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1820 US Election
*This scenario was greatly updated by the Historical Scenario Commission on July 20, 2017 and on February 21, 2018. Version 3.0 can be downloaded here: United States – 1820Final
Ready for a challenge? The 1820 election was virtually uncontested, as the nation’s relative harmony, and the decline of the Federalist Party, made us virtually a one-party state for a short period of time. As such, James Monroe’s near unanimity was all but guaranteed.
Despite the support for Monroe, voters were really diseffected with Monroe’s presidency and with politics in general. This springs primarily from a lack of competition in the last few election, and no competition in 1820. Although, Monroe’s unwillingness to support modernization was quickly alienating many voters, especially in the North. Additionally, he was disappointed the more conservative voters in the South.
What Really Happened:
As expected, Monroe won every state in a landslide. However, about 20% of the population voted against Monroe, with New York Governor DeWitt Clinton as the leading default candidate. Clinton had previously been a fusion candidate for an alliance between Federalists and Republicans (sometimes called Democratic-Republicans) favoring internal improvements and a national bank. One elector voted for John Quincy Adams, depriving Monroe of a unanimous victory.
This Election includes the following candidates:
- ON Republicans:
- Pres. James Monroe
- OFF Republicans:
- Gen. Andrew Jackson
- Sec. of War John C. Calhoun
- Sec. of the Treasury William H. Crawford
- Rep. John Randolph
- Gen. William Henry Harrison
- VP Daniel Tompkins
- Speaker Henry Clay
- Sec. of State John Quincy Adams
- Fmr VP Aaron Burr
- Fmr Pres. James Madison
- ON Unpledged Federalists
- ON Unpledged Republicans
- OFF Federalists:
- Fmr Rep. Daniel Webster
- Sen. Rufus King
- Chief Justice John Marshall
- Fmr Ch. Justice John Jay
- Fmr Sec. Alexander Hamilton
- Sen. Harrison Gray Otis
- OFF Independent Republican
- Gov. DeWitt Clinton
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1816 US Election
*This scenario was greatly updated by the Historical Scenario Commission on July 19, 2017 and again on February 8, 2018. Version 3.0 can be downloaded here: United States – 1816Final
Meanwhile, the Federalist Party was rapidly losing support, as its Pro-British tendencies were tantamount to treason. As such, they couldn’t expect to win.
Heading into the election, Madison’s Secretary of War, James Monroe, was heir apparent. However, Northern Republicans tiring of Virginians running the country, drafted Georgian William H. Crawford as an alternate candidate, hoping that he would get Southern and Northern support. Two other potentially strong candidates, Daniel Tompkins and Simon Snyder, withdrew before the nomination caucus.
What Really Happened?
Crawford nearly defeated Monroe for the nomination, despite refusing to exert himself. Crawford neither personally campaigned against Monroe, but he also didn’t prevent supporters from campaigning on his behalf. Monroe later made Crawford his Secretary of State, and Crawford assumed he would be Monroe’s heir in eight years.
Federalist were so disorganized that they failed to hold a convention, but Rufus King, through his own effort, emerged as the candidate of their party.
As could be expected, Monroe won in a landslide. Only Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Delaware voted for King.
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2020 Presidential Election [VCCzar version]
[This election was updated by the Historical Scenario Commission on Nov 29, 2017. It was updated again on February 4, 2018, and it can be downloaded here: United States – 2020-Feb4th2018
It is July 2019, and President Trump’s approval rating has never been above 40% in the average poll.
Donald Trump’s presidency has proven to be as controversial as his 2016 campaign. While his Midwestern base is exceptionally happy, he has alienated many Republicans, mostly with his unique presidential style, but also with his connection to scandalous figures from the Russian probe and some of his policies. Republicans are mostly against impeaching Trump.
Meanwhile, Democrats struggle between reformist establishment figures and populist progressives leading the party, but they have managed to narrowly retake the Senate and the House. As such, impeachment seems likely as more evidence comes in from the Russia probe.
Both parties continue to struggle with making their voters happy, while maintaining the stability and order that the establishment of both parties think is required for American supremacy.
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.
In 1885, Minister to the United Kingdom and retired General James Longstreet and former Representative and Mayor of Kansas City Robert Van Horn were elected President and Vice President, respectively. The two Whigs were the first non-Democrats to hold their respective positions, and President Longstreet has been viewed as one of, if not the most, successful Presidents in the country’s young history. Despite this, he hasn’t been as popular as one would expect, though he has tremendously strengthened the Whig Party on a national level and hopes that his Secretary of State, John Mosby, can succeed him. However, the People’s Party (Populist Party) has formed and is expected to take some support away from the Whigs. Can Secretary Mosby succeed President Longstreet as the 2nd Whig President, or will President Longstreet and President Beauregard’s Attorney General, Democrat Augustus Garland, beat out 10+ competitors and win the Presidency? Or will the Populist Commissioner of Agriculture, Leonidas Polk, win the Presidency? Candidates are as follows:
- Attorney General Augustus Garland
- Former Senator Wade Hampton III
- Senator Francis Cockrell
- Senator John Morgan
- Governor Simon Bolivar Buckner
- Former Governor Fitzhugh Lee
- Senator Richard Coke
- Former Governor Sul Ross
- Senator Alfred Colquitt
- Senator Matt Ransom
- Representative Clifton Breckinridge
- Former Governor J. Proctor Knott
- Senator Isham Harris
- Former Governor Robert Lowry
- Senator Matthew Butler
- Former Vice President JLM Curry
- Former President John B. Gordon
- Secretary of State John Mosby
- Former Senator William Mahone
- Ambassador to the United Kingdom and former Mayor of Norfolk William Lamb
- Judge John Paul
- Former Representative Curtis Hooks Brogden
- President James Longstreet
- Vice President Robert Van Horn
- Commissioner of Agriculture Leonidas L. Polk
For a brief electoral history of the CSA, see http://270soft.ipbhost.com/topic/14754-basic-history-of-my-confederate-series/
*The Historical Scenario Commission greatly updated this scenario on July 17, 2017 and January 6, 2018. Version 3.0 can be found here: United States – 1808 Final
This election takes place as Thomas Jefferson’s second term is winding down. While Jefferson’s first term was wildly popular, his decision to unleash an embargo against Great Britain has crippled Northern industry, upsetting even Northern Republicans. Despite this, Jefferson’s popularity is still high, but he has chosen to retire, rather than seek a 3rd term.
What Really Happened?
After some tension, James Madison was able to wrap up his nomination for president rather convincingly, thanks to the endorsement of Thomas Jefferson and the Nominating Caucus. Madison kept Jefferson’s VP, George Clinton. However, groups of Never Madisons supported either VP Clinton or Monroe through election day.
- Why not test your skill by attempting to defeat James Madison with Charles Coatesworth Pinckney?
- What if George Clinton had taken the nomination for himself and his Northern Republicans?
- What if James Monroe had won the nomination for himself and his conservative Old Republicans?
- What if Thomas Jefferson had run for a 3rd term?
- What if Aaron Burr opted to run, despite crippling scandals?
- What if Elbridge Gerry, a rare Massachusetts Republican, ran?
- What if DeWitt Clinton ran a stronger independent Northern Republican insurgency campaign?
- What if John Randolph personally ran a strong insurgent Old Republican campaign for his conservatives?
- What if Chief Justice John Marshall had agreed to run as a superstar Federalist candidate?
- What if former president John Adams sought a non-consecutive second term?
- What if Alexander Hamilton had not been mortally wounded and ran in 1808?
- What if John Jay opted to be the Federalist superstar candidate?
- What if John Quincy Adams, the moderate son of John Adams, ran as a candidate that could potentially win Northern Republicans and Federalists?
- What if Rufus King were on the top of the ticket, rather than as the VP nominee?
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US Election 1804
*The Historical Scenario Commission greatly updated this scenario on July 17, 2017 and on December 31, 2017. Version 3.0 can be downloaded here: United States – 1804 Final
Meanwhile, Federalists were in disarray with only New England and New York having any semblance of an organized party. New England Federalists so opposed Jefferson that many of them, led by Sen. Timothy Pickering, hatched a plan to work with VP Aaron Burr to secede from the country if Jefferson won reelection. However, many notable Federalists, including Alexander Hamilton, opposed the scheme.
- Why not test your skill by attempting to defeat Thomas Jefferson with Charles Coatesworth Pinckney?
- What if George Clinton, Aaron Burr, or Elbridge Gerry contested Jefferson’s nomination with the support of Northern Republicans?
- What if James Madison became impatient and aimed to win the nomination for himself?
- What if conservative Republicans had rallied behind James Monroe in 1804?
- What if Alexander Hamilton ran for the presidency and survived his duel with Aaron Burr?
- What if other Federalist superstars, such as John Marshall and John Jay ran?
- What if John Adams sought a non-consecutive second term?
- What if John Quincy Adams aimed for the presidency in 1804?
- What if Gouverneur Morris or Henry Lee ran for the Federalists?
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US 1800 Election
[This scenario was greatly updated by the Historical Scenario Commission on July 15, 2017 and on December 27, 2017. Download version 3.0 here: United States – 1800 Final]
This election takes place amid a time of crisis. America has been caught in the fallout of the French Revolution, and finds itself in an undeclared war with Napoleonic France, which has been meddling in American domestic affairs, and harassing American merchant fleets. President John Adams has drawn fire from both major parties for his responses to French aggression. The Jeffersonian Republicans have gathered their energy from their fierce opposition to the Alien & Sedition Acts, while the Federalists have attacked Adams’s independent streak, and his desire to achieve peace with France. As such, Jefferson and Madison work to orchestrate a Republican Revolution, while Hamiltonian Federalists secretly wish to replace Adams on the ticket.
Another foreign policy issue facing the candidates is the increased attacks by Barbary Pirates. Should the US increase it’s navy? Should the US attack the pirates with the navy they currently have?
Domestically, one of the major issues, outside of the domestic realm of the Alien & Sedition Acts, is the question of expanded suffrage. Should more states allow a popular vote? Should the government sell cheap Western property to grow the voting pool? Should those without property be allowed to vote?
Also dominating the headlines is the New York power struggle between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, as both hope to position New York for their respective parties for the 1800 election. Internationally, Napoleon dominates the news.
This election is also the last election under the old electoral system. Electors vote on both the president and vice president, which had lead to Adams and Jefferson serving on the same ticket in 1796, despite memberships to different parties.
What really happened?
John Adams’s pessimism was well-founded. While he was able to upset Hamilton’s scheme to place Pinckney at the top of the ticket, Federalist in-fighting hampered Adams’s election chances, and while Adams restored his popularity with establishing peace with France, the news came too late to help Adams win reelection.
Jefferson’s popularity was such that his election was believed to be very certain. Despite this relative certainty, Jefferson’s allies held no punches during the campaign against Adams. Likewise, President Adams’s allies responded in kind, in what was a very nasty campaign, full of ad hominum attacks.
This election did not go smoothly. Combined attacks from Republicans and Hamilton threw Adams into a distant 3rd place in the election. Alexander Hamilton tried to convince NY Gov. John Jay to nullify the New York results when it appeared Republicans would take the state, but Jay refused. Jefferson won in a landslide, but the supposed vice president choice, Aaron Burr, ended up with the same number of electors, as an elector had forgot to give a vote to someone else to prevent a deadlock. It was well-known that Jefferson was the lead man on the Republican ticket, but Aaron Burr did not bend. The election went to the US House.
After several tied votes, Alexander Hamilton made a surprise move by pressuring Federalists to give their Burr votes to Jefferson, who he believed had more principle, despite not being a moderate Republican like Burr. Hamilton’s influence handed the election to Jefferson, and made Burr vice president.
Need a Suggestion as to who to play as? Try an win as these candidates:
- Can you win reelection as Pres. John Adams?
- Can you upset Thomas Jefferson as Aaron Burr, winning the presidency from under the presumed winner’s feet?
- Can you fulfill Hamilton’s plan to land the presidency to Charles Coatesworth Pinckney?
- Can you secure a dark horse victory with John Jay?
- What if Alexander Hamilton tried to take control of the party from John Adams by running in the election himself? Could such a controversial candidate win?
- What if indebted Founding Father Robert Morris won in an attempt to resurrect his reputation?
- What if Founding Father Gouverneur Morris ran as another Federalist option? Can such an elitist win with a Jeffersonian tide in the country?
- What if Founding Father Rufus King, greatly respected by both parties, ran as a likable Federalist?
- What if Rev War officer Henry “Light Horse” Lee ran as a Southern Federalist?
- What if an Arch Federalist, such as 41-year-old Fisher Ames, ran? Could he win outside of Massachusetts?
- What if the 77-year old Samuel Adams make a last run for the presidency, despite failing health?
- What if former Northern Republican superstar George Clinton of NY made another attempt at the presidency?
- What if Founding Father Elbridge Gerry ran as a rare Massachusetts Republican?
- What if James Madison was too impatient, and opted to run for the presidency, even with Jefferson as the favored Republican?
- What if 41-year-old James Monroe, figurehead of the Conservative Wing of the Republicans, ran in 1800?
- What if George Washington’s freak illness in December 1799 had not killed him, and what if Federalists pressured him to run to prevent a Republican takeover?
In 1879, Gen. PGT Beauregard of Louisiana and Secretary of State JLM Curry of Alabama were elected President and Vice President, respectively. However, the Beauregard administration has not been viewed in a positive light. The country is in the midst of a severe depression, and President Beauregard has been blamed for it, resulting in his being the most unpopular President in the young history of the Confederate States. The primary reason for the country’s tanking economy, however, seems to be slavery, which has led many countries to cut off trade with states still practicing slavery. In turn, many states have now abolished slavery, leaving Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina as the only states where it exists, albeit in very small numbers. As a result, the election of 1885 expects to be a close one, and the Democrats’ hold on the Presidency is in real jeopardy. The New Republicans have chosen to ditch their name in order to attract moderate Democrats who would never vote for a “Republican”, and have taken up the name of the party from which they derived: Whig. The Whigs’ leading candidate for President seems to be Gen. James Longstreet, who was named Minister to the United Kingdom by President Beauregard, and the leading candidate for the Confederate-American Party is Sen. Zebulon Baird Vance. Vice President JLM Curry is facing some tough competition on the Democratic side, including from Attorney General Augustus Garland. Candidates are as follows:
- VP JLM Curry
- Att. Gen. Augustus Garland
- Chief Justice LQC Lamar II
- Sen. Richard Coke
- Sen. Joe Brown
- Sen. Matt Ransom
- President PGT Beauregard
- former Secretary of State and the Treasury RMT Hunter
- Rep. Clifton Breckinridge
- Minister to the U.K. and General James Longstreet
- Sen. William Mahone
- Judge Robert William Hughes
- Fmr. Rep. and Mayor Robert Van Horn
- Fmr. Rep. Curtis Hooks Brogden
- Fmr. Sen. James Alcorn
- Sen. Zebulon Baird Vance
*For a history of My Confederate Series see http://270soft.ipbhost.com/topic/14754-basic-history-of-my-confederate-series/