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Jefferson "Jem" Elliott Maynard - Skartokian industrial
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Skartokian Conservative Party - Nationalism, but preserve Grago-Skartokian union, loosely in favor of mon.
Skartokian Nationalist Party - Nationalism, Skartok for the Skartokians, anti-mon
Skartokian Progressive Party - Pro-Replica, pro-workers, pro-liberals
Purple Parrot Party - Pro-Polatilianism! Long live Gragastavia! Long live the King! Long live the Archbishop!
Skartokian Independence Party - Anti-unification
Skartokian Republican Party - Anti-monarchist, anti-Shemiki
Skartokian Royalist Party - Pro-Shemiki, pro-monarchy

Skartokian National Congress

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Skartokian Coastal Surveillance Service

Skartok's going to have a Premier and a President, so we get two executives. Anyway, how I choose my winners is based on what's going on in Skartok. The main issue after the Rebellion is that Gragastavia appointed a Lord-Protector for Skartok and they are, in effect, getting a king and that puts a knot in Woods's and Greenway's plan of a democracy. Thus ensues a debate of a republican government vs. a constitutional monarchy vs. an absolute monarchy.

The President is directly elected in a popular vote, while the Premier is indirectly elected from among high-ranking party members in the Legislature (Official name pending) by the members of the Legislature. I think I already know who is going to win Presidency, but that could still change. Parties haven't been very well defined at this point, so the big hero of the war* is probably going to get elected, since the loyalist population outnumbers the Wallayan one. (*Note: Not Benedict Quincy, Horatio Townsend, or Henry Ward.) Insert political spindoctoring here.

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2017 Skartokian Presidential Election

A quick reminder from last year:
All citizens can cast one (1) ballot for the presidency. On it, the name of one candidate. At the end of the voting, votes are tallied and the candidate with the highest number of votes wins. The runner-up becomes one of the two vice presidents. The other vice president will be appointed after the election. That's all you need to know, so let's do this!* The sitting president, Atticus Greenway, is listed first, but after him, candidates are listed in order of party size.

ATTICUS GREENWAY - REPUBLICAN
-Incumbent President of Skartok
-Running for third term (if elected, 2018 would be Greenway's third consecutive year as president)
-From Pickett's Crossing
-Still favored as the "Man of the People"
-Has endorsement of Cyrus Woods
-Free trade is good trade (opposes tariffs)
-Supports foreign investment
-Passed a bill limiting lobbyist and union power in promoting legislation (favored by all three major parties)
-Wants to create a fund to support the development of domestic businesses
-Created central bank
-Wants to play both sides in the rivalry between the RU and Shemiki
-Intends to push through an education reform bill to standardize Skartokian school curriculum
-Managed to consolidate and centralize government bureaucracy in Pickett's Crossing, working with Premier Starrett
-Drew criticism for centralizing the government; his moves were thought to reduce provincial power by making the central government more powerful
-Criticized for not being able to control unemployment
-Accused of selling Skartok out to foreign companies
-Seen as a pushover leader, since he rarely stood up to Parliament
-Has a funny-looking nose
-Flip-flopped on tax policy: now supports 10% income tax and 3% transaction tax, instead of just transaction tax
-Oversaw increase in military capacity, despite promising to make military into primarily defensive force
-Complacent in domestic policy with non-Polatilians (upsets fundamentalist voters)

WILLIAM STACEY PADMORE - CONSERVATIVE
-Incumbent senator from North Karimek and Conservative Senate Party Leader
-From North Karimek
-One of the primary critics of the Republican platform
-Sitting Chairman of Joint Administrative Affairs Committee
-Supports foreign investment, but with strict limitations to protect Skartokian jobs
-Supports tariffs on goods produced by foreign companies in Skartok
-Provide subsidies to large businesses
-Provide subsidies for the establishment of Polatilian temples
-Supports concentration of centralized power
-Make the Skartokian Military Great (Again)!
-Subsidize infrastructure improvements
-Graduated income tax
-Supports Shemiki over the RU, but promises to keep Skartok relatively neutral in the conflict
-"Crusty old geezer" that some think is too old for politics (Like Bernie Sanders, but senile.)
-Seen as jingoistic by some critics; proponents argue he's just a patriot
-Openly opposed unification, but supported Loyalists in Wallayan Rebellion
-Thought to be an inexperienced politician; he previously only served as an alderman in a small town and that was over thirty years ago
-Boasts a record of never compromising on a bill with the Republicans or Progressives in the Senate (whether or not that's true is subject to interpretation)
-Helped pass a civil service reform bill that consolidated general administrative power in the Home Department

EDWARD SOMERSET - PROGRESSIVE
-Incumbent senator from Carisborough
-From Carisborough
-Dark horse candidate -- only recently emerged into national spotlight
-Supports centralization of government
-Opposes foreign investment
-Supports protective tariffs
-Supports increasing power of unions
-Establish minimum wage
-Cap workday at 8 hours
-Nationalize railway industry
-Reduce size of military
-Establish welfare program
-Increase taxes on the wealthy and corporations
-Openly supports RU
-Proponents say he's Skartok's best shot; opponents say he's just too unknown
-Notorious, as far as no-name politicians go, for towing the party line in the Senate
-Had a mildly distinguished career as a Loyalist volunteer supply officer in the Wallayan Rebellion

CLAUDE HARLECH - NATIONALIST
-Former Admiral; organized the landing at Rogate
-From Chersa
-Skartok for the Skartokians
-Opposes foreign investment
-Supports tariffs on all foreign goods and domestically-produced foreign goods
-Institute mandatory two-year national service
-Expand the military exponentially
-Shemiki and the RU should sort themselves out; Skartok can become great without their help
-Thought to hate anyone who isn't Skartokian
-Strict limits on immigration (nationality quotas -- only a certain amount of immigrants can come from a given country)
-Opposes free trade
-Criticized for his handling of the Rogate landing: abandoned beachhead (albeit to cut off another Wallayan offensive) and left soldiers stranded in enemy territory, most of whom were killed or captured.
-Thought to be an all-around malcontent by opponents; supporters say he's no-nonsense

BASIL STARRETT - INDEPENDENT
-Former Premier; resigned to run for President
-From South Karimek
-Favorite of Atticus Greenway while he was running the bureaucracy
-Accused of being a pushover; endorsed bills based on majority vote in Parliament (did not tow the party line, since he has no party)
-Proposed, passed, and implemented a bill to streamline the old bureaucracy into the new bureaucracy
-Served effectively and without major scandal as head of the bureaucracy
-Designed a parliamentary code of conduct that was adopted unanimously
-Many are unsure of his ability to lead, since his only experience is as an advocate and not a politician (apart from serving as premier, obviously)
-Very physically feeble; not putting on a good publicity show

*Actually, you do need to know one thing: Atticus Greenway obviously has a lot more detractors, since he's been president for longer than anyone else on this list.

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2018 SKARTOKIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

A quick reminder from last year:

All citizens can cast one (1) ballot for the presidency. On it, the name of one candidate. At the end of the voting, votes are tallied and the candidate with the highest number of votes wins. The runner-up becomes one of the two vice presidents. The other vice president will be appointed after the election. That's all you need to know, so let's do this!* The sitting president, William Stacey Padmore, is listed first, but after him, candidates are listed in order of party size.

WILLIAM STACEY PADMORE - CONSERVATIVE
-Incumbent President; running for second term (2019 will be second consecutive year in office)
-From North Karimek
-Former senator and business magnate
-Widely popular in southern provinces
-Supports government centralization
-Supports foreign investment with some limitations to protect Skartokian jobs
-Opposes tariffs (flip-flopped from supporting tariffs on domestically-produced but foreign-owned goods)
-Was unable to pass graduated income tax bill
-Was unable to pass big business subsidy bill
-Keep the Skartokian Military Great (Again!)
-Passed major military reform bill that unified command structures of each branches
-Appointed "Military Supremo" to oversee joint branch operations
-Passed (albeit narrowly) infrastructure improvement bill. Muh roadz.
-Allocated additional funding to Skartok's growing public school system
-Failed to pass standardized school curriculum
-Passed bill to reaffirming labor rights (chiefly limited to workday to ten [!] hours)
-Passed bill for agricultural subsidies
-Considerably more in favor of Shemiki than he was when campaigning; still promises neutrality
-"Crusty old geezer" that some think is too old for politics (Like Bernie Sanders, but senile.)
-Seen as jingoistic by some critics; proponents argue he's just a patriot
-Rumored to have caused a train to derail by rolling over in bed
-Accused of running a political machine; doesn't deny it (in fact, acknowledges that he is)
-Also very fat (350+ lbs)

HENRY PRESTON - REPUBLICAN
-Former Governor of Pevensey and President of Pevensey College
-From Pevensey
-Cousin of Senator George Preston (RP-North Karimek)
-Noteworthy for remarking, "I'll take all [Padmore's] s/h/i/t and still ask for more." Shame on his for using profanity!
-Managed to unite Wallayan and loyalist factions in provincial legislature to prevent
-Criticized for attempting to limit the garrisoning of loyalist troops in his province during the war
-Rumored to be a pocket Wallayan
-Created a system of public schools in Pevensey six years before Greenway did it nationally
-Greenway used Preston's model as a basis for the national system
-Aims to make Skartok's schools the best in the region
-Supports foreign investment; opposes tariffs
-Passed bill in Pevensey that reduces zoning restrictions
-Passed bill consolidating Pevensey emergency services; met with resistance from private purveyors
-Passed unemployment insurance bill for Pevensey provincial government employees and contractors
-Deployed militia troops to border with Eastbridge over border dispute
-Managed last-minute agreement when Cyrus Woods threatened to intervene with national troops
-Signed tri-provincial trade agreement with North Karimek and Eastbridge
-Markets himself (unsurprisingly) as "The Education President"
-Thought to care about very little besides education; seen as especially weak on foreign policy
-Thought to have sold out Pevensey to moneyed interests
-Failed to pass numerous bills amid obstruction
-Supports universal suffrage
-Reported to have remarked that he was actually "running for the vice presidency" (acknowledging that he did not think he would win)

RICHARD PERCY - PROGRESSIVE
-Former Military Governor of Granmont
-From South Karimek
-Favors strong restrictions on industry
-Wants to limit workday to 8 hours
-Wants to outlaw all forms of child labor (they should be in school!)
-Prefers provincial-driven school curriculum to national standards
-Supports term limits for all national-level elective offices
-Also wants to drain the swamp
-And wants to literally drain the swamp to fight malaria
-Endeavors to create region-wide cap-and-trade system
-Would prefer a system of appointment for most senators and assemblymen
-Wants to reduce legal protections for those suspected of a crime
-Wants to create a national crime agency
-Mildly in favor of tariffs
-Somewhat hawkish foreign policy
-Wants a Skartok free of undue foreign influence
-Gained some notoriety for being heavy-handed in putting down pro-Wallay demonstrations during his tenure in Granmont
-Thought to be willing to risk a war with Shemiki or the Replica Union to assert Skartokian independence
-Rumored to be a closet communist
-Actually allowed women to vote in provisional council election

ERNEST ABERNATHY - NATIONALIST-PURPLE PARROT
-Former assemblyman from Ravensfield
-From Ravensfield
-Led band of irregular loyalist forces in civil war
-Gained fame since the war for being a radio preacher
-Radically religious
-Opposes almost all foreign investment
-In favor of tariffs
-Aims to build up Skartokian manufacturing
-Skartok for the Skartokians
-Seeks to expand Skartokian sphere of influence, even at risk of provoking Replica Union or Shemiki
-Wants to establish classical Polatilianism as state religion (this is not a stretch - about 70% of Skartokians identify as classical Polatilians; another 22% identify as some other form of Polatilianism)
-Wants to impose strict immigration laws based in ethnic origin (white, chiefly) and religion (Polatilians only!)
-Interestingly, wants to legalize abortion

ERWILIAN ENFIELD - INDEPENDENT
-Current director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's Foreign Commerce Department
-Career navy officer (now retired from the military)
-Mentioned in passing that he wants to be premier
-Francis Fleetwood, minister of commerce, pledged to vote for him for president, though

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MILITARY RANK INSIGNIA
General - 3 star
Lt. General - 2 star
Maj. General - 1 star, 2 leaf
Brigadier - 1 star, 1 leaf
Colonel - 1 leaf, 2 double bars
Lt. Colonel - 1 leaf, 1 double bar
Major - 1 leaf
Captain - 3 double bars
Lieutenant - 2 double bar
Ensign - 1 double bar

Sergeant Major - Three chevrons above star
First Sergeant - Three chevrons above leaf
Staff/Color Sergeant - Three chevrons above double bar
Sergeant - Three chevrons
Corporal - Two chevrons
Lance Corporal - One chevron
Private - No insignia

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