I got this game mainly because I liked the election theme (introduced with Die Macher) and wanted a more accessible election themed game. It seems to be more luck based than I would like, but I need a few more plays to see what strategies can be developed.
The revised edition did not live up to my expectations, but I still rate it high because of the series and the special place it holds in my memories. It is still a good game and makes me revisit strategies from the original edition. The Caucasus industrial complex and Sahara desert provide interesting challenges.