Copyright 1997 by Matt Ruff:
Although the play mechanics of Congress: the Gathering are practically identical to Magic’s, the use of political terminology imparts a different flavor to the game. In Magic, you tap lands to produce mana, which is used to cast spells; in Congress, you tap districts to produce votes, which are used to pass legislation. In Magic, you use creatures, artifacts and enchantments in an attempt to reduce your opponent’s life total to zero; in Congress, you use citizens, icons and amendments in an attempt to reduce your opponent’s popularity rating to zero. In Magic, the five colors represent five different “schools” of magical ability; in Congress…
The Five Colors of Congress
CITING DRASTIC DIP IN NATIONWIDE LITERACY RATES, HOUSE SPEAKER URGES ADOPTION OF NEW COLOR-CODED BALLOT SYSTEM FOR “TEXTUALLY CHALLENGED” VOTERS
— Washington Post headline, October 2, 2010
In Congress: the Gathering, the five colors correspond to the five principal political factions in 21st-century Washington, D.C.:
Republicans are socially conservative and economically liberal. Their ties to big business—in particular to industrial polluters, arms dealers, and cigarette manufacturers—have earned them a fashionably evil reputation as “the party of death and greed.” The Republicans’ slogan is “Mean Enough To Protect Your Money”; their color is black.
Democrats are socially liberal and economically conservative. As the self-proclaimed defenders of the underprivileged, the Democrats are out to protect the masses—from the rich, from the powerful, and from the threat of politically incorrect language. The Democrats’ slogan is “We Know What’s Best For You”; their color is white.
Libertarians are socially and economically liberal. Viewed as ideological misfits by both the left and the right, Libertarians are largely shut out of traditional Washington power circles—it is a rare year when they control more than two seats in Congress, for example. To compensate for this, Libertarians have developed an arcane understanding of parliamentary procedure, which they use to twist other groups’ legislation to their own ends. If you want to change black into white, or turn a capital gains tax bill into a referendum on school lunch funding, this is the faction to talk to. The Libertarians’ slogan is “A is A…Unless We Need It To Be Something Else”; their color is blue.
The Green Party are radical environmentalists turned legislators. Despite being relative newcomers to Washington, the Greens have the most efficient vote-generating organization on the Hill—which isn’t surprising, given their history of grassroots activism. They also have a knack for exploiting the public’s love of cute, fuzzy animals, and have already managed to grant honorary citizenship status to several endangered species. Next step: full voting rights for baby seals. The Greens’ slogan is “Hug the Earth”; their color, of course, is green.
Populists are a chaotic and often violent coalition of all those groups who don’t fit in to any of the other factions: communists, anarchists, militiamen, neo-Nazis, and other assorted outcasts. Like the Libertarians, Populists are treated as pariahs by the Washington establishment, but because they appeal to a broader spectrum of the public, they have an easier time getting candidates elected. Keeping them elected is another matter: Populist Senators and Representatives have the highest impeachment rate of any faction in Congress, due to their incessant procedural, ethics, and weapons violations. The Populists’ slogan is “Don’t Tread On Us”; their color is red.
In addition to the many mono-colored cards that are associated with a single faction, there are also multi-colored, or bipartisan, cards that belong to two or more factions at once. For example, Bill Clinton is an Executive citizen who counts as both a Democrat and a Republican (and who requires both white and black votes to bring into play). Bipartisan cards have gold borders. Nonpartisan, or colorless, cards have brown or gray borders, and are not affiliated with any specific faction.
Relations Between the Factions
Just as in Magic, certain colors—certain factions—are particularly antagonistic towards one another. For example, although the Libertarians (blue) consider their political ideology to be superior to all others, they can manage at least a passing tolerance towards Democrats (white) and Republicans (black), both of whose beliefs they consider to be “half right.” But they have no patience to spare when it comes to Populists (red), whose mindless violence they deplore, or the Green Party (green), whose environmentalism they regard as an anti-capitalist plot. Likewise, the Greens share a certain amount of common ground with the Democrats, and have a grudging respect for the “direct action tactics” of the Populists, but view both the Republicans and the Libertarians as evil pawns of industry.
The two basic card types in Congress: the Gathering are districts and legislation.
Districts are the Congressional equivalent of Magic’s lands. They come in two varieties: voting districts, which can be tapped to produce votes, and non-voting districts, which produce other useful effects. Putting a district into play is known as canvassing that district—your underlings are literally going door-to-door, handing out leaflets and doing whatever else is necessary to bring a majority of the district’s citizens into your political camp. Because you only have a limited number of underlings to waste on scut work, you may generally only canvass one new district on each of your turns.
Legislation cards represent laws and other acts of Congress that can be passed with votes. There are seven different kinds of legislation, each corresponding to one of the seven kinds of spell in Magic. Except where noted, all forms of legislation are played following the same rules and restrictions as their Magic counterparts; for example, you may only respond to your opponent’s legislation with motions, points of order, and other fast effects.
Vote sources, like mana sources, are quick and dirty infusions of power—the classic example being the Republicans’ Wall Street Ritual, a $1,000-a-plate fundraising dinner that turns one black vote into three black votes.
Points of order, played as interrupts, represent manipulations of House and Senate procedure to radically alter the effect of other legislation or cancel (counter) it outright. Libertarians, all of whom know Robert’s Rules of Order by heart, are the champs at this.
Motions are simple acts of Congress that, like instants, can be played at any time effects are legal.
Demagogueries are more complex political maneuvers that, like sorceries, can only be played during the would-be demagogue’s main phase.
Amendments represent changes to existing law that, like enchantments, have a lasting effect on the game. Local amendments affect a specific permanent; Federal amendments have a more global effect. Constitutional amendments are a special, extra-powerful kind of amendment following unique rules. See The Congress, below, for details.
Citizen legislation, much like a creature spell, enlists a powerful individual or organization to fight for your cause. For more information about the care and feeding of citizens, see We the People, below.
Icons are potent symbolic artifacts (books, landmarks, even historical events) that can be exploited for political gain. Icons are nonpartisan—not aligned with any specific faction—which may suggest neutrality, but in reality means that anyone can abuse them. One special type of icon is the icon-citizen, an “apolitical” figure or group which has all the characteristics of an ordinary citizen in addition to being an icon.
In the year of the Gathering, voter apathy is at a historic high—so when you ask your constituents for a show of support, you’d better make sure you’re not wasting their time. At the end of each phase, all vote pools are emptied, and any player with unspent votes in his or her pool loses 1 popularity for each of those unspent votes. This loss of popularity, known as voter unrest, cannot be prevented.
We the People
Citizens are the creatures of Congress. Rather than being summoned magically, citizens are recruited to your cause, generally by means of some political favor. To secure a senator’s loyalty, for example, you might offer her a seat on a Congressional subcommittee; an oil company might support you in exchange for a healthy tax abatement; and to earn the undying gratitude of a White House intern, a kind word from the president—and maybe a good cigar—should suffice. Votes spent on recruit citizen (and icon-citizen) legislation represent the political capital expended in setting up the “favor.”
If these recruitment favors sound a lot like bribes, it’s because they are. To avoid public scandal, most recruits insist on a “cooling off period” following the receipt of the bribe before they will openly declare their allegiance to you. This discretionary tactic is known as the ethics rule, and it works exactly like summoning sickness: Your citizens may not attack or use special abilities with tapping as part of the activation cost unless they were already under your control at the beginning of your most recent turn.
Some citizens are exempt from the ethics rule. These citizens either don’t care what the public thinks of them or actually enjoy being viewed as unethical.
All non-icon citizens belong to one or another citizen type, as noted on their recruit citizen card. For example, all presidents and vice-presidents are Executive citizens; all senators and representatives are Legislators; and all judges are Jurists. Two noteworthy citizen types are bureaucracies and legends.
Bureaucracies are government-run organizations whose primary function is the creation of red tape. Sprawling and overstaffed, most bureaucracies make tough, effective blockers, but they are generally too inefficient to mount a credible offense. Unless a special ability or piece of legislation allows them to do so, bureaucracies, like walls, cannot attack.
The legends of Congress, like those in Magic, are unique individuals; only one legend of the same name may be in play at any particular time. Congressional legends come in two flavors, however: loyal and corrupt. Loyal legends, like good politicians, stay bought: If you have a loyal legend in play, and someone attempts to recruit a copy of the same legend, the copy is immediately buried. Corrupt legends, on the other hand, pledge allegiance to whichever player has done them the most recent favor: If someone successfully recruits a copy of a corrupt legend, the original is buried.
Citizen Special Abilities
Citizens, like creatures, have special abilities of evasion and protection:
Slick citizens have an amazing knack for wiggling out of trouble. Criticism won’t stick to them; bad publicity slides right off them; even impeachment charges seem to have no effect on them. About the only way to slow them down is to match them up against someone as slippery as they are. When attacking, slick citizens may only be blocked by other slick citizens.
Incumbents have spent most of their professional lives inside the Beltway, and are extremely well-connected among the Washington power elite. This allows them to seize the initiative in any conflict. Incumbents always deal and resolve their combat damage first, before non-incumbents.
Crusaders are in reality what most politicians only claim to be in press releases: people on a mission to make America better. Though often mocked for their “naive idealism,” crusaders are also rightly feared for their zealousness on the attack. If an attacking crusader deals more damage to a blocking citizen than is required to destroy it, the excess damage is applied to the blocking citizen’s controller instead.
Faction heroes enjoy semi-divine status within a particular faction. This allows them to slip past the defenses of other players who draw support from that same faction. If a defending player controls at least one voting district of the faction honoring the hero, the hero is unblockable. So, for example, a citizen who is a Republican hero cannot be blocked by the citizens of a player who controls at least one Republican Voting District.
Faction provincials, not to be confused with heroes, hail from far outside the Beltway—from “the provinces.” With no Washington connections to speak of, a provincial’s influence is pretty much limited to his or her faction’s home territory. Provincials cannot attack unless the defending player controls as least one voting district of their native faction, and they are destroyed immediately if their controller does not control such a district. Thus a Libertarian provincial can only attack a player who controls a Libertarian voting district, and goes to the graveyard if at any time its own controller does not control at least one such district.
Socialists believe in the power of collective action. They also believe in blaming other people for the failures of collective action. In practice, this works just like Magic’s banding ability: Any number of socialists, and up to one non-socialist, may join together and attack as a group. Furthermore, the presence of even one socialist in an attacking or blocking group allows the socialist’s controller to decide how combat damage against that group will be distributed. [Note: also like Magic’s banding ability, socialism is being phased out, and will probably not be included in future Congressional expansion sets.]
Hiring a Lawyer: Instead of regenerating, citizens in Congress who are destroyed or take lethal damage—damage that is typically legal or political rather than physical—may be able to Hire a Lawyer to keep themselves out of the graveyard. Of course, all American citizens have a right to counsel, but we’re talking Lawyer with a capital ‘L’ here—the $500-an-hour kind, with contacts in the Attorney General’s office—so this ability is typically restricted to Republican citizens and Greens with rich parents.
Protection works just like the protection ability in Magic, but in keeping with the political flavor of the game, “protection from color” is listed as “protection from faction.” For example, the white citizen Union Advocate has protection from Populists. This means that:
- It may not be blocked by red citizens.
- It may not be the target of red legislation, amendments, or effects, except for effects generated by a Constitutional amendment.
- Any damage dealt to it by red sources is reduced to zero, unless the source of the damage is a Constitutional amendment.
Congressional Privilege is a special protection ability that reflects the tendency of Legislators to exempt themselves from their own laws. Whenever a citizen with Congressional Privilege is targeted by a piece of legislation, that citizen’s controller may cancel the legislation by spending 1 vote of any color. Play this ability as a point of order. Note that Congressional Privilege may not be used to cancel non-targeted legislation, or effects of any kind (targeted or not).
Political Appointees must have their recruitment confirmed by Congress. See The Congress, below, for details.
The U.S. Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the members of Congress are collectively referred to as Legislators. In addition to any other abilities they possess, citizens designated as Legislators may participate in Congressional Ballots. These Ballots are triggered automatically by the passage of certain forms of legislation:
- The recruitment of a political appointee must be confirmed by a simple majority Ballot.
- The passage of a Constitutional amendment must be ratified by a two-thirds majority Ballot. (Note: In real life, amendments are ratified by the states, not by Congress, but by the time of the Gathering, the states have been taken out of the loop.)
The Balloting process works as follows:
1. The Ballot Round is triggered when the political appointee/Constitutional amendment legislation resolves. This means, of course, that the legislation must first be successfully passed; if it is canceled, no Ballot Round takes place. Example: Player A wishes to ratify The Second Amendment, Part Two, a Populist Constitutional amendment (“Whenever any citizen receives combat damage, that citizen is destroyed, and may not Hire a Lawyer”). Player A taps four Populist Voting Districts to pay the passage cost and announces the legislation. Player B responds by passing the point of order Veto, cancelling the Second Amendment legislation. The Amendment goes to the graveyard and no Ballot Round is triggered.
2. The Ballot Round is a special subphase that interrupts the normal sequence of play; no new effects or legislation may be declared during this subphase. During the Round, each player gets one legislative ballot for each Legislator he or she controls; the player whose legislation triggered the Round gets an additional ballot as the legislation’s offical sponsor. Beginning with the sponsor, and proceeding clockwise, players register their ballots, voting yea or nay on each of them. There are no abstentions or delays; players must vote yea or nay, and they must register each of their ballots before the Round proceeds to the next player. Players with more than one ballot may choose to vote yea on some and nay on others. Example: Player A has drawn another Second Amendment, Part Two. This time Player B has no counters, and the legislation passes. It resolves, triggering a Ballot Round. Player A currently controls two Senators; Player B controls a Senator and a Representative; Player C, who has been trying to keep a low profile, controls a single Representative. Player A gets three ballots, two for his two Legislators and one for being the Amendment’s sponsor; Player B gets two ballots, and Player C just one. Player A begins the voting…
3. After the last player registers the last of his or her ballots, add up the yeas and nays. Confirmation of a political appointee requires a simple majority: if the yeas outnumber the nays by at least one ballot, the appointee is confirmed and enters play successfully; otherwise, the confirmation fails and the appointee is discarded without ever entering play. Ratification of a Constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority: if the yeas equal or exceed two-thirds of the total number of ballots cast (rounding up), the amendment is ratified and immediately takes effect; otherwise, the amendment is discarded with no effect. Example: Player A votes yea on all three of his ballots; Player B registers two nays; Player C registers one yea; with four out of six votes in favor, the Amendment passes and enters play.
Census Bureau • Citizen—Bureaucracy • Passage cost: 3W
0/2. Sacrifice Census Bureau: Destroy all voting districts. Play this ability as a demagoguery.
“Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State” — Amendment XIV
Democratic Floor Rules • Amendment • Passage cost: 1W
This is a Congressional By-laws amendment. When Democratic Floor Rules enters play, destroy any other Congressional By-laws amendments.
All combat damage dealt by Legislators to other Legislators is reduced to zero.
Democratic Representative • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: W
1/1. Congressional Privilege.
Democratic Senator • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: WW
2/2. Congressional Privilege. Incumbent. (Incumbents deal their combat damage before non-incumbents.)
IRS Office • Citizen—Bureaucracy • Passage cost: 3W
During your upkeep, if target opponent does not pay 3, put a Schedule D token on I.R.S. Office. I.R.S. Office gets +1/+0 for each Schedule D token on it.
Sacrifice a Schedule D token: I.R.S. Office may attack this turn.
Jimmy Carter • Citizen—Executive • Passage cost: 3W
4/4. Counts as a loyal legend. (If another copy of Jimmy Carter is brought into play, destroy that copy immediately.) Cannot block Republican citizens. Republican citizens that block Jimmy Carter gain protection from Democrats until the end of the turn.
Social Security Office • Citizen—Bureaucracy • Passage cost: 2WW
0/3. Sacrifice Social Security Office: Destroy all citizens; citizens destroyed in this fashion may not Hire a Lawyer this turn. Play this ability as a demagoguery.
“Without a Social Security number, you might as well not exist.”
CIA Charter • Amendment • Passage cost: 1BBB
Whenever you play a piece of legislation other than a Constitutional Amendment, instead of paying the normal passage cost, you may pay an amount of B equal to twice the normal passage cost. If you do this, you may conceal the identity of the legislation until it resolves or is canceled; rather than announcing it, lay it face down on the table, and, if it is targeted, make a secret note of the target(s). Other players may still respond to the legislation with fast effects as normal.
Conscientious Objector Status • Amend Citizen • Passage cost: B
Target citizen gets -2/-1.
“What did YOU do during the war, Senator Price?” — Senate candidate (and former Marine captain) Jeanna Juarez, during the 2010 campaign season
Medal of Honor • Amend Citizen • Passage cost: B
Target citizen gets +2/+1.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States.
Republican Floor Rules • Amendment • Passage cost: 1B
This is a Congressional By-laws amendment. When Republican Floor Rules enters play, destroy any other Congressional By-laws amendments.
Whenever a Legislator attacks or blocks, that Legislator loses Congressional Privilege until the end of the turn.
Republican Representative • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: B
1/1. Congressional Privilege.
Republican Senator • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: BB
2/2. Congressional Privilege. Incumbent. (Incumbents deal their combat damage before non-incumbents.)
Ronald Reagan • Citizen—Executive • Passage cost: 3BB
4/4. Counts as a loyal legend. (If another copy of Ronald Reagan is brought into play, destroy that copy immediately.) Protection from Democrats. If Ronald Reagan is untapped, Republican legislation costs 1 less to pass, and Democratic legislation costs 1 extra to pass.
Spawn of Limbaugh • Citizen—Talk Radio Host • Passage cost: 4BBB
6/6. Slick. Crusader. (This citizen can only be blocked by other slick citizens. Any excess combat damage dealt by this citizen to a blocking citizen is applied to the blocking citizen’s controller.)
During your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on Spawn of Limbaugh, and sacrifice a citizen. If you cannot sacrifice a citizen, Spawn of Limbaugh does X damage to you, where X is equal to its current power. You may not sacrifice Spawn of Limbaugh to itself.
“STOP EATING!!!” — Al Franken, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot
The 2nd Amendment, Part One • Constitutional Amendment • Passage cost: 2BB
During each player’s upkeep, that player must sacrifice a citizen he or she controls or lose 1 popularity for each citizen he or she controls. This loss of popularity cannot be prevented.
“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state…” — Amendment II
Wall Street Ritual • Vote Source • Passage cost: B
Add BBB to your vote pool.
“Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with.” — Will Rogers
Barry Goldwater • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: 3UU
2/2. Congressional Privilege. Counts as a loyal legend. Libertarian hero. (If another copy of Barry Goldwater is brought into play, destroy that copy immediately. If defending player controls any Libertarian voting districts, Barry Goldwater cannot be blocked.)
All Libertarian citizens get +1/+1. The passage cost of all Democratic Executives is reduced by 1.
“In Your Heart You Know He’s Right” — Goldwater presidential campaign slogan
Bureau of Printing and Engraving • Citizen—Bureaucracy • Passage cost: 2UU
0/4. Discard a card from your hand: Change the text of target non-citizen legislation by replacing all instances of one color or faction word with another. Use this ability only if Bureau of Printing and Engraving is untapped. Play this ability as a point of order.
Filibuster • Point of Order • Passage cost: UU
Tap target Legislator you control: cancel target legislation and return it to its owner’s hand. So long as target Legislator remains tapped, no player may attempt to pass a copy of the canceled legislation. You may choose not to untap target Legislator during your untap phase.
Gerrymander • Demagoguery • Passage cost: 2UU
Choose two target districts controlled by two different players and either exchange control of those districts or return them to their owners’ hands.
“We must redraw the line somewhere.” — Elbridge Gerry, U.S. Vice-president 1813-14
Libertarian Floor Rules • Amendment • Passage cost: 1U
This is a Congressional By-laws amendment. When Libertarian Floor Rules enters play, destroy any other Congressional By-laws amendments
Whenever a Legislator deals combat damage to a player, that player may pay U to put the Legislator on top of its owner’s library; otherwise, return the Legislator to its owner’s hand.
Libertarian Representative • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: U
1/1. Congressional Privilege. Counts as a loyal legend. (If another copy of Libertarian Representative is brought into play, destroy that copy immediately.)
Libertarian Senator • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: UU
2/2. Congressional Privilege. Counts as a loyal legend. (If another copy of Libertarian Representative is brought into play, destroy that copy immediately.)
N.A.M.F.L.A. • Citizen—Special Interest Group • Passage cost: U
1/1. Protection from Greens.
Tap: N.A.M.F.L.A. deals 1 point of damage to target citizen or player.
“But I don’t WANT their support!” — Senator Waldo Price, on learning that he had been endorsed by the North American Man-Fern Love Association
Son of Stern • Citizen—Talk Radio Host • Passage cost: 2U
1/1. Tap: Target citizen opponent controls must attack you this turn, if possible; until the end of this turn, that citizen is exempt from the ethics rule, and is allowed to attack even if it is a Bureaucracy. If target citizen cannot attack you, return it to its owner’s hand at end of turn. Use this ability only on target citizen’s controller’s turn, before the attack.
The 21st Amendment • Constitutional Amendment • Passage cost: 2UU
When the 21st Amendment enters play, destroy target Constitutional Amendment. The 21st Amendment remains in play.
“The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed…” — Amendment XXI
Veto • Point of Order • Passage cost: XU
If the player attempting to pass target legislation does not pay an additional X, cancel target legislation, and you may either gain two popularity or put a +1/+1 counter on an Executive citizen you control.
Baby Fur Seal • Citizen—Cute Fuzzy Animal • Passage cost: G
0/1. If Baby Fur Seal is damaged by a citizen, that citizen’s controller loses 1 popularity. This loss of popularity cannot be prevented.
Tap: Add 1 vote of any color to your vote pool.
“How can you say no to that face?”
Green Party Floor Rules • Amendment • Passage cost: 1G
This is a Congressional By-laws amendment. When Green Party Floor Rules enters play, destroy any other Congressional By-laws amendments
Attacking Legislators neither deal nor receive damage in combat.
Green Party Representative • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: G
1/1. Congressional Privilege.
Green Party Senator • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: GG
2/2. Congressional Privilege. Crusader. (Any excess combat damage dealt by this citizen to a blocking citizen is applied to the blocking citizen’s controller.)
Cloture Rule • Amendment • Passage cost: 2R
When Cloture Rule enters play, untap all Legislators.
Each player may only play motions and points of order during his or her own turn.
“Enough talk.”—Senator Arnold Schwarzenegger, ending a two-day filibuster with a burst of automatic weapons fire
Constitutional Convention • Constitutional Amendment • Passage cost: 2RR
Destroy all Constitutional Amendments, including Constitutional Convention.
Disgruntled Postal Worker • Citizen—Civil Servant • Passage cost: 2RR
2/1. If Disgruntled Postal Worker damages a player, you may sacrifice Disgruntled Postal Worker to have it deal an equal amount of damage to every citizen that player controls.
PISTOL-PACKING STAMP CLERK CANCELS COWORKERS — New York Post headline, 2011
Letter Bomb • Motion • Passage cost: 1R
Letter Bomb deals 3 damage to target citizen or player. A citizen damaged by Letter Bomb cannot Hire a Lawyer this turn.
Lone Gunman • Citizen—Assassin • Passage cost: 2R
1/1. R, Tap: Destroy target tapped citizen; that citizen may not Hire a Lawyer this turn.
Tap, sacrifice Lone Gunman: destroy target Executive, Legislator, Jurist, or Civil Rights Leader; that citizen may not Hire a Lawyer this turn.
Populist Floor Rules • Amendment • Passage cost: 1R
This is a Congressional By-laws amendment. When Populist Floor Rules enters play, destroy any other Congressional By-laws amendments
Whenever a Legislator deals combat damage to a player, that player may pay R to have Populist Floor Rules deal X+1 damage to the Legislator’s controller, where X is the amount of damage dealt by the Legislator.
Populist Representative • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: R
1/1. Congressional Privilege. Populist Representative is exempt from the ethics rule. (Populist Representative may attack on the same turn it comes under your control.)
During your upkeep, pay R or return Populist Representative to your hand.
Populist Senator • Citizen—Legislator • Passage cost: RR
2/2. Congressional Privilege. Populist Senator is exempt from the ethics rule. (Populist Representative may attack on the same turn it comes under your control.)
During your upkeep, pay RR or return Populist Senator to your hand.
Purple Heart • Amend Citizen • Passage cost: R
Target citizen gets +2/-2
That which does not kill us pisses us off.
The 2nd Amendment, Part Two • Constitutional Amendment • Passage cost: 2RR
Whenever any citizen receives combat damage, that citizen is destroyed. Citizens destroyed in this fashion may not Hire a Lawyer.
“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” — Amendment II