The Preface of Round 3 will determine the starting condition of Letara in 1964. For a summary of what happened between 1955-1963 economically and politically, see this post. In short, the country’s economy has collapsed even further and is in full recession. The austerity-focused government was rapidly replaced by a new government that is more willing to invest in the country - and the first signs of a recovery as evident.
For those that are eligible and want to participate in the lobbying and spending mechanism, this is your chance to shape how Letara dealt with its many challenges, how its industry and infrastructure grew and overcame (or didn’t) the natural disasters and subsequent economic woes.
Round two will span 1964-1974 inclusive.
CAR CULTURE - TAKE-AWAYS FROM 1955-1963
The car market in Letara saw an overall expanded offering and wider palate than in the previous era. The city segment compressed a little, but that was OK. The cars on offer did satisfy the need of this segment, with mostly cheaper cars. With cities now being designed with more space in mind, the city cars are less and less relevant, and are perhaps even considered a little “old fashioned”. They also feel a little restrictive with many not being really safe for highway use. That said, there is certainly still a market for them, but perhaps a less enthusiastic one.
The family market expanded quite significantly, especially on the more expensive side of the segment. A few manufacturers have shown that being cheap does not necessarily mean bad or uncomfortable, which really put the poorly-made “wooden benches” in perspective. So although the general population is still frugal, they do expect a modicum of comfort and quality. And with most cars getting faster overall, there is zero reason to buy a car that is not at least a little capable on the highway too.
The utility segment finally saw an influx of dedicated vehicles that had the capability to get all the real work done. Pick-up trucks came in all sizes and price ranges, neatly covering the market. Although a pure workhorse is still the norm, the market has shown that this does not need to come at the expense of a modicum of comfort. With the economy still in the dregs, having two vehicles is still hard to justify for many, forcing them to choose between a family car and a work truck - a truck that can function as both was seen as a huge step toward meeting their real needs. Now, on the van side of things, there is not much to say. The market is still largely empty, with one larger transport van available, and one smaller delivery van. With hardly a comparison to be made here, people simply buy the one that is avaiable.
The sports segment expanded to over twice its size from the last decade. Given that the economy hardly allowed anybody to have just a “fun” second car, most sports car buyers were single people or childless couples, or the rich who could afford a second car. Needless to say, the market was simply oversaturated, and only the cream-de-la-creme could rise to the top. Some manufacturers showed that with more traditional engineering choices you could still make really good performing vehicles at reasonable prices. The more experimental engineering choices and designs seemed to be more expensive without actually offering more - so they were mostly relegated to the rich eccentric collectors rather than the general-use population.
The luxury segment (looking at it as a whole including the family, sports, wagon and utility segments) was a little oversaturated, giving the rich quite a smorgasbord. There were luxury offerings in all segments except for city cars. There were expensive and sporty trucks, wagons, and of course large sedans and various sports cars. It was truly an era that if you wanted too stand out and have something else on your driveway than your neighbour, you had plenty of choice. You could buy something more traditional, stately and comfortable for the family, or just an expensive toy to show off. The rich had it all. So they still expect to be able to show off and have something unique. But the car still does need to have something special to offer - if it’s just an expensive car for the sake of being expensive, it will hardly be noticed.
COMPANY SPENDING AND LOBBYING
In total 39 people submitted consumer cars in Round 2, and are eligible for company spending and lobbying. Spending and lobbying is completely optional and not mandatory to participate in the next round.
The people in this list currently have no assembly or factory in Letara, and thus have the following options:
The people in this list currently have an assembly in Letara, and thus have the following options:
- Spend 10 tokens on spending items and 10 power on lobyying items (you forfeit the assembly for next round); or
- Spend 3 tokens to maintain the assembly plant, spend the remaining 7 tokens on spending items, and spend 13 lobbying power; or
- Spend 7 tokens to upgrade to a full factory for the next round, spend the remaining 3 tokens on spending items, and 16 power on lobbying items.
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The people in this list currently have a factory in Letara, and thus have the following options:
Everyone on the above lists has their allocated spending tokens that you can spend in whole integers. How you allocate your tokens is up to you.
Note that the government has their own spending purse, so your spending will supplement the government’s funds. Spending items proposed by the Letaran Government include:
- Road maintenance - helps to rebuild and maintain the current road network so that roads don’t deteriorate.
- Road construction - will expand and improve the current road network. These might include paving gravel or dirt roads, start construction on an interstate highway system.
- Supporting the current bauxite mining and refining industry.
- Supporting the alumina processing industry.
- Expanding the aluminium industry to include full aluminium production.
- Expanding and supporting higher education - in general, or in any of the following specialties:
- mechanical engineering
- petrochemical engineering
- materials science
- electrical engineering
- Building of improvements at the Lerance Raceway.
- Construction of a different kind of racing venue.
- Support for train infrastructure.
- Support for air infrastructure.
- Support the shipping industry.
- Support for other industry - general support, or any of the following:
- Expand protected areas and National Parks.
- “Other” - feel free to spend on items not on this list. Provide a brief description what your company spend its tokens on and I’ll do my best to incorporate it into Letara’s lore. If you think your idea might be too far fetched, outside the scope or spirit of the challenge series, it’s best to ask; the Letaran government reserves the right to reject ideas, or they might simply fail.
Depending on how you spend your tokens, you will have 10, 13, or 16 lobbying power. These can also be spent in whole integers, and it’s up to you how you wish to allocate them. You can lobby for or against individual items. Note that the government has their own ideas and direction they want to take, and some items they feel very strongly about. So lobbying outcome is not a guarantee - but your input might influence the government to make certain decisions.
Lobbying items proposed by the Government of Letara include:
- Mandate amber indicator lights on the front and rear corners of the vehicle.
- Mandate side indicator lights.
- Mandate double head lights - one regular light and one high beam.
- Mandate three brake lights on the rear of the car.
- Modify current safety regulations.
- Allow the introduction of radial tires.
- Ban cross-ply tires.
- Ban leaded fuel.
- Implement emissions standards.
- Tighten noise regulations.
- Adjust and tighten speed limits on public roads.
- Standardize license plate size (state you preferred size).
- Implement a displacement tax (state what displacement(s) should trigger the tax(es)).
- Implement luxury tax on the most expensive vehicles.
- Implement fuel economy tax (state what l/100km (not MPG, Letara doesn’t use imperial units) value would trigger the tax - or taxes if multi-tier).
- Change (up or down) the safety-related tax.
- For keeping the Lerance Raceway as Letara’s flagship racing venue.
- Changing (or keeping the same) racing classes, rules, and/or format.
- For an alternate race series, specify:
- Alternate paved route/format.
- Alternate mixed surface/dirt race/rally event.
- Alternate dedicated track racing (specify what kind, e.g. traditional circuit, oval, drag etc.)
- “Other” - feel free to propose your own lobbying item. Same restrictions and caveats apply as for the spending tokens.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING LOBBYING
I encourage light banter and chatter between companies in character in this thread to discuss their stance on the issues presented. However, I do not want to see what happened last round. To be clear, absolutely no threats against another person or company, real or fictional is tolerated. My stance was made clear in a previous post, so I don’t wish to repeat it again. I trust that you will all play nice with each other.
IMPORTANT NOTICE PART 2
Those people eligible for spending and lobbying, please DM me your responses in the same thread where you submitted your car. Please do not create a new thread.
Please submit short point-form items only. I don’t want to have to read an essay and try to decipher what you actually want.
Submissions are final; I will not change your entry if you change your mind on a spending or lobby item. So think before you hit submit.
Spending and lobbying is open until 23:59 ET on Tuesday, December 27.
EDIT AND CLARIFICATION: I WILL ONLY ENTER YOUR LOBBYING BY WHAT YOU SAY IN YOUR DM. DO NOT REFER TO A FORUM POST, DO NOT REFER TO SOMEONE ELSE’S INITIATIVE. JUST SAY WHAT YOUR LOBBY SUBMISSION IS MEANT TO DO.