This is a minor update. It fixes several bugs, adds select region by search to the Research Screen, sets regions not on the ballot to gray on the Strategy Screen, and modifies regions starting on ballot for Libertarians and Greens in 2016.
You can download it by clicking the button below for Windows.
This is a major update. It includes updated Platform, Endorsers, Ads, Strategy screens, a new Processing Turn Screen, updated election night, updated Editor, allows for exporting campaigns to a folder or zip, allows for up to 100 highscores, if click Highscores > Historical loads winner of every election in U.S. from 1789 to 2016, and more.
Because this is a major update, you can expect there to be bugs. If you find one, please let me know!
2017 was focused (unexpectedly) on Prime Minister Infinity – U.K. This was due to the snap election Theresa May (Prime Minister of the U.K.) called. A lot of the updates for PMI apply or will apply in the coming year to all the Infinity games (President Infinity, Congress Infinity, both Prime Minister Infinities).
Some of the major features added to the game engine in 2017 include a new negotiations system (including post-election negotiations), direct pop. vote, pop. vote viewing mode, starting in primaries mode as the nominee (for President Infinity, for independents or parties that don’t have primaries or conventions), speed increases, Editor expansions, automatic campaign import-export, significant updates to Election Night (including displaying gain-hold numbers), significant updates to the user-interface (including a new Relations Screen, Turn Screen, and updated Platform Screen including the distance metric, and constituency search capabilities on multiple screens). We also, of course, released an official U.K. 2017, revised 2015, and 2010.
A very big accomplishment for 2017 was one I wasn’t directly involved in – user-designed campaigns. The number of campaigns for President Infinity now dwarfs the number for President Forever 2008 (181 to 89). Prime Minister Infinity also saw a large increase in campaigns (now at 29, with 15 for the U.K.), and Congress Infinity has 20. The Historical Scenarios Commission (HSC) deserves particular mention – led by VCCzar, they now have campaigns for every U.S. Presidential campaign from 1788 to 2012. If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out campaigns.270soft.com (you can automatically import campaigns after downloading them to your computer with the latest President Infinity and Prime Minister Infinity releases).
2018 will be focused on upcoming elections in the United States, at the federal and state levels. This means the direct pop. vote feature in President Infinity, focused on individual gubernatorial and senatoral campaigns, and updates to Congress Infinity bringing it in line with the latest game engine and 2018 campaigns. Favorability will be the number one major feature to be focused on for the game engine. The end of the year will probably see a return to focus on President Infinity’s 2020 Presidential campaign. None of these are promises, and timelines are subject to change, but those are the priorities as of now.
Thanks everyone for your feedback, for playing the games, and for designing campaigns!
TheLiberalKitten has posted Senate 2010, 2008, and 2006 campaigns for Congress Infinity. Because these will probably form the basis of future official campaigns, I recommend anyone interested in shaping how those campaigns look try them out and give feedback where relevant.
What are the best and worst election outcomes in U.S. Presidential history?
In the upcoming version of President Infinity, going to Highscores and clicking the Historical button will load results for every U.S. Presidential election. They are ranked according to our algorithm, which looks at electoral college seats as a percentage, and popular vote as a percentage. It then combines these two, and generates a score.
So, what are the results?
Here you can see the top 10 of all time, all 58 of which span elections from 1789 (the first) to 2016 (the most recent). Not surprisingly, George Washington occupies the number 1 and number 2 spots. 5 of the top 10 spots are held by people who won in the first 30 years of the history of the country (Washington twice, Jefferson, Monroe twice).
Somewhat surprising is that the time from 1964 to 1984 contains 3 of the top 10 (Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan), making it a hot spot for landslide elections not seen since the very beginning of the country.
All of the top 10 Presidents won their respective elections with a strong majority (57% is the lowest, Franklin Roosevelt in 1932) and very strong electoral college majorities.
There are 58 results in total, so what about the bottom 8?
As can be seen, the prize for last place goes to John Quincy Adams, who received neither an electoral college majority or the most votes in the popular vote. Rather, the election was sent to the House to decide. Andrew Jackson, who received the highest number of electoral college votes and the highest percentage of the popular vote (41%) in the election, however, would get his revenge, winning back to back elections in 1828 and 1832 (for 28th and 24th places, respectively).
Lincoln gets second to last, with his victory in 1860 – the last before the Civil War – being an extremely weak showing, with only 40% of the popular vote despite a comfortable electoral college victory. Lincoln’s 1864 results are an anomaly, as they contained only the Union states, but he did significantly better, getting a ranking of 11th, albeit after a significant part of the country voted to secede.
Trump’s 2016 victory gets 53rd and a spot in the last 8. What about Obama? 2012 gets him 35th, and 2008 29th, so right in the middle of the pack. George W. Bush also gets a spot in the last 8 for his 2000 election, and 48th for his 2004, which combined are the weakest election results of any two-term President.
The President with the greatest disparity in results? That would be Nixon, getting 56th in 1968, but then 8th in 1972.