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Feedback is very welcome. To give you some background on what this scenario is about, here is the scenario file description, plus some additional info that I included in the scenario folder under the title "The Story So Far." This is based on a mix of the graphic novel and movie versions of V For Vendetta.

Scenario Description

Though credited with keeping Britain out of nuclear war, the Labour Party proved unable to deal with the multiple crises that arose later, and a series of minority governments have been unable to cope with rising instability and outbreaks of domestic terrorism. The most recent minority government, led by the hard-right Norsefire Party, has fallen in a vote of no-confidence, but its leaders have controversially continued to institute new security measures during the election campaign without the approval of Parliament. Political tension is at an all-time high, and some fear that a Norsefire victory could lead to the end of British democracy. (Based on a combination of the graphic novel and film versions of "V For Vendetta.")

The Story So Far

January 1983

Labour wins election

Michael Foot takes office as Prime Minister

Major Party Results:

Labour 352

Conservative 250

SDP/Liberal 33

April 1983

Labour Government initiates nuclear disarmament & large-scale nationalisation

June 1983

James Prior replaces Margaret Thatcher as Conservative Party Leader

August 1983

U.S.-Soviet Confrontation escalates to nuclear exchange

Total of 178 nuclear warheads launched before cease-fire, most striking U.S. and USSR

UK refuses to launch missiles

October 1983

Fallout, economic collapse spread

Over 300 million deaths attributed to nuclear strikes, radiation, and other after-effects

February 1984

Unemployment and poverty reach historic highs in UK due to global economic crisis

May 1984

Food shortages lead to government rationing of supplies

Protests against proposed rations turn into riots

Over 400 killed in clashes with authorities

June 1984

IRA calls for renewed independence campaign

Several terrorist attacks take place, disorder spreads

July 1984

Tony Benn replaces Michael Foot as Labour Leader, Prime Minister

September 1984

Reports suggest spike in immigration contributing to job shortages, overcrowding

October 1984

Disorder and crime in British cities continue to spin out of control

November 1984

Several trade unions revolt against proposed government rations

December 1984

Benn dissolves Parliament, calls new election

January 1985

Prior wins Minority Government on "National Reconciliation" platform

Major Party Results:

Conservative 297

Labour 214

SDP/Liberal 105

February 1985

Prior invites leaders of various interest groups to national conference

Roy Hattersley replaces Tony Benn as Labour Party Leader

March 1985

Prior's proposed economic recovery and general amnesty program rejected at conference despite Labour Party support

April 1985

Prior calls snap election

May 1985

Second Tory minority elected

Major Party Results:

Conservative 304

Labour 244

SDP/Liberal 62

June 1985

Prior, Hattersley agree to temporary "grand coalition" on condition of new election by December 1986

October 1985

New economic recovery plan approved In Parliament

March 1986

Reports surface of IRA forging links to British extremists & militants

August 1986

British economy on rebound; job losses partially reversed

October-November 1986

Wave of domestic terrorism claims 784 lives

Prior and Hattersley reported At odds over response

December 1986

Parliament dissolved, new elections called

January 1987

Labour Minority elected, Hattersley becomes PM

Major Party Results:

Labour 288

Conservative 256

SDP/Liberal 70

March 1987

Government achieves partial success in reducing crime, terorrism

April 1987

Hattersley badly wounded in car bomb attack, resigns as PM

Foot serves as Interim PM, rules out permanent return

Labour factional splits re-emerge over choice of successor

May 1987

Labour Unable to Agree on New PM; Queen Invites Prior and SDP/LIB Leaders to Negotiate New Government

Prior, David Steel Announce Coalition Government

August 1987

Widespread unrest in face of resurgent terrorism and violence, economy falters

Racial tension, anti-immigrant violence rise in cities

Neil Kinnock becomes Labour Party Leader

November 1987

Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer assassinated outside 10 Downing Street

Right-wing leaders claim foreign infiltrators responsible

Prior resigns as Conservative Leader and PM

Thatcher returns as Conservative Leader and PM, promises tough new law-and-order measures

December 1987

Several industries partially privatized

Ulster Unionists and Democratic Unionists merge as Ulster Unionist Alliance

January 1988

Harsh new criminal justice and internal security policies approved with cross-partisan support in Parliament

Sinn Fein hardliners, IRA pledge support to new “Coalition for Resistance” against perceived authoritarian trends

February 1988

Conservatives propose drastic cutbacks in immigration quotas

SDP-Liberal Alliance withdraws support; Government falls in no-confidence vote

Conservative Cabinet Minister Adam Sutler forms Norsefire Party, claims government policies too timid

April 1988

Election results in hung Parliament, Kinnock becomes PM with SDP/Liberal support

Major Party Results:

Labour 277

Conservative 238

Norsefire 48

SDP/Liberal 41

June 1988

Government nationalises several struggling businesses

July 1988

Numerous "Militant Tendency" figures expelled From Labour Party

August 1988

Militant Tendency reported to be in talks with Coalition for Resistance

September 1988

New domestic terrorism outbreak; accusations fly between Norsefire, Militant Tendency

"Revenge murders" against immigrants suspected of terrorism reported

Irish nationalists form United Ireland Party

October 1988

Kinnock declares State Of Emergency

November 1988

State of Emergency rescinded; 3 more bombing attacks shortly afterward

SDP-Liberal Alliance withdraws support over mishandling of State of Emergency

Government falls in no-confidence vote

December 1988

Conservative minority elected, Norsefire offers conditional support

Major Party Results:

Conservative 275

Labour 228

Norsefire 97

SDP/Liberal 24

January 1989

Conservative-Norsefire alliance passes additional internal security regulations

March 1989

189 suspected terrorists arrested

April 1989

Government claims leaders of attacks on Hattersley, Prior now In custody

Thatcher calls snap election

May 1989

Norsefire show huge unexpected gains, form minority government with Adam Sutler as PM

Major Party Results:

Norsefire 237

Labour 232

Conservative 141

SDP/Liberal 15

August 1989

Civil liberties protesters clash with police

Large numbers placed in indefinite detention by decree of Home Secretary Peter Creedy

September 1989

Tories suggest proposal to allow martial law under specific circumstances

Sutler dismisses Tory proposal, says new office of High Chancellor needed

Government forces through new censorship measures

December 1989

"Christmas Day Massacre": Over 300 killed in clashes with police in London

February 1990

Report: Over 2,000 Citizens "disappeared" since Norsefire assumed power

Government proposes mass deportation program

Inner-city violence spikes, terrorism on the rise

Coalition for Resistance calls for “armed insurrection” against the government

Tories join Labour, SDP/Liberal Alliance in no-confidence vote, Parliament dissolved

Major parties likely to conduct pre-election leadership review

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Brilliant background story, and very compelling scenario prospect. Never read the book or seen the movie though. I'll play it fully soon as i can!

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And I was right. Plays very well. :D

I'll play a few more times and then I'll see if I can come up with any improvement suggestions.

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I can help you improve it if you want. I was well in the lead with Norsefire, but i crashed, having lots of negative momentum, and in the end, the Alliance came from nowhere and won. I felt like i wasn't in control by the end. Probably because i ran out ad money, but it all seemed erratic with the large amounts of money. I can put in the right issue images if you want.

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The Alliance should perhaps have less money -- they're meant to be a in a pretty weakened state. I've never seen them win before in this scenario, but I didn't intend for that be possible.

The scenario is meant to be somewhat events-driven, though. The St. Mary's virus is always going to give a boost to parties with a more right-wing position on security issues and hurt those more to the left. Also, if Norsefire gets accused of creating the virus (of which they were seemingly guilty in the V For Vendetta movie), you'll see the opposite effect and the public will turn against parties that are right-wing on those issues. Did you get both the virus and the counter-accusation when you played?

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The Alliance won, due to a four way party split of the seats, and the Alliance edged it, with a late surge.

I can understand what's going on now. I looked at your events file. For the "NORSEFIRE ACCUSED OF CREATING ST. MARY'S VIRUS" headline, you've put in 20 for chance_occurs_any_given_day, but the headline will come up everytime you play the game because you've put a "1" for event_will_occur, which means it will over-ride any percentage you give it, so leave that as 0, if thats what you desired, a 20% chance for each day. The 1 for times_can_occur is OK though.

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The Alliance won, due to a four way party split of the seats, and the Alliance edged it, with a late surge.

I can understand what's going on now. I looked at your events file. For the "NORSEFIRE ACCUSED OF CREATING ST. MARY'S VIRUS" headline, you've put in 20 for chance_occurs_any_given_day, but the headline will come up everytime you play the game because you've put a "1" for event_will_occur, which means it will over-ride any percentage you give it, so leave that as 0, if thats what you desired, a 20% chance for each day. The 1 for times_can_occur is OK though.

I meant to change that back to 0, actually. I changed it to 1 because I wanted to see how it would affect the game when it did happen, but it's not supposed to happen every single time.

Do you think I should make the viral outbreak itself an optional issue rather than something that invariably happens? My thought was that the challenge of the scenario would be to beat Norsefire despite the outbreak and without any guarantee of their role in it coming to light. (I'd also have to remove the follow-up events, since it unfolds over several days as the scenario currently stands.)

Anyway, I'll be sure to at least change the accusation event before I post the next version.

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I would prefer the virus was compulsive, and the Norsefire accusation optional. I like the big event intervention for this one.

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Sorry, didn't realize people were still reading this thread. I think what I may do, actually, is just try to finalize it this weekend and then send it out and/or post it - I just have a few changes to make, but I got distracted working on UK '79, Weimar 1933, and some others.

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