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The sad truth about our political system is that it's not always about the issues. Operatives are individuals who can have a major impact on the course of the campaign and by extension, the results of the election.
- Operatives per se can be hired at any time with political capital. The cost increases with every subsequent hire. Three types of operatives exist to hinder your opponent, while six are there to provide major bonuses to your own side.
- Activists appear at random as political opportunities. You can spot an Activist on the map by the large question mark that will pop up in the state they're in. The first candidate to reach the Activist will be the one that recruits them.
- Politicians have to be careful, though. If the question mark is yellow, that means that the activist may either be looking to help or ruin their campaign. If that candidate has an appropriate Headquarters in the state, the Activist's true colors will be shown (green for good, red for harmful), helping to ease the risk.
|Fixer||Rumors have surfaced that the Fixer has pledged support. The Fixer has been known to use his own brand of 'constructive persuasion' on individuals who act out against his political friends. Let's hope a candidate can keep this powerful new compadre out of trouble.||Eliminates one of opponent's political operatives. Disappears upon use.||Opponent's operatives|
|Cheerleader||Give me a P. Give me a R. Give me an E S I D E N T! What does that spell?! a candidate! A cheerful and - probably not coincidentally - very attractive helper has joined the team of a candidate. Experts predict the Cheerleader will double awareness in any given target state gained through Ads, Visits, or Campaigning.||Doubles all Awareness gains in target state.||State|
|Smear Merchant||The Smear Merchant is fast on the draw with well-timed quips and chuckles. By joining the a candidate Election Campaign, the Smear Merchant will attack their opponent with humorous books and writings, each filled to the brim with cutting remarks, decreasing the opponent's ratings by 15%%.||Decreases Opponent Issue Rating in target target state.||State|
|Spin Doctor||Always capable of finding the good in a situation, even the really gross and naughty ones, the Spin Doctor will polish a candidate's reputation as a candidate. Whichever target state the Spin Doctor resides in will see a ratings boost of 15%%.||Increases your issue Ratings by % in target target state.||State|
|Intimidator||The Intimidator will knock down campaign signs, put pressure on stations, and lower awareness and keep people away from the polls using a variety of underhanded techniques. He'll also use overhanded techniques when necessary.||Lowers opponent awareness by a set percentage per week in target state.||State|