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It was election time in the Democratic Autocracy of Rigvotia, and the ruling Dictatorial-Democratic party was in trouble. An economic slump had forced Rigvotia to join the Subsidised Trade Alliance, whose member states insisted on the transferable ranking electoral system.

In this system, each voter ranked the political parties in order, and all subsequent decisions were based on those rankings. If any party was ranked first by more than 50 per cent of the voters, that party won. If not, two parties were chosen at random, and their rankings were compared across all voters. Whichever party lost was…

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