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Re: General Announcements

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Timetable 2016 - Part 1 (Amended)

February 2016 - April 2-3 & 5-6 (TT6)
BREAK DAY - 4th April
Optional: Deadline for Funding Regeneration Special Assignment (April 6)
BREAK DAY - 7th April
March 2016 - April 8-12 (BUDGET)
BREAK DAY- 13th April
April 2016 - April 14 - 17 (TT7)
BREAK DAY 18th April
May 2016 - LOCAL ELECTIONS (19-23 April)
BREAK DAY 24th April
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PolUK 2016 Regional and Mayoral Elections

Overview and Contests
The regional and mayoral elections period will run from April 19th to 23rd IRL and culminate with a live event to announce the results. This campaigning period is intended to simulate the real-life 2016 elections as closely as possible by giving players a range of contests to plan for and campaign in.

The elections that will be covered by the regional and mayoral elections are the following:
Regional
  • Scottish Parliament - all 129 seats up for election
  • Welsh Assembly - all 60 seats up for election
  • English and Welsh Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) - 40 of 43 police forces up for election
Mayoral
  • London
  • Bristol
  • Liverpool
  • Salford
Key Considerations
Across these contests, there are some important things to consider.

Firstly, campaigning for the Scottish and Welsh regional elections will be divided between forums that match the constituency sheet, e.g. one forum for North Wales Welsh Assembly campaigning and one for South Wales Welsh Assembly campaigning. When it comes to the PCC elections, they will be divided up between forums that match the traditional regions used for PolUK elections, e.g. one forum for North West PCC contests, one forum for South West PCC contests and so forth. The A-Team will specify in each forum title and opening post regarding what campaigning content should be posted in each respective forum.

When it comes to the mayoral contests, we will not split cities into separate forums for the Mayoral contests and so there will be just one forum for the London mayoral, one forum for the Bristol mayoral and so forth.

We have chosen the Scottish & Welsh regional, the mayoral and the PCC contests so that we can have a good spread of different contests for you to consider and so as to involve different players at different levels. For example, it would be logical for those at the Home and Public Services briefs to dedicate more time to PCC contests whilst Leaders and those with Devolution briefs would focus more on Scotland and Wales.

We do not expect you to campaign extensively in every region and contest, as it is only natural you will seek to prioritise based upon where you think you can either hold onto marginals or make gains. However, it is expected that you at least put up some element of campaigning within each contest.

For example, the Conservatives will not win the Liverpool mayoral election in a month of Sundays, despite Mac's eternal ambition to turn Liverpool blue ;) . However, it is expected that the Conservatives should put up at least a token effort within the Liverpool mayoral contest as would happen in real life. The same principle applies to Labour, who should at least make some effort within the Liverpool contest despite it being effectively guaranteed that Joe Anderson will be re-elected. A failure to do either would result in a worse than expected result for either party.

Additionally, the below rules regarding types of events and tactics mean that much content can be recycled across numerous contests, as has always been the case in any PolUK general election. This means you should be able to cover all contests with ease whilst still being able to prioritise more of your efforts towards your primary targets.

Candidates
As a baseline, it will be assumed that every Labour and Conservative candidate in every election stated above will be the same as IRL. However, parties are free to change any candidate or leader in any election that they so choose. For example, Labour can choose a London mayoral candidate who is not Sadiq Khan and they can choose a Leader in Scotland who is not Kezia Dugdale and so forth.

The deadline to inform the A-Team of any candidate changes is April 17th.

Types of Events and Tactics
  • Leaflet - An A4 or small-sized infographic or letter with any content on both sides that can be handed out or mailed to voters.
  • Billboard - A large, eye-catching poster
  • Speech - Addressing larger crowds than a usual canvass at a location and audience of your choice.
  • Canvass - Door knocking with the activists. In this, you’ll choose 3-4 prompts or key subjects that you think people would ask about and answer them. You can also hand them a leaflet.
  • High Profile Event - A speech or public event accompanied by a canvass. These events are free and will count towards campaigning and momentum. You will have one for Scotland, one for Wales, one for the PCCs and one to use in any of the 4 Mayoral elections. These can be used on any day of your choice.
  • Television Broadcast - A brief television film for broadcast outlining your party policies. This is free and will also count towards campaigning and momentum. You will have one for Scotland, one for Wales, one for the PCCs and one to use in any of the 4 Mayoral elections. This broadcast can take many formats.
Budgets and Event/Tactics Numbers
You do not need to worry about budget spends as this adds another layer of admin to the campaign.

Instead, you will have a base number of events or tactics you can utilise per region. These are to be used as you like, so you don’t need to use all of your events in a certain region if you aren’t targeting it or feel it is very safe. However, as mentioned above, we do at least expect some engagement in each region, no matter how token.

This means you can choose to take events or tactics out of regions you’re not focusing on and place them in the ones you are. However, following on from the point about engagement in every region above, I would note significantly reducing presence in one region to place resources into another can impact your result in the former region. Again, you can also recycle content between regions and contests also.

The baseline set numbers for each contest are as follows:
Scottish and Welsh elections - per individual region (x2 Wales, x3 Scotland)
  • Leaflet: 5
  • Billboard: 5
  • Speech: 5
  • Canvass: 10
  • High Profile Event: 1 for Wales, 1 for Scotland
  • PPB: 1 for Wales, 1 for Scotland
PCC elections - per individual region (x2 Wales, x8 England)
  • Leaflet: 5
  • Billboard: 5
  • Speech: 5
  • Canvass: 10
  • High Profile Event: 1 at a national level (England/Wales)
  • PPB: 1 at a national level (England/Wales)
Mayoral elections - per contest (x4 contests)
  • Leaflet: 5
  • Billboard: 5
  • Speech: 5
  • Canvass: 10
  • High Profile Event: 1, to be redeemed once in any of the 4 contests
  • PPB: 1, to be redeemed once in any of the 4 contests
As usual, you can specify individual constituencies or seats where you utilised these or just say ‘target constituencies’ or the region name.

There will also be a special forum for election-related PRs and these rules will also be posted in the separate 2016 elections forum closer to the time.
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Re: General Announcements

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It is no secret that activity across PolUK has declined considerably over the past two months and that this current round has effectively been on life support for several weeks.

Since becoming a two-person A-Team, we have tried our hardest to reinvigorate activity over the last several weeks. We have done so through a great number of methods, ranging from running a number of different scenarios and introducing new IG features through to changing the timetable system to be less intensive, ramping up recruitment efforts and announcing a bold local elections campaign. However, we have come to the conclusion that despite our best efforts, activity is nowhere near close to the levels it should be to sustain a round effectively and nor is this likely to change. With the budget debate having attracted very little by the way of responses or contributions in the 4 days since it was posted, it is also evident that even the basic requirements of a round are not being fulfilled.

Therefore, we have taken the decision to end the 2015/16 round with immediate effect.

It is with a heavy heart that we do so but it is clear that it is not sustainable to keep going when activity has cratered to this level. In our view, we have tried everything possible to reinvigorate activity but ultimately the A-Team can only do so much if there are not enough active players as a result. It is our hope that a new round will inspire a resurgence in activity.

We have additionally both decided that we will not continue in our roles as Admins for the new round.

With the 2015/16 round now over, we will proceed with two final actions as Admins. Firstly, we will open recruitment for our replacements and make a decision between the two of us as to who should be appointed and what team dynamics would work. At the same time, we will also oversee a comprehensive feedback process over the next few days via a Google form. This is to obtain as many views as possible as to why this round didn’t work and why activity has fallen so that our replacements can take this into account during their planning for the new round.

As we depart, we would note that this transition period should be a time for the player base to reflect and dwell upon what the future should look like. We have not lost members from the server this round but we have lost an unusually large number of members who are active players and the reasons for this are not entirely clear. We will provide clear questions to respond to in the feedback form but for now, we would urge you to consider any of the following:
- What stopped you from playing this round if you didn’t at all or if you signed out midway through?
- Is the game suffering from widespread malaise amongst the player base? Does PolUK need to radically change in how it’s structured?
- What did you think about the round scenario?
- Did you dislike any existing aspects or new additions this round?

In answering these questions about why things are the way they are, the onus is on all of you to give feedback so that the new A-Team can change the game and set up the new round accordingly. There are over 40 of you on the Discord server and so to every one of you, we would urge you to give extensive feedback and to participate in the new round as either an Admin or an active player. Simply put, without a resurgence in activity, the sustainable long-term future of the game itself is at risk otherwise.
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