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Year Published
2012
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
16 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
(6 voters) [poll]
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Divided Republic
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The presidential election of 1860 was one of the most critical in the history of the United States. With civil war looming as a near inevitability, the challenge was to find a way forward after years of degenerating political discourse in the increasingly divided American electorate. In the end, after months of contentious campaigning between four (!) major parties and over a dozen smaller ones, the election was won by the Republican dark horse candidate, a little known Illinois politician named Abraham Lincoln who hadn't even been the first choice of his party's senior leadership.

Divided Republic is a card driven two to four player game representing the last calm before the storm that was to become the American Civil War. Players represent the four major parties (Constitutional Unionists, Northern Democrats, Republicans, and Southern Democrats) and attempt to win the presidency by defeating their opponents with dirty tricks, platform speeches, and the manipulation of key historical events. All the while, President Buchanan interferes, radicals riot, and the country continues the downward spiral toward civil war. If one party wins the election by achieving the necessary 152+ electoral votes, or wins in the case of an electoral tie thrown to the US Congress, history may well change. Nevertheless, there is always the chance that the population of South Carolina will finally explode into open rebellion and secede, ending the game, at which point everyone loses!

This is a light to medium weight game with intense player interaction, card-driven play, and a play time of about 2-3 hours depending upon how events proceed. There are even a few laughs along the way as the mudslinging between parties heats up. Literally anyone can win - it's not simply a cut and dry Republican victory. This is a different kind of US election game, a game where there are not two, but four parties, set in a period when candidates did not generally campaign for themselves, and run in an era when the Republicans were still liberals and the Democrats were the vanguard of traditional American conservatism.

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Components:

  • Rules
  • Game Board (22" x 29")
  • 5 Pawns (Blue, Green, Grey, Red, White)
  • 114 Card Campaign Deck
  • 35 Card State Reference Deck
  • 200 Small Cubes (50 each: Blue, Green, Grey, Red)
  • 80 Large Cubes (20 each: Blue, Green, Grey, Red)
  • 4 Six-Sided Dice (Blue, Green, Grey, Red)
  • 24 Locked Tokens (6 each: Blue, Green, Grey, Red)
  • 8 Stronghold Tokens (2 each: Blue, Green, Grey, Red)
  • 4 Governor's Endorsement Tokens (Brown)
  • 8 Senator's Endorsement Tokens (Yellow)
  • 4 Republican Ballot Tokens (Blue)
  • 4 Player Aids



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Divided Republic
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English first edition
Publisher: Numbskull Games
Artist: Alex Bagosy, Marco Primo, Patrick Stevens
Year: 2012
Product Code: 009
Size: 10.30 x 11.80 x 2.20 inches
3.60 pounds
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Release Date: Jul 2012
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2 Divided Republic Rules English
Divided Republic Rules in English
English
2015-08-28
7 Divided Republic Greek Rules
Greek translation of the rules of Divided Republic
Greek
2013-06-15
8 Divided Republic card manifest
Complete card manifest with text.
English
2012-09-05
4 Tuck Box - Both deck sizes
Cigarette style tuck box for both decks. Print twice to make 2 Campaign deck boxes to hold all cards.
English
2012-07-26
14 Reference Sheet
The rules pared down to 1 page. Updated to version 1a
English
2012-07-23
7 Southern Democratic QRS
This is the "raw" version of the Southern Democratic QRS. The final version will be included with the printed game.
English
2012-03-09
5 Republican QRS
This is the "raw" version of the Republican Party QRS for Divided Republic. The final version will be included with the printed game.
English
2012-03-09
4 Constitutional Unionist QRS
This is the "Raw" version of the Constitutional Unionist QRS, which will be included with the printed game.
English
2012-03-09
3 Northern Democrats - Quick Reference Sheet
QRF for the Northern Democrats. This is the "Raw" version of the final document, which will be included with the game.
English
2012-03-09
9 Divided Republic: Electoral Regions and Platform Speeches
A play aid/preview discussing each electoral region, the states it contains, the electoral votes held by each state, and the Party which historically won said state in the Election of 1860. In addition, contains a list of the Platform Speeches available in Divided Republic as well as their strongest and weakest regions in game.
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2011-08-10
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