I was thinking about planning a year long American Government unit using Civilization IV. I was planning on doing this with a group of 20 Fourth or Fifth Graders. Here is how I planned the breakdown of the students and the responsibilites of those positions. I realize that some things have been simplified and may not match exactly what their actual function is but that is necessary at least a little. All positions are held by one student unless otherwise noted. I would welcome any suggestions as to modifications of the duties as it would relate to the game.
Meets with cabinent to hear their suggestions, suggests things to congress. Controls all military units (must ask congress to declare war on another nation though.) Signs/denies any "law" passed by congress.
Secretary of State - Advise President on all matters related to diplomacy. Suggest buildings to be constructed relating to spy rate (courthouse, jail, etc.) Controls which foreign civilizations are target of spys. Can suggest increased spy rate.
Secretary of Defense - Advise President on all matters related to military. Suggest buildings to be constructed relating to military or defense (barracks, walls, etc.) Can suggest construction of military units.
Secretary of Education - Advise President on all matters related to education. Suggest buildings to be constructed relating to education (library, university, etc.) Controls selection of research.
Secretary of Interior - Advise President on all matters related to production. Controls constuction in all cities.
(Three Students) Controls Civics. Will listen to arguments by public appointed "lawyers" to suggest new civics once available. Can overturn any "law" approved by Congress and signed by the President
(Three students) Must approve treaties. Votes on proposed laws. (Proposed laws can be a required building in every city (school, library, etc.) No use of certain units, ect.)
(Five students) Controls all sliders (money, spy, culture, etc.). Votes on proposed laws.
(Four students) Meet with any office to suggest things. Elects "lawyers" to argue or suggest new civics to Supreme Court. Controls all workers and settlers (discusses plan for new cities, improvements built, etc.)
The plan is to have elected offices change every Quarter except for Supreme Court will will retain their position unless they voluntarily "retire."
First, I plan to split the class into two to represent the parties. They will each suggest a candidate for president then we will have an election.
Once a president is selected each "party" will suggest three Senate and four House candidates. One from each party will pair up and have an election between each pair.
Once Congress is elected the President will interview candidates for their Cabinet and Supreme Court. Selected candidates will then be interviewed by the three Senators and then confirmed/denied. This continues until cabinet and three SC Justices confirmed.
As I said this is my plan so please let me know what you guys think and if there are any game mechanics that I forgot and what position they should be assigned to.
Thanks so much!