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I'm working on my first Campaigns Forever Scenario, USA 1912. I will likely need some help with issues, endorsers and interviewers during this time period. So far I have

Experience

Integrity

Leadership

Issue Familiarity

Trusts

Standard Oil Case of 1911

Isolationism

Philippines

Woman's Suffrage

Prohibition

Democratic Candidates

Woodrow Wilson

Champ Clark

Judson Harmon

Oscar Underwood

Thomas Marshall

Republican Candidates

William Howard Taft

Progressive Candidates

Theodore Roosevelt

Robert M. LaFollette

Socialist Candidates

Eugene V Debs

Prohibition Candidates

Eugene Chafin

I'd like some feedback on the construction of the scenario. I intend to basically ignore the primaries and have the game be just be running for President as the primaries will be set to end the day after the game starts. However then I thought that some would like to try and play as Roosevelt to beat Taft at the convention giving the player the decision to play as Roosevelt as a Republican or a Progressive.

So should I have a more modern primary or go for historical realism?

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I'm working on my first Campaigns Forever Scenario, USA 1912. I will likely need some help with issues, endorsers and interviewers during this time period. So far I have

Experience

Integrity

Leadership

Issue Familiarity

Trusts

Standard Oil Case of 1911

Isolationism

Philippines

Woman's Suffrage

Prohibition

Democratic Candidates

Woodrow Wilson

Champ Clark

Judson Harmon

Oscar Underwood

Thomas Marshall

Republican Candidates

William Howard Taft

Progressive Candidates

Theodore Roosevelt

Robert M. LaFollette

Socialist Candidates

Eugene V Debs

Prohibition Candidates

Eugene Chafin

I'd like some feedback on the construction of the scenario. I intend to basically ignore the primaries and have the game be just be running for President as the primaries will be set to end the day after the game starts. However then I thought that some would like to try and play as Roosevelt to beat Taft at the convention giving the player the decision to play as Roosevelt as a Republican or a Progressive.

So should I have a more modern primary or go for historical realism?

I'd go for primaries, especially as you have multiple Democrats, which could make good meat for a primary on that side, and the player should get a choice as to run Teddy as a Republican and try to beat Taft or a Progressive. That's just my two bits.

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Thanks for the feedback so far. Gold Standard and Panama Canal have been added as issues. If I can't find anything else I'll add Civil Rights as a low profile issue. I am unsure about William Jennings Bryan, I was planning of making him more of an endorser and Vice President pick. I'ce decided to allow the player to try and beat Taft in the primaries or play as a Progressive with Roosevelt.

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Add the Labor issue, I'd say, since it was emerging, and something about the scope of government regulation (it's being the progressive era and all.) Also, the judiciary was, I think, a genuine issue in that election (Taft was pro-independent judiciary, Roosevelt was against it.)

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Some more issues:

Conservation

Tariffs

Health Care

Social Security

Judges (elections vs appointments)

Central banking (Federal Reserve)

Presidential term limits (Wilson ran on a platform of 1 term, Taft 2, and Roosevelt was trying to win his 3rd)

Also, since Taft's running mate James S. Sherman died on October 30, 1912, just before the election, maybe this could be turned into an event or Taft's energy could be reduced.

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Add Rossevelt as a possible Republican VP

Why? He was already VP and then President for 8 years - can't see him going back to being VP.

Plus, by 1912 he and Taft hated each other. The only remotely plausible way I could see TR becoming VP again is if LaFollette won the primary and picked Roosevelt to unify the party.

I also want to add, William Jennings Bryan should be an extremely powerful endorser, and should endorse as late as possible - he waited until the convention to endorse Wilson, and probably single-handedly prevented Champ Clark from getting the nomination.

If only there was a way we could simulate the Democrats' two-thirds rule...

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Technical point: Both TR and LaFollette stood as GOP candidates. LaFollette was effectively an Upper Midwest favorite son, while TR went everywhere else. The two couldn't coordinate too well (I think there was an ego issue, if nothing else).

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Technical point: Both TR and LaFollette stood as GOP candidates. LaFollette was effectively an Upper Midwest favorite son, while TR went everywhere else. The two couldn't coordinate too well (I think there was an ego issue, if nothing else).

True. The only way I could see one becoming the other's VP would be either the computer or the player doing it in the scenario in order to unify the party before the convention.

One problem with this game is often times the runner-up candidate will continue attacking the winner even after the winner has already secured enough delegates to win the nomination. This is quite harmful to the winner, particularly if there's a long time between sealing the nomination and the convention itself. Many times this has damaged my candidate's candidacy and hurt my momentum severely, and I've had to ask the runner-up to be my VP a few times in order to prevent this from happening. That's about the only case in which I could see Roosevelt and LaFollette teaming up.

Occasionally we will see something like that in real life as a way of getting protest votes and delegates, such as Kucinich in 2004, but usually everyone else drops out when the nomination is sealed.

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