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Having observed the forums for a while and played many of the games on offer, I decided it was about time I had a pop at making a game. The basis for it is simple - it's 2020 and the Conservatives have been in power for the last decade (having won an outright majority at the 2015 election, due to a large drop in support for the Liberal Democrats). I'd like as many suggestions as possible so please feel free to offer any possible issues that you envisage the Government of 2020 having to handle. I'll obviously be focussing heavily on the economic situation of the time and the standard issues (Europe, Immigration etc.) but would quite like to shake things up by throwing something a bit different in there too.

A few points about the scenario:

1) There will be far fewer constituencies than currently, in line with the coalition's plans to lower the number of MPs. I'm hoping for around about 500 (a 10-15% cut in numbers over this parliament and again over the 2015-20 one).

2) I will create it on the basis that the electoral reform referendum returned a "no" vote in 2013.

3) Playable characters haven't been decided yet but Cameron and Osborne will be available for the Tories, the 5 current Labour leadership candidates will be available (on the basis that Labour's loss in 2015 didn't result in a fresh leadership election)

4) It's in the very early stages at the moment (I'm currently sorting out all of the 2015 results and creating the issues) but I hope to have it finished in the next 2 months or so, if I work at it.

I would appreciate your thoughts =)

Thanks!

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The Lib Dems aren't going to drop in popularity.

They are in this scenario, but then bounce back for the actual 2020 game. The way I've done it is that they lose far more seats to the Conservatives than they do to Labour in 2015. The reason for their drop in popularity isn't because of the Coalition, it's simply because I'm envisaging the situation in 2015 to be one that is presented as an even more stark choice between Labour and the Tories than was peddled in this election and so the Lib Dems are squeezed even further in key seats.

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David Cameron will loose his job in November 2011 after an electoral wipe out (locals 2011) in May and a double dip recession... an early general election will commence in January 2012 where Labour will win 400+ seats under David Miliband with the Tories getting around 60 seats. The Lib Dems will dissolve with most joining Labour and a few sticking with the old coalition.

After achieving an economic boom and end to austerity Miliband will go to the people in 2016 and the feel good factor will win him a second term. After winning by a huge landslide Britain will be declared a one party state and the revolution will commence thus there will be no 2020 election.

Just a few facts that might make your scenario more realistic xxx

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David Cameron will loose his job in November 2011 after an electoral wipe out (locals 2011) in May and a double dip recession... an early general election will commence in January 2012 where Labour will win 400+ seats under David Miliband with the Tories getting around 60 seats. The Lib Dems will dissolve with most joining Labour and a few sticking with the old coalition.

After achieving an economic boom and end to austerity Miliband will go to the people in 2016 and the feel good factor will win him a second term. After winning by a huge landslide Britain will be declared a one party state and the revolution will commence thus there will be no 2020 election.

Just a few facts that might make your scenario more realistic xxx

Replace David Miliband with Diane Abbott or Ed Miliband and I'll happily take that scenario =P

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Ok, I have just completed all of the details for 2015 (as these will obviously be important in establishing the situation in 2010). I've written out a summary of the last decade and some of the key events (fictional, not predictions) that take place between 2010 and 2020. I've also drawn up a list of how every constituency voted in the 2015 election and a graph showing the opinion polls between 2010 and 2020, so it's easier to tell how the parties have performed over the years. I'm now moving onto issues. The main issues I've got so far are:

Asylum & Immigration

Economy

National Health Service

Tax & Spend

Iran

Russia - China Conflict (This is what I mean by fictional-theoretical, rather than predictive)

Electoral Reform

European Union

The Monarchy

Education

Environment

Space Programme

Parliament (aka. number of MPs, powers etc.)

Devolution

Crime

Housing

Retirement & Pensions

National Minimum Wage (has become an important issue, with Ed Miliband advocating a living wage etc.)

That's the 18 at the minute but I'm looking to change some of these. Thoughts?

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  • 2 weeks later...

This is one possibility I have:

Re-unification-In this secenario, Wales, Northen Ireland and Scotland are independent, but have failing economies (they joined the Euro, and it crashed), and want to reform the UK

Also, Environment should be very important in this (in my opinion).

And would you be able to age up images of the party leaders?

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