Willemstan Election History
This article was last updated on March 1st of 2021.
A threat made by Eli Payton during the Winter 2018 Election. The machete is owned by Eli himself.
"Corruption is really only fun when we're the ones doing it."
- Sean Kavanagh on the corruption of Willemstan's elections, 02/16/21.
Vote Manipulation, Suppression, Purchasing, and Government Corruption
See also: Willemstan Election Controversy
The polls for Willemstan elections are on Google Forms. Every six months, a new form is created, in which the citizens can vote for their candidate of choice. The candidate who gets a majority vote wins, and becomes the Dictator of Willemstan. Naturally, this form is really easy to manipulate by filling out said form several times using different email accounts. Additionally, in the past there were options to buy a vote and later remove a votes for a candidate. These options cost money, and the revenue went towards the Willemstan Government. Elections provided a majority of Willemstan revenue. Removing votes is probably a better value for your money, as it lowers the total amount of votes in the election, and thus lowers the margin you need to actually win the election. Since the Dictator can manipulate, change, and ignore the New Articles of Willemstan (or any past legal document) at will, the Dictator can theoretically manipulate the entire election process itself, or eliminate the prospect of elections. This has not yet happened, but the fear of such an event taking place lead to the Willemstan Coup.
Historically, Willemstan elections have been suspiciously close. Despite many elections having around 30 responses, many have been decided by a single vote, often at the last minute. This may be due to vote mainpulation, political oppression, or incorrectly reported results. Despite all of this, Willemstan Elections are of a great benefit to the server. For one, server activity spikes during election season, as many citizens rise from their slumber to cast a vote or run for Dictator themselves. The server also typically gains additional members during election season due to vote outsourcing.
Candidacy, Preparations, and Politics
Current Election System
The current system was established in February of 2021 and was inspired by the previous election system, just without the corruption. All candidates are required to announce their candidacy by filling out the election form and publishing a video on Silly Goose. Candidates have two weeks to register, and then for the final two weeks of the month the ballot will open. Only citizens of Willemstan are allowed to vote, and they must rank their top three picks for Dictator. The candidate with the most points becomes the next Dictator. Candidates are encouraged to make propaganda throughout the election cycle. All forms of corruption are not allowed. Government manipulation, vote outsourcing, and vote purchasing is not allowed. All ballots will be reviewed to make sure they are legitimate.
Willemstan 1.2 Election System
The Willemstan 1.2 system was in place from 2020 - 2021, and was established by the New Articles of Willemstan. It was based of the original election system, but with additional improvements and modifications. All candidates were required to publically announce their candidacy, the party they were running with, and had to be a citizen of Willemstan. They also needed to submit two policies they planned on enacting, as well as a video for the Silly Goose YouTube channel. Candidates spent the weeks leading up to the actual vote campaigning, producing propaganda, and occasionally showed up in interview videos in the YouTube channel. It was the responsibility of the current Dictator to insure the election took place. Corruption was allowed. Charlie Nolan was in charge with managing elections, although Ian Hampton did run the Winter 2020 Election in his place.
Failed Willemstan 1.1 Election System
In May of 2020, Willemstan drafted a new governing document called the Willemstan Amendments which turned the election system on its head. Corruption of all kinds was largely done away with, in order to make a fairer system. Citizens were not allowed to run for Dictator, only Governors elected by the citizens could do so. However, this election system never came to fruition because of delays, loss of public support, and of course the coup.
Original Election System
The original election system was in place from 2018 - 2020, and was determined by the Willemstan Commandments. There were only two requirements to be a candidate. The first was to be a registered citizen of Willemstan, (which at the time required filling out a citizenship form), and the second was to produce propaganda and a slogan for the election ballot. However, overtime the requirements changed as Willemstan Propaganda changed. Propaganda moved from the ballot and onto the Silly Goose Channel. By 2019, it became a requirement for a canididate to submit a video in order to run for Dictator. Corruption was widespread during this era, and the one party system was still in place.
Summer 2018 Election
Josue Mejia, one of the founding members of the Willemstan Google Classroom, ran against Devin S. in the Summer 2018 Election. However, there were also many "illegitimate" candidates.
Josue won the election by a landslide, and thus became the first Willemstan Dictator.
The final results for the Summer 2018 Election.
Winter 2018 Election
There were five candidates for the Winter 2018 Election. They were Eli Payton, Joey Badra, Sean Kavanagh, David Giovanni, and Malcolm Hollingworth.
Eli and Sean opened with a strong lead, tied with each other. However, as the election went on, results began to favor David, leaving Eli and Joey tied for second, and Sean losing support. David's strong lead may have been due to alleged vote tampering and votes from illegitimate Willemstan citizens. The poll ended with a tie between Eli and David, so a second tiebreaker poll was called. Eli ended up winning that second poll with a 60% majority, and by one vote, winning him the election.
The first poll for the Winter 2018 Election.
The tiebreaker poll for the Winter 2018 Election.
Summer 2019 Election
There were only two candidates for the Summer 2019 Election, a drop from the overcrowded Winter 2018 election. The candidates were Annie Payton, the previous dictator's cat, as well as Joey Badra, who ran during the previous election. Joey ran on the campaign slogans "Make Willemstan Great Again" and "Love me or die." Eli Payton originally planned on running for a second term, but decided to nominate his cat instead. The cat ran on the slogan “People suck, vote cat”.
When the polls opened, Joey began with a strong lead. However, throughout the opening day, his lead dwindled, until eventually Annie began to build up a lead against him. Several days later, the polls showed a deadlock tie, with each candidate at 50%. It looked like this would be a repeat of the previous election. However, on the final day of the election, Annie managed to pull ahead by one vote, winning the election with a 51.6% majority.
The final results for the Summer 2019 Election.
Winter 2019 Election
There were five candidates for the Winter 2019 Election, similar to the election a year earlier. Malcolm Hollingworth and Sean Kavanagh made their return this election after being crushed in the Winter 2018 Election. Joey Badra was running for dictator for a third time. However, there were several first time runners this election. Andrew Batten and Lucy, a pet goose, were running for the first time. Lucy supported radical reforms, such as the removal of all admins to make Willemstan an actual dictatorship, and the establishment of forced labor as a means of profit for the state. Andrew ran mainly on ending gang wars in Willemstan, promising to make Willemstan more unified, under the banner "You need a conductor, you need the conductor." Sean drew energy by promising to execute a member of Willemstan, make the drinking of water mandatory, and supported mass moral degradation.
Lucy began with a strong lead on opening day. However, by the end of the first polling day, Lucy was tied with Sean , with Andrew coming in third. As the results continued to come in, Lucy lost the majority vote, with Sean now in first, and Andrew continuing to gain momentum as well. After that, the polls reflected little change, and so Sean was eventually declared the winner. Sean won this election by one vote.
The final results for the Winter 2019 Election.
Summer 2020 Election
The Summer 2020 Election never occured. It was supposed to begin in May of 2020 after Willemstan 1.1 Reforms, but it was pushed back for weeks upon weeks after many delays due to the drastically ineffective new election system. The delay spilled into to early June of 2020, when an election ballot would typically be released. Like many citizens, Eli Payton feared the possibility of no election at all, and so he ended his hiatus from Willemstan politics and took control of the server by force. Ironically, there would end up being no election even after he assumed power. This was because Eli considered his return a valid leadership change, and thus there was no need for an election. He also stated that he would not run for the Winter 2020 Election, so his rule would not be indefinite. It seemed most citizens of Willemstan accepted this.
Winter 2020 Election
There were six candidates for the Summer 2020 Election. Malcolm Hollingworth made a return after getting only one vote in the previous election, and ran on reforming the ranking system, the political system, and the Willemstan Discord Server. He also supported containing the Willemstan Deviants and the heavy restriction of server invites. Charlie Nolan ran for the first time this election, and was in favor of restricting server invites as well and bringing back government citizenship. His campaign video to the Silly Goose channel was fillmed at Williamston High School. Natalie Nolan, a newcomer to the election and Willemstan, ran on creating equal opportunities for all Willemstan citizens and promoted freedom of speech. She is also the sister of Charlie Nolan. Sean Kavanagh ran once again despite his reputation, and supported nationalist policies, more propaganda, and the Willemstan Wiki. He also stated the following: "I swear I won't do Willemstan 1.1 again. Really. I'm trustworthy. 100%." Andrew Meyer ran for the first time with the goals of reinstating the Willemstan market and the creation of a Willemstan research team. Finally, Joey Badra supported more oppression and server events. This election had a record breaking amount of 6 candidates, and was the first election not run by Charlie Nolan.
First Willemstani Debate
The first Willemstan Election Debate was hosted by Eli Payton and Ian Hampton. All candidates attended. The debate was a success, as a lot of information regarding candidate policies and intentions were revealed. Candidates widely supported the continued detainment of the Willemstan Deviants, restricting server invites, and limiting drama. They had mixed opinions on server reforms and Tax Collection. However, some drama also ensued during the debate. Ethan left the server after comments about him were made by several candidates, and resentment towards Natalie Nolan was building because of her constant interruptions.
For the first time, poll results were streamed live on the Silly Goose YouTube Channel. Although, this would not happen for the final few days of the election due to unreliability of internet. During the first day Charlie had an early lead, but soon lost it to Sean. Malcolm also tied with Charlie for second, which motivated some of Charlie's supporters to jump ship and support Sean. Charlie had also endorsed Sean, and vote outsourcing for Sean and Malcolm began. By the end of the first day, Sean had a clear lead, Andrew endorsed Joey, and the previous election turnout record of 30 ballots had been smashed. Charlie and Natalie endorsed Sean Kavanagh within the first few days. Andrew Meyer conceded from the election and would later endorse Sean. On January 1st of 2020, Sean Kavanagh was declared the winner of the election, but by then the last ballots had been cast over a week ago.
The final results for the Winter 2020 Election.