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  1. I encourage this. I hope you don't mind some random comments. The Irish Party was shattered by the pro-independence force, Sinn Féin, in the 1918 general election. If that hadn't happened, the Irish Party would have won 75-80 seats, Unionists 21-25 and Labour 0-7 out of 105. This was the basic split in Irish politics before 1916, whereas the equivalent Liberal/Conservative/Labour seat split in Britain was about 165/360/75 in 1918. (http://irishpoliticalmaps.blogspot.ie/2012/05/irish-uk-general-election-1918.html) Before the Irish Party, you had a mix of home-rule activists, Whigs, and Liberals playing the same role as the majority, anti-Conservative party, with the (Anglican) Conservatives and Unionists in the minority. (http://irishpoliticalmaps.blogspot.ie/2012/12/uk-general-election-1859-ireland.html) Pro-Catholic, anti-Conservative factions had won the majority/Catholic vote for 80 years by the time of Irish independence, while Conservatives and Unionists won the minority/Protestant vote. This is the basic party system up to 1918; what about afterwards? I don't see much reason for change after 1918, except that Labour might grow at the expense of the other two parties, until the Great Depression, when all bets are off. As you say, Dublin and Belfast (and Cork) might favour Labour in poor areas. They wouldn't have had much chance elsewhere, with voters under the influence of the Catholic Church, or anti-Labour farmers or professionals. The Conservatives would do well exactly where they did up to the 1970s: north-east Ireland, fighting against a Labour minority in most areas. This extends to the Protestant-majority parts of Ulster. The Conservatives were Unionists so I don't think they would have been pro-devolution in Southern Ireland at all. They represented the Protestant religious interest in Ireland. In contrast, Irish Catholics were not usually Conservative unless they had landed estates. Most of Ireland would have been agricultural, religious-minority, and peripheral, like west Wales or the Highlands, which had a strong Liberal presence up to the Second World War. So I think the Irish Party would either act independently, or as the Irish wing of the Liberals. This could give UKGBI a lasting three-party system: Labour; Conservative and Unionist; Liberal and Home Rule. As for history, Labour would have needed Irish MPs to support their minority governments in 1923 and 1929. Interwar politics would have been Conservatives versus everyone else. (If the Liberals and Irish merged, they could have won 10 Downing Street at the 1923 general election. Think about that...) I would put almost all the significant figures from Ireland, 1979 in the Irish Party/Liberals in this alternate history. In summary: Northern Ireland, Conservative v Labour; Southern Irish cities, Irish v Labour; Southern Irish rural areas, Irish v other Irish (maybe pro-independence?).
  2. I will submit some issues if you like.
  3. 2001 = 1997. The election night recordings are very useful to watch; one can get ideas for issues, and better understand the culture of the time.
  4. Wow, Display Name's 1922 scenario is really good. I am doing preliminary research for a Pakistan 2008 scenario for Prime Minister Forever. Just to determine if it's viable.
  5. I am going to do a 1970 scenario after all. Not only are the constituencies different, but so are the counties. Instead of the familiar map with the modern counties, the map will look different. Picture to follow.
  6. Here http://theoryspark.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=10722
  7. What are the main political divides in the country? Which parties like which other parties, who hates whom? What's the recent political history - any dictators or atrocities we should know about? Here are some issues that you might include. //Poverty End poverty with widespread state ownership of the economy. End poverty with land reform and wealth redistribution. End poverty with family allowances and minimum wage laws. End poverty with urban renewal and faith-based initiatives. Poverty is best addressed by private charity. @ //Inflation Print money to finance state spending. Price controls on all goods. First economic growth, then low inflation. Price controls on basic necessity goods. Introduce a comprehensive incomes policy to reduce inflation in a fair way. Introduce an inflation target and an independent central bank. Zero-inflation target. Tough line on wage increases. @ //Foreign debt Renege on foreign debt. Mobilise domestic private savings instead. Renegotiate foreign debt. Default if necessary. Seek forgiveness for odious debt. No repayments on arms credit. Repay current debt and keep future borrowing low. Repay current debt and implement all IMF recommendations. @ //Foreign policy Anti-USA policy. Create new regional organisations to resist imperialism. Moderately anti-USA policy. Promote independence in regional organisations. Moderately pro-USA policy. No military support for American wars. Pro-USA policy. Military support for American wars. Strongly pro-USA policy. Allow Marines to attack drug dealers across our borders. @ //Race relations Fight discrimination. Recognise minorities' claim to land and wealth. Introduce special measures like job quotas to promote minorities. Help minority groups to exit poverty as equal members of our society. Race relations are fine. No need for change. Separate citizenship classes for different ethnic groups. @
  8. I haven't been here so ditto what Display Name said.
  9. EGaffney

    An idea

    I haven't got the new game yet, but I must try it. I'll keep this in mind.
  10. No. It is 4 because he was never elected PM.
  11. Cameron isn't EPP, but it's somewhat likely that he will be in 2014.
  12. Purple - it mixes blue and red. I agree that grey is not acceptable due to the other states.
  13. Rasmussen has an extremely strong bias towards Tea Party candidates, probably due to the demographics of the people it samples. People say it's biased towards ®, but that just conceals an even bigger bias towards (Tea Party).
  14. Nah, it won't help because I don't have a US QWERTY keyboard. I just copied and pasted diacritics instead.
  15. You need to move the folder from your download into the "scenarios" folder of your game. If you can't find that, let us know.
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