The objective is to win the Federal election by scoring the most points under the formula
( 10xM + 10xU + P ) x SYou get things placed on the Federal board by winning regional elections. The winner of each regional election can transfer a Media Token to Bonn. He can put two of the region's Opinions into Bonn, three if he wins a majority of all the votes. Or if a Coalition (of two players) win, each can place a Media Token in Bonn and one Opinion each, the stronger of them can place two if the Coalition has an overall majority.
M = number of media counters in Bonn
U = number of your party policies matching Bonn Public Opinions
P = number of party bases in Bonn
S = number of votes for your party in Bonn (figured per region)
Plus each player receives a Party Base for each Party Opinion matching a Bonn Opinion as well as cash equal to 10x the number of votes gained in the regional election, plus 100 per party base.
So how do you win a regional election?
( M + U ) x SSo clearly, matching Opinions and getting votes are key.
M = Mandate from the region card based on number of votes accrued
U = number of party opinions matching the region's opinions
S = number of votes in region (max. 50)
Things you can do to get them:
Votes = C x T x AThis is also another way to change regional opinion. If your party has the majority of all votes in a region, you can change one opinion of that region by replacing it with a card from the undecided opinion stack.
C = number of campaigns
T = Trend Factor:
x2 if up
x1 if horizontal
x0.5 if down
A = Agreement Factor, i.e. number of party policies agreeing with region Opinions (ignore if less than 1)
Shadow Cabinet Analysis
S – a popular speaker. He will bring in the listed number of votes in this region.
R – a debater. He will raise the importance of an issue making this issue twice as important as any other in the region visited. (There can only be x2 region in the game at any one time and this cannot be changed until the region's election is over.)
M – Substitute your Media token for another player's. Pay player 800.
P – Popular speaker who boosts the party image. Turn up your Trend Disc by the specified amount.
H – Smear campaign. Turn down the Trend Disc of another party
by the specified amount.
(The higher the Trend Disc, the more votes your campaigns produce.)
K – a coalition builder. If both parties send a K and have at least two policies in common, they may form a coalition. If 3 policies in common, one party can force another into coalition. This means the parties' votes will be treated as one in the regional election.
At the start of play, you must discard two of them. Which?
The Kanzler seems too expensive and how much do you need to turn the Trend Factor anyway? It seems like one can usually buy a poll to get about the same result.
The Fraktionsführer is too expensive for what he provides, i.e. only a +1/-1 change to the Trend Factor and no more votes than the 500 DM guys.
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