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« on: June 26, 2018, 12:31:18 am »


With Washington gone, the Constitutional Convention makes a novel compromise

List of Presidents of the Republic:

John Hancock (Independent): 1789 - Present

The General was gone.

Having looked impressive despite his continued silence (and enormous frustration) at the Constitutional Convention, few were concerned when George Washington showed the first signs of illness, attributing it to the heat inside the Convention due to the windows of the meeting hall being nailed shut. The General itself felt more annoyed than anything, growing increasingly dismayed at the bitter infighting among delegates and the problems of adapting the finer points of Madison's proposals for a new system of government. And yet the illness soon grew worse, leaving all delegates - and indeed, the entire young nation - stunned when General George Washington died on July 1st, 1787. Gone was the man the convention had in mind to be the first President of the United States, the only man to whom great executive power could be trusted.

The Convention limped for several weeks in chaos as Madison and Hamilton's proposals were thrown into chaos, and growing disagreements over the office of President threatened to rip the Convention apart. That the delegates held together and forced each other to compromise was only possible due to the exhausting work of Benjamin Franklin and the new President of the Convention John Hancock, both men shaming delegates with the memoy of Washington whenever passions ran too high. In the end, while several of the previous compromises held firm, the idea of a strong executive proved too much for delegates to stomach without Washington present to shape the office. Amidst suggestions that a reduced executive could work to maintain balance, the office of President of the United States was created as a ceremonial rule, power delegated to the legislative.

Slowly but surely, the concept of parliamentary government took strenght as the proper way to lead the nation. While the concerns of small states would be protected with the existence of a Senate appointed by the legislatures, the nation itself would be able to choose directly elected representatives to the National Assembly, the main body of power in the nation. Ceremonially presided with a non-partisan Speaker, the duties of government would fall to a First Secretary appointed by the President and with the confidence of the Assembly, thus adapting and reworking parts of the British system of government without fully imitating an example they did not wish to follow.

With great pain and hard work the Constitutional Convention would finally end its work on November 10th, 1787 as the new United States Constitution was signed by the delegates after a moving tribute to General Washington. Spending the entirety of 1788 on ratification, a small-scale Presidential election to choose the first President resulted in John Hancock narrowly defeating George Clinton and Samuel Adams  to take over the mostly ceremonial office. As the first President of the US prepared for his own inauration, the first election to the National Assembly (and indirectly, the Senate) was called. With the nation developing its first political factions, the citizens of the nation watched with great interest the outcome of such an election.

Just who would become the first First Secretary of the nation?
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2018, 12:38:32 am »

Upon careful consideration, I decided to make this curious experiment incorporating the ideas behind my 2012 UK Mock Parliament, several forum interactive timelines and Spamage's Chain of Elections game. The end result is The Great Experiment, an attempt at roleplaying the history of a Parliamentary America starting from 1789 until (if we are truly successful) the present time. For the time being, the game will be confined to the first years of the United States and its mechanics will be simplified to make for an easier experience and see if the game gains strength.

You will be able to play as one of the countless important figures of this period (with giants like Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, Adams and so on), fighting your way to power either as a powerful member of the National Assembly, a regional executive building his own power base, or even a powerful publisher or write should you prefer to dedicate yourself to influencing public opinion from the press and not government. Turns will be yearly (and last anywhere between 5 days to a week), and all elections of the National Assembly (the equivalent to UK General Elections) will have their own special gameplay, starting from simple affairs to increasingly complex simulations as electoral politics gain prominence.

There will be further threads explaining the rules. In the meantime, feel free to start claiming historical characters (I will later allow fictional ones) to play on this thread. George Washington is dead and John Hancock is the figurehead President, so for obvious reasons neither is usable.

I hope this experiment works!
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 12:40:46 am »

I'd like James Madison, please.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 12:43:35 am »

I'd like James Madison, please.

Yes, sir!
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 12:31:19 pm »

I'd like to be James Jackson please.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2018, 12:36:23 pm »

Is Benjamin Franklin still alive/available?

If not, perhaps Aaron Burr?
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2018, 12:39:17 pm »

Is Benjamin Franklin still alive/available?

If not, perhaps Aaron Burr?

Franklin is still alive, but probably doesn't have more than 2-3 years to live. You can choose him and switch to a new character once he dies, but if not, Burr's fine as well. (And welcome!)

I'd like to be James Jackson please.

Noted!
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 12:40:44 pm »

Is Benjamin Franklin still alive/available?

If not, perhaps Aaron Burr?

Franklin is still alive, but probably doesn't have more than 2-3 years to live. You can choose him and switch to a new character once he dies, but if not, Burr's fine as well. (And welcome!)



Iíll do the former, then. Looking forward to this!
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2018, 01:19:52 pm »

Can I take Gouverneur Morris?
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2018, 01:44:50 pm »

Can I take Gouverneur Morris?

Sure thing, wekcome!
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2018, 01:57:28 pm »

John Jay, please.
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2018, 01:58:38 pm »

John Jay, please.

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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2018, 03:04:12 pm »

John Adams please?
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2018, 03:04:37 pm »

John Adams please?

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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2018, 03:32:03 pm »

Sign-ups for the first election will be open until Friday night, and the election (a simple one or two-turns affair) will start on Saturday evening. Players therefore have until Saturday morning to join or form factions, otherwise they'll stand as independents (with few likeminded candidates at their side).
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2018, 04:27:16 pm »

Thomas Jefferson please
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2018, 04:39:13 pm »

Thomas Jefferson please

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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2018, 04:47:20 pm »

That premise is too much to resist; I think I'll try as Samuel Adams, if I may.
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2018, 06:02:12 pm »

Alexander Hamilton please.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2018, 06:07:39 pm »

That premise is too much to resist; I think I'll try as Samuel Adams, if I may.

Alexander Hamilton please.

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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2018, 06:13:16 pm »

A lot of interest thus far!

I'm speeding things up a bit, moving the close of sign-ups and faction forming to Thursday night (roughly 51 hours from now on). The election turn will start that very night.
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« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2018, 07:10:52 pm »

I believe I'll take James Wilkinson
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2018, 07:22:11 pm »

YAS! YAS! I AM SO IN!

As for a character, can I take a young James Monroe?
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« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2018, 07:25:23 pm »

I believe I'll take James Wilkinson

Welcome, General!

YAS! YAS! I AM SO IN!

As for a character, can I take a young James Monroe?

Of course, welcome in!
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« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2018, 07:28:14 pm »

Well shoot, I'll throw my hat in the ring!

Can I take Nicholas Gilman?
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