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LH's current game is [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=448247 Star of the Shogun]], in which the players are running Japan. A lot of the rules have been refined for this one, allowing the players more freedom with their options as politicians.
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LH's current last game is was [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=448247 Star of the Shogun]], in which the players are running Japan. A lot of the rules have been refined for this one, allowing the players more freedom with their options as politicians.
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politicians. It ultimately flamed out in 2012 however, and others weren't made since.


%* RunningGag: I CAST SUMMON LH/RAVUS/DT/ARYA/NUKE!

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%* %%* RunningGag: I CAST SUMMON LH/RAVUS/DT/ARYA/NUKE!


Realpolitik is a [=CFC=] ([=CivFanatics=] forum) [[PlayByPostGames play-by-post]] roleplay based on the Paradoxplaza Realpolitik series. A Realpolitik is where the {{Gamemaster}} plays a turn-by-turn strategy game (in this example ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]''). The players role play as immortal politicians living in a democracy who want to become rulers of the said nation. An election would take place every turn set, where player characters (and sometimes non-player characters) would vote on who should rule the nation for the next turnset. Each player was awarded two votes to put into parties created by themselves or other players - with one catch: only one vote per party. Parties were thus encouraged to band together in "Coalitions" to unite voters. Some of the elections got quite vicious. After the second turnset, there would be another election. Elections were entirely thread-based affairs, taking about a week.

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Realpolitik ''Realpolitik'' is a [=CFC=] ([=CivFanatics=] forum) [[PlayByPostGames play-by-post]] roleplay based on the Paradoxplaza Realpolitik series. A Realpolitik is where the {{Gamemaster}} plays a turn-by-turn strategy game (in this example ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]''). The players role play as immortal politicians living in a democracy who want to become rulers of the said nation. An election would take place every turn set, where player characters (and sometimes non-player characters) would vote on who should rule the nation for the next turnset. Each player was awarded two votes to put into parties created by themselves or other players - with one catch: only one vote per party. Parties were thus encouraged to band together in "Coalitions" to unite voters. Some of the elections got quite vicious. After the second turnset, there would be another election. Elections were entirely thread-based affairs, taking about a week.



LH's current game is [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=448247 'Star of the Shogun']] in which the players are running Japan. A lot of the rules have been refined for this one, allowing the players more freedom with their options as politicians.

!!This series of games provides examples of:

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LH's current game is [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=448247 'Star Star of the Shogun']] Shogun]], in which the players are running Japan. A lot of the rules have been refined for this one, allowing the players more freedom with their options as politicians.

!!This series of games provides
politicians.
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!!''Realpolitik'' contains
examples of:



* AnyoneCanDie: Including a player who was killed off for treason.
** Arya fell during the Battle of Sidon.

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* AnyoneCanDie: %%* AnyoneCanDie:
%%**
Including a player who was killed off for treason.
** %%** Arya fell during the Battle of Sidon.



* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: England against Tsarist Russia and Vikingdom.



* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Given that we're dealing with [[StrawmanPolitical radical political beliefs]](on all ends of the isle) is it really surprising?
** Arya complaining about how England's people were better educated then to rise up against their government if it exterminated all the Irish and resettled because they were . . . uppity.

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: CompletelyMissingThePoint:
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Given that we're dealing with [[StrawmanPolitical radical political beliefs]](on all ends of the isle) is it really surprising?
** Arya complaining about how England's people were better educated then to rise up against their government if it exterminated all the Irish and resettled because they were . . .were... uppity.



* DirtyCommunists: The [=IngSc=] party. Specifically Mechaerik and Aysee. Also, Britain in general upon the adoption of State Property.

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* %%* DirtyCommunists: The [=IngSc=] party. Specifically Mechaerik and Aysee. Also, Britain in general upon the adoption of State Property.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Dem Taqat: We need: sacrifices, darkblade, sacrifices, dead good guys, sacrifices, power, sacrifices, the dark lords aid, sacrifices, to break up the alliance, sacrifices, wraith unity..... did i mention sacrifices? We need them as well.

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Dem Taqat: We DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->'''Dem Taqat:''' We
need: sacrifices, darkblade, sacrifices, dead good guys, sacrifices, power, sacrifices, the dark lords aid, sacrifices, to break up the alliance, sacrifices, wraith unity.....unity... did i mention sacrifices? We need them as well.



* RunningGag: I CAST SUMMON LH/RAVUS/DT/ARYA/NUKE!

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* %* RunningGag: I CAST SUMMON LH/RAVUS/DT/ARYA/NUKE!



* OnlySaneMan: Several examples.

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* OnlySaneMan: Several examples.Lord Archibald Tyrons in the Epilogue, talking about the attempt to [[TooDumbToLive execute Catherine when Athers and his troops were all still out there]].
-->''I dont understand! WHY? Why did those oafs have to go with a full-scale execution instead of a quiet little thing where we get her out of the way!?! MORONS! The lot of em! They deserved what happened!''



** Lord Archibald Tyrons in the Epilogue, talking about the attempt to [[TooDumbToLive execute Catherine when Athers and his troops were all still out there]].
-->''I dont understand! WHY? Why did those oafs have to go with a full-scale execution instead of a quiet little thing where we get her out of the way!?! MORONS! The lot of em! They deserved what happened!''



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Lighthearter played in Realpolitik II: New World Order on Paradox Interactive's forums, and his experiences from there are what drove him into adding the rules against using a complaint generator and his harsher stance on wild oppositions.



* StrawmanPolitical: Used frequently in the electoral bouts.

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* %%* StrawmanPolitical: Used frequently in the electoral bouts.



* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Most of the plans developed by the players end up like this.
** Sonereal's decoy plan started with faking a heart attack in the middle of a city so the other players can steal Dragonbane and ended with him wiping the entire city off the map with magic and nearly causing the underground tunnels in the mountain (where the others were) to collapse.
%%* WhatTheHellHero: Invoked spectacularly by the other players upon learning of Nuke and LH's big argument at the end.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Invoked in almost every narrative in one way or another.
%%** Also one of LH's signature moves in chat.
** Notable example: During [=RP2=] near the opening election, to Nuke and DT talking about plans to Arya - but stopping when Sonereal(a NEW opposing party member) appears.

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* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Most of the plans developed by the players end up like this.
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Sonereal's decoy plan started with faking a heart attack in the middle of a city so the other players can steal Dragonbane and ended with him wiping the entire city off the map with magic and nearly causing the underground tunnels in the mountain (where the others were) to collapse.
%%* * WhatTheHellHero: Invoked spectacularly by the other players upon learning of Nuke and LH's big argument at the end.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Invoked in almost every narrative in one way or another.
%%** Also one of LH's signature moves in chat.
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Notable example: During [=RP2=] near the opening election, to Nuke and DT talking about plans to Arya - but stopping when Sonereal(a NEW opposing party member) appears.


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%%**Invoked spectacularly by the other players upon learning of Nuke and LH's big argument at the end.

Added DiffLines:

->''"Danke. I've been missing you guys. You're like a family to me if by family I mean bitter political rivals." ~ Sonereal''

->''"'''BANGS. HEAD. ON. DESK. .... REPEATEDLY.'''" ~ Whosit''

[[PunctuatedForEmphasis REEAAALLPPOOOLLLIITIIKKK!!!]]

Realpolitik is a [=CFC=] ([=CivFanatics=] forum) [[PlayByPostGames play-by-post]] roleplay based on the Paradoxplaza Realpolitik series. A Realpolitik is where the {{Gamemaster}} plays a turn-by-turn strategy game (in this example ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]''). The players role play as immortal politicians living in a democracy who want to become rulers of the said nation. An election would take place every turn set, where player characters (and sometimes non-player characters) would vote on who should rule the nation for the next turnset. Each player was awarded two votes to put into parties created by themselves or other players - with one catch: only one vote per party. Parties were thus encouraged to band together in "Coalitions" to unite voters. Some of the elections got quite vicious. After the second turnset, there would be another election. Elections were entirely thread-based affairs, taking about a week.

[[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=362995 The first one]] was created by Lighthearter (LH) who was the {{Gamemaster}} of it as well. It was played as the nation of England and went for about a year. Eventually, LH got tired of taking an hour to play each turnset and declared the game over, writing an [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=10152525&postcount=9348 epilogue]] that neatly wrapped up all storylines. After a brief stint of utter [[GambitPileup confusion]] LH resigned indefinitely as a Realpolitik GM, only to realize that what he thought had happened had happened but hadn't happened, [[MindScrew even though it happened.]]

There was a brief [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=397418 Beta]] that Lighthearter hosted as well. This introduced new rules such as {{NPC}} voting. These rules were refined for [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?p=10291073#post10291073 Realpolitik II: Dark Storm Rising]]. It began in March of 2011, and ran through early July. It had its fair share of challenges and difficulties, and there has been a reboot in [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=430676 Realpolitik III: Dark of the North]]. It included a lot of elements from the game genre of VideoGame/ActionChatroom and changed the setting from immortal politicians to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings LOTR]] style wraiths, who were the bad guys in Realpolitik II. Eventually, this became inactive as well.

LH's current game is [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=448247 'Star of the Shogun']] in which the players are running Japan. A lot of the rules have been refined for this one, allowing the players more freedom with their options as politicians.

!!This series of games provides examples of:
%%* ActionGirl: NPC Anna.
%%* [=RP3=] seems to be filled with them. Nepthirna, Nadia, Laiin, Agente, Esther - not all have appeared, but they've been confirmed by the GM as Heroes of the Light for the players to oppose.
%%* ActualPacifist: West India Man.
* AnyoneCanDie: Including a player who was killed off for treason.
** Arya fell during the Battle of Sidon.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Magnive, who began calling himself "Gaius Magnivius Caesar", upon becoming the steward of Rome.
%%* BadassNormal: Ravus_Sol's Monks in Black.
* BittersweetEnding: The Epilogue has left many players sad that the game didn't continue - and that England doesn't rule the entire globe.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: England against Tsarist Russia and Vikingdom.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Nadia, torturing Catherine for fun.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Given that we're dealing with [[StrawmanPolitical radical political beliefs]](on all ends of the isle) is it really surprising?
** Arya complaining about how England's people were better educated then to rise up against their government if it exterminated all the Irish and resettled because they were . . . uppity.
%%* DarkActionGirl: Nadia Amanova, leader of the Ukrainian Resistance.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone, but LH, Nuke and Ravus deserve special mention.
%%* DidntSeeThatComing: Political backstabbings and backroom dealing.
* DirtyCommunists: The [=IngSc=] party. Specifically Mechaerik and Aysee. Also, Britain in general upon the adoption of State Property.
* DistressedDamsel: Catherine, captured by Ukrainian forces in Pripyat.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Dem Taqat: We need: sacrifices, darkblade, sacrifices, dead good guys, sacrifices, power, sacrifices, the dark lords aid, sacrifices, to break up the alliance, sacrifices, wraith unity..... did i mention sacrifices? We need them as well.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Only the special forces of the nations are generally characterized.
%%* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Catherine. My God, Cathy.
%% * EvilBrit: (Almost) everyone (except Fargle) at various times IC. DT and Captain Fargle OOC.
* {{Expy}}: The Night Eagles to the British Special Air Services (SAS).
%%* GambitPileup: Repeatedly, but then again, it is a game about politics.
%%* GeneralRipper: Arya on Ireland.
%%* GenreBlindness: Experienced by all at times.
%%* {{GMPC}}: Captain Athers.
%%* GoneHorriblyWrong: Most every player-written narrative.
%%* GreyAndGrayMorality: All over the place.
%%* MemeticBadass: Ravus_Sol
* InsaneTrollLogic: Ilduce's plans to kidnap Catherine from her kidnappers and then marry her.
%%* LaResistance: The [=KRF=] (Khan's Resistance Front) in Ireland. OH MY GOD.
* RunningGag: I CAST SUMMON LH/RAVUS/DT/ARYA/NUKE!
* ObviouslyEvil: "The figure has no hair, and neither any nose. Instead, he has twin slits on his face in an inverted V, and small red eyes. He stands eight feet tall and you feel an aura of power and disdain emanating from him."
%%* OneManArmy: Captain Athers, the NPC commander of the Night Eagles.
* OnlySaneMan: Several examples.
%%** LH, Nuke, Ravus, Whosit, Captain Fargle and WIM all at times felt that way. Actually, come to think of it at least one of them felt this way ''at all times.''
** Lord Archibald Tyrons in the Epilogue, talking about the attempt to [[TooDumbToLive execute Catherine when Athers and his troops were all still out there]].
-->''I dont understand! WHY? Why did those oafs have to go with a full-scale execution instead of a quiet little thing where we get her out of the way!?! MORONS! The lot of em! They deserved what happened!''
%%* RescueRomance: Catherine and Athers.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Lighthearter played in Realpolitik II: New World Order on Paradox Interactive's forums, and his experiences from there are what drove him into adding the rules against using a complaint generator and his harsher stance on wild oppositions.
* ShoutOut: Once again, [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour IngSoc]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Leans heavily cynical, despite the efforts of some politicians.
* StrawmanPolitical: Used frequently in the electoral bouts.
%%* TheCaptain: Athers, captain of the Night Eagles
%%* TheChessmaster: Ravus_Sol.
%%** He's also UsefulNotes/ThePope.
%%** Makes a return in [=RP3=] as one of the three members of the Dark Empire (which includes the Aztecs and Mongolia).
%%* TheSquad: The Night Eagles.
%%** Players on Quests.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Most of the plans developed by the players end up like this.
** Sonereal's decoy plan started with faking a heart attack in the middle of a city so the other players can steal Dragonbane and ended with him wiping the entire city off the map with magic and nearly causing the underground tunnels in the mountain (where the others were) to collapse.
%%* WhatTheHellHero: Invoked spectacularly by the other players upon learning of Nuke and LH's big argument at the end.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Invoked in almost every narrative in one way or another.
%%** Also one of LH's signature moves in chat.
** Notable example: During [=RP2=] near the opening election, to Nuke and DT talking about plans to Arya - but stopping when Sonereal(a NEW opposing party member) appears.
-->''You've been telling your political secrets to an ASSASSIN-FOR-HIRE WORKING FOR RAVUS!''
%%* WhatWereYouThinking: Again, multiple.
%%** Ilduce349's Ukraine plans
%%** Arya's Irish plans.
%%** LH's reaction to 65% of the player-made plots.
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