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On the tenth of May an idea came to America. A grand glorious idea. An idea that American was chosen by God. That America had a divine duty to bring Democracy to North America, to every inch of its soil. A divine duty, a manifest destiny. May ended with the Whigs starting to make up ground, still in second they had 32% of the vote while the Democratics held in the upper 30 percent.
 

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Looks like Van Buren is going to take this one, but it should come down to the last minute. Lets see if the Whigs can take advantage of the Manifest Destiny drive to win over the pro-military votes.
 
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June started a lot of back and forth movement with the Whigs starting to take the lead. Of course this worried Van Buren while pleasing Harrison to no end.

As July started Jackson had an idea. This would put the election firmly into Democratic hands. The main reason for this idea however was to stop the flood of paper money and land speculation in the West. Without a national bank money was not well organized and as such he decided to issue an executive order to stating that all land must be purchased with gold or silver and paper money would not be accepted. This put the Democratic party back in the lead and with September 8th fast approaching it looked like nothing could stop Van Buren.

In late July some officers of the US Navy and several scientists came to Congress with plans to outfit a small naval unit to map the Pacific and to decide once and for all if an Antarctic continent existed. After two days of fierce debate concerning if the US should and more importantly if they could, it was decided that this would be in the vein of Lewis and Clark and on July 22 the ships set sail.

July then ended with another rally. Andrew Jackson went to his home state of Tennessee to make sure that the state would be won by Van Buren, and once there he found a debate raging about the military. Not surprisingly Jackson's stance of Jingoism carried the day. At the start of August the election results stood at Democratic party with 48.06%, Whigs with 30.42%, Liberty party with 14.26%, and the American party with 7.27%.

A few days later there was a textile strike in Lowell Massachusetts. 1500 women went on strike over the owner's decision to raise boardinghouse charges. Since the Democratic party had already proven their non caring about the New English textile industry they did nothing about the strike and let it petter out.

Somehow as the election ended the Liberty party had a last minute surge in popularity and ended in second place. Van Buren was elected but he would have to contend with the Liberty party from now on. The Democratic party held 58% of the seats in the House of Representatives while the Liberty party held the other 42%. The Senate was split between three parties, the Democratic party held 60% of the seats while the Whigs held 30% and the Liberty party held the remaining 10%. The slavery issue was about to take a radical turn for the worse.
 

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A Democratic victory did seem fairly likely, now it is confirmed.
 
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stnylan said:
A Democratic victory did seem fairly likely, now it is confirmed.
It was very close several times, and I would say about four times during the election it looked like Harrison had it in the bag.


robou said:
Asured and collected, no suprises :)
And what about the Liberty party winning second, is that not a surprise?
 

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Sematary said:
And what about the Liberty party winning second, is that not a surprise?

more of a worry than a surprise ;)
 
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I apologize to all those waiting for an update. I have been pretty sick and I don't think I have been able to write anything up to par with what I hope to have this AAR at. But I will try to be back tomorrow or this weekend to start writing enough to make this worthy of an ACA nomination, I figure its better to try for a nomination first before going for a win.
 
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With the Democratic victory there would be no flurry of last minute laws to be put in. There would also not be much in the way of changing over, and it was even said at the time that most to all of the Kitchen Cabinet would stay on to aid Van Buren. Van Buren was picked to be the successor to Jackson and it seemed as if he was willing to be just that.

In October and November corruption started running wild through out the country. So the Democractic party put a bill into Congress on December 1st to increase funding to police forces through out the country. The bill also proposed raising tariffs to pay for the costs such a move would make. With a little arguing most Democractics ended up supporting the bill, and for the first time the Democratics had two parties to chose from to get the rest of their support needed to pass the bill. Harrison's supporters in Congress agreed to support the bill if defense was raised as well. The Liberty party agreed to support the bill if the Gag Rule was repealed. Unsurprisingly the Democractics decided to go with Harrison's supporters. The law went into effect the day after Christmas.

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The budget at the end of the year.​


On January 2nd 1837 the territory of Michigan applied for statehood. As one of the places were the Underground Railroad stopped or continued on to Canada the territory was staunchly Abolitionist and as such would enter as a free state.

Van Buren officially became the 8th President of the United States of America on January 20th 1837. He was the second man to do the so called triple crown, being Secretary of State then Vice President then President. The other man was Thomas Jefferson. In his inaugural speech it became clear that his goals for his first term would be the continued prosperity of America, the continued growth of American infrastructure, and the expansion of the military until all devisions were at full strength. The issues of the natives, westward expansion, and slavery were all oddly absent from his speech.

The first full month of his presidency opened rather badly. Six thousand poor people in New York City at a rally for basic foods started rioting against some flour merchants who they claimed were hording goods to keep prices high. By the end of the day a warehouse was burnt down. This was the first time the poor really stretched their muscles to see how much power they could have even though they could not vote. This would not be the last time either. The sad thing about these riots are every warehouse burnt down and every food stuff destroyed created less for them so they hurt them selves in the short term very badly.

February closed a lot better then it started with a diplomatic meeting in Washington DC. Diplomats from both the British Empire and Texas came to the meeting to discuss what would happen with Texas. Both the British and the Americans decided that Texas shall be independent from Mexico. The US went so far as to diplomatically guarantee Texas' independence and threatened war with any nation that said otherwise. The British did not go that far but by the meeting's end it was clear that they would at least send supplies and money to aid any war Texas may get into if their independence is threatened. Ten days later Texas came to the US to be formally recognized a dealing which was quickly done in light of the meeting.

July 11th 1837 was a day that went into history. Banks in New York stopped making specie payments in early 37 and by July 11th the economic bubble created by paper money and land speculation popped. The entire country was hurt by this as a depression started. The reserves of the US Treasury went from an amount and strength that equaled about 1,080 British Pounds to an amount and strength of about 80 British Pounds almost overnight. Interestingly this depression in the US caused a depression in Mexico at almost the exact same time.

A bright piece of news came in early August as the American government was starting to recover from their loss of money. The natives agreed to give the area of northern Wisconsin to the US government officially. It was assumed that the Peninsula would shortly follow as it was now cut off from native land.

William Mackenzie started a rebellion in Canada, and the British had caught a United States ship, the USS Caroline, giving supplies to the rebels. The British set the ship on fire and watched it sink into the St. Lawrence River, this naturally caused a huge outrage in the US. A huge congressional debate started with members from both parties taking sides creating scenes of chaos on Capitol Hill. Democratics riding the wave of patriotism in the country and Whigs supporting the more military aspects of Harrison became the majority and Congress was ready to declare war, all they needed was Van Buren to come to them and ask for it.

The scene in the white house was much different, much more somber and quiet. Jackson spent hours trying to decide what he would do, would he declare war or would he just denounce the British moves. On one side of the debate was this was his chance to avenge the loss of the War of 1812 and to finally see through the goals the leaders of America had with that war, on the other was America ready for it? America lost that war because of pride and a sense of patriotic duty overruled that of clear and level headedness. The closest army to Canada was in the Washington DC area and it had 12,000 men. The British had one full strength devision at Ottawa that would surely move to Watertown in New York. The next two closest armies were the Dragoons and the Army of the South, both in Florida. Another thing to take into account was the men in Washington had artillery while the British had only small arms. Plans were being quickly drawn up to show the most likely course of events in the war. These plans called for the US army to play a cat and mouse game with the British waiting for the patriotic partisans and general harsh conditions to take its toll on the British while avoiding a decisive battle. While that was happening the Army of the South would move north to link up with the US Army in New England while the Dragoons went to Detroit and forded the Straights of Detroit taking London and Toronto. After that happened the US Army and the Army of the South would force the Canadian Garrison into a decisive battle while the Dragoons marched into Ottawa and then continuing through Canada. The peace deal would look for the US to gain everything south of the St. Lawrence. Three questions remained though. 1 Was the US ready? 2 What would the Royal Navy do and can the United States Navy deal with it? 3 Were there more British troops in Canada?
 

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Why the social spending? That is for Workhours... which will cost you money on SF and decrease efficiency!
 
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Why the social spending? That is for Workhours... which will cost you money on SF and decrease efficiency!
That has been like that since the start of the game and I can not think of any reason to lower it. Story wise something like that would put the lower classes into revolt even more after the riot in New York City. Bad idea, most for a new president.
 

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Sematary said:
That has been like that since the start of the game and I can not think of any reason to lower it. Story wise something like that would put the lower classes into revolt even more after the riot in New York City. Bad idea, most for a new president.

but this early in the game, it will do absolutely nothing but hold back your economy :(
 

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So, rattling sabres with Great Britain.
 

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that is quite a hefty peace. Halifax is worth something like 12% war score alone. The rest are all 7%-ish