For a Gore Prosperous Tomorrow

Gore Presidency August 2001
  • All right... time for the first of interaction...

    August 2001

    It has been a couple months since Al Gore has been sworn in as President of the United States. His initial activities included continuing the containment procedures against Iraq while also dealing with the beginnings of a recession, brought out by various factors, including the "dotcom bubble" bursting. Rumors of Enron had been circulating and some predict it would lead to something big throughout that time. Meanwhile, unsurprisingly, Al Gore continued to have the United States focus on reducing the greenhouse gases emissions as part of their dedication to the Kyoto protocol. The Gore Administration had been working on ways to implement the policies, such as tax investments for renewable energy along with tax breaks for companies for pursuing the policies. However, the tie between the Democrats and Senate has made it difficult to get greater incentives moving. However, he did achieve some success with dealing with "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. The justifications for the policy had always seemed controversial and Al Gore's invitation to the Log Cabin Republicans had been enough to win the support, especially as the continued loss would force the GOP to the table to begin negotations on repelling the policy.


    A copy of the Don't Ask Don't Tell visual guide, made right around the decision. "Revised" copies, which included commentary and critiques have become widespread after showcased on late-night talk shows.

    Meanwhile, Gore continued to work on the groundwork laid by his predecessor in reforming finance within the government and working to try and reduce government while also maintaining oversight. Perhaps the largest role in this was the Justice Department's continued pursuit in the likely division of Microsoft after they were found guilty for monopolistic practices. The man of the time, Jackson, proposed a plan that would see Microsoft be divided into two companies, one handling the development of Windows OS and the other for everything else regarding Microsoft software. However, the appeal was ongoing and the Justice Department would be going over the details for the final decision. To some of the more progressive members, they are optimistic. The pundits and communicators worked to show that it would be beneficial in the long-run, since it would keep small businesses from being dominated by monolithic megacorps.


    A copy of Time Magazine's cover detailing the decision that many speculated would have rammifications in the future of computer development and anti-trust approaches.

    However, for the Gore Administration, there was some troubling news quietly brewing. Intelligence reports had revealed the dangers of the organization Al-Queda and the threat they posed with potential attacks on American soil. Gore remembered hearing about this during the time with Clinton and a couple of past attacks had led to the importance of counter-terrorism. He began mobilizing the intelligence agencies to improve the safey of the United States, having gotten the meeting with Richard Clarke. Al Gore hoped the intelligence would be enough in order to stop it.

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    All right then! This leads us to the big question... Does Al Gore succeed in stopping 9/11 or not? Leave your suggestions on what I could add alongside other notes below. Feel free also to come up with things I could include, such as the aforementioned suggestions for a Gore cabinet along with recommendations to the Supreme Court.
     
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    Gore Administration- The Beginning
  • Well, this is my first timeline! A timeline where Al Gore instead of George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2000. It's a bit of a classic, but there's alot of potential here and I am happy to take suggestions, criticisms and corrections since politics is not exactly my forte here.

    In fact, I'll be happy to work with others when it comes to suggestions for House/Senate/Gov elections alongside staff picks! Along with some other potential interactions...

    But it goes!

    For A Gore Prosperous Tomorrow!

    December 2000

    "At the end of the day, the man with most votes wins and gets it. Anything otherwise would be a dentriment to our democracy."

    "Alot of votes nearly lost at technicalities. This is inane."

    No one knew how it happened or the details at the time. Some say it was a miracle or a stroke of misfortune. Others say it was the work of God. Some say it was a bunch of little things that came together. Perhaps it was Gore asking for a more thorough recount. Perhaps it was the Supreme Court of the US or Florida going by instinct or new decisions or lack thereof. The Florida recount had been one of the most tenseful periods in the election season, especially with everything looking so close.

    However, the recounts went through and the entire ordeal went on too long. At the end of the day, political chicanery drove everyone to a wall and it just ended. The news said it out loud.

    AL GORE TAKES FLORIDA!

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    George W. Bush would take the news as well as anyone could, but the stress and especially so near the holidays had just gotten to him. He would concede the Election over to Al Gore. Starting within 2001, the 43rd President of the United States would be none other than Albert Arnold Gore Jr.



    It was one of the closest watched elections. While a minor few felt Bush got cheated, the general consensus showed that the man who gained the most votes would win. Additionally, for the gaffes aimed at Al Gore's expense, he still portrayed himself seriously and thus, seemed more like President material than George Bush Jr.

    The new millenium began so contentiously and many people hoped that matters would improve over time. That the future would be prosperous after everything they had gone through.

    Only time would tell. Al Gore meanwhile would get his congratulations from Bill Clinton and the Democrats secure themselves four more years. Yet, with the Senate tied and the House barely in the Republican camp, it was going to require plenty of compromises, though who knew what the future would hold.

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    So yeah, who would you recommend that Gore would take for his Cabinet?
     
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    Al Gore Event- 9/11
  • And here we... go. The start of some big changes...

    A Day To Remember



    The famous Twin Towers before the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

    September 11, 2001 was a day that would be remembered in the minds of many Americans and the world in general. On that day, airplanes were hijacked by several members of the terrorist group Al-Queda in an attempt to crash them into several important landmarks of American culture. However, intelligence reports obtained by the Gore Administration and the previous Clinton Administration had warned them of potential terrorist attacks and had increased security along with the presence of air marshalls. However, the Gore administration did run into some trouble with some of the Chiefs of Staff in regards to this. However, in retrospect, many look at Al Gore's movements toward them to have saved countless lives.

    The plan was to hijack four American Airline planes and crash into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the White House, according to one of the captured members over on September 11, 2001 in the morning. Unfortunately for them, the increased security and intelligence by Al Gore led to difficulties within the plan. While some of the members would end up being caught, they refused to admit to anything until after the attacks happened. However, with the plan now ruined, some improvised. One attempted to knock both the Twin Towers out with one plan, but they ended up grazing the top of both of them in trying to hit both. Additionally, the different direction meant they ended up crashing into the water once the crew took control. Another flight did succeed in hitting the Pentagon while one last one was veered off course by the brave passangers, though the pilot had gotten hold of the plane enough to make a safe landing. While the Twin Towers were damaged from the top, the rapid response and the grazing meant that the towers were fundamentally stable though many lives were still lost.

    Al Gore did not know what he would do that day when he was thinking it prior. But now he had to address the nation. To everyone, the stoic Al Gore suddenly appeared more serious. His stony demeanor appeared chiseled and unbreakable in this time of crisis. His manner of speaking, often teased for being boring had the tone of a quiet and competanant professional. Some pundits even referred to the manner as remiscent of Theodore Roosevelt's famous adage of "speak softly and carry a big stick." And now it would seem, these terrorists would indeed, get one thorough beating with the stick. No one would mock Al Gore in this time as he worked to unite and hold the nation together. Many of them, united by tragedy, and the world sympathetic to them, would go and achieve what was needed.

    The next several days were spent interrogating and getting information from the captured and plans would be made to attack Al-Queda and their leader, Osama Bin-Laden while he was still in Afghanistan. However, there were divisions within the military as some wanted to boost more national security. In a sly power move though, Al Gore would get his additional numbers in, a powerful force to go in and take out Al-Queda. But the key to it was that many of them happened to be members suspected of or possibly confirmed to be homosexual. Given how they were likely to be let go because of the violation of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," he decided to use presidential authority to have them take the mission and serve the nation. It was a bit of a gamble, but if it would succeed in capturing the terrorists alongside with making it easier to repeal that, then so be it. Many of the brave men and women who had long had to hide their sexuality felt elated to be personall addressed by the President and perhaps felt a greater sense of urgency to not let him nor the nation down.

    However, the seeds were planted for events beyond the control. Among the numbers and information reported, the undercurrents that most of these men were all from Saudi Arabia, a supposed ally of the Untied States, had left a strange and bitter taste in their mouth. While perhaps it was an open secret on how Arabia under the House of Saud could be, some have begun speculating that the rot that some have feared against them is coming to light...
     
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    Gore Presidency- End of 2001
  • [/imhYup! Another update! It seems like we're flying by, but I will probably come back and add later posts regarding foreign poicy and things like Supreme Court Justices and so on. It's why I would appreciate input coming in on what I could add or suggestions on things such as the Cabinet in Al Gore's presidency or what could be some programs he would put in and the likelihoods. Perhaps none other would be the House and Senate Elections along with some governor stuff.

    A Cataclysmic Christmas in 2001


    "Someday the Republicans are gonna say that this wasn't a big deal. It was always gonna happen we were gonna get him this quick or that Bush could've done it as well and so on and so forth. But today, we celeberate the fine work of our brave soldiers, our intelligence agents and of course, President Gore."

    "President Gore gave America one hell of a Christmas gift. And he gave some just a bit more..."

    "Microsoft splitting was one thing we saw coming. The fact that one of those sides then did a merger though... that's a Christmas miracle."


    The nation mourned. The nation buried their dead. They then went up to the world and proposed they needed to deal with this meance... on organizations striking fear and terror into the hearts and minds of good people. Al-Queda and others like it would fall. A War on Terror would take place and ensure such atrocities would not be likely to happen again. President Gore went and commenced Operation Terror Management. The goal was the invasion of Afghanistan, controlled by the Taliban and the capture of Osama Bin Laden and as meny key members of Al-Queda as possible. In early October, a large force of men and women made their way into the nation to begin Terror Management. They would soon be reinforced by more forces, courtesy of the special orders of Al Gore involving the usage of DADT-related soldiers, using the reason of necessary manpower among the more private reasons to prove a point to the nation and to the world.


    U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and Northern Alliance fighters outside Kunduz in November 2001.Battle of Kunduz.

    Beyond Terror Management, problems laid at home, what with the anthrax scale and all that. Hours of debate led to the PATRIOT Act, an act signed in early Novemeber that would lead to large scale controversy and be viewed as a dark spot on Al Gore's presidency though many would also note it signaled the seeds of changing ideas within the Democratic Party, as even with the changes proposed and added (in particular to Senator Feingold and Representative Senators). While there were many controversies in the Patriot Act, such as but not limited to the permission given to law enforcement to search a home or business without the owner's or the occupant's consent or knowledge; the expanded use of National Security Letters, which allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial record, there was some positive news. The would-be Title IV regarding border security would be omitted, instead the Gore Adminsitration working with their neighbors to watch for terrorism while indefinite detentions on immigrants was also ruled against. However, largest of all was the fact that the PATRIOT Act would have be renewed yearly. The idea was that it would be done away with for the most part after the conflict has been resolved. Would they be able to get him 2002 or 2003? It seemed likely.

    However, fortunate favors the prepared and Al Gore's prepations landed him fortunate over in early December in the legendary battle of Tora Dora, the supposed stronghold of Al-Queda. Al Gore's reinforcements proved themselves here, especially with a speech from the President himself broadcasted for them. He believed in them and in the nation. They would prevail. Initially, the extra forces were disputed against in Tora Dora. After all, Pakistan would've taken care of them if they escaped. However, Al Gore is a meticulous and thorough man. Gone were the gags and good natured jokes of his dull tone and replaced with the sort of admiration for the curt professional who got shit done well and on time. The qualities one would desire in a President.

    According to some recollections and events. Osama Bin Laden himself was shot in the leg and prevented from an escape attempt by a soldier who was just outed by DADT days prior before being sent here. It was to be his final assignment yet for him and his squad who had to wear an invicible pink letter of shame, they felt nothing but pride and vindication. They got him. They got the bastard. The reinforcements did their duty and reminded the world of the honor and professionalism of the armed forces.


    2001 video of Osama Bin Laden, weeks before his capture

    Rather than be killed and shot, he was captured, brought over to the UN for trial and then executed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the court trial of Bin Laden became the most watched report of the year as many were looking into the eyes of what many considered to be evil itself. Bin Laden remained quiet for the most part, perhaps hoping to try and achieve matyrdom though others noted he was tired. However, one of the most remembered moments was perhaps the parting words of President Al Gore to Bin Laden. They were ot fiery not spiteful, but... cool and analytical. He started by bringing up basic information about Al-Queda and the Taliban before he then brought up comparisons to the past Caliphates of old. How the Islamic Golden Age was a period of enlightenment and study, being so far from what Bin Laden wanted. The summaries then became a series of question about taxation, housing, social care and so on, which actually confused Bin Laden... only to bring up the ultimate point. That Bin Laden... his followers... they did not know how to actually run a nation that would care for its people or achieve the success of their predecessors. In a way that only the meticulous and somewhat beige tone Al Gore was associated with, he handed Bin Laden a final defeat. One where the warped dreams of a "purely Muslim state" was crushed by the truth of the huldrum everyday activities of bureaucracy and the reality of how people like Bin Laden would never fit into the Islamic Golden Age. That the ordinary hardworking Muslims who cooperaed and lived alongside the others unlike them and like them that would fit that Golden Age... and better deserved it than Al-Queda or anyone like him such as the Baathists.

    Osama Bin Laden and many of the captured members would be executed via lethal injection on December 23, 2011.

    The year ended on a high note and with that came new promises of a brighter tomorrow. Better trade relations were established between the United States and China, signaling perhaps the true end of the Cold War. However, other problems would soon come to rise. The Enron Scandal, brewing in the background of 9/11 would come into the frontlight as Bin Laden's capture would be part of the Christma celeberations and the cold realities of the Enron bankrupcy would come to light against the new precedent. That which saw Microsoft be broken up in October into two. The hardware and operating systems would become Microsoft Operations while the rest of the software development, such as that of what was Microsoft Office would end up becoming MS Applications. While the names were pending, it signaled the willingness of the government to maintain breaking up monopolies. MS Applications would soon began working on exporting Microsoft Office (now MSOffice) onto different operating systems and hope to bring the golden standard of their development into other systems.

    However, Microsoft Operations surprised the world with their latest developments. While the release of the Xbox was not surprising news, especially as the company was promoting it for a while, many were surprised by further news of Microsoft, now Microsoft Operations' secret merger. Initially, the talks fell through, but with the schism inevitable, this was a gamble they needed and one to try and ensure the success of the Xbox. And what better way than to come pre-loaded with popular and ground-breaking games, including a franchise who has maintained a dominance in the West in not just video games but in TV. Of course, the merger would take months to complete, especially with internatioal companies, plus pre-established deals and commitments that were made had to be honored, but it would be good practice in the long-run and would allow Microsoft to begin positive relationships with Nintendo.

    The news was the merger of Microsoft Operations and SEGA... Sonic the Hedgehog was moving to the Xbox.


    Picture of the Microsoft XBox Blue Blur Edition; it came with a pre-order for Sonic Adventure 2X, a port of the original Dreamcast title enhanced to take advantage of the Xbox's superior processing.
     
    Gore Presidency- January 2002
  • January 2002

    2002... a new year... new possibilities. There was a renewed sense of optimism for the year. After all, the infamous terrorist group Al-Queda lost many leaders and key members, including 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, thanks to the hard work of many brave men and women and master-minded by President Al Gore, who was currently enjoying massive favorable ratings for his accomplishments abroad, thus allowing him the political clout and capital to execute domestic decisions he had wanted to tackle. Having pushed more for gay rights since his time as presidency, he decided to go forward. After all, 73% of the people were in favor of protection for the LGBT against hate crimes back in November, and this was before the political clout gained by the reinforcements assisting them in Tora Bora. However, during a bit of the talk with the soldiers, President Gore realized he would need to broaden his scope for their protection. Discrimination took on many shapes and forms, the bitter scars of Jim Crow and segregation loomed over on both parties. Acts that were harassment, but not necessarily criminal, such as verbal abuse or the spread of material. Regardless, Al Gore would fight and get what he wanted with a little more. In the returning session of Congress, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed successfully. To many people, it seemed cut and dry. It was a popular notion and given the boost from the victory, it seemed mroe than fair to protect. However, Al Gore's use of wording was key. In his time in office, he saw how it all grew and change. It was not just the gays and lesbians, but also the bisexuals. Then during his time talking to the soldiers, one was a Native American who introduced to the concept of "two-spirit" people. It was a reminder that the situation was more complex than he initially thought and it would only grow as such. His Hate Crimes Prevention Act was worded to include the various minorities within. It would be this act that would come into play more down the line, especially since the protection included from not just people, but also institutions, done to prevent discrimination. As such, it was the very basis of this act that he used to justify ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell", especially since the success of the soldiers meant the flimsy justifications could not hold up. However, Gore did omit the mention of marriage since he knew that it would draw too much ire. Plus, he would leave that up to the Supreme Court, one that he would plant more liberal judges on. For now though, 2002 saw the beginning of protections for the LGBT community and the end of DADT.


    A 2 km long Pride Flag in Key West, celeberating the 25th anniversary of the flag itself along with the first anniversary of the passing of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the end of DADT in 2003.



    Of course, many of them would not be able to enjoy said victory for a little while. Some of the soldiers remained in Afghanistan over the holidays to ensure a "thorough job" while also assisting in stablizing the new Afghan government with the fall of the Taliban. While some have questioned the necessity for this, others have noted the associated problems of the Taliban, namely the production of opium that was produced into heroin. Given how a rogue state was able to operate, some of Gore's advisors suggested they would need to change tactics in regards to dealing with the opiate crisis. One noted how hashesh or marijuana was produced in the region beforehand and while the substance was still viewed with harsh scrutiny, it was less maligant than heroin. Gore's recollections of taking the substance as a young man did make him a bit softer toward this idea. Alternately, there was the idea of producing morphine and codeine from legalizing poppy, but that would require a good deal of investment in infrastructure and development. After all, his statement in nation-building remained prominent. This was a long-term problem that needed to be solved and would require the cooperation of the United Nations. The solution would likely not be simple. The heroin trade was prosperous for the terrorists and it needed to be ended. However, the notes recovered and interviews done prompted one to recall moonshining durining the Prohibition. This and its similarity to the War on Drugs has been causing Gore to rethink some prior policies on dealing with drugs back at home.


    Picture of Daniel Pearl

    In the meanwhile, more urgent manners also justified the focus in Afghanistan. The kidnapping of Dainel Pearl, a prominent reporter who was in the area to report the successes in Afghanistan from Pakistan had caught the attention and thus some of the forces in Afghanistan were sent to try and find him from his last location alongside with intelligence agencies trying to find him. The hopes would be in trying to recover and find him. While some were confident to do so, others were not as sure as they were caught by surprise. Regardless, it seemed as attention to the Middle East would remain prominent for the foreign offices of the Gore Administration. Meanwhile, back domestically, the big issue dominating politics was that of Enron. After the fate of Micorsoft, it seemed that Enron would be in just as deep if not deeper trouble. The Justice Department began their criminal investigations of Enron, one that had a bit more of a vested interest than expected. Now Gore was trying to maintain the business friendly approaches that Clinton also had yet Enron was a fossil fuels company and thus, he had a stake to claim here. Plus, the precedent set by Microsoft meant that the government had a duty to deal with companies doing such acts to the full extent of the law to ensure such practices would not happen once more. Beyond that, the large issue was on education, namely with the "No Child Left Behind" Act, one that has been delayed due to concerns over financing the improvement of education.


    A graph showing the decline of Enron
     
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    Gore Presidency- Febuary 2002
  • Guess I'll keep going on. I would like suggestions for the Supreme Court though given Al Gore would probably have to fill those spots in soon.

    "No Child Left Behind represents a promise for a brighter tomorrow for our young people, ensuring they won't be left behind because of money issues."

    "I was worried about getting rid of the arts and sciences though Feingold helped take care of that. Now I'm just worried that testing these kids all the same would not be the best idea."

    "1910... Jesus Christ... it's looking more and more that President Gore was right about going green... Now I'm wondering why we didn't do anything before."


    Febuary 2002

    After additional weeks of debate and planning, the revised "No Child Left Behind Act" is finally accepted. Initially proposed as a bipartisan affair and believed to be quick and easy to pass, it met some surprising roadblocks when time was devoted to the skeptics who brought up certain questions regarding states' funding alongside allocation and responsability for the improvements. In part, the additional funding meanwhile would be added through a surprising tax increase on corporations along with the estate tax and other places. While udner normal circumstances, such tactics would be more argued against by more fiscal conservative groups and voters, the discoveries of the massive corrupt Enron scandal served as a powerful silencer to such complaints. After all, with just how large the bankrupcy is along with the corrupt accounting ethics and measures behind it, there was little sympathy added. Additionally, it would be for educational purposes. Other revisions added to NCLB included a requirement for states to produce non-English assessments (though given how a large majority of the non-English was Spanish, not as bad a fear) along with budget rules to prevent schools from axing programs such as the arts and humanities. Despite the improvements, there was still concerns on how NCLB could be exploited and not produce the results desired, but ultimately time would tell on the success or lacktherof the bill would have on improving education.


    Symbol for No Child Left Behind

    Additionally, the Winter Olympics of 2002 were held over in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cameroon, Hong Kong (China), Nepal, Tajikistan, and Thailand found these to be their first Olympics and were greeted warmly. Additionally, the Winter Olympics became notable for a couple reasons. First was for the reflection of the 9/11 Attacks though also with the success for the Gore Administration, the American Armed Forces and her allies in catching the terrorists and assisting in bringing order back to Afghanistan. However, it remained a call to be on alert to ensure a tragedy as such does not happen. Al Gore himself noted how the operations would now consist of rogue agents and with communications becoming more dependent on the Internet, so too shall the forces of justice. Not everything was good news though. The death of Daniel Pearl, the reporter captured in Pakistan, was also mourned for at the Olympics and Al Gore had made not to fight further extremist terrorism in the world.

    The second major point was on Al Gore's call for the world to address climate concerns as a result of fossil fuels and additional pollution problems around the world. In a memorable moment, he had spoken some politicians from New Zealand and presented to him a copy indicating the danger of climate change and the cause linked to coal furnaces... back from 1910. While some found it a bit humorous that Al Gore would use the opportunity to mention the topic, others were mroe surprised that the evidence for phenomena existed earlier than they expected and perhaps it may have swayed a few skeptics. Overall, the Winter Olympics helped promote a greater sense of global unity and perhaps that things will turn out okay. The last note, albeit a minor one, was a bit of talk between the Gore Adminstration and Iran, symbolizing potential hope for repaired relationships between the nations.


    Photograph of Salt Lake City, Utah during the 2002 Winter Olympics

    However, things were looking bright though. The release of Windows XP from Microsoft before its partition brought on a greater experience for its users. SEGA meanwhile surprised more people with the release of several Sonic games planned in 2002 due to prior commitments as well as a method to gain some needed funds while the company worked on porting games to the XBox and completing their merger with Microsoft Operations. This included ports of Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 onto the new Nintendo GameCube alongside a compliation of classic Sonic games known as Sonic Mega Collection and two handheld games, Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2. They were scheduled out for the company to begin planning. Not much news was heard though Al Gore has gotten the Justice Department further into the investigation into the Enron scandal, especially when a prior issue of The Economist revealed the ties the founder, Kenneth Lay and former Presidential candidate, George W. Bush, including the supporting the candancy. Al Gore decided to explore these connotations, but in the broader sense of examining various companies for their potential ties to political parties. As for Bush himself, he has retired to the family ranch with rumors going of a potential surgery.
     
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    Gore Administration- Spring 2002
  • Given how we're approaching a bit more a slowdown, I'll be progressing by seasons, least until the 2002 Election time... that's gonne be tough.

    "I did not expect the drug war to be fought in Afghanistan in all places. Comparing it to moonshinin' though... is that really right?"

    "This strategy embodies much on how we percieve President Al Gore... calm, methodical, rational, collected... he does what he needs to do to get the job done and do it right the first time. Bush would've bungled it up in my opinion."

    "Corporations as the bad guys in media will become more commonplace with these scandals. I mean, who's gonna be next after Enron?"


    Spring 2002

    The beginning of spring in the United States begins with the traditional elements of spring... the growing of trees and the blooming of flowers. Perhaps it was this Al Gore had in mind with Afghanistan. The blooming of liberal principles over in Afghanistan with Operation Root. Initially called Operation Anaconda, the plan was renamed as part of some changes requested in by the Gore Administration, namely in greater assistance in the reestablishment of infrastructure. The hope was that in doing so, it would prevent long term problems and dent the opium boom that had gotten in the area. However, the research being brought indicated that since much of the opium turned into heroin is used abroad in Europe and the United States. The target is gradually being shifted into trying to dissuade buyers as by doing so, the financial propsects of the plant plummet. Some wonder where this growing shift in thinking could lead to over time. Al Gore was many things and being meticulous and calculating was one of them. The month of March was devoted to ensuring the complete disruption of the Taliban insurgency and remnants of Al-Queda within the region. Perhaps assisting this was Al Gore's own words to Osama Bin Laden in the trial, regarding the failures of the so-called calpihates in providing adequate care, infrastructure and so on for a proper civilization and their lack of commitment to doing so. As such, Operation Root took place mostly in March with some leftover forces left in the upcoming months to clean up and assist in the repair of infrastructure and hopefully gather more intel to end the chokehold of opium.


    U.S. special forces help Northern Alliance troops away from a CIA-operated MI-17 Hip helicopter at Bagram Airbase

    Beyond the military actions of the Gore administration, Between December 2001 and April 2002, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services held multiple hearings about the Enron scandal and related accounting and investor protection issues. These hearings and the corporate scandals that followed Enron along with potentially other companies have been leading into plans for further acts to combat this. In fact, the Gore Administration has been broaden the examinations into various other companies, notably fossil fuel companies for potentials of corruption. They were quite subtle and thus did not stir up much attention. However, one of the large targets within the line of sight for the Gore administration was ExxonMobil, who's head lobbyist to Washington had been long arguing against the United States' inclusion in the Kyoto Protocol. Various ExxonMobil former members and data was being gathered and in the current climate of distrust of corporations, the Gore administration was enjoying a fair amount of trust from the American public in regards to the investigation. The largest benefit was in Gore's quiet style of doing so. He was not a man characterizses for his grand claims. He just did what he needed to do quietly and this style was now becoming more respected, being portrayed as silent dignity and thorough work.


    Political cartoon reflecting the growing problems of corporations

    Perhaps one of the largest notes of political news was on the successful implementation of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, spearheaded by Senators McCain and Feingold. Signed proudly by Al Gore, it was touted as a successful bipartisan effort to restore demcoratic power to the people and focus on removing the interest of corporations into political affairs. The hope of reducing the influence of soft money on policial advancements was not without its detractors, such as Senator McConnell. Additionally, other problems were noted within the Act such as the various loopholes and potential problems. Despite, it was lauded as a major landmark into making sure that politicians were working for the people and not for special interest groups. Various politicians had their own reasons and motivations for doing so. While Al Gore maintained the fairness, he was no fool. He knew the Act could potentially lead to further developments. It was not much of a secret of how fossil fuel companies were pouring funds into the GOP and what the influence it was having. However, if he wanted to do that, Exxon-Mobil would need to be exposed. There has been some promising news though for them. All in all... it seems like everything is going well.


    Political cartoon on the flaws of the McCain-Feingold Act

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    "Mr. President! Mr. President! There has been a coup in Venezuela!"
     
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    Gore Administration- Summer 2002
  • Sorry ths took a while, but work was a hassle! Here we go!

    Summer 2002

    "The kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart serves as a warning to Americans that security comes first at home along with who can really be the dangers."

    "The WorldCom bankrupcy follows the Enron scandal in a growing line of corporate skullduggery and incompetence, a pattern that is causing the people to prompt Congress to enact rules to hold the individuals and groups accountable."


    The summer of 2002 began horrifically with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. The 14 year old taken from her home sparked a panic among famlies over the security and safety of their children. For the past few months, since the capture of many heads of Al-Queda along with their subsequent exeuction, the nation had been recovering mentally and there was a greater state of optimism. While there was a brief rise in hate crimes aimed at peoples of Middle Eastern descent, the photoshots of Afghani soldiers fighting alongside US soldiers helped bring order. That they were just a group of outliers. A case greater proven when several Pakistani Muslims gave their lives to successfully prevent a car bomb at a US consulate, likely the remnants fo Al-Queda. The kidnapping and sub-sequent search for Elizabeth Smart though tapped into the panic and families cancelled vacations or called for greater security along with investigations on the girl's whereabouts.


    Missing Persons flyer for Elizabeth Smart

    Meanwhile, the business world was rocked with the news of WorldCom declaring bankrupcy, especially with the news of Enron just fading from the public conscious. And of course this led to the investigation by the Justice Department into potential scandals or ties, given the past experience with Enron. Before long, it would be revealed the news of the largest accounting scandal within thus far in the history of the United States. The initial figures showed over $3 billion dollars worth of fruad convered with more investigations to be detailed within. For many, this additionally soured the view toward corporations. Microsoft being cut down, the fate of Enron and now this... there were growing rallying cries to try and prevent these sort of issues. The pop culture lexicon would grow to reflect this as white collar crime became a bit mroe common in television shows and the growing skepticism over the lack of regulations in companies. Of course, there was no real public discourse, but the growing signs of which politicians were covering which topic were sowing the seeds for future battlegrounds to be fought over in the political arena. Growing calls within the more leftist groups of the Democrts begin pushing their more right-leaning colleagues to get involved, and while there was a general consensus of something needed to be done, it was not as major a priority, though the upcoming elections did mean that the candidates were being pressured to addresss the issue. The fact that Qwest udnerwent something similar meant this growing distrust against corporations and high-ranking members of the businesses was spreading.


    Political cartoon regarding Qwest and reflecting on what many are percieving the lack of proper punishment toward CEOs and other high-ranking corporate leaders.

    Beyond the cavalcade of bad news though, good news continue to peer and go forward. One was such on the beloved television personality and minister, Fred Rogers. Having recieved his Presidental Medal of Freedom from President Al Gore, Mr. Rogers was enjoying some quiet retirement though he also spoke to President Al Gore in regards to the end of DADT along with the protection for the LGTBQ community from hate crimes. Gore even confided perhaps one day soon that they will be able to married within the United States. These talks gave Mr. Rogers ideas...
     
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    Gore Administration- Autumn 2002
  • Since I have a couple days off, y'all get more of this. Sorry if this seems pretty light, but I'm still new at this and I would welcome input and some suggestions here. And to clarify, the LA Airport shooting of 2002 did not happen, due a combination of factors such as Bin Laden's capture as well as Gore's own speech on the failures of the terrorists' goals. The election stuff will be on another post.

    Fall 2002

    "It's been a year since that tragedy... But Gore got them before year's end and our brave men and women are cleaning up the stragglers over in Afghanistan. Thank you President Gore. You made America hope again."

    "Not surprising the results though that close call with Senator Wellstone was a bit of a surprise, thank goodness he is all right. Unsurprisingly, Democrats have managed to gain a bit more holding in these elections."

    "I don't think Gore will take us into Iraq. Not without a good reason. He ain't that sort of man and we all know that."

    "We all knew President Gore was gonna support that Climate Change march. That's the new term they're gonna use."

    September marked the first annviersary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack. For the USA, it is a time of mourning the lives lost from the attacks, but also a time for celeberating the strength of the nation and for them to move forward. Osama Bin laden was long dead along with most of the members of Al-Queda's leadership, with the last "stronghold" being somewhere within Iraq. Despite calls for invasion of the nation, the administration refused. After all, whiel Saddam Hussein was a paranoid maniac, he was one whom suspected anything that was a threat, which included Al-Queda. There was a bit of hope that perhaps they would end up doing the job of ending Al-Queda's presence in Iraq for them. In the meanwhile, most of the repairs to the Twin Towers were done and a special monument to those who lost their lives to that was constructed in a new plaza, including a stone memorial with all the names of those who were lost on that day. However, for those in office, there was a darker leaning within the day of the attack. And that was the growing suspicion against their Saudi allies in regards to the attacks. The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 began exploring more into the causes and while the final report may have been due over into the end of the year, the shadow looming over it becasue of the surviving members providing evidence meant that it became troublesome to confront. The 1976 Act would provide some protection, but it would ultimately all onto President Gore to decide on what to do. And Gore himself was conflicted. Saudi Arabia was a vital ally within the Middle East, but the list of controversey associated with the petrochemical dictatorship was growing and his own green nuances meant that he would wish to part ways from them. Evidence would be needed or at least a larger incident. The prelimnary reports suggested that if there was Saudi involvement, it was not from the highest echelons. The most likely explanation was that they acted independently of the Saudi Royal Family, but it was not much comfort to say the least. Fortunately, there was not much talks of it, but when they would release the report next year, they know there would be some coming to deal with. They would need to be ready.


    9/11 Memorial Plaque found within the various buildings

    While the elections were coming and going for the House, Senate and gubernationals, many politicians, talk show hosts and pundits were debating on what laid next for America. Rumors began speculating about Iraq, due to the calls of a coalition of certain conservatives, calling for more pre-empative actions against them. Others wanted to continue the tradition of sanctions and waiting for them to do the first move. While there was an agreement of something needing to be done about Iraq, Al Gore was not one to do so without the proper channels. There would not be much domestic support nor reason for doing so. He wished to maintain attention in Afghanistan for the time being. Most of the Al-Queda and Taliban insurgents had been dealt with and work was being done more to try and rebuild the nation. The main issue laid in the purchase of opium for that of heroin. Talks have led to within the European Union to try and de-criminalize it. The ultimate test meanwhile came with Portugal, who decided to decrminalize all the drugs. While more then a few decried this radical policy, after a year, the signs were showing it was working. The idea and calls for treating drug users as victims of sickness began spreading more across the nation and even Al Gore began taking note. If all of Europe decriminalized the drugs alongside the United States and even China, it would be a strong step. After all, if the value of opium for heroin was from its consumers, then attacking its value would de-incentivize Afghani farmers from farming it. Though at the same time, the idea of legalizing it for the purposes of medical properties was another possibility. However, the focus was also remaining at home. Elizabeth Smart remained missing and the Beltway Sniper Attacks was an unwelcome fear in October, though one that would be resolved with the capture of the culprits involved.


    Picture of US Capital, 2002

    Not everything was peachy-keen however. While the Snipers would be stopped and Elizabeth Smart rescued, there was still a growing bit of discontent. Rumors circulated that the potential for war in Iraq would be for oil companies and perhaps Al Gore's presence made those rumors spread more and be considered more than it otherwise would be. The Campaign Against Climate Change was founded when the rumors of certain interest groups trying to persaude Congress to have the US back off of the Kyoto Protocol and their march was held in late fall od 2002. President Al Gore addressed them and indeed the new term of "climate change" would replace the word of "global warming". While the usual calls for recycling and keeping air and water clean were pretty unified, the fossil fuel dilemna became one of a problem and Al Gore began planning a way to address it. His preliminary plan would be to cut the subsidies that fossil fuel companies received by 50%, namely as a test and to try and force them to play ball. The savings from those subsidies would be divided to be used for subsidies in the research and development of renewable energy along with serving as a general tax cut. However, these plans were hamstrug by the potential threat fo retaliation from fossil fuel companies through layoffs and politicizing, not to mention interest groups on behalf of said companies influencing both political parties. Nonetheless, the development continued, being proposed as a potential tax cut and provided by eliminating "certain miscellenous finances." It seemed like in the upcoming years, there would be an inevitable showdown between the Gore Administration and their environmentalist versus the fossil fuel industry and their lobbyists.


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    2002 Elections
  • 2002 Voting Results

    While the nation remained united in mourning and moving on through the anniversary of such a tragedy, political season was coming. Elections for the House of Representatives, the Senate and various governors. Now, no one was sure how it would go. The Dems held onto a slight advantage, but beyond that, there was a balance and deadlock. Many have predicted overall Democrat gains, mainly due to the efforts done by President Al Gore in assisting the nation alongside with tackling the needs of the nation though some bipartisan victories meant it was not as big a gain. However, growing friction against corporations meant that representatives that have been more outspoken against corporate chicanery got a little boost. As Election Night was rolling out, the news over the various districts, victories and losses were seen.

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    Senate 2002 results


    The Democratic party had been dealing with several tight races. However, due to the postivie reception of Al Gore and the efforts made by them and his Administration pushed the Democrats to some more victories. The Louisiana run-off allowed the Democrats to keep hold up on that. Meanwhile, Georgia, Missouri and Minnesota were also close calls, but a combination of support of the Democrats along with some gaffs made by Republicans, especially over in Georgia. However, the various senators were able to maintain to their seats, albeit barely. Of course, this meant thatthey would still need to work with the GOP. The Democrats have suceeded in maintaining all of their holdings while getting some more. With 52 Democratic senators, the Dems have gotten a majority, if barely, in the Senate.
     
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    2002 in Reflection
  • 2002 In Reflection

    2002 brought about optimism to a nation after dealing with one of the great crisises that would define it in the new century. Bin Laden and many of the Al-Queda leadership is dead, the troops in Afghanistan have been thorough in finishing the job of the remnants of Al-Queda and of the Taliban and with clearn-up duty and infrastructure support, it seemed that the USA would leave Afghanistan within the next year if all went well. However, it was also a time of great challenges. The cautious optimism of the Clinton Era had began given away to a growing cynicism, but not at the government itself, on the contrary, the Gore Administration had been doing well and the GOP knew they only retained as many seats as they did now because of luck and putting more work into it. They knew the Gore Administration would step it up next term. No, the cynicism was toward corporation and perhaps, growing at the American Dream itself. The bankrupcies and financial fusterclucks of many companies such as Enron, Qwest and Worldcom alongside the partition of Microsoft signaled a change that the government should take a more active role in fighting corruption within the corporations. While some argue against more government invovlement in the economic sector and a few even saying that less restriction would avoid such things, the general atmosphere was that the corporations or rather those running it need to be reigned in before they could cause more problems. Additionally, many were surprised by the modest improvements sought by Gore and wondered if or when he would become more daring in his reach. Some said it fit his persona while others insisted he needed to do more. Unbeknowist to most, Gore was planning for the long run. While he was not absolute that he would win reelection, he was confident that he had more time for hsi greater goals and currently his plans were in the fold. The budget remained mostly the same as from Clinton, though with more money going into education and in renewable energies with some minor cuts to the military, though more through reorganizations and plans were also being made for some reforms on the military. More money going to soldiers themselves and the need for the military to evolve to face new threats. Others have called for the Pentagon to be audited as with the Cold War over, the military would need its finances analyzed and see how much has gone into it and what hasn't. The idea of auditing the Pentagon around the next year has been catching fire and attention.

    Pop culture began reflecting the hope and optimism present. The highest-grossing films were flights of fantasy taken seriously. While the second Harry Potter film and the second Lord of the Rings film performed well as expected, it was the new Spider-Man film that surprised many people with redefining the superhero film for the modern era. While delayed to reshoot a few things, it also brought some new ideas. One of particular was on using the original animatronic mask Norman Osborn used. While the decision was supposedly canned for various reasons, it was brought back as a creative decision to make Osborn look more monstrous, a reflection of the growing focus on high-powered businessmen being portrayed as villainous and monstrous within the film. Other changes included Peter taking the wrestling job to assist his elderly Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Perhaps the largest one being on how Harry Osborne accepted that his father was in fact a monster. While plans were thought to have Harry be vengeful over the loss of his dad, the growing discontent toward powerful corporate figures had the writers decided to not give Norman Osborn any sympathy points.

    Meanwhile, video games had been growing in popularity and appeal. The Nintendo GameCube garnered more support than expected thanks to the fact that it and the Gameboy Advance would have the only Sonic the Hedgehog games on Nintendo consoles while SEGA finalized its merger over with Microsoft Operations. Meanwhile, the Playstation 2 by Sony had been dominating the marketplace, but found an unexpected competitor with the Xbox. The Xbox, while primarily popular in the West, began growing over in Japan as beefed-up versions of the Dreamcast's greatest hits, including Shenmue, was being offered on the Xbox and indeed Shenmue was being promoted as a sleeper hit in the West as well. Overall, it was still potentially anyone who could win the console war of this year though many have ntoed the Micorsoft had been preparing to go big with SEGA and plenty of projects were in development there.

    Other achievements by the Gore administration would be the construction of the Trianna satellite. It was designed to provide, from a distance of 930,000 miles, a continuous view of the sunlit side of the earth. His reason for its construction was so that Triana would measure global warming by measuring how much sunlight is reflected and emitted from the earth and would monitor weather systems. The hope was that it could assist in the prediction of powerful storms for emergancies.

    In pop culture, Al Gore's successes have lead to growing popularity of the President's preferred works, such as the the president’s favorite book, Stendahl’s The Red and the Black and Gore’s favorite film, Local Hero, the Scots eco-comedy, becoming more popular and influencing more areas within the pop culture.

    Overall, 2002 was viewed with optimism and hope and many wondered what next Al Gore would do when he finishes with Afghanistan. Others wondered what the future would hold and how the nation would respond it...

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    "Mr. President... your hunch was spot on. Our investigations are indeed turning up a lot from Exxon-Mobil. Within the next several months, we can finalize our results. I was surprised by what I found, but one of my co-workers, he compared it to the tobacco industry... what are your plans for this, sir?"

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    Yeah! 2002 is done and gone! Sorry if it seems short, but I'm still learning and I don't think much wold change pop culture wise except the 9/11 effect being much shorter and the focus going onto corporate chicanery. Things are coming into the future though and I'll be happy to answer any questiosn.
     
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    Gore Administration- Winter 2003
  • All righty then! Here we go some more!

    Winter 2003

    "Fred Rogers dying would've been a tragedy. Thank goodness his operation is a success and he will be with us a bit longer."

    "Al Gore's mini-series is a pretty fun, but also serious look at the problems that the people of the world have to face with things potentially getting worse if we do not fix matters now."

    "The Coumbia tragedy is a reminder of the sacrifices we put to explore the stars and on the advncements we have to keep making."


    2003 saw a rise in confidence within for Al Gore. While the 2002 elections did not bring in as many rewards as expected, the growing appreciation toward him did mean growing affections for the Democrats and even the Green party who have been using their growing influence for establishing more chapters around the United States. There was of course also the swearing in of some brand new members of the House and Senate of course, but it was business as usual for the most part. The beginning of 2003 saw the increased presence of air marshals, security at airports and a more proactive behavior. However, the relative peace brought greater hope as well. Perhaps more notably was how the slow news week meant matters that otherwise would've been missed ended up getting more attention. One was on a case regarding copyright extension, which would extend pre-existing copyright for 20 more years. While some did not see this as a big deal, others were a bit more moved on how long stuff was before entering the public domain. What really got the attention was the presence of Mr. Fred Rogers. Ever since a meeting with President Al Gore, he became more notcieable as the President wished for Mr. Rogers to assist in spreading the awareness of protecting the environment and being more conscious in usage. Additionally, he recommended Rogers in promptly seeing a doctor upon hearing of his stomach pains. Indeed, it was in October he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and he went under surgery sooner. The surgery was a success and Mr. Rogers was undergoing a good recovery. Mr. Rogers was invited to speak on behalf on Eldred's behalf. Recalling the prior incident in regards to recording shows, Mr. Rogers spoke quietly and elogantly on the subject manner. His inclusion brought more attention to the case. Despite, the case still passed 5-4, allowing CTEA to go forward, but the closeness brought some more interest in the case, especially with the potential development of legislation to address the lingering issues.


    Image of Fred Rogers during the court case of Eldred v. Reno

    Not everything was all well and good. The nation grieved for the loss of the 7 astronauts aboard the Columbia as the craft destroyed upon reentry. The month of Febuary was followed with mourning their lives with Al Gore creating a memorial for them as well as bestowing upon them and the passangers of the previous Challenger disaster posthumous Congressional Space Medals of Honor, 14 in all of them. It brought a bit more focus back into space and on humanity's goal to return to the stars from where they came. Another disaster was also the Station nightclub fire, claiming more lives of innocent people. Perhaps to help combat the trend of bleak news while also wanting to promote environmental awareness, Al Gore had a special mini-series on the importance of the environment as well as climate change, including big names in the scientific community and those to reach out to children, most notably Bill Nye and Fred Rogers. The mini-series ran on multiple channels beyond PBS and grew to be a popular, enlightening and surprisingly mature take on the subject matter that was still appropriate for all ages. People began dwelling more on the environment and the impact they have, but moreover, the impact of large bodies such as companies and the military, hence the gradual cutbacks to certain aspects of the military (offset by pay increases for the soldiers.)


    Columbia debris at the accident

    Overabroad, attempts resolving the issues with Israel and Palestine were gaining some ground, but it was becoming difficult due to friction on both sides, though Gore and Lieberman were determined to end the issue here. Some plans even considered began potentially withholding support. Other issues included dealing with Iraq, who was being pressured by the US for examinations.
     
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    Gore Administration- Spring 2003
  • And here we go! Another massive change is coming!

    Spring 2003

    "Al Gore's rhetoric is like a cold shower. Sure it's a bit of a shock and sometimes an unpleasant welcome, but it's usually needed and the people are woken up. But it's not hugely upsetting and it gets the job done."

    "Boy if you thought the neocons were unhappy before, this will put them in conniptions."

    "It's pretty hard for Israel to not look like the bad guy here for this. Logistics are a nightmare, but for goodness sake, enough is enough."


    Spring brought forth a growing number of changes within the United States and the world. The United States had begun working more on pressuring Iraq for investigations on weapons though Al Gore has assured the population that was was not the end goal here. In fact, they were just finishing up the last job over in Afghanistan, with the last of the troops remaining there until the end of the year, namely also to keep out for any potential future problems while also continuing to assist in the rebuilding of Aghanistan and keeping the peace in the region. However, the first bit of major news was on FBI agents leading a raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives. While the investigations were inconclusive thus far, it symbolized a growing discontent of the US public toward corporations. While on the topic of health-based corporations, Al Gore led the nation in the discussions of improving the health of children along with the fears of the rising prices of medicine. As such, he began pushing for legislation to generic drugs over onto the shelves faster while looking for ways to keep the costs down. Additionally, he mentioned that children of the US should be insured and thus while he promoted expanding CHIP, some of his aides and supporters instead urged him to expand Medicare to include minors, a position that Al Gore would come to take as many recalled his position he taken that all children should be insured by 2004. Unsurprisingly, a number of Representatives and Senators were against the idea, something that Gore would exploit, especially in regards to the dissonance between the wealthy congressmen and their less fortunate constinuents. They have given Al Gore a crack that he and his administration would begin chipping at. Though meanwhile, CHIP was expanded to cover more children while Gore worked on his plan to expand Medicare to include minors, something that he was finding difficult to do on a variety of fronts, but he was gradually building support.


    Aerial view of the HealthSouth Corporation, taken hours before the raid.

    Meanwhile, the growing conflicts in Iraq has brought forth a potential that no one saw coming. Iran. Early May had Iran propose a deal to President Gore that surprised the nation. On the agenda were several topics and negotiations and the end results surprised everyone as Al Gore took the opportunity. Items on the agenda included, but were not limited to:
    • Relief of all U.S. sanctions on Iran
    • Cooperation on handling Iraq.
    • Full transparency over Iran’s nuclear program, including the Additional Protocol
    • Cooperation against terrorist organizations, particularly the Mujahedin-e Khalq and al-Qaeda
    • Iran’s acceptance of the Arab League’s 2002 “land for peace” declaration on Israel/Palestine
    • Iran’s full access to peaceful nuclear technology, as well as chemical and bio-technology
    Al Gore relished the opportunity to continue work and development. While the nuclear technology was his hesitation, it was more toward due to his green stances rather than anything regarding nuclear weaponry. Iran took this in mind and added the promotion of green technology, something that became more popular domestically since it was this whole issue on oil that was a large issue on this. Al Gore now had a way of trying to force Iraq's cooperation or at the least having a dependable ally.
    Additionally, Iran followed the first step in the full recognition of Israel. Iran and the Americans' deal was a massive boom to Al Gore's popularity and a backslap to the Republicans. Neocons were not happy with the decision, but early outcrys and derisions backfired tremendously as accusations of warmongering and so on piled onto them. Pundits declared that if their candidate Bush won, they would've begun getting into open conflicts rather than making peace.

    Iran and Israel began a new chapter in positive relationships along with the US and Iran. Sanctions were lifted, people were celeberating and Iran began outlining new green policies while also preparing military operations to stop terrorist and radical groups. The first stop? Palestine.

    All except for some in the Israel government. Al Gore's election signaled a shift. His success in handling 9/11 and his growing commitments to peace meant that the people in Israel began shifting left. The elections were closer than anyone expected them to be and while the conservatives one, it was more of a big tent this time around. With the Arab League excited at the prospect of peace and Iran joining in, all eyes turned to Israel. Everyone but them thought this was a good idea and there were not many reasons that could be given that did not sound like apartheid. As such, they began the peace talks. Israeli stances were mixed, though Iran recognizing them and seeking peace brought in some positivity. The Israeli government was in a troubled spot as differing factions were becoming more aggressive, but nonetheless Israel accepted the invitations for the talks as they realized that it would become harder to support.

    While the pre-1967 borders aspect remained part of it, the rules changed in regards to the Palestinian refugees. It was understandably, a tough situation. However, Iran's presence and the Americans' own brought a form of judgment. Al Gore's talks were calculated, efficient and methodical. He was man doing his job and his tone, long joked as dull, now carried a dignified sort of tone to it. Boring yet reliable. However, that did not make it easy. While the Arab League may have discouraged its member states from granting citizenship to the Palestinian refugees, it did not stop like Jordan doing so, something which the United States encouraged since a bunch of people flooding into what is now Palestine would be a logistical nightmare for the would-be new nation.

    Back at home, the promise of peace broguht excitement for politicians and while those steadfast to Israel voiced their concerns, as the talks went on and it became more difficult to defend certain points to Israel's foot-dragging.


    Ariel Shanon, recently elected Prime Minister of Israel

    The stance formed by Al Gore and his adminsitration was that of practicality and feasability. His speech noted on the difficulties of oving and starting a new life in a new nation with damaged infrastructure and on recognizing what is best with one's self and family. He even brought to mind his infamous "Do you have a plan? Logistics?" line that he used to address Bin Laden and his co-conspirators in regards to the failure of how many of these would-be "caliphate" groups did not really care on how to build a nation or care for its people. They were more focused on picking fights with his neighbors while neglecting his family in their decaying home. The gradual improvements of life in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban and Al-Queda there served as the backdrop for Gore's rhetoric. The talks did bring about a growing change within the communities. The rhetoric was plain and mundane yet truthful.

    Nonetheless, the talks continued over to the summer. The first major milestone was completed in that a majority of the Palestinian Jordanians would decline returning back, having made a life over in Jordan. However, Lebanon remained an issue with which Iran and the US was putting pressure and on and many nations eyed warily at Syria. In fact, out of all of them, Syria was the only real troublesome one and thus the US began discussions within the UN in regards to a potential refugee crisis should something happen in Syria, especially a war with Iraq. Meanwhile, with their improving relationships, the presidents of Iran and the United States also began talking about something Iran was surprised to hear... Saudi Arabia...
     
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    Gore Administration- Summer 2003
  • Summer 2003

    "Well, President Gore has done what we all thought was impossible. Alot of happy people right now."

    "Now Martha Stewart?! Goddamn it, I am not surprised. More and more financial fraud. Terrorists? Feh. These guys are the real problem."

    "For people advocating for small government, there was a stink raised by the against removing the sodomy laws."

    After months of debate, recounciliations and compromises, the miracle has occurred. The creation of the State of Palestine and their mutual co-existence and recognition with Israel. It took a lot of effort and even now, plenty of problems had remained. However, it took some out of the box thinking to resolve some of the issues. Israel would not have to be in charge of any of the refugee crisises, though in the event of an emergancy, they could hold some of the people there (and this issue was moe mainly brought up by thr growing tensions of Syria and Iraq, something they reluctantly agreed to.) Some prominent Israelites and groups did adopt Palestinian Arab refugee children to be raised as Israelis though. Palestine meanwhile would have to deal with American, Jordanian and Iranian forces reinforcing the peace for the time being, namely to ensure the elimination of radical groups. The process of withdrawal would be over a year and the various Israelis would be encouraged move or remain behind and become residents.

    Israel meanwhile became more volatile in the populace over the people having to move back though the US and Europe have offered the would-be displaced Israelis some deals to move in. Meanwhile, Lebandon was browbeaten by its neighbors to provide greater humanitarian rights and opportunities to the Palestinian refugees. Saudi Arabia had refused to and Syria remained a time bomb for them, issues that were still being resolved. Some plans were being held for some nations to host Palestinian/Syrian refugees, included but not limtied to a few European nations, Turkey, the US and Canada. For now though, after three months of talks with the inclusion of Iran, near the end of August, the State of Palestine was born.

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    However, not all of it was positive news. The big question of Jerusalem remained the driving point of contention as neither side was willing to give it up and the debates on the fate of Jerusalem would continue on over the years.For the time being, Tel Aviv would serve as an impromptu capital for Israel while Palestine had to make due with Ramallah. The US had side-stepped the Jerusalem question for the time-being.

    Beyond the lingering tensions with Israel, growing tensions existed between the Gore Administration and Saudi Arabia. The US subtlety blocked Saudi Arabian organizations and influences in Palestine, partly out of their issue with the Palestinian non-citizenship stance, but moreover, because of the US/Iran talks. Under Gore, the focus began shifting more toward the influence of the House of Saud and Wahhabism. It was brought up over in a conference by Al Gore when asked about Islam. Gore went on to explain on Wahhabism, its disdain by the orthodox Islam branches and mainstream Muslims as well as its corruptive influence. Al Gore went so far as to compare Wahhabism to the infamous Westboro Baptist Church in ideology and the only differences were Wahhabism's access to the millions in oil money and alliances with powerful groups to spread their twisted version of the faith over decades. He even asked the nation and especially Christians how they would feel if the world thought that all Christians were just like the Westboro Baptist Church followers.

    To the mainstream, it caused many to be itnerested in the Westboro Baptist Church and Google searches rose. The reaction was of appropriate shock and horror along with self-reflection. While there was an unfortunate increase of anti-Muslim violence followign 9/11, it began dropping over time, but Gore's speech led to its sharpest decline. The WBC unsurprisingly were harsh in their stance, including Fred Phelps, which just cemented it. This led to the term of being a "Westboro Baptist wannabe" becoming an insult, used to decribe a religious reactionary, especially if also to accuse them of corrupting a faith. One of the oddest places it saw use was an Israel, as some of the adolescence used it to refer to some of the ultraorthodox rabbis there. On a lighter scale, the US encouraged Jordanian influence on Palestine with Gore later extending it to Iran as a show of good faith. The rest of the Middle East celeberated at the end of harsh times and while some of the compromises did not make them happy, it was still a time to breath a bit easier. Things could get better now. All but Saudi Arabia, who found themselves a bit colder with the US.

    Meanwhile, back at home, the Americans were momentarily distracted from the issues abroad with surprising new news. The federal investigation into Martha Stewart and her broker brought more than a few laughs, but added yet another point of miscontention toward the wealthy and influencial for their financial chicanery. A couple of shootings and a pizza guy being used as a walking bomb also surprised the people and while the talks of issues abroad were brought up, it reminded people that more often than not, the true troublemakers looked like them.


    Martha Stewart being indicted

    Despite this, time and life goes on. The Gore Administration kept examining healthcare and contineud to examine how to continue to gently assist in the economy humming along. While green energy sources were being promoted, not much was going on in terms of real progress and change being made. But that would begin changing soon as Al Gore maintained further investigations into various groups and corporations while trying to find solutions. However, one fil kept bringing a smile to his eye. Within months, he would be ready for perhaps his grandest move yet since this within the Middle East. Meanwhile though, he heard from an intern about a new website called Myspace. It was a very fascinating website, being used by the growing youth to communicate and socialize with one another. Gore had a panel for this sort of stuff on the net and while the dotcom bubble hurt, the Internet remained a powerful tool and one not to be ignored. Not the first of its kind, but Al Gore talked to his advisors and sought some form of promise within Myspace. A special White House account was made onto Myspace, something that got the attention over the folks running the place. Another larger impact within the pop culture was a new form of legislation. Since the surprising attention of the court case on the public domain, a new law was being formed to help address it. The Public Domain Enhancement Act (PDEA) was introduced. It was made with two aims on expanding the public domain. One was to move the cut-off date of public domain works from 1923 to 1948, allowing 25 years of American works to end the public domain. The arguments for it were to allow certain works to be brought into the public domain. Reasons for this was the lack of American-produced works in the public domain compared to European works and that it was a disservice on how many American classics had been relegated to obscruity over the years. The second one was moreover to allow copyrighted works which have been abandoned by their owners, orphaned works, to enter the public domain. Unsurprisigly, there was a fair bit of conflict and arguments, with various entertainment groups voicing their concerns. Others vouched for a registry of works that were in the public domain, but there was the advocation for expanding it, especially with some news groups referring to the "Mickey Mouse" aspect because of lobbying made by Disney. Others thought to change the years from 25 to 20 or even 15. Others just went to putting orphaned works into the public domain. Proponents have suggested that copyright holders may be motivated to oppose the PDEA by a competitive threat: a huge wave of abandoned works would spill into the public domain which could form the basis of new derived works that would compete commercially with established copyrighted works. This one struck a chord perhaps because of the growing suspicion over toward big businesses. Debate of the bill went into the Fall...
     
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  • Fall 2003

    "I think this was the most interested people got in copyright since the stuff with Napster a couple years back. Actually kinda interesting though."

    "Schwarzenegger as a governor... for people typically complaining on "Hollytood types", Republican voters sure like voting them in..."

    "On the one hand, Al Gore has a way of saying alot of stuff is connected to climate change... on the other hand, when he explains it to you, he's not exactly wrong..."

    Within September, the Public Domain Enhancement Act (PDEA) had been finalized and passed on bipartisan grounds. Despite the surprising long debates, the actual process was pretty smooth. The copyright cut-off date, at least for most works, was moved from 1923 to 1948, restoring many American classics into the public domain, mostly literature though plenty of orphaned science fiction films also made their way there. A website had then been created to help keep track of what works would be released into the public domain. While most of the news came and went, several names did appear. One was the Burroughs estate, who fought against the legislation given it would mean the greater loss of control with the Tarzan and John Carter of Mars. Another series was the original Tom Swift series though its successors remained within copyright. However, the many of the works of A. Merrit along with some works by James Grover Thurber entered the public domain as well various orphaned works. Additionally, work was being done for people fo orphaned works to get up and correctly claimed any orphaned works with paperwork. Many young and upcoming authors took the opportunity to begin reading these new additions to the PD and examining what could be made into new works and so on.

    However, this minor bit of news was overshadowed by more prominent news in California. A recall election would lead to a new governor being elected in California, none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Beyond congratulating him for his victory, Governor Schwarzenegger would be invited over to the White House and discuss matters regarding climate change and renwable energies. This was prominent given the drier conditions of California and how great actions would need to be taken to deal with the rest of the nation and the world as a whole when dealing with these issues. Perhaps the first step seen was on the Cedar Fire. Al Gore insisted on the use of military assets to assist in putting out the fires and reforming the "cutoff" rule in order to get more areial assistance for the fires. Many have noted that things could have been worse. President Gore of course took it as part of his pattern on climate chage, explaining the importance of forests in combatting climate change alongside the growing drier conditions that would lead to more dangerous forest fires.


    Celeberation of California's new governor.

    Beyond that, matters kept progressing. Corut cases involving sodomy laws and gay marriage were changing up the staus quo and the hopes were that soon, gay marriage would be recognized and legalized within the United States. Hurricane Isabel meanwhile came up and brought damage and destruction, calling into mind preparations for storms. One last footprint was the sudden death of conservative radio show Rush Limbaugh. Investigations had turned up on being addicted to illegally-gained painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone, despite Limbaugh's own criticisms on drug abusers. According to autopsies, he increased his dosages in the last several months and showed signs of greater stress during that time. One day on October, with reports coming out about investigations on him, he ended up panicking. He took a few too many pills and would end up collapsing down the stairs, dying overnight.

    Rush Limbaugh died Octoer 9, 2003 from heart failure. Limbaugh's death from prescription drug overdose caused a backlash in regards to his hypocritical statement though some remained sympathetic due to the nature of the death itself. His legacy became further damaged as his younger brother, David Limbaugh, who was willed most of Limbaugh's possessions, would end up arrested for obstruction of justice after investigations began on him over he knowingly assisted Rush in obtaining said illict drugs. He was found guilty on both accounts and David would be sent to jail for over six years on both accounts along with losing publishing deals and no chance of bail.
     
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    Gore Administration- Overview 2003
  • 2003 In Reflection

    With the end of 2003 coming, many were reflecting on the tenure of President Gore. Many were confident that he would be re-elected and that they would be voting for him. His successes starting from 9/11 won him attention and respect from many voters and the fact that he was a scandal-free president for the most part helped. It did mean that outrage had to be pointed at elsewhere and that was at the corporations. The corporate scandals and financial chicanery became the main talking point as there was little else to discuss abroad the world after Osama Bin Laden was captured so early. Other talking points was on Gore's growing stances on his green policies. He was implementing them more and more, working to get stronger protections for the air and water quality as well as working to address issues on pollution, climate change and protection of national parks and working with legislation to curtail pollution from companies. Currently, there was plans to try and get a carbon tax of sorts up, but it was becoming difficult to try and promote a tax increase, at least in the current time. For the most part though, modest green proposals and stricter regulations were currently making things content while Gore worked on his longer-term plans to ensure those protections would not be removed when he would leave office. Fortunately, working with the "GOP Greens" as they were called, was pushing back the ideal of climate change and environmental protection back into bipartisan deals, though holdouts remained more in the conservative wings of the party. The economy was humming along and things were going all right. Some of the more progressive politicians were becoming a bit frustrated with Gore, but were being reassured that Gore was working on some larger projects, some that would bring major results.

    Perhaps the big news of 2003 was the long-awaited audit of the Pentagon as well as the Department of Defense. Time was given for operations within Afghanistan to end before proceeding to the audit, but even before hand, President Gore was preparing to do so, especially with the news received in regards to the mishandling rumors. While much of the details remained understandable classified, the fact that several billions of dollars in transactions were not accounted for served as a firestorm for the media. While some attempted to blame Gore for this, Gore responded with the growing laxness of regulations that could oversee such transactions and pointing to the massive increase of military spending under Reagan. Under pressure of their constituents, bipartisan sessions were held and ultimately new budgets and several trials and investigations were held by the Gore administration. Various consultants were hired as the Department of Defense and Pentagon were being examined. Gore portrayed the whole manner on ways to ensure that the money would be used correctly. Indeed, pay increases for various levels of the military, especially the lower ranks, were granted, which won more favor among the conservatives for Gore. Unsurprisingly, Gore also tied climate change into it, but more so how much of a polluting problem the military can be and while some found it exasperating, the lessening complaints showed people were coming around more to what he was saying, especially with the increasing bipartisan attitude toward climate change.

    Speaking of climate change, that became one of the primary objectives of Al Gore in his foreign policy, best seen with his interactions with President Lula of Brazil, elected early 2003. The two, while having different ideas in policy, both did share the important values for the environment, especially with the Amazon Rainforest. The focus would become on sustainable agriculture and moving away from products that would require cutting down parts of the forest. Gore's backing on this also allowed for the UN to assist in this regard. While the Amazon did belong to Brazil, Gore's credentials of walking the talk did sway Lula and discussions on sustainability would assist, with the US willing to assist Brazil financially on this. Regarding South America, Gore also noted the growing strikes in Venezuela. While not wanting to be truly involved in the foreign politics, the fact that the crux of the issue laid in oil meant that there was something to be had here. As such, in late January, Al Gore paid a visit to Venezuela, wishing to speak with Chavez. Though the session was short, Al Gore did come out and responded in term to the situation. He noted on how the country suffered gridlock from the lack of production of a single supply and noted if they as a people, really wanted to be dependent on oil, especially if disaster happened that would lower the cost of oil. He also noted how Chavez's hostility to the strike seem to go against socialist rhetoric. While Gore was against sanctions against Venezuela, Gore's famous stance on being against oil did worry the nation a bit though Chavez asked did ask what Gore would do to tackle the oil crisis.

    Chavez would get that answer and be in surprise like the rest of the world was in the upcoming months.

    Meanwhile, pop culture began seeing growing changes under the Gore Administration. Besides Captain Planet experiencing a revival of popularity, more shows began examining climate change, albeit either comically or seriously. Successful films such as Lord of the Rings Return of the King and Pirates of the Caribbean showed a revival in the fantasy genre. Notably, Return of the King returning to theaters with an extended ending showing the Hobbits reclaiming their home from the industrial warmachines of Saruman. While some were surprised by this, others point out that this was an aspect within the book. Coincided with this was a failed reality TV show that would've been hosted by Donald Trump and focusing on corporations, known as The Apprentice.The show never got off the ground due to changing views on corporations which soured Trump on the whole thing. In technology, the Microsoft successors have continued to grow. MSOffice began appearing on other operating systems and they have been working on new programs, with the news that MSOffice FrontPage would continue to be made despite rumors that it may be discontinued. Skype has come out. Video games have been on the rise as Microsoft Operations and SEGA finished the merger and Dreamcast games have been ported to the Xbox, giving the console a much needed boost. The first exclusive came out, known as Sonic Heroes, introducing some old favorite characters. It also showed the beginnings of influence that the new fresh batch of designers and programmers came as the game was delayed to perfect levels (as some of the levels were deemed too long or tedious) and models were tweaked for the optimal experience. Many saw this as the beginnings of a triumphant return for Sonic the Hedgehog on his new home.

    However, as things go into 2004, few would know that one of Gore's greatest projects would come to fruitation...
     
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    Gore Administration Exxon Mobil
  • Yes, this gets its own thing.Here we go.

    Triumph of Gore: Decline of Exxon-Mobil

    "Goddamnit... Gore was right all along... son of a gun wasn't even exaggerating."

    "It's like the tobacco industry all over again..."

    "The corruption is in the open out now. No one is gonna wanna touch those assets except other corrupts."

    "I get why a couple politicians would wanna defend them, but I wonder how many are in these guys' pockets..."


    2004 was the beginning of the end of Al Gore's first tenure as President and has an overall positive score, with his major accomplishments being getting rid of DADT, capturing Bin Laden and progressing the peace talks with Palestine and Israel by negotiating with Iran. However, many note that despite his modest accomplishments and major ones, he has not made massive moves toward his green policies. Until now. Ever since the Enron Scandal, the Gore administration had been investigating various companies and groups for potential financial troubles or in general, bad practices. One such target was Exxon-Mobil and here, Al Gore would find a jackpot. Evidence that pointed that Exxon-Mobil had known about the climate change threat for years and proceeded to lie to the public about it and spread misinformation through funding organizations of "climate change skepticism". He would use the approach to the tobacco industry and use the RICO act to sue Exxon-Mobil.

    The months surrounding it dominating the news as the comparisons were drawn between them and the tobacco industry, with more open calls to check other fossil fuel companies if they were aware of the dangers. Others speculated that while they may not have actual data, they likely piggybacked off of the speculation and still benefitted from the fruad. Gore's speeches on the manner also dominated the arena. The comparisons to the tobacco industry came from him, the accusations of irresponsible drives for wealth (which struck a chord with the American people due to the growing frustrations with corporate corruption) and most of all, the lobbying of the fossil fuel industry to politicians to downplay the threat or protect them.He brought back the importance of the Feingold-McCain Act and how important it further it is to remove the influence of large corporations from politics. He also mentions some of the impact, such as federal subsidies toward fossil fuels, which have been going down modestly, but not enough for Gore and his mroe hardline supporters due to concern from moderates.

    Gore called upon eco-friendly politicians and activists from across the political spectrum to assist. The Governator himself became outspoken in agreeing with Gore said while independent politician Bernie Sanders also made note of everything happening and became known as a bit of a strong voice. Exxon-Mobil meanwhile tried to rally its defenses, but in the current politicial climate of skepticism toward big business, the pundits and talk show hosts that simplified the explanation and even Fox News, the voice of conservatives, pointed out the validity of Gore's sttement (in part due to the reinstatement albeit reformed and updated FCC Fairness Policy.)

    At the end of the day, in United States v. Exxon-Mobil Corp, the ruling was held in favor of the Gore Administration. Exxon-Mobil was found guilty in engaging numerous acts of fraud to further a conspiracy to deceive the American public about climate change and the potential cause of fossil fuels leading up to climate change. Unsurprisingly, the consequences were pretty dire, and stocks for the company would begin plummeting and shareholders would begin freaking out. This led to another court case against Exxon-Mobil. Many were unsure whether Exxon-Mobil could even be tried given how they were tried over multiple accounts of fruad as well as conspiracy in a similar vain as the tobacco industry was. However, thanks to the Martin Act of New York, they would be able to go after Exxon-Mobil for investment fruad. The Martin Act was a 1921 law meant to protect investors from false statements from corporations, even if the company wasn’t intentionally trying to be deceptive. In this case, they pointed to the very recent case as evidence for their event and that investment fruad was not one of the charges used over in the previous case of the Supreme Court. Ultimately, People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil Corp would have the people win and the investors recooperate their losses. The two deals would make fossil fuels a poisoned chalice and other fossil fuels were now worried that their investors would be coming for them.

    Exxon-Mobil was now a colossal shell of itself and the entire affair was known as the Exxon-Mobil Scandal. Other petrol companies in the USA and in the world began feeling the fallout and soon, growing calls were made to investigate associated companies. Fossil fuel companies gained a solid stigma that would make them grow more unappealing for Wall Street. Attitudes toward Gore changed drastically; the revelation of conspiracy to downplay climate change for the sake of profits captured media attention and it spun into a wildfire. The Green Party began enjoying even greater amounts of support as the skeptics became believers in the face of this. Outspoken politicians defending Exxon-Mobil, especially Senator McConnell, lost political points and influence overall, with attempts to get some to resign to no avail. This sharp rejection would cost McConnell prestige such as losing leadership within the Republican senate. Green-driven Democrats and Republicans began voting more aggresively as stances of their representatives and senators became more well-known. This gave Gore much more political clout for one of his goals.

    A financial plan that would see the end of federal subsidies toward fossil fuels and the inclusion of a carbon tax on large companies, notably the industries associated with the Koch Brothers. The money from the would be fossil fuel subsidies would instead be going toward the development of renewable energy, the development of educational programs in trade schools and job training for the growing renewable energy and fuel sectors and how it was primarily marketed it as, a nice tax cut for the middle and lower classes. He pointed out that state subsidies are of the state matters, but noted on whethe they would be okay with politicians in the pocket of profiteers. Climate change has been more firmly discussed in the public lexicon and Gore's call for the election of represenratives and senators saw growing turnout for voting on primaries. Additionally, new plans were drawn upon to build on the foundation of the McCain-Feingold Act's in campaign finance reform.

    The global effect was no less different. Gore's actions and influence served as a wake-up call as Al Gore urged his fellow world leaders to not let themselves be corrupted or bullied by fossil fuel companies. This was especially toward Canada and the oil sands of Alberta, something noted as it was stated that the oil sands would not be profitable if not for subsidies. This reinforced the growing chasms between the USA and Saudi Arabia, with relations breaking between the two as Gore's words promised less oil from Saudi Arabia. Iran meanwhile welcomed this and took the chance to grow closer to the USA and winning some gains for the reformists. Oil heavy nations like Venezuela began also sweating as Gore's actions served to the world that it's oil's twilight years and brought back the fire in for certain groups in Venezuela. Fossil fuel companies found themselves uncomfortably in the spotlight along with other groups, such as the infamous Koch brothers. 2004 was beginning off and already many saw that Gore had defined it with a surprising and bold move.
     
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    Gore Administration- Winter 2004
  • Winter 2004

    Due to the developing news in regards to Al Gore's victory over Exxon-Mobil and the growing awareness of the importance of both climate change and the negative influence of large corporations, little else was really being reported on in the affairs of the world. On the other hand, not much else was going on anyway. Various NASA projects, such as the Spirit and Opportunity were being launched, arriving over on Mars. Al Gore's satellite was also proceeding nicely and providing plenty of information on the climate and many believe the data could be used to predict storms and hurricanes. Over in the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, it was discussed on how the terrorists would've attempted to get past security as well as the various factors that allowed them partial success, such as the use of mace. It was used to note what other improvements could be made for security. The social media website known as Facebook would be launched around this time. Ever since the growing focus on sites like this as a result of Al Gore's circle regarding the internet, there was a focus on how things would be marketed and changed. San Francisco's defiance in regards to same sex marriage continues to spur calls for the legalization and recognition of same-sex marriage though Preisdent Gore has remained quiet on the issues for the time being. Speaking of, while Gore has been handily winning for chances of reelection within the party, others have come to try and challenge him. As for Republicans, Jeb Bush is seen as the favorite for the GOP primaries though John McCain has also been seen as a potential favorite for his collaboration within the party.



    Mars Rover

    Beyond that though, there was still problems over the world. The contentious elections over in Haiti led to a rise in violence and the rise of insurgency groups in trying to take the capital. After a long while, the US with the UN worked to step in and maintain order and the Aristide government. While the USA wished to remain uninvolved, the proximity and the potentials of Haitians fleeing to the USA was enough for support troops to be sent in to quell order. It was not a large focus, but it was still done. Additionally, despite the early tensiosns in the election, Gore did wish to maintain peace and began gradually opening to Aristide. The conflict in question was phrased as putting down reactionaries consisting of death squads.
     
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    Gore Administration- Spring 2004
  • Spring 2004

    As the Exxon Mobil investigations and subsequent lawsuits continued, other bits of news and so on came in. The Haitian conflict was resolved and Aristide remained in office though tensions remained uncomfortable for a while and talks were had for further reforms to try and address some of the underlying issues that had led to the rise of the conflict in the first place. Beyond this, life became pretty quiet in regards to some foreign disputes.While there was a panic over a supposed attempted bombing in Spain, nothing came about it in regards to the elections. However, it did mean attention turned elsewhere. The Trianna satellite launched by the Gore Administration proved useful in detecting upcoming hurricanes and assisted in picking up one coming over for Brazil. Hurricane Catarina became a discussion point and Gore used it to strength American-Brazilian relationships and further warn the effects climate change could have on the development of hurricanes. Gore had succeeded in the nomination for the Democratic Party for the 2004 elections and had grown in popularity for his successes in the past few years and winning more support, including football player Patrick Tillman and his brother, baseball player Kevin Tillman. Both had gone on record saying they considered enlisting, but Gore's handling of Afghanistan to where hostilities had died down considerably by the end of their contracts with their teams gave them enough pause to reconsider and instead remain in civilian life. However, they have maintained an interest in military affairs, such donations to veteran organizations.


    Hurricane Catarina approaching Brazil on March 27

    However, other changes went and came. Criminals like Wesson and Nichols were given their punishments. Massachusetts legalized gay marriage and there was a growing push to legalize nation-wide, especially with the end of DADT occurring a couple years ago along with the greater civil rights protections. The series finale of Friends aired, gaining plenty of media attention, especially with the costs it had in trying to get advertisements. The European Union expands by 10 member states: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus. Addtionally, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were admitted to NATO, expanding the organization considerably. Overall, Spring remained relatively uneventful in the lives of Americans though some alternate historians speculated that had Bush won in 2000, they would be in war with Iraq by now.
     
    Gore Administration- Summer 2004
  • Summer 2004

    As the investigations gave way to the accusations and court-cases, many would see the growing campaigning of new Representatives and Senators and the pendulum swinging further toward more green-friendly candidates and so on. While the Democrats were relatively united, the Republicans were developing splits in regards to "green" stances though Al Gore's own social conservatism has meant that more are willing to side with the greens gradually over time. In what perhaps symbolized the gradual dying out of Republican dominance, there was the death and funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. However, life continued on. The G8 Summit occurred in Georgia this year. Discussions includeed matters on renewable energy and climate change. With the "Exxon-Mobil Scandal" going on, many polticians took the meeting and discussions there with more seriousness than usual. In positive news, terrorism has been an even smaller problem than imagined. With the early defeat of Al-Queda, the execution of Bin Laden, the successful camapaign against the Taliban and the growing progress on Israel and Palestine, much of the calls of terrorism have gone unanswered, especially since Gore's words regarding the lack of long-term failure and infrastructure ran through. Granted, the Afghanistan problem still remained with the opium trade though Portugal's plan of dealing with the trade showed process as France had noted. Gore's own view of the drug war was one for de-escalation and the reforms were modest, but it did have an effect. Ultimately, the lack of terrorism, at leastic religious-based, was quite good news. Granted, other crime problems remained, such as the homemade tank in Colorado or the Chechen terrorist acts over in Russia, though they were not listed as religious, but nationalist. Other news dominated the international world, such as sporting events. Portugal hosts the UEFA Euro 2004 football tournament and after several exciting weeks, the competition is won by Greece.


    Angelos Charisteas (first from left with white shirt), scoring Greece's winner against Portugal in the final.

    Further into the summer, the primaries had been established. Unsurprsingly, Al Gore would be the Democrat's candidate and after a close race, Jeb Bush would end up winning the Republican's choice when McCain decided to drop out. He noted that it would be better to remain in the Senate and work within to help improve the government. While Jeb was certainly more professional sounding than his brother was, many note that it would be unlikely he would be a serious contender given Al Gore's track record. Speaking of, the satellie launched months earlier by the Gore Administration proved useful in predicting and preparing for Hurricane Charley that came through the Carribbean and then hit Florida. The preparations assisted in protecting the people and also assisted the Democrats in their influence of Florida. Furthermore, reinforcements were called in to prepare for another hurricane coming in, Hurricane Frances. The calls for LGTBQ rights floated around once more after the resignation of Governor James McGreevey and coming out of the closet. Before long though, the people would be consumed with Olymplian buzz, as the Summer Olymplics were held. The United States compete at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and win 36 gold, 39 silver and 27 bronze medals. Many masterpieces were stolen over in Norway. Over all, it was an exciting and productive summer,


    Panorama of Athens Olympic Sports Complex.
     
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