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While I hold the opinion that the Chancellor has overstepped his bounds, I also believe that his actions are not offensive enough to remove him from power. I agree that he may have erred in being hasty to remove the new War Minister, but the Minister used a logical removal of an inactive member of the Cabinet to put himself into a government he had not been invited to participate in.

All things considered, as well, we need to move on from this affair, in general. The people know who is right, and who is wrong, and they will let us know, come next election.

In the meantime, I have Confidence in the Chancellor.

-Johannes Carile, Minister of the Interior
 

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Though Herr Meningen's removal does, in the opinion of myself, stretch the constitutional rules concerning when ministers can be replaced, Herr Meningen's appointment itself is a constitutional quirk unlikely to survive the next session of our Houses.
The Chancellor's military policy, one that seeks to keep military spending at reasonable levels, has the confidence of the DDA, and hence in this vote the Chancellor has my confidence.
Theodoor Linden, DDA, Conclave
 

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The Stadtholder fails to address two of the three points I raised in favour of his removal, and only partly and untruthfully rejects the third. Mr. Präsident, I believe this discussion is finished.
Here Kanzler, your crime is of one offense, and that is the seizure of power. I am a man of laws and traditions, and it is quite clear that you respect neither.

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((Keep the votes coming! Particularly DLP, DSU, and KPD. Close vote so far!))
 

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Here we see yet another attempt by the economic elites to maintain their illegitimate power by ousting the peoples' representative. Of course, I have confidence in this government.

-Otto Meier
 

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While I disagree with how a no confidence vote allows someone to appoint themselves to the Cabinet, I also disagree that Herr Meningen should be so casually tossed out simply because he took a few days to consider candidate for Chief of General Staff. Despite that, I don't believe the Chancellor's actions warrant a no confidence vote. He has acted within his right, even if he has given himself the position of Minister of War, albeit temporarily. As has been stated, we must move on and then we can allow an election to determine the Cabinet instead of no confidence votes. We cannot continue to throw the government into chaos every time one of you feels like throwing a fit.

To make myself clear, I vote confidence in the Chancellor.

- Eva von Vandenburg
 

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I abstain in the Chancellor. Rather than an attempt for peaceful resolve and new legislation in the next voting cycle, we resorted to shameful politicing. I do not have a side.

I believe that Herr Meningen, as poor as his act was, he still legally became the Minister of War; his position should be returned to him immediately. As unconstitutional as it might seem, there is nothing in the constitution that keeps him from doing what he did. But, we do need effective legislation to keep this giant mess from happening in the future.
 

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I would normally vote against the Chancellor out of principle but since he got rid of that glory hound Meningen who hijacked my original no confidence motion to steal the Ministry for himself, I (reluctantly) vote Confidence in the Chancellor.

Hans Jurgen von Arnim Boitzenburg
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All things considered, as well, we need to move on from this affair, in general. The people know who is right, and who is wrong, and they will let us know, come next election.

Wrong!

The election is a rigged. It is all a fraud. A great big lie spread by the media, who are in conspiracy with the private bankers, and the Socialists.

If we had a decent Minister of War, he would build a big wall to keep the Poles out. And make the Poles pay for it.
 

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((I won't be able to play until Tuesday, so I'll leave voting open until then.))

Leaving our Republic in the hands of somebody without the effective authority to wage war concerns me deeply, but at the same time, we need to move on. I will vote Confidence with reservations.

However, if the Chancellor does not see fit to expand our armed forces, I must take it upon myself to modernize them. As a result, I will invest the Ministry of Education's funds into Bolt-Action Rifles, Indirect Artillery Fire, and Infiltration. If funds remain in the budget, I will then proceed to invest in a Bank Inspection Board to improve tax collection and pay for the upgrades needed to make our men what they should be.

Jean-Pierre St. Gerard, Minister of Education
 

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((Depending on how things settle out this evening, I may be able to play and update tonight; I don't have access to my voting spreadsheet as of this moment, but I'm pretty confident the no confidence vote failed. [pun intended] I will give specific numbers when I can get a hold of my spreadsheet.))
 

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((FYI: I do not know how many of you are baseball fans, but the time at which the update is posted depends solely on how quickly my beloved Cleveland Indians demolish the inferior Chicago Cubs. :) ))
((As a Red Sox fan, I am obligated to support the Cubs, and I must take issue with this attempt to discredit them. :p))
 
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((FYI: I do not know how many of you are baseball fans, but the time at which the update is posted depends solely on how quickly my beloved Cleveland Indians demolish the inferior Chicago Cubs. :) ))

((I'm a Yankees fan, but I really want to see the Cubs win. It is great to see both teams come such a long way in the past few years. I'd like to think the Yankees dealing Chapman to the Cubs really helped them get to the World Series too though. Also, the Cubs truly deserve home field advantage. [But if they had home field advantage, they wouldn't be able to win at Wrigley for game 5.] :)))
 

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((That's it, both of your characters are going to die horrible deaths! ;) ))

The No Confidence measure for Chancellor von Bavel-Timmermans is defeated, 112 to 177 in the Assembly and 33 to 56 in the Conclave. This session of the Reichstag is now closed.

((Update coming within an hour or so.))
 

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A global call to arms: The Second World War

When Germans woke up on December 17, 1908, they expected reports of conflict in the world. They expected reports of conflict within the Reichstag. They did not, however, expect reports of conflict between European armies for the first time since 1896. Socialists and Fascists, Communists and Conservatives, Germans and Italians put aside their differences and rallied to defend German soil from the encroaching enemy.

The dominant battles that captured the national press had been political, not military, for quite some time. The widely derided "Reichstag of Old Men" (as it was dubbed in a leading Fascist publication) had spent most of their time arguing about votes of censure and, in particular, about the coveted post of Minister of War. No fewer than three eminent German citizens had held that post in the span of a few hours. Konrad von Schwaben was ousted from his office for failing to appoint a Chief of the General Staff and delaying the expansion of German forces. Franz Meningen took the office after calling for the vote of no-confidence, but he was equally unable to find a citizen of Germany willing to become Chief of the General Staff. Franz von Bavel-Timmermans, Chancellor of Germany, declared himself Minister of War and called upon Graf von Schlieffen, an old military mind, to fill the role of Deputy Chief of the General Staff until such time as a proper Chief could be found.

The Ministers of Germany had quite a bit to say as well. Otto Meier, President of the State Planning Commission, put forward a revolutionary plan that closed the doors of over 20 German factories permanently, expanded more than 40, and modernized the German economy. The Reichstag's measure to raise Unemployment Subsidies helped ease the economic transition, particularly in conjunction with Johannes Carile's plan that offered subsidies to help Germans move to understaffed factories in regions throughout Germany.





The military received a much needed modernization as well. Jean-Pierre St. Gerard, the Minister of Education, authorized the production and distribution of new bolt-action rifles. The Chancellor also authorized the raising of 40 new brigades, including elite Guards units and several Artillery brigades, the first expansion of the German army in a long time.




Yet all thoughts of the 1912 general election vanished before the headlines of that fateful December morning.
"War with Poland!" "Poland demands Galicia!" "Canada answers the call of Germany!" "China defends Germany against Polish aggression!"

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The Second Great War (which some observers called World War II) would pit Poland, Chad, Zaporozhie, the Byzantine Empire, Pskov, and Nizhny Novgorod against Germany, Morea, Castille, Dalmatia, Krakow, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Beiyang China, Morocco, and Canada. German and Polish troops had already clashed in Breslau, in what was almost guaranteed to be a Polish victory. Bopulu was also invaded by Polish armies in Africa.

All reports suggested that the war would come down to five powers: the Polish-Byzantine Alliance and the German-Canadian-Chinese-Castillian Entente. These six powers had most of the military, industrial, and economic strength. The Entente outnumbered the Alliance, but only in terms of raw numbers; only Germany had a truly modern war machine, and 12 years of half pay left German soldiers out of practice. The naval advantage was solidly German, along with Castille's surprising contribution of 55 ships. In the long term, nobody questioned that the Entente would triumph, but who knew how many thousands--perhaps millions--would die in the process?
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Herr Chancellor, the Supreme Court requires you to formally appoint a Chief of the General Staff. All political considerations must be discarded; military expediency alone must rule your judgment. Should you fail to fulfill your constitutional duty, the Supreme Court would urge President Herwig to declare a State of Emergency and lead the country's forces himself. Germany cannot be without effective military leadership.

Herr Wouters, you are hereby requested to formulate the German peace strategy.

Further, the Supreme Court recognizes that it failed to publish the results of voting for all three ballot measures. Regrettably, the specific count for the Unemployment Subsidies has been lost, although the trending was definitively in favor of passage by a substantial margin. ((I had to record two no-confidence votes and inadvertently overwrote the subsidies votes. It was easily a 10-1 landslide, perhaps higher.))

As for the Youth Emancipation Act, it passes both Houses, 304-0 and 57 to 7. This bill must be signed by the President ((@Warlord Skorr)) and Chancellor ((@TJDS)) to take effect.

The National Flag Act was defeated in the Assembly, 99 to 180, although it did pass in the Conclave, 51 to 7.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
 

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Cry Havoc, and let slip the German Hounds of War!
 

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Today we see the true colours of our neighbours, the Poles. Regardless of whether any of us are eager for war to secure our borders or long for peaceful cooperation with the other nations of the world, war has been thrust upon us against our will. I call for all members of the Reichstag to put aside their petty political feuds for the sake of national unity. This act of aggression by Poland cannot be tolerated and the German people must rally together to fend off this invasion. We must stand strong and not an inch of German soil can be ceded to the Poles. Many will likely die in this growing conflict, but at least they will die knowing that they sacrificed themselves to defend their homes and the Fatherland. Germany shall stand strong, Germany shall stand united, and Germany shall reign victorious. Deutschland über alles!

- Eva von Vandenburg