An interesting thing about war.......
Victories make your people love you more.
So lets say your Pa, and you (like most sane people ) dislike N.J.
In fact , you dislike them so much, you decide that the only fix is to bring your wisdom to them (WAR).
Now if you got belli against N.J. (Ha ! does anyone NOT have belli against N.J.
)your still likely to drop alittle in diplo rep and civ rep with the regions.
If you somehow dont have belli against N.J. (is that even possible ?
)your likely to drop bigtime in diplo rep and civ rep with the other regions.
Now here the kicker i mentioned earlier.Victories make your population love you more. This extra love is only temporary and will fade (damn fickle forgetful people).
BUT timed right, you can get an unheard of circa 90% of your populations vote.
For instance,totally defeating N.J. will be cheered thoroughly by your regions population,so much that it can temporarily give you a dar of circa 90+
(Of course who can blame them, destroying/bringing wisdom to N.J. would be a REALLY good thing !
Now time that victory to coincide with the vote,and combined with the larger population you just gained,the votes your competitors arent going to get from your region now, and the votes they are not going to get from N.J., and you can pull off an election victory based mostly on your own regions voting.
And all due to the good deed of removing N.J. from the world
As for social spending.To get the most out of it come election time,you need to max it out.Build a huge treasury so your prepared,than deficent spend like a democrat giving your population (for a whole 30 to 60 days or so) a socialist utopia (before you and they have to go back to the reality of things cost
Also research spending has an indirect influence on dar.Mostly thru gdp.So cutting it out can negaitvely affect your dar.
So as you'll hear alot about sr2010,you usually CAN win by more than one method.Try them all and use the one you want, when you want, as you want.
Just make sure your execution of the method is good,becuase mistakes will cost ya
Just ask N.J.