Welcome to Secret Hitler in Kanium!
Secret Hitler sees players divided into two teams: the liberals and the fascists, the latter also including the Hitler role. The identity of Hitler is known to all other fascists, while the identities of the fascists are unknown to Hitler in games with at least seven players. The role distribution depends on the number of players in a game session:
|# of players||# of liberals||# of fascists|
|5||3||1 + Hitler|
|7||2 + Hitler|
|9||3 + Hitler|
At the start of each round, the player to the left of the previous President becomes the new president (the first president is chosen randomly). The President nominates a Chancellor-candidate, and every player, including the proposed government, votes either “Ja!” (yes) or “Nein!” (no) to the proposal. If more than half of the players vote for the Chancellor-candidate, the player is granted the office. If successful, following the election, the President blindly draws three policy cards, each of which could be liberal or fascist, of which two are handed to the Chancellor, who in turn selects which of these will be passed and enacted.
If the Chancellor election is unsuccessful, the Election Tracker is counted up by one and the round ends immediately, passing on the Presidential role for a new election. Once three elections have failed in a row, the policy on top of the draw pile is enacted without oversight by the present President or Chancellor, and the Election Tracker is reset. The Election Tracker is also reset if a Chancellor is elected.
While enacting a liberal policy will have no direct effect on the game, passing a fascist law may grant the President the possibility to investigate a player’s party membership, check the three top cards of the deck, assassinate a player, or choose the next round’s President.
The game ends when either five liberal policies or six fascist policies have been enacted, with the respective party winning the game. Additionally, after three fascist laws have been passed, the liberals can also win the game if Hitler is assassinated, while the fascists win if Hitler is elected Chancellor.