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You could use the 4 directions as a proxy for political axis (liberal - conservative but with 4 poles instead of just 2 -- its space, so clearly more complex).  Each senator has a particular direction or 2 that they are naturally aligned with.  Perhaps if they are on the wrong edge or edges of a debate at the end they get lopped off between rounds (they are defeated in the next election / recalled by their planet...).

You could have 2 or 3 rounds to each debate to simulate the debate moving from sub-committee to committee to full senate vote.  Each round ends after a certain number of cards played, then edge senators are checked to see if they get recalled.  Then you continue to the next round.

To stay true to that theme final scoring could simply be that each senator = 1 point, so most senators aligned with you win (before or after edge senators are checked for recall after last round?).
I've got a basic mode of interaction for Alien Senate, which is pretty interesting in theory. I just don't know what the endstate means. Here's a quick overview of how it plays, in a very basic sense. The idea is that you're deploying senators who are loyal to you.
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A recall mechanism would be interesting. I do something like that presently in REGIME, where a strong hand in one round suddenly becomes very precarious in the next round because of a political coup.
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How many pictures does it take to find a good one? My new profile pic took about 60 shots... thank god for digital.
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I was going to say that, but I thought better of it. :)
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