Plato said "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
Don't let that happen - step up and have your go at fighting your way into political office! This is a quick and fun storytelling game that puts you in the shoes of candidates for the presidency (of an imaginary place called Amara, but hey, set it in your own country or anywhere else if you prefer).
Mechanically, it is simple to play. Make up your candidate - bare bones information is all that's needed, the main thing being your party affiliation. One player acts as moderator (of the TV debate, natch!) and sets topics of debate. Predetermine the number of topics - 3-5 is suggested - which determines both the length of the game (sort of, someone might run off at the mouth...) and the number of ordinary playing cards dealt to each candidate.
The game is played by the moderator declaring the current hot issue. Each candidate selects, secretly, one card from their hand and these are revealed simultaneously. The card you play informs the stance you have to take on whatever the hot issue is... and that may or may not be in accord with your party affiliation let alone what you actually think (as candidate, never mind you yourself as player!).
A good game for election night, especially with a group of friends who don't take politics too seriously.