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Why Unity Elections are the Best Thing to Ever Happen to 6th Parties

Day 1,910, 15:40 Published in USA USA by Israel Stevens



Let’s get one thing upfront and out of the way:
I’m not a fan of the Unity Elections system. I find it to be distasteful, and an unfortunate result of our present circumstances.

However, that being said; Unity Elections are the best thing to happen to 6th parties. Now, before you scroll to the comments section to yell at me... hear me out.
Never before have the collective 6th parties held so much power. They can single-handedly decide the Presidency.

How Unity Elections work:
Each of the non-PTO (AFA) parties that comprise the Top 5, are weighted equally. That accounts for 4 votes. The fifth vote comes from the collective of 6th parties. Each party is weighted differently, relative to how many members they have. It’s a lot like the real life delegate system that the United States uses.

Essentially, all of the 6th parties are equal to one Top 5.




Let’s look at the history of the previous twelve Presidential Elections before we started doing Unity Elections (October 2011 - September 2012).

October 2011 - Alexander Auctoritas defeats Morrigan Alexandros.
Alexander Auctorias endorsed by 3 Top 5 parties
Morrigan Alexandros endorsed by 1 Top 5 party

November 2011 - GoalieBCSC defeats Leroy Combs.
GoalieBCSC endorsed by 3 Top 5 parties
Leroy Combs endorsed by 1 Top 5 party

December 2011 - Oblige defeats Gagon The Great Cajeta Lover (Glove).
Oblige endorsed by 5 Top 5 parties
Glove endorsed by 0 Top 5 parties

January 2012 - Oblige defeats Pizza The Hut II (Ajay/RGR).
Oblige endorsed by 5 Top 5 parties
Ajay endorsed by 0 Top 5 parties

February 2012 - Oblige defeats Vanek26.
Oblige endorsed by 4 Top 5 parties
Vanek endorsed by 1 Top 5 party

March 2012 - Oblige defeats Israel Stevens.
Oblige endorsed by 2 Top 5 parties
Israel Stevens endorsed by 2 Top 5 parties

April 2012 - Artela defeats seeker1.
Artela endorsed by 4 Top 5 parties
seeker1 endorsed by 0 Top 5 parties
Note: This was the month Joseph Dinero won the Federalist nomination, but accidentally removed himself from the ballot.

May - Artela defeats Chickensguys.
Artela endorsed by 3 Top 5 parties
Chickensguys endorsed by 1 Top 5 party

June 2012 - Israel Stevens defeats GloveisLove (Glove).
Israel Stevens endorsed by 2 Top 5 parties
Glove endorsed by 1 Top 5 party

July 2012 - Evry defeats GloveisLove (Glove).
Evry endorsed by 3 Top 5 parties
Glove endorsed by 1 Top 5 party

August 2012 - GloveisLove (Glove) defeats Civil Anarchy.
Glove endorsed by 1 Top 5 party
Civil Anarchy endorsed by 3 Top 5 parties
Notes: AMP did not nominate anyone ingame, due to Haliman not resigning until after the ballots had locked in.
Also, Glove declared for CP at the last second, as part of his strategy.


September 2012 - Israel Stevens defeats Henry ‘Pfeiffer’ Arundel.
Israel Stevens endorsed by 2 Top 5 parties
Pfeiffer endorsed by 1 Top 5 party



What can we learn from this?
That with the exception of 2 races, the candidate with the most top 5 nominations won the elections.
The two exceptions were in March when a highly popular, 3 time incumbent (Oblige) was going up against a relatively new face (myself). Both candidates received the same amount of Top 5 party support.
The other exception was Glove’s stealth campaign in August. He declared at the last second, and was able to use a combination of popular groundswell, and the lack of the AMP endorsing Civil Anarchy to defy the odds and win.

The candidate that won the most, or tied for the most Top 5 party endorsements, won the Presidency 11 out of 12 times.
That’s 92% of the time.

In this game, the top 5 endorsements mean everything to a Presidential campaign. They are the most important thing.

So how is this good for 6th parties?
By being collectively weighed as a Top 5 party for the Unity Election process, the 6th parties are essentially awarded the role of tie-breaker. Under normal elections, a single 6th party is not going to decide the election. Even a group of 6th party endorsements is not a guaranteed win.

The Unity Election process gives 6th parties an unprecedented amount of power and influence; far and above what they wield during a normal election. Their collective vote can single-handedly decide who will be the Unity Candidate, and therefore, who will win the election.

So for the people in 6th parties that complain that their voice is not being heard, I beg to differ. Never before has your voice been more powerful. Never before have your parties been afforded this much clout.


Disagree with me? Let me know in the comments :)



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Comments

Paul Proteus
Paul Proteus Day 1,910, 15:44

Good Read, v~

Jefferson Locke
Jefferson Locke Day 1,910, 15:46

excellent article as always Israel. I do like sixth parties having as much say as possible.

I think that the sixth parties have as much say as possible is essential to keeping our nation strong and great.

Well done

GloveisLove
GloveisLove Day 1,910, 15:48

" Under normal elections, a single 6th party is not going to decide the election. Even a group of 6th party endorsements is not a guaranteed win."

See stealth campaign,

I was nothing but 6th partys.

Israel Stevens
Israel Stevens Day 1,910, 15:51

You're the 1 candidate out of the last 12 'normal' elections to win without taking the majority of the top 5 parties.

1 out of 12.

Did you read the article bro?

GloveisLove
GloveisLove Day 1,910, 15:54

I didn't read,

I ate rice.

But this article doesn't really convince me, as the top 5 partys usually always are all or nothing, very rarely do we have the top 5 evenly distributed and giving us a really competitive election. So I'm not convinced unity elections really empower the 6th partys at all.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 1,910, 15:57

A valid point as long as T4 are not united in their choice. Which is generally the case.

This is basically the same pivotal party advantage iNCi has enjoyed for 1.5 years. It works.

Candor
Candor Day 1,910, 16:40

No one asked 6th's last month, or if they did they were very selective in who they asked, so Huston we have a problem.

USMarineCorps
USMarineCorps Day 1,910, 16:40

Unity is a paranoid group that we should get rid of.

Mister Y
Mister Y Day 1,910, 16:42

Great article, voted.

But so, "Friendship And Honor" Party can really make the difference?

FirstLaw
FirstLaw Day 1,910, 17:02

This might be a good theory, but I doubt that it works out this way in practice.

Marquis Andras
Marquis Andras Day 1,910, 17:41

IS your my boy and I love ya. But gotta disagree to a certain extent. BUT your right in the stand point where they can be the tiebreaker.

But its kinda impossible to expect all the 6 parties to agree on the same thing as well think about that as well.

CptKaydee
CptKaydee Day 1,910, 17:41

Do you want to be running Unity elections every month? AFA is not going to stop. Just return to normal elections. They may get CP but CP is of course a useless position.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Day 1,910, 18:22

The 6th party vote will only matter when the same group doesn't control the majority of "top 5" parties. Right now we aren't even being asked for our votes because it really "doesn't matter".

Anyone can spend one hour looking around and see exactly what is going on here and why this crap is just that...crap.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 1,910, 18:23

@Toad22

Not really.

Marquis Andras
Marquis Andras Day 1,911, 06:50

Actually it can be useless depending on the country.

CptKaydee
CptKaydee Day 1,911, 19:50

bro, you gotta use that new comment system.

Cody Caine
Cody Caine Day 1,910, 19:22

Israel when did you becomes the Governments pitch man?

Drew Blood
Drew Blood Day 1,910, 19:53

A very well crafted propaganda article is still propaganda. Unity is a totalitarianism that never even attempted the hide that fact, anyone with a brain larger than a pea knows that JK was hand picked; and JSJ was driven out of the game. Now they are attempting to use SPQR to replace Unity by claiming to believe in inclusion, freedom of speech etc...while one visit to their cesspool proves different.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 1,911, 20:55

I mostly agree yet nothing presently exists to condemn SPQR as part of the maligned 'unity' process which presently exists.

Also, Not all totalitarians are bad; I myself have maintained the Technocratic Society for many months with the utilization of what I would dub 'Rote Totalitarian Standards and Practices.'

USMarineCorps
USMarineCorps Day 1,910, 20:26

I still don't get why people support unity. http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/unitys-paranoia-2210841/1/20

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 1,911, 00:29

Article was fine despite 'unity fearmongering' until the September 2012 election was mentioned...

Per Kemal's article http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/-spqr-numbers-don-039-t-lie-or-how-low-bonus-strategy-saved-eus-2202164/1/20 there was no PTO candidate during the September election.

Additionally; it would seem to me that if there indeed was a 'PTO candidate' in the Sept 12 PotUS election it would have undoubtedly been the author of this article and not Henry Arundel.

Finally, in regards to the farsical tribute to T6 I've only the following comment;

"It would seem your assessment of T6 representation is neither within reason nor beneath contempt."

Israel Stevens
Israel Stevens Day 1,911, 09:46

...lol

How am I a PTO?
Furthermore, where did I ever say that there was a PTO candidate in September 2012? I said that was the last time we actually had an election.

You need to learn how to read bro.

Simulare
Simulare Day 1,911, 12:19

While your data does support your position that, in most cases, the avatar who captures the most party primaries wins the election, I am still trying to figure out how this is the best thing to ever happen to 6th parties.

Voting roles have been steadily dropping over the past 6 months. You are free to use your primary statistics to show how Unity elections are helping the 6th party players but some might see a decline of more than 1000 votes since Sept 2012 as "proof" to the contrary. One might argue that less people are voting because the Unity process makes them choose between 2 unfavorable candidates.

So, the takeaway here is that if you secure the votes from the handful of T4 people who bother to vote in the primary elections, you will probably win the general election. Genius!

SColbert
SColbert Day 1,911, 15:46

I loled. Speaking for Vox, I know that several times that our results were not even asked for and thus were not counted. Keep trying to tell us the government cares about us.

Viarizi
Viarizi Day 1,912, 04:26

LOL

THERE IS NO PTO IN USA, JUST GOVERNMENT CON'TROLL'ING YOUR MIND

http://realagenda.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/obey_dees5b15d.jpg

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