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|21st century in U.S. political history|
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The 21st century in United States political history is a narrative summary of major political events and issues in the United States from 2000 to the current political year.
History by era[edit | edit source]
2000–2009[edit | edit source]
In the 2004 presidential election, the main party nominated Blake Stewart to be their nominee. Stewart was defeated in a landslide 49-state loss. The victor of the election went on to become the 43rd president of the United States. This president won re-election in the 2008 presidential election, despite the 2008 recession taking place under the 43rd president's watch.
2010–2019[edit | edit source]
In the 2012 presidential election, Michigan Governor Stuart Hughes won the party's nomination for president, and Maryland Senator Selina Meyer was selected as his running mate. The Hughes-Meyer ticket was victorious in the general election and were sworn-in on January 20, 2013. The main party controlled the presidency, the House of Representatives, and the Senate from 2013–15.
In November 2014, the Uzbek hostage crisis began, wherein several American college students were held captive in the country of Uzbekistan. Despite the hostages being rescued safely in January 2015, Hughes received significant criticism after it was leaked that he knew one of the hostages was a CIA operative, thus endangering the lives of the other hostages who were not spies. In March 2015, Hughes shut down the government to distract from the spy story and blamed Vice President Meyer and Congress for failing to reach a deal. With several key party figures turning on Hughes and the House Judiciary Committee discussing impeachment, Hughes announced in June 2015 that he would not seek re-election in the 2016 presidential election.
On January 23, 2016, Hughes announced he would be resigning to take care of his wife First Lady Edna Hughes, who had attempted to take her own life a month prior. Hughes' resignation meant that Meyer, who was campaigning to be president in that year's presidential election, would become the 45th president of the United States. Hughes officially resigned on January 24 and Meyer was sworn-in.
In March 2016, the Meyer administration was caught in a scandal the press would regard as the Medileaks scandal. The scandal involved the administration and the presidential campaign hacking the medical records of a young girl and using child mortality data from the same breach for a flyer deliberately sent to bereaved parents. On March 28, 2016, Meyer's senior adviser Dan Egan was scapegoated for overseeing the hack.
In October 2016, Meyer's Families First Bill would see a vote in the House of Representatives. However, due to the bills growing unpopularity, the Meyer administration secretly lobbied for the bill to fail. Their efforts would prove successful. However, Representative Moyes suspected wrongdoing in this and called an investigation into why exactly the bill failed. During a congressional hearing, the extent of the Medileaks scandal would inadvertently be revealed. The Meyer team would exit the hearings relatively unscathed by scapegoating senior Meyer staffer Bill Ericsson. Ericsson would be arrested on November 10.
On November 8, 2016, the electoral college resulted in an unprecedented tie in the electoral college. By early morning the following day, Meyer and opposition candidate Bill O'Brien were gridlocked with 269 electoral college votes each. The projection was that Meyer had won the popular vote, though a tumultuous recount in Nevada would give O'Brien a popular vote lead over Meyer of less than 10,000 votes. The electoral indecision was set to be remedied in the House of Representatives, which voted on January 3, 2017 to decide the presidency. However, neither Meyer nor O'Brien received a majority of the votes in the House, leaving the presidency vacant and set to be filled by the vice president-elect, who was O'Brien's running mate Laura Montez. Montez was sworn-in on January 20, 2017.
During Meyer's final months in office, Chinese hackers would breach White House employee files. On November 15, 2016, Meyer sent a derogatory tweet to Charlie Baird, mocking O'Brien's physical stature. Unbeknownst to Meyer, she had sent the tweet publicly. After speaking to some of her top advisors, Meyer announced that the tweet had been sent by the Chinese hackers and announced a set of sanctions on the Chinese on November 16, including a ban on all foreign adoptions. Unbeknownst to the Americans, the Chinese economy was in a far worse state than anyone realized. Chinese President Lu Chi-Jang met Meyer at Camp David on December 19. In exchange for the lifting of the sanctions and the fulfillment of Chinese demands for industrial metals, the Chinese prepared to discuss a framework for Tibetan independence, similar to Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' concept. Meyer and Lu signed an agreement on December 21, but Lu insisted that the deal be kept under wraps, blackmailing Meyer with her hacked emails that she didn't send the tweet in the first place. Tibet would be freed on the first day of Montez's administration, giving Montez ultimate credit for the freeing of Tibet.
In July 2018, a congressional coalition known as "the Jeffersons", led by Congressman Jonah Ryan, voted against a bill to raise the debt-ceiling, plunging the U.S. government into a federal government shutdown. Montez was able to reach a deal with the same coalition, sans Ryan, to reopen the government.
2020–present[edit | edit source]
An October 2018 diary leak would outline the extent of Meyer's involvement in the freeing of Tibet. The positive press Meyer received from this leak encouraged her to run again in the 2020 presidential election. However, Meyer faced an uphill battle for the party's nomination, facing off against New York Senator Kemi Talbot in the primaries. No candidate received a majority of delegates during the primaries, setting the stage for a brokered convention.
At the brokered 2020 National Convention, Meyer was able to secure the nomination by making deals with presidential candidates Jonah Ryan, whom Meyer offered the position of vice president; and Buddy Calhoun, whom Meyer offered to overturn same-sex marriage in exchange for his delegate support. The Meyer-Ryan ticket were victorious against Laura Montez, who unsuccessfully ran for re-election.
During the 2020 primaries and general election, the Chinese government had interfered with the goal of helping Meyer win the primaries and ultimately win the presidency against Montez. This deal was orchestrated in April 2020 after Meyer had offered Chinese President Lu Chi-Jang returned sovereignty of Tibet.
Meyer's second term in office began on January 20, 2021. During this term, the Chinese government assumed control of Tibet. Also, Meyer fulfilled her promise to Nevada Governor Buddy Calhoun by outlawing same-sex marriage. For whatever reason, Meyer was not re-elected in the 2024 presidential election, despite her being eligible to since her first term in office was less than a year long. Whether Meyer ran unsuccessfully for the nomination, ran unsuccessfully in the general election, or ultimately not decided to run at all is unknown.
In the 2040 presidential election, former Secretary of Agriculture Richard Splett was elected to the presidency, during which time he mapped out a three-state plan to successfully remedy the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. Splett was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his works and was re-elected in a landslide in the 2044 presidential election.