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1845: The year of death

The cholera that had terrified so many was a thing of the past. It had been almost a full year since there were any outbreaks. People in Germany began to take their ease, to enjoy life as they once had. The passion for intense intellectualism and philosophy – the province of those select few wealthy enough to afford life-saving medicines – dissipated, and thoughts turned to more practical matters.

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The new Chancellor, Alex von Bern, one of the most experienced statesmen in Germany and a bastion of conservative values, championed the further industrial development of his native land, no matter the cost.

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The deliverer of that speech – a young upstart in the New Society, Otto von Bismarck – was booed by quite a few members of the Alliance for his “callousness” and laissez-faire attitude towards the lives of the workers. In fact, Bismarck was lampooned as the “Laissez-Faire Conservative” in many of the leading newspapers in Germany. Yet his coldness was not in vain, and thanks to government funding, the problem of accessing the rich veins of coal in Karlsbad were surmounted. Further, these new techniques were applied to iron ore mining and, most impressive of all, gold mining.

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The new iron and coal deposits served extremely well, as Germany industrialized at a break neck pace and railroads crisscrossed the land.

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German aristocrats praised the outpouring of German sympathies in Ravenna, and roundly criticized the “weaklings” who would “mollycoddle” convicted felons throughout the country.

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Assemblyman DDr. Gotha fumed as he watched France carve off bits of Grenada: not because he loved the people of Grenada, but because his own countrymen had so thoroughly annihilated his own aims to seize parts of Africa.

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The morning of 23 November looked like any other day to most Germans. Birds sang, rivers ran, a parade of workers armed with shovels, or hammers, or other tools proceeded to their daily tasks. The Hall of Government (which housed both the Conclave and the Assembly) convened to discuss the normal affairs of state. The horrific and unexpected death of Friedrich von Mannerheim at the beginning of the year, during an impassioned speech, had caused everyone to reflect a bit more on life’s ever-fleeting nature, but within a few weeks, things had returned mostly to normal.

And then Joachim Peymann, the oldest member of the Assembly at 67 years of age, began to convulse uncontrollably. Within minutes he was dead. The German Influenza, which would cost hundreds of thousands of lives and £139,000 – almost 20% of the entire state budget – had only just started. Even in the Hall of Government, it would claim still more victims. Maximilian Unger also met his end that fateful day, yet even that was overshadowed by the most shocking death of all: Friedrich von Hohenzollern. Just a few days before he was supposed to be seated in the Assembly, Albrecht von Hohenzollern found himself the Stadtholder of Nürnberg.

He was also an Imperialist.

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((So, Some Georgian, you need a new Minister of Education and a new Minister of Finance. One of them has to be New Society; other than that, you can choose who you like.))
 

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(( Which of the subsidized factories are actually receiving government funds? ))
 

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Assemblyman DDr. Gotha fumed as he watched France carve off bits of Grenada: not because he loved the people of Grenada, but because his own countrymen had so thoroughly annihilated his own aims to seize parts of Africa.

((IIRC, that proposal was in fact passed.))
 

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RIP all the good Germans who have died and let´s hope that Herr Unger efforts in medicine allow us to say goodbye to all these diseases in a near future.
 

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Name: Hugo Unger
Background: Hugo Unger is the eldest son of Friedrich Unger, younger brother to Maximillian Unger, former Minister of Education. At an early age, Hugo took an interest in martial studies. He would go on to attend and later graduate from the Nurnberg War College where he was ranked seventh in his class.

Being a member of one of the most prominent and richest families in the Republic allowed Hugo to rise quickly in rank and station. At the age of thirty-five he would be assigned to Third Army as Oberst of their newly formed Dragoons. This posting would lead him to become one of the more influential members of his family.

Two years later, the Anglo-German War broke out and Oberst Hugo was headed to war. Leader of the Third Army was General Bernhard von Wittelsbach who's task was to capture Plymouth itself. They would achieve this and much more. After making short work of the defenses at Plymouth, the Third Army pushed towards London, the heart of the British Empire. En-route they came across the numerically smaller English Defense Force. Third Army made quick work of this army. Hugo's own Dragoons lost only three hundred and ninety-six men of the more then two thousand lost that day.

With this victory they pushed on into London bring an abrupt end to what some believed would be one of the greatest wars in human history. Hugo was given many awards, the highest in his mind was stationing at the War College. He above all others showed what a unit of Dragoons could do at the Battle of Plymouth and so would teach future officers on their tactics.

It was during his time at the War College that Hugo brought up an idea to his Uncle on a better working rifle. This sparked a competition to create a working model of his idea. In some ways it was this competition that led to his Uncle's death. Not being one of any military background, Maximillian felt useless and so planned a tour of Germany's growing industry. Instead at Berlin, following a meeting with his brother, Hugo's father, he learned of the sickness that was killing his brother and a large number of other people. Seeking a cure from this disease, Maximillian funded any and all physicians who were willing to help find a way to combat this horrid disease.

He would achieve in this task, but not until after his brother was dead. Maximillian would also ironically die of the German Influenza while trying to find a cure for this as well. Now the most prominent member of the Unger family and since Maximillian had no heirs, Hugo took up the position as Head of the family. Or what was left of it. Besides his father and Uncle many other Ungers lost their lives to Cholera, the German Flu, and to the Anglo-German War.

Almost as bad, Maximillian nearly bankrupted the entire family. Hugo was forced to sell the family estates in Mantua and some of the lands purchased in Berlin to pay off the majority of the debts that Maximillian had incurred the later years of his life. So in 1846 Hugo resigned his commission and was elected an Assemblyman of Berlin his home for the past ten years
Age: 45(1801)
Birthplace: Mantua
Party affiliation: UAI (Liberals)
House: Assembly
 

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((IIRC, that proposal was in fact passed.))

((Actually, you're entirely right. I remembered how many people were vocally against the consensus policy and was confused. We'll start manufacturing the CB next update. :blush:

Idhrendur: As far as I know, if the numbers are green, the factory isn't getting subsidies. Is that not the case?))
 

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My condolences to all of Germany as two of our ministers have died. But as the Chancellor of the Republic it is my duty to stay calm and find a solution.
I would like to welcome Otto von Bismarck and Hugo Unger to the Conclave and the Assembly respectively. Otto von Bismarck would you like to take the position of Finance Minister?
Hugo Unger, your father was Minister of Education for years, would you like that position? If not then I will be taking applications for that position.
 

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Otto von Bismarck gave a nod, "I would be interested in the position as Minister of Finance, yes."
 

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"Alex! Have you seen the post?"
"Joachim is dead, I know. Well," he laughed, coarsely, "the old man always wanted to meet God."
The other man sighs. "Show a bit of respect, Alex, he was a good friend to the family interests. Sharp to the end, even if the poor sod never imagined what the world would be like when he was slogging through the mud in Warsaw. But I think we need a young man now."
"For what?"
"Don't be an idiot, man. A cabbage could get into the Assembly here if its name was Peymann, and we could use someone else to look out for us. What about young Christian?"
"Christian? He doesn't have the brains of a cabbage."
"Think about it, Alex. He's no use to us here, but he's already successful in politics. He looks good, he sounds good if you don't pay too much attention to what he's saying. The common man laps it up; they think he's bluff and plain-speaking. And it's not like ten years ago where the capital was three weeks' travel away. Now when young Christian's puzzled, he'll send us a letter on the night train asking his clever uncles what to do, and we'll tell him."

Name: Christian Peymann
Born: 28th February 1816, Aarhus.
Present Occupation: Minor local politician propelled to prominence by family money.
House: Assembly
Political Affiliation: Alliance.

((I've stayed with the Alliance since I think it's short of people. Iif you imagine Boris Johnson in Victorian dress, you won't be too far off, especially if you also imagine the stream of cripes-crikey-chaps inanity, and please see the portait just below by DensleyBlair))
 
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((I've stayed with the Alliance since I think it's short of people. No picture, but if you imagine Boris Johnson in Victorian dress, you won't be too far off, especially if you also imagine the stream of cripes-crikey-chaps inanity.))

((The head's a bit big, but:

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I took the liberty of doing a quick sketch, should you wish to use it. :)))
 

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"Alex! Have you seen the post?"
"Joachim is dead, I know. Well," he laughed, coarsely, "the old man always wanted to meet God."
The other man sighs. "Show a bit of respect, Alex, he was a good friend to the family interests. Sharp to the end, even if the poor sod never imagined what the world would be like when he was slogging through the mud in Warsaw. But I think we need a young man now."
"For what?"
"Don't be an idiot, man. A cabbage could get into the Assembly here if its name was Peymann, and we could use someone else to look out for us. What about young Christian?"
"Christian? He doesn't have the brains of a cabbage."
"Think about it, Alex. He's no use to us here, but he's already successful in politics. He looks good, he sounds good if you don't pay too much attention to what he's saying. The common man laps it up; they think he's bluff and plain-speaking. And it's not like ten years ago where the capital was three weeks' travel away. Now when young Christian's puzzled, he'll send us a letter on the night train asking his clever uncles what to do, and we'll tell him."

Name: Christian Peymann
Born: 28th February 1821, Aarhus.
Present Occupation: Minor local politician propelled to prominence by family money.
House: Assembly
Political Affiliation: Alliance.

((I've stayed with the Alliance since I think it's short of people. No picture, but if you imagine Boris Johnson in Victorian dress, you won't be too far off, especially if you also imagine the stream of cripes-crikey-chaps inanity.))

((With a birthdate of 1821, that would leave him unable to vote until 1851 -- is that intentional?))
 

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"I thank you for the offer Chancellor Bern, but I fear I would make a poor Minister of Education. My background lies in the military and foreign affairs."

-Hugo Unger
 

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((With a birthdate of 1821, that would leave him unable to vote until 1851 -- is that intentional?))

((I don't know how you remember all this stuff. Possibly you're just less of a space cadet than me. Let's make it 1816, then, and he'll be able to vote in 1846.

DensleyBlair: thank you. Henceforth that shall be the face of young Christian.))
 

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((Nice update, Avi. :) Excited about the new characters and an Imperialist Hohenzollern. More fun to come!

Happy Wednesday, everyone.))
 

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((BTW, if you already hold a position, please do feel free to post proposals now.

Including Damerell's new character, I have the following breakdowns for each party.

Alliance: 3 A/3 C
UAI: 3 A/3 C
New Society: 4 A/4 C
Imperialists: 6 A/3 C

We have 29 registered players, 16 in the Assembly and 13 in the Conclave. The balance is really good, IMO -- if perhaps a hair too many Imperialists. However, looking ahead, the Alliance will officially be "activated" in 1848 (which will give them actual representation in the Conclave). We also have the Socialists to look forward to in the 1860s -- that's many sessions ahead, though, and we may not get there before I return to the States in July. Proto-Socialists would be fine -- would

As Sakura_F has already shown, historical characters are totally fine; I just ask you check with me first (so I can make sure nobody else wants them, for one).

Ideas and suggestions for how to improve the AAR are always welcome! You can PM me or bring them up in thread. I know the ability to shift forms of government is a popular one; one might say there's an entire political party devoted to it. My guiding principle for this AAR is: "Is it plausible, given our timeline?" If you have a specific suggestion for a functioning mechanic that works elsewhere that you'd like to see here, tell me about it! Please do not say "check out iAAR X, they have these great ideas", however: sadly, I do not have sufficient time to examine other iAARs in detail, much less participate. If you can give me the gist in a couple of sentences, that's very much appreciated.

Major changes will always be presented to the group for a vote. If there are administrative ideas, I'll use my judgment.))
 

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I also apply myself as a candidate for the ministry of education.
 

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Since our diplomatic service has been occupied by their support to Granada, we are left with more time until an invasion of West Africa could be launched. I propose that the Ministry of War prepares its forces to strike one year from this date.

- DDr. Wolfram Siegfried Gotha
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(( I think you must be correct. I'm just used to mouse hovering over the correct part of the budget screen to get that data. That's the problem with multiple ways to do things, I always aim for the one I'm familiar with and miss the others! ))
 

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(( I think you must be correct. I'm just used to mouse hovering over the correct part of the budget screen to get that data. That's the problem with multiple ways to do things, I always aim for the one I'm familiar with and miss the others! ))

((Even subsidized factories don't pay subsidies unless the factory is losing money.))