President Wilmont is inaugurated and promises to fight for conservative ideals and take a much more active in world affairs. He immediately contacts President Schmidt and lets him know he’ll be dispatching the U.S. army to help him take over the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Detachments begin leaving in early February.
In March on a trip to Florida Jack Young is killed in a jet skiing accident. The nation morns the VP as President Wilmont makes a shocking pick as a replacement, former President Peter Nguyen. The pick is easily confirmed by the Democratic Congress. During the confirmation process President Nguyen speaks out against the U.S. troops being sent to the DROTC but in his first private meeting with President Wilmont he’s threatened with death if he publically speaks out against it again and is made to work for it behind the scenes.
By mid-March all U.S. troops needed are in place as the joint army makes its move into the DROTC. The army moves into the jungles easily enough and with the training of the U.S. forces is able to make short work of any resistance they encounter. Very early on the capital city is taken as the army moves into the jungle but those forces are taken out rather easily as well. By the end of the month the country is annexed by Liberia and most U.S. forces return home while some are left behind to help in peace keeping operations.
President Schmidt makes his first trip back to the U.S. in May and meets with President Wilmont, VP Nguyen and Republican leaders and finally tells them his plans for Africa. He plans to have Africa brought into the U.S. as territories as he continues to modernize and improve the region before they eventually become states. President Wilmot and the Republican leaders agree to help push this through Congress. VP Nguyen is not happy but is again threatened and says he will comply as well.
Shortly after President Schmidt makes an appearance before a joint session of Congress with President Wilmont and announces the decision as Harry Morrison introduces a bill into the Senate to make this happen. This announcement brings hell to the capitol as debate rages. President Wilmont is able to get all Republicans to agree to support it and with the unwilling support of VP Nguyen he convinces enough Democrats to support it as well. The bill passes Congress by the end of the year and brings in Africa as the territories of: Senegambia (combination of Senegal and Gambia), Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon (which includes Equatorial Guinea), West Congo (which includes the former Republic of Congo and the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central, Kwango, Kwilu, Mai-Ndombe, Kasai, Equateur, Tshuapa, Nord-Ubangi, Mongala and Sud-Ubangi from the old DROTC as well as the province of Cabinda which is purchased from Angola) and East Congo (which is made up of the rest of the provinces from the old DROTC). 2094
On January 1st the nation of Liberia enters the U.S. as the before mentioned territories. President Schmidt officially becomes the Governor of Liberia as he continues to work with the development of the new provinces.
President Wilmont despite his age is very healthy and still active and makes a trip to the new territories, starting in the north and ending in the south. He talks to many different people and in front of huge crowds as he begins to build up the Republican Party’s image through the region.
On his return to Washington he makes more visits to the plains states and much of former Canada and talks to people telling them how they used to support Republican candidates and that they should again do so. Finally done with his trips he returns to Washington again and gets through a massive spending bill to further the African modernization.
All of Europe decides to formally break away from helping the U.S. in space and to pool their efforts in the newly formed European Aeronautics and Space Administration under the EU. They announce they plan to put their own man on the moon within the next 6 years and begin to make build their own bases on the moon. The U.S. announces that they will help the EU in space exploration but that they will make sure that no bases besides those they control will be built on the moon.
President Wilmont goes before Congress and gets 5 more moon bases passed. They’ll be the first bases built in over fifty years. They will help the U.S. solidify its control on the moon which is almost becoming like a new U.S. territory. NASA scientists and government officials begin planning an extremely large military and scientific base that will be heavily fortified somewhere on the moon but nothing is decided on at this time. 2095
President Wilmont sets in motion resource mining in Africa modernizing that whole aspect as well as massively expanding oil exports out of the territory of Nigeria. He makes a speech saying that the U.S. needs to maximize its new resources in order to bring the entire country to a stronger and livelier point.
In early March President Wilmont dies peacefully in his sleep at the age of 106. The nation mourns his death as VP Nguyen is swiftly re-inaugurated into his old office. At first he looks at finding a new Vice President but when no one new wants the job he gets Ralph Reid to retake the position.
Upon taking office President Nguyen tries to reverse some of President Wilmot’s African economic policies but they have become too popular within the public and even his own party that he’s talked down. He does take the initiative though and begins building the Democratic Party in Africa.
A small third party begins to form out of many other smaller parties in Africa. Named the Pan-African Party it strives for complete modernization and integration of the African territories into America and speedy statehood. It’s also for putting Africa first until all these objectives are complete. Mbeki Timbo becomes Chairman and leader of the Party at age 50 out of Liberia.
Having been delayed by WWIII the underwater bridge and pipeline spanning the bearing straight is completed by the U.S. and Russian governments. Both countries pass funding for better road systems for the regions where the bridge has been built, linking them to other infrastructure in their respective countries.
Republicans begin talking to conservative leaders in the country about Maritime. They talk about Maritime eventually being annexed by the U.S. since the rest of Canada has already done so and how annexation would help the country. They agree it should happen but it will take a lot of work because of Maritime’s liberal leaders and its booming economy. 2096
As election year dawns President Nguyen announces he’ll be running for re-election with Ralph Reid. They seem to be in a good position to win despite being against intervening in the world.
The Republicans roll into their primary season with a lot of candidates trying to take up the late President Wilmont’s mantle. After a bruising process they settle on California Representative Carson Dobbler for President and Ohio Representative Bradley Morgan for VP.
The campaigns for both parties are relatively boring with President Nguyen campaigning for the status quo and Representative Dobbler calling for the continuation of Wilmont’s legacy. And while this dry campaign is happening the status quo is what is happening around the world. Asia is just getting back on its feet after WWIII and Africa is slowly modernizing with the world being a quiet, sleepy place.
On election night:Carson Dobbler/Bradley Morgan (R): 298Peter Nguyen/Ralph Reid (D): 332
The election is an exact copy of the 2088 election. Nguyen is able to win a third term easily without President Wilmont pulling away the northwest.