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  1. While Bloomberg isn't definitely in the race, I'd say it's a serious option, and after all Gore and Gingrich have also not announced, and I'd argue he's more likely to run than Gore. I know it's a lot more work to make a new party (be it independent or Unity08) than creating a new candidate in a pre-existing party, but I reckon it would make it much more interesting and widen the options.
  2. You should probably wait until the final four episodes have been shown. I think they will explain more of the politics, and perhaps introduce some characters who might be useful. For example, we still don't know who will be VP right now, and I assume they would be Santos' running mate in four years. Also, we've had a couple of new characters introduced in the race for the new Speaker of the House. I also happen to think that Santos wouldn't have any serious challenger in four years. Russell will be trying to get back on track (remember that he had only served a few terms in Congress before be
  3. Why not have a system where all Presidential candidates you make can also be used as VP candidates? Maybe some of the attributes of a Prez would be irrelevant in a VP, but many could be used
  4. This scenario has now been posted on the website, so you can download it from there.
  5. Yeah, the Debate is the best one for find policy issues. I could probably find enough to cover the election just in that episode.
  6. Castro probably lost that contest because the Tories took China and India. Together they account for almost 40% of EVs. I did one as Xanana Gusmao versus the Presidents of Russia, South Africa and Iran. Despite only beating Putin by 3 points (36-33) I won more than 4 times as many EVs, with over 900 compared to 240. Putin came third with electoral votes, with 33%, just being beaten by the Liberals with 21%. This is probably because the Libs basically have little to no presence in the Big Two. It means they can't win anywhere near as easily as the Tories or the Social Democrats, but they do
  7. Johnny, The Electoral Votes were calculated based on the populations given by the CIA World Factbook. In case you didn't notice, some countries have been merged, as there aren't enough regions for each country to be separate (plus in some cases you wouldn't want to). So in the case of China, it has only been merged with Taiwan. Whereas India has been merged with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which are all sizeable in themselves, so that's why it's bigger than China. Likewise, you'll notice that Venezuela includes the three small countries next to it (Guyana, Suriname, French Guin
  8. sarnstrom54014 sent me some extra candidates, and I've added them to the scenario, and sent it off to be put on the 80soft website. So I may not be as diligent now in responding to people asking for a copy. It'll be available on the website soon enough.
  9. Done. Yes, there's a world map. Basically, the game works perfectly well. But your particular favourite world leader may not be in the game. You can play as: -Vajpayee (former Indian PM) -Castro -Bush -Joshka Fischer -John Howard (Australian PM) -Jose Zapatero (Spanish PM) -Kofi Annan -Lula de Silva -Mahathir Mohamed -Megawati Sukarnoputri -Ralph Nader -Yudhoyono -Tony Blair so the list is a bit unbalanced, but there's a few people to run as. Hilary 08, your email didn't work. Also, if anyone wants to add their own favourite world leader, pass it on to me and i'll add it to
  10. I've started sifting through the 14 episodes so far. Here are some I've come up with: -Immigration (Vinick on the border) -Nuclear Power -Abortion (Vinick and Santos are the same, but other candidates would be different) -Tax Cuts -Intelligent Design -Education (Santos' education plan)
  11. Hey all, The last pre-election episode of the West Wing will be shown on Sunday night. I was thinking that, if the authors of that scenario permit, I'd like to update it a bit. If people can help out, I'd like to: -Work out the support levels in each state. Bear in mind that California is considered Republican at the start of the campaign. -Replace the election issues with the ones in the campaigns. So can people suggest 18 election issues from Season 7? I've got the season 7 episodes on my computer so I'll go through them looking for issues.
  12. Hey everyone I was wondering if anyone wants a copy of the World President scenario I made. It never was completed, but it's possible to play it. It only has a few candidates, and the date is set as March 2003 (it took far too long to make). I gave up on making Parliamentary versions of the World scenario, as it's just too difficult. But other people might be interesting in working on finishing off a world scenario and updating the political issues to 2006. I've done a lot of the hard work in mapping, working out each country's EVs, etc. Although the way the game works currently, I had to
  13. I've been wondering how Congress Forever is going to work. Maybe they're going to introduce bicameral elections with it?
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