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(( My apologies! I didn't realize you were waiting on me, or I would have posted this a while ago! ))

Mr. President,

After careful review of the resources that PACCOM has at it's disposal, I wish to advise you that further continuation of our Manila - San Francisco line will bear incredible risk. Our resources are far too limited or reserved to other operations as to attempt to defend the shipping lines passing through that corridor. The same can be said for our SF - Guam trade route. I recommend the immediate cessation of those shipping lines until further advancement in the Pacific can be made. There are far too many civilians in harm's way, and I cannot send my troops into danger extricating those civilians without access to far more resources than I currently have.

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I will take your comments under advisement.

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I'm going to give Tom one more day to clarify something in his plan, so either way I'll update tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!
 

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Ladies and Gentlemen if the Senate,

Please forgive my absence from these August Proceedings since my Election as Senator from Indiana in 1941. Events in my Home State, including diverse Issues ranging from resolving Voter Fraud accusations to implementing Infrastructure Improvement Allocations, have kept me from my Elected Duties for far too long. I have studied, over the two-day rail trip from Indianapolis, the Proceedings from 1936 to present and feel Confident in my Ability, and Availability, to contribute to this Guiding Light of Democracy. I fervently Dream of the day when every Province in the world Enjoys the Freedom that we here in the United States have been Granted. I Anticipate Greatly the Opportunity to work with, for or alongside Each and Every One of you.

Thank You and Good Evening,

Senator Raymond E. Willis, R-IN

(( I found this AAR back in February, but refrained from joining due to availability. My scheduled cleared up considerably in the last two weeks, and having remembered We, The People two days ago have gotten caught back up and would appreciate being allowed to join, even at such a late stage. I own FtM and could conceivably be called upon in an extreme emergency to fill in at any position, but would prefer just a RP in what I consider a masterpiece in story-telling. Everyone that participated thus far is to be complimented.))
 

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Glad to see your return!

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((I do appreciate your willingness to help; at the moment we've no vacancies of the type you describe, but I always post in thread about them. You're welcome to stay on as a Senator, of course, and we can always use more role players.))
 

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Thank You, Mister President. As we both hail from the Great State of Indiana it doubles my enthusiasm to assist your Administration's wise pursuit of spreading Freedom everywhere!
 

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Thank You, Mister President. As we both hail from the Great State of Indiana it doubles my enthusiasm to assist your Administration's wise pursuit of spreading Freedom everywhere!

((I had no idea Wendell Willkie was from Indiana! :eek:o Shame on me.))

I am glad to see a fellow Hoosier so eager to help.

President Willkie
 

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate,

As recent events have shown, our eventual victory over the Axis Powers, while not assured, is very likely. Most of the success of the Allies has come from our own labors, most of the blood spilled has been American, and it appears very likely that the United States will shoulder the greatest load in the re-building of war-torn areas. If it becomes necessary to counter agression from the Soviet Union (I am most positive that it will be necessary), American troops will undoubtedly be at the forefront once again. With this in mind, and to ensure our military is best prepared for any eventuality, I wish to propose the following bill.

To wit:

1. In Honor of service by our military in the current conflict, it is hereby proclaimed that July 4th will be designated as Independence and Freedom Day, beginning on the first 4th of July after passage of the proclomation and continuing until rescinded by Congress or the end of hostilities.

2. Immediate plans made for the replacement of all National Guard forces currently serving in active combat. While they have served valiantly, they could be best utilized here in the United States, serving in a capacity that facilitates the integration of new and replacement troops, and possibly maintaining support for an even lengthier conflict should the need arise. This rotation shall not in any way jeopardize on-going operations.

3. For service above and beyond the call of duty, the following officers shall be promoted and assigned as follows:

3A. Major General Brees (USA) is to be advanced to the Grade of Field Marshall and assigned as Commander, Island Headquarters.

3B. Major General Gregory (USA) is to be advanced to the Grade of Field Marshall and assigned as Commander of an Army Group, under Island Headquarters, as is deemed proper by the President.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My office is always open to any Senator for clarification of any of these articles, either through open correspondence ((thread)) or personally ((PM)). I would like to ask a fellow Senator to co-sponsor this bill to demonstrate our national unity for the world to see.

Thank You Very Much. I now relenquish the balance of my time to the Chairman.
 
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This has been a great AAR but the demands of work and personal projects have left me completely swamped. I think that, although it is disappointing, it would be best if I resign my commission as CNO in order to give you plenty of time to find a new one as I don't foresee myself having the necessary time to do the job. Thanks for the good run, and good luck to everyone! I'll try to pop in and make a senate vote now and again.

EDIT: Oh, and I'm super willing to script some events as that doesn't take too long, just ask me and pop me a PM if I'm unresponsive. Overtime makes it hard to keep up with every thread.))
 

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((Avinian, Ladies and Gentlemen;

This has been a great AAR but the demands of work and personal projects have left me completely swamped. I think that, although it is disappointing, it would be best if I resign my commission as CNO in order to give you plenty of time to find a new one as I don't foresee myself having the necessary time to do the job. Thanks for the good run, and good luck to everyone! I'll try to pop in and make a senate vote now and again.

EDIT: Oh, and I'm super willing to script some events as that doesn't take too long, just ask me and pop me a PM if I'm unresponsive. Overtime makes it hard to keep up with every thread.))

((You were one of the very first people (if not the first) to join the AAR, and while I'm sorry to see you go, I do wish you the best of luck and will almost certainly have some events to script ;)))

With Saithis' departure, we now have a vacancy. Of course, you must own FTM, but other than that, there are no requirements.

I'm working on the update now; we will have a very big vote after it, perhaps the most important in this AAR. Stay tuned!
 

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Briefing: July 1, 1943

Senators,

We have struck a major blow to the Axis and their hopes for conquering Europe these past two months, and I am certain, with your support, we shall do so in July and August.

Under Executive Order, the President authorized the foundation of two new corps of infantry divisions, and sent SAG 'Texas' and 'Arkansas' to pick them up in Norfolk for use in France. General White is the commander of the new 2nd Corps, while General Ridgway has been given the 3rd Corps. Both are fine officers, with a long tradition of success, and I hope will you join me in congratulating them on their promotions.

General MacArthur has also disbanded Army Group 'Mediterranean' and transferred its forces to Army Group 'Italy.' Those of you concerned about General Taylor need not be; he is long overdue for a more restful assignment, and will be serving his next tour at the Pentagon, barring direct Presidential request.

General Marshall's First Army has been ordered to focus entirely on Hungary and Slovakia, leaving General Patton to push north into Germany and Austria.

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Per the recommendations of General Geiger, our Theater Commander in the Pacific, two extraneous convoys were discontinued, in the hopes of reducing unnecessary casualties.

For the first two weeks of May, progress was slow. Allied forces were repulsed, again, at Munich, but General Patton's reports show that enemy morale is flagging. He also reported scattered Allied squads fighting in the streets of Vienna.

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General Hodges of Second Army has met with some Soviet staff officers, as American forces close in on Romania from the west while the Red Army attacks from the east.

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In France, General Clark is but a stone's throw from Paris, and reports that victory there is all but certain.

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The two additional infantry corps -- comprising nine fresh infantry divisions -- were dispatched to Brest the same day.

May 17, 1943 marked our first foray into Budapest itself. Unfortunately, the two lead divisions were armored divisions, and the experienced and battle-hardened Hungarian troops repulsed our first assault.

On May 24, Generals White and Ridgway reported to General Clark and had their newly-arrived corps ordered east to help take Paris back from the Nazi invaders.

On May 31, President Willkie sent this message to Father Tiso of Slovakia: "Your opportunism disgusts all hard-working democratic Americans, many of whom are Czech. How could you sign up with the Nazi invaders? You will suffer the same fate as Hungary and Romania, so that we might liberate your people from your heavy-handed tyranny."

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By June 3, General Clark reported the outstanding performance of the new infantry corps, citing in particular General Ridgway as exemplary, noting that American troops had nearly reached Belgium.

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Progress was slower further east, but Generals Patton, Marshall, and Hodges pressed on their objectives with all possible speed.

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June 8 saw American forces triumphantly march down the streets of Budapest. The Soviets were mere miles from the new provisional capital of Kosice, so Hungary would not last long.

On June 11, the Battle of Paris began, with two American infantry divisions, commanded by General McNair, engaging General Hausser's infantry and garrison divisions.

June 13, 1943 marked the formal surrender of Hungary to the Allies. At present, a military commission is running things in Hungary. The new Governor-General was authorized to sign an armistice with Germany, as the Hungarian army has been badly depleted and would serve little purpose.

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The next day, American forces moved into Paris. General de Gaulle began demanding the liberation of his country only hours later; at the moment, we want to make sure that the country is secured before allowing him to return.

On June 19, an American armored division hit the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The next day, General Stillwell (Army Group 'France') issued new orders to General Clark's Third Army: liberate the rest of France and move into the Netherlands and Belgium.

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June 22nd marked Slovakia's surrender to the Allies, although they formally surrendered to Italy rather than the United States. A Slovakian diplomat was quoted as calling our President "an insatiable, bloodthirsty madman." In any case, they are out of the war, and have formally been annexed by Italy. The same day, General Marshall, the hero of Hungary, was given new orders to assist our Soviet friends in freeing Poland from Nazi tyranny.

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Our navy had a rare battle on June 24, sinking a German transport squadron at the mouth of the Loire. I do not know whether or not any German soldiers were aboard at the time.

The next day, American forces marched into Munich. Two days later, General Patton was given new orders to strike at the heart of Germany, taking key industrial cities and liberating the Czech people in Prague.

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Here are the most recent reports from our Generals, marked earlier this morning.

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American troops have formally entered Belgium and begun progress towards Brussels.

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Romania will surrender, I am assured, in the next few days; it is only a question of whether it will be to the Soviet Union or the Allies.

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Generals Patton and Marshal are pushing north while the Soviets advanced from the west; surely, Germany cannot be far behind.

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In China, Manchukuo is barely standing, and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek informs me that an invasion of Korea is planned in the coming weeks.

Technologies researched: Destroyer Escort Role 2, Fire Control System Training 3, Destroyer Crew Training 2, Supply Transportation 4, Schwerpunkt 4, Trade Interdiction Submarine Doctrine 2, Small Navigation Radar 1, Operational Level Organization 4, Theoretical Jet Engine, Commander Decision Making 4, Integrated Support 3, Medium Air Search Radar 3, Naval Air Targeting 3, Naval Strike Tactics 4, Submarine Torpedoes 3, Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons 6, Night Fighting Equipment, Medium Tank Gun 5,
Convoys sunk: 3/2 (Japanese)
Convoys lost: 4/0 (by Japan), 1/0 (by Germany)
Units sunk: 1 x transport (German)
Units built: 1 strategic bomber wing, 3 x transports, 3 x mechanized divisions (2 x MECH, 1 x SPART, 1 x ENG) (deployed to Norfolk, VA), expanded nuclear reactor (Atlanta, GA)
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It is time to discuss the future of this AAR: specifically, when do we declare victory? I have five proposals below; if you wish to introduce another one, by all means, do so.

Option 1: Declare victory right now. Germany is obviously going to surrender soon, and without Germany, Japan is hopeless.
Option 2: Declare victory after German surrender.
Option 3: Declare victory after Japanese surrender.
Option 4: Declare victory after Soviet surrender (obviously, we'd be declaring war on the Soviets in this scenario).
Option 5: Declare victory when we meet all fifteen victory conditions. (We'd have to conquer Bulgaria, and possibly declare on the Soviets to retake Romania.)

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Please vote, indicating your preferred option. I'm going to ask we pause consideration of all other plans, bills, or other developments until this is settled. I also want everybody to vote, including commanders. We'll start the first round of voting now; unless one option has at least 10 votes, we'll go to a second round on Friday at 10 PM (-6 GMT). As always, bold your votes.
 

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I vote for Option 5. Why stop here?

- Senator Elexis Sinclaire (R - MA)

(I'd so love to see this continue into the Darkest Hour New World Order mod. *drafts plans for Mrs. Sinclaire to run for President*)
 

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I must agree with Ms. Sinclaire. Option 5 it is.

- Senator John G. Lennox (R-WV)
 

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((I feel like once Germany and Japan are down, Russia will just be about running through the motions until the end of the game, so I vote for Option 3. It might be more fun to move this to another AAR and start another more challenging scenario than trumping Russia at end-game. Maybe an AAR attempting to win with an Asian minor?))
 

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I vote for Option 5.
 

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Option 6, Declare victory when we meet all fifteen victory conditions and Liberate Poland.
 

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Current poll:

Option 3: 1
Option 5: 3
Option "6" (Conditions + Poland): 1

For those curious, I am definitely considering a new AAR after this one; I won't let slip details until I'm ready, though. :)