Joke Maneuvering

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Joke Maneuvering is a Talossa political ploy, in which a political party is registered in order to take advantage of a humorous joking vote for Cosa. It first occurred in 1992/XIII when Dan Lorentz and Josh Macht registered the Mickey Mouse Movement after a citizen voted (mockingly) for Mickey Mouse, the popular Disney icon.

Later, King Ben registered the None Party for the same purpose. In this case, the action was seen as further aggravating to the very tense political situation at the time. This is because the voter who had voted "None" on the ballot had done so in explicit protest against King Ben and his tactics, so for Ben to claim the vote by registering the "None Party" was considered by most on both sides of the dispute to be akin to pouring oil on a grease-fire, and the action contributed to the reasons behind schism that founded the Republic of Talossa.

This tactic has fell out of favor with the establishment of the Real Cosa (in which a single vote, joking or not, was unlikely to grant a seat), and has remained in disuse during subsequent 200-seat Cosas thanks to the establishment of a registration fee for national parties, which has made it prohibitively expensive.