Are we witnessing a game of backgammon?
CANDIDATES - Backgammon playing pieces are known variously as checkers, stones, men, counters, pawns, or chips.
PLACES WITH SPECIAL PROPERTOES (Tunisia, the island etc..) - Each side of the board has a track of 12 long triangles, called points. The points are considered to be connected across one edge of the board
NUMBERS (assigned to candidates) - When backgammon is played for money, the most common arrangement is to assign a monetary value to each point, and to play to a certain score, or until either player chooses to stop.
JACOB assigning fake numbers to CANDIDATES & DESMOND being blasted by electromagnetism - Numerous cheating methods have been used in backgammon. In over the board games, these include moving the checker the wrong number of spaces; using magnetic, shaved, or weight-loaded dice.
I can go on.