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By the god of reason, will this foolishness never end!

This man receives a post from the government led by myself and then he immediately denounces the same government! This would be hilarious if it was not so sad.

-Chancellor Meningen
He may no-confidence the parliament.It does not mean he dislikes the whole government, It might just be you.

Comrade Heinrich IV von Silesia-Glogau
 

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First of all, I would like to thank the Minister of War for appointing me to the illustrious post of Chief of the General Staff; I am truly honoured and humbled to be given such a great responsibility. Secondly, I call for a vote of no-confidence in the Meningen ministry. This government has sought to destroy Germany from within and to expand the power of the President far beyond his constitutional role. A government that seeks to impose tyranny on its citizens and promote sectionalism within the nation cannot be allowed to continue to govern.

~ K.F. von Hohenzollern, Chief of the General Staff

Herr von Hohenzollern,

You are reminded that the Reichstag's business is closed for 1887. You may initiate your no-confidence vote during our 1888 session.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
 

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Herr von Hohenzollern,

You are reminded that the Reichstag's business is closed for 1887. You may initiate your no-confidence vote during our 1888 session.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Very well then.
 

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Chancellor, the Chief of the General Staff is not a member of your government, he is an independent actor.
 

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Perhaps he should not have accepted the job, then.

Herr Meningen, my role is not a partisan one. Though the Chief of the General Staff is appointed by a political official (the Minister of War), his duties do not concern government policy or the implementation of it.
 

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Herr Meningen, my role is not a partisan one. Though the Chief of the General Staff is appointed by a political official (the Minister of War), his duties do not concern government policy or the implementation of it.

If your duties are not partisan then perhaps you should refrain from involving yourself in politics and trying to destroy this government.
 

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If your duties are not partisan then perhaps you should refrain from involving yourself in politics and trying to destroy this government.

My duties as Chief of the General Staff are quite separate from my duties as a Stadtholder.
 

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1887: The KPD's first move

1887 was another year of banner scientific accomplishments. Thomas Edinsohn made a startling discovery that promised to spread cheap and efficient lighting to every German. The Ministry of War affixed torpedo tubes to every cruiser, helping them chase the enemy's larger ships. A Museum of Natural History opened in Milan to rave reviews, with one wing of the museum named the Emmanuel Victor Memorial Wing of Botany, after the late Stadtholder's known love of gardening; the museum's curator was famous for discovering rubber trees in German Liberia, a valuable natural resource. President Karl Adimari also announced government funding for worker education throughout the entire state of Lombardia. Minister of Education Walter Herwig announced a long overdue revitalization of German commercial practices in the wake of the completion of the navy's modernization ((no pun intended)). The first step was the establishment of new banks across Germany, specializing in small business loans.

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Most Germans were relatively pleased, on the whole, by the Meningen administration. In Karsten-Steiermark, the German Chancellor was feted at every opportunity. A women's group also applauded the efforts of Franz Meningen and the German liberals to promote not only their suffrage, but the suffrage of women around the globe. For most of 1887, domestic peace was the watchword. A brief conflagration in Champagne was quickly put out and the ringleaders arrested. Minister of the Interior Johannes Carile was unrelenting in shutting down separatist groups wherever they might arise.

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One particular neglected minority group started to speak against not only the administration, but the German democracy as it stood. A Czech society, calling themselves the Sokols, started to argue for Czech autonomy, and they gathered a substantial audience by arguing that, since his favored group received additional rights, the 'Liberator' had betrayed his promises, as not a single bill promoting further national devolution had been introduced by him or any other liberal in the Reichstag. A new Socialist newspaper appeared in the capital that disseminated these views to a wider audience still, taking the issue national. A national group supporting a higher minimum wage endorsed Sokol candidates to the Assembly from Prague and other Czech regions, but the matter came to a head when a full out riot broke out in German Croatia. KPD members in that region rose up, arrested the management of local factories, and demanded that Germany completely federalize, granting full autonomy to all national groups. The Gendarmerie stepped in as quickly as possible, arresting the groups involved, but other minority newspapers took the cause to the streets, and a general atmosphere of chaos existed.

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All of these issues played into the debates surrounding the Presidential election of 1888. The NLPD no longer had viable candidates for the office, so it was a certainty that some other party would control the Presidential Palace in Nürnberg. Conservatives criticized the regime for allowing the budget to drain in favor of a tax cut. Socialists demanded a further increase in the minimum wage. Communists demanded total devolution in all aspects of German minority life. Imperialists attacked the Bundespartei for cozying up to Poland. Whoever became President had much to deal with.

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The first order of business for the Reichstag is to address Herr von Hohenzollern's call for no-confidence in the Meningen government. All members of the Reichstag must vote on this; this will include Konrad von Schwaben, whose term as President is at an end, and who returns to the Reichstag as a full voting member in good standing. If there is no confidence in Meningen, a new General Election will begin immediately. If the vote of no confidence fails, Meningen will retain his office until the 1889 General Election, and we will move to the business of electing a new President. No legislation may be proposed at this time. That will come after the no confidence vote.

Members of the Reichstag, please vote either confidence or no confidence in Herr Meningen.
 

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((Boy does the whole "OP can flex things" stink. The KPD demands devolution and federalism when their party leader rails against such things in the Reichstag...))

No Confidence
 

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Confidence.

Herr von Hohenzollern:

The position of COGS is a lifetime appointment, unless a simple majority of the Assembly votes to remove the incumbent. Perhaps you should consider withdrawing your motion.

((Av, what am I, chopped liver? Am I not eligible to run for President?)
 

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Confidence
 

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Confidence.

Herr von Hohenzollern:

The position of COGS is a lifetime appointment, unless a simple majority of the Assembly votes to remove the incumbent. Perhaps you should consider withdrawing your motion.

((Av, what am I, chopped liver? Am I not eligible to run for President?)

Herr Gutfreund, I have always respected you as a man above petty partisan politics. I am disheartened by your call for me to go against my conscience and withdraw my motion of no-confidence.

Needless to say, I have no confidence whatsoever in this government, which has turned prosperity into poverty and democracy into delinquency.

~ K.F. von Hohenzollern
 

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Despite the calls of my fellow members of the opposition, I still have confidence in the government. They have run the country capably enough, if not entirely to my liking. At this point I feel that personal vendettas and ideological grudges are the motivation behind this vote and I will not be a part of it. Let the government operate as it should for once before trying to bring it down again. I'm surprised the people don't rise up and overthrow the lot of you for all your petty squabbles.

- Eva von Vandenburg
 

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Despite the calls of my fellow members of the opposition, I still have confidence in the government. They have run the country capably enough, if not entirely to my liking. At this point I feel that personal vendettas and ideological grudges are the motivation behind this vote and I will not be a part of it. Let the government operate as it should for once before trying to bring it down again. I'm surprised the people don't rise up and overthrow the lot of you for all your petty squabbles.

- Eva von Vandenburg

This government has mismanaged the economy, weakened our national unity, and sown distrust between us and the our former allies. How can you support such a government?
 

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This government has mismanaged the economy, weakened our national unity, and sown distrust between us and the our former allies. How can you support such a government?

That stability is threatened by the constant calls to throw out the government. Do you not have the patience to wait for the elections? If they continue to mismanage things, as you say, then the people will toss them out on their ear. We must remember that this is a democratically elected government. The people want them here and they will have to answer to those same people once the election comes around if they change their mind.

- Eva von Vandenburg
 

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Of course I have confidence in this government.

We have achieved much over these past few years. The economy has prospered, allowing us to decrease the tax burden on all citizens. I know some are concerned about red ink but the treasury is still overstuffed ((Avindian, how much do we have in the treasury)).

Domestic peace has prevailed despite some minor incidents. I know many minority populations have felt let down but I urge them to have faith in this government. We are working tirelessly to help you and make sure your voices are heard!

If you want liberty and a prospering economy, have confidence in this government. If you want poverty and chaos, then vote against it.

-Chancellor Meningen