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  1. In PMI UK, I'd love for 'vote share changes/swings' to be added to election nights. In each seat, the changes for each party in percentage terms compared to the previous (real-life) election would be displayed next to the candidates, with changes also shown on regional and national levels. For example, Labour won 47.2% compared to the Tories' 32.8% in Walsall South in the real-life 2015 election. If in the 2017 PMI UK scenario Labour win 56.9% and the Tories 31.2%, then it would show Labour 56.9% (+9.7%), Conservatives 31.2% (-1.6%). This is a key feature of televised election night cover
  2. Corbyn's personal ratings are no worse than Thatcher's in 1979, Heath's in 1970 or even Cameron's in 2010. Indeed, Callaghan famously had a 19-point lead over Thatcher on the question of preferred prime minister on the eve of the 1979 election. Sustained positive personal ratings are actually quite an unusual thing; when opposition parties win elections it is often a case of a default victory rather than of any great enthusiasm. I mean, it's much easier to imagine a voter who votes for a party despite not really liking its leader ("best of a bad bunch") than it is to imagine a voter who doesn'
  3. It's unfair to single out the UK. Western politics in general has taken a rather sour turn in the past few years. Although, paradoxically, the two main parties received their highest combined vote share in 2017 since 1970, despite neither of them exactly being popular.
  4. New Labour is certainly better (from a left-wing POV) than the Labour governments that both Australia and New Zealand had in the 1980s.
  5. President Forever 2008 did have an election night which included state projections ("we are calling ME for X", we are calling CO for Y" etc) but the problem with it was that it often called states prematurely. If, say, a few percent of the vote was in and one candidate was ahead by more than about 8% then that candidate would be projected the winner. This led to a bizarre bug where if the other candidate wound up as the victor in that state and this caused the overall national outcome to flip, there would be an avalanche of messages of "we are taking back our call". Another issue was that it w
  6. You mean like how his father was until the 1950s? It's not unusual at all anyway for children to have differing political views from their parents. As for the topic, there are loads of interesting failed primary candidates from the 80s and 90s who are fairly interesting and would be so in today's environment. Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart, Pat Buchanan, Pete Wilson etc.
  7. He did make quite significant progress on it, to the extent that it was playable anyway. I'd really like to see who all of the candidates were on that 2016 scenario and compare to real life. I can recall Schweitzer, Andrew Cuomo, and maybe Susana Martinez but no one else (other than, as said, that fictional third-party guy). At that time it was assumed that Hillary Clinton was finished with presidential politics so I doubt she was in it.
  8. Hello, I first discovered what was then known as President Forever in 2008 so obviously I have experienced many scenarios over the years. There are three that I recall fondly that don't seem to be available on the campaigns page or in the forum. - A 2016 scenario that was made many years before 2016. It had many 'stars' of the future, and it also had a populistic third-party candidate with Martin Sheen as its default pic. Funnily enough, its issues included such things as human cloning, robotics etc. - An expanded 2000 scenario. It notably had several celebrities as alternativ
  9. Was also (probably) the least liberal Lib Dem held seat in the 2010-2015 parliament, aside from possibly Birmingham Yardley or Redcar. It's often forgotten that a lot of the pre-coalition Lib Dem vote came from people who weren't liberal at all or obsessed with things like Euro integration, electoral reform etc and mainly voted Lib Dem because they weren't the two main parties. And for a non-Brit not hearing of Burnley, that isn't really surprising is it? There are vastly populated cities (with hundreds of thousands of people) in the United States that even Americans haven't heard of. Vi
  10. With the new popular vote feature, making U.S. senate, governor etc elections is much easier. I figured that it might also be neat to do some notable constituency elections. Waaaaay back in the day, the user Treasurer of the PC made some good Westminster constituency scenarios, mostly by-elections if I remember correctly. In terms of the upcoming general election, the following would make quite interesting scenarios imo. Feel free to add your own suggestions. Moray - Can the SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson hold off a Tory challenge? Vauxhall - Can the maverick Br
  11. It does seem to be the case that whenever we have a general election, we get left-wing Americans going on about how great the Tories are in comparison to the GOP. Oddly enough those on the left in the UK don't feel that way at all. The Tories have presided over the dismantling of the welfare state since 2010. May's rhetoric is more 'compassionate' than Cameron's but she has done nothing whatsoever to reverse it. Add to that that she is known to be quite authoritarian on law and order matters, that she has filled her cabinet with figures from the Tory right, as well as her pursuit of a Ha
  12. Why would O'Malley (who as you say is a technocrat) be a good choice for appealing to the 'white working-class' when the Democratic Party's problems with the 'white working-class' are largely based on its embrace of technocracy? Webb is only noteworthy for his 2016 run and his victory in the tipping point race of the 2006 senate elections. If there's a candidate from that tendency of the party then it should be John Bel Edwards or even Joe Manchin. Cuomo...no, just no. Personifies everything that is wrong with the current Democratic Party - dull, technocratic, basically has the polic
  13. Often cabinets are filled with technocratic nonentities. This one looks as if it will be mostly made up of well-known names.
  14. As a Brit, I did not become familiar with Donald Trump until around 2009. How did I become familiar? I downloaded an expanded 2000 scenario for President Forever 2008. It included more candidates and parties than the official one. I scrolled through the various parties and candidates and got to the Reform Party. One of their candidates was a stern-looking guy with interesting hair, although his picture was a bit fuzzy as I recall. His name was Donald Trump. His set positions on the issues weren't too offensive. He had a charisma rating of 2. So yeah. I first heard of the President-elect
  15. What has always baffled me about Obama's presidency is that most people seem to hold strong views (be they positive or negative) about it. In my view his presidency has been largely benign with even his most significant legislative achievement (Obamacare) not exactly being transformational in the grand scheme of things.
  16. I tend to be quite liberal (so to speak) with the stats and give out a lot of 5s. I'd give Lloyd Bentsen for example a 5 on debating based upon the debate with Quayle and Cuomo a 5 on charisma based upon his 1984 DNC speech. Regardless, the key is to apply whatever principle you hold equally. Hence Reagan should get a 5 on both leadership and charisma if Bentsen and Cuomo are to get a 5 on debating and charisma respectively.
  17. As many of you will know the campaign on the UK's EU membership is in full swing and the vote is being held on June 23rd. This would make for an interesting scenario. For issues, the Scottish referendum scenario is a good groundwork, namely breaking the whole issue in itself down - immigration, jobs, banking, health, a post-Bremain EU, a post-Brexit UK in general. In terms of the map, the vote will be counted in individual counting areas. There are somewhat bigger than the parliamentary constituencies - for instance Sunderland (usually the first to declare) has three seats in the Hou
  18. As many of you will know the campaign on the UK's EU membership is in full swing and the vote is being held on June 23rd. This would make for an interesting scenario. For issues, the Scottish referendum scenario is a good groundwork, namely breaking the whole issue in itself down - immigration, jobs, banking, health, a post-Bremain EU, a post-Brexit UK in general. In terms of the map, the vote will be counted in individual counting areas. There are somewhat bigger than the parliamentary constituencies - for instance Sunderland (usually the first to declare) has three seats in the Hou
  19. Looks good. Looking at the list of all the leaders it is extraordinary just how many of them are now politically dead (or literally dead in the case of Charles Kennedy ). The exceptions include McDonnell, Farage, Salmond and Sturgeon...all of whom were considered somewhat fringe back in 2010.
  20. Labour: David Miliband Harriet Harman Alistair Darling Tony Blair (in an alternate universe where he stays on) John McDonnell Liberal Democrats: Chris Huhne Vince Cable David Laws Menzies Campbell Charles Kennedy
  21. Newt Gingrich stands out for recent Republicans, surely?
  22. Sounds good. Just for reference, AFAIK, the following historical British general election scenarios were made (official or otherwise) for the original PM Forever engine, so anyone who is thinking of making any of them for the PMI engine can get pictures and maps from them - 2015 2010 2005 1997 1992 1987 1983 1979 October 1974 1922 and possibly an earlier one too (1910?) Of the above, the ones most worth re-creating would IMO be 2010/1992 (close and unpredictable elections), 1997 (to please Labour supporters) and 1983 (to please Tory supporters + a close battle for second place i
  23. I will say that the book app/website Scribd is a good place to visit for those who want to read up on political and presidential history. No shortage of books on these kinds of topics on there. I don't know a whole lot about him but it would seem that he was the most significant president between Jackson and Lincoln.
  24. Neither Kasich nor Webb has charisma and neither have much name recognition in the country as a whole. If the GOP wishes to make that move then it'd have to be a Christie or a Rubio. Probably the former, actually, as he is a hyperbolic loudmouth and strong third-party candidates have tended to be hyperbolic loudmouths (think Perot, Wallace and TR).
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