It must be cold outside because the political environment in the eUS has heated up! Electing the party president in eRepublik is an event that is rarely worth noting, but this month was an exception. The American Freedom Alliance (AFA) gained control of the party formerly known as iNCi in an attempt to expand their influence in the upcoming Congressional elections and perhaps knock a Unity party from the top five list, and hence from representation in Congress and their ability to nominate a presidential candidate.
Unity, put on the defensive, scrambles to organize a blocking maneuver by redistributing party membership more equally among their parties to resist AFA's attempts at control. The chart below illustrates the massive movement of party members among all the top five parties.
We see that AFA, who's party membership was increasing over the past two months, has declined slightly to manage a second party. The remaining Unity parties, which had declining membership over the past two months, seem reinvigorated and their numbers are starting to normalize between parties.
This is an interesting development in eUS politics, but election returns clearly indicate that AFA has retained their plurality and even expanded it from 33 to 34%. So, at best, Unity's efforts are a holding action to buy some time to formulate a strategy to retain control.
But Unity is far from out of the woods. According to the election returns, AFA is still the only party that draws in more votes than can be explained by their party numbers. This means in addition to members of their own party, there are others still voting for them. On the other hand, Unity's parties are still underperforming at the polls. Poll results in Congressional elections are a good measure of a party's influence and Unity needs to gain an understanding as to why they have so little of it.
Looking at Presidential elections, the outcome looks even more bleak for Unity:
Congressional elections tend to track party membership very closely, but Presidential elections have more chaotic results. My hypothesis is that individual personalities have a significant influence with Presidential elections. Henry Pfieffer (President in October) and Inwegen (President for December) are experienced, yet polarizing figures in the eUS and could explain the boost that AFA gets during those elections. And that boost is significant. Unity candidates didn't win by a comfortable margin in those months.
If my hypothesis is correct, then Unity needs to nominate candidates VERY carefully. The most experienced person might not be the right person to run in this political climate; especially if he's made enemies. Unity might want to select a candidate that is more well liked instead.
Time is an extremely valuable commodity and Unity doesn't have much of it left.
That's free advice!
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