I think a Rock Star-type spinoff focusing on politics could be really cool. Gameplay could alternate between election seasons and non-. Instead of friends/band members you would have senior campaign staff, maybe interest groups. Competing periodically for elections would add a cool dynamic. The Kudos jobs system could be expanded to allow the player to try to run for higher offices (or go back to a safer office after a big loss). The money management aspect of Kudos games would work well for a political game. It would obviously focus more on gameplay than being a ‘hard sim,’ but I think it could still be a lot of fun.
Events would probably play a much larger role, particularly office-driven events. A lowly local official may have the occasional controversy to deal with, but the president or a senator might have some dramatic events. The events system would probably need the most expansion of any Kudos game mechanic. If a modified Diplomacy 2 policy system applied while in office with effects on your Kudos-esque politician, we might have a candidate for best indie game ever
What do others think? I think another Kudos spinoff, with more new gameplay enhancements and more content out of the box (or at least a flexible and documented mod system to allow new content later) could be a huge success.