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.
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.
- 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.
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!
With 36 state governorships up for election this year, there are many opportunities for Jay Inslee’s Democratic Governors Association to add to their membership. Members of Bill Haslam’s Republican Governor’s Association will be primarily on the defense, but there may be opportunities for the Republicans to flip a few races as well. Will the Democrats ride a “blue wave” into the governorships of these states, or will this “blue wave” fizzle out and enable the Republicans to retain control of these states before redistricting in 2020?
NB. While this is obviously not true to how gubernatorial races work in real life, I thought that it would be a neat idea to develop a scenario of this sort. If people enjoy it, I may do other cycles.
Amidst the backdrop of rumours surrounding more IMF-sponsored austerity measures, Prime Minster Portia Simpson-Miller has called an early election. She will be running a campaign centered around steady economic growth, a lowering debt-to-GDP ratio, and multiple international credit upgrades. These achievements have come at a cost, however, as the IMF-imposed austerity measures remain deeply unpopular with the Jamaican electorate. Following his defeat in 2011, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness is ready for an attempt to regain his position as Prime Minister of Jamaica. The JLP have unveiled a 10-point plan designed to spur economic growth, while simultaneously lowering taxes in the island nation. While polling seems to indicate a razor-thin PNP lead, this election is up for grabs by either party!
In 2020, Tommy Tuberville (generic Alabama name) defeated incumbent Senator Doug Jones. Will this election play out the same, or can Jones capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment and keep the seat blue for another six years?
- Mr. Tommy Tuberville
- Sen. Luthor Strange
- Rep. Mo Brooks
- Attorney and Sen. Doug Jones
As Premier Alison Redford dropped the election writ, she sets off a 28-day provincial campaign that will send Albertans to the polls on April 23 2012. Redford requested Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell end the Legislature, setting off what is expected to be one of the most competitive election battles in decades. The 28-day campaign will see the PC leader try to extend her party’s 41-year grip on power, while Danielle Smith of the Wildrose Alliance, Raj Sherman of the Alberta Liberals, Brian Mason of the NDP, and Glenn Taylor of the Alberta Party will all be trying to end the Tory dynasty that started in 1971.
- Election Data based on official election results with voter shifts to reflect pre-campaign polling
- 9 Parties and the Electoral Commission as an observer party.
- Lots of events from the Calgary Herald
- Updated Issues and regional centres (Definitions are quite generic to reflect a multitude of parties.)
- Campaign funding totals from Elections Alberta
- v.3 – Added candidate riding positions and high score bonuses
It’s the dawn of the New Frontier for the first time at the ballot box since the very close 1960 Presidential election. In this scenario you can command Mike Mansfield and the Senate Democrats to protect the momentum for the New Frontier. Or you can be Everett M. Dirksen and try to recapture a decent number of Republican seats. It will be a mountain to recover enough seats (15) to control the U.S. Senate after the landslide for the Democrats in 1958. With 21 Democratic seats up you will have to maintain your 18 seats and then capture the lion’s share of the Democrats. It’s not undoable but will take some serious targeting and use of resources.
You can play the scenario here. Please feel free to give feedback. Thank you everyone!
May the odds be ever in your favor!
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!