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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q: What is Particracy all about?

A: Particracy is a free, browser-based online political simulation where you get to play a political party in the parliament of one of the unique 58 nations in Terra, the alternate reality world in which Particracy is set. Players have the opportunity to propose and vote on legislation, participate in debates; negotiate deals and coalitions; make-or-break governments; demand early elections or extend the term of office; set budgets and taxes; ratify or jettison international treaties; and role-play on the forum.

Q: What do I need to know before I start playing?

A: Reviewing the Game Rules would not be a bad start: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6363 When you get the chance, joining the forum would be a good idea too: http://forum.particracy.net/index.php If you are logging in from the same IP address as another player with an active account in the game, you should let Moderation know, to make sure you are not mistakenly inactivated for unauthorised multi-accounting, which is strictly forbidden. We can be contacted on the forum or at our in-game Moderation account: http://classic.particracy.net/viewparty.php?partyid=15185

Q: Which nation should I play in?

A: The majority of nations are Culturally Protected, meaning they have a cultural background which is recognised under the Game Rules and needs to be followed by the players who play there. To find the nation that is right for you, have a browse through the Cultural Protocols Index: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6365

Q: What should I do once I have created an account?

A: Your priority should be to name your party appropriately, give it a description and fill in the candidates list at the bottom of your Party Overview page. Bear in mind that in Culturally Protected nations, character names MUST reflect your nation’s cultural background! It is important to enter your candidate names as soon as you can, because otherwise, if you are given seats in the Cabinet, the system will randomly generate the character names for you - and those randomly generated names may be culturally inappropriate. Behind the Name's Random Name Generator (http://www.behindthename.com/random/ ) and Fantasy Name Generators (http://fantasynamegenerators.com/ ) can be helpful for coming up with non-English names. You are also entitled, although not obligated, to translate your party name into a language which is appropriate to the culture of your nation. Google Translate can be helpful with this: https://translate.google.co.uk/

Q: What are the main things that aren't allowed?

A: Blatantly offensive and ridiculous variables are not allowed. Also, since Particracy is set in the fictional world of Terra, explicit real-life references, such as to prominent real-life celebrities,organisations and religions, are not permitted. In Terra, Christianity is Hosianism and Christians are Hosians; Islam is Ahmadism and Muslims are Ahmadis; and Judaism is Yeudism and Jews are Yeudis. For further information on in-game real-life equivalents, check out our Real-Life Equivalents Index: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6731

Q: How do you move to another nation?

A: You cannot move your party as such, but you can inactivate your account on your User Page and then register a new account. Please be careful to inactivate your current account first, because it is a serious breach of the Game Rules to run more than one active account at a time without authorisation.

Q: How do I set up a monarchy?

A: Particracy allows you to establish an unelected Head of State like a monarch or a President-for-life, but doing this is a bit of a process. First elect a candidate with the name "." to the Head of State position. Then change your law on the "Structure of the executive branch" to "The Head of State is hereditary and symbolic; the Head of Government chairs the cabinet" and change the "formal title of the Head of State" to how you want the new Head of State's title and name to appear (eg. King Percy XVI).

Q: How many real-life (RL) hours are there to a game month?

A: The most important conversions are: 4 RL hours = 1 game month; 1 RL day = 6 game months; and 2 RL days = 1 game year.

Q: How do I inactivate my account?

A: You can inactivate yourself on your User Page. You will then lose all your seats but your party account won't be deleted, and your party's Visibility ratings will not diminish. Reactivation can be requested at the "Reactivation Requests" thread on the forum: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4360

Q: Why do parts of the game not seem to be working?

A: Particracy Classic is now a fairly old game which began in 2005, but it was never fully completed and development programming-wise has ceased. This means parts of the game look uncompleted. For example, parts of the Map of Terra are greyed out, most of the Executive Actions for Cabinet Ministers are not working and most of the economic features are undeveloped.

Q: A party is insulting me. What should I do?

A: The key thing to ask yourself is whether the comments are IC (in-character) or OOC (out-of-character). IC insulting is not uncommon in Particracy, just as it is not uncommon in real-life politics. So that is generally okay. However, OOC insults are forbidden and should be brought to the attention of Moderation. Players are encouraged to make clear whether their remarks are OOC and IC, so as to prevent misunderstandings. One way of doing this is to put "OOC:" or "IC:" at the beginning of statements. Another possibility is to sign off IC contributions with the name of the character speaking them.

Elections

Q: How do voters make their decisions?

A: The political demographics of every region of every nation has a unique and slowly-fluctuating spectrum of ideological preferences spread across 9 separate political categories. One region might like big government parties, whilst another favours religious-leaning parties or another awards most of its seats to environmentalists. Voters make their decisions by looking at the "Political Positions" of the parties across the 9 political categories, and also looking at their "Visibility" levels. Parties gain Visibility by voting on bills with "Proposals" attached. Remember that regions and voters attach more "Importance" to some of the political categories than others.

Q: How is the Head of State elected?

A: In nations with an elected Head of State, to win on the first ballot, a candidate needs to win 50% of the votes cast. If the first ballot is inconclusive, then a second ballot is held between the two leading candidates. In the Party Details section on your Party Overview page, you can use the drop-down menu to select the party you would like to support in the second ballot (provided that party's candidate makes it to the second ballot, of course). If you would prefer to support another party's candidate in both ballots, just leave your Head of State candidate box empty and use the drop-down menu to endorse the party of your choice.

Q: How do you use Custom Polls?

A: Custom Polls can gather detailed information from the last two elections about how voters voted and what their preferences were. Simply select various criteria from the upper portion of the page. Then choose your question from the lower half. If you press "Refresh" it will calculate the cost of the poll. Pressing "Generate Poll" will give you the results, which are also saved in your party newspaper for future reference.

Q: I was waiting for an election to happen, then on the month it was due, no election took place and the "Next Election" date was pushed forward a month. What happened?

A: Don't worry! The election happened when it was meant to happen. It just takes a little while, usually up to an hour, until the election result is generated. The "Next Election" date will then correct itself.

Bills

Q: How do I add proposals to a bill?

A: First you have to create a bill to add proposals to. You have to give a title and description, but you can edit these later. Then you'll be brought to the bill page. Scroll down, and you'll see a link that says "click here to add new proposals". After clicking that, choose the type of proposal you want to add (currently only "legislation") and click "Next". Then you have to select something to legislate, click "Next", and select or enter the new value for it.

Q: Does voting with 0 seats do anything?

A: YES! When you first join a nation, voting is your only way of increasing your Visibility ratings, and without decent Visibility ratings, you will stand little chance at elections. As a new player, you would do well to propose as much legislation as possible and vote on every bill you can. Be sure to attach Proposals to your bills, since in terms of the game mechanics, they are what increase your Visibility ratings.

Q: Several bills were being voted upon but have now returned to debate. How come?

A: Bills are reset to the debate stage when elections occur.

Q: Why is my Cabinet bill not passing?

A: In order for a Cabinet bill to pass, more than half of the legislature must vote for it and all of the parties included in the proposed Cabinet must support it. If your nation has a Head of State who is also the Head of Government, then the party controlling this character must also vote for the bill, since the Head of Government is also a member of the Cabinet. If any of these requirements are not met, then the bill will not pass.

Q: How do you propose changes to the budget?

A: Use the "Cabinet" link on your nation page, then on the Cabinet page, click on the link to perform executive actions. Under the Ministry of Finance section, you will find links to propose a taxation bill or a spending bill.

Q: There are old bills on our nation page that we don't need any more. How do I get rid of them?

A: If the bill is your own, you can go into the bill yourself and remove it. Similarly, if the bill belongs to another active player in your nation, you can ask that player if they want to remove it. Where the bill was created by a party that is now inactive, all you need to do is link the bill(s) in the "Bill Clearouts Request" thread (see http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4363 ) and Moderation will clear them out for you.

Random fact: Particracy is completely free! If you want to support the game financially, feel free to make a small donation to the lievenswouter@gmail.com Paypal account.

Random quote: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun... Our principle is to have the Party control the gun and never allow the gun to control the Party." – Mao Tse-Tung

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