Feedback on New Scenario Ideas

Non-First Past the Post Electoral Systems and New Scenarios

Proportional Representation – I’ve recently been exploring the possibility of utilising the primary election proportional representation (PR) feature on President Infinity to create scenarios for countries that use PR, unfortunately to no avail. I think it would be great to see this feature made available for the general election, in addition to the primary elections, in order to allow for the creation of accurate PR election scenarios. Would be interested to see if anyone else feels the same!

In the current absence of this feature outside of the PI primaries, I’ve found two ways to work around it:

Firstly, when I’ve been working on a full PR election, such as British EU Parliamentary election scenarios for example (all were held using regional PR lists following 1999), instead of using FPTP seats, which would produce widely unrealistic results, I’ve instead set the scenario to a direct popular vote. While this means that no seats are allocated and regional differences are not accounted for, it does reflect the proportionality of the election somewhat. I’d be keen to hear what people think about this method and whether it makes for an interesting scenario or not.

Secondly, for mixed member proportional elections (some FPTP seats, some PR), I’ve instead envisioned making scenarios solely focused on the FPTP seats. The only issue with this is that it would produce unrealistic/simplistic results with nations like Wales or Scotland, where one party has a large advantage in terms of FPTP seats, or for nations like Italy, which have a greater number of PR list seats than FPTP seats. I’d also be keen to see if people would find these sorts of scenarios interesting, despite being somewhat incomplete.

Two Round Elections – Two round elections have been made somewhat more accessible with the onset of the ranked choice feature, which despite not providing for an actual second round, does whittle the number of candidates down to two. I’ve been experimenting with the possibility of creating French legislative election scenarios with this, something I would also be keen to receive feedback on the possibility of.

I would also like to make a French presidential election scenario, however, as the ranked choice feature only works for single regions, it would require a single, all-France region to work in this way, meaning that the only alternative to a two round national election scenario would be to have separate first and second round popular vote scenarios. I would be interested to know what people would think about either having two separate scenarios for each round, or indeed if just having a first round scenario would be more interesting.

Future Projects

I’d therefore be interested to hear feedback on some future projects I had in mind relating to the above, or any tips or ideas regarding the use of non-FPTP voting systems.

PR Elections:

  • Welsh and Scottish devolved elections, 1999-2021 (focusing only on FPTP seats)
  • British EU Elections, 1999-2019 (using popular vote)
  • Italian general election, 2018 (focusing only on FPTP seats)
  • German general election, 2017 and upcoming (focusing only on FPTP seats)

Two Round Elections:

  • French legislative elections, 2017 (using ranked choice, instant run-off for the seats)
  • French presidential election, 2017 (using two separate FPTP scenarios)

Miscellaneous (if there’s interest to make the scenarios):

  • Scottish independence referendum, 2014
  • Update the EU referendum 2016, Quebec referendum 1995 scenarios
  • Quebec independence referendum, 1980
  • Australian republic referendum, 1999

Would be very interested to hear everyone’s feedback and opinions on the voting systems (if you too would like to see a PR and second round feature added), as well as any feedback on the possible scenarios listed above or any other suggestions for future scenarios.

Thanks!

Template – Michigan

Hello everyone! It is I, your dear ruler, back from isolation where I have been slaving away for things to be made available to you, my loyal plebs!

In my time away I have literally attempted to create a Michigan 2020 Senate scenario for you (and myself) to enjoy. In doing this, I discovered there is one immense problem. Michigan is a state of 83 counties, with 70+ of those being normally very conservative. Going through and 1) naming, 2) targeting, 3) inserting a) voters, b) population, and c) voter registered, 4) region IDs, and 5) county flags alone takes almost an entire day. One problem most scenario creators find is that it’s nigh impossible to stay dedicated to such work over an extended period of time (I can’t imagine the slog that must be doing a state like Texas, with over 200 counties.

I do not know yet if anyone has made a Michigan scenario, I do not believe so. So in this case I decided to make a template.

This has everything already set out for you-voters, reg. voters, population, region names, ids, and flags, region placements, default R-D candidate placeholders, all the basic work is done already. You need to add in everything else-issues you want, candidate’s names and other things, blurbs, issue strength, events, debates, polls, primary info, that sort of stuff. But, all the hard work, the really hard work-is done for you. So please, enjoy!

Note: I am currently creating a Michigan Senatorial 2020 scenario, and so would appreciate it if no one else took up the challenge of making it!

1988 Senate

It’s 1988, and along with a new President, comes a new chance to control the U.S. Senate. In this scenario, you have a popular U.S. President in Ronald Reagan, retiring. He wants to try to wrestle control of the U.S. Senate back to the Republicans for his successor, Vice President George H.W. Bush. The Democrats, who won the Senate in 1986 after losing control of it in 1980, want to hold on and expand their numbers. They also hope to elect Governor Michael S. Dukakis as President. In addition one of their own will be the next Vice President as the junior Senator from Indiana, Dan Quayle, who is prone to gaffes very frequently facing off against the popular Texas senior Senator, Lloyd M. Bentsen.

You can also click here to play the scenario. Please feel free to give feedback. Thank you everyone! 

May the odds ever be in your favor!

Australia – 1987

After a tumultuous second term in office, abandoning most of it’s policies from it’s previous government, can Bob Hawke make history and lead Labor to it’s subsequent 3rd election victory? Or will John Howard and the coalition capitalize on the disillusion of labor’s heartland and form Government? (all whilst avoiding the disastrous Joh for Canberra campaign)

Playable characters include:

Bob Hawke (Labor)

John Howard (Liberal)

Ian Sinclair (National)

Sir Joh Bjielke-Peterson

Janine Haines (Democrats)

and more.

Download the campaign here

http://campaigns.270soft.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Australia-1987-Final-update-3.zip

This is my first published campaign so feedback is more than welcome.

New Mexico – US House – 2018 (Single State Series)

I have yet again returned, my friends and loyal subjects! I have brought with me gifts, and tidings of great joy!

In this installment of Single State Series…New Mexico, in the recent 2018 Congressional Election!

What’s New

-Smaller Targetable Area: With only 3 congressional districts, it shouldn’t be hard to attempt a sweep from either side. However, be forwarned: Like IA-02 and IA-04, all of New Mexico’s House seats are considered Safe (either way) at the beginning of the scenario. HOWEVER, in my testing, I did somehow flip a district which was D+9% by the time of the Election, so I have no idea.

-Smaller Amounts of Money!!: I finally figured how to make you start off with a smaller amount of money! I shrunk allowances for all main parties to 25k and thus you start with only 50k. Background fundraising at the max is about 30k per turn if you refuse to use any CPs. But if you do try to spam TV ads, keep them below 20k per budget-it’ll drain you fast if you’re not careful.

-New Map!: Of course, why else even download it?!

Future Plans

In the coming future I want to get out both Nebraska, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and other small states from either 2016 or 2018-whichever comes easiest.

If you have issues or suggestions, please leave them in the Comments, and let me know how your playthrough went!

2024 Presidential Election

UPDATE: File uploaded! Enjoy!

I worked on this a few months ago and glad to be able to share with all of you. I have included the following candidates to this scenario:

Republicans:

President Donald Trump (scenario where he loses in 2020), Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor John Kasich, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Larry Hogan, Senator Rand Paul, Ambassador Nikki Haley, Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Tom Cotton, Senator Mitt Romney, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Senator Josh Hawley, Governor Chris Christie, Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Rick Scott, Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Secretary Mike Pompeo, Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Tim Scott, and Governor Mike DeWine

Democrats:

President Joe Biden (scenario where he wins in 2020), Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Vice President Kamala Harris, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Cory Booker, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressman/Senator Joseph P. Kennedy III, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Sherrod Brown, Governor Martin O’Malley, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Jay Inslee, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Governor/Senator Steve Bullock, State Rep. Stacey Abrams, Mayor Andrew Gillum, State Sen. Nina Turner, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Governor Andy Beshear

2017 Virginia Governor Election

This is a scenario I made for the 2017 Virginia Governor Race. I decided to use the current Congressional map of Virginia as the boundaries for this scenario, since Virginia has waaaaaay too many counties and independent cities for me to deal with in one sitting (at least for the time being). This is still in the early stages (although most of the necessary features being there), and I plan to add:

  1. More endorsers
  2. More Candidates
  3. Events

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