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On January 16, Premier Paul Okalik of Nunavut asked the Commissioner of the territory to dissolve the Legislative Assembly. One month later, the few and scattered residents, producing 98% voter turnout, elected a new Legislative Assembly. This election will be tricky, due to the lack of official political parties. But, as with all 'non-partisan' elected bodies, there are unofficial ideological blocs. I thought, given the 19 constituencies had between one and seven candidates each, I'd group them into a 'conservative,' a 'moderate,' a 'centrist,' a 'socialist,' an 'environmentalist,' a 'tradionalist,' and a 'special interest independent' bloc, all unofficially. I have a list, and some access to the platforms (hence having assembled my 'blocs'), of all the candidates in the election. This is only tentative, as I have a current project as well as other ideas. Issues would include mineral resource exploitation, wildlife preservation vs. hunting rights, traditional Inuit values taught in schools, use of Inuktitut vs. English in official functions, women's rights, non-Inuit workers' rights, health care, alchohol restrictions, and missile testing sentiment, so far. Let me know what you think.

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I have another idea for working this, as I've suddenly been inspired, although there is the fear of having this thread be moved into the P4E+P forum. This new idea keeps the Independent candidate of the candidates and, in a way, the consensus for voting for Premier. Instead of working by PM4E, it'd work by P4E+P (please follow me). There would be one region: Nunavut; all penalties for repeated barnstorming and policy speeches in the same region would be eliminated (if they can be). There would be a 'primary' (which would be the actual election) with 19 'parties,' each of which would represent one of the 19 constiuencies, and have the one to seven candidates for it with appropriate percentages and platform. The number of 'delegates' for Nunavut for each 'party' would be equal to the number of eligible voters in that constituency, and each one's 'primary' for Nunavut and 'party convention' would be on the same day: election night. Then after election night, there'd be a 'general election' where the 19 victorious candidates, each starting at 5% in the 'popular vote' with 5% undecided, would 'camapign' for the consensus of the Legislative Assembly to become Premier; essentially to get Nunavut's 19 'electoral votes.' There are, admittedly, some lingering issues, like vice-leaders, but, all-in-all, I think it could work, and be a quickie scenario to boot. I also think and NWT election could work by the same system.

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Alchohol restrictions and substance abuse is a BIG issue in Nunavut.

The Nunavut and NWT had no parties per se as a form of consensus gouvernment which the MP are all independents­.

But, in these territories, the MP that are not ministers form the opposition.

So, there can be two parties (for incumbants):

The Gouvernment Party

The Opposition Party

Also, as Nunavut is small it is very difficult to put somebody with a ideology like in a non-partisan City Council, as the people vote for the person first. So the partisan idea will not work, except of course of you put fictional people or just a partisan group in the candidate field.

It is also very difficult to see which region are more conservative or liberal than others, except if you take the results of Federal Elections by polling stations.

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Now that my US '96 scenario has been sent to TheorySpark for analysis as to why it doesn't work, and hopefully will get a good playtest afterwards, I'm returning to this scenario idea, hoping it'll be a quickie. I have analyzed my above system using P4E+P, but it reaches the stumbling block of exceeding the maximum number of candidates. Also, it creates an awkward feel to the game. So, I'm going to come up with a system to work it by PM4E after all. I agree with matvail's idea of an Government Party and Opposition Party for incumbants, but there are plenty of non-incumbant candidates, many of whom won in the actual timelime, so I need some way of categorizing them into 'blocs' of similar-minded candidates. The regions will be:

-Iqualuit

-Baffin and Hudson Bay Islands

-Western Islands

-Queen Elizabeth Islands

-Mainland

Issues so far are:

-Alchohol Restriction

-Education (General)

-Education (Inuit Values Priority)

-Health Care

-Hunting Rights vs. Wildlife Preservation

-Inuktitut vs. English

-Iqualuit Airport Improvement

-Migrant Workers

-Mineral Rights

-Missile Testing

-Same-Sex Marriage

-Satellite Uplink Access Costs

-Size of Civil Infrastructure

-Substance Abuse

-Women's Rights

I could use a few more.

Paul Okalik will be the leader of the Government Party; I'm not sure who'll lead the Opposition Party. Tagak Curley could make a good leader for non-incumbant conservative-minded candidates, as he specifically returned to politics after retiring from the pre-1999 NWT Legislative Assembly to oppose liberal proposals like same-sex marriage. I would also have to find good leaders for non-incumbant centrist/liberal-, socialist-, and environmentalist-orientied candidates. Any input, anyone?

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The important issues will be on bold.

-Alchohol Restriction

-Education (General)

-Education (Inuit Values Priority)

-Iqaliut Hospital

-Hunting Rights vs. Wildlife Preservation

-Official Languages in Nunavut

-Iqaluit Airport Improvement

-Migrant Workers

-Inuit workers quota and Inuit presence in the public service

-Mineral Rights

-Missile Testing

-Same-Sex Marriage

-Satellite Uplink Access Costs

-Size of Civil Infrastructure

-Substance Abuse

-Women's Rights

-National Parks

-Province vs. Territorial right

-Party politics vs. Consensus Gouvernment

-Public transit in Iqaliut

-Air Transport subsidies

-National Defense

-Relations with Nunavik

-Relation with the federal gouvernment vs. More Automomy

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These issues are great, Matvail, but I count 24, and I think you're only allowed 22. A few will have to be combined in some way, I think. I'm finding it difficult to find the exact viewpoints of some of the candidates, as most didn't have camapign websites, but relied on meet-and-greet camapigns in their communities. Also, lumping independent candidates tomorrow makes determing starting funds a bit tricky. I'm determined to find a way around it, though.

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-Alchohol Restriction

-Education (General)

-Education (Inuit Values Priority)

-Iqaliut Hospital

-Hunting Rights vs. Wildlife Preservation

-Official Languages in Nunavut

-Migrant Workers

-Inuit workers quota and Inuit presence in the public service

-Mineral Rights

-Missile Testing

-Satellite Uplink Access Costs

-Substance Abuse

-Women's Rights

-National Parks

-Province vs. Territorial right

-Party politics vs. Consensus Gouvernment

-Public transit in Iqaliut

-Air Transport and Airports

-National Defense

-Relations with Nunavik

-Relation with the federal gouvernment vs. More Automomy

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Great list of issues, there, Matvail! I just need to find a good map of Nunavut I can divide into my five regions, and then assort the candidates into my proposed six like-minded 'blocs' (to take the place of parties). These will be:

-Incumbant Government

-Incumbant Opposition

-Non-Incumbant Conservatives

-Non-Incumbant Liberal/Centrists

-Non-Incumbant Socialists

-Non-Incumbant Environmentalsits

I also need to gather starting polls for each of the 19 constituencies, and gather up some events (if any).

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Okay, now that I have a map (many thanks to Matvail2002), I can begin this scenario in earnest. I've got a good set of issues (again, thanks to Matvail2002) and an idea of how to manage 'parties' in a non-partisan system. I figure I'll use CBC, Global, CTV, and APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network) for interview choices. Any idea as to endorsers, anyone?

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