Democracy: A Giantbomb Community Collaborative Clusterf---

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#1 Posted by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -
My fellow Bombers, this is your President

What's going on here, you ask? Oh man, something exciting, my friend. Democracy is happening.

What?

This is Democracy, a very unique way of playing the civilization building turn-based strategy game: Civilization.

You see, In a normal game of Civilization, the player is the sole decider. He is the leader and his word is law. He answers to no one.

In Democracy, this isn't true. The player is not the sole decider. Many of the decisions made in the game are not even his. He must answer not to himself but to his citizens and his senators. The player is "president" of the civilization, guiding his nation by the will of his citizens.

That president is me.

And those citizens are you.

Yes, as you may have gathered, Democracy is a totally crazy way of playing Civilization wherein the major decisions made in game will be made by you. And you. And you. There is one "president", the player who is playing the game, and it is his duty to enact the will of his Senators and Citizens.

I will be playing Civ IV, as it suits a game of Democracy better. Weekly, I will be giving a State of the Bomb address. In this address I will cover diplomatic relations, how we are doing with our goals, the crab industry, important events, employment, racial tensions, popular music and the economy. Pictures included, of course.

In the comments section of each of these addresses I will consult with the Senators of Our Great Nation as to what our next course of action will be. Shall we explore the orient? Shall we begin a new initiative to build a public library in every city? Shall we fuck up Montezuma? YOU ALL DECIDE.

How do I get involved?

Oh man! So many ways! To begin with you can follow PresidentOfTheBomb on twitter for timely updates as to the goings-on of Our Great Nation. Things are still in planning stages, so that twitter account will be the best way to be the most up to date!

Secondly, you can send me a pm or post in the comments here if you would like to become a "senator". Senators are simply people I will add to a mass giantbomb pm in order to alert them when new updates occur in the game. Their opinions and decisions will have greater weight than those of regular commenters, as I will know they have been following along.

You don't need to be a senator though to participate! Any comment left in the comments section will be considered! I am the Commander in Chief so in the end, I have veto and final say. If every single senator recommends I "touch queen elizabeth on the ta tas" and one ordinary citizen instructs me to "focus on diplomacy"... maybe I will take a bit of executive privilege in whose council I choose to take*.

*that is to say, I'm totally grabbin' those ta tas

So.

Follow the twitter. Comment here if you wish to become a senator.

And for our first order of business.

PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION...

What is the name... OF THIS GREAT NATION?

#2 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

I would like to be enlisted into that PM.

#3 Posted by Animasta (14727 posts) -

Scanlonavia

#4 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Steve

#5 Edited by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -

Senators of "NAME TO BE DETERMINED":

  1. Senator mylifeforAiur
  2. Senator Fripplebubby
  3. Senator MariachiMacabre
  4. Senator ShadowConqueror
  5. Senator Tim_The_Corsair
  6. Senator Dantey
  7. Senator RunningRaptor
  8. Senator Red12b
  9. Senator GeneralGrey
  10. Senator TehFlan
  11. Senator DagBiker
  12. Senator Jking47
  13. Senator TheSlip
  14. Senator T4RTERS4UCE
  15. Senator Monkeyman04
  16. Senator Returnofjake
  17. Senator Hero_Swe
#6 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

I've never played this game so I think I would make a perfect Senator to make important decisions in it.

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#7 Posted by Fripplebubby (1028 posts) -

I put forward the name "I'mGoingToWarriorRushYouGhandi". Gotta put our tough face forward, that's what I say.

#8 Edited by ShadowConqueror (3087 posts) -

Sure, I'll be a senator.

This should be interesting.

#9 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

@Fripplebubby said:

I put forward the name "I'mGoingToWarriorRushYouGhandi". Gotta put our tough face forward, that's what I say.

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#10 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Scanlonavia

Well, I don't mean to exploit my senatorial status, but I second this proposal. It's the least we could do to honour the almighty Drewster.

#11 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3087 posts) -

Bomblandia.

#12 Posted by hoossy (939 posts) -

United States of Bomania, or USB

I'm already starting to organize a Tea Party-like group to oppose USB's big government.

#13 Posted by GioVANNI (1293 posts) -

The name of our nation is, of course, The Bomb.

#14 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

I'll put my hand up for Senator, that sounds like fun.

I vote for calling it The People's Glorious Confederacy of the United Democratic Socialist Republics of Gerstmannia

Cover all the bases that way.

#15 Posted by TheSlip (47 posts) -

Placelandia

Froodland

Bombsville

Freedonia

Democracyland

Guam

#16 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

The Glorious People's Republic of Ray Romano

Cunt

The Democratic Republic of Claude

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#17 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3087 posts) -

Gerstlannd.

#18 Posted by Deusoma (3032 posts) -

This is the best idea I've heard in days. Can't wait to see where this goes.

#19 Posted by Otacon (2209 posts) -

I second gerstlannd

#20 Posted by TwoLines (2841 posts) -

@Otacon said:

I second gerstlannd

I thir...d?

Gerstland, now with a space slingshot.

#21 Posted by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -

Just as a note you have to actually state you wish to be a senator for me to add you to the list. Making sure that's clear.

Also, I want to give due credit and thanks to the people on the civfanatics forum who came up with this. My version of Democracy is significantly simplified to suit our forum better, but the core idea is the same. So thanks!

#22 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

...this is a pretty awesome idea.

#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@ThatFrood said:

My fellow Bombers, this is your President

Eff that. I was around back in his day, and...actually, I don't remember much. I didn't start paying great attention to America until World War II. (I did visit the country a few times in the early 1900s, but not too much.) Still, though, King beats President. Hell, it even beats it in the dictionary.

#24 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5101 posts) -

@mylifeforAiur said:

@Animasta said:

Scanlonavia

Well, I don't mean to exploit my senatorial status, but I second this proposal. It's the least we could do to honour the almighty Drewster.

I want to live there.

#25 Posted by dantey (259 posts) -

I would like to join

#26 Posted by RunningRaptor (16 posts) -

I demand to represent the people of Gerstlannd.

Also, I'm not very good at Civilization, so I think I would be a fantastic senator.

#27 Edited by Red12b (9085 posts) -

@ThatFrood:

I'm up to represent "Insert name here", why not.

#28 Posted by GeneralGrey (67 posts) -

This is pretty brilliant. Please count me in!

#29 Edited by TehFlan (1928 posts) -
@TwoLines said:

@Otacon said:

I second gerstlannd

I thir...d?

Gerstland, now with a space slingshot.

I fourth (fifth?) it, and I'd like to become a Senator.
#30 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -
#31 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3087 posts) -

I demand that all senators get a city named after them.

#32 Posted by Brodehouse (10132 posts) -

The Gerstmenn, from Gerstlannd.

It's important that we think hard on where to build our city of Bombopolis. Do we build in the grim north, and make it our sworn duty to demolish the hill people? Do we build on the coast, and live by the bounty of the sea? Decisions...

#33 Edited by jking47 (1248 posts) -

Gerstlannd is the only answer.

Also, make me a senator! Sounds pretty fun, better not quit!

#34 Posted by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -

Scanlonavia and Gerstlannd have the most votes right now. I can't make up my mind between the two.

@jking47: Never!

#35 Posted by Fripplebubby (1028 posts) -

@Brodehouse said:

It's important that we think hard on where to build our city of Bombopolis. Do we build in the grim north, and make it our sworn duty to demolish the hill people? Do we build on the coast, and live by the bounty of the sea? Decisions...

I propose that we build it wherever the game spawns our first settlers, because that's the only sensible thing to do.

I'm Senator Pragmatic Asshole, and I want your vote!

#36 Posted by Aetheldod (3735 posts) -

I dunna wanna be senator ... but Gerstlannd sounds logical ...also as a resident Mexican expatriate please pretty please make it a state matter .... invade Mexico >:)

#37 Posted by thebeastwithtwobacks (143 posts) -

this can only end poorly...FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD. gerstlannd = god's land

#38 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -
@ShadowConqueror

I demand that all senators get a city named after them.

Seconded
#39 Edited by Monkeyman04 (1227 posts) -

I've never played Civ, so this would be a fun way to experience it.

I too think Gerstlannd would be fitting.

#40 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

Well, damn it, Scanlonavia better be a city of some prominence, at least.

#41 Posted by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -

@Tim_the_Corsair said:

@ShadowConqueror

I demand that all senators get a city named after them.

Seconded

This actually brings up a good point. In addition to the name of our Nation, we also need to decide on the name of our first city.

#42 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1227 posts) -

The Town of Bombs.

#43 Posted by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -

Oh wait, the first city should totally be called Arrow Pointing Downtown.

Then, later in the game, we can move the capital to Giantbombhatten.

#44 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1227 posts) -

Damn it, that's a really good idea.

#45 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -
@ThatFrood

@Tim_the_Corsair said:

@ShadowConqueror

I demand that all senators get a city named after them.

Seconded

This actually brings up a good point. In addition to the name of our Nation, we also need to decide on the name of our first city.

Name it Cunt in honour of Vinny.
#46 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3087 posts) -

Clearly the capital should be Gerstmannhatten.

#47 Posted by TheSlip (47 posts) -

I, too, now wish to be a senator without having been elected to the position!

#48 Posted by T4RTERS4UCE (59 posts) -

Can T4RTERS4UCE be an obstructive, corrupt senator too!?

#49 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1227 posts) -

Is it too late to ask to be a senator?

#50 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3087 posts) -

Is this still going on?

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