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In this reboot of this game in particular, you are running a campaign to become the new President of the United States. You must decide your strategy in campaigning, including where you spend your time and money, what positions you take on issues, which issues you emphasize, and how you present yourself. The game takes place in OTL 2016, except that all OTL candidates are replaced by you - the players.
There will be content to respond to every other day. These can range from news reports about candidates, current events, new polls, etc. The race for the American presidency is incredibly dynamic. How you respond to each piece of news will affect your standing in the polls. We value detail over simple sound bites. Everything you do or say is carefully scrutinized by the media, so be careful in your decision making.
Once the three major party nominees are decided on, they will choose their running mates. You may choose characters from OTL, or fellow player characters. You may not create your own vice-presidential candidate for your ticket.
The three major candidates will then engage in debates, interviews, and will have to answer multiple questions. Players who lost in their respective party's primaries are certainly able to create news outlets to play the important role of the American media in the election. However, this is only allowed during the general election. Until then, mods will play as the media.
The goal of the game is to win the election. To do this, you need to win both the primaries and the general election. There are five "resources" which affect your ability to win. These are:
- Name Recognition
Name recognition is how much people know your name, and know who you are. This gives you a bigger amount of people to convince to vote for you and gives you a better chance of doing well early on in the race. Trustworthiness is very important for many independent voters and is the trust that voters have that you will keep your promises, believe what you say, and are not corrupt. Likability is the appeal the candidate have as a person, and how much the voters would want to meet the candidate. Fundraising is the ability to raise money, it is key for being able to stay in the race and spend on commercials. Finally, legitimacy is the voters' view of the candidate as viable, experienced, a good speaker, and in the primary the belief that they could win the general election.
There are several groups of people (for example religions, factions within a party, races, economic classes, etc.), and each group has a general position on each issue, different priorities on different issues, and they will have different views for each candidate. Each state has a different mix of these groups, and candidates have a different amount of the resources among each group. However, it is important to determine which groups you want to gain support from, and as a result determine where you will campaign. Every category has a group of "other" or "mixed", which will be counted as more of the national average. Below are a list of the groups:
- Asian/Pacific Islander
- Mixed Race
- Evangelical Protestant
- Mainline Protestant
- Lower Class/Poverty
- Middle Class
- Upper Middle Class
- Very Rich
- No High School Degree
- High School Degree
- College Degree
- Advanced Degree
- Current Student
- Heterosexual Men
- Heterosexual Women
If you'd like to be a mod, please apply in the talk page.
How to Join
If you want to join this game as a candidate for the President of the United States, you must fill out the following form in the talk page. The first official campaigns shall commence on April 16th, and any candidates that join after this shall be at a disadvantage. No offensively satirical or stereotypical candidates will be accepted.
- Candidate Name:
- Religion (include denomination):
- Party Affiliation:
- Home State:
- State of Birth:
- Current Job:
- Past Government Positions (if applicable):
- Job before Politics (usually lawyer, soldier, businessman, etc.):
- Issue Most Stressed:
- Secondary Issue:
- Campaign Slogan:
- Other Notes:
Foreign Affairs Issues:
There are five "resources" which each candidate must use. See above for explanations. Each candidate gets fifteen total "resource" points to allocate between the five resources. Independent and Libertarian candidates may not spend more than five points on Name Recognition. This is just your baseline, but some of your decisions will affect this.
YOU MAY NOT CHANGE YOUR RESOURCE ALLOCATIONS ANY LONGER. THEY WILL BE INCREASED OR DECREASED AS THE ELECTION GOES ON, BUT ONLY THE MODS MAY DO THIS.