Wow I'm getting lots of updates up. Anyway, this one will be short too with little action being done during this term.
Chapter 5. An Age of Stability
The 1876 elections saw the Whig Party return to office with P.G.T. Beauregard as president. (OOC: The Democratic Party has been reduced to minor party status, the Whigs are now the only major party which seems a bit odd)
Beauregard decided to maintain the policies of Longstreet, limiting the interference of the government in all aspects of the Confederacy, and effectively going hands off.
One of Beauregard's major policies though was rapproachment with the US. Many large diplomatic initiatives led by the Confederacy built up relations with the US leading to an era of even more stability on the North American continent (OOC: Relations are about at +100).
The Defensive Pact with Britain expired, and British diplomats rebuffed efforts to renew the treaty. Beauregard hoped that the warming of relations with the US would make the British alliance unneccesary.
The Confederate Navy continued to expand materially and scientifically. 3 Monitors and an Ironclad battleship were built, with these ships being used to form an Asiatic Squadron.
In other navy news, the Commander of the Pacific Fleet, Raphael Semmes, died. A state funeral was given, with Semmes major accomplishment of the Confederate Navy's tour of Asia being given special praise.
Admiral Benson was appointed to head the new Asiatic Squadron, with hopes of this squadron being used as a way to secure Pacific territories for the Confederacy.
Also under Beauregard, Congress's anti-war policies lightened up with the mobilization pool being increased. Notable anti-war demonstrations were held in Texas and Kentucky though, and the army remained a fairly contentious issue in the CSA.
Beauregard's term ended in 1881, with the Whigs being reelected once again.