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Biography Guidelines and How-To

 

 

Welcome to Virtual Government Simulation, or as most of us refer to it: VGS!

 

After you familiarize yourself a bit with the game rules and forum, the next thing to do is create a character to with which to embark on your digital political journey. As we are a Senate-only game, this process is relatively simple and the following is a step-by-step guide that should help you along the way.

 

 

 

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Navigating the Roster

 

Feel free to sign into any seat which is not currently occupied by another player and held by your desired party as indicated by the game roster linked below. On years in which one of three classes of Senators (also linked below) are up for re-election, those seats will be locked from sign-ins for the duration of the election process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating a Bio

 

Once you have identified a seat that you want to hold, its time to create a biography for your character. While we encourage creativity and thinking outside the box, we also expect a realistic path from Point A to Point B. The following is the basic format we expect for all new character sign-ins:

 

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Character Name:

Political Party:

Faction:

Seat Held:

Date of Birth:

Place of Birth:

Place of Residence:

Race/Ethnicity:

Gender:

Religious Affiliation:

 

Family Information:

(Any spouses and children must be included with names, birth dates and places of birth.)

 

Educational History:

(Include school names, specific degrees, and years of graduation)

 

Occupational History:

(include specific job titles and employers and years in which that job was held.)

 

 

 

 

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Restrictions

 

In order to ensure a realistic environment for our game, and to keep players from using biography creation in an unsportsmanlike way, we have several  areas that we prohibit players from choosing for their character’s biography.

 

Note on Special Elections and Appointments

 

No character is allowed to claim to have been appointed to a seat mid-term, or to have won a non-existent special election for your seat. You were elected in a year your seat was up, and you took office the following January 3rd, unless explicit AB approval is sought and very rarely given well before sign-in.

 

National

 

President, Vice President, Cabinet-Level Executive Appointee, Deputy Cabinet-Level Executive Appointee

White House Chief of Staff or Senior-Level Staff

US Ambassador to any major nation or the United Nations.

High Ranking Military Generals or Admirals

Major Federal Agency Director

Former Congressional Leadership (Speaker, HML/HmL, HMW/HmL, DCCC/NRSC, major House Committee Chairmanship)

Campaign Manager or Chief Strategist for a Successful Presidential Campaign

 

State/Local

Governor of states with more than one congressional district.

Mayors of cities with populations exceeding 300,000 people.

 

Non-Political

 

A-List Celebrities or Athletes (you did not have a or multiple box-office hits, or win the Heisman Trophy, or have a record hit the Billboard Top 100, or make the New York Times Bestseller list)

Civil Rights Pioneer (don’t insert yourself into The March on Selma or Stonewall Riots, nor as national head of major real life civil rights organizations)

CEO, CFO, or CCO of any Fortune 500 Company (real or fictional)


 

Administrative Discretion

 

History of mental illness, addiction, or major physical disability

No prior electoral experience

Naturalized citizenship

 

 

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LGBT Characters

 

Given the 1987 time period of VGS Reset 2, the AB would like to make it clear that maintaining realism would dictate that LGBT characters are highly discouraged. No player may sign in an openly gay congressman and transgender/non-binary characters are strictly prohibited.

 

While a player cannot sign in an openly gay congressman, players will have the option of utilizing the Dark Secrets subforum. A player congressman can be closeted if the player wishes to go that route. Be warned that a dark secret may not stay a secret forever. 

 

 

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What's Next?

 

Once you have completed writing your biography please post it in the Character Creation forum, titling your post by listing your character’s name, party, and state such as “Benjamin Thomas (D-VA)", and then await for Administrative approval. The AB will get to your sign-in as soon as possible, so please check your thread regularly so that we can get any potential changes or clarifications needed handled as soon as possible and get you playing. Welcome to VGS, and good luck on your political journey!

 

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Republican Party House Factions - 197 Seats

 

Establishment - 80 Seats

The core of the House GOP is made up of the Establishment. Political beliefs within this fundamental faction can vary but are unified under their support for the House GOP Leadership. The Establishment Faction will support the initiatives of the Republican Party and will rarely buck the party line. The Establishment Faction can best be described as center-right and willing to cross the aisle on issues like the federal budget and immigration.

 

EX: Robert Michel / Dick Cheney / Bob Dole / Howard Baker

 

Reaganites - 61 Seats

The champions of fiscal conservatism in the House GOP find themselves among the ranks of the Reaganites. Unlike the Christian Right Faction. the Reaganite Faction is more focused on economic conservatism and the promotion of Reaganomics. These individuals vary on social issues but tend to be relatively conservative on those kind of issues. Libertarian-minded congressmen may find themselves gravitating towards the Reaganite Faction. 

 

EX: Jack Kemp / William Roth / Newt Gingrich / Barry Goldwater Jr.

 

Christian Right - 36 Seats

The embrace of social conservatism by President Reagan has empowered the Christian Right Faction within the House GOP. Built on the success of the Moral Majority, the Christian Right Faction is dedicated to preserving the social order of the United States. While they tend to lean towards fiscal conservatism, the crux of this faction is its embrace of hot-button social issues like opposition to abortion and gay rights. 

 

EX: Trent Lott / Gary Bauer / Pat Robertson / Bob Dornan

 

Rockefeller Republicans - 20 Seats

The last bastion of the liberal wing of the Republican Party, the Rockefeller Republican Faction finds itself in a precarious position as trends within the GOP continue to turn away from the liberal dominance of the 40s and 50s. The Rockefeller Republican Faction tends to be socially liberal and economically moderate. While the smallest faction within the House GOP, the Rockefeller Republican Faction still has influence due to their willingness to cross the aisle on many key issues in Washington.

 

EX: Nelson Rockefeller / John Chafee / Mike Castle / Arlen Specter

 

 

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Democratic Party House Factions - 238 Seats

 

Establishment - 103 Seats

The core of the House Democrats is made up of the Establishment. Political beliefs within this fundamental faction can vary but are unified under their support for the House Democratic Leadership. The Establishment Faction will support the initiatives of the Democratic Party and will rarely buck the party line. The Establishment Faction can best be described as center-left and willing to cross the aisle on issues like foreign policy.

 

EX: Jim Wright / Tom Foley / Tip O'Neil / Mike Mansfield

 

New Democrats - 65 Seats

Formed out of shifting national trends and the growing popularity of fiscal conservatism, the New Democrat Faction is gaining momentum and influence within the House Democratic Caucus. Individuals in this faction tend to vary on social issues but are notable for their moderate to center-right economic views. The New Democrat Faction is more willing to work across the aisle with the House GOP on key economic issues.

 

EX: Gary Hart / Bill Clinton  / Al Gore / Bruce Babbitt

 

Boll Weevils - 40 Seats

The Boll Weevil Faction of the House Democrat Caucus serves as the conservative branch of the Democratic Party. As the Reagan Revolution continues to shift national trends, the Boll Weevil Faction finds itself in a position of growing vulnerability but not to the same scope as the liberal equivalent within the House GOP. Concentrated in the South and West, the Boll Weevil Faction tends to be socially conservative and vary on economic policy from fiscal conservatives to economic populism. 

 

EX: Sam Nunn / Robert Byrd / Zell Miller / Collin Peterson

 

Progressives - 30 Seats

The Progressive Faction of the House Democrat Caucus finds itself as a big-tend of individuals of all ethnicity and backgrounds unified under center-left to left-wing economic policy. The Progressive Faction tends to favor socially liberal policy like abortion rights. Economic policy rooted in ending inequality and wealth disparity tend to be the main focus of this faction in Congress in response to Reaganomics and efforts to cut social services.

 

EX: Ted Kennedy / Michael Dukakis / Jesse Jackson / Paul Tsongas

 

NOTE FOR PROGRESSIVE FACTION: Democratic Socialism is a nonexistent presence on the national stage in 1987. Realism will be enforced heavily so the AB encourages those that choose to join this caucus read about the example individuals provided as a means of better understanding the mind of a progressive in 1987. Active support for gay rights and gay marriage is a prominent issue in the 2000s but not the 1980s. 

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