The United States' Senate
Before anything thank you to Frynomnom who have invented this game, I have stolen a lot, if not all from his amazing game: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...-the-Reichstag Please feel free to join it.
Welcome Senators and Mr. President to a forum game presented by myself, Hygge. This forum game takes place right before the 2012 Presidential Elections, and the election, along with who controls the Senate, is decided by who signs up at the beginning of the game. However, this does not mean that sign-ups are closed after the first election. You may jump in at anytime. Signups are ALWAYS open.
Rules and Procedures
First of all we assume that there are no house of representatives.
The game is rather simple. Everyone roleplays their own, made-up character, while you get to create a background, birth date, location, and political party of their choosing. Later on in this post there will be a list of available political parties for you to join. Now, while most people will play as senators, there are two persons who will sign up to be the leader of the nation. The first who sign up in the first round are the two nominees for the two parties. This is done so that the game can start fast. We, by the way, assume that Barack Obama has decided NOT to run for reelection because of his sick wife. The parties are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
The players will then vote for who shall become president, the one with the most votes will properly win. The reason I write properly is that I also throw a dice and if it is a close call the dice will decide who wins.
The next round will then have two primaries where the individual parties can nominate a candidate. Who will then run for the presidency. And the players will then vote again.
There are only two parties but each have three branches which the players can join. If a player can find 3 or more players they can form their own branch. But it needs to be run by me first. Send me a PM. One cannot form their own party.
The current branches are:
Christian Republicans: free religion, low taxes and no gun control.
Libertarian Republicans: No taxes and no federal government.
Moderate Conservatives: Compromise seeking center.
Socialists: Free Healthcare, Free Education and tax the rich.
Blue Dog Democrats: Right winged democrats, still like government intervention but not too much.
Moderate Democrats: Compromise seeking center.
Every year the first thing the senate must do is to make a budget for the next year, and then the floor is open for all kinds of legislation. But remember! Most of the American public is moderate and won’t like extremes.
Now, updates are rather simple in this game. There will be Crisis Updates, which will give the Senate something to debate over and pass laws for. The next type would a War Update, which gives the President and the Senate something to debate over, if funds should be opened up for war, or what the Senate can do for the war effort, building ships, hiring more soldiers, and so on. The President and the Senate will be solely responsible for the rise (or downfall) of the United States of America should they not react to world events and the economy. The final type of update is the Election Update. Although the first Senate is determined by the players signing up, all the rest are decided by elections, in which how well the current ruling part handled the country is going to effect the results immensely there will also be thrown a dice for a x factor. When this happens, even though there may be more players in the Democratic Party, The Republican Party is the ruling party. Remember even though you are in a minority you can still try to make compromises and in that way get your legislation through.
There are three types of players, The President, The Majority Leader, and the Senate members. The President has the power to run the Military, Veto Bills he does not seem favorable, and appoint a Majority Leader and the three Secretaries. The Majority Leader’s job is to try to run the Senate and get bills and legislation passed to help the United States, though he should maybe also think about how the legislation can effect this own party and their chances of winning the next elections. The Senate members are the average politicians, who will debate their cause, try to help the American people, (plus their donors) and ultimately try to keep their party in power.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Current Makeup of the Senate
President: Scott Brown (R)
Secretary of Defense: Charles Edward Huntington
Secretary of State: Alexander Hurne
Secretary of Treasure: David Campbell
Seats in the House: 100
Christian Republican Branch:
William Christopher Cunningham-Baker
J. Ryan Devereaux
Libetarian Republican Branch:
Charles Edward Huntington
Moderate Republican Branch:
Senator Scott Brown
Democratic Socialist Branch:
James Clinton Neil
Senator Matt Johnson
Blue Dog Democrat Branch:
Moderate Democrat Branch:
William G. East
Elections For President:
Elections for the Senate:
Legislation that has passed:
The Scott Brown 2013 - 2014 Budget
Interest on Debt: 700 Billion
Health and Human Services: 650 Billion
Department of Defense: 500 Billion
Department of Labor: 350 Billion
Three Branches of Government: 250 Billion
Department of Transportation: 180 Billion
Government Agencies: 150 Billion
Housing and Urban Development: 125 Billion
Department of Agriculture: 120 Billion
Veteran's Aid: 100 Billion
NASA: 50 Billion
Department of Education: 50 Billion
International Aid: 30 Billion
Total Spending: 3,200 Billion
Tax Revenue: 1,900 Billion
Trade: 800 Billion
Tariffs: 100 Billion
Total Revenue: 2,800 Billion
Federal Deficit: -455 Billion
Total Debt: 16,455,000