@blotunga, thanks for the analysis.
But I would prefer to shoot the known Fascist Joe.
*sigh* There is a meta-reason I don't want to execute Joe. Of all people here, he hasn't uttered once a complaint about this game and has been very involved in it. Even when odds stacked against him. He gave deep analysis, posted a lot.
I'll feel like a heel for kicking out someone who's enjoying the game.
Then again, I can't not do what's best for us to win because of such a thing.
Before I make a decision, can you do two things:
1) Given that Pooka is proven non-Hitler scum (or if by chance you still have doubts about it, assume it's true), what do you think of his investigation of blotunga?
He went with the consensus on whom to investigate, though the consensus wasn't strong and he did have wiggle room without arising suspicions. So what do you think a scum given the game state at the time do in his situation?
(an idea struck me: His investigation was done to check whom to go next with. If he has hidden the last L, he might have investigated and "cleared" a liberal so that the liberal goes to government and is stuck with FFF; without realizing that by the time blotunga does it, the cards would be reset. Very weak argument though...)
2) Do you think Joe is Hitler? You know he's fascist, but given the way he played all along, do you think he's H? I need you to be honest with yourself here.
Now, I've thought a bit: could Lift be the fascist? Or more specifically, would Lift fascist pass the 4th F?
And I've reached the conclusion that: Yes, it's possible.
Let's assume for the sake of argument Lift is fascist. Putting myself in his shoes when he received FL from me.
First of all, he doesn't know I discarded a second L. In fact he has more reason to believe that if I did get LLF, I'd play it safe and give him LL. So he has reason to think there are still two Ls left in play.
"So", he reasons, "If I pass the F, Joe gets confirmed and the next two governments are Joe's and ZFR's for their win. Plus, ZFR gets execution powers and he might hit Hitler. I'm going to risk it and pass the 4th L; discredit Joe and play it so ZFR chooses a fellow fascist as a chancellor."
Would a newbie fascist player in that situation do it? No. He'd never risk passing a 4th L. But scum!Lift has good experience and definitely has the intelligence and foresight to pull this off.
So, yes, scum!Lift could still pass the 4th L when tested.
Two things don't fit
1) Joe's reaction. I'll admit I might have still suspected Lift even after passing the 4th L, but Joe's reaction pre-government, his inexplicable 180 degrees turn, really struck me as a fascist who realized he's in deep crap and was doing his best to prevent the government. I just don't see lib!Joe doing it. Lib!Joe would have known it's a good plan and went along with it.
2) Pooka's subsequent reveal as fascist bring's me back to my theorem. There is no way, barring a blunder on his part, that fascist!Pooka who knew that as President who's going to pass a fascist policy, is going to select a fellow fascist as his chancellor and tarnish him further.
So, Joe. The above is so you see I do try and consider all options. I don't take it for granted that you're fascist. But with all the above in mind, I just don't see Lift being anything but liberal.