-Tennessee The Great Britannian Republic
Barron Audsley-Connecticut Woodstovia
Ulysses Johnson-Iowa Uttland
Joanne Winslow-Montana Alozia
William Mullins-Tennessee Jovuistan
Speaker of the House Robert Eberhardt-South Dakota Prolieum
Majority Leader Derek Mallens-Washington United Cadia
Israel S. Cassierer-North Carolina The Unified Isles
Brian Benson-Texas Futrellia
Tom Johnson-Missouri Acumenian Empire
Johnathon Carter Fox-California Columbya
Richard Torres-New York Uttland
Steve Dole-New Jersey Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Jesse Marril-Wisconsin Abazhaka
Majority Whip Richard Parssons Pantorrum
Amelia Yang-Oregon Vaquas
Abelard Bell-Virginia Prolieum
Gerald Drumpf-Georgia Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Fredrick Williams-Mississippi Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Ted Harrison-New York Great Franconia and Verana
Francis Dudley-Arizona Rygondria
Thaddeus Stevens-South Carolina Tallahassee News Station
Julie Mondale-Ohio Federal States of Xathuecia
Trent Wright-North Carolina Rooimervania
Brandon Kiser-Texas Chewion
Jefferson Maximilian Beauregard III-Alabama Tectonix
Emma Bellefontaine-Thibodeaux-Louisiana Transoxthraxia
Philanthropist Calvin Reed-Montana Prolieum (Republican Nominee)
Secretary of State (Former Speaker of the House) Jay Garestaer-Alaska Krugeristan
Speechwriter Kerrey The Portland Territory
Media Personality Theobold Cornelius Kuntz The Peoples East Africa
Oil Tycoon Bobby Houston The Peoples East Africa
Sheriff Augustus Washington Sinclair-West Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Sanabel
Fairbanks Mayor Helena Locklear-Alaskan Senatorial Candidate Vaquas
Alaskan Senate Majority Leader James LeblocDemocratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
U.N. Ambassador Edgar Jeffries-PennsylvaniaSanabel
Ski Resort Owner Jack Stephens-New Hampshire Waldriech
Ex-Ambassador Ronald Lee-Washington Uttland
Blogger Don Reginald Hookstraten-New York Uttland
St. John the Baptist Parish President Luke Stanwell-Louisiana Kulonia
Mayor of Los Angeles Taylor Cox Main Nation Ministry
Washington State Senator Jacqueline Lamperdy Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Honolulu Police Chief Sam McGareth [nation]Tumblrena[/nation
Wesley Moore-Kansas Vaquas
Illinois State Senator Quincy Morris Schiltzberg
Illinois State Representative Thomas Mann Republic of the Cristo
Former Governor Quay Manuel-Ohio Chewion
Paul Clark-New Jersey The Fair Republic
Gianna Carrollton-Ohio Imperial Esplanade (Presidential Candidate)
Anthony Conti-Maryland Argentarino
Alexander Maxwell-Maryland Tectonix
Stacey Allison-Oregon Tallahassee News Station
Josephine Stafford-Michigan Federal States of Xathuecia
Donald Overstein-North Carolina Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Minority Leader Leanne Harper-Illinois Great Franconia and Verana
Alicia Florrick-New York The Galactic Triumvirate
John Rasmussen-Missouri Great Franconia and Verana
Susan Keating-California The Glenn Nation
Marcus Green-Hawaii Canton Empire
Joe Darnell-Washington Meelducan
Kathleen MacKay-Pennsylvania Great Franconia and Verana
House Minority LeaderGavin Landry Terrelis
House Minority Leader Patrick "P.T." Jones-Louisiana Terrelis
Donald Johnson-California Communist Patagonia
Antonio Vincente De Nieto-California Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Jed Roh-California Insaeldor
Hiroshi Hikayma-Alaska Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Rodney Johnson-New York Sanabel
Kyoung-hwan "Micheal" Kim-Ohio Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Irina Kuznetsov-New Hampshire Prolieum
Robert Danders-Vermont Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi (Currently under control of Sanabel (Democratic Nominee)
Esperanza Huerta-Florida Tallahassee News Station
Ray Ramirez-California Great Franconia and Verana
Norris Vilseck-Pennsylvania Tallahassee News Station
Kaleo Knight-Hawaii Keskovonia
President Albert Winston-California Federal States of Xathuecia
Vice President Matthew Fitzgerald-Georgia Terrelis
Secretary of Defense Bill Rodham Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Secretary of the Interior Tony Schlang Sanabel
Mayor of Salt Lake City Dayton Prince Keskovonia
Interim DNC Chairperson Hekima G. Kiyoko Tectonix
Reverend Ebeneezer Bello-North Carolina Gubernatorial Candidate Tallahassee News Station
Director of the Alaskan State Troopers Travis Hammitch-Alaskan Senatorial Candidate Prolieum
State Representative Abraham Blocker-West Virginia (Gubernatorial Canidate) Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
National Security Adviser Martin Cizmar-New YorkWolfenia
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alexander Wright-Michigan Canton Empire
Ex-Winger Joseph Tuisova-Washington (Gubernatorial Candidate) [nation]The Peoples' East Africa[/nation]
Late Night Host Scotty Marlowe-California Federal States of Xathuecia
Gerald Breckenridge-Wisconsin The Portland Territory (Presidential Candidate)
Johnathan Orange-Florida The Danish Confederacy
(Former) Marty Longwood-North Dakota Sanabel(Presidential Candidate)
Former Mayor Sherman Paulson-Tallahassee Democratic Peoples Republic of Kelvinsi
Blogger/Journalist Anita Flores-California Tallahassee News Station
CEO Cassandra Arumb Federal States of Xathuecia (Presidential Candidate)
Miami Mayor Ferdinand Simpson KingFerdinand1
Walmart Manager Anton Jacques The Portland Territory
Phoenix Mayor Victoria DeLucca Uttland
John Kingston-Maine Alozia
Emiliano F. Echeverría-Washington Terrelis
Leon Perot-Wisconsin Striton
William Denver-Colorado Vaquas
William Hughes-Michigan Alouite
(Resigned)Kailen Murray-Indiana Terrelis
Benjamin Jackson-Illinois United City States of Oceania
Mayor Ellen Walton-Seattle Tumblrena (Progressive Nominee)
Washington State Senator Annalise Monroe Terrelis
Maryland State Representative Ronald Dillinger Vaquas
Reporter Reginaldo Alphonsey (California Senate Candidate) Sanabel
Actor Doug Joseph Jovuistan
Activist Tim Johnson [nation]The People's East Africa[/nation]
Progressive Blogger Tammy Heitkamp Jovuistan
Deputy Mayor Jacob Bellinger-Frank-Seattle Tumblrena
Zipporah Hazelelponi-Independent (Democratic Caucus)=Florida Prolieum
Demetrius Chandler-Independent (No Caucus)-Pennsylvania Tallahassee News Station
Alexander Breckenridge-Independent (Republican Caucus)-Massachussetts Vaquas
James Harper-Independent (Democratic Caucus)-New York Ordennya
Eric Wojtalewicz-Independent (Democratic? Caucus)-Wisconsin The Central Shadow Nation
James Smith-Independent-California Smirkeria
Micheal Pickett-Solidarity Party-Minnesota Terdesuni
Governor Brad Schniderhouser-Vanguard Party-Arkansas Zelent
Governor Jim Justice-Independence Party-Minnesota Tumblrena
Terrorist Abubakar Ibrahima-New Black Panther Party The Portland Territory
CEO Andrew Sloan-Independent Candidate The Great Devourer of All
Mayor Jeremy Beaumont-New York City Federal States of Xathuecia
New Hampshire Gubernatorial Candidata Amanda Wilson-Independent The Federated Midwestern States
Michigan State Representative Matthew Milone-Independent The Portland Territory
Micheal Smith-Texas National Party Head Alozia
Deputy Chair of the Party of Socialism and Liberation Curt Anderson-Alabama The New Greek Republic
Non-Elected Nonpartisan Characters
Comedian Dick Kirk-West Virginia The Boras (Joke Candidacy as Democrat, suspended)
Media Personality Mila Argyros Forest State
Poll Analyst Al Shapiro The Boras
Secretary of the Treasury Louis Reynolds IV* Imperial Esplanade
Cult Leader Victor Bates Main Nation Ministry
The Tallahassee News Station Tallahassee News Station
Polish Ambassador to the United States Wiesława Stojanowá Greater Slavic Union
Unknown Hacker "GreyMoriCry6" Main Nation Ministry
1. Representative Hekima Kiyoko-California
2. Secretary of Defense Bill Rodham-Arkansas
3. Senator Alexander Maxwell-Maryland
Governor Esperanza Huerta-Florida
Keynote: President Albert Winston-California
1. Senator Paul Clark-New Jersey
2. Senator Stacey Allison-Oregon
3. Secretary of the Interior Tony Sclang-New Jersey
Keynote: Governor Norris Vilseck-Pennsylvania
1. Senator Anthony Conti-Maryland
2. Governor Robert Danders-Vermont
3. Senator Gianna Carrollton-Ohio
4. Governor Irina Kuznetsov-New Hampshire
1. Senator Buck Havich-Connecticut
2. Senator Ryan Carter-Ohio
* Interim Speaker Senator María Antonieta Arroyo Villanueva de Peña-New Mexico
3. Governor Simon Denisevich-Connecticut
Keynote: Speaker of the House Robert Eberhardt-South Dakota
1. Governor Emma Victoria Bellefontaine-Thibodeaux-Louisiana
1. Dr. Amelia Yang-Oregon
2. Governor Julie Mondale-Ohio
3. Representative Anna Rossi-Indiana
Keynote: Senator María Antonieta María Guadalupe García Zavala Arroyo Castruita Talamantez Villanueva de Peña-New Mexico
1. U.N. Ambassador Edgar Jeffries-Pennsylvania
2. General Israel Cassierer-North Carolina
2. Senator Jack Scalise-Missouri
3. Ambassador Ronald Lee-Washington
Keynote: Governor Abelard Bell-Virginia
1. Mrs. Aubrey Reed-Maryland
2. Vice-Presidential Nominee Senator Buck Havich
3. Future President Calvin Adam Reed-Maryland
1. Senator John Kingston
2. Governor Kailen Murray
Keynote: Governor William Hughes
1. Reginaldo Alphonsey
2. [b]Vice Presidential Nominee Governor William Denver
3. Mayor Ellen Walton
1. Declaration of War on ISIS
2. S.J. Res 69
3. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2016
4. Medical Marijuana Legalization Act
5. War on ISIS Bill (Passed House)
6. ACTS Act
7. Yieldful Efforts Encompassing Horses Abundant in the Wild
8. American Penitentiary Reform Act
9. Recognition of the Ottoman Genocides Bill
10. Resolution to Declare Bashar Al-Assad a Dictator
11. Alaskan Drilling Act
12. Domestic Business Protection Act
16. Kinder America Act
17. CARE Act
1. Bill To Restrict Unnecessary Negative and Detrimental Medically Relevant Collections
2. DEFACED (Passed Senate)
4. Taylor Force Act (Passed Senate)
5. Defense and Restoration of Independent Domestic Nation Rights Bill
6. SHIELD Act
1. Women's Alternative Choices Act
2. Safely Neutering Illegal Persons Act
3. Second Amendment Originality Defense Act
4. Restoring Local Authority to Services Act
5. American's Safety Act
1. Sexual Assault Categorization Act
1. Yieldful Efforts Encompassing Horses Abundant in the Wild
2. SOLDIER Act
3. ACTS Act
When the primaries started, neither party knew just what it was doing. The Republicans were stacked head-to-toe, with half a dozen and more candidates vying for attention, and fighting on the stage, while their opposites in the Democratic Party struggled to put forward a competitor, with late-night host Dick Kirk taking Iowa. In the weeks leading up to Super Tuesday, the Republican field thinned, and the Democratic one grew, until both sides had four competitors: far-right Republican Speaker of the House Jay Garestaer, populist Senator Matteos Egazarian, neoconservative populist Eric Gonzalez, and philanthropist Cal Reed for the Republicans staked out their claims as major candidates, while on the Democratic side hard-left New Hampshire Governor Irina Kuznetsov, ex-Republican and Ohio Senator Gianna Carrollton, eccentric Indiana Governor Kailen Murray, and "socialist" Vermont Governor Robert Danders duked it out.
Before Super Tuesday, however, Superstorm Bonnie struck the East Coast, the most powerful hurricane to make landfall since Katrina. Reed was the first to suspend his campaign, and others followed, while Governor Kuznetsov made trips up and down the East Coast-leading to an ugly spat between her, Carrollton, and Murray that resulted in Governor Murray dropping out of the race-and a new competitor, Mayor Jeremy Beaumont of New York, stepping in to take his place at the second debate.
Super Tuesday came, and went, with Senator Carrollton, expected to win handily, falling to a narrow second behind Governor Kuznetsov, while Cal Reed eked out a similarly small victory on the Republican side. The primaries raced on, while, in Washington, scandal brewed.
Ex-Speaker of the House Jay Garestaer was appointed Secretary of State by the President-only for him to later claim he was forced into the position. As scandal brewed, two simultaneous scandals broke-Secretary Garestaer was revealed to have made an attempt to have child services confiscate Reed's newborn daughter, and the NSA was discovered to have been used for spying on political opponents. Between this revelation, Bonnie, and a host of failures, including Turkey being removed from NATO in a near-unilateral action, the President's approval ratings began to plummet.
The Democratic primary remained contested, Mayor Beaumont missing his chance at a leader after a disastrous gaffe in a debate, where he, to prove his generosity, offered to write up a check to charity on-stage, an act for which he was lashed at by Governor Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov and Carrollton constantly danced back and forth in the top two slots-while Murray re-entered the race, winning Florida with a key endorsement. On the Republican side, Senator Egazarian struggled through one of his worst weeks, unfortunate statements and revealed falsehoods plaguing him, made all the worse when he began to fight with fact-checkers. Reed pulled into the lead, a lead which slowly began to expand.
Then came the greatest legislative fight since the Affordable Care Act-and perhaps greater. Senator Carrollton, a rare pro-life Democrat, repeatedly hammered in the debates for not doing enough for women, pushed forward the "Women's Alternative Choices" bill-a bill that cut all funding to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. The fight was ugly-and became uglier after Carrollton, squeezing together a small cadre of conservative Democrats and Independents, passed the bill with no room to spare. The President rejected it-and took the opportunity to break with all decorum, and personally attack several of the Senators who passed it. The situation only grew worse when the President did so again at a veteran's dinner-and the party began to fragment, the establishment, Governor Danders's hard left, the new Democrats, and Carrollton's blue dogs. Attempts at reconciliation generally made the problem worse-and throughout, Mayor Walton, the likely Green nominee, hammered the WAC with all she had, coming to national notoriety when the new Speaker, Robert Eberhardt, held an "American Unity" event before the Washington Monument, inviting speakers from all parties to attend and speak about healing.
The shock came when the President broke down, defying his own establishment to sign the bill, with amendments. Regulations were passed, and all federal funding for abortion was struck away, from a Democratic bill, signed by a Democratic President. The party rebelled in anger, Winston's approval ratings fell to points not seen since 2008-while Senator Carrollton continued to stand by her bill. Secretary Garestaer, on the Republican side, left the country for Turkey-seeking asylum, and not returning.
Carrollton began to struggle mightily in states, and it appeared that Governor Kuznetsov finally had a clear shot at the nomination-until the mid-forties women suffered a stroke, and entered a coma. The primaries carried on without her, as Mayor Beaumont and, especially, Governor Danders gained steam, with Governor Murray languished. Weeks later he would abandon the party, and throw his support behind the Green nominee.
On the Republican side, Senator Gonzalez faded, as the pair of populist Senators split their vote, and Cal Reed pushed onward. That he would finish in first, at this point, was certain-whether he could attain a majority to avoid a contested convention was another question altogether, as the Republican candidates refused mounting pressure to drop out of the race. Cal, for his part, essentially suspended his primary campaign, beginning aggressive steps for the General election, including foregoing the final debate.
With Kuznetsov and Carrollton flailing, and the party aching, yet another split occurred, cleaving apart one of the factions of the party, when California Governor Ray Ramirez pushed for, and got, the extremely late entrance of Senator Anthony Conti into the race. A contested convention seemed likely-now even more so, and while Florida Governor Esperanza Huerta criticized Ramirez harshly, Conti was in the race to stay.
Governor Kuznetsov eventually recovered, but seemed to have lost her luster, while Carrollton returned to the campaign trail, struggling. With Egazarian struggling, and Gonzalez having all but abandoned his campaign, Cal Reed clinched the nomination a week before the final primaries-while the Democrats split yet again, Mayor Beaumont deserting the party to announce his candidacy as an Independent. Even with this, the final week of primaries went through without a clear victor, with Danders drawing close to the leading two, and Kuznetsov gaining a definite lead-but well below the amount required, even with superdelegates. The Democrats were going to a contested convention.
The weeks after the primaries were characterized by a flurry of early campaigning from Reed, and little activity on the Democratic side, as the party attempted to put itself together. The campaign came to the forefront again when a young woman accused Republican nominee Calvin Reed of raping her, an employee of his-only for documents to be produced showing the woman was never hired. The fake story enflamed tensions, with the Democratic party hammered for the alleged hit. In the legislature, a young Senator from New Mexico, María Antonieta Arroyo Villanueva de Peña, introduced a bill on chemical castration for rapists-one that drew the ire of nearly every Senate Democrat. With the Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore absent, the floor descended into a chaos of argument, Villanueva de Peña against a pack of Democratic Senators, decorum falling by the wayside, while a simultaneous Twitter exchange roared out. The fight lasted days, including a Fox News debate,before the bill was finally hammered through-making it to the President's desk, where it was signed.
Domestically, terror grew as a problem. A massive rally of the New Black Panther party ended in bloodshed, shots fired at police officers leading to a National Guard crackdown that some called a massacre-until other attacks on police broke out across the nation. The perpetrator, Abubakr Ibrahima, was captured by VDF forces under Governor Abelard Bell, but another attack, even more deadly-a bombing in Chicago, followed, and then the subsequent attempted assassination of Illinois Senator Leanne Harper. Days later, the man, captured, escaped custody, culminating his escape with an attack on the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. Here though, his luck ran out-fleeing into Virginia, he had the unfortunate distinction of being the second such terrorist captured by VDF and VNG forces.
The year moved on, with the next diversion being a spat on Twitter between Villanueva de Peña and Senator Carrollton, over the latter's praise of Franklin Roosevelt as "perhaps the greatest President", while Villanueva de Peña contested that the allegedly racist FDR deserved no such distinction. The feud heightened when Carrollton brought the Twitter debate to live television, when she responded to the tweets in a CNN interview-and after criticism, agreed to a debate on the matter.
Meanwhile, overseas, problems were brewing. Japanese banks attempted to raise their interest rates over the negative ones they had employed, sending shockwaves through their economy-and then into that of the United States, where markets began to fall.
The first Presidential debate was slated for the middle of the month, July, and took place live, with Calvin Reed and Green candidate Ellen Walton, in some polls higher than the split Democratic candidates, competing, the unchosen Democrats unable to field a candidate. The debate went on to solid ratings, with both candidates generally perceived to have done well, in a generally noncombative format, the two more making their positions known than attacking the other.
Two nights remained before the DNC, where the badly broken Democratic Party, far behind in every major poll, and even sometimes in third, would attempt to put itself back together. Two days before it, however, Senator Carrollton went through with her debate with Senator Villanueva de Peña on Roosevelt-which turned into a disaster. Carrollton was criticized and booed for avoiding questions, and constantly attacked and beaten down by Villanueva de Peña, her counters lacking, or even more controversial. The hammering went on for some time until the debate finally drew to a merciful close, Carrollton badly beaten, Villanueva de Peña, already building on a head of fame after the SNIP bill, soaring.
The Convention, though, was coming, nonetheless, and has now just begun. The first day was capped by controversial statements from the President, the second, with an exhortation to hold to core values by the Governor of Pennsylvania, and the third with then-leading candidate Irina Kuznetsov rushed off stage after freezing before the microphone. The ballot came, went, and failed, and the party rushed to broker its convention. Now, in a shocking turn of events, leading candidate Gianna Carrollton, endorsed by Governor Kuznetsov, turned her back on the likely nomination to endorse Governor Danders, followed soon be Senator Conti, in a dramatic flip-flop that has sent waves of controversy through the political sphere.
The vote finally happened-and happened, and happened, and happened. Ballots were gone through, each one drawing closer to the conclusion-until at last, seven ballots past, the appointment was made-Vermont Governor Robert Danders. The fight over his Vice-President, one Gianna Carrollton, was worse. Some two days of infighting later, she slipped by by the slimmest of margins to be given the spot-an election which triggered Democratic Governor's Association head Norris Vilseck, together with other delegates, to walk out of the convention in protest.
The Green Party followed up the nomination almost immediately with a series of advertisements dominating the airwaves, while the Republican National Convention was just around the corner. The first day was chaotic. Two speeches in, a twitter brawl between three Congressman, one infamous for starting such fights, broke out online-but that paled in comparison to what happened next. Democratic Senator Marcus Green of Hawaii, coming to the RNC, verbally engaged Republican Senator Thomas Nilap on the floor-then struck him. Security managed to seize him before further damage could be done-and there were no permanent injuries, but criticism of the Democrats for sending a fall man to start fights at the RNC poured in. Near-simultaneously, Vermont Gov. Robert Danders, in his first Presidential rally in Philadelphia, site of the Republican National Convention, started with a stumble, calling the city "Las Vegas", and receiving heavy criticism, including being called a "puppet" for endorsing Winstoncare despite acknowledging "massive problems" with it. The Republican convention still held most of the airwaves, however, with another speech, and then a heavily lauded conclusion by Speaker Robert Eberhardt, laying out a comprehensive policy platform, the "Contract with the American People."
The next day started with worse for the Democratic nominee, as, in response to criticism in the Speaker's speech the previous night, he "clarified" his policy positions. Said clarification had barely stood before Sen. Villanueva de Peña broadsided the Governor on Twitter for lying to the people-showing links to videos earlier in the campaign that snared him. The Governor would later apologize for saying something "in the heat of the moment", but Mayor Walton took the opportunity to televise an address to the American people, criticizes the lying and actions of Sen. Green, and proposing an alternative path.
The RNC continued onward, the day being the first in U.S. history to feature all-women speakers in a major party convention. The night was concluded with a thunderous speech from the young and fiery Senator Villanueva de Peña, in the most-watched moment of the convention to that point. Outside the convention, however, more controversy broke. Governor Danders announced that he would be meeting with the President of Taiwan on U.S. soil, which drew a harsh response from China. Further details came to light, with candidates Walton and Reed confirming that they too were invited to, and would attend the meeting, with both them, and others, criticizing Danders for his announcement, on grounds of it sabotaging the negotiations in an attempt at publicity, or that it revealed sensitive details to possible enemies.
On the third day of the convention, Mayor Walton rallied again, promising to keep her pledge for universal healthcare where Danders had dropped it, while the Republican convention spoke on foreign policy, ending with a message from Gov./Adm. Abelard Bell on the characteristics of a leader, and the importance of trustworthiness, which he said that Reed possessed, and Danders did not.
The night before the final day of the convention, new Presidential polling was released, showing that, for the first time in two decades, a third-party candidate was leading one of the major parties, with Mayor Walton passing Governor Danders in the polls.
The Republican National Convention ended with a thunderous speech from the nominee, after choosing liberal Connecticut Senator, and veteran,
Buck Havich as his running mate. Danders responded soon after with a policy speech at Gettsyburg, but one that did not go over particularly well. In the week before the Green convention, defections mounted-Governor Hughes of Michigan was to come back to the Democratic side,
but instead formally joined the Green Party, followed by Maine Senator John Kingston, while the DNC chair resigned following a sex scandal,
replaced by the former DCCC head. The Green convention began unconventionally, in a town hall format introducing Green candidates nationwide. Many of the defectors spoke at the convention, leading into the final day, with California Senate hopeful Reginaldo Alphonsey introducing Mayor Walton, who announced her choice of running mate-Colorado Governor William Denver.
The campaign spun on, Governor Danders falling farther behind, as the Green Party shed its past to become the American Progressive Party, placing candidates in races nationwide. Reed and Walton took their campaigns to the northeast over the coming weeks, stumping for position,
campaigning up until the date of the first post-convention debate, a debate that made history before it even started. Governor Robert Danders had failed to make the debate stage, missing the 15% threshold. For the first time in history, it would be a Republican on-stage facing, not a Democrat, but a Progressive.
The debate became a detailed show of policy from both sides, a point-by-point struggle, in which a strong performance by Walton was nonetheless eclipsed by an exemplary one by her opponent Reed.
The race continues now through September, both sides struggling for advantage, Reed retaining a commanding lead, Walton seeking to close it and Danders attempting to pull himself from the single digits.
The Libertarian Party, though, took it's own woes. Party difficulties led to a long delay of the final primaries and the Convention, and when that convention came, the issues multiplied exponentially. A newcomer, Anita Flores's victory in California and seizing of the lead led to a storm of controversy when the LNC Chair nullified non-registered Libertarian results in California, redistributing many of Flores's delegates to Representative Gerald Breckenridge. Allegations of the Convention being "rigged" immediately rose, and Flores took the stage to condemn the process before leaving the Convention, race, and party, following soon after by Sherman Paulson. In the halls outside the Convention, Breckenridge confronted Paulson, leading to a fight which put Paulson in a coma with internal bleeding in his brain. Flores returned, attacking and knocking out Breckenridge, but the damage was done-the Convention broke off, to reconvene after Breckenridge returned from his hospital bed.
There, Breckenridge gathered the delegates and revealed a stunning development-Victoria DeLucca, an ally of his, and a multibillionaire,
had bribed delegates to vote for Breckenridge though Breckenridge claimed that he had nothing to do with it. Breckenridge attempted to suppress the information of the bribery-something claimed by both Arumb and Flores earlier, but the news was leaked, and broken on Flores's news website, RevolutionTruth, with the effects soon to be seen.
Those effects were, in essence, the shattering of the Libertarian Party. DeLucca told the convention that Breckenridge had threatened her and her family in order to put out the bribes-which Breckenridge denied. The voting process was thrown into chaos-Longwood, the highest remaining "clean" choice, had disappeared from the convention, the four leading candidates had either left the party, had vanished, were under threat of criminal charges, or were hospitalized and unconcious. The fifth, Cassandra Arumb, made a run at the nomination, but failed, and as, by the Libertarian process, candidates were eliminated one-by-one, if became clear that it would be Flores against Breckenridge at the end. A desperate push was made by some delegates to write in Anton Jacques of West Virginia onto the ballots-siphoning enough votes from Breckenridge to hand Flores the nomination-which she promptly denied.
The Convention got worse after that-one Mr. Blythe claimed he accepted the nomination-others contested it, verbal brawls turned into physical brawls, and with the interference of a depleted security force, a fire started in the corner of the hotel, and an excess of pepper spray, the building began to be evacuated in the chaos and violence, a massive police presence and scattered mobilized National Guard units required to keep it down. Thus ended the convention.
Some days after the Convention, on the Senate floor, a fight of words turned into a physical fight of a level not seen since the caning of Sumner.
The bill discussed was DEFACED, a bill to put two women, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, on U.S. currency. Senator Thomas Nilap of Alaska, who had previously sparred with Majority Whip Villanueva de Peña on Twitter, charged and slammed the unawares woman into the floor while she was speaking, and began to attack her. The pair struggled and struck each other until Senator Breckenridge managed to move Nilap off of her, with the Sergeant-at-Arms taking him into custody. Despite this, Villanueva de Peña refused to be taken out for medical attention until completing the vote on the bill, which passed narrowly over a Democratic attempt to kill it.
Despite her injuries, that night Villanueva de Peña attended a previously-scheduled and much-anticipated debate between her and Illinois Governor Benjamin Jackson, the two having been at odds online. Villanueva de Peña showed difficulty speaking at length and standing upright and broke into coughing fits multiple times in the debate, but nevertheless earned a decisive victory over the Governor, who was criticized for repeating an earlier-debunked talking point on claiming the Illinois legislature was Republican-dominated, as well as not recognizing his state's current gun laws.