President Infinity 1812 Election

1812 US Election
*This scenario was greatly updated by the Historical Scenario Commission on July 18, 2017 and on February 1, 2018. Version 3.0 can be downloaded here: United States – 1812 Final

Background:This election takes place as the War Hawks in Congress inevitably push James Madison to war against the British.While the nation has a cause for war, the military is not much more prepared than it was during the Revolution. However, militant optimists expect a resounding victory, including the potential annexation of Canada.

This leads to another disagreement. Pro-war Northerners are wishing for Canada to become a new state, while Pro-war Southerners fear that a Canadian state will greatly diminish the influence of the South.Therefore, Southern politicians hope to use Canada only as a bargaining chip in a peace treaty.

Support for the war is minimal in the North, as trade is heavily dependent on British cooperation.After having endured Jefferson’s embargo,and having to deal with a continued embargo with Madison,a war with a European power would certainly wreck their economy.

Overall, Madison’s reelection isn’t guaranteed, as it had been for Jefferson. For two years, Madison was aimless, and ultimately appeared to continue Jefferson’s less popular policies, such as creating his own embargo. Madison also killed the National Bank,which worried some of the major cities.

With Madison’s reelection in question, the opposition felt a chance for victory. However, the Federalists were so disorganized on the National-level following recent defeats, that most of them would accept a moderate Republican, such as DeWitt Clinton, who favors many Federalist policies,such as Federally-funded internal improvement. Some Federalists, like Rufus King, who to build a straight Federalist ticket.

What Really Happened?

The election was fairly close, but Clinton was unable to pick up the crucial state of Pennsylvania, which he needed to win the election. Had Clinton selected a Republican Pennsylvania running mate, rather than a Federalist Pennsylvania running mate, he might have won the election, even if he lost some Federalist support. Surprisingly, Madison won Vermont, despite Northern opposition to the war. Madison had solid support in the South and West.

Madison was able to win reelection despite several military setbacks during the war.

This election includes the following candidates:
ON Republicans:
Pres. James Madison, the incumbent running for reelection.
OFF Republicans 
Sec. of State James Monroe
Sec of War William Crawford
Gov. Daniel Tompkins of NY
Gov. Simon Snyder of PA
Gen. Andrew Jackson
VP George Clinton
Rep. John Randolph
Gen. William Henry Harrison
Amb. John Quincy Adams
Fmr Pres. Thomas Jefferson
Speaker Henry Clay
Gov. Elbridge Gerry of MA
Fmr VP Aaron Burr
ON Independent Fusion:
Mayor DeWitt Clinton of NYC
ON Straight Federalists:
Fmr Amb. Rufus King
OFF Federalist Party (Had the party been more organized):
Fmr Amb. Rufus King
Fmr Amb. Charles Coatesworth Pinckney
Chief Justice John Marshall
Fmr Gov. John Jay
Fmr Rep. Harrison Gray Otis
Fmr Sec. Alexander Hamilton
Fmr Pres. John Adams
Feedback is desired.

4 thoughts on “President Infinity 1812 Election

  1. Looks really nice! This election could’ve been pretty crazy with both Clintons running. Can’t wait for 1808! Will there be more possible Federalist candidates in that election? If they could’ve articulated a real ideology to contrast with Jefferson’s failed policies, Madison could’ve been beaten due to his association with them.

  2. Yeah, I’ll have more Federalist candidates. One of the what-ifs will include Burr and Hamilton (What if he hadn’t have been shot). Burr was, with George Clinton, the most powerful Northern Republican. Hamilton was still the leader of a less organized Federalist Party, but was never seen in his life as being electable, since he was an Arch-Federalist. I’ll include him as a what-if candidate for every election from 1796-1808, however. He’ll be talented, but more difficult to win with than other candidates.

  3. I also noticed that the General Election start date is before the Federalist “Convention”. I’ve changed this and it will be included when I get to the update.

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