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So yup, I just killed Gandhi. Let's see what that does.
Anyway, that's it for the Prologue, now onto history!

I can think of one thing in a world without Gandhi...either "Tootsie" or "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" wins the Best Picture Oscar in 1983. Personally, I'm leaning towards Spielberg (although there is something strangely alluring about Dustin Hoffman dressed up as a woman).

Awesome updates by the way. :cool:
 
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The Election of 1912: The Democratic Convention​


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Delegates Cluster Outside the Fifth Regiment Armory, Site of the 1912 Democratic Convention​


The Democratic Party which gathered in Baltimore in 1912 would be unrecognizable to any student of recent American politics. The party was not an organization of ideologically allied groups, but rather a loose coalition of everything from corrupt big-city, pro immigrant constituencies like New York's Tammany Hall political machine to Populists like William Jennings Bryant, formerly the nominee, now a fiery elder statesman type, to Southern grandees, often racist ghouls in the mold of the notoriously loathsome James K. Vardaman. Yet the wind of change was already blowing through the hallowed halls of the Democratic Party. Indeed, 1912 would be the first year that (some) states would hold primaries, which was a major goal of progressives in both parties. So it was that on June 25th, the candidates, delegates and officals arrived at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Maryland to listen to Chairman Alton B. Parker[SUP]1[/SUP] open the convention. It would prove to be an interesting one.

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James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark​

Two men arrived in Baltimore with significant popular and institutional support, New Jersey Governor Thomas Woodrow Wilson and Speaker of the House James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark. Beside them were Ohio Governor Judson Harmon and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Oscar W. Underwood of Alabama, the two possible "dark horse" contenders. Clark entered the convention looking to be the stronger candidate, with 440.5 pledged delegates to Wilson's 324, but neither had the two-thirds majority required to win. The convention went on, through, two, three, four, ballots as Clark's candidacy grew stronger, then on the ninth ballot, he made a fatal mistake.


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Charles F. Murphy​

The Democratic Party was divided on a number of issues, but few were more contentious than the Tammany Hall machine in New York City. Although the group had significantly improved under the tutelage of Charles F. Murphy, who had helped lead the organization in a more generally progressive direction; it was still seen as corrupt, oppressive and representative of vested interests. So when "Champ" Clark accepted an offer from a representative[SUP]2[/SUP] of Murphy's to gain the endorsement of Tammany Hall's bloc of delegates,things looked suspicious; even though no firm evidence of a "corrupt bargain" has ever been uncovered.

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson​

Wilson was preparing to write a concession speech when, before the tenth ballot was cast, three-time presidential candidate and Democratic legend William Jennings Bryant took to the floor to denounce Clark as the candidate of Tammany Hall and "Pocket Privilege", and to endorse Wilson. Clark's bandwagon, which had looked poised to crest the hill of the 2/3rds majority stopped and began to roll backwards. On the tenth ballot Clark received 556 votes, the most he would ever get. The balloting dragged on,. as Clark tried to claw his way back, rallying occasionally, but inch-by-inch retreating, slowly losing votes, slowly inching towards defeat. After Indiana Governor Thomas A. Marshall released his delegates to Wilson, Wilson finally gained the lead over Clark on the thirtieth ballot, 460-455. Finally, on the forty-sixth ballot, Wilson was nominated as the Democratic candidate for president. With that done, all that was left was to select a Vice President and after Clark declined, Indiana Governor Thomas A. Marshall was nominated on the second ballot. This convention had seen the greatest number of ballots cast at any Presidential Convention since the infamous 1860 convention, where the Southern Democrats eventually walked out; yet Wilson was not compromised by the grueling convention because of the spectacle which had occurred only a week earlier at the Republican Convention.


1: The Democratic nominee in 1904, a man utterly and deservedly crushed by Teddy Roosevelt in the general election.
2: Some sources say the representative was powerful New York Assemblyman Alfred E. Smith

@Soviet Amerika: He really did.
@Agent Larkin: I really didn't think this update out, I wanted to kill Gandhi in such a way that he was consequential, but not, ya' know, Gandhi...
@Kurty: I think I'm becoming you, what with the murder I'm dishing out.
@Milites: I killed Gandhi for two reasons, one, I had had two of my butterflies deal with death avoided, so I figured someone major needed to die, and Gandhi was just the person I happened to think of. The second reason was that I wanted to have an excuse to research the history of India in the interbellum period, so to be honest I have no idea what this will do. I just smacked the kill Gandhi button and I guess the chips will fall where they may.
@Nathan: Well, that depends if someone makes an epic Song biopic or nor...

Thanks for all the compliments and support everyone! It means a lot to know that people other than myself are reading :wub:
 
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My Anti-Progressive self always hated the 1912 election. Damn it Taft, why did you have to suck compared to these two Progressives?
 

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@Mr. Santiago: Ohohoh, you will see, oh yes...
@Agent Larkin: But would Teddy really ally with the Kaiser?
@Soviet Amerika: Yeah, but what would have happened had he won another term?

Okay folks, sorry to tell ya' but it looks like this'll be the last update for the week, but I'll try and knock a couple out over Presidents' Day.
Without too many spoilers for the plot, here's where I see the next few updates going:
  • Republican Primaries
  • Republican Convention
  • Bull Moose and Socialist Parties
  • General Election Campaign (3-5 updates)
  • The Last Year of the Taft Administration (Sorry SovietAmerika, I can't see him winning) (1-3 updates)

I'm gonna try to get through 1912 by the beginning of March, and then we can start our new administration.
I'll try to have 1913 and 1914 up to Sarajevo by April, so that way the game can actually begin. I'm hoping to the years before America enters the war in a month, although that may be lengthened because I really want to have some intricate domestic and Senate/Administration maneuvering and characterization as well as the traditional, "gearing up for war" prelude that you usually see. Basically, the war will not start until Summer most likely, and that should allow me a lot more writing and researching time.
 

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In Teddy we trust! :p
 

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Well nice to see who will be loosing to the Bullmoose Party.

Yeah my money is on Teddy, it is always on Teddy.

indeed, Teddy was such a badass that his ghost would probably try to beat you to death if you didn't back him. He is also one of my favorite presidents, so I am backing him too, and not just for the above mentioned reason
 

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Congratulations, Wilson - you won the race to get beaten by Teddy Roosevelt. Be proud of yourself :D

I killed Gandhi for two reasons, one, I had had two of my butterflies deal with death avoided, so I figured someone major needed to die, and Gandhi was just the person I happened to think of. The second reason was that I wanted to have an excuse to research the history of India in the interbellum period, so to be honest I have no idea what this will do. I just smacked the kill Gandhi button and I guess the chips will fall where they may.

I sure hope you know what you've unleashed, the INC without Gandhi is an entirely different ball game in regards to well - everything - in post WW1 India.
 

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Wow, lots have happened since I last visited this thread. I'm sure I fail to notice most of the butterflies, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.:)
 

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Hey guys, it's been a busy week, so my three updates I planned to crank out this week have ended up kinda falling by the wayside, but you should see another text spam coming up this weekend. Anyway, I have some very interesting plans for how the next two years are going to work out; and I'm excited by the prospect of writing them. I'm not going to allow this to die like the 1.0 version of this AAR, if only because I have something very fun planned for 1913 that I think everyone is going to enjoy.

@Kurty: Indeed we do and so do I. Interpret that as you will.
@History_Buff: I just really want "Bully!" to return to modern parlance.
@Milites: Nope, I haven't a single g*ddanged clue as to what I've done. I guess we'll find out.
@Nikolai: I think the butterflies will become more obvious as the story progresses, but I'm glad that you're enjoying the AAR so far.
@Everyone: Thanks for the support, the confluence of IAs, WAs and various other IB requirements has made my life... challenging... as of late so having people read and comment is a big motivator for me.
 

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1: The Democratic nominee in 1904, a man utterly and deservedly crushed by Teddy Roosevelt in the general election.

Alton B. Parker...the cream in the William Jennings Bryant oreo cookie.

@Soviet Amerika: Yeah, but what would have happened had he won another term?

I think if President Taft had won a second term, it would have delayed America's entry into World War One. Europe would have plunged into war halfway through Taft's second term and I think he would have taken the isolationist route. Why get involved in Europe's mess when you're getting ready to head out the door? Taft's successor in March 1917 would probably have been elected on the pledge to maintain America's neutrality (considering that Wilson had been re-elected in 1916 on the campaign slogan that "He kept us out of war.") If the United States had delayed entry into the war in the spring of 1917, it might have aided the Germans fresh off of knocking Russia out of the war.
 
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Watch this space! Coming this weekend a special 4-5 part update!!!


THIS IS ACTUALLY TRUE YOU GUYS 3 of the 5 are already written
 

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The Election of 1912: The Republican Primaries


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The events which led Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to tear the Republican Party in two would have seemed impossible to both men had someone told them in 1908, the year in which Roosevelt persuaded the Republican Party to nominate his close friend and Secretary of War as the party's choice to succeed him. But the cracks started to appear not even a year later. When Taft began appointing people after taking office in 1909, the progressive Republicans, those who had followed in Roosevelt's footsteps, began to complain that the pro-business “machine” Republicans had seized total control of national offices. The problem began to worsen when Roosevelt ally and progressive leader Gifford Pinchot began a civil war within the Interior Department over conservation policies, eventually leading Taft to dismiss him and when Roosevelt gave his “New Nationalism” speech in Osawatomie, Kansas; the party descended into chaos.

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Robert M. La Follette, Progressive Senator from Wisconsin​

The Progressives’ major goal prior to the election was the replacement of the old party conventions, chummy affairs in which the major leaders of each state’s party gathered to select a slate of delegates, often without any public oversight whatsoever. By the end of 1911, thirteen states had selected this as their method of awarding delegates to the national convention, but the rift between the Progressives and the Old Guard had turned the race into a massive conflagration and the likelihood of a party split appeared to be growing daily. The major problem was the leading progressive candidate, Robert Marion La Follette, Senator from Wisconsin. Although a massively popular figure amongst Progressives, he was a polarizing, radical figure. The Progressives needed a different leader, and one man was ready for that role.

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt​

On December 23rd 1911, former President Theodore Roosevelt formally announced that he would accept the nomination were he offered it, but that he would not campaign for it, and so yet another seal was broken on the Republican Book of Revelation. As the state conventions began in the spring of 1912, La Follette and Roosevelt found their campaigns locked out of the conventions completely, with pro-Taft establishment Republicans inevitably being selected. Yet Roosevelt was confident of his ability to win by riding the wave of momentum he hoped to establish by winning the primaries. Unfortunately, Roosevelt overestimated his support and his supporters, losing the North Dakota primary 37-53 to La Follette, followed by an even more embarrassing series of defeats in the next few days, with a major loss to Taft in New York, Roosevelt’s home state, and the embarrassment of not even being on the ballot in Wisconsin, which La Follette won handily. However, on March 28th Roosevelt changed tack, he declared that if the party refused to nominate him, he would run as an independent, a move very likely to destroy any chance that the Republicans might have had of winning. Following this, Roosevelt’s fortunes began to change; he swept the next four primaries, only to narrowly lose the Massachusetts primary to Taft, before sweeping the final five primaries.

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Final Results of the Primaries​

Unfortunately for both Roosevelt and the party, neither man had won enough delegates to push them past the 540 delegate total needed to win on the first ballot. Indeed, 235 delegates remained unassigned, another factor pushing towards the inevitable fracture.



@Everyone: Yeah, sorry, the other two updates are story updates that require an update to be written, which I (of course) have not written. Anyway, I hope that you still believe in me.
 
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Oh, Teddy...
 

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You can't keep a Roosevelt down.

As soon as I read this a rejoinder popped into my head that is in very poor taste and isn't something you'd say in polite company.

Am I going to hell?
 

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Convention Interlude Number One

Backstage at the Chicago Coliseum
10:52am, June 19th, 1912​
The Chicago Coliseum was sweltering hot, and the simmering tensions inside the party assembled inside were beginning to come to a boil. Taft had already secured a large number of votes; more than enough to secure the nomination, but the fury of the insurgent Progressives was enough to make anyone antsy. “Still”, thought the newspaper publisher, “someone has to do it.” He shuffled his papers, looking out at the cavernous auditorium, full of feuding delegates and delegations. He wiped the sweat from his brow and steeled himself; knowing that at least a third of the delegates, including many from his own Ohio delegation would sooner shoot him than look at him. He shook it off, saying to himself, “well, no one will be able to say that Warren Gamaliel Harding had delivered a bad speech”. He mopped his brow one last time and then walked out onto the stage, all smiles and waves.

Suite 328, Chicago Plaza Hotel
6:48pm, June 17th, 1912​
Archibald Butt felt the painful sting of his ulcer as he listened to his former mentor’s words. “No, Archie, I refuse, I will not make a speech at the convention endorsing him, and you know as well as I do why.” Butt looked at the former President with a mixture of sadness and pain, “Teddy, please don’t do this, I beg you, for my sake, for the party’s sake!” Theodore Roosevelt looked down at him, “Archie, you know as well as I do that Taft rigged the state conventions in his own favor.” “Don’t do this Theodore, please.” Butt repeated numbly. “Archie, I have always counted you amongst my friends and continue to do so, but neither you nor anyone else could convince me to endorse that man, and I want you to tell him that.” Butt began to leave the hotel room, feeling as though he had been punched in the gut. He turned back briefly to see Roosevelt looking at a folded sheet of paper, before taking the last few staggering steps out into the hallway, where he allowed himself the luxury of a single tear.


@Nikolai & Agent Larkin: Oh you have no idea of the cluster that's about to unfold in Chicago.
@Plushie: Yes, but for different reasons.
@Nathan: Yes, and much like cream he was white and not very useful as a political leader. That sounds about right vis-a-vis Taft.
 
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If TR still loses the nomination and runs independently, Taft will not win.

Although I'm suspecting this time the split is permanent...