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The Election of 1867

Dr. Dominik Fellmann was one of the least charismatic and interesting politicians in Germany. The long time Minister of Finance was known for bookkeeping and algorithms, not dynamic leadership. His tax increases were the type of idea to engender dislike, not popularity.



His party, the UAI, had neither Ungers nor Asches in it. No matter what it tried, it could do very little to break the conservative stranglehold on politics. This very lack of fire or drive to be the best caused one of the most popular members of the UAI, Konrad von Schwaben, to found the NLPD, espousing his personal views of economic liberalism with a powerful military to ensure German might remained supreme. The new party attracted the malcontents from the HUN, Imperialists, and New Society, united in the quest to see change in the Republic of Germany. Reform was surely already coming to Germany, as the widespread acceptance of a new school program attracted favorable voting from every party, but they wanted something more.



The first half of 1866 saw the defeat of Benin and Ethiopia's almost total dominance over the Horn of Africa. Most newspapers congratulated returning veterans, but the war itself was of little to no importance to most Germans, except those few living in Liberia. A pair of battles on land and the continued blockade of Lagos ensured a complete victory.







Even the announcement of the birth (and later death) of an independence movement in Kashmir did little to disturb the average German's sense of general malaise and dissatisfaction. That dissatisfaction erupted for the first time in what was called the Lagos Incident. Just off the shore of Nigeria, after serving for almost 18 consecutive months with no opportunity to rest or relax, a disagreement between an officer and a senior enlisted man aboard one of Germany's Men 'o War exploded into a fleet wide disturbance. A brief naval battle started between the more modern and more liberal steam fleet and the old wooden fleet, which had most of the oldest and strictest officers. Sailors on certain ships had already trained their guns on the larger, older, wooden ships, as if this entire activity had actually been planned. While the entire wooden fleet was sunk, casualties were minor, due in large part to a concerted effort by the gunnery crews on the steam powered vessels to focus on damaging the ships and not the crews. When the steam fleet returned to Monrovia to take on coal for the trip back to Germany, the Governor of Liberia immediately detained all of the active sailors and, on his own authority, scuttled the entire steam fleet, lest they bring revolution to Germany too. [1] Michael von Hohenzollern, the Chancellor, immediately decreed the construction of a fleet of new ships. The initial run was 34 ships -- 15 transports and 19 commerce raiders. The Minister of War, Albrecht von Spinoza, also began issuing the newest model of breech-loaded rifles to everybody in the army.





The unilateral move by the Chancellor to build a fleet without asking for permission from the Reichstag stirred up considerable discontent. He also found himself in the press in a negative way, when he refused to consider the passage of either a minimum wage or a pension plan as "socialist nonsense."



Yet despite all that, the election of 1867 was an orderly one, not a violent one like the election just four years earlier.



There was considerable support for Michael, partially because he was a Hohenzollern, partially because he'd donated so much time and money to the people of the Republic, but mostly because the average German applauded Michael's initiatives. A Germany with no fleet would be easy prey for the British Empire, after all. As Minister of Education, Michael made further improvements to the navy as well.



The Minister of War finished the issuance of the new rifles just in time to deal with the latest political crisis: the discovery of the real source of the Lagos Incident.



A radical element within the SDAP, who believed that the ballot box was not the way to the victory of the working class, had infiltrated the German navy. About thirty gunnery specialists had been preparing for months before the outbreak of war with Benin. Originally their target was to shell the city of Hamburg, but the war gave them a different opportunity. These "red sailors" had been the ones to open fire on the wooden ships, without orders, and escaped in the ensuing confusion. When one of them was arrested for stealing not too far from Monrovia, the story spread like wildfire, and even the minimal political support the SDAP had completely evaporated. [2]



An investigation by the Corps of Gendarmerie determined that nobody in the Reichstag had anything to do with the Lagos Mutiny (as it had since been dubbed). The Commander, Walther von Herwig, personally vetted each one of them and was entirely satisfied of their loyalty to Germany. This prevented any serious cries to have the SDAP banned and even helped the SDAP gain slightly in the polls. But when election day was finished, it was not Michael von Hohenzollern's party, or the SDAP, or even the dynamic NLPD that sat atop the Reichstag. It was Dominik Fellman's UAI, who'd strategically cancelled the tax hike immediately after the war and avoided any speech making before the election. [3]





The Liberals dominated in the upper house too, thanks to the desertion of several socialists to the UAI and NLPD.



As the discussions for a coalition began, it was clear that even if they didn't produce a Chancellor, the liberals could very easily steer politics their own way for the first time in years.
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[1] Real reason: attrition nuked both fleets, because I badly miscalculated how far we were from our supply range. :blush:
[2] See [1]. This is just my retconning my own stupidity into the iAAR.
[3] There's a good chance that the real reason they won was this event:



It adds a blanket 5% to any party and a boost to CON too. I chose the liberals basically to see what they would do with power. :)
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Constitutional amendments or decisions requiring both houses may be submitted at this time. All other proposals must wait until the new Chancellor is announced and his cabinet chosen. Michael von Hohenzollern has already proposed the creation of the Kiel Canal, which would greatly improve the speed of traffic between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.



The electoral ballot will be announced in 48 hours, or Friday at 10 PM (-6 GMT).

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
 

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Well, I knew this day would come. With the election over, I'm afraid my time as a member of the Assembly is over. I will now be handing my position as head of the Imperialist Party over to my nephew, Wilhelm von Vandenburg, who has been elected to the Assembly. While many of us have not seen eye to eye, I respect each and every one of you. May you continue to serve Germany well.

- Maximillian von Vandenburg

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((And thus my time as a moderate reactionary comes to an end.

Name: Wilhelm von Vandenburg
Born: 1835
Birthplace: München
Party Affiliation: The Imperialists (Reactionary)
House: Assembly
Background: Born to an alcoholic father and distant mother, Wilhelm was a very angry child, constantly getting into fights with other children. He came to admire his uncle Maximillian, at least for a time, wanting nothing more than to become a politician and direct the future of Germany. By the time he became a teenager, Wilhelm started to realize that the Reichstag wasn’t as functional as he thought. Strong leadership was needed, no matter the cost. Maximillian tried to temper his views, but this only antagonized Wilhelm. The two continued to argue over political views for many years, butting heads on more than one occasion. When he finally reached adulthood, Wilhelm joined the army. He worked his way up through the ranks, eventually serving as a general of 3,000 men during the Great Liberation War on the French front, where his entire regiment was captured during battle. He was set free after his family paid his ransom. Not one to be shamed so easily, he took command of another regiment and led an attack on the town holding his previous regiment captive, where he then freed them and slaughtered every French soldier in the town in retaliation. He’s hated the French ever since. Now entering politics, he is the epitome of the far right. Incredibly stubborn and blunt to the point of being offensive, Wilhelm is not afraid to share his views and stick to them. His views on the monarchy only go so far as needing a strong figure to rule Germany. Whether that figure should be a Hohenzollern is up for debate.))
 

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((Not through great speeches and majority decisions will the questions of the day be decided, but by rock, paper, and scissors. :p))
 

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I am sure we have all read in the newspapers about the Socialist-led Lagos Mutiny, and the terrible effect it has had upon our naval supremacy. But there is a side to this sorry affair that has not been so widely publiscised. I am talking, of course, about the actions of the so-called Deutscher Sozialistische Gewerkschaftsbund ((German Socialist Confederation of Trade Unions)).

Over the past half-century, the Republic of Germany has built up many different trade unions and labour organisations. These groups seek to address the fundamental negotiatory imbalance between employee and employer (specifically, that the employee depends upon the employer for their continued survival, whereas the employer depends upon the employee merely as a fungible labourer to marginally increase the employer's financial gains). As workers group together, they can exert greater negotiatory force upon their employers than that of any single employee. And regardless of to what extent these trade unions are a beneficial influence upon the Republic's economy, the freedom to form such labour unions is one that our Republic has enjoyed for a number of years now - and is a freedom that I believe should not be infringed (lest what I am about to say should give people the wrong idea).

But the Deutscher Sozialistische Gewerkschaftsbund is not one of these organisations. Their unstated aim is not to peacefully negotiate with employers for increased pay and working conditions, but to bring about the violent overthrow of the "capitalist regime" and to bring the means of production into the hands of the workers by military force. Such radical socialism has been clearly denounced by the Republic's legitimate Socialist organisations, such as the SDAP, but still holds sway among many of the lower classes.

This group has a history of illegal union activity, blackmail of important citizens, and even mistreatment of civil servants. And I am informed that the Lagos Mutiny was carried out in full support of the Deutscher Sozialistische Gewerkschaftsbund. While the "Red Sailors" were to assault the port of Hamburg, the Gewerkschaftsbundmitglieder were waiting in the wings to simultaneously take control of the Hamburg Rathaus.

Though this grand plan of theirs fell catastrophically short through shoddy planning, lack of communication, and extremely poor discipline, I believe such an organisation should not be allowed to hide behind the Republic's statutes of freedom of union. I call for the Republic to enact clear legislation more strongly defining Freedom of Union - in particular, such that it only applies to legitimate Non-Socialist Trade Unions.

(( In-game effects: none whatsoever. Germany already has only Non-Socialist Trade Unions allowed - but it's been like that since the start of the game, long before there was such a thing as a Socialist. In future, it's likely someone will want to enact the All-Trade-Unions-Allowed reform - and when they do, it'd be nice to have some actual context to argue for or against. I believe this is a decision requiring both houses, but if I'm wrong about that we can postpone it until we have a Cabinet. ))
 

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'Konrad talking to the NLPD general meeting after the Election of 1867'

"I am not the least surprised that we got such a great percentage of the votes in this election. The people want liberal, national change to this old system we call a democracy. With our new liberal minded population, we can see that the people of the Republic are tired of the older conservative parties. Not that these should be ignored, as they are important, and makes the political landscape more varying. Also, we don't have a majority, so to work together with the old parties will be at great importance for our party. The NLPD is still young, and we will most likely meet obstacels. But we must do as the air, get over them. Or even better cooperate with these obstacels, make compromises and live together in harmony with our former enemies.

It is well known that, our republic that have traces to the Roman Republic of old, and many a cultures making Germany a country full of diversity. This can however become a big problem as we have seen in the past. Violent uprisings in Champagne and the Flanders. As this is a problem, all of the German governments of the past, has chosen violence as the answer. This, I find untrue and outright stupid. Only Diplomacy is the answer to the Republics ethinical problems."

'Konrad is met with a roaring applause as he leaves the stage'

((The honored members of the NLPD may travel to the Party pages please.))


Build the Kiel Canal: Yes ((You did call for a vote right?))
 
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((I messaged him a week ago about it but never got a reply, so I just kept the title of leader again. I didn't want to leave the party leaderless after an election and with negotiations for coalitions beginning. If he reappears and wants the party leadership, I'm willing to hand it over since he's the senior member of the Imperialists, if by a slim margin.))
 

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I want first to congratulate my fellow friend Dr Fellman and the other members of the UAI for our victory in recent elections and to wish him a prosperous government for the welfare of Germany.

I also want to vote FOR the construction of this Kiel Canal.
 

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((I messaged him a week ago about it but never got a reply, so I just kept the title of leader again. I didn't want to leave the party leaderless after an election and with negotiations for coalitions beginning. If he reappears and wants the party leadership, I'm willing to hand it over since he's the senior member of the Imperialists, if by a slim margin.))
((I just don't care, I'm still around. Kissyface can keep control))
 

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Von Spinoza introduces one of the bills he promised in his letter to Das Deutschland.

The Bundestag Bill
Preamble: Since Germany is no longer an empire, or even kingdom, it is woefully out of date to have its representative assembly and political center of the nation named as such.
1. The Reichstag shall be renamed to the Bundestag.
2. All official stationery will be changed.
3. Bundestag shall replace Reichstag on every official document.
Hopefully this can get rid of part of our imperial past and pave the way forwards for our rich republican future.
 

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I didn't know Herr Albrecht that our republic was a federal state. Your new bill would acquire a lot of work in the constitution to get it to work, since we would have to make a federal state. If not, we might as well call it the Reichstag.
 

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((I just don't care, I'm still around. Kissyface can keep control))
((Well I guess that is settled then. Lol, kissyface. :p))

What is this madness about changing the name of the Reichstag? Sounds like utter contempt for our past, a glorious past that shaped the mighty Germany that exists today, rather than progress to me.

- Wilhelm von Vandenburg
 

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I didn't know Herr Albrecht that our republic was a federal state. Your new bill would acquire a lot of work in the constitution to get it to work, since we would have to make a federal state. If not, we might as well call it the Reichstag.
Technically, Herr Von Schwaben, we are a federal state. We are a state that is controlled through a federation of different peoples. In any case, Bundestag is a much more fitting name than Reichstag. Or perhaps you are not so liberal after all?
((Well I guess that is settled then. Lol, kissyface. :p))

What is this madness about changing the name of the Reichstag? Sounds like utter contempt for our past, a glorious past that shaped the mighty Germany that exists today, rather than progress to me.

- Wilhelm von Vandenburg
Sir, you protest using the past! The past is behind us, it is long gone. Calling it a Reichstag makes one think of the days of yore, when people died young and tyranny reigned with an iron fist. It makes so that it is like this Republic is not permanent, is not meant to last.
 

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Technically, Herr Von Schwaben, we are a federal state. We are a state that is controlled through a federation of different peoples. In any case, Bundestag is a much more fitting name than Reichstag. Or perhaps you are not so liberal after all?

Sir, you protest using the past! The past is behind us, it is long gone. Calling it a Reichstag makes one think of the days of yore, when people died young and tyranny reigned with an iron fist. It makes so that it is like this Republic is not permanent, is not meant to last.
Herr von Spinoza: what's in a name? This legislative body carries out its duty regardless of its title.
 

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Sir, you protest using the past! The past is behind us, it is long gone. Calling it a Reichstag makes one think of the days of yore, when people died young and tyranny reigned with an iron fist. It makes so that it is like this Republic is not permanent, is not meant to last.
And if we move too far forward and forget the past, the very identity of our nation is lost. Why would any German hold loyalty to a nation that tosses its own traditions and beliefs aside and holds no resemblance to the home of their forefathers?

- Wilhelm von Vandenburg
 

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Herren,

It is my pleasure to announce the formation of a new coalition between the New Society, HUN, and NLPD. I will remain Chancellor for at least four more years.

My Minister of the Interior will be Konrad von Schwaben. Otto von Bismarck will continue as our Foreign Minister. Hals Gutfreund will be the Minister of War. Of course, Friedrich Meier will continue the service he and his father have provided our Republic as President of the Planning Commission.

I am working out the details of the final two spots in my government as we speak, and will announce them when I have them.

Michael von Hohenzollern, Chancellor of the Republic of Germany.
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We are not yet voting on any matters, as there still remains time to submit new bills for consideration. Herr Spinoza's will be on the ballot, as well as funding for the Kiel Canal.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
 

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I suppose having a Hohenzollern as Chancellor is a small consolation for being excluded from the ruling coalition.

- Wilhelm von Vandenburg