The storms crackled overhead, spitting out its rain in a thunderous torrent. Lightning struck the few trees on the plains, as Elders of the tribe argued. The Elders were said to be Immortal, and were always given great respect, but tonight they were divided. Thunder rumbled and lightning flashed, signaling the storm was far from over. Voices raised even louder, showing equally obviously the debate was near its climax. Then the clouds broke just enough for a sliver of moonlight to creep through, managing to illuminate the scene at the same time as a streak of lightning, and all the tribesmen saw the spear flash into the fray of the debate, thrown at the esteemed leader of the tribe, and slashing through his throat. Blood spilled from the wound, and it was clear to all that he, Lighthearter I, was dead. An Immortal, dead. A voice rose from the shadows, speaking over the thunder and the rain of the storm, speaking those fateful words. "Our leader is dead. Let this tribe split, its two factions go their separate ways, and have this Storm of Immortality hover in our hearts forever!" And so the tribe split to go its separate, leaving a history of blood in their wake. Hello. Although it is likely you know me, and even likelier you hate me, I will introduce myself as Arya126, commonly called just Arya. I have ran several (Failed) RPs in the past, but I feel as if I may be able to pull this one off. This is directly inspired by the original Realpolitik on these forums by Lighthearter, and the rules are almost directly taken from there. We will be playing as Frederick of Western Germany. However, you should be aware that there will also be a Eastern Germany courtesy of the narrative above...Bismarck has broken off from the rest of Germany. As in, in game there will be 2 different Germanies. Take this as you will. Also, it is worth noting we are NOT on an Earth map. But I'm getting ahead of myself. There are rules you know. Yes, those pesky things. Here are the rules: - I as host reserve the right to veto any action any player wishes to undertake: To consolidate the stability of the AAR, to stop interference with the normal functioning of the thread or simply because I feel like it. Don't mess with The Man. - Rule #1 of Realpolitik: Democracy is absolute. Even when the Nazis or communists are elected into office, they will still have to answer to the opposition and face elections every forty turns. - Any member is free to establish or join a political party of his choice. A member can only be member of one party at a time, although he is free to switch allegiance whenever he sees fit. - I am going to ask everyone to use their own nicknames at all times when playing or in story updates they write. This is to avoid confusion. Exceptions are full names, I.E. arya126's John Arya Armitage, but he must always be referred to in short as Arya. - Every forty in-game turns an election shall be held, the first election will be in about one week. During the week, I'll grant the right to all parties to organize, unite and campaign to get as many people as they can to vote. Note that everyone registered on the CivFanatics forums is eligible to vote, although refer to the true player measure. - Parties are allowed to form coalitions. At the end of an election, all votes are tallied and the party or coalition with the largest % of votes wins the election. - The parties that did not win will be sent to opposition, where they can comment on the policy of the leading faction. I will monitor opposition closely, and the leading players have to understand that failing to appease the public will lead to us penalizing West Germany in-game (improvement deletion, raised unhappiness). It is therefore very important to listen to the public, who can demand re-elections as well. - If the opposition is strong enough, they can call for a General Strike, a Vote of No Confidence, or if things get REALLY ugly, an Armed Revolution, - The winning party or coalition will come into office the in-game update after the elections. They will have to put forward three leading figures for the government: A national leader, military minister and domestic minister. These three people, backed up by their party members, will be responsible for making decisions in-game. I will PM the leader personally before each play session, where he has to dictate to me the course West Germany takes. You can place others in government as well, up to a maximum of ten people. - An independent(non-party) can run for any position save that of the President of the Republic. To run for office, simply state as much in the thread. - Elections can be ended early if one side concedes defeat, but their starting strength will be lowered and they will gain it much slower. - Placeholder -Placeholder 2 - Every reader (including players) has two votes in the elections. Putting in two votes for a single party is not allowed. However, if parties want to play it smart they'll seek coalition with a like-minded party so players can put two votes into their front. - The host (Arya126) retains full rights to ban any party that has violated these rules. Spamming parties, parties using a complaint generator, parties inciting hate or parties that are found obtrusive for the normal functioning of this thread will be banned from the elections indefinitely. - Please refrain from PMing me for every Realpolitik-related issue. Alternatives are using the profile visitor comments, or simple commenting in the thread. - You cannot change your vote once it is cast, but you can withdraw your party from a coalition and join another one mid-elections. - By voting, joining a party or performing any other form of interaction with this AAR, you declare that you have read and understood these rules to the letter. I don't want to be a jerk guys, so keep it clean! - True Player Measure - If you only arrive to vote in elections, and come and vote every election but never post in between, then you are going to have your votes taken away because you obviously don't have a stake in the game. In order to get them back, you need to be an active player - even if not the most active - and remain active up to and through an election where you have no voting rights. That's right. You have to prove that you're here to play, not just to vote for a friend. I will be paying strict attention to all lurker voters in the future and adding their names to this list as they qualify. - Major Party Rule: A leader (or member) of a Party cannot put himself forward for the position of President unless he has another member (not counting himself) within his own party. He can, however, run for any lower position if he so wishes. That about sums it up. I'll reserve one post after this for the party listing and one after that for the ruling entities/election status, then feel free to post parties or go independent and simply comment. NOTE: Rules copy pasted almost exactly form RP1. Credit goes to Lighthearter for their creation.