As a means of making color politics perhaps matter, have one or more proposals where nations at war received a bonus versus those as peace. Thus neutral parties might opt to occupy one color and pass peace bonus proposes versus say everyone in a bloc moving onto one color so they could obtain the war bonus at will.
Recently the ideology of societal improvement through industrialization have spread across nations in the sphere. Recognizing this leading figures throughout the sphere have come together to pass a series of economic and trade agreements.
Proposal: The burst of investment and easing of credit from this time of prosperity shall be directed into national improvement projects across the sphere. All nations at peace receive +X happiness while nations at war receive -X happiness. (Also consider adding: Nations at war with another nation in the same sphere receive -2X happiness).
National rulers have recently noticed an increase in their populations nationalism and belief in the exceptionalism of their sphere. Leaders throughout the sphere have come together to debate how best to expand this outward energy.
Proposal: Extensive funds shall be invested in propaganda aimed at further increasing nationalism and support of martial activity. To fund this however all nations must divert some money into a common pool. Max effective tax rate: -1% (so 27% w/o wonders). Maximum soldiers and tanks increases by 2% due to increased turnout for recruitment/conscription. (Also consider adding: Defeat alerts hurt you more since it crushes your people morale after all the propaganda you fed them).
Pro Color Unity Variant:
The populace of the sphere has become confident that they are the leading region of the word. Their values and cultural should shine as a unified beacon to the rest of the planet. As such they have demanded their leaders show more unity and educate citizens that war between nations in this region is not acceptable.
Proposal: A regional cultural union shall be formed to ensure regional peace. Every country must agree to prevent internal conflict and strife. If you declare war on another nation on the same color you are automatically sanctioned and all trades between you and nations on that color are cancelled even if they are secret. -4 Happiness, -5% maximum soldiers and tanks (people draft dodge).
Random Color One:
Two schools of thought on international trade have recently engaged in publicity campaigns regarding their ideals on free trade versus controlled trade. After numerous debates and extensive coverage the people of the sphere demand action.
Proposal Option 1: The sphere embraces free trade. Same color trades are now worth +0.75 happiness (instead of one) but off color trades are now worth +0.33 happiness (instead of zero).
Proposal Option 2: The sphere embraces regulated trade. Same color trades are now worth +1.25 happiness (instead of one) but off color trades are now worth -0.33 happiness (instead of having no impact).
It might also be interesting to have some kind of happiness modifier attached to foreign aid as well. The Dark Templar for example are primarily black but we go off color as needed for trades. Obviously we would prefer to keep people on black for votes, but a couple guys off color won't really impact our ability to vote people in through signing agreements with other black team alliances to fundamentally appoint our senators. However we do extensive internal tech dealing. If say there was a proposal were could you get a happiness bonus from same color aid but there was a happiness penalty for off color aid it would provide an incentive to group people up. It would also provide conflict in the sense an all black alliance would want to pass that, whereas someone who has their tech sellers off color or just isn't centralized, would not want to pass that. I realize this goes beyond just senate mechanics, but I would like to encourage this because wars, trade, and aid are the only places color matters.
Regarding the pro war versus pro peace, the trick I see with them is balancing what. The fundamental idea I would see is a "neutral color" (sorry for the pun) where all the pro peace ones are passed because the overall benefit outweighs the occasional negatives you take when busting a rogue. Major spheres would also likely group up on a color and attempt to control it (I was told there are historical examples of this, although it was done more for ego than mechanics). On those colors they'd control whether the war or peace proposals were in place.
As an added thought here if you can't swap them out instantly it creates a mobilization people in a sense, like if you're planning on hitting someone you need to start swapping out a month in advance. It also creates a need for intelligence networks to make sure you don't get hit right after you've installed all the pro-peace proposals and now fight at a disadvantage. (Edit: Admin says these would expire every 30 days, so you couldn't swap them, however imagine your chagrin if your senate selected a pro-peace proposal and two days later someone's coalition showed up to stomp on you...)
Anyway on those spheres I don't think there would be much strife. However I think some color spheres would be more of a wild west type of environment where there wasn't wide spread unity on color politics and people would get angry when someone swapped out a proposal and killed their desired bonus, which could be good for the game. Also speaking of strike this brings me to my last proposal:
The Warmongers Taxing the Rest of the Sphere
Influential individuals throughout the sphere have sought to convince national leaders and their populace that a strong regional military is key.
Proposal: A regional military mutual aid agreement shall be signed. All nations -1% max effective tax rate. All nations engaged in a war -X% (not sure what a good number is) costs to purchase all military equipment except nuclear weapons.
Edited by Lorne, 09 July 2014 - 11:54 AM.