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Statecraft and Duplicity

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Stories & Tales' started by Tambien, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Tambien

    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    Statecraft and Duplicity
    "The King is waiting for your Master."

    Introduction:

    Since the beginning of time, humanity has come together into groups to survive. Soon those groups grew into organizations controlling thousands of people and activities. That was when power and the struggle for it was born. History has been dictated by these power struggles, by the man fighting to become the most powerful in their group. Soon, each group found other groups, and the competition for supreme power over all began. Not only were men fighting within a group for power, but with other groups for even more power. Yet, no one group managed to rule them all.

    The time has come to show your power to the world. Will you become the most powerful man in your nation and the world, and lead your people to rule over all others?

    Rules:

    In this game, you, the players, will be citizens of the Arabian nation, and you will lead this civilization from the beginning of time. You will compete against other civilizations, just like in any ordinary game. One twist here is that I will control the other civilizations using hot seat. The other settings are deliberately withheld.

    Basics
    Each player will be a citizen of the Arabian Empire. At the beginning of the game, all signed up players will be civilians of this emerging nation. From the civilian pool, a politician will be chosen at random. At the beginning, a politician will be chosen every time a “citizen” in-game is born.

    I will say in-game to refer to aspects of the Civilization IV game that are not controlled by me.

    As soon as 5 people have signed up, a politician will be chosen.

    Once you have created your government, the way politicians are chosen will change depending on your constitution.

    Each player will have the following “stats:”

    Name
    Positions
    Age
    Money
    Income
    Expenses
    Tiles Owned
    Location
    Home
    Family

    Name:
    This is the name of your character. Your character’s name must consist of a First and Last name. Middle names are optional.

    Positions:
    These are the offices your character hold.

    Age:
    This is how long a person has lived. The older the person is the larger the chance of death is, and the more most people will respect their opinions.

    Money:
    Wealth is a very important part in the game. This is how much money you have. With money, you can do many things. All players gain wealth. A civilian gains .25 umla per turn, a politician gains 3 umla per turn, and the highest position, being the leader of the civilization, gains 5 umla. When you establish a constitution you will establish salaries for the different positions, and the last sentence will become invalid. To get money you will have to get a job or start a business. If you own a tile, you also get money, unless government created says otherwise. From the tiles, you earn 5 umla from each gold produced, 1 umla per food, and 2 umla from each hammer.

    Income:
    This is a short summary of where your income comes from, and how much you will make.

    Expenses:
    This is a short summary of where your expenses come from, and how much you will spend.

    Tiles Owned:
    This lists the tiles that your character owns.

    Location:
    This is where your character is located.

    Home:
    This stat doesn’t matter until we get into the Classical Era. When we do, you will have to choose to buy a house, but will have a choice between different districts. The districts will be: Poor, Medium, or Rich. The district you chose will have an impact on how people perceive you. You may move at any time as long as you have the funds.

    Family:
    Your wife and children (if applicable) will be listed here.

    Gold v. Umla
    Gold is the commerce output in-game (you know, that number up in the left corner), while umlas are player money. The nation will have a separate treasury for umlas. Think of Gold as the international transaction standard, while umlas are the national currency. Umlas can be used in international trades between nations as well, but separately from Gold. The umla treasury is filled through taxes, and events. For example, when a village is nice and provides us with 40 Gold, I would add 40 umla to the treasury as well.

    Government
    In this game, you will create your government. You will decide how things are decided, how laws are made, how policies are made, how civics are chosen, and much, much more. At the beginning of the game, there will be a despot. He has sole power and the law is his whim. Once we have five politicians, the government will be created. A Government Council will be called and I will give all the details needed for the creation of the government. The public’s views of the politicians will play a big part for the acceptance of the new government. However, governments throughout history have changed, even in the same country. For a government to change, all politicians have to agree, or at least most, and a Reformation Council is made to change it (unless the government makes a specific rule about reforms). Opposition and Supporters can do various actions to push or fight these changes.

    Civics:
    Civics will have a large impact on the population of the nation, and how they perceive your government. Civics can sway the opinions of the masses as to whether you are a great government, or whether you are oppressive. A vote of the politicians is required to change civics. When Government civics are changed, I will mandate some changes to your constitution, but I will try to give as much leeway as possible to creativity and variations. The civic state property is the one other civic that forces you to do something. If this civic is chosen all property is seized by the government. The Labor civics will also have an impact, determining whether your society has slaves, politically separated classes, etc.

    Actions
    Players can do unlimited actions. There is no limit to what actions you could do, as long as they are not movements. Some actions may involve spending money. Two very important actions are look for spouse and procreate. For more info, see Lineage. Actions include but are not limited to:

    • Hire body guards
    • hire assassins
    • political coups
    • military coups
    • espionage
    • hire agitators
    • bribe
    • create assassin groups
    • create guerrilla groups
    • imprison politicians
    • Frame politicians
    • Rig elections (if democratic government)
    • create propaganda
    • create laws
    • reform laws
    • Secede
    • create groups, clans, parties, creeds,
    • Issue government crackdowns
    • banish anyone
    • Order assassinations on foreign leaders
    • Bribe foreign leaders
    • spy on foreign leaders
    • send agitators to foreign civs
    • aid insurgents or governments
    • create agreements with foreign leaders
    • create protests
    • start revolutions
    • create a guerrilla movement
    • terrorism
    • ethnic attacks
    • boycotts
    • go on strikes
    • assassinations (hire or become assassins)
    • Hire Security Forces


    Movements
    These actions have a limit at how many of them you can do. Each turn you can do two movements. Movements involve your character moving around or attacking/assassinating another player/foreign leader/etc. Some movements may involve spending money.

    Power
    One of the main objectives of the game is to be the most powerful man in the nation, and to be there throughout history. Power will be determined by the influence you hold over the people and government. The power you had when you died would be the power that goes on the long term list.

    The ten most powerful people will be listed on the Powers list, and will be constantly changing. What you want to be is in the list, and to be Number 1.

    At the end of game, whoever is in first place is the winner.

    Lineage
    When you reach the age of 18, you can begin to look for marriage to conceive heirs to your fortune and continuance of the family. If you do get married you can do the action procreate. A random number will be given, and depending on that number I will decide whether or not you get a child. If odd, no child, if even, you get a child. This child will in ten turns enter the civilian pool. Each of your children can become a politician, but only the first born of your primary character is guaranteed a slot. The others have probability. The second is 50%, third is 40%, fourth is 20%, fifth is 10%, sixth is 5%, seventh is 2.5% and so on.

    Your children can also become politicians through appointment to public offices. If you have two children that become politicians, you will control both of their firstborns, etc. I reserve the right to not let some of your family have children if you get to controlling too many characters.

    Each child will receive inheritance, and you decide how much each gets. Those who don’t become politicians will not be controlled by you, so you have to be careful how you distribute your inheritance.

    Resource Ownership
    When a person owns a tile, and that tile has a resource, they own that resource. The government must now pay them to use that resource, and that person has full control of that resource. The amount the government pays must be negotiated by the two different parties. The government must pay for rights to build on that square, and then pay a continued usage fee after the improvement is built.
    The government can decide to expropriate the tile, taking control of that tile because of resource. If the government also has a policy of communism/authoritarian, then maybe all resources belong to state and people can not own the resource.
    Ownership of a resource creates the possibility of forming a company of that resource. You will have employees. With companies it is easier to control all resources of same type. Remember that you must pay your employees and may sometimes pay taxes for it.

    Tiles
    Every time a there is a new politician, he will receive a tile. The tile he will receive is the tile where the new citizen was placed in-game. When a government is formed this ends, and tiles can only be gotten through sale or gifts. The Players can buy/sell tiles among each other, each putting the price and negotiating. When a player can not pay the government’s taxes or owes money, a tile(s) can be taken. Tiles increase the influence you have, and the money you gain.

    Tiles are worth 1upt per food, Hammers give 3upt, and Commerce gives 5upt.

    Ethnicity
    Through out history, one of the most problem causing factors is different ethnic groups in the same area causing fights. This factor will be present in the game. Your civilization will be one ethnic group, and other civilizations will be different ethnic groups. Barbarians and tribal villages will also have a small different ethnic group. As you expand and conquer, more ethnic groups will join your civilization’s society and will interact with the civilization’s original ethnic group.
    Every time you take a barbarian city or a tile with a tribal village you will incorporate their population into the nation. When you “pop” a tribal village the tribe joins your nearest city. When a tribal village gives the empire a settler, the city it settles will be from that ethnic group and their population will be added to the empire's. The politician will be an AI from that ethnic group.
    When two civilizations border each other, migration will occur although the amount will depend on any treaties (such as Open Borders) that the nations might have.

    Religion
    From the beginning, all civilizations will have unorganized religion, all polytheistic. We will use each civs ancient mythology. When a religion spreads to our land, a religious council will be called to decide if we adopt it IF the organized religion civic is available. If not, the council is delayed until it is. If it is adopted, all politicians will be called to vote on whether the religion should be incorporated into the government or not. Then, we will adopt either the organized religion or theocracy civic based on what the politicians decide. If only organized religion is available, then that will be chosen and we will decide whether to incorporate the religion into the government when Theocracy becomes available. When other religious civics become available the same method used to choose other civics is applied. The Free Religion and pacifism civics, though, will be under the control of the government. However, even if organized religion or theocracy is abandoned by the people/government, the Church will still exist as an organized entity, just not as part of the government.

    Remember though that the in-game religions are broad, and could contain many sects. Also remember that the religions don’t necessarily have to be the same as in our world. For example, many people in our world (mistakenly) believe that Islam is a militant religion. In this world, why couldn’t Christianity be seen as the militant one?

    Pools
    In Statecraft and Duplicity there are three pools of players. Only the Politician and Limbo pools are relevant after the Constitution. The first pool you start in when you sign up is the Civilian Pool. Here, you are a civilian with no government office who gains little money and has little influence in national and international events, normally. Then, when a citizen in-game is chosen, you have the chance to go to the Politician Pool. There you will be a politician. When your house dies (ie- when you as the only member die), which can happen at any time, you go to the Limbo Pool for five in-game turns. After five turns, you are born back into the Civilian Pool.

    The Limbo Pool can be avoided by having children. When you die, you can take control of your first born child, who becomes a politician automatically.

    Politicians
    Politicians are important people. Before the Constitution, politicians are chosen when a new in-game citizen is born. After the Constitution, politicians are the first-born of player controlled characters or characters appointed to offices. All politicians are PCs or AIs controlled by me.

    The Main Thread
    The main thread is the public stage. Everything here is public, which means everything told here is known by all the population. This is the place to make speeches to the people and address other players and issues. Try to stay in character as much as you can. To keep the thread interesting to read, keep the main thread for discussions involving many players.
    For discussions with only one player, try using PM or social groups. Everything said here could affect you popularity and reputation.

    To help me make the updates easier, try to make all decisions in bold and in the following way:

    In-game Issues:
    What shall be produced in Mecca?
    Monument

    What shall the Scouts do?
    Explore South of Mecca:
    -Stay in Flat Grasslands and hills
    -Avoid Barbarians
    -Go to Tribal Villages if possible


    Responses to Issues
    Domestic: Hire Standard Security Forces
    Foreign/Military: Attack Barecians with our Royal Division
     
  2. Tambien

    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    The game will be played and carried out the following way:

    1. At the beginning of the game, a player from the civilian pool will be randomly chosen to be the leader of this new civ. The game starts with:
    Everyone being 18 years old.
    No one has money.
    Population is 1000 and all are Arabians
    All ideals are zero.
    No one has a family yet.
    No one owns a tile.
    Assassin Group controlled by an AI player, Spymaster, who will never be a politician.
    All will have income.

    1. Leader will be asked what he will want to do.

    After we play our turn, I will play the turn of the other civilizations using Hot seat. After this first in-game turn, the rest happens the following way:

    First of all, the game is divided into sessions. In a session I will tell in-game decisions/issues and other updates of the game. Each Session is divided into two turns. In each turn players can do actions, diplomacy, plan, discuss, and argue about in-game and other decisions. Players can also do one movement per turn.

    Each Session consists of 20 in-game turns.

    1. I will play 10 in-game turns doing what you have told me to, but I will stop if an in-game issue arises before the allotted time is up and issue a turn report[1].

    2. I will post the news and updates. With this post a Session begins. The first turn begins. PMs will be sent to players who did movements.

    3. When the first turn is over a Mid Session Event will happen. It will be related to an issue or outcome of an action done during the first turn. PMs will also be sent to players who did certain movements. The second Turn begins. If I don’t have time to post an Event, or there just isn’t one, I will post the word Midsession, and then “Session #.5 has begun.

    4. I play the next 10 in-game turns doing what you have told me to, but I will stop if an in-game issue arises before the allotted time is up and issue a turn report[1].

    5. The second turn and the session ends. A Conclusion Update will be posted telling any outcomes of actions done and telling what happened in the turns. PMs will be sent to players who did certain movements.

    6. Between the Conclusion Update and the next Session is a Transition time. This is the time I transmit all decisions to in-game and play our next 10 turns. No movements or actions may be submitted during Transition Time, but movements or actions submitted during the .5 session can be carried out.

    7. I will post the news and updates. With this the next Session begins. Step 2-7 keep repeating.

    [1] Turn reports happen when I need player input.
     
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    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    Important Info

    Statecraft and Duplicity will be an interesting game to run and the rules are highly experimental. Any advice for changes or pointing out of errors is appreciated.

    In making suggestions/comments, please keep in mind that in adddition to this I will be running Lang Leve Amerika and going to school, at least until summer starts. Expect sessions to last up to, but no longer than, two weeks.

    Also remember that I want to make this as realistic as possible, without it getting to complicated.

    Once again, any and all advice and criticism is appreciated.



    Table of Contents
    Session 0
    Session 0- MidSession
    Turn Report S1



    List of Players

    House Ishaq- Jwitti
    House al-Yamani- General Olaf
    House Mawr-Epikh- MoreEpicThanYou
    House Al Hashim- Jehoshua
    House Al Quds- Civ'ed
    House al-Maissan- swimandciv
    House Al-Fulani- SouthernKing
    House al-Layd- filli_noctus
    House Ibn-La Ahad- Civleader
     
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    Jwitti Judas Maccabeus

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    First (Gotta love collaboration)
    Ibn Abi Ishaq will be my name.
     
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    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    Ishaq as your family/house name, right?
     
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    Jwitti Judas Maccabeus

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    Yes, sir.
     
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    Optical The Fall of the Eleventh

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    I'll be Givas al-Yamani :)p)
     
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    MoreEpicThanYou The most Epic.

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    I shall be Danyu Mawr-Epikh. (I know the words are mixed up, I did it so "Mawr-Epikh" could be my family name. :p)
     
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    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    I changed the Lineage rules to make find a spouse and procreate actions.

    The changed rule is below:

     
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    Jehoshua Catholic

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    Join: Will have have my houes be the Al Hashim
     
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    oh yes. Abdulrahman Al Hashim it shall be.
     
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    Civ'ed I ain't gotta explain a thing

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    Hm... Ali Muhammad Al Quds please
     
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    Jehoshua Catholic

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    "The Holy" eh

    well well well we will watch with wariness whipersnapper :p.
     
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    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    Great idea for a name, Civ'ed. And I sent both of you your player stats links.

    EDIT: OH! I just realized that makes five players! Time to kick off the game with selection of the first supreme dictator who tells everyone what to do and kills you if you disobey politician!
     
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    Jwitti Judas Maccabeus

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    Aww come on mine's the first Arabic grammarian.
     
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    Tambien Theseus, Duke of Athens

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    In the beginning the earth was without form, and void. But the sun shown upon the sleeping earth, and deep inside the brittle crust massive forces became unleashed. The seas parted and great continents were formed. Mountains arose, earthquakes spawned massive tidal waves. Volcanoes erupted, and spewed forth fiery lava, and charred the atmosphere with strange gases. Into this swirling maelstrom of fire, and air, and water the first stirrings of life appeared. They were insignificant at first, tiny organisms, cells and amoeba, clinging to tiny sheltered habitats. But the seeds of life grew, and strengthened, and spread, and diversified, and prospered, and soon, every continent and climate teemed with life. And with life came instinct, and specialization, natural selection, Reptiles, Dinosaurs, and Mammals. Finally, a great intellect arose in the species known as man. And there appeared the first faint glimmers of intelligence. The fruits of intelligence were many: fire, food, and weapons, the hunt, farming, and the sharing of food, the family, the village, and the tribe. The tribe would soon grow into the city, the nation, the empire. All that was needed was a person. Not just any person, however. As the years rolled on many great leaders rose, and prepared to lead their tribes out of the Stone Age. Most of them would set in motion a process that would end with the elevation of their tribes to the status of empire. Will you be one of them?

    The nomadic people of Arabia had wandered for many years around the Hill of Mecca. They had hunted the cows and elephants that surrounded the Hill, and then traded the spoils for crops grown at the village of their sedentary brethren, the Madina. The People had always had a leader, but none so great as Saladin. Saladin had led the people on further exploration of the lands surrounding the Hill, finding a great spice to the east which brought even higher prices in the Exchange. He had led the People onto the never-ending Waters to gather the clams that lay on the bed at the bottom of the Waters, and this had once again shown in the Exchange. He had chosen the smartest of the tribe to be mystics, and the mystics had gone on to discover a thing known as the Wheel. This wheel made it easier for the People to transport their wares to the Exchange, increasing the profits still more. He had built a legacy for himself and the Arabian people, and had led the tribe in its glory days. Now, he was dead and buried on the Hill. The tribe had gathered around his grave and had mourned for a week. Saladin’s warriors had gone east on a spirit journey for their fallen leader, and would not return for weeks at best. But life must continue, and the tribe must select a new leader.

    The Arabians had gathered around Saladin’s grave to select their new leader. The grave of the old leader was the traditional place, for its somber air was good for contemplation. The mystic that had been instrumental in finding the wheel stepped forward and spoke. “The mystics have gathered, and we have decided that Ibn Abi Ishaq would be the best new leader.” Murmurs of shock ran through the assembled crowd.

    He is only 18!
    Have you heard him talk of his ideas?
    He’s crazy!

    The mystic spoke again. “We have made this determination by interviewing him. It appears that he has had visions. Of the future.” More murmurs ran through the crowd, this time of awe.

    The future!
    I always knew he was special!
    He’s perfect!

    The mystic said one last thing, and then stepped backwards. “Ibn Abi Ishaq, step forward.” Ibn Abi Ishaq stepped nervously out of the crowd, and stood in front of the tribe.

    A shout came from the crowd, “Trial by acclamation!” Shouts of agreement quickly followed. Then, a rumbling began to come from those throats. Within seconds, the rumble had become a roar as the rest of the tribe joined in.

    “Ibn Abi Ishaq, the new leader!” The roars grew louder still.

    ~~~~~

    You, Ibn Abi Ishaq have been chosen as the new leader of Arabia by its people. Where shall you lead them?
    Spoiler :


    ISSUES
    In-game Issues:
    Where will we settle?
    What shall we do with our warrior?
     
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    Civ'ed I ain't gotta explain a thing

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    If I may humbly suggest anything to our leader...
    This position looks like we may convince all of the world of our greatness. It looks easy to defend, and has a port and river, meaning we can farm and sail and convince the world that the only gods are the Arab Gods!
    (OOC: yes. I am playing the religious person. The surname says it all)
     

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