New Zealand 1993 – The Last Of The Old

This election will decide the fate of the government and the future of New Zealand electoral system as Kiwis also voted on the Electoral Referendum.

Prime Minister Jim Bolger of the National Party seeks a renewed mandate, while Labour, under the leadership of Mike Moore, fights to reclaim power amidst a landscape of economic reform and social change.

Key issues dominate the campaign trail, from the controversial economic policies dubbed ‘Ruthanasia’—named after Finance Minister Ruth Richardson’s aggressive budget cuts—to debates over healthcare, employment, and the very structure of our electoral process, the rise of new parties like the Alliance and New Zealand First adds further complexity to this already pivotal election.

Will Prime Minister Bolger win another term, or will Mike Moore make a comeback to the Beehive after being ousted three years ago? Or will New Zealand see it’s first hung parliament?

Australia 2022 – Independent Day

This election is set to be one of the most pivotal in recent Australian history. With the nation grappling with the aftermath of a global pandemic, economic uncertainties, and pressing climate concerns, the stakes have never been higher.

The incumbent Liberal-National Coalition, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, faces a formidable challenge from the Labor Party under Anthony Albanese,As Australians head to the polls, key issues such as healthcare, education, and energy policy will dominate discussions.

The political landscape is further complicated by the rise of minor parties and independents, who are poised to play a crucial role in the outcome.

Voters are increasingly looking for alternatives that address their specific concerns, making this election a true test of the major parties’ ability to connect with the electorate.

Can Labor end its almost decade-long opposition and usher in a new era of governance, or will the Coalition secure another term, continuing their current policies?

New South Wales 2023 – Wind Of Change, Or Not?

This election is set to be a pivotal moment for New South Wales. As voters head to the polls, the stakes are high with Dominic Perrottet and the Liberal Party vying to secure another term amidst challenges and a strong opposition led by Chris Minns of the Labor Party, issues ranging from healthcare and education to infrastructure and housing affordability dominate the campaign, reflecting the diverse concerns of the electorate.

Labor is determined to end 12 years in opposition, presenting a renewed vision for the state and promising significant reforms. Chris Minns and his team are capitalizing on growing dissatisfaction with the current government, hoping to ride a wave of change similar to the federal election results, Labor challenge is significant there have only been two instances since World War II where Labor has won government from the opposition in New South Wales.

Smaller parties and independents also play a crucial role in this election, The Greens continue to push their environmental and social justice agenda, while the potential for a “teal wave”—inspired by the recent federal election—adds another layer of complexity. These independent candidates, often focusing on climate action and political integrity, could disrupt traditional voting patterns and influence key electorates.

The current government is the last of its kind in mainland Australia. After losing popular premier Gladys Berejiklian, can Perrottet hold off the red wave and stop it in New South Wales? Or will Minns deliver Labor to government after 12 years in the wilderness?

Queensland – 1998

The 1998 Queensland state election is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and hard-fought political contests in recent history. With a diverse array of parties and candidates vying for power, the race is wide open, and the outcome is far from certain.

The incumbent National-Liberal coalition government, which unexpectedly gaining power in 1996, is now battling to maintain its grip on power. Meanwhile, the center-left Labor Party is mounting a strong challenge, while the controversial right-wing populist One Nation party led by Pauline Hanson is making a serious push to gain a foothold in the state parliament. Smaller players like the Australian Democrats and Greens are also hoping to leverage voter discontent to secure crucial seats.

The stakes are high, with the future direction of Queensland’s policies on crucial issues like gun reform, indigenous rights, immigration, and the economy all hanging in the balance. Analysts predict record voter turnout as Queenslanders grapple with a complex and consequential set of choices.

With millions of dollars in campaign spending, fiery rhetoric, and shifting alliances, the 1998 Queensland election promises to be a dramatic and defining moment in the state’s political landscape. The final results could reverberate across the country, making this one of the most closely watched state elections in recent memory.

Who will lead Queensland into the new century?

South Australia – 2018

South Australians once again find themselves at a pivotal moment, as they prepare to cast their votes and determine the direction of the state for the next term. The Weatherill Labor government is seeking an unprecedented fifth term in office after a tumultuous last four years rocked by scandals, political turmoil, and statewide blackouts. However, lingering discontent over the energy crisis and cost of living pressures have given momentum to Leader Steven Marshall’s Liberal opposition in their quest to regain Government House. Into this scenario has emerged the insurgent SA Best party led by Former Senator Nick Xenophon, tapping into frustrations but lacking a history of governance. With preferences set to play a major role once more, SA Best is hoping to hold the balance of power regardless of who wins the largest share of the vote, Whoever emerges victorious on March 17 will inherit enormous responsibility to stabilize the budget, stimulate new jobs, and regain public trust in politics at a critical juncture for the state. Once the dust settles after another tightly fought campaign, who will earn the opportunity to lead South Australia bravely into the next decade?

This election unpredictable nature can offer some historic results:

  • Will Premier Weatherill succeed in his quest to win another term and give the Labor party an unprecedented 5th term for the party?
  • Will Steven Marshall’s Liberals come back after 16 years long in opposition?
  • Will South Australians decide it’s time to ditch the duopoly and elect Nick Xenophon and his SA-Best to government?

Western Australia 1950 – Wind Of Change

Alt-History Mod Alert!

In 1933, West Australians voted in favor of secession from Australia, in the midst of the Depression. After the Western Australian delegation’s petition was accepted by the UK Parliament, the flag of the federation was lowered in Perth and replaced by the Blue Ensign, officially ending the federation between Western Australia and the Australian Federation. 17 years on, the country had moved on and prospered under the boom created by the expansion of the agriculture industry and the mining industry, spurred by the economic policy of the Latham government, which had been in power since 1939. The Prime Minister had decided to call a double dissolution election to advance his agenda, after the Senate kept blocking his legislation to ban the Communist Party, which had continued to grow since the end of the war. Labor, under the new leadership of Frank Wise, hoped to retake government after a series of losses and try to convince Western Australia it was time for change. Meanwhile, a new party emerged as a result of Labor’s left pivot and the NCA’s long rule – the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Oscar Wells, the most famous mining magnate in Western Australia. The party hoped to provide a political home for the Social Liberals and Fiscal Conservatives who might be alienated by the two-party system.

Disclaimer: The Mod is based on this referendum point of divergence is when the Joint Select Committee in the British Parliament accepted the petition presented by the Western Australia delegation led by Premier Mitchell

New Zealand 2017 – Time To Decided

It’s time for New Zealanders to decide the country’s future once again! After 9 years of leadership by John Key through both good and bad times, he has decided to retire from politics, handing over the reigns of power to his deputy and former leader Bill English. What seemed like a cakewalk to victory has turned into a battle of popularity and experience, as Andrew Little suddenly resigned as Labour leader just weeks before election day. Labour decided to coalesce around the young and charismatic Jacinda Ardern, electing her as their new leader. Coming from mid-20% polls, Ardern has a big task ahead of her to overcome. How will New Zealand decide?

The election’s unique nature allows for some hypothetical scenarios:

  • What if Andrew Little had persevered through the bad polling numbers and led Labour to the end?
  • What if Winston Peters decided not to do the unexpected and formed a coalition with National?
  • What if Peter Dunne continued fighting in Ōhāriu even though polls showed he might not make it back this time?
  • What if the coalition arrangements changed, with a Red-Green coalition aided by Uncle Winnie?
  • What if National decided it was time to have an economically responsible and environmentally responsible government by forming a coalition with the Greens?

Because of the lack of an MMP system in PMI, we decided to get a little creative by converting the list seats into actual electorate seats. You can battle it out here in the marginal seats, which are basically voters who are undecided but voted for said party last time and might be able to be persuaded to vote for you this time around. To make it a tad bit more realistic, I have made it as hard as possible for you to get the “Base” Party support seats – for example, the National has 12 “Base seats” which would be hard to get. Every party that makes it into the threshold in the 2014 election has this. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best we can do under the circumstances.