First of all, I would like to state that this is not ever going to happen. I have no plans for global domination, nor do I have any wishes to rule the globe. It does seem narcissistic to write myself into this, yes, but it's something I constantly enjoy doing in various games whether it be Civ V or EUIV. Global domination is just something that I find a challenge, and I want to write about a scenario where something like that actually happens. Again I state, everything mentioned here is entirely fiction, including my background. So sit back and enjoy, as we discuss the history of the small one province nation that grew to dominate the globe.
The History of Jensen Putney (1997-2036) Edit
The great Jensen Putney was born in a small town just outside of Omaha, Nebraska in 1997. As a child, Jensen excelled in nearly every school subject, never getting a mark below an A-. Advancing above all of his peers, he quickly led his elementary class in math, science, writing, speaking, and especially history. Jensen had a fascination with history of the entire globe. He loved taking time out of his day to learn about everything and everything that had happened in the past. By the time he was in fifth grade, he was able to recite every major date in United States history, including presidential inaugurations, the start and end dates of wars, amendment dates, and even the dates where major legislation and Supreme Court ideals were implemented.
Teenage Years Edit
As Jensen entered high school, he was captain of both the hockey and baseball teams, as well as the President of Student Senate, and the lead diplomat for the mock United Nations. At the age of 16, Jensen was quoted saying "...these opportunities allow me to not only lead my peers, but to learn from them. I am able to grow as a person and as a leader by working with the student body, and compromising with them to find an agreeable solution to any common problem." Many historians see these adolescent activities as extreme motivators for Jensen's future career goals, and they believe they helped motivate him into pursuing a career in politics.
At the age of 18, Jensen became the youngest person in the state of Nebraska to hold an elected office. Although it was simply that of a city counsel seat in a semi-small community, this opportunity allowed him to shine in the spotlight, as he was brought on various shows such as The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and even Saturday Night Live.
In the 2016 election, Jensen had the opportunity to intern with Bernie Sanders, learning the ins and outs of campaigning, the amount of money it cost, and the amount of time and energy that was required to put into it. After the summer of 2016, Jensen was fully committed to attend Princeton University to major in Political Science and Law.
Young Adult Years Edit
As Jensen's first year at Princeton flew bye, he was entered on the Dean's list with a straight 4.0. He continued to excel in all of his studies, and became more and more involved with both school and community organizations. Jensen felt that the only way he could make himself useful, was to continue in making a difference to not only himself, but in the community. Jensen served on the student counsel all 4 years of his college career, and never had a GPA below that of a 3.84. When asked in the year of 2019, what he planned to do with his degree, and if he planned to get involved even more in politics, he replied with the statement "For me, being involved in politics is the best way I can see to help people. Without that light in my life, I feel simply powerless. This allows me to make a change, and where I can make a change, I can make a difference."
After graduating, Jensen moved to the city of Chicago for an job under the city's mayor. While living there, he met his lifelong partner, Julia Green. After meeting, the two of them were a powerhouse in politics together, and were able to handle everything that was thrown at them. They were married in 2024, when Jensen was 27 years old.
As an adult, Jensen became a major player on the political stage. At the age of 27, Jensen ran and won for the seat of Mayor of Chicago. While mayor, Jensen implemented many new reforms that not only helped cut down on violent crime, but also helped with racial tension within the city. Jensen passed The Anti-Discrimination Act (2026), which no longer allowed for racial profiling, required police to take "prejudice tests" before becoming employed, and also required for police to wear mandatory cameras on their vests, in the case of a possible crime committed based on race. Jensen also passed The Beautification Act (2027), which helped employ homeless and those who were impoverished in cleaning up public streets, parks, and recreational areas.
After his first term as mayor, Jensen had decided to look bigger, and ran for Governor of Illinois in 2028. Running against the residing mayor, Evan Moore, Jensen had a tough time attracting voters outside of Chicago. Pushing hard for a rural vote, Jensen traveled and gave an average of 4 speeches a week in different towns trying to promote his name and his image. After a long, drawn out campaign, Jensen came on top in one of the closest elections in Illinois history, winning by only 3 points. During his time being governor, Jensen faced all new problems that plagued his days. He witnessed protests trying to raise minimum wages, saw a spike in crime, and even had trouble passing new education reform. To combat these problems, Jensen passed various bills attempting to ease the troubles of the citizens. The first major piece of legislation passed was The Education Reformation Act (2030). This act helped completely revamp the school system, and poured millions of dollars into the accreditation of inner city schools, and the updating of school technology, which allowed students to better access information in all levels of schooling. Jensen was also able to appease protesters by raising the minimum wage in Illinois to a mere $10/hour. He felt this would give people enough to support themselves on, but not too much to drain the pockets of others. His plan worked remarkably, and Illinois saw an economic boom, with more money in the middle class pockets, more money was being circulated. Jensen also passed the Marijuana Legalization Bill (2032). Jensen believed this bill would help put more money into the economy, help research benefits, and also help reduce the amount of incarcerated citizens for minor possession flaws. Jensen was governor for 2 terms, and then again, set his eyes on bigger seats, and announced for his candidacy for presidency for the 2036 election on the democratic ticket.
The Campaign for Presidency Edit
While running for President of the United States, Jensen ran under the slogan "Fix What Is Broke". He felt his main job as a politician was to help those who needed it most. "Too many people in our nation are suffering. Too many are wondering where their next meal will come from. Far too often we find people sleeping on cardboard out in the cold. It is time someone steps up to make a change, and it is time for the government to finally take action!" Jensen was quoted giving this speech in his home town of Omaha Nebraska in 2035, preparing for the upcoming primary elections. He knew that running wouldn't be easy, and that he would have to appeal not only to the large middle class, but also to those who were impoverished, as well as minorities.
Jensen's toughest opponent in the primary election was the former governor of Illinois, and his old competitor, Evan Moore. However, Jensen felt confident in his first win, and had little doubt that he could win the democratic nomination. After a fierce primary race, Jensen was indeed nominated to be the democratic candidate. Jensen now simply had to win the most important race of his life. He chose Evan Moore to accompany him as the Vice President for his ticket, and began to tour the nation.
The Putney/Moore campaign went astoundingly well, and attracted people from both parties. Jensen was able to attract many liberals and more left winged party members, while Moore was able to attract moderates, and even some conservatives with what he was able to do while governing Illinois. Winning with a 15 point lead over the republican nominee, Jensen Putney was inaugurated as President of the United States on January 20, 2037.
Jensen's First Term (2036-2040) Edit
As the newly inaugurated President, Jensen made it his duty to make good on his promises. However, being governor of a state, and being President were two very different jobs. Jensen faced opposition from a republican controlled congress on almost every single bill he tried to pass. Jensen was, however, successful in reducing both unemployment and homelessness. He was able to create thousands of American jobs, much like he did in Chicago. He passed The Workfare Act (2038) which warranted the ability for those on welfare to work for their checks, in public works, infrastructure, and monument maintenance. This dropped the unemployment rate below 2%, lower than it had been in decades. Jensen was also able to pass a bill that legalized marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. The Marijuana Legalization Act (2038) not only boosted the economy, attracting tourists from around the world, but it also dropped the rate of incarcerated citizens and dropped crime rates across the nation.While both of these bills helped solve various problems in the country, they did not go over well with a republican congress. Many different officials felt that the President was trying to push the progressive agenda to an extreme point, and wanted to put an end to it. After these two bills, it was nearly impossible for the President to get anything past a republican controlled congress. Legally, the President had a very quiet year, and not much was passed.</p>
Jensen's foreign policy was that of almost complete isolation. He withdrew all forces from the still war torn Middle East. This allowed the nation to cut back tremendously on military spending and put it elsewhere in the budget. That being said, Jensen was extremely careful in implementing new relations with all of America's European allies, trying to heal relations with the English, Germans and French, and was even able to repair relations with Russia, to the point where both nations were working together on a peace pact in the United Nations.
This foreign policy was such an extreme change, many people felt that it showed America as being weak willed and weak minded, however it saved billions of tax dollars, and saved countless lives that would have been lost continuing the conflict in the Middle East. Either way, this again upset many republicans, and the next election would be hard for Jensen to attract a right wing vote.
The Korean ConflictEdit
In 2039, the two rival nations of North and South Korea officially resumed their conflict and the Second Korean War erupted. This caused public outcry for a help of our eastern ally. Reluctant and attempting to appease the public, Jensen agreed to help America's South Korean ally. Refusing to declare an actual war on North Korea, and terrified of nuclear retaliation, Jensen covertly sent 100,000 American "mercenaries" to help the South Korean's defend their homeland. The conflict raged on for 6 months before a North Korean rebel group rose up and began covert and sabotage operations behind enemy lines. The group called "The Korean Reclamation Group" made it their goal to help the South Koreans overthrow the long corrupt dictatorship and were an instrumental part in the South Korean victory of the war.
By the end of 2039, and the beginning of 2040, North Korea officially surrendered to the South Koreans, and once again, the Korean Peninsula was unified under one government. The victory of this conflict and the elimination of the North Korean dictatorship saw a massive rise in Jensen's approval ratings, and was just in time for the 2040 election.
The 2040 Campaign Edit
Jensen was once again running for President in the 2040 election, and was hopeful to gain a democratic house so he could pass more legislation within his next term. Jensen faced zero opposition within the primaries, and was filled with confidence when running in the national campaign. He had an extremely high approval rating, and was running against a republican candidate with almost no support financially or politically. Jensen had the election on lock down, and was once again, elected for his second term as President.
Jensen's Second Term (2040-2044) Edit
In his second term as president, Jensen had a much more successful time in passing legislation. With 90% of congress being democratic, and supporting him, he could pass virtually whatever he wanted. Jensen also had a hand in the Supreme Court, with 6 out of 9 judges being democratic, and some of his closest friends, his legislation could stand alone and not be tested.
Jensen was able to pass many new laws and regulations, many of which regulated environmental destruction and the use of green energy. Jensen was also able to pass the Firearm Restriction Act (2040).This act, which was carefully orchestrated by all three branches of the government, officially regulated the use of all firearms and even outright banned some firearms all together. Of course, this caused for massive republican outcry and even made some accuse the government of corruption, and anti-democratic values. One reporter for the New York Times wrote "...President is out right ridiculous thinking this law will stand. [It] goes directly against the second amendment, and is a direct attack on freedom." Despite the outrage, Jensen still signed the bill into law, and a massive buyback went underway. This act divided the country into very opposite ends.
Another major bill passed was the Handgun Regulation Act (2041) which restricted the purchase of handguns unless the individual was registered military or police officer. All other handgun purchases were tightly regulated. This law, coupled with the Firearm Restriction Act drove the National Rifle Association (NRA) to a boiling point. The organization demanded that all 5 million members refuse to follow these new laws, and outright defy any official who tried to interfere.
After this statement was released, Jensen's cabinet advised the arrest of the heads of the organization for disrupting the peace as well as encouraging revolt. In 2041, all 7 executive members of the NRA were arrested and tried for terroristic plots against the President and the nation. When news of this broke, republicans across the nation exploded with rage, feeling the current political system had become completely corrupt, unjust, and unconstitutional. Suddenly, the nation was torn in two, and it felt as if a new revolution was going to take place in the country.