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Welcome! I have grown in knowledge of UK politics since my last go around, and I think that I have some fun things set up for this RP. I'll go through these in chronological order.

1. How the RP will work/areas to RP 

2. Parties to choose from and descriptions of how you can expect to play them

3. How to handle off years and issues

4. How to sign up

1. How the RP will work

Like @The Blood's quick shot RP (which was wonderfully put together), players will get 3 moves. They can be rallies, barnstorming, door knocking, and ads. Regions involved will be as follows (act like states): Southwest England, southeast England, London, Northeast England, Northwest England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Wales, Scotland, West Midlands, East Midlands, Anglia, and Northern Ireland (which is different). 

ADS: unlike in some of the other RPs, you have two options. One is to run an ad in two areas - say London and Southwest England. However, because you chose two areas, the response will be diluted in each. If you choose one, it will act like a normal event. 1-5 die for each of the two (each representing differently than before), and 1-10 if you go for one alone.

You are expected to do your activities in a 24-hour timeframe from 7 PM Central time to 7 PM central time (sorry, I don't stay up late! 😛). If the RPers desire a break after an election cycle before we move on to the next one, they can ask me for a couple days' break! You only need to post a one liner if you feel like it. Points will NOT be added for length.

We will cover elections from 1992-2024 (or any that pop up during that time frame). More on how it works later in how to handle off years and issues.

2. Parties to choose from and descriptions of how you can expect to play them (parties in bold will be filled first)

Conservative and Unionist Party One of the two main political parties. As the Conservatives, you can expect to be in contention for the title of Prime Minister at most elections (if not all). However, the Conservatives have more internal division than most other parties, and have a higher chance of recycling PMs. 

Labour Party - As the Labour Party, you are the other of the two main political parties. You can also expect to be in contention for No. 10 Downing Street in each election. Labour, however, has a harder time garnering a majority on their own than the Conservatives, leading them to have to trust smaller parties (such as the Lib Dems or SNP) for a majority.

Liberal Democratic PartyThe "third party" of the UK. The Lib Dems are rarely in true contention for the office of Prime Minister, but in a really good election year, they could maybe vie for it. The Lib Dems suffer, however, when having to pick coalition partners, as they vacillate between coalitions with the Conservatives, and Lib-Lab pacts. Big pay off, big risks.

Scottish Nationalist Party/Plaid Cymru - The two nationalist movements inside the UK. Starting in 1992, both are rather small, but have a lot of room to grow. In the event cycle, if "Devolution" or "Independence" is chosen as one of the main events of the election cycle, the parties can surge. As these parties, you can expect to attempt to guide governance in London while trying to pull the fabric of the union apart.

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)UKIP was not formed until the 2000s or 2010s. However, if there are enough players, UKIP may be allowed to start much earlier (albeit with a smaller base). UKIP players can be expected to bring a fringe movement to the forefront of politics, maybe even trying to rival the Conservatives as the main right-wing force. Can surge by the event "Brexit". 

The Green Party of England and WalesLike UKIP, the Greens will have a harder time bursting onto the scene. But if the event "Environment" is one of the core issues of the campaign, the Greens can surge. Green players can expect to try to use each successive election to build upon the failures and successes of the last one, and try to secure the Greens more representation in Parliament.

The Independent Group - Like UKIP, the Independent Group for Change was formed in 2019 by a group of rogue Tories and Labourites. If we have enough players, this party is playable as Change UK. As the Independent Group, you can expect to fight to gain electoral success by defeating high profile Tories and Labour supporters while navigating the troubled waters near the Lib Dems. Can surge by the event "Brexit". 

Socialist Party - A minor party in the current day, the Socialists are playable only if we have nearly every other party filled. Can surge by the choice of a centrist Labour leader. 

3. How to handle off years and issues

Issues

As not everyone has a completely working knowledge of UK issues, I will have a preset amount of issues that can come up as "major issues" during the campaign. Those include, but aren't limited to: Brexit, Education, Environment, the Economy, Independence, Devolution, Taxes, Coalitions, Electoral Reform, the NHS, the European Union, NATO, Leadership, and Integrity. Two will be focused upon in election campaigns. 

Off-Years

Depending on the election cycle, there are various things that can happen. Rolls (such as those done during the RP) will be done for each two year chunk between elections (or normal elections). They will be done on the issues and judged by me about how hard it would hurt the party before the election campaign begins (say 1992 to 1997). There are also mechanisms for no confidence votes, which can be triggered by those in the party, or opposition forces. That will be explained below.

For example: Conservatives win the election, and rely upon the Lib Dems for confidence and supply. However, the Conservatives roll two 1s and have a net minus for the off-years. The Lib Dems are first given the option: do they yank support from the government to try and save face? Or do they press on and hope that the situation gets better and it doesn't backfire on them? If they decide to yank support from the government, then action goes to the Labour leader.

Labour can then table a motion of no confidence. If a majority say yes (which can be affected by actions then, but we'll get into that if it happens), a special election is triggered for, say 1995 instead of 1997. 

4. How to join!

I know that sounds like a lot of info, but in reality it won't be that difficult. A lot of that is for my remembering! 

Please submit a list of three parties you'd like to play (in order), and I will select one from that list for you. I will place emphasis on the bolded parties before I do the others.

At each interval, I will request a new list and you may be put with a new party!

(I will also be running the Northern Ireland parties and any minors that we end up needing)

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1. John Major attempts to put his shoes on in Southwest England. He begins to tie them in front of a crowd, hoping he doesn't trip over himself and fall face first into the curiously placed cream pie

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Neil Kinnock holds a rally in Coventry, attacking the Socialists, as radicals, whose only purpose is to split the left wing vote, and help ensure five more years of Tory government. (Also @Hestia11, w

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Currently we have four players! I'd like to have 6 if possible, to fill out the biggest parties, but we can work with 5 and I'll fill in for the last one. More than 6 would be great so if you're thinking about dropping in, please do!

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As of now we have 5, I think we'll still need about two more. I'll prepare preliminary polling for when we do get those people. Thanks!

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1.Labour

2.Green

3.Lib Dem

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Preliminary Polling (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland individually)

January 20th, 1992-January 27th 1992 (Parties in Italics are Potential Contenders)

1992 Election in Scotland Polling

Labour Party: 39.4% (-3% from 1987)

Conservative Party: 22.8% (-1.2% from 1987)

Scottish National Party: 16.2% (+2.2% from 1987)

Liberal Democrats: 15.8% (-3.4% from 1987)

Green Party of Scotland: 3.2% (did not contest 1987)

UKIP: 0.8% (did not contest 1987)

1992 Election in Wales Polling

Labour Party: 45.2% (+0.1% from 1987)

Conservative Party: 27.6% (-1.9% from 1987)

Liberal Democrats: 13.2% (-4.7% from 1987)

Plaid Cymru: 8.1% (+0.8% from 1987)

Green Party of England and Wales: 2.6% (did not contest 1987)

UKIP: 2% (did not contest 1987)

1992 Election in Northern Ireland Polling (solely done by me)

Ulster Unionist Party: 34.3% (-2.5% from 1987)

Social Democratic and Labour Party: 22.8% (+1.7% from 1987)

Democratic Unionist Party: 13.3% (+1.6% from 1987)

Sinn Fein: 11.5% (-1.9% from 1987)

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland: 9.1% (-0.9% from 1987)

1992 Election in England Polling:

Conservative Party: 42.9% (-3.4% from 1987)

Labour Party: 33.5% (+3.8% from 1987)

Liberal Democrats: 19.0% (-4.9% from 1987)

UKIP: 3.3% (did not contest 1987)

Green Party of England and Wales: 1.2% (did not contest 1987)

 

 

 

 

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I tried to give preference for those that answered first, so here is what I have right now

@Reagan04 is the Tories

@WVProgressive is Labour

@The Blood is UKIP

@Cenzonicois the Lib Dems

@buenoboss is Change UK (which will be formed when we start!)

@Rodja is the Greens

@TheLiberalKitten is SNP/SDLP/Plaid (whatever combo of those you desire!)

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Pre-Election Events

1. If you would like to have a leadership election please let me know one of the following:

a) a slate of candidates 

b) a chosen candidate (if not a slate of them) who is leader

c) a historic leader

THEY MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE PARTY (unless Change UK, Green, or UKIP - in which they will need to be okayed by me prior to selection. No Maggie Thatcher UKIP leader, no Tony Blair of Change UK, etc. Have to be realistic.)

2. Party campaigns declaring (and forming of parties for @buenoboss @Rodja @TheLiberalKitten @The Blood)

If you're one of those pinged, you will form your party and declare your intention to run a slate of candidates in the UK elections. The leadership elections will take place before any campaigning takes place, so if you intend to have a leadership election (particularly @Reagan04 @WVProgressive and @Cenzonico) you will do that beforee declaring a campaign. Rolls will go 1-10 determine success for either party formation or party platform declarations (these can all just be one-liners saying the leader's name, where you declare your campaign from, and a quick goal or two for the party). 

3. The REAL stuff!

Here is where we'll clear some stuff before we begin! I'll be rolling on a few things

First, the chosen two issues that define this election (selected from a random name generator of issues). 

Second, reaction to the 1987-1992 government for the Tories on a slate of issues (bigger emphasis on the chosen issues than others). 

Thirdly, reaction to opposition parties (mainly Labour, but also Lib Dems) performance in the off-years.

Let's get rolling! 

CHOSEN ISSUES 

Our first selected (By wheel of names) is ENVIRONMENT. The British people are fed up with smog in their cities, and yearn to have the comforting feeling of clean air and water. Some, however, react negatively to the new climate "crisis" as it is billed by the rising Green Party.

Our second selected (once again by wheel of names) is the NHS. Long at the forefront of British minds, it is no surprise that the NHS is a top campaign issue. Labour has been attacking the Tory government for negligence on the NHS.

Reaction to the Tory Incumbency

Rolled on the following:

Environment (x2): rolled a 3 which is -4 for the government

NHS (x2): rolled a 10 which is +10 for the government

Integrity: rolled a 3 which is -3 for the government

Leadership: rolled a 10 which is +5 for the government

Jobs: rolled a 4 which is -2 for the government

Economy: rolled a 7 which is +2 for the government

Education: rolled a 2 which is -4 for the government

Taxes: rolled a 1 which is -5 for the government

Unity (four nations): rolled a 1 which is -5 for the government

Overall: -6 for the Tory incumbency. There are weaknesses, but strengths on the NHS and Leadership should give the Tories more than a fighting chance in this election

Reaction to the Opposition (muted responses versus the government)

Environment and NHS are x2 for Labour

+2 for Labour opposition - Strong Labour opposition, but credible weaknesses on the Environment and Integrity

-4 for Lib Dem opposition - Lib Dems are less able to get their message across during Parliament, being the "third party" but weaknesses, like Labour with Integrity, and like the Tories on the NHS persist into the election campaign. 

Time to launch campaigns and leadership elections! Please note which you are doing.

As a reminder: this is quick shot so you don't have to add a bunch of detail. This turn ends in 25 hours, at 7 PM Central. 

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Also note: as the Greens' chosen topic was billed a major issue, they also get a 10 dice roll to decide on the strength of the campaign going into it:

and it so happens they rolled a 10. The Greens have momentum to begin the campaign.

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Nigel Farage will take the stage at the official formation of the UK Independence Party(UKIP) in Bournemouth, England to accept the party's election of him as leader and to announce the party's official campaign in the 1992 election, saying, "Today here we have gathered a group of British men and women who are devoted to making this country proud and independent once more. They are devoted to ending the control a handful of bureaucrats across the channel have over our nation's economic and social policy, are devoted to finding free market and non-government based solutions to the issues found in our environment and in some ways the NHS, and are devoted towards representing true conservative ideas as we fight for an end to unrestrained bureaucratic control of our society and economy. The Tories would like for you to think that they are the ones devoted to some of the things I just listed, however the simple truth is they are not, and when it comes to the EU, many Tories can't get enough of it. That is why, to truly give a voice to conservatives in this country as we fight against bureaucracy at home and across the channel in mainland Europe, UKIP candidates will only stand in Tory held seats this election. We must take away the false claim to conservatism the Tories have and fight back. I am accepting your election of me as party leader, and I am accepting the fight we must embark on with this election! Thank you."

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Peter Taaffe announces in Liverpool today that he and his followers of the Militant group in the Labour Party have left the party in discontent over Labor's lack of support for Socialist goals, and formed their own political party, the Socialist Party. This Socialist Party is to be led by Taaffe himself, and will contest seats in England and Wales. 

Taaffe announced the goals of the Socialist Party to be to actually win seats in Parliament, but at the very least to shift the conversation on environmental concerns that have been hot this year as a result of big business failing to support the country once again by prioritizing profits over people. 

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The Labour Party will retain Neil Kinnock as leader, and will launch it's 1992 election campaign in Manchester. The two most noteworthy promises to come out of the party's manifesto is the promise to (1) Increase environmental protections, and establish a Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, and (2) reform the tax system, and reduce the burden on small businesses, and middle class families, and shift it onto the wealthy, and large corporations.

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Paddy Ashdown kicks off the "official unofficial " start to the first Liberal Democratic campaign for the 1992 general election in his constituency of Yeovil (Southwest England)

"I stand before you today not a member of the SDP nor the Liberal Party. I am here today proud to stand as the first leader of the Liberal Democrats. A party that unites Liberalism and Social Democracy into one single party pushing for reform. This means taking action on the environment, home-rule for Scotland and Wales, investment into public services, and a market-based economy with real solutions to solve our current economic woes such as the recession that has just rocked not only our country but the rest of the western world! It is obvious that Neil's Labour has failed us and that the time has come to end the over decade long rule of the Conservatives. It is time to bring a viable alternative that can fight the big two toe to toe! Although parliament may not be officially dissolved yet, the Liberal Democrats will start our campaign now to be able to spread our message from the Scottish Highlands all the way down to the Isle of Wight. We hope that the British people will realize that it is time for change, and that the Liberal Democrats are ones to bring it!"

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Green Party is officially formed at a convention in London.Environmental and peace activists as well as some disappointed Labour members gathered to form a new political force in UK.29 years old Mallen Barker is announced as the Leader of Green Party.

Party Manifesto focuses on:1.Environmental Protection and Stronger Regulation

                                                           2.Strengthen NHS

                                                         3.Make Prime Minister answer questions to the people in form of town hall instead of House of Commons

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Prime Minister John Major launches the Conservative campaign on the government's strongest issues. They talk about keeping the NHS stable and safe from government waste, pushing forward with privatization plans for British Rail and Coal, as well as providing true blue, safe and steady Leadership for all the United Kingdom.

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Alliance for Devolution? That's what the media is calling it!

Leader of the SNP Alex Salmond, Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley and SDLP leader Mark Hume announce formation of a new political Alliance.
The Alliance as they call it is so that the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can have self determination through devolution.
The leadership of the party heading into the general election is currently a co-leadership.
The leadership points to the Tories lack of care for the environment as another driving force as to why they are seeking more local control as well as devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Our goal is to give the people a true voice in government. We do not need to rely on Westminster any longer. They have neglected us for far too long."

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Marshall Garcia, the son of immigrants from Mexico, announces the creation of a new political party, the Change UK Party. 

"The Change UK Party will bring centrist solutions back to government. It will bring the people back into the decision-making process of Westminster!"

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3 hours ago, buenoboss said:

Marshall Garcia, the son of immigrants from Mexico, announces the creation of a new political party, the Change UK Party. 

"The Change UK Party will bring centrist solutions back to government. It will bring the people back into the decision-making process of Westminster!"

3. After forming the party, Change UK stumbled in its debut, as some questioned why a party that looks, sounds, and seems like the Lib Dems would contest them. It looks like it could be a rocky start for the newest formed party.

4 hours ago, TheLiberalKitten said:

Alliance for Devolution? That's what the media is calling it!

Leader of the SNP Alex Salmond, Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley and SDLP leader Mark Hume announce formation of a new political Alliance.
The Alliance as they call it is so that the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can have self determination through devolution.
The leadership of the party heading into the general election is currently a co-leadership.
The leadership points to the Tories lack of care for the environment as another driving force as to why they are seeking more local control as well as devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Our goal is to give the people a true voice in government. We do not need to rely on Westminster any longer. They have neglected us for far too long."

5. Once again, a lackluster beginning for a political party. The SNP hopes to burst onto the scene this year.

18 hours ago, The Blood said:

Nigel Farage will take the stage at the official formation of the UK Independence Party(UKIP) in Bournemouth, England to accept the party's election of him as leader and to announce the party's official campaign in the 1992 election, saying, "Today here we have gathered a group of British men and women who are devoted to making this country proud and independent once more. They are devoted to ending the control a handful of bureaucrats across the channel have over our nation's economic and social policy, are devoted to finding free market and non-government based solutions to the issues found in our environment and in some ways the NHS, and are devoted towards representing true conservative ideas as we fight for an end to unrestrained bureaucratic control of our society and economy. The Tories would like for you to think that they are the ones devoted to some of the things I just listed, however the simple truth is they are not, and when it comes to the EU, many Tories can't get enough of it. That is why, to truly give a voice to conservatives in this country as we fight against bureaucracy at home and across the channel in mainland Europe, UKIP candidates will only stand in Tory held seats this election. We must take away the false claim to conservatism the Tories have and fight back. I am accepting your election of me as party leader, and I am accepting the fight we must embark on with this election! Thank you."

6. The election campaign for UKIP starts off solid, if not super energized.

 

18 hours ago, Herbert Hoover said:

Peter Taaffe announces in Liverpool today that he and his followers of the Militant group in the Labour Party have left the party in discontent over Labor's lack of support for Socialist goals, and formed their own political party, the Socialist Party. This Socialist Party is to be led by Taaffe himself, and will contest seats in England and Wales. 

Taaffe announced the goals of the Socialist Party to be to actually win seats in Parliament, but at the very least to shift the conversation on environmental concerns that have been hot this year as a result of big business failing to support the country once again by prioritizing profits over people. 

5. The Socialists seem to have gotten one of the worst receptions they personally thought could happen: indifference. For a party starting in the doldrums, it was not what Taaffe wanted.

15 hours ago, WVProgressive said:

The Labour Party will retain Neil Kinnock as leader, and will launch it's 1992 election campaign in Manchester. The two most noteworthy promises to come out of the party's manifesto is the promise to (1) Increase environmental protections, and establish a Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, and (2) reform the tax system, and reduce the burden on small businesses, and middle class families, and shift it onto the wealthy, and large corporations.

4. There is anticipation that Scottish Labour is unhappy with the selection of Kinnock as leader, and fears that their section of the party will shed seats. It isn't unmanageable, but it is concerning for the Labour Party.

15 hours ago, Cenzonico said:

Paddy Ashdown kicks off the "official unofficial " start to the first Liberal Democratic campaign for the 1992 general election in his constituency of Yeovil (Southwest England)

"I stand before you today not a member of the SDP nor the Liberal Party. I am here today proud to stand as the first leader of the Liberal Democrats. A party that unites Liberalism and Social Democracy into one single party pushing for reform. This means taking action on the environment, home-rule for Scotland and Wales, investment into public services, and a market-based economy with real solutions to solve our current economic woes such as the recession that has just rocked not only our country but the rest of the western world! It is obvious that Neil's Labour has failed us and that the time has come to end the over decade long rule of the Conservatives. It is time to bring a viable alternative that can fight the big two toe to toe! Although parliament may not be officially dissolved yet, the Liberal Democrats will start our campaign now to be able to spread our message from the Scottish Highlands all the way down to the Isle of Wight. We hope that the British people will realize that it is time for change, and that the Liberal Democrats are ones to bring it!"

5. The Lib Dems struggle to break into the campaign, as many people still are angry about the tension between the SDP and the Liberals. However, a little better of a start than Labour should aid them in England, at the very least.

 

13 hours ago, Rodja said:

Green Party is officially formed at a convention in London.Environmental and peace activists as well as some disappointed Labour members gathered to form a new political force in UK.29 years old Mallen Barker is announced as the Leader of Green Party.

Party Manifesto focuses on:1.Environmental Protection and Stronger Regulation

                                                           2.Strengthen NHS

                                                         3.Make Prime Minister answer questions to the people in form of town hall instead of House of Commons

7. A better than average start for the Greens, who seem to have their election this year. Some place hope in Baker, who could run a fight in Sheffield Hallam, or upstart Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion. 

13 hours ago, Reagan04 said:

Prime Minister John Major launches the Conservative campaign on the government's strongest issues. They talk about keeping the NHS stable and safe from government waste, pushing forward with privatization plans for British Rail and Coal, as well as providing true blue, safe and steady Leadership for all the United Kingdom.

5. Prime Minister John Major continues to not excite the Conservative base. However, with a less than average Labour start, they are in the better position to begin with. Some still grumble about the overthrow of Thatcher. 

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