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  1. 1. Which time period would you prefer for VGS Reset 2?

    • 2019 with an AB-simulated Trump
      3
    • 2003 with an AB-simulated Bush
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We want to get the ball running with planning this new Reset and below are the two periods that the AB has determined would be worth consideration. The choice in reset time period will help the AB figure out which mechanics to encorporate and begin planning on creating a dynamic experience for players. I encourage you all to vote and share your thoughts below on either period. 

 

Time Period: 2019

A potential January 2019 round would start us off in the modern era. With President Trump's declaration that he has "Made America Great Again", he announces he is not running for re-election, tweeting "I did more in one term than any other President has done, ever". The Vice President announces that he will not run, and just like that, 2020 is a free for all on both sides. Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed in October, 2018 by a strict, 51-49 party line vote- the first ever nomination to be secured strictly on a partisan vote. The 2018 midterms were a mixed bag- Democratic pickups in Arizona and Tennessee were offset by Republican pickups in Florida and Indiana, so the Republicans maintained their slim, 51-49 majority. The blue wave hit the lower chamber, however, and Democrats won the slightest of House majorities, with 220 Democrats to 215 Republicans. An opportunity, of course, to shape the issues of the day as our world moves forward into the future. We are also open to beginning in 2018 to allow both parties a change to shape those elections if the desire is there.

 

Time Period: 2003

A potential 2003 round would start us fresh off of the 2002 midterms. With the War in Afghanistan raging on and talks of WMDs in Iraq, America finds itself in a precarious position on the world stage. The "Axis of Evil" has been identified and the Bush Adminstration is ready to bring the fight to them. We have begun to enter the digital age and politics as we know it, while still very pre-2000 in terms of attitude and cordiality, is changing rapidly. Social issues have a renewed focus with the economy stimulated by massive tax cuts but economic inequality remains as prevalent as ever. George W. Bush will announce his decision to not enter the upcoming 2004 presidential election, leaving a wide-open field to change the course of America forever. The 2003 reset gives the opportunity for players to reshape recent modern history in their own way while also placing a renewed emphaisis on foreign policy and political identity as both parties struggle to find where they stand in a rapidly evolving political climate.

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Of the options, I vote 2003. Playing within the current real life timeline would be difficult to stay active in for me just because I try to use this game as an escape from the current crap show that is lol. Also it gives us more ability to use Thomas.gov to come up with bills, and our ability to work through different issues as oppose to the continuing debates that we've already had during the most recent reset. 

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I will be returning in November or so, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. That sad, my preferred of the two would be 2019 since it does force us to go beyond THOMAS and be more innovative with play. 

 

That said, I think a few more options would be beneficial. 

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Question: Given the hate surrounding Trump and apparently his negative effect down-ballot on other Republicans (take the 2018 IRL midterms for example) will this be ignored if 2019 is chosen?

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I think players should be encouraged to be more creative instead of constantly playing with generic Thomas bills, attack lines and the constant curse of being bipartisan. Every budget period the game goes on a standby due to people trying to please based

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40 minutes ago, Storm said:

I think players should be encouraged to be more creative instead of constantly playing with generic Thomas bills, attack lines and the constant curse of being bipartisan. Every budget period the game goes on a standby due to people trying to please based

 

This requires the playerbase to be that way orientated... do you think that it is?

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I won't be around for this current round but Id wish more options where fleshed out instead of 2003 or 2019 but if I where to stay around I'd say 2019 as Ed said, THOMAS bills are less likely to be used. 

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The player base clearly feels, But I wanna just state my two cents. 

 

I believe that 2019 allows for the most creativity. Not simply because it's the present (no RL historical map that has to be followed and less THOMAS) but because of the specific era that we are in..

 

Internationally there are massive numbers of options for the AB. A lot can happen with Brexit, to options w/ NAFTA, to the Korean Peninsula being the most interesting in peace time it's ever been. Not to mention the obvious (Vladimir!) and other more traditional issues(ME/Israel). 

 

Domestically, you have a Democratic Party almost coming to blows with itself. Ocasio-Cortez's band of freshmen in the House. We can make our own issues with far less limits. 

 

Those are my thoughts on this anyways. Do with them as you wish

 

 

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