***A Patriot's Tale, Recounting the Life of an Erepublican (Part 3)***

Day 372, 08:40 Published in USA USA by Uncle Sam
Previously in "A Patriots Tale"
In our last read we left off after The Founding of Capital Bank of America and Uncle Sam's life as a war merc. To sum the story thus far, Uncle Sam was born and began to build up his reputation. He ran into three companies and established connections with Benn Dover as business partners. the Patriot became a part of the leadership in the DoD (Department of Defense) Under Dishmcds, his mentor during his early stages of life. He helped to organize the war effort against Canada, which unfortunately ended poorly. After the war Uncle Sam along with many other Americans fell into a depression after the war. Sam stayed in the USA to stick it out and wait for the long haul, despite being tempted by the book of Dio.

He then began to help rebuild the country economically with the help of Dishmcds through mongoose corp. These times caused much competition in the markets with rivals such as Vienna HOLDING. During all this, Uncle Sam decided to build himself up politically and eventually became the party president of the Democratic Party. After about 2 weeks however, he lost the party to Archibald due to some technical difficulties. After losing the party, Uncle Sam followed his friend Benn Dover into living the life of a war merc. At that point in his life he witnessed many things and became very experienced in the field of war tactics. After about 2 months of war mercing, Uncle Sam returned home to the USA.

And so begins part 3 of "A Patriot's Tale"

Settling Down

After living the crazy life of a war merc, in the month of August, Uncle Sam returned home to the USA. His life became much simpler as he started to write many articles and once again establish himself in his homeland. He started to focus more on his companies as he, along with Benn Dover, were beginning a major project to gain a large amount of employees for their Q4 weapons company, Guns N' Stuff. This took up a lot of his time as owning 3 different weapons companies to train employees was a lot of work. During these times, Archibald was president and things seemed to be running smoothly thus far. Sadly however, training employees to get them up to Q4 level took a lot of Benn and Sam's capital away and they lost a great deal of money trying to build up their companies. These then became hard economic times for businesses all around the country, as suddenly it seemed as if Archibald had gone inactive as a president.

The Race for President

Seeing his countries economy falling apart, seeing massive overproduction occurring, Uncle Sam felt the inspiration to take action. In his mind he decided to run for president of the USA, however one thing was stopping him, the support of a major political party. Since Sam's loyalties were first to the Democratic Party, he contacted Archibald to see if he would allow Sam to run. Back in those times, you had to be the party president of one of the top 5 parties in order to be on the ballot. Unfortunately, due to the high tension that had been created between the two back during Uncle Sam's time as Party President, Archibald would no longer talk to Sam. The Patriot then went looking to other parties, such as the RfC, where Ron Paul was Party President. This did not end well even though Ron had no intention of running, but was Justinious's running mate. Roby Petric of the USWP was also another option, however not a very open one as they would only support someone from their own party. All in all, Uncle Sam could not find one of the top 5 parties to back him up.

Desperate to get into the race, Uncle Sam went to the next best option, the 6th placed party. The NAFAA, (The National Association for the Advancement of America) was lead by Evan Bayh at that time. Uncle Sam approached Evan and suggested that he lend the party to Sam. In return Uncle Sam promised that he would get the party into the top five and keep it well established in America's politics. Evan agreed, and gave party presidency to Uncle Sam to begin the race.

The Struggle for Membership:
One of Uncle Sam's greatest challenges was to pass the Democratic party in membership to get into the top 5. at the time Uncle Sam became party president, the NAFAA was at 83 members while the Democratic party was at 170. Despite his original loyalties to the Democratic Party, he knew what had to be done, although it wouldn't be easy. Many people in the new IRC chat room for the USA told Sam that his mission was impossible, however the fiery Patriot never lost heart. Enlisting the help of many who believed in his cause, him and his supporters began a massive PM campaign to get people to join the NAFAA.

After a long week of heightened activity by everyone on his team, Uncle Sam passed the Democratic party in membership with two days to spare into the election race. Sam had done much at that time, personally sending out over 300 PM's to citizens, mostly Democratic Party members, while writing many campaign articles proved to be quite a feat. He also changed the name of the party from the NAFAA to the AAP (America's Advancement Party), this name stuck with the party forever more. He of course could not do it alone, and personally thanked all of his biggest supporting members. This was one of Uncle Sam's greatest accomplishments, and it was forever given to his credit.

Election Day:
After running such a massive campaign, when it was time to count the votes, things did not look as good as they seemed. As Uncle Sam and Took Lowind, his running mate, watched the votes being counted up, Immunogenic was ahead, and mainly because of party line voting. Despite suffering a loss that indeed hurt quite a lot, Uncle Sam gained much out of this experience. He established himself as now a leading politician in the country. He took part in the first ever voice debate which made history in erepublik, and he also found a new political home in the USA. Ever since, Uncle Sam would stay with the AAP for better or for worse, even though hard times were still ahead.

Evan Bayh and the October Elections

after the elections, Uncle Sam returned to writing articles and doing his usual business stuff while still maintaining his political power. As agreed, he stepped down from the AAP party presidency and started to wait for the next election. Him and Evan Bayh made an agreement that if Uncle Sam did not run for party president, then he would be allowed to run for country president again in October. in the meantime, Uncle Sam started working on membership recruitment to boost the party's size after they had gotten so much momentum through the past elections. Pretty soon, the excitment of October Elections came around and Uncle Sam once again got fired up to run for president.

Evan Bayh and his deception:
Evan Bayh had privately made the decision to run for country president behind Uncle Sam's back. This was something that Sam would approve of, and so it became a full out argument between the two. Evan used cheep tactics to gain the party's approval to run, even though everyone knew he had no chance of winning. Evan took credit for the increase in membership size for the party. He demoted Uncle Sam to the point when Congress was chosen, he would not be a part of it. This began a huge conflict between the two that would resolve after the General Elections

A Vice President's Awakening:
After being so rudely forced out of an opportunity to run for president, Uncle Sam was approached by his great friend, previous opponent and die hard politician, Justinious to be his Vice President in the race. Uncle Sam accepted this offer and began campaigning against Evan Bayh and the others with Justinious. The Competition that election was fierce, with Daphne Lilac, running under the Lib's banner and Roby Petric running with the USWP. It was a tough election and despite the effort put forth by Uncle San and Justinious, party line voting prevailed once again. the USWP teh most active and largest party won while getting their candidate Roby Petric into office. This loss crushed Justinious more than it did Sam, however the pain was felt by both.

Backlash Against Evan Bayh:
After the General Elections, Uncle Sam began to campaign solely against Evan Bayh for his treachery. With so much on his side, Uncle Sam did all in his power to politically bitch slap Evan out of office. Despite being so active, Uncle Sam did not want to party presidency of the AAP, and so he collaborated with Citizen HEM to get Bayh out of office. When party elections came around, Evan Bayh knew he was defeated, but he wouldn't give up so easily. He changed the party name to racial slurs and wrote an article revealing how he was a multi-accounter. Despite the win for Uncle Sam and HEM, the party still suffered greatly due to Evan's irrational behavior, and membership dropped greatly.

V1 and V1 testing

We now come close to the present day. Beta was coming to a close and all that we were used to in erepublik was about to change. Uncle Sam was one of the top few to was given the privilege of testing V1 before it was released. About a week before the actual release of V1, Uncle Sam and his fellow V1 testers caught a first glimpse of what erepublik was to be. Many did not approve of the trivia module, and Uncle Sam did not find many things about V1 attractive. He felt deep down that Erepublik was going down a bad path with the transition to V1 and was tempted to quit. He enjoyed his last few days in Beta, but eventually that time in erepublik would be gone forever.

In V1 things slowed down for the Patriot, he did not enjoy Erepublik like he used to. The media became less attractive to him, running companies seemed pointless, and because of real life issues, he went more or less inactive for about 3 weeks. He did end up running in the November 5th General Election, however did not campaign for it at all. At that time his friend Benn Dover won the elections and the country started to fix itself under his command. After a while Uncle Sam decided to get involved again and started writing articles, started managing his companies with Benn again. Although he lost a lot of credibility for leaving for quite a while, the Patriot bounced back to what you see today.

I hope you enjoyed the read of "A Patriots Tale". And this ends my story, so far.

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