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Even though the Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation Act doesn't have a co-sponsor (yet?), General MacArthur has proven himself to be a worthy commander by taking the effort to give the right example. My compliments, General. Your plan looks solid, and I would most certainly like to endorse it.

Nonetheless, I would like to say this to all of you - even though General MacArthur is willing to show his operational plans for evaluation, others might not. An act, like the one I proposed, would be a good way to ensure the proper review and improvement of operations. After all, a hundred minds are more capable than one.

Senator Surov, Senator Sinclaire, Senator McCarthy, or anyone else; I would be delighted to have you as a co-sponsor.

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The Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation Act (DOPEA) is nessarcy for the army to continue on the path of victory. Our commanders in the field can't be bogged down by the fears of politicians, myself included. Therefore, I support this act to enable generals like MacArthur to continue their great push and into crushing the Fascist. We can wait a month to get detail information on the front, but we must not hinder our armed forces.
On the topic of our strategic bombing force, what will their role be after the invasion as outline in Operation Hannibal? Will they begin a new strategic bombing on German factories, or will they continue to hit enemy units near the invasion sight?
- Senator Vincent Surov
 

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I also throw my support in for DOPEA. MacArthur knows what he is doing.

- Sen. Elexis Sinclaire (R - MA)
 

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DOPEA ((kind of an unfortunate acronym :))) is considered co-signed. HOWEVER, it will not apply to Operation Hannibal, unless General MacArthur voluntarily allows it. We can discuss it and vote on it, but it will not apply until the next update.

Senator Andersen brings up a good point. I will leave it up to Generals MacArthur and Geiger to deal with any conflicts the act may create, if voted upon. However, if they wish to be truly bull-headed about a particular plan, they do have the power to appeal to the President ((me)). This may take some of the teeth out of the act, but we must respect the Constitution after all.

Voting on DOPEA begins now. I am assuming three Ayes.

Aye: 3
Nay: 0

Polls remain open until Saturday at 10 PM (-6 GMT).
 

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Mr. President,

This amendment proposed by you is acceptable to me, as well as the proposed date of initiation.
I do not believe anyone would be objecting to plan Hannibal, anyway...

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With regards to Operation Hannibal, what is the army's end goal for the operation, and what is the plan for dealing with Germany after the operation? Do we know what the Soviets are planning to do?
 

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Senators,

May I remind you that there is a vote going on? Even though my act is on the way to be approved; an approval based on three votes is hardly democratic... Please, my esteemed colleagues, provide some feedback. Either vote Nay or preferably Aye, or just tell us what your opinion is.

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I hereby also give my support and vote Aye on the currently proposed DOPE Act.

- Senator Charles Beckendorf, D-MA
 

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I vote AYE
 

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My esteemed countrymen,

While I have my concerns about the Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation Act (DOPEA), I'm going to vote AYE on the proposal.

My concern is to ensure we are giving our military commanders the free reign necessary to perform their tasks. Speaking for myself, I am not a military man and have, in my life, received no training in the leadership of men or execution of military matters. I am, however, abundantly skilled at sailing my yacht on Narragansett Bay, quahoging, identifying the perfect apple for the cider press and mixing the perfect martini, but I digress. I suspect that I am in the majority of senators less than qualified to judge military matters. Therefore, if I receive word from any military commander that DOPEA is in any way obstructing their ability to command or causing unnecessary loss of American life, I will be forced to apply my energies to assemble support for the revocation of this well-intended, although possibly misguided act.

Respectfully,
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Senators,

I fear that this flagrant breach of military secrecy will endanger our husbands, wives, sons and daughters out in the field. Should any senator wish to have access to our plans, I wholeheartedly suggest that they approach the appropriate military official in order to receive clearance. Putting our plans on display for anyone with access to the senate floor is bringing opportunities for Nazi sympathizers to threaten our chance at victory and possibly our way of life. I strongly encourage all of you to think about how you will respond when it comes to light that your impudence and curiosity killed the people your constituents hold so dear.

-Gen. Roy S. Geiger
 

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Senators,

I fear that this flagrant breach of military secrecy will endanger our husbands, wives, sons and daughters out in the field. Should any senator wish to have access to our plans, I wholeheartedly suggest that they approach the appropriate military official in order to receive clearance. Putting our plans on display for anyone with access to the senate floor is bringing opportunities for Nazi sympathizers to threaten our chance at victory and possibly our way of life. I strongly encourage all of you to think about how you will respond when it comes to light that your impudence and curiosity killed the people your constituents hold so dear.

-Gen. Roy S. Geiger

General Geiger does make an excellent point. Therefore, I am adding two provisos to the bill. One: All sessions of the Senate in which plans are discussed are considered closed to the public. Two: If at any point evidence that draft plans have been leaked to the press is unearthed, the bill is declared null and void and the person(s) responsible will be punished accordingly.

Alternately, given the General's security concerns, we could revive the old concept of the Military Plans Board, which would only grant access to a select group of Senators. Either alternative is acceptable to me. Senator Marshall, as the drafter of the bill, please redraft the bill to include one or the other option. You may choose to keep it as it exists, but I would be forced to veto the bill. I eagerly await your response,

President Willkie

((I'm going to update this weekend, so even if we're still discussing this bill, that's fine. :)))
 

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I am content with President Willkie's suggestions myself. My vote is still Aye if either amendment is added.

- Senator Elexis Sinclaire (R - MA)
 

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((I would like to join this AAR seems interesting.))

Name: John G. Lennox
Born: 1898 (Age: 45) Charleston, West Virginia
Party Affiliation: Republican (Liberal/Moderate Republican)
State: West Virginia

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Foreign Policy: Interventionism, for a United Nations

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All decisions and law changes: Increase our education, rights for veterans and wounded from the war and their families.

If it's not to late I would like to vote Aye to the Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation Act.
 
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Welcome aboard, Senator Lennox!

At present, the DOPEA is in abeyance until the constitutional issues are sorted out.

President Willkie
 

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Briefing: April 1, 1943

Senators,

March 1943 was perhaps the biggest month yet in this war. It was so big that General MacArthur himself has temporarily relocated to the Continent to supervise the biggest amphibious landing in US Army history: the invasion of northern France.

It is said that the General specifically chose the infantry commander of the new 14th US Army Corps, General Clay, to head this operation. Although surprisingly junior for such a position -- some even advocated General Eisenhower being named to command the force -- given the results of the operation, we can safely say that General MacArthur's choice was justified. 14th Corps and the 2nd USMC would be the main units tasked with the invasion, and they set out for their objectives in the early hours of March 1. With operations in Norway drawing to a close, General Vandegrift was ordered to expedite his units departure via Trondheim. In Greece, two infantry divisions -- the 26th and 36th -- were ordered to eliminate the German presence in southern Greece, while 1st Armored seized Thasos.



At 1600 hours, Operation Hannibal officially began. The 4th and 6th Marine Divisions assaulted the beaches at St. Malo.



Seven hours later, the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions attacked German positions in St. Nazaire.



Our forces in the Balkans had their own successes, and on March 2, the key city of Belgrade was captured. With this strategic prize -- including the valuable radar station -- in Allied hands, General Taylor of Army Group 'Mediterranean' was given the order he'd waited to hear: to seize Bucharest as quickly as possible.



General Clark asked what his parameters were for negotiating with the Romanians; the President authorized him to press for a temporary puppet government in Bucharest until such time as Hungary had also surrendered.



By March 4th, Operation Hannibal's first phase was completed; that meant it was time for the six infantry divisions to secure the beachhead, cutting off Brittany from the rest of France.



However, despite American success, President Willkie knew that this war was far from over, and authorized a temporary diversion of funding to raising additional troops to replace those killed or wounded in 1941 and 1942.



March 6th marked the beginning of phase 3 of Operation Hannibal: securing the key ports of Cherbourg, Brest, and Nantes. Later that day, the 15th and 16th Infantry Divisions proceeded to assault German positions in Sonslett.



The island of Lesbos fell to the 5th Marine Division the same day. In Germany, General Patton's Fourth Army had almost completed a solid line of defense from Switzerland to Hungary, while pressing on Ljubljana, Split, and Sarajevo.



Second Army, meanwhile, crossed tenuously into Romania.



March 13, 1943 marked the official opening of the Atlanta Nuclear Reactor. America's scientists remain hard at work at a weapon that could be potentially devastating to America's enemies. The next day saw status reports from the Balkans and Germany. General Taylor's Second Army continued to push east into Romania, but the original strike was losing a bit of momentum.



On the German front, General Patton announced the imminent fall of Zagreb.



On March 19th, General Stilwell, Commander of Army Group 'France', accompanied General Vandegrift and 7th Corps on SAG 'Arkansas' on a trip from Trondheim to St. Malo. Although General Vandegrift's boys knew that they were in a for a much tougher fight in northern France, at least it wasn't so bitterly cold! Romania recaptured the province of Craiova; one of Second Army's divisions had left the province uncovered, but as more and more troops moved up from Greece, it became clear this setback was only temporary.

On the 21st, General Wedemeyer, Commander of 3rd Corps, was ordered to move to Narvik, along with General Hickey's 29th Infantry. Storslett remained in German hands, but not for long. Soon, all American troops would be out of Norway. The next day, the situation was so calm that General Clark made his way to Trondheim, ironically making the last commander to arrive in France the man who was ostensibly in charge of the wildly successful advance.

March 25 was a big day for our nuclear physicists; they now say that by 1945, they should have at least tested the concept of making what they have dubbed the "atomic bomb" and have some usable prototypes.

March 30 marked the first confrontation between the IJN and American naval forces in the Pacific since 1943 began; SSQ 'Raven' encountered Akagi, Chitose, and a destroyer division. After taking a few shots, they wisely departed for the nearest base in the Pacific.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel confident that 1943 could see the end, or perhaps the beginning of the end, to use Prime Minister Churchill's eloquent phrase, of the Nazi regime. While the Soviets have made little progress this month, the United States and Nationalist China have driven back the Axis. I have attached some briefing maps for your consideration. Thank you, and good night.

France, April 1, 1943 (Brest and Cherbourg circled):



German front, April 1, 1943:



The southern European theater, including all American deployments:



Chinese progress:



Technology researched: Education 4, Civil Nuclear Research 2, Strategic Bomber Armament 3
Convoys lost (escorts/transports): 6/3 (by Japan)
Units built: 3 x transports (deployed to Norfolk, VA)
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In addition to DOPEA, which is still under revision, I'd also like to see the Senators consider a bill for peace with eastern Europe. Specifically, Romania and Hungary. What terms will we ask for, what shall our war aims be? I do not think Romania will last another month, with a bit of luck, and Hungary is our next target.

Of course, any other bills may be proposed, but I'd like to address these two areas before we continue. Tom, I don't know that we'll need much in the way of new orders, but please do review the situation and decide whether or not you want to make any changes. I'd like to update again by Thursday at 10 PM (-6 GMT), so let's have the bills settled by then, if possible.
 

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Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation
Revised Act


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For the entirety of this war, the making and approval of war plans has been
executed in the same way. We, the Senators, the lawful representatives of the
People of the United States, have had little to no say in the operational plans
for our Army, Navy and Airforce. I propose the following act, as to change the
current, undesirable situation:

(I). The theater commanders should make monthly operational plans for their
assigned theater.​

(II). a. The initial draft of these plans should be -confidentially- shown to the
Senators for evaluation.
b. The information contained in these drafts is classified Top Secret, and is
protected by the provisions of the Espionage Act. Any transmission of these
briefings to unauthorized parties will result in criminal prosecution per the
provisions of that Act, which will result in a minimum of imprisonment for
thirty (30) years, and may potentially include the death penalty should
the court deem such punishment necessary.
c. Any transmission of these briefings to unauthorized parties will result in
this Act being declared null and void.​

(III). a. If two Senators object to the draft within a time period of two days,
the plan will be put to a vote.
b. If the vote is passed, the commander that proposed the draft will
have to change his plans accordingly.
c. The Generals have the right to appeal to the President, the executive
power of the United States, who will have the final say in the issue.
d. If the vote is rejected, the draft will be enacted.​


Note that the following articles of this act have been amended, as to stay
within the limits of our Constitution: IIb, IIc, IIIb, IIIc.

Signed,

Ryan Marshall


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((OOC: What I'm essentially saying here is that we should be able to review the plans
pre-update at all times, much like Tom did with his Norway & Africa plans. I've decided not
to go for the "War board" plan, as it would be near-impossible to execute on these forums))
 
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I vote Aye on the revised DOPEA. I also say we install republican governments into Hungary and Romania rather than conquering them.

- Senator Elexis Sinclaire (R - MA)
 

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I also vote Aye to the revised DOPEA. I agree with Senator Sinclair on installing Republican governments in Romania and Hungary.

- Senator John G. Lennox (R-WV)

((Has Bulgaria joined the war?))
 

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I will await an endorsement of the revised DOPEA proposal by a qualified military leader before casting my vote.

Respectfully,
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