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Reign of King William Seward II (1874-1901)

Presidencies of Ulysses S. Grant (1874-1879) and James A. Garfield (1879)

King Seward tapped Ulysses S. Grant to be president in 1874 following the death of Charles Sumner, hoping to leverage Grant’s popularity to advance civil rights and political reform measures. Yet Grant proved a major liability to the King, due to his reliance upon corrupt friends, permittance of patronage politics, and mismanagement of the recession of the 1870s. To make matters worse, Grant relied upon the newly formed Justice Department instead of the Army to combat governmental discrimination in the South, and federal marshals ultimately faced consistent failure in enforcing laws upon an entire society unwilling to accept them.

 

The Federalists won a majority in the 1879 elections thanks to Grant’s, and the Whigs’, unpopularity. Voters happily endorsed the Federalists’ platform of political reform, states’ rights, and economic intervention, despite the fact that many former Confederates led the Federalist Party. To make matters worse for the Whigs, James G. Blaine led pro-reform Whigs to walk out of the party convention, recreating the defunct Royalist Party to push for a reform without abandoning freedmen. The Whigs, relying upon patronage, gerrymandering, and freedmen to win, suffered a monumental defeat. The Radical Reformers lost ground as, outside Mississippi, African Americans faced further discrimination.

 

King Seward immediately sought to temper the Federalist victory, but ultimately instead gave the Federalists the political excuse to transform the monarchy into a figurehead. The king named James A. Garfield, a Royalist, as president, hoping that Garfield could create an inter-party coalition in favor of civil rights and political reform. Federalist Leader Jefferson Davis and Whig Leader Roscoe Conkling preempted Garfield, however, forming a Federalist-Whig alliance committed to preserving white power in the South and machine power in the North. A number of reformers reacted by defecting to the Royalists, but the Federalist-Whigs maintained a supermajority.

 

Presidencies of William S. Hancock (1879-1884; 1884-1886) and David B. Hill (1886-1889; 1889-1892; 1892-1897)

The Federalist-Whig coalition used its supermajority to effectively take complete control of the government. The Congress quickly enacted the Presidency Act, overriding Garfield’s veto of a bill that fundamentally changed the structure of the government. The law required Congress to approve the appointment of the president, required the king to exercise his executive powers through the president, and made the president into a largely executive role (creating a president pro tempore of Congress to preside over the chamber). The statute also allowed Congress to remove a president and, separately or at the same time, call snap elections. The Congress quickly removed Garfield, and when Jefferson Davis recommended the appointment of William Scott Hancock as president, a defeated King Seward acquiesced, essentially stepping aside.

 

President Hancock quickly enacted a “states’ rights” agenda that in effect cemented Federalist control of the South and Whig control of the North. Hancock ended federal civil rights efforts, allowing whites to use violence (including large-scale paramilitary operations in Mississippi) to establish absolute control of the South. Hancock also ended federal anti-corruption efforts at the state and local level, allowing party bosses to continue to dominate urban politics in the North. Hancock actually oversaw civil service reform at the federal level, but this amounted to little as he approved vast reductions in the size of the federal government. The Congress even shrunk the Army, instead empowering state militias, though it expanded the Navy, and notably annexed Hawaii.

 

The Federalist-Whig Alliance maintained power for the next seventeen years before being defeated in the 1897 elections. The FWA used patronage, discrimination, public contentment with a growing economy, and blatant election-rigging to maintain its majority in elections in 1884, 1889, and 1892, naming David B. Hill as president after Hancock’s death in 1886. Yet a populist furor in 1897 ultimately gave the Royalists a long-awaited majority, following a campaign centered on corruption, economic malaise, and the perceived disrespect shown towards the monarchy by Federalists and Whigs. The crown itself stood wildly popular as this period came to an end, thanks to correlation between the relegation of Seward and the corruption of national politics. Seward quickly reasserted himself, naming George Frisbie Hoar as president.

 

Presidency of George Frisbie Hoar (1897-1901)

King Seward and President Hoar moved quickly to leverage the populist uprising, and popularity of the crown, to enact a highly progressive agenda. The king mostly had interest in combating the Southern landowners and Northern party bosses that had relegated the monarchy to figurehead status. But Hoar convinced Seward to also advocate for racial minorities, women’s suffrage, and anti-imperialism.

 

Steward stood popular enough following the 1897 election to essentially have his way, particularly in a Congress dominated by freshmen congressmen elected on the Royalists’ platform of restoring the crown. The Congress enacted anti-trust, anti-corruption, and civil rights legislation in 1897 and 1898, and vastly expanded the Justice Department to allow the federal government to combat monopolies, party bosses, and discrimination. The Congress in 1899 turned to Hoar’s platform, granting autonomy to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Hawaii, and the Native American tribes, and in 1900, enacted legislation granting a vote in federal elections to all citizens of all sexes and races above the age of twenty-one.

 

The king and president faced immense challenges in executing these bills, but ultimately, Seward never got the chance to try to address those issues. The anarchist Leon Czolgosz assassinated the king at the Pan-American Exposition, upset at Seward’s close ties to big business, especially the banking world. Seward had previously designated Andrew Carnegie as his successor, impressed by Carnegie’s progressive, egalitarian, and philanthropic views, as well as his economic experience, and with Congress’ approval, Carnegie took office in late 1901. The king faced immediate challenges -- rising violent resistance in the South by segregationists, a rising labor movement in the North emboldened by the ongoing collapse of machine politics, a rising demand for bimetallism in the West, and an ongoing recession resulting from the 1901 stock market crash. With a congressional election just a year away, Carnegie would not have much time to execute his agenda before facing public review.

 

King Andrew Carnegie (1901- )

President George Frisbie Hoar (Royalist) (1897- )

President Pro Tempore Robert E. Pattison (Royalist) (1897- )

Congressional Makeup: 132 Royalists, 118 Federalists/Whigs (aka: Democrats, Republicans)

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Terribly sorry again for the delay there, folks. I'd planned out the full 45 years before realizing that McKinley's assassin RL probably would've killed Seward IG, so I went ahead and had that happen.

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Reign of King Andrew Carnegie (1901-1919)

 

Presidency of George Frisbie Hoar (1901-1904)

President Hoar and King Andrew continued to march lock step towards a more open, dignified United States. However, underneath the surface of tranquility lurked monsters that threatened to shake the very foundations of the American monarchy. Hoar was able to achieve an early victor in his second term through passage of a federal law requiring the use of the Australian or secret ballot. This was widely seen as the death knell of the major machines in the North who viciously attacked the bill, but were unable to do much more. Hoar basked in the accolades he received clearly pleased with himself.

 

Others, however, were not as pleased with the actions of the federal government. Miners in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania in early 1902 had seen their pay cut in May by 25% on top of a cut the previous year of 20%. Yet mining coal got no easier or safer. Soon the United Mineworkers of America began organizing strikes across the region. Originally President Hoar and King Andrew did nothing, hoping that the issue would resolve itself. However, the strike dragged on through the dog days of summer and soon talk began of a hard, cold winter if coal was not available for stock piling. Initially President Hoar wanted to appoint a fact finding mission led by young reformer Theodore Roosevelt. However, President Pro Tempore Pattison and King Alexander believed that what was needed was a good, swift show of force. The Pennsylvania Governor asked for federal military aid and King Andrew was overly willing to cooperate.

 

Army units began to be railroaded to the anthracite region of Pennsylvania with tens of thousands of state militias being federalized. Rail workers, sensing the coming military end of their union brothers in coal mine country, started to refuse to link up rail car carrying federal troops. What started as a strike in Pennsylvania lit a match that exploded in Chicago.

On August 15th, 1902 the American Railway Union order its members to leave the turnstiles where federal troops were massing. Federal troops began to harangue the railway workers as the left. A crowd had gathered to stand in solidarity with the railway workers. Historians to this day do not know who fired the first shot. But it is well known that the Chicago Massacre was a blood bath. Federal troops opened up on the crowd with rifles and eventually Gatling guns killing 144 and wounding another 645. Even anti-labor newspapers were shocked by the death toll. Soon there were major strikes in almost every major city calling for the head of Colonel Leonard Wood, who was in command of the troops in Chicago at the time. King Andrew and President Hoar were horrified, but continued to drag out a solution due to their unwillingness to work with the striking miners.

 

In September under tremendous pressure from Royalist members of Congress Hoar finally relented and sent the Army away. In the rush to fix the issue legislation was passed to establish a Labor Relations Board which would arbitrate all disputes between labor and management. Big business was shocked, but was unable to rally even normally supportive members due to the pro-worker sentiment.

 

In 1903 President Pro Tempore Pattison received a challenge from within the Royalist bloc from Theodore Roosevelt and other leading “progressives” including Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Howard Taft. Pattison was unable to survive and was dislodged with the Progressive Royalists ascendant. Hoar continued on as President but was a wraith in political terms. In 1904 he died a broken man thus triggering snap elections.

 

The Royalists were split between the Old Guard, led by Pattison and William McKinley, and the Progressives. The fight for the heart and soul of the party was eventually won by the Progressives who favored a more pro-labor, pro-reform, pro-interventionist platform. However, conservative Royalist voters sat out the election which severely depressed royalist seats.

Workers, seeing the new power of organization, began to set up their own more overtly political organizations. While some more conservative workers sided with Progressive Royalists many believed that a Worker’s Party was necessary to ensure that the working class was represented in the halls of power. Eugene V. Debs, of ARU founding fame, led the party barnstorming across the country in an effort to make government more responsive to working folks.

 

The Federalist/Whigs coalition that had held throughout the Hoar Presidency showed signs of splintering around the bimetallic issue. In an attempt to solve these problems and garner greater press attention the Federalist/Whigs organized a party convention in Chicago. They attempted to play up the parties’ sympathy for the working men and women, but state militias had been federalized alongside the U.S. Army. The bimetallic issue went back and forth until Nebraska Congressman William Jennings Bryan stood to deliver a pro-silver speech. He proclaimed to the crowd that the people of the United States would not be “crucified on a cross of gold, that they would not have pressed upon their head a crown of national oppression”. Jennings’ speech electrified the crowd, swung the convention into voting for a 16:1 silver to gold ratio, and gave the Federalist/Whigs coalition clear momentum. Significantly missing from the agreed platform was any language on the rights of Southern blacks.

 

The 1904 election sent the Federalist/Whigs back with a clear majority of 145, Royalists carried 100 seats and the new Worker’s Party picked up 5. King Andrew had no choice but to offer the Presidency to William Jennings Bryan.

 

Presidency of William Jennings Bryan (1904-1916)

With a clear and convincing majority President Bryan was able to pass the Bimetallic Act of 1905. This legislation set coining rates of 16 silver to 1 gold. This led to a large inflation of the U.S. economy which generally helped farmers and other debtors. Eventually banks came around and generally the U.S. was a bustling, growing economic power.

 

In 1905 the Japanese attacked the Russian Empire over railroads rights in Manchuria. Many expected the Russians to quickly crush the Japanese. However, the Japanese proved extremely adept and crushed the Royal Russian fleet twice in the First and Second Battles of Port Arthur. On land, however, the war quickly became a stalemate with long lines of trenches and a heavily bombarded “no man’s land” between the two sides. Neither side sought to back down, but President Bryan offered his services and negotiated a peace treaty between both sides in Omaha in 1906. He would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1909 for his effort. Given the electric nature of the economy and general world peace Bryan and the Federalist/Whig won another majority of 150 in the 1909 election eating away at the Royalist and Worker’s Party votes.

 

However, the glory days of the Bryan Presidency were about to end. In 1910 in Biloxi, Mississippi Franklin Jones, a young African American sharecropper and former Radical Reformer state legislator, was in town to make some purchases at the general store. Accounts differ, but at some point Mr. Jones and young Ms. Georgia Clemens, a white women, interacted. She claimed that Jones made a pass at her. A crowd gathered growing uglier and meaner. Jones took out a hand gun to defend himself, but the crowd continued to approach. Jones fired into the air hoping to scare off the group, but it was ineffective. He was seized and taken to a hill outside of town. He was stripped of his clothing as a fire was built beneath an old oak tree. Jones’ was soon subjected to immense torture as a growing crowd gathered and enjoyed. Eventually Jones was lynched though not after suffering truly terroristic mutilation to his person. Jones was the 21st African American to be lynched in 1910 and his name would have passed into sad obscurity except that Northern reporter Ida Tarbell was present. She wrote a scathing article in the New Republic that was eventually serialized as a book titled Shame of the Nation. It was a bombshell not only because of the immense torture that Jones received but also in the fact that Federalist Congressman James K. Vardaman was a part of the crowd and likely played a significant role in Jones’ death.

 

The Whig/Federalist coalition, which ignored the issue in 1904 and 1909 threatened to rip asunder. Northerners sought to distance themselves from Southerners. Royalists played magnificent politics when they sponsored an anti-lynching law which regionally split the majority. The bill failed due to Northern votes, but that served the Royalists just as well. Jennings, who had not spoken on racial issues attempted to clean house, but Southerners threatened to sit out the next election and he was cowed.

 

In 1912 a minor conflict ignited into a conflagration. The Slavic states of the Balkans; Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Montenegro attacked the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to free Slavic peoples under Ottoman control. However, Austria-Hungary, which had its own issues with Slavic irredentism, diplomatically informed Serbia to refrain from military action and abandon its claim to Ottoman land. Serbia and the Balkan League members in general refused. Austria-Hungary began to mobilize against the Balkan states. Russia, a long-time protector of the Slavic people, began their own mobilization. Germany, Austria-Hungary’s major ally, warned Russia to cease mobilization given that Germany’s war plans were based on defeating France, a Russian ally, and then swinging around to attack Russia. Tsar Nicholas ignored Germany’s request. On June 13th, 1912 Austria-Hungary issued a final ultimatum to Serbia, stop advancing or face immediate war. Serbia and her allies kept advancing and on June 14th Austria-Hungary declared war. On June 15th Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. On June 15th Germany declared war on Russia and France, who up until this point had generally been seeking a peaceful solution. On June 16th Italy joined Austria-Hungary and Germany in declaring war on the Balkan League, Russia, and France. On June 17th German troops entered Belgium thus bringing Great Britain into what would be known as the Great War.

 

President Bryan welcomed the distraction from issues at home and immediately declared U.S. neutrality. Coming from the Midwest he was familiar and friends with many German Americans and saw the issue as deeply division to an ethnic heterogenous America. American businesses though had no problem selling weapons to either side as the conflict became bloodier and bloodier. Initially pegged as the “Summer’s War” new technologies including barbed wire, machine guns, and airplanes were transforming war. Soon the fighting bogged down to trench warfare with miniscule gains in land at immense cost in lives. Initially Americans sided with President Jennings and were grateful that American boys were not being sent over to fight in Europe.

 

However, in 1912 the U.S. faced its own domestic issues at home. General Emiliano Heurta of the Mexican army had killed the sitting Mexican President and unrest rumbled south of the Rio Grande. Initially freedom fighters like Pancho Villa sought U.S. support in restoring democracy. However, the U.S. saw Mexico as an unlikely ally and waved off the requests. In October of 1912 Pancho Villa and a band of rebels attacked a U.S. army outpost in New Mexico seized hundreds of rifles and thousands of rounds while killing 10 U.S. army soldiers. Bryan was forced to send U.S. troops into Mexico. While the troops chased Villa across northern Mexico to no avail and Europe burned Americans began to sour in their mood.

 

In early 1913 the RMS Titanic, a passenger liner, and widely hailed as the unsinkable ship was sailing from New York to the United Kingdom. Onboard were extensive war supplies for the Triple Entente of Russia, the U.K. and France. Also, onboard were 450 Americans. Unknown was that German submarines were laying off the coast of Newfoundland. U-boat 054 put two torpedoes in the side of the Titanic just after midnight April 12th. The ship quickly sank taking 2465 of the 3327 crew and passengers including 390 Americans.

 

Immediately American newspapers carried the banner headlines “Remember the Titanic, sink the Germanic”. President Bryan continued his peace policy claiming, rightly, that American passengers had been warned against trans-Atlantic crossings. While the facts were on his side popular sentiment was not. In early 1914 the R.M.S. Lusitania was also sunk with an additional 25 Americans losing their lives.

 

In the 1914 elections the Whig/Federalists lost their majority dropping to 75 seats. The Worker’s Party gained growing to 15 seats thanks to the work of Debs. But the big winners were the Progressive Royalists led by Theodore Roosevelt. At their party convention, which all parties were now holding, Roosevelt declared “We’re standing at Armageddon at we battle for the Lord”. Royalists had a solid majority of 160.

 

Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (1914-1919)

Roosevelt immediately asked for Congress to declare war which they obligingly did. King Andrew, in an attempt to rehabilitate his image, embraced the role of war time king. He was seen training with troops in full military uniform, christening war vessels, and visiting munitions factories. He became more and more embraced by the public who were willing to blame labor unrest on Hoar, now long dead.

 

The Roosevelt Presidency would reinitiate the draft and would eventually put 4.8 million Americans in uniform.  Roosevelt also oversaw massive expansion of businesses, but was quick to put into place greater restrictions on non-government monopolies. The Roosevelt Administration also prohibited child labor among federal contractors and implemented the first federal minimum wage. They also quietly passed anti-lynching legislation in 1915.

 

Due to the preponderance of American troops that were able to hit the Continent in late 1915 early 1916 the Great War finally ended in on November 11th, 1916. New technologies including armor vehicles known as tanks, airplanes, and poison gas had made the war dreadfully expensive in human lives. A total of 158,673 Americans would lose their lives in the Great War. Another 600,000+ would be wounded.

 

Roosevelt and King Andrew saw the horror of war and wanted for it to be never repeated. They pushed their major European allies to basically a peace with no winner. President Roosevelt was heard to say that he’d take on all of Europe before he allowed a dishonorable peace. Essentially Europe returned to the status quo ante with the Balkan League forming the new nation of Yugoslavia with joint control over Slavic regions of the Ottoman Empire. Roosevelt also pushed through an international League of Nations which was designed to arbitrate disagreements between nations and limit armament stockpiles. The United States was now a world power with a role to play in keeping the world safe.

 

In early 1919 King Andrew died of pneumonia, contracted while out horse riding before dawn. He initially had tried to name Roosevelt his successor, but Roosevelt enjoyed the rough and tumble of politics too much. Roosevelt instead mentioned his faithful lieutenant as a potential successor. Carnegie named Taft his successor just two months before passing.

The 1919 snap elections saw the Worker’s Party make significant gains in major American cities due to the lag in the economy as post war production declined. The Whig/Federalists held a convention where they attempted to paper over their differences on racial issues. They made inroads in the West which was wary of federal government intrusion. But the Royalists were able to hold onto a bare majority of 125 seats. However, a stagnant economy, growing rural poverty, and an ascendant labor movement, plus untold foreign challenges faced the new leadership of the American Monarchy.

 

King William Howard Taft (1919- )

President Theodore Roosevelt (Royalist) (1916- )

President Pro Tempore Albert B. Cummins (Royalist) (1916- )

Congressional Makeup: 125 Royalists, 90 Federalists/Whigs (aka: Democrats, Republicans), 35 Worker’s Party

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Reign of King King William Howard Taft (1919-1930)

 

Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (1916-1923)

 

The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt is best described as the greatest tightrope act in American history. Perhaps what made him so successful was that he was allowed to truly be the face of the nation. King Taft was quiet and preferred to let Roosevelt deal with the Press and the public. Around the world, the War was blamed on Monarchial greed. 

 

In the new Balkan states Democracy arose and in Germany, the Weimar Republic replaced the Kaiser and put an end to the German monarchy. Similar movements gained momentum in the United States. Within the Federalist and Workers Rights parties, legislators begin to call for a reduction of the monarchy; some even went as far to call for the abolition of the monarchy. However, Teddy Roosevelt became the Bismarck of the United States. He balanced his progressive views with his stout support of the Monarchy. 

 

Thanks to the booming war economy business grew and America’s manufacturing became even stronger as the automobile was being massed produced and Thomas Edison had revolutionized electricity. However, the wartime economy led to great monopolies the lack of competition during the war allowed companies such as US Steel, Standard Oil Company, and the American Tobacco Company to take huge portions of the market scale exploding prices. 

 

Under the monopoly laws, he previously passed he took each of these three companies to court pledging to fight for a free market and prevent corrupt businessman from driving up profits. This move was applauded by the Worker’s and put an end to the alliance of Federalists/Whigs and the Worker’s Rights party. 

 

Despite the strong economy, many war veterans remained out of work. This lost generation suffered from unemployment and “shell shock”. National attention was drawn around the struggles of veterans in late 1822 on Christmas Eve Lt. Robert O’Neal jumped off the roof of the Veterans administration building killing himself after three years of unemployment and no help from the Veterans Administration. 

 

Making headlines across the nation President Roosevelt spared no time taking action on this tragedy. On New Years Day 1823 President Roosevelt which would quite simply be remembered as the New Year’s address Roosevelt secured his place as one of the most important Presidents in history. 


 

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“Too often our workers are left out on their own a blind eye turned to them from the rest of the world pays no attention and gives him no help. Our workers are afraid of tomorrow. For tomorrow he is not sure that he will always have work, he is not sure that he will be healthy, and he knows he will one day be old and cannot work how will he work then? If he is consumed by the desolation of poverty, even if it is of no fault of his own, he is then completely helpless, left to his own devices, and society does not care about this man no matter how hard working he has been. 

 

That changes today we will not rest until such we provide safe working conditions, reasonable limitation of work hours, and the regulation of women's and child labor. However most importantly we must ensure that no worker ever again is left alone without any where to turn when he falls on hard time. To any American who works hard and loses his job to means beyond his own control we will be there to help you. I call on congress to pass by the end of this month sickness insurance, accident insurance, disability insurance, a retirement pension, for hard working American’s who can no longer work,  and welfare assistance for our veterans who are left behind by the war.”


 

Unsurprisingly congress led by Theodore’s younger cousin Franklin passed sweeping Welfare reforms instituting insurance, retirement pensions, and the O’Neal act which overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Hailed as a national hero Theodore’s approval skyrocketed making him so popular many suggested Taft step aside and let Roosevelt become King. Taft reportedly considered stepping aside in exchange for a seat on the court, however, later that year Roosevelt died of a pulmonary embolism leaving office with a reported 88% approval rating.

 

Presidency of Charles Evans Hughes 1923-1927 

 

In the 1919 elections in support of the policies of Roosevelt, the Worker’s Rights party unified with the Royalists in a landslide election which decimated the Federalist/s Whigs which only truly. President Hughes, the hand-picked successor of President Roosevelt was tapped for President in 1923. 

 

Congressional Makeup: 187 Progressives-Royalists, 53 Federalists/Whigs (aka: Democrats, Republicans)

 

The first major actions of President Hughes were truly the last wishes of Roosevelt. While Hughes was more of a progressive than a Royalist, Roosevelt had two major legislative pieces in the works and was passed in his memory. Now with the support of the people Roosevelt had planned to pass two amendments to the Conditions of Power that would forever strengthen the Monarchy. 

 

The first amendment gave the king the President’s power to appoint judges which allowed King Taft to exercise his specialty the court. (Following the passage of this amendment he appointed 6 justices to the Royal Court of Justice the most by any President or King). The second amendment created a new layer of Royal authority the new Welfare state required stronger larger federal departments to run the new reforms.  The king would have the ability to appoint the directors of the Royal Departments and they would be confirmed by Congress. These powers were easily passed by the Royalist majority making the king a much more important part of the American Government. 

 

President Hughes then also passed the Conservation act creating national parks finishing the legislative agenda of the late great Theodore Roosevelt. This was the end of the Hughes honeymoon. Hughes was a great legislator but he was not half the politician that President Theodore Roosevelt was. Hughes failed to show up on time to meeting and failed to maintain the great balancing act of his predecessor between progressives and Royalists. 

 

President Hughes had no interest in maintaining ties with Europe in the league of nations or in a trade with Europe. America needed one partner itself and whenever Europe was involved it only meant a headache. He recalled the ambassador to the league of nations and the US and would push for a higher federal tariff to decrease trade with Europe and increase internal dependency.

 

President Hughes convinced Congress to raise taxes and the federal tariff to pay for the new Welfare programs to maintain a balanced budget. These high taxes placed heavy restrictions on business and commerce leading to the first recession since the Great War ended. Federalist/Whigs experienced a revival as they promised to lower taxes and get the federal Government off your backs. The royalist fearing that federalist and whigs would attack the monarchy broke ranks with Hughes and the progressives leading to infighting within the party. Lead secretly by King Taft some Royalist joined with the Federalists to lower taxes and reduce certain regulations on business to put an end to the recession. 

 

The devil’s bargain as progressive Royalists called it, cut taxes, cut welfare, and deemed Roosevelt’s restriction on labor hours unconstitutional, and temporarily abolished the federal tariff. When it was discovered that Taft had a hand in this devil’s bargain President Hughes publicly denounced his King. He called out “Czar Taft” for dishonoring the memory of the great Teddy Roosevelt for political expediency. In 1926 Taft threatened to remove Hughes from office putting an end to the public discord. That year Hughes announced his intention to resign and allowed parties to prepare for the 1927 elections.

 

When Hughes announced he would not run the Progressive wing of the Royalists announced they would split from the party in 1927. If it was not for Franklin Roosevelt, younger cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt and the craftsman of the Welfare reforms bill who took up the balancing act of his cousin, the Royalists and progressives would have faced disaster. A mere few months before the election Franklin Roosevelt united the party mostly around his last name. He held the progressive ideology of his cousin yet understood that politick was the true way to ensure permeant Royalist influence. With the blessing of King Taft, a second Roosevelt was appointed President.

 

Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1927-1930

 

Congressional Makeup: 120 Progressives-Royalists, 110 Federalists/Whigs (aka: Democrats, Republicans 

 

Roosevelt began Congress restoring the Welfare state by a slim majority. This is considered Roosevelt’s only true accomplishment in his short 3-year term as President. Cursed with a very slim minority Roosevelt’s term was contentious. The Federalist/Whigs had untied around an anti-monarchial message calling for stronger state government far from the influence of the king.  

 

The absence of the federal tariff had lead to a decrease in domestic investment and more investment abroad. Roosevelt tried desperately to change this and put American manufacturers first. However, with a strong economy, the American public saw no need to limit themselves to either American or European and agreed with the Federalist/Whigs that the Royalists should keep their paws off the business of the people. 

 

The American investors had become so enveloped in Europe that King Taft appointed a new ambassador to the doomed League of Nations which after several years of American absence had fallen apart. 

 

However, in 1929, this absence of domestic innovation and entangled ties with Europe destroyed the American economy when the stock market crashed in 1929. Germany could not pay the war reparations and the currency of Germany devaluated leaving many American investors burned on investments. The American market crashed because it had become so intertwined with Europe. Roosevelt could have said I told you so but he wasted no time. He proposed massive new investments and welfare to counteract the stock crash. Federalists/Whigs mistakenly hoped the market would balance itself out denying these bills in 1930 the economy was once again in a Recession on the verge of a depression. 

 

That same year King William Howard Taft died. It was a week until his heir was announced leading to speculation on all sides. No one was told but as his will was read to the people it was made clear that in memory of the friendship of his cousin and the former King President Franklin Roosevelt was made the king. In 1930 King Franklin Roosevelt appointed Henry Agard Wallace President of the United States. In that year's congressional elections no one was certain who was to blame for the recession with both sides assigning blame. Congress remained deadlock as the new King and President were sworn in. Only one thing was certain King Roosevelt would be much louder than Taft bringing a Roosevelt flair to the Royal court. 

 

Congressional Makeup: 118 Progressives-Royalists, 112 Federalists/Whigs (aka: Democrats, Republicans 

President Henry Agard Wallace

President Pro Tempore: Harry S. Truman

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King Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1930-1940)

 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt ruled the United States for fifteen years, and became famous worldwide for his foreign policy, especially regarding his involvement in the Second Great War in Europe. While maintaining progressive minded policies, he also expanded the power of the Monarchy to unprecedented heights since the mid-1800s.  

 

Presidency of Henry Agard Wallace (1930-1945)

The Wallace Presidency became known as one of the weakest Presidential Administrations in the history of the Country. More so then the original Presidents of George Washington and George Clinton. President Wallace continued many of the programs initiated by King Roosevelt when he had served as President.  Federalist/Whig leaders who had been hoping to capitalize on the weakness of Wallace ended up on the defensive as the American public quickly turned agaisnt them after several weeks of a gridlocked Congress. President Wallace and Roosevelt made a joint address from the balcony of Georgetown Palace, condemning the lack of action from the Congress. President pro tempore Harry Truman had a press conference later in that afternoon condeming the minority party's lack of willingness to work with the Royalists. Soon enough, Federalist/Whigs found themselves facing backlash from the public and Floor Leader Herbert Hoover was struggling to maintain the discord in his own party. In January of 1931, there had been no solution, and no compromise. The ire of the American public was directed at the Federalist/Whigs, whose prospects of keeping the Royalist Majority slim was decreasing each day. On October 18th 1931, at the convening of the year's session of Congress, Deputy Leader of the Federalist/Whigs and a formerly close ally of Hoover refused, with 58 other members of the Federalist/Whigs to recognize themselves as members of the Federalist/Whig alliance. The exchange between Harry Truman and Curtis became legendary, when Truman asking why the Deputy Leader and his followers refused to recognize themselevs on the roster was met with the resposne from Curtis, "I'm no Federalist/Whig, Mr. President. Just Whig will do." 

 

The Congressional clerk, and Truman in that session formally officiated the split between the Federalists, led by Hoover, who remained committed to austerity and reducing the Power of the Monarch, and the Whigs, led by Curtis, who concerned over their election prospects if the King decided to call for elections, pledged to work with Wallace, Truman, and Royalist/Progressive Floor Leader Al Smith. The betrayal left the Federalists powerless and without leverage in Congress, while the Whigs worked with Wallace and his party on expanding the welfare state to unprecedented levels. By 1933, Congress had approved many programs proposed by Roosevelt through Wallace and by 1934, Wallace, and the rest of Royalist/Progressive Leadership presented to the American people, His Majesty's Department of Social Works, a Department which was under the Presidency and was in charge of the vast networks of welfare programs that Congress had passed. The Department hosted various agencies such as the Works Progress Administration, The Social Security Administration, a new program of Roosevelt's that was championed by the Royalists. The Pride of Roosevelt however, was the creation of the Royal Corps of Conservation, a program for young men who needed work. The program served as a work relief organisation that was very popular with the public. 

 

The Royal Corps of Conservation (RCC) was also created with an ulterior motive in mind, that was kept secret within the circle of Roosevelt, Wallace, and Truman. The program was fiercely loyal to the American Monarchy, and workers were treated well, but considered to be Kingsmen. Truman resigned his seat in Congress and was appointed by Wallace to be Head of the Department. Truman focused on the RCC to drum up support for the Monarchy. He had attempted to use the program to influence workers along party lines, but the program was watched by both Hoover and Curtis alike and ultimately Truman focused on Monarchial propaganda. Kingsmen working on construction projects became a staple sight throughout rural and impoverished America,a region typically wary of Monarchy, and as the Royal Gift, as all the programs passed became called began uplifting the economy, support for the Monarchy rose. 

 

The changes that Roosevelt, Wallace, and Truman pushed through affected the political parties, and none more so then their own. Al Smith, a Progressive and former Roosevelt rival was worried about the influence his old rival was garnering. The Majority Leader had made his concerns to Wallace, who passed them on to Roosevelt. Knowing that Smith, a popular force within the party could harm the work they had been doing, Roosevelt had Wallace call a Party Meeting, where Truman pushed through a proposal to drop the "Progressive" part of the faction name. Smith objected, as did many members of the Party, but the measure was able to be pushed through. Concerned over the unity of the Party, Wallace and Truman advised Roosevelt to dissolve Congress and hold elections. In 1935, Roosevelt dissolved the Congress, calling for elections and a swearing in of a new Congress. The move was well received by all but the progressives. Federalist and Whig leaders Hoover and Curtis eager to gain seats for their respective parties. 

 

In the 1935 elections, Progressives such as Smith were not supported by Wallace, and Truman witheld the RCC from areas represented by Smith and said progressives to increase voter frustration with the incumbents. Smith lost his seat to Federalist John Foster Dulles of New York and many Progressives met the same fate, some seats going to Whigs and others going to the Federalists. 

 

1935 Congressional Makeup: Royalists- 96  Whigs- 69   Federalists- 60  Progressives- 5

President pro tempore: Robert F. Wagner

Royalist Leader: Earl Warren

Whig Leader: John Nance Garner

Federalist Leader: Charles Lindbergh

 

The New Congress was decidedly weak. While Wallace had a high amount of popularity as President, amny saw him for what he was, a puppet of Roosevelt. New Royalist Leader Earl Warren from California often worked directly with Roosevelt and Truman, bypassing Wallace completely. The Royalists had taken a fairly authoritarian left leaning stance on government, whereas the Whigs led by Garner were more conservative but just as authoritarian. It was Lindbergh's Federalists who continued to advocate for the decreasing of the monarchy's power, along with what remained of the Progressives. Lindbergh and Garner were also weak leaders and Roosevelt capitalized on this. The King's focus began to drift overseas however, as tensions in Europe began to rise. As Roosevelt left Truman, who had become a trusted confidante, to handle Wallace and the Congress, he began to look towards Europe, where the Nazi regime of Adolph Hitler had repeatedly ignored warnings from the League of Nations to halt arms manufacturing, military recruiting, and threats of expansion into Europe. 

 

Roosevelt directed the Crown Ambassador to the League to sent an ultimatum to the German Regime, that if the Weimar Government did not immediately cease activities that went against the Versailles Treaty, the United States would be forced to intervene. Hitler called Roosevelt's bluff and ignored the warning, knowing that the Monarch did not have the support necessary for a war. Roosevelt had Wallace push through legislation in Congress that issued sanctions upon Germany and in a public address, denounced the German Reich and continued to threaten intervention despite not having enough support. 

 

On September 1st, 1939, the Germans invaded Poland. Roosevelt ordered Wallace to mobilize troops, and sent notices to France and Great Britain that the United States would not continue to tolerate German aggression. Wallace did as Roosevelt asked, and in November 7, 1939 in an address to Congress, Roosevelt asked the Congress to approve war with Germany. He was rejected. 

 

In 1940, Germany invaded Denmark. Denmark being a member of the League, asked Britain, France, and the United States for help. This time, Roosevelt had enough support to ask Congress to declare war, which passed in a narrow majority of votes, the Whigs split with a lack of clear leadership. The United States was formally at war with Germany, and was quickly followed by Britain, but support for the war was incredibly dismal, and Roosevelt and the Royalist's soaring popularity was quickly diminishing as American troops began to be sent over to England. Roosevelt quickly named George Marshall, his Chief of the Army as his heir in case he did not make it throughout the war.

 

As it turned out, Roosevelt would not even see the war. Before many American troops could arrive in England, tensions had finally boiled over in the United States. Many Americans in the midwest were of German ancestry and were opposed to another war. Riots broke out in Georgetown, and while in transit returning to Georgetown Palace from a Military Inspection in Virginia, the King's convoy was attacked by rioters. The King, alreayd in a delicate stage due to polio, was not able to make it through the attack. With a nation in mourning and a Military Man about to take the American Crown, Americans were unsure of how support for the war would turn, as they mourned their Monarch, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

 

King: George Marshall (1940-

President: Henry Asgard Wallace

Congress: Royalists- 96  Whigs- 69   Federalists- 60  Progressives- 5

Edited by Baudin
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King George Marshall (1940-????) [Constitutional Monarch Period]

 

Second Presidency of Henry A. Wallace (1935-1941) [96 Royalists, 69 Whigs, 60 Federalists, 5 Progressives]

King George Marshall retained personal charge of the war effort upon assuming the throne, leaving President Henry Wallace to manage domestic affairs while Marshall struggled to stem a seemingly endless tide of axis victories. The Germans conquered Denmark, Norway, and France in a matter of months in 1940, then Yugoslavia and Greece in spring 1941, before undertaking a seemingly highly successful invasion of the Soviet Union in summer 1941. The allies saw some success in Africa, vanquishing the Italians from Libya by spring 1941, and also in the North Sea, where American and British forces were able to establish definitive naval and air control. Yet these victories were offset by a highly successful Japanese campaign to seize allied colonies in Southeast Asia, which had been left unprotected as most American, British, and French naval forces had been shifted from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The axis powers appeared nearly unstoppable in late 1941.

 

Yet Marshall's troubles in fighting abroad paled in comparison to President Henry Wallace's difficulties in governing at home. President Wallace floundered after King Franklin Roosevelt died, lacking Roosevelt's public appeal, capital influence, and general political capacity. To make matters worse, Wallace took the brunt of the blame for the axis victories, as both supporters and opponents of the war blamed Wallace and Roosevelt for entering the fight before the nation was ready. To add insult to injury, Wallace himself did not strongly favor the war, seeing little difference between the imperialist Britons, fascist axis, and totalitarian Soviets. He strongly resented having to use all of his political capital to push through war-related measures. The president became increasingly despondent as a result, and in late 1941, called snap elections, hoping to wave the flag in order to score an electoral victory so as to gain more political capital.

 

Wallace instead faced a monumental defeat as both the Whigs and the Federalists surged. Wallace sought to recreate the progressive alliance that had catapulted the Royalists to power around the turn of the century, calling for big government spending, civil rights enforcement, and an anti-imperialist foreign policy including a war goal of forcing the axis to the bargaining table. John Nance Garner organized the Whigs as a clear establishment party, obtaining Northern industrialist, Southern agricultural, and hawk support by promising to vastly increase military spending, promote segregation nationally, and end the war only through the unconditional surrender of the axis powers. Robert A. Taft took charge of the Federalists after Charles Lindbergh joined the air force, running on an anti-war, pro-segregation, pro-states' rights platform. None of the three parties performed particularly well in the election --- the Royalists and Whigs were dogged by low support for the war, while the Federalists faced criticism from labor leaders, welfare proponents, and other supporters of a larger federal government.

 

Wallace and Garner sought to form a coalition immediately after the election, but it was the vastly more competent Taft who ultimately arranged for Wallace's third presidential term. Taft offered to support Wallace in confidence and budgetary votes if, in return, Wallace would sue for peace with the axis powers. Wallace was more than happy to accept, both given his lackluster support for the war and his inability to get the plurality-holding Whigs to accept a coalition deal that would keep him in power. King Marshall, who was in the United Kingdom overseeing war planning, ultimately yielded to Wallace and Taft, declaring that "it is the king's job to execute a war, but it is certainly Congress' prerogative to decide when a war should start and end." Wallace thus took the presidency for a third time with wide authority despite a frankly uninspiring prior performance.

 

Third Presidency of Henry A. Wallace (1941-1945) [94 Whigs, 84 Royalists, 72 Federalists]

Wallace immediately set to work fulfilling his side of the bargain, dispatching Charles Lindbergh to Spain in an ultimately successful effort to negotiate a peace agreement with the axis powers. Lindbergh arrived in early 1942 to find German, Italian, and Japanese delegates very interested in refocusing their efforts on the Soviet Union and China. The axis representatives made a compelling offer: the liberation of France (except Alsace-Lorraine), the low countries, and the Scandinavian countries in return for neutrality in the wars in Russia and China, as well as the cessation of a number of African and Asian colonies. Notably, Joachim von Ribbentrop convinced the Japanese to offer to return the Philippines, of major interest to the United States. Lindbergh viewed the deal highly positively, and Wallace ultimately accepted it, despite the objections of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Churchill had little choice but to follow Wallace, however, and on April 6, 1942, a cease fire took effect on the Western front. The Germans and Italians immediately refocused on combating the Soviets, joined the Japanese, who launched a surprise assault on Vladivostok in May.

 

President Wallace leveraged the political capital he had earned through the Madrid Peace Accords to promote a pro-labor, pro-government, pro-civil rights agenda. He had little success pushing his labor or civil rights programs through Congress, thanks to Whig and Federalist opposition. But thanks to the confidence and supply agreement with the Federalists, Wallace was able to push through massive new government programs, ostensibly to facilitate peacetime demobilization. Wallace kept the Federalists happy by always having his programs administered at the state level -- though there was constant grumbling in the Federalist ranks about the size and scope of the federal government that Wallace was constructing. Wallace helped his cause by authorizing Northern industrialists to sell arms to all sides in the ongoing conflicts in Europe and Asia, viewing it as properly neutral for the US to supply all powers involved. German, Italian, Soviet, Chinese, and Japanese forces thus fought using American steel, American oil, and American vehicles, a major boon to the US economy.

 

King Marshall remained focused on foreign and military affairs, dedicated to ensuring that the United States did not ever again face such an effective defeat on the battlefield. Marshall joined with British and French leaders to establish the new United Nations in 1943, creating a military, economic, and social alliance of democracies committed to defending the free world. Unlike the prior League of Nations, the United Nations was more of a coalition than a global diplomatic center, as all UN members were required to defend one another against any assault. The UN quickly dropped any pretense of being a solely democratic organization -- a number of South American dictatorships were admitted in 1944-1945 -- but fascist and communists states were actively excluded. King Marshall backed up this robust international presence by pushing major military investments through Congress, as well as plans to station US troops in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Wallace and Taft both greatly disliked Marshall's activities, but felt it politically prudent to let the king have a wide hand in foreign policy as long as he let Congress and the presidency control domestic policy.

 

President Wallace called new elections in 1945, successfully determining that the Royalists could make gains amidst an economic boom, a return to peace, and a general positive feeing in the nation. The Royalists took a clear majority in Parliament, running on a pro-labor, pro-industrial, progressive platform, and re-elected Wallace as president. The Federalists made gains as well, becoming the credible voice of opposition to the Royalists. The Whigs faced absolute devastation at the polls, having been on the wrong side of the war question, the new deal question, and seemingly so many other questions. A number of surviving Whigs defected to the Federalists after the election, and many analysts correctly surmised that within a few years, the US would be back to a two-party system with the Royalists facing off against the Federalists.

 

Fourth Presidency of Henry A. Wallace (1945-1950) [127 Royalists, 101 Federalists, 22 Whigs]

President Wallace finally came into his own during his fourth presidency, successfully marshaling a Royalist majority to pursue a modern liberal political agenda. Wallace enacted a number of major government programs over the next few years, notably including a national health insurance scheme. With Federalist support no longer needed, Wallace enacted these new programs at the national level, and nationalized a number of existing state-administered federal programs. He substantially expanded the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court (to 9 members), sidestepping potential judicial challenges through a court-stacking program that he was able to complete only because of wide agreement within the legal community about the need for more judges. What's more, Wallace rooted segregation out of federal policy and practice, booting the Ku Klux Klan from the federal government, and ordering the Justice Department to once again enforce civil rights legislation. Over five years, Wallace became as effective a president as he had been when he was Roosevelt's stooge.

 

Yet Wallace found himself repeatedly clashing with King Marshall over the ongoing wars in Europe and Asia. The Germans, Italians, and Japanese had made major gains in the prior few years in Russia and China, thanks to the peace with the West. But both the Soviets and the communist Chinese were still fighting, and with some success, thanks in no small part to their ability to leverage mass numbers in support of their cause. Communist movements were now appearing across the colonized world and South America as most subjugated peoples were inspired by the red resistance to European and European-esque imperialism. King Marshall felt that the United Nations needed to rejoin the fray, or at least take a more anti-axis position, so as to avoid the spread of communist. President Wallace by contrast felt that the United States should continue to enjoy the peace and prosperity of the prior few years; he maintained that he could not care less whether the Nazis or communists won. Matters finally came to a head in 1950, when Marshall demanded Wallace adopt a more aggressive foreign policy, and Wallace refused.

 

King Marshall responded by dismissing Wallace and calling snap elections, but the Royalists actually made gains in that contest. Marshall thus found himself politically alone -- the party that was supposed to support him instead opposing him. The Federalists were of no mind to assist the king; many felt that, in the modern world, a monarch actually exercising power was a dated idea. Lacking much experience or interest in politics, Marshall decided to sidestep a political crisis by yielding the fight. The monarch retired in effect to the royal estate, becoming a figurehead while allowing Congress to again elect Wallace as president.

 

King George Marshall (1950-????) [Crowned Republic Period]

Fifth Presidency of Henry A. Wallace (1950-????) [133 Royalists, 117 Federalists]

President Pro Tempore of Congress: John William McCormack (R)

Opposition Leader: Robert A. Taft (F) {Note: dies 1953}

 

((I realize its a bit different to break-up a monarch's reign as opposed to having a new monarch, but covering a decade in the 20th century is a lot. I figured this is as good of a cutoff point as any, too -- the next person can have Marshall somehow find his way back into power, or alternately, just play out a 9 period of American politics in which the monarch plays no role. Perhaps this will mark the beginning of the end of the monarch having real power. But anyway, apologies for the slowness in getting this out. I'm going to work on putting together a world map as I see it right now, but it might take me a couple days, so please don't wait for me.))

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I'll get mine done within the week. The Republic idea is a good one, though I'll see what I can do.

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Holson can continue it, I've gotta read up on this to get the context. It's been a while haha.

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4 hours ago, Holson said:

A million times yes.

Alright, Holson, give it a whirl.

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King George Marshall (1950-1956) [Crowned Republic Period]

Fifth Presidency of Henry A. Wallace (1950-54) [133 Royalists, 117 Federalists]

 

President Henry Wallace was arguably the most powerful man in America. King George arguably the weakest. A political fight over guns or butter had ended with the American people firmly voting for luxury, peace, and prosperity. King George was shaken by the results and essentially retired to Georgetown Palace only to be seen at a few, extremely friendly events.

 

President Wallace continued to push his progressive agenda especially as a mild recession hit in late 1950. The Royalists were able to push through an expansion of the Royal Conservation Corp to extend to essentially a federal work guarantee. Only meant to kick in if more than 55 million Americans were unemployed the program went into effect automatically in March 1951 when 55.7 million Americans filed for unemployment. Soon the ranks of the unemployed were thinned planting trees, building roads, and working to create the National High Way System to better connect America’s cities. The program wrapped itself up in the spring of 1953 essentially showcasing Royalist forward thinking. An expansion of the National Health Insurance program to run essential hospitals in some areas was also met with Royalist accolades, though Federalists screamed about big government.

 

However, not all was quiet on the domestic front. While Wallace was willing to ignore the rising Communist and Fascist threat; they were less willing to ignore the United States. Both understood that the United States represented a very real threat, but also a fertile opportunity. Both began working on establishing political fronts.

 

The Communists found a foothold in the South and West where African Americans and Hispanic Americans were held under the heavy yoke of segregation and racism. Communist agents were able to revive the old Radical Reformist banner which began to mobilize minority voters and activists. Federalist state governments responded very aggressively with the use of water cannons, police dogs, and heavy force to break up Reformist rallies even though they were peaceful. This fed into Communist propaganda of exploited workers under oppressive American capitalism. Additional labor unrest in the North would later also be linked to the Communists.

 

Fascists all tried their hand at electoral politics. Under the title of America First this new political party sought to exploit the unrest stirred up by Communists as well as play off the fear Americans had of entangling foreign alliances. America Firsters were especially vitriolic towards the U.N. especially after it passed a resolution at the wishes of U.K. Prime Minister Anthony Eden that condemned non-democratic governments.

 

Wallace, Taft and others remained either naïve or ignorant of these new political threats. Wallace continued to offer platitudes of the political strength of America while Taft sought to co-opt the America Firsters. All this came to a head when Wallace sought to pass a Civil Rights bill that would have ended discrimination against minority voters, particularly in the South.

 

Federalists saw this as a direct assault on state government and the power of the people. Radical Reformers, stoked by Communist fellow-travelers, argued that it did not go enough. Their argument was persuasive enough to peel off several liberal Royalists who wanted the bill to go further which led to Wallace losing the vote in 1953. Wallace lost all the political capital he had accumulated and staggered through until he resigned in 1954 leading to snap elections.

 

Elections delivered a hung Congress. America Firsters gained 5 seats, mainly from the Federalists. Federalists picked up 5 seats from the Royalists while the Royalists disappeared in the South due to Radical Reformer victories.  Final tally was Royalists 120, Federalists 117, America First 5, Radical Reformers 8.

 

Suddenly King George was relevant again. He had watched the new Radicals and the America Firsters with a keen eye. He understood that they represented a significant threat to American democracy. He wanted neither of them to be involved in whatever government was formed. With the death of Taft in 1953 the Federalists had coalesced around Everrett Dirksen who was more moderate. The Royalists were shocked by the resignation of President Wallace. Their bench of leaders had atrophied significant with Wallace holding power for over 20 years. They finally settled on Joseph Kennedy Jr., a veteran and young up and comer from Massachusetts.

 

King George begged the Federalists and Royalists to set aside their differences and host a “Grand Coalition” in order to combat the new threats. Neither side was particularly willing to agree. Eventually Kennedy was able to enter into an agreement with the Radical Reformers to support Royalist budgets and votes of confidence. King George was upset by kept biding his time.

 

First Presidency of Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1954-1955)

 

Kennedy sought to really, truly push for a Civil Rights bill in Congress. He was deeply touched by his war time experience working alongside African Americans. He firmly believed that the right to vote was sacred and should be given to every citizen regardless of color. The Radical Reformers had staked their political claim on a real bill with bite and so it appeared to be a done deal.

However, foreign affairs would once again intervene. Communist leader Josef Stalin was killed by an errant artillery shell in his wartime office outside of Magnitogorsk. He was succeeded by Lavrentiy Beria, head of the NKVD. Beria had little time for political games which Stalin had been all too willing to entertain. Beria let it be known that all aligned political parties were to cease any government work and begin agitating for a direct takeover by the proletariat.

The Radical Reformers immediately began advocating for an even more aggressive Civil Rights Bill that they knew would kill the bill among more conservative Royalists. President Kennedy tried and tried to bring the two parties to an agreement, but the Reformers were not willing to budge. Eventually they issued the ultimatum of either put a more aggressive bill on the floor or face a no confidence vote. Kennedy refused, and the Reformers withdrew their support in May of 1955 once again causing a snap election.

At the same time a more severe bank crisis hit. America firsters began using fascist propaganda and began blaming Jewish bankers and an international cabal lead by the U.N. Without a real government in office unemployment jumped up significantly and the America First slogans began to sound more palatable to more people.

The election of 1955 was ugly. Royalists had been in charge for 24 years and had simply become too complacent. The Federalists were still split between the isolationist and more moderate wings with Reformers and America Firsters more aggressively moving towards the ends of the spectrum. The final results were 100 Royalists, 95 Federalists, 30 American Firsters, 25 Radical Reformers.

Once again King George begged the Royalists and the Federalists to join together in Grand Coalition. Dirksen was open and eventually Kennedy was brought on board with the understanding the Dirksen would serve as Vice President and Lord Chancellor of the Treasury and the Royalists would control the majority of the Cabinet.

 

Second Presidency of Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1955-1956)

Kennedy’s job was essentially to project stability. Given the instability of the political scene Kennedy began to align himself more closely with King George. Only 5 years after King George was cast out into the wilderness suddenly he was back in control. He was able to offer Kennedy’s government credibility and gravitas that the youthful Kennedy lacked personally. Kennedy would need all the help he could get.

 

In 1956 Adolph Hitler, increasingly losing grip on reality, became obsessed with the looming threat of the United Nations. While his advisors attempted to convince him that the threat was not real Hitler could not be distracted. He began ordering the planning for a preemptive strike against United Nations forces stationed in Western Europe. While his generals tried to slow roll the planning by 1956 they could delay no longer.

 

On the summer morning of May 8th, 1956 Nazi forces launched a massive attack against Paris, London, Antwerp, and other military targets. Jets, guided missiles rained down killing thousands in the first hour. This was followed up with aggressive armor maneuvers punching towards France’s northern coast.

 

President Kennedy was sleeping when the attacks began. He immediately called Congress into session and asked the King George be present. Before the assembled Cabinet and Congress with the King in the galleries President Kennedy asked that a state of war be declared to exist between the United States and Germany. Vocal cries of affirmation rang through Congress, but through the raucous noise America Firsters could be heard screaming, “No, no, no”. Soon fighting broke out between members of Congress. Soon a gun was pulled by one of the America Firsters and shots rang out. No one on the floor was hurt before the Congress member was wrestled to the ground. But from the Royal Gallery the Queen could be heard weeping. President George Marshall had been shot dead.

While he had been in political exile King George had made clear who he wanted to serve as his heir. He made sure that his staff knew and put it in writing to be given to the President upon the King’s death. As the nation mourned their king and prepared for war they also coronated their new king; Dwight Eisenhower, a little known Royal Army officer.


King: Dwight Eisenhower (1956-) [Restored Monarchy Period]

President: Joseph Kennedy Jr.

Congress: Royalists- 100  Federalists- 90  America First- 30 Radical Reformers-25

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