Voting and Elections

You cannot win Conquest: Revolution without winning at least one election. Based on geographical location and population, each territory in Mexico is given a certain number of electoral votes. The number of electoral votes per territory will not change throughout the hame. To become El Presidente, you must win 50% of the votes plus one, or 44 votes. There is no limit to the number of times you can be elected president; there are no term limits.

a. Calling Elections

Elections do not happen on a set schedule or on their own. Rather, a player in the game must “call” for one. Any player can call an election.

The electoral process takes four tuns to occur. So if you were to call for an election (in your orders) on Turn 1, the election would occur on Turn 4. This time delay allows players to announce their candidacy, and for players to campaign amongst one another for votes.

Before or after Turn 2, the Periódico Revolucionario would announce that an election has been called. On Turn 3 players would announce their candidacy, and on Turn 4 players would submit their votes. After Turn 4, the election results would be announced in the Periódico Revolucionario.

Players are encouraged to announce their candidates in Game Forums prior to the publishing of the Periódico Revolucionario, though of course can rely on the game news to deliver messages. To formally run for president, a player needs only inform the Game Masters via their orders.

There is also an inauguration period where the new or existing president is sworn in. The inauguration period would occur on Turn 5, and thus there can be no calling for an election during the turn. The next time a player could call for an election would be on Turn 6, in which case the process starts over again.

At the beginning of the game there is no established president or a period of anarchy. No taxes are collected during this initial phase of the game.

b. Election Costs

There are a number of costs associated with calling an election. Players can call an election either openly or  anonymously, and multiple players can call for an election on the same turn. Calling an election openly costs $500. Calling an election anonymously costs $750.

When multiple players call for an election in a single turn, the cost will not be spread around. So if two players openly call for an election, both pay $500. If multiple players call for an election, but one does so anonymously, the entire election is anonymously called; the open election caller’s name will not be mentioned.

The caller of an election reserves the right to call off the election before it occurs. Players will get half their money back if the election is called off. If multiple players call for an election, both must consent in their orders to canceling the election.

c. Voting

All voting is handled via player orders. All candidates for the president will be listed in the Periódico Revolucionario, and all candidates will be given a chance to give a published speech prior to the election.

Voting in all elections is public, and will be reported Periódico Revolucionario. Players are free to abstain, thus voting for no particular candidate. Abstentions will also be published in the Periódico Revolucionario.

PLAYER COLOR TERRITORIES VOTES
Díaz Red MEX, DIF, TLA, HGO 11
Madero Blue DGO, SIN, NAY, JAL 11
Zapata Gray OAX, CHI, TAB, CAM 9
Huerta Green GRO, MOR, MIC, COL 13
Carranza Brown VER, PUE, YUC, ROO 12
Obregón Orange CHA, SON, BCA, BCS 7
Gutiérrez Yellow TMP, SLP, GTO, QRO 13
Villa Magenta COA, NLE, ZAC, AGS 10
Total 86
Majority 44

More information is available about each player in “Chapter 9. Biographies,” and descriptions of each territory is found in Territories.

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