Amo .
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I'm looking for a game that best represents the usage of political power/influence.

I don't mean diplomatic political power such as diplomacy or civilization, but rather you (as a player) have a connection with a person with political power and your action then uses this power to perform a duty.

In some games you have "influence" over a person; but the influence is either a variation of area control or does very little.

Is there a game where your political clout actually does something (positive or negative) and your connection to this person is either a mechanic or is rewarded?

Many thanks
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Churchill
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Eric Clason
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In Junta El-Presidente gives out offices (that provide power) to the other players at the beginning of each round. He then divides up the budget among the players. He hopes that he made enough of the other players happy enough that they don't overthrow him.
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Jordan Booth
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In City Hall the actions are auctioned off to the players using Influence as the currency. So when it is your turn, you put one of the seven actions (civil offices) up for auction and then everyone gets one bid to try to buy that action from you. You can either take the influence and let them perform the action, or pay influence equal to the high bid to the bank to take the action yourself.

The goal of the game is to best develop NYC to attract popularity and votes to win the mayorship. So it pretty nicely models the corruption and under-the-table deals of politics.
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+1 Churchill
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Tammany Hall might be something to check out. I haven't played it but have watched a few run throughs - it has an area control element in which you wield political influence on different immigrant populations in NYC (which you help settle into different neighborhoods depending on your influence) to win elections.
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Kremlin

At the start of the game each player secretly writes down how much influence they have on 10 different characters in the game, ranging from a low of 1 to a high of 10 points. As the characters rise through the ranks of the politburo they gain various powers. The players can take over a character by declaring they have more influence than was previously claimed by another player (of course they can't lie about it). Really quite a good game, very tense.
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Many thanks all. I've played City Hall, Tammany Hall so will need to re-review them and the others mentioned.

Many thanks
 
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Sigismundus Augustus: Dei gratia rex Poloniae
You play as Polish nobility trying to win favor at court
 
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It's hard to get ahold of, but if you can track down a copy of Princes of the Renaissance, I think it would suit your fancy.
 
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+1 Kremlin

Although it's a bit stylistic, I would say your criteria solidly describes Illuminati: Deluxe Edition
 
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Revolution!
 
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I would say Kingsburg, though it may be a bit lighter in tone than what you are hoping for. Still a good game though, particularly with the expansion.
 
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Is my understanding that you're looking for something in the mood of Die Macher?

Also, +1 Churchill of course.
 
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A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) does this. You are able to bid on the influence tracks and depending on where you end up it affects various mechanics such as turn order, special ability use, and combat ties.
 
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ejclason wrote:
In Junta El-Presidente gives out offices (that provide power) to the other players at the beginning of each round. He then divides up the budget among the players. He hopes that he made enough of the other players happy enough that they don't overthrow him.

The Republic of Rome has players jockeying for all kinds of political positions and influence. Its not quite a simulation but it is intense!
 
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