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  1. I'm actually basing it on the real-life California National Party the platform of which is surprisingly progressive, despite the name. But I was similarly struck by the same thing you were in that it's very odd that they chose to wrap themselves in the language of reactionaries the world over. Maybe I should nickname them "Californians" instead of "Nationalists?"
  2. My only reasoning behind making it a right-wing or right-leaning movement was that in order for California to secede, the left would have to have been pretty unified behind the independence movement. But as I mentioned in the notes I was thinking about expanding its potential candidates to include Nancy Pelosi who seems like she would be pretty in favor of maintaining the union. The more I think about it, though, the more I'm thinking your way might work out better. To your points: 1) As I mentioned in the OP, this idea is still sort of percolating a bit so any ideas you have (that you aren't planning on using, obviously) are appreciated. Maybe we could include Nevada in a future election? 2) The Fremont Coalition would essentially be what remains of the California Republican Party (who ditched the Republican brand because of its deep unpopularity in California) plus some centrist Democrats. Essentially, if the California Nationalist Party is going to be the mainstream progressive Democrats (with the People's Party being the former Bernie Bros), then the Fremont Coalition is everyone to their right who want to maintain independence. 3) The reason I included Zuckerberg was because there was a some speculation floating around in the past couple of weeks that he maybe gearing up for a presidential campaign in 2020. He denied it, but some of his allies said that he is looking at running, just not until 2024. I figured that the shift in political landscape might accelerate those ambitions a little bit. Plus it's always fun to have a well-funded independent candidate in these scenarios, doubly so when it's a terrifying candidate.
  3. With the discussion recently about whether California is going to try to secede from the United States (probably not, but still), I was thinking that it would be neat to do a California Presidential Race for 2020 after the state seceded. Here's sort of what I have in mind for a scenario: "After months of political wrangling, the unthinkable has happened: California has seceded from the United States, and President Donald Trump has accepted the result. Now, with the first California Presidential election kicking off, several prominent Californians are eying the executive mansion. With Interim President Barbara Boxer's announcement that she will not seek the office for her own term, the race is wide open. The pragmatic progressive California Nationalists are widely expected to win, but face a challenge from their left from the California People's Party. Meanwhile, the former Republican Party has divided into three groups. The Frémont Coalition represents the center to center-right of the political spectrum, and is hoping to build a lasting conservative/moderate alliance to counter the Nationalists' advantage. But its chances of success are threatened by the Reunification Party, which hopes to undo the results of the secession movement and bring California back to the Union, and the Jefferson Secessionist Party which seeks to form a new nation consisting only of the northern conservative areas of the California Republic. There are also rumors that a certain silicon-valley billionaire may throw his hat in the race as an independent. The stakes are high as whoever wins will certainly shape the future of the new nation." Parties and candidates: Jefferson Secessionist Party Mr. Mark Baird Reunification Party Fmr. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ??? (Nancy Pelosi, maybe? Maybe someone more right-wing than Condi. No clue who.) Fremont Coalition Ms. Carly Fiorina Fmr. U.S. Rep Kevin McCarthy Fmr. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Mr. Peter Thiel Fmr. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (A self-described Blue Dog Democrat who sees more opportunity for advancement in the FC than in the crowded Nationalists.) Fmr. Assemblyman Rocky Chavez ??? (Other candidates, not sure. Maybe Darrell Issa?) California National Party Fmr. Gov. Gavin Newsome Fmr. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris Fmr. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Fmr. CA Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Mayor Libby Schaff Fmr. Rep. Mark Takano California People's Party Fmr. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich Mr. Kal Penn Mr. Harold Meyerson Independent Mr. Mark Zuckerberg ------------------------------------------------------ That's as far as I am in my notes right now. Any suggestions on more candidates or why I should cut someone out are welcome, as are ideas for issues, endorsers, and events that would affect the election. Thank you.
  4. So I was reading this speculative article, which got me to thinking about a GOP third party challenge to Trump. The regular 2016 campaign includes a Bloomberg third party run, but the possibility of a Republican running against Trump seems more reasonable to me. I began working on a scenario that would feature John Kasich and Jim Webb both leaving their respective parties and launching an independent bid for moderate voters, but my scenario editing skills are garbage and it simply didn't work very well. If anyone else would be willing to take on this project, I would be happy to help you out with whatever information gathering you would need to do to make it fun and playable.
  5. Right. Well that strategy developed from another game I played in which I ran Bush, stayed pretty well positive and still managed to lose to Rubio after all of the endorsements. I figured I had to drive them negative to force them out, which is what I did. It's still a pretty new game to me, though, so maybe I need to play a few more to fruition and just see how it pans out.
  6. Playing P4E 2016 on the provided 2016 scenario I keep running into the same problem every time I run as a Republican: Everyone endorses Rubio, no matter what. For instance, this last go around I was playing as Martinez. I won Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada, Minnesota, Colorado, and Maine; I only lost South Carolina to Thune. Okay, so now I've been spending two weeks trying to get anyone to endorse me. Ain't happening. No one is even thinking about dropping out no matter how far into the negative I drive their momentum. I win Arizona, Jindal takes Michigan, I take Washington. Now, I've won all but two races, no one is even offering to drop out despite the fact that I am in first place in delegates and have a 3.5% lead nationally. Suddenly, two days before the 3/6 primaries, McDonnell, who I've been trying to coerce my way for a month, endorses Rubio, who is in a distant third. The next day Paul, who is tied with Rubio, endorses him as does Thune. Rubio proceeds to run the table the next day. Frustrating, but I've invested enough time that I'm willing to play on. I put my chips into getting Christie and Ryan to endorse me. Christie bites, but now RYAN is endorsing Rubio. Jindal follows a day later, and I have no hope of winning whatsoever. So is this a common problem, other players? Is it bad AI or am I just that terrible a player?
  7. I'm really missing George Wallace, here. I think maybe he'd be the go-to anti-administration candidate for the South rather than Smathers. You might even have the option to have him on either as a Democrat or the AIP candidate in the general. Do you think including Ted Kennedy, defaulted to "off," would be a good inclusion? We know that he really doesn't have a problem challenging sitting presidents. Just a thought. I've come up with a base list of numbers for a few of the candidates: Ronald Reagan Leadership: 5 Integrity: 3 Experience: 3 Issue Knowledge: 3 Debating Skill: 5 Charisma: 5 Stamina: 4 Nelson Rockefeller Leadership: 4 Integrity: 2 Experience: 4 Issue Knowledge: 4 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 4 Stamina: 3 George Romney Leadership: 2 Integrity: 3 Experience: 4 Issue Knowledge: 3 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 3 Stamina: 4 Jim Rhodes Leadership: 3 Integrity: 3 Experience: 3 Issue Knowledge: 3 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 3 Stamina: 3 Sprio Agnew Leadership: 4 Integrity: 1 Experience: 4 Issue Knowledge: 3 Debating Skill: 4 Charisma: 4 Stamina: 3 Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Leadership: 4 Integrity: 3 Experience: 5 Issue Knowledge: 5 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 2 Stamina: 2 Margaret Chase Smith (who is/was a Republican, by the way) Leadership: 2 Integrity: 4 Experience: 4 Issue Knowledge: 3 Debating Skill: 4 Charisma: 3 Stamina: 2 Clifford Case Leadership: 3 Integrity: 3 Experience: 4 Issue Knowledge: 4 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 3 Stamina: 3 Hubert Humphrey Leadership: 3 Integrity: 4 Experience: 5 Issue Knowledge: 4 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 3 Stamina: 4 George Wallace (shameless plug) Leadership: 5 Integrity: 2 Experience: 3 Issue Knowledge: 3 Debating Skill: 4 Charisma: 5 Stamina: 4 Eugene McCarthy Leadership: 4 Integrity: 5 Experience: 3 Issue Knowledge: 4 Debating Skill: 3 Charisma: 3 Stamina: 3 And there you have it. My opinion on the candidates and their ratings.
  8. Any chance someone could send this my way? terrellk@gmail.com
  9. terrellk


    My old computer got fried the other day and I lost the game. Is there any way I can get another copy? Thanks.
  10. If you ever get around to doing the 1865 scenario for the south, please don't forget about John Breckinridge. He was the Southern Democratic Candidate in 1860 and, although he stayed in the US Senate for a few months following KYs wishes not to secede, eventually was a general for the CSA. He's generally forgotten about, but would have undoubtedly been a major player in the CSA had it been established. Edit: Also, I agree with VoteGOP. Turtledove's books are a must read if you're into this alternate history stuff. As is anything by Eric Flint, but especially his Rivers of War series.
  11. Just as a heads up, I doubt Ernie Fletcher is on anyone's VP list as he lost the race for Ky governor this past November. Also, Bob Taft was the least popular governor in the nation during his time in office and was pretty much single handedly responsible for the Republicans loss of power in Ohio.
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