Politocracy The Game
Politocracy The Game is a presidential election board game. It was created to educate, enlighten and entertain the American electorate:
- Citizens who believe they understand the system
- Citizens unaware of its inner workings and
- Citizens seemingly uninterested in it.
- 2 to 4 players or teams.
- 60 to 90 minutes.
We believe that the survival of the America’s Democratic Republic will depend upon the electorate's understanding of America's presidential election "system" and its inner workings.
Politocracy The Game accomplishes this by simulating the interaction of a complex of variables:
- Negative Advertising,
- Millions of Dollars,
- The Manufacturing of Popularity, and
- How Polling & Media Bias Influence the System & Politics.
While the results are deadly serious, this does not mean that learning about it cannot be entertaining and enlightening. Politocracy The Game gives players an arsenal of actions they can use as Conservative, Progressive and Centrist candidates in their efforts to win the election and occupy the White House.
Given the State of the Union, we are compelled to attempt to provide a small measure of enlightenment as to how things work.
The Polarized Electorate and Permanent Campaigns
The American political system is intriguing. America is as politically polarized now, if not more so, after the 2012 election. Opposing ideological forces continuously battle
for the hearts and minds of the electorate. The opposing ideologies are firm and well established. Those in the middle, the so-called Independents or “Undecided” are continuously fought over.
Campaigning has become continuous - we are with the assualt of permanent campaigning.
There is a relatively new demographic group within the American electorate: the “Low Information Voters” (LIVs). LIVs are legal (we think) citizens who express their political preferences upon nominal assimilation of tightly packaged and concise messages. These messages, financed by interest groups and delivered through conventional media, render critical thinking unnecessary and opposing views mistaken.
In fact, it can be argued that LIVs do not know or care very much about traditional political leaders. They are disinterested. Maybe they dislike all politicians regardless of party. Perhaps they are consumed by other interests: entertainment, texting, school, family, work or basic survival. And possibly they are attracted to a “cult figure,” a figure that resembles a good looking and articulate actor - legitimized by Hollywood and the media.
We believe that Politocracy The Game can be used to enlighten the electorate on how the American election system works. We believe that a game that uses humor – snarky humor - will engage its citizens particularly its disengaged citizens.
The Future: 2014, 2016
The US political system is unique in that it requires a presidential election every four years. For some it is like anticipating the Mayan Apocalypse on a regular basis. Many choose to participate, others do not. Many are educated; others are simply programmed to express their preferences one way or the other.
The 2012 Presidential election is behind us. There is only the future. The next Presidential election will occur on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. We have chosen 12 candidates – 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans – who currently look like the front runners. We anticipate that others will emerge as serious candidates. We will continue to create Candidate Profiles for those candidates who may stand on the Presidential Candidate Stage.
The other candidates include Governor Chris Christie, Soon to be Former (Massachusetts) Senator and Nominated Secretary of State John Kerry, Former (Florida) Governor Jeb Bush, Former (Indiana) Senator Evan Bayh, Former Secretary of State now CBS Commentator Condi Rice and (Maryland) Governor Martin O'Malley.
Some candidates are identified with Ideologies that cannot be changed in the game. For example Rand Paul and Cuomo are staunch Conservatives and Preogressives accordingly. We believe that in fairness to their beliefs, it would be impossible to allow candidates to change. It is plausible that some seemingly ideologically committed candidates can enter the Campaign Trail as Centrists.
The Past: 2012, Revising History
The introductory version of the game - enabling candidates to predict the winner of the 2012 Presidential Election - provided Political Profiles for the party nominated candidates: President Obama and Governor Romney. These profiles will continue to be delivered with all games until such time that a significant revision warrents their elimination.
In the meantime, these profiles will provide player/candidates the opportunity to recreate the 2012 election for the purpose of obtaining different
In the unlikely event that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is repealed, we will reexamine President Obama's Candidate Profile to determine which
factors will be increased or decreased.
The profiles of Obama and Romney, like all other candidates, begin their campaign's as Centrists. They can however win the election with any ideology, opportunistically selected, that will help them claim the office of the Presidency. Obama and Romney have a total of seven (7) profile factors - Charisma or Likeability, Integrity and Capital. All of the other Political Profiles have only six (6).
All versions of The Game are fun and educational and are meant to be played by family, friends, associates, educators, students - essentially all Americans, legal and illegal as well as Non-Americans and Un-Americans regardless of their ideological beliefs.
At $39.95 the game provides hours, weeks, months and years of disruptive entertainment, provoking thoughtful discussion on the American political system. We are hopeful that it will continue to do so for years and decades to come.
- Amass Your Constituents
- Hit The Money Trail
- Secure The Electorate
- Occupy The White House
- So Simple, Take The Challenge
(Psst: Go negative! Disrupt Your Opponents! Cover up! Grab the Power! Stay in Power!)
How The Game Works
Players choose their political profiles. Each is rated in three categories on a scale of one to three: Likeability or Charisma, Integrity and Fundraising
Ability. Players are also identified as Insider or Outsider, meaning are they inside or outside the "Beltway."
Players roll a die to move along the Campaign Trail, amassing popularity at each constituency. This depends upon the candidate's ideology, of course and
whether the candidate has sufficient funds to acquire a constituent. Otherwise, the candidate would just be pandering.
Upon reaching a Political Polling square, candidates roll a die to access the 'Money Trail', the road candidates travel collecting the all-important funds from Interest Groups needed to acquire the support of Constituents. Because the cost and the benefit of each constituency depends on one's ideology, a decision will be made by the player as to which is the most advantageous ideology: Conservative or Progressive.
Hope and Change cards are drawn from time to time affecting play.
The election involves contesting and winning each of the 10 U.S. Regions. Winning a region may seem as simple as rolling the highest die. However,
die rolls are, of course, influenced by money; careful planning of both positive and negative ads - investments - are essential.
Get In The Game, Take The Challenge
Finally, from the security of your own home, office or Internet cafe, you and your friends can get in on the political action. No longer do you have to sit on the sidelines, watching the political campaigns, fretting about the latest polls and whether to vote, how to vote or even why to vote.
Now, at last, without having to start your own exploratory committee, or go on a boring ‘listening tour,’ shake thousands of strange hands or kiss any number of babies in front of closed factories, you can get off the couch and Get in the Game!
Now everyone has a chance to get into the game and understand what we really have, a system of self-perpetuating politicians, a Politocracy.
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to run for high office, now is your chance to find out. Simply pick from one of many current campaigners and see how
you can change history! Take charge of the Politocracy. Have fun a play this educational simulation board game.
This is a timely game given the current state of political, social and economic acrimony. It is fun and challenging, and usually provokes a worthwhile dialog between players regardless or because of their political ideologies.
The Game only requires that people sit down at a table, deal out the pieces, shuffle the cards, roll the die and discuss the past, present and future.