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While I do like the idea of freedom and safety through trust, a government cannot work properly if even members of government itself does not support the plans. I therefor urges the minister of the Interior to change his plan. ((Abstain))

~ Reichpräsident Konrad von Schwaben
 

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I approve of this plan, and encourage all respectable members of the Bundespartai to do the same.
 

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Obviously the plan has the support of the representative of Breslau.

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I vote No to the Interior Minister's plan and applaud the Minister on his decision to resign. I hope we get a more sensible plan from the next Minister.

Hans-Jurgen von Arnim-Boitzeburg
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I vote No to the Interior Minister's plan and applaud the Minister on his decision to resign. I hope we get a more sensible plan from the next Minister.

Hans-Jurgen von Arnim-Boitzeburg
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I have not resigned as of yet. I will resign if the plan fails.

-Herr Liberator
 

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While I do like the idea of freedom and safety through trust, a government cannot work properly if even members of government itself does not support the plans. I therefor urges the minister of the Interior to change his plan. ((Abstain))

~ Reichpräsident Konrad von Schwaben

((President can't vote. :) ))
 

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I have not resigned as of yet. I will resign if the plan fails.

-Herr Liberator

Herr Minister, I, and most of the Nation, therefore look forward to the plan failing with the greatest expediency possible.

Hans-Jurgen von Arnim-Boitzenburg
 

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((Anybody who hasn't responded to the roll call by tomorrow at 10 PM (-6 GMT) will be marked inactive. I will also count up the votes for the Ministry of Interior's plan.))
 

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((Still here, yet will be somewhat sporadic in appearance until next week. On vacation, but should be able to check in once a day.))

Whilst I understand Here Meningen's desire to avoid suppressing movements, I do believe that any/all independence movements at least be suppressed.

-Chancellor Fredrick Carile
 

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((Based on the roll calls, I've edited the OP to indicate inactive party members. They'll still count as far as the number of votes per person until such time as I kill off the characters. I suspect that some of those deemed inactive may rejoin us soon.

Because Gen. Marshall is inactive (and I think he's been absent for some months), the UAI needs to find a new party leader. Warlord Skorr can probably serve in that role in the interim, I would venture.

Lurkers/New Players! Look at the OP before choosing a party. We really, really, don't need more people in the New Society. :) ))

The Minister of the Interior's plan passes, 32 votes to 22. All business for the Reichstag is now concluded and we will meet again in 1881.

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((I'm going to play now and hopefully update soon! I don't think anybody wants a three month update. :) ))
 
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1880: The year of radical change​

The new government of Chancellor Frederick Carile was, in some ways, not very different from that Konrad von Schwaben. They had the same Minister of War, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education, and Minister of Finance. The fiery demagogue Franz Meningen was now Minister of the Interior, but apart from that, nothing had changed. Carile and von Schwaben had simply swapped the top office. To many Germans, there was nothing wrong with that, but left-wing elements in German society began to question the legitimacy of elections where the same party won year after year.

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Although they did not always see eye-to-eye on politics, HUN members and colleagues Meningen and the Foreign Minister Fritz von Hohenzollern did agree on bringing the benefits of German civilization to Sicily and Malta, and worked closely together to ensure that the appropriate justifications were brought before international authorities.

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The Minister of the Interior's controversial plan favoring the rights of minorities and increased development for the Italian segments of Germany's population was, in one sense, geared towards the population of Sicily and Malta, to show them the benefits of German civilization. He offered tax breaks to wealthy Italians seeking to establish businesses in the Italian-dominated parts of Germany and used his office to help those Italians transfer property from Germans to themselves.

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However, he remained a patriotic German, and encouraged Italian citizens in Romagna who wished to apply for full German citizenship to do so.

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Yet, at the same time, there were whispers that his love of minorities had gone too far. When a Prague mine collapsed, trapping a few miners, he leaned heavily on the workers to stay quiet. Although he planned to form a new party in 1883, he could not afford to lose the confidence of his conservative constituents before then and risk losing his seat.

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The new Bundespartei planned to speak for the rights of minorities and supported a more federal system of government within Germany. It was a party that offered a balance between long-standing members of the Reichstag in Meningen and Samuel von Dywfor-Frauenkirche and youth such as Heinrich IV von Silesia-Glogau, Emmanuel Victor, and Otto Kant. It emphasized dynamism and vigor. Early indications were that the Bundespartei could expect a reasonably good initial showing.

Conservatives did their best to find a way to fight back against a further expansion of the liberals they hated. The affable Commander of the Gendarmerie Gerrit Aldo Servatius von Kloetinge, who was already over 70, had grown lax in policing his subordinates. A few of them, with the full authorization of their Commander (who, it was well known, would sign anything under the influence of schnapps), formed a cell within the Gendarmerie they simply called the "Shadows." The Shadows thought it their responsibility to purge Germany of undesirables by any means necessary, even if that meant using violence. Nobody could pin down precisely who the Shadows were, but they were real.

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The "truest" liberal in the entire cabinet, the Minister of Education Walther Herwig, did not disappoint his constituency either. The unexpected disappearance of Ludwig Fredrik Anderson put him in a prime position to seize control. After giving the Ministry of War a sop in the form of new base schematics that would "launch the German Navy into the next century," the Ministry of Education consistently funded programs geared towards commerce and pure science, the programs most popular with the liberal elites of Germany.

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Incredible archaeological discoveries the envy of the world were made by Germans as well, including discovery of one of the most astonishing collections of Egyptian artifacts in history.

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German scientific prestige had never been higher. With the participation of every other ministry of government, the Foreign Minister hosted an international conference on the lessons Africa could teach the world, and the poor natives of Africa who yearned to be more like educated Europeans. The Great Powers all agreed that the uncivilized nations of Africa needed guidance, and only they could provide it. The Nürnberg Conference was a huge success, and almost every party in German enthusiastically supported the new civilizing mission.

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The Conference was not all positive, however. The Minister of Finance, DSU leader Franz von Bavel-Timmermans, used the conference with his counterparts in Europe to negotiate still better commercial deals to import much needed goods into Germany; he let slip German plans against Venice, for which he received criticism, especially from Imperialists like Otto von Altmark, who insisted that von Bavel-Timmermans did it entirely on purpose to undermine the conference and its glorious mission.

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Another Imperialist, Wilhelm von Vandenburg, insisted that Germany immediately move to colonize the uninhabited province of Upper Guinea. Unfortunately, bickering within the Reichstag over who had the legal right to authorize such a measure, and ultimately, the British moved in with no opposition.

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The women of Germany angrily demanded a say in politics, and while the NLPD and UAI were sympathetic, they argued that constitutionally there was nothing they could do. Increasingly, the DSU began to speak out in favor of women's suffrage, the first German party to make that part of their platform, but not the last. A new Socialist newspaper was written by prominent women in German society and pledged that Germany would never be truly free until women could vote.

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A splinter group within the DSU thought that they weren't doing enough, however. They demanded change, and they wanted it right away. They protested Morocco's desire to "enslave their neighbors," and called the Foreign Minister's denial of Morocco's request "simple bourgeois hypocrisy." When the Minister of the Interior appeared lenient for only imprisoning a Greek for stirring up a rebellion against the state, this splinter group argued that the Greek was right, that all peoples should be free, and that governments were little more than a crutch.

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Then, on 27 October 1880, the splinter group vanished. The Shadows vowed to eliminate each and everyone of them as traitors to Germany; they turned up in Hedjaz, of all places, where the new Communist Worker's Party of Germany pledged solidarity with the other members of their international movement.

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The KAP, although its political goals were still nebulous, wasted no time in denouncing socialism as "a half-measure that only served to enslave the working class with promises of trinkets." They demanded the immediate release of Ferdinand von Hohenzollern as "a true inspiration to all communists" and that those jury members who voted for either his incarceration or execution immediately be turned over to them for "true revolutionary justice." The KAP were a minority, but they were loud, and they might not be a minority forever.
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Introducing.....

Name: Hals Freidrich Gutfreund, known familiarly as "Fred" or "HF"

Party: NLPD, member of the assembly for Hanover

Birth year: 1838

Current position: Minister of War

HF is the son of former long-serving Minister of War Hals Gutfreund. Born in Hanover, he attended local schools and University at Marburg. After serving a term as a naval officer, he joined the Ministry of War, where he occupied various posts of increasing responsibility. Upon his father's recent retirement, he was appointed minister.
 

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Germans, let us march forth to victory! Let us rescue the Italian people of Sicily from Venetian tyranny and integrate them into the glorious Republic of Germany. Let us liberate the entire world!

I believe we should also embark on a mission to spread the gospel of liberty throughout all of Africa. Let the natives of the Dark Continent embrace the warmth of German democracy before they are enslaved by Scottish tyranny. We have already discovered great wonders in Egypt, who knows what other glories we could achieve in Africa?

These alleged "Shadows" that lie within the ranks of the Gendarmerie are eating away at the democratic soul of the Republic. We cannot achieve true liberty with these true cretins suppressing our people in the darkness. Join the Bundespartei in promoting true liberal values and federalism so that ALL citizens, no matter what their ethnicity, may achieve total liberation. Stop the Shadows from oppressing the people!

-Herr Liberator
 

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I suggested we attack Venice years ago to bring the Italians solely under our rule so as to not be tempted by some foul foreign power. Now we should accomplish that goal. All Italians shall serve the German state as any good German would.

Fools, all of you! While we argue over who has the legal authority to colonize Africa, the British beat us to land that should fall under our protection. We must move quickly if we wish to save the savages of Africa from the Scottish tyrant.

((What parts of Africa can we actually colonize or reach at this point?))

- Wilhelm von Vandenburg
 

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((What parts of Africa can we actually colonize or reach at this point?))

((None. All of Africa's coastline is colonized, and we're nowhere near the interior stuff. The only unciv in Africa is our old buddies in the Toucouleur Empire. So, yeah, we could beat them up, but other than that, there isn't much to be done. This is going to be a dull Scramble for Africa since most of it is already scrambled. :) ))