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This is how the Election for the Mayor of London has developed over the years. If you have anything to fill in, please do =)

The Election of 2016 (1894)Edit

This was the first year in which an Election for Mayor was held.

It was announced in mid-June with some nifty poster art, and was held in the two weeks from July 4th to the 18th.

The event hub was An Election! London Must Decide! (1894).

Players could choose one of three candidates:

...and one of three election careers:

The election event also included several new items/companions which could be purchased with Fate, though every player could select one such gift for free. Some gifts were available to all, and some only based on the player's choice of either candidate or election career:

Players could use various activities throughout London as well as Election specific opportunity cards to gain different election resources:

Based on your chosen election career, you could use different combinations of these resources to advance your career level (capped at 20). At the end of the Election, your election career level + your Sidebarnotability Notability would be added to the tally towards your chosen candidate. In addition, election resourced could have been spent to indulge in Electoral Opportunism.

Election resources and information about the candidates could be gathered in several ways:

All three campaign cards had the same structure:

  • An option to get some common resources
  • An option to trade common resources for election resources
  • An option to declare support for the candidate

One week into the election, FBG have announced on Twitter that Jenny is in the lead. The resulting text of election investigations and Flash Lays also changed to reveal new hidden information on each of the candidates' campaigns.

At the end of the election, Sinning Jenny was announced as the winner and the new Mayor of London for one year.

The Election of 2017 (1895)Edit

The election was held from June 26th until July 10th.

The new candidates were:

The Election started with An Invitation to a Ball held by the retiring Mayor, Jenny, in which you could interact with last year's candidates and be introduced to the new runners.

The event hub was The Mayoral Election 1895. As before, you could also Learn more about the Candidates and indulge in Electoral Opportunism. The election campaign cards were:

Players again could choose a free gift (and buy more with Fate). Old items tied to last year's candidates were no longer available. The rest were still available, in addition to new items:

This year has added a new social aspect to the election: The total "points" you contribute to your chosen candidate is composed of not just on your Notability and Election career level, but also from your Ballotbox Influencing the Election level, which you could raise via Social Actions relevant to your profession:

These career-specific activities could raise Ballotbox Influencing the Election up to level 10.

In the second week, Silhouetteflatcap Agitators could only raise mobs against players with Lurkersilhouette Notoriety: Election. This quality could only be gained by Diamond Persons of Some Importance who completed a Flash Lay or an investigation in the second week. Everyone else was safe.

More significantly, the second week of the election introduced another major mechanic - Debates. You could engage in a debate with supporters of the other candidates, which involved several back-and-forth social actions. At the end, you'd both get some Purse Winnings from your Debates (how many depends on whether you've won, and on what arguments and tactics you've used), which you could use to increase your Ballotbox Influencing the Election even further, up to level 15.

After the first week of the election, FBG have announced that Feducci is in the lead, the Detective trails behind him, and the Campaigner's chances "seem slim".

At the end of the election, Feducci was announced as the winner with almost half the votes.

The Election of 2018 (1896) Edit

The election has started with an announcement on June 18th.

The event hub was The Mayoral Election 1896. As before, you could also Learn more about the Candidates and indulge in Electoral Opportunism.

The candidates were:

Unlike past elections, this year all 3 candidates were revealed at the same time. Instead of three different election resources, this year there was a single resource - Crowd2 Reputation - that was used for progressing your electoral career. The first week of the Election was about increasing one's Crowd2 Reputation and learning more about the candidates. In the second week, players could choose which candidate they want to support, as well as continue to increase their Crowd2 Reputation.

The options to discover more about the candidate's platforms and gather Crowd2 Reputation were more limited this year. You could:

Flash Lays no longer provided new information about the campaigns in the second week.

The role of Election professions was also more limited this year. Social activities were retired and the difference between the professions lay primarily in the factions whose Favours they could trade.

The candidate cards had a more complex structure that in the previous years. In the first week the cards had:

In the second week an option to declare for the candidate and the following options that required having declared for that candidate:

In addition, Mr Slowcake had its own special story.

Once a candidate has been selected, players again could choose a free gift (and buy more with Fate). Old items tied to last year's candidates were available for Fate. The new items were:

Throughout the event a series of polls could be taken:

Polls affected what you could read in the dailies.

At the end of the election, The Jovial Contrarian was announced as the winner.

The Election of 2019 (1897) Edit

The election began on 15 July, with an announcement which was posted on the official forum.

The event hub was The Mayoral Election 1897. As before, you could also Learn more about the Candidates and indulge in Electoral Opportunism.

The candidates were announced on Twitter the week before:

The structure of the first week was very similar to the previous year. The candidates' cards were:

Minor changes relative to the previous years was that one of Virginia's options only gave a single Honeymazed Maniac's Prayer (as opposed to Icon-echo 2.5 worth of resources like all other similar options this year and the previous year) and that in the first week there were *two* options costing Crowd2 5 x Reputation for each candidate (as opposed to only one, the previous year).

As the year before, the first week of the Election was about increasing Crowd2 Reputation by investing certain goods, Favours, publishing short stories or doing Flash Lays. Information about each of the candidates was available from their opportunity card and via Flash Lays.

The new items were:

Also as the year before, a number of polls could be taken. However there were only 4 polls this year:

A novelty this year was that, in addition to simply answering poll questions, you could influence the pollster to sway the coverage of the election. The specific options varied with your election career. As before, you could Read the dailies for updates following major developments.

FBG did not announce who was in the lead half-way through the election as had happened in the previous years. They did, however, provide updates on who was leading in each of the 4 polls.

At the end of the election, Virginia was announced as the winner.

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