New South Wales 2023 – Wind Of Change, Or Not?

This election is set to be a pivotal moment for New South Wales. As voters head to the polls, the stakes are high with Dominic Perrottet and the Liberal Party vying to secure another term amidst challenges and a strong opposition led by Chris Minns of the Labor Party, issues ranging from healthcare and education to infrastructure and housing affordability dominate the campaign, reflecting the diverse concerns of the electorate.

Labor is determined to end 12 years in opposition, presenting a renewed vision for the state and promising significant reforms. Chris Minns and his team are capitalizing on growing dissatisfaction with the current government, hoping to ride a wave of change similar to the federal election results, Labor challenge is significant there have only been two instances since World War II where Labor has won government from the opposition in New South Wales.

Smaller parties and independents also play a crucial role in this election, The Greens continue to push their environmental and social justice agenda, while the potential for a “teal wave”—inspired by the recent federal election—adds another layer of complexity. These independent candidates, often focusing on climate action and political integrity, could disrupt traditional voting patterns and influence key electorates.

The current government is the last of its kind in mainland Australia. After losing popular premier Gladys Berejiklian, can Perrottet hold off the red wave and stop it in New South Wales? Or will Minns deliver Labor to government after 12 years in the wilderness?

Queensland – 1998

The 1998 Queensland state election is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and hard-fought political contests in recent history. With a diverse array of parties and candidates vying for power, the race is wide open, and the outcome is far from certain.

The incumbent National-Liberal coalition government, which unexpectedly gaining power in 1996, is now battling to maintain its grip on power. Meanwhile, the center-left Labor Party is mounting a strong challenge, while the controversial right-wing populist One Nation party led by Pauline Hanson is making a serious push to gain a foothold in the state parliament. Smaller players like the Australian Democrats and Greens are also hoping to leverage voter discontent to secure crucial seats.

The stakes are high, with the future direction of Queensland’s policies on crucial issues like gun reform, indigenous rights, immigration, and the economy all hanging in the balance. Analysts predict record voter turnout as Queenslanders grapple with a complex and consequential set of choices.

With millions of dollars in campaign spending, fiery rhetoric, and shifting alliances, the 1998 Queensland election promises to be a dramatic and defining moment in the state’s political landscape. The final results could reverberate across the country, making this one of the most closely watched state elections in recent memory.

Who will lead Queensland into the new century?

South Australia – 2018

South Australians once again find themselves at a pivotal moment, as they prepare to cast their votes and determine the direction of the state for the next term. The Weatherill Labor government is seeking an unprecedented fifth term in office after a tumultuous last four years rocked by scandals, political turmoil, and statewide blackouts. However, lingering discontent over the energy crisis and cost of living pressures have given momentum to Leader Steven Marshall’s Liberal opposition in their quest to regain Government House. Into this scenario has emerged the insurgent SA Best party led by Former Senator Nick Xenophon, tapping into frustrations but lacking a history of governance. With preferences set to play a major role once more, SA Best is hoping to hold the balance of power regardless of who wins the largest share of the vote, Whoever emerges victorious on March 17 will inherit enormous responsibility to stabilize the budget, stimulate new jobs, and regain public trust in politics at a critical juncture for the state. Once the dust settles after another tightly fought campaign, who will earn the opportunity to lead South Australia bravely into the next decade?

This election unpredictable nature can offer some historic results:

  • Will Premier Weatherill succeed in his quest to win another term and give the Labor party an unprecedented 5th term for the party?
  • Will Steven Marshall’s Liberals come back after 16 years long in opposition?
  • Will South Australians decide it’s time to ditch the duopoly and elect Nick Xenophon and his SA-Best to government?

Canada – 1917 – CHC

Never before has Canada so fragile. Unprecented casualties in the Great War forced Borden to pass the conscription through Parliament. The decision of the English Canada sharply alienated the French, who were offended by the long-standing suppresion outside Quebec.

The Coalition organised a great vote rigging, simultaneously expanding women’s rights and taking away alien’s one. Laurier Liberals have accumulated a loud anti-conscription voice.

The dirtiest, most intolerant and most vicious campaign is ahead. Election day will become Doomsday.

This campaign has three different variations that you can play:

  • Separate Unionist: Conservative and Liberal Unionists nominate separately, but in coalition. Here you can play for Unionist candidates who have retired from competition;
  • United Unionist: Historically traditional scenario of Unionists vs Laurier Liberals;
  • No Union (AH): Coalition talks fail, and straight-party Conservatives and Liberals run separately. An independent nationalist and anti-conscription movement led by Henri Bourassa rises in Quebec.

For more information please contact the background folder.

Canada – 1988 – CHC

Brian Mulroney’s Conservatives have faced tough times since their landslide in 1984, and have staked their mandate on their new US-Canada Free Trade Agreement. John Turner hopes to end the FTA and reclaim the PM’s office on a revival of Canadian nationalism, while Ed Broadbent sees the perfect chance to bring the NDP to new heights. Preston Manning is standing for Western interests. This election is about the FTA and only about that, however, the future winner will have to face Meech Lake, abortion, and other challenges.

This is currently the largest work within the CHC. To a large extent, this was made possible by the work of the original author, as well as a wide range of works on these elections. This creates unique scenarios:

PC: Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, Don Mazankowski, Lucien Bouchard
LIB: Allan MacEachen, Jean Chrйtien, John Turner, Pierre Trudeau, Lloyd Axworthy
NDP: Simon de Jong, Dave Barrett, Ed Broadbent, Phil Edmonston
Others: Preston Manning (Reform), Elmer Knutson (COR), Ed VanWoudenberg (CHP), Kathryn Cholette (Green), Robert Toupin (Ind. MP from Terrebonne)
  • What if Mulroney never decided on an FTA and was replaced by Don Mazankowski?
  • What if the Liberals staged a coup before the election and installed Chrétien?
  • What if Trudeau and Clark meet in a rematch of 1979-80?
  • What if three Québec leaders will confront each other?

Needless to say, the campaign includes >50 events and 35 endorsers to make your gameplay exciting and challenging. Also, although Free Trade discussion takes up all the space, many other issues are also not left out.

Because this is more than an election. This is your future.. or, at least, a few entertaining evenings.

Canada – 1896 – CHC

With the passing of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada lost a helmsman who ploughed through the unknown. His legacy, however, has given rise to a real test of vitality. The Manitoba School Question has opened a living wound between the founding nations and the old parties. Uncertainty is in the air. Either someone will manage to unite the scattered factions, or the Confederation will be blown up. The stakes could not be higher.

Western Australia 1950 – Wind Of Change

Alt-History Mod Alert!

In 1933, West Australians voted in favor of secession from Australia, in the midst of the Depression. After the Western Australian delegation’s petition was accepted by the UK Parliament, the flag of the federation was lowered in Perth and replaced by the Blue Ensign, officially ending the federation between Western Australia and the Australian Federation. 17 years on, the country had moved on and prospered under the boom created by the expansion of the agriculture industry and the mining industry, spurred by the economic policy of the Latham government, which had been in power since 1939. The Prime Minister had decided to call a double dissolution election to advance his agenda, after the Senate kept blocking his legislation to ban the Communist Party, which had continued to grow since the end of the war. Labor, under the new leadership of Frank Wise, hoped to retake government after a series of losses and try to convince Western Australia it was time for change. Meanwhile, a new party emerged as a result of Labor’s left pivot and the NCA’s long rule – the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Oscar Wells, the most famous mining magnate in Western Australia. The party hoped to provide a political home for the Social Liberals and Fiscal Conservatives who might be alienated by the two-party system.

Disclaimer: The Mod is based on this referendum https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1933_Western_Australian_state_election point of divergence is when the Joint Select Committee in the British Parliament accepted the petition presented by the Western Australia delegation led by Premier Mitchell

New Zealand 2017 – Time To Decided

It’s time for New Zealanders to decide the country’s future once again! After 9 years of leadership by John Key through both good and bad times, he has decided to retire from politics, handing over the reigns of power to his deputy and former leader Bill English. What seemed like a cakewalk to victory has turned into a battle of popularity and experience, as Andrew Little suddenly resigned as Labour leader just weeks before election day. Labour decided to coalesce around the young and charismatic Jacinda Ardern, electing her as their new leader. Coming from mid-20% polls, Ardern has a big task ahead of her to overcome. How will New Zealand decide?

The election’s unique nature allows for some hypothetical scenarios:

  • What if Andrew Little had persevered through the bad polling numbers and led Labour to the end?
  • What if Winston Peters decided not to do the unexpected and formed a coalition with National?
  • What if Peter Dunne continued fighting in Ōhāriu even though polls showed he might not make it back this time?
  • What if the coalition arrangements changed, with a Red-Green coalition aided by Uncle Winnie?
  • What if National decided it was time to have an economically responsible and environmentally responsible government by forming a coalition with the Greens?

Because of the lack of an MMP system in PMI, we decided to get a little creative by converting the list seats into actual electorate seats. You can battle it out here in the marginal seats, which are basically voters who are undecided but voted for said party last time and might be able to be persuaded to vote for you this time around. To make it a tad bit more realistic, I have made it as hard as possible for you to get the “Base” Party support seats – for example, the National has 12 “Base seats” which would be hard to get. Every party that makes it into the threshold in the 2014 election has this. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best we can do under the circumstances.

Canada – 1935 – CHC

Since the Great Depression hit Canada, it has left an indelible mark. Everything has fallen in the last 5 years, and even desperate measures are no longer surprising. Bennett’s policies of high tariffs and encouraging external trade to within the Empire brought little benefit. In the pit of unpopularity, Prime Minister put the New Deal for Canada, first announced in January, to a referendum. Mackenzie King, with its experience and patience, can easily crush the Conservatives’ chances. However, distrust of the old parties is pushing Canadians to turn to alternatives. Socialism and evangelicalism come from the West, while populism comes from the East. Of the many paths, where will Canada go?

Canada – 1872 – CHC

The first steps are never easy. Canada also felt it. The unfavourable Treaty of Washington sparked a fierce debate about relations with the United States. Challenges in Manitoba and New Brunswick inflamed passions between English and French. British Columbia joined the union on the condition of building the Pacific Railway. “Better terms” for Nova Scotia also raise many questions. These are vulnerabilities in the government that will be exploited to bring an alternative to Ottawa. Will Sir Macdonald stand or new PM will be elected? The parties will face a nearly 100-day campaign that will span from Halifax to Victoria.