Election Information

The Council

Each full member world of the UFP is grouped in a Sector. Each Sector will hold two seats in the Council. The Representatives of that Sector hold these seats. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside over the Council. The President shall have a seat in Council, but does NOT vote. A bill has to pass by a majority vote. In case of ties the bill does NOT pass. The President can veto any bill passed by the Council, but the Council can override the veto with a 3/4 vote.

The President

The President shall be elected directly in a race for President through the political db and PC votes. Candidates shall campaign for the presidency by making speeches in the speech newsgroup, running holovids, or in other ways they find appropriate. Only a plurality of votes from the political db and PC votes is required to be elected president.

The Cabinet

The duties of the members of the cabinet are detailed in primer fed gov. They are appointed by the President, and serve at their pleasure. Cabinet appointments must be approved by the UFP Council. Cabinet firings are at the sole discretion of the president.

Political Parties

Recognized political parties receive funding from the UFP to conduct their campaigns. The Chairperson of each party is elected every 4 IC years, in between presidential elections. The Chairperson controls the funds of the party and is responsible for recruiting candidates, managing elections, fundraising etc.

The UFP Admin are committed to making parties and the Council a hotbed of RP for those interested, so there will be some intense RP here for those interested.

Party Primaries

On the 15th of each RL election month each party shall have a primary so that if more than one player is interested in being that party's nominee for office they will have a fair opportunity to win that right through the political db and PC votes. There are no SNW mandated rules about whether parties may fund one candidate or support one or not. Those rules may be determined or not, by parties themselves.

The Campaign

The parties may begin the ic campaign at any time. They will have the opportunity to issue press releases, appear on snwspan, engage in polling thru companies which are being set up, make tv commercials <planet localized, sector wide, or federation wide> thru companies set up, etc. The campaigns will no longer be about getting as many of your friends to vote for you, but instead about issues, and rp. Thus, fundraising, as well as government financing of parties <to start, each party will be given an equal amount, then each year they will get an amount based on the number of seats they hold, plus they are free to raise money from any other sources>.

Each planet and each sector will have interests and issues which are important to it which will remain secret <though parties can find this info out thru polling, tho as in all systems, the polls may be wrong, so ya better find a good polling company>. For instance, it is unlikely that many Vulcans will support a beligerent foreign policy or emphasis on military action, which Terrans may like a particularly dirty campaign, Andorians may prefer a beligerent foreign policy, and Caitians may like an issues oriented campaign, etc. Thats for the players to find out by rping.

Election Night

The campaign will lead up to election night, which will be one huge rp event. Election returns will come in slowly planet by planet, with rp interviews, parties, analysis, etc. If a person wins the office of Representative of a UFP sector, that person is entitled to a seat on the UFP Council. Thus there will no longer be "Prime Ministers". Council members will be titled "Representative".

Election Schedule

Elections for Representative A in all Sectors
04/01/02 Declarations of Candidacy Due
04/15/02 Party Primaries Held if Necessary
04/27/02 Last Day for Campaigning
04/28/02 Election Held (NO CAMPAIGNING)
05/01/02 Take Office
Primary Schedule and Important Dates for Presidential Election
05/01/02 Electorial Vote Distribution from Party Chairs Due
05/15/02 Primaries for Presidential Election
05/27/02 Last Day for Campaigning
05/28/02 Election Held (NO CAMPAIGNING)
06/01/02 Presidential Election Held

Presidential Election

Starting with Campaign 2351, SNW will be going to a full fledged Presidential Primary system. Federation-wide political parties have been reduced to 3, the Federalists, the Conservatives (Tories), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Players interested in running for the Federation Presidency must run as a member of one of those parties. Independent candidacies are not allowed, nor are 4th party candidacies.

This should make for a very competitive and RP intensive campaign experience stretched over a few weeks.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions.

Q: What the hell kinda weird system is this?

As of January 2000 SNW has moved to a more U.S. style election system. The president will be elected for 4 IC years (4 RL months) and may only be removed by impeachment by the UFP Council. While the former parliamentary system provided more opportunity for fun and excitement, many players were unable to grasp that it was IC and insisted on taking the system OOC and RL, causing far too much of a headache for the administrator of the system.

Q: Do players vote?

A: Yes, players do vote, but their votes only count as 50 percent of the total count, the other 50 percent is from NPC of the planets.

Q: How are office holders decided?

A: A political DB has been established, which ranks each party on each planet, according to issues of importance to that planet, as well as UFP-wide issues. The various aspects of campaigning and governing will effect this on a daily basis, culminating in the general election, when all votes are tallied. The party and players which "play the system" the best, in congruence with other IC affairs not necessarily within their control, will win.

Q: How do we know which issues are important to which planets?

A: Commission a poll to find out which issues are importan, how the NPC population feels about them, and see how your party is doing.

Q: Ok, this is a parliamentary system, so why have primaries?

A: To maximize RP opportunities, to allow players and parties to stratigize day to day, to learn from mistakes, to experience the thrill and agony of a drawn out political horse race. And, because they're fun.

Q: Does this effect the Council's ability to vote no confidence in the President?

A: No, the Council may no longer "no confidence" the President because of the sad fact that most American players cannot understand how a parliamentary democracy works.

Q: How hard should I campaign?

A: The harder and smarter you campaign <or govern>, the better chance
you'll have at winning.

Q: Who sets party primary dates?

A: The Chief Justice.

Q: How do I know what sector I vote in?

A: By your place of Origin in most cases or by registing to a certain Sector. This Sector can NOT be change monthly or at any other time unless there is a very good IC reasons that has to be approved by the Federation Wizard.

Sample

Here's a sample election process.

Chief Justice issues Writ of General Election <announces election dates>.

Players have a week or so to submit their names as candidates for offices under a party label or as independents.

The Chief Justice announces whether there will be any primaries for each party based on those who have declared their candidacies. Any needed primaries are held a week after the candidacy declaration deadline. If a player fails to meet the filing deadline, they will not be in the election. Period.

Primaries are held and the winner of each primary will be that party's candidate for the office they have run for. General elections against all other primary winners, all other party nominees, and independents will be held one week later.

General election takes place.

Notes

Polling - Standard poll questions, "If the election were held today, which party would you vote for?", Are you in favor of the Cardassian Trade Treaty? What are the top 3 issues facing your planet today? The first is a "race" poll, the second is an "issue" poll, and the third is an "info" poll.

Campaigning - Be creative, raise money, have fun. Travel planet to planet and use +makespeech, raise money from players, have fun with this.

Sectors

Sector (Planetary) Representatives are elected every 6 years on a staggered basis. There are 3 sectors in the United Federation of Planets. Sector I includes Cait, Bajor, Eveska, Omega Centauri. Sector II includes Efros, Andor, Theta VII, Triangulii II. Sector III includes Terra, Alcent, Vulcan, Tellar. Each Sector will have 2 Representatives with one being voted on at a time. Each Representative holds office for 6 (ic) years. All Sectors will have one Representative running in an election every 3 (ic) years.

  • 2372: Representatives A in all Sectors
  • 2375: Representatives B in all Sectors
  • 2378: Representatives A in all Sectors
  • 2381: Representatives B in all Sectors
Sector I: Sector II: Sector III:
Cait Efros Terra
Bajor Andor Alcent
Eveska Theta VII Vulcan
Omega Centauri Triangulii II Tellar

Free Campaigning

Free campaigning can be done by utilizing the +makespeech command on markets, or by any other creative means a candidate comes up with. A speech usually will not influence more than 1 or 2 points one way or the other. IC events, and utilizing them in a campaign however, may have tremendously dramatic results.

Advertising

Type Empire Wide Single Planet/Sector
Advertisement Effect Cost Effect Cost
Print Advertisement Upto 2pt/plnt 80k Upto 2pt/plnt 10k
Holovid Upto 4pt/plnt 200k Upto 4 pts. 25k

Post the advert to IC.POL.HOLOVIDS with the subject as follows.

<advert type> — <empire or planet name or Sector>

The poster of the advert will be billed by ECON for the cost.

There is no longer a distinction between negative or positive adverts for scoring purposes.

Election Aftermath

After the election, the cycle will start again. Parties should raise money, find issues to attack the government or the opposition on, players can begin a campaign for party leader or attempt to raise their rank on party lists, parties can begin to campaign all over again. Meanwhile, the Council will be meeting weekly for active RP, during which debates and issues can be argued over, policies shaped, etc.

NOTES - In order to be a recognized political party, a party candidate for president must receive a minimum of 10 percent of the vote in the previous presidential election. Upon doing so, a party will be eligible for funding from the UFP <see the Chief Justice for details>. If a recognized party does not receive 10 percent of the vote in a presidential election, it loses its officially recognized status and will receive no funding until it reaches the 10 percent threshold.


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