3277 Campaign Poster - American Eastern States Federation Presidential Elections- Candidate Matthew C. Worden

Matthew C. Worden

 

(taken from the biography Matthew C. Worden: Soldier, Statesman, Man by William McGregor)

 

“Born in Neptune, a small borough within the North-Eastern Metropolitan Zone in 3240, Matthew C. Worden was the eldest son of a large family of career military officers. His father, Lieutenant Commander Christopher R. Worden, was a decorated seaman serving in the American Eastern States Federation Pacific Fleet. The young Worden trained in the Point Pleasant Naval Academy from the age of 15, after which he was transferred to the Pacific Fleet with the rank of midshipman under his father’s command aboard the AESF Revenge. During this time he was involved in several engagments, his first being a skirmish with smugglers in the Queen Charlotte Strait. He was gradually promoted, and by the time of the Juan de Fuca Territorial Dispute, his first involvement in a major campaign, he was a Lieutenant aboard the AESF Cyane. Those were not good days for the American Eastern States Federation. Their co-operation treaty with the Obake Neo-Zaibatsu Conglomerates had been revoked after the Federation had refused to assist the Obake in the Third Pacific-Nazca Divide War. This left the Federation isolated in the Pacific, and vulnerable to the powerful Grand Collective of Eurasian Federations’ Navy, which had been expanding its territories in the area for quite some time. When war finally did erupt the Federation was not prepared. After four territorial disputes, the GCEF invaded the Juan de Fuca Drained Landmass, an island which the Federation had purchased from the American Empire following the Fourteenth South-Eastern Pacific War, and forced the representatives of the Pacific Fleet to sign the humiliating Blanco Treaty, which signed over the reclaimed landmass to the GCEF. It was to be a defining moment in Worden’s life, as it motivated him to rise through the ranks of naval command in order to return the Federation to a state in which it could revenge the Blanco Treaty…”

 

(taken from the January 3277 issue of The New Statesman)

 

“…Commodore Worden has indicated his desire to run for the office of President. Long considered a maverick and an outsider by the political-military establishment, Commodore Worden has nevertheless garnered praise and admiration, not to mention a string of promotions, for his abilities both as a military tactician and as an administrator. Aside from his praiseworthy record of service with the Pacific Fleet, Commodore Worden’s primary achievements over the past number of years have been the renewal of cooperation with the Obake Neo-Zaibatsu Conglomerates, both militarily and in the field of industrial research, the successful repatriation of the Juan de Fuca Drained Landmass (a personal mission of Worden’s, according to sources close to the Commodore), and the administration of the Staten Island Reclamation Project. According to a spokesman for the Commodore, these acheivements are only the beginning of what Worden plans to do if he is made President. Pivotal to his campaign agenda is the threat posed by the aggressive expansionist policies of the Western Enclaves of the Grand Collective of Eurasian Federations. Commodore Worden has time and again emphasised the need to ensure national security through preventative action. As proof of his commitment to such as policy he refers to his invasion of the Juan de Fuca Drained Landmass and the significant benefits of the defensive fortresses built as part of the reclamation of the Staten Island Area. His indication of interest at taking office has already aroused much public support…”

 

(taken from the 3285 Hartford Yearly Review)

 

“3285 saw the resignation of President Matthew C. Worden, who has served in office for the past eight years. In summarising those eight years commentator Clifford Ratigan stated ‘ It has been an unprecedented era of both military and technological progress, which has again restored the Federation’s status as a major power in the world’. President Worden’s tenure has seen several key developments, all of which we cannot discuss here. To mention just a few however; President Worden oversaw the joint AESF-Obake Weapons Research and Development Program, which has revolutionised the military capabilities of both nations; he also oversaw the completion of the Staten Island Reclamation Project; and his time in office has also seen the largest increase in both the defence budget and military interventions abroad of the last 50 years, with AESF military forces scoring notable successes in various theatres of war. Worden has now been given the office of Admiral of the Pacific Fleet, currently one of the highest military commissions available, and is being kept on as a special advisor to the President…”

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