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[Beta] Domestics: Onwards & Upwards!

Day 1,871, 13:59 by Betafoxtrot


Hello and welcome to the domestic side of my manifesto! If you missed it, you can see my announcement article by clicking here! As I said in that article, I have spent about half of my time within the eUnited Kingdom in the Ministry of Home Affairs so it’s fair to say that the domestic side of things is something I’m both experienced and interested in and that is doubly important.



So before I go straight in to my policies and what I’d like to accomplish and change during my term I think it’s fairly apt to talk first about the divide and the recent events seen on the forums over the last few days. Change is often a good thing. If you didn’t hear recently Kumnna (the person who owns the forums and is owner in #eUK) recently removed Dan Moir and Talon Karrde as admins both of which, in my opinion, were two of the best admins the forums have seen. I have to admire Kumnna’s decision; not only was he under no obligation to do this, he has also probably single handily healed the rift in party politics more than most people in the eUK has for a while despite not even playing eRepublik for a long time. I have to say, while I may not agree 100% with the decision, I am completely behind doing things that bring the community closer together and I think that the forums acts as the (almost) perfect catalyst for developing such a thing. There’s a reason every country has a forum after all, we’re just lucky enough to have someone pay for and maintain one!



So, on to what I’d like to accomplish.

During my time as Minister of Home Affairs I’ve probably been most known for my guides. As I hope everyone else is, I’m a big advocate for educating new players in order to get them to start up within eRepublik so that they stay around longer. In other words, education often leads to retention (though doesn’t create retention in itself). A couple of the projects that I have done during my tenures are The Library Project and the Guide To…s. If you click on both the links you’ll notice on both accounts an attempt to create an easy to browse “hub” of tutorials so that you can provide one link to a new player and they can easily find what they’re looking for, but perhaps more importantly I’ve made them so that they stay 100% within the game. There’s no other websites to need to go through and no accounts need to be created and it should appeal to anyone in the game, old or new. One of the things that didn’t happen that I’d have liked to have done is had it so the tutorial was everywhere, over every government article and at every opportunity.

Because of this, over the course of my month I’d like to see more guides jointly by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health in the style we’ve seen recently by Joshua Whelan and put into a format like The Library Project with an aim to get the link everywhere over as many articles as possible. Of course I hope to make it so that it appears on every government article but this only gets us so far. To add, I’d like to add a reward system for people who put the link in their own private articles with a prize of weapons, food or perhaps cash to people who include it and perhaps a referral prize too in some form where someone who is lead to the “hub” article via person x will say so and net them both some extra goodies. The “hub” article itself will not just include guides but will also have helpful information such as government papers, who the ministers are with links to their profiles and links to IRC, the forums and the NHS.



On the Ministry of Health, it’s seen a rocky time the last few months after the departure of Blue and Evil. It certainly takes a lot of time and effort to do and so I think it’s apt to spread the load over a couple of deputies who the Minister will manage alongside of supplying people in the NHS. While I respect the amount of work needed, I’d like the Ministry to also contribute to guides alongside the Ministry of Education so that some guides can be tailored towards the kind of people under their care. Generally the Ministry of Health has been getting on quite well and I have no qualms with the way it is run. I’d like to see some headway made towards starting a mentoring kind of program, but it depends on how hard these guys are already working.



Finally on the domestic front is the talking point of the month, the Ministry of Legislative Affairs. The last month has been a fresh new direction this month with an aim to make it so that things are more accessible for congress members not on the forums. While I still believe that the debates and proposals of congress should be hosted on the forums, I’m certainly all for making congressional matters more accessible in game for members of congress and the public too. Having everything ran in-game means there’s been a lack of transparency as the PMs have had to be split into two sections due to the fact we have more congressmen than can be added to a messaging list and also that means people not friends with the Minister cannot get involved. Something else that needs to be addressed is the way citizenship applications are handled. I think it’s safe to say that there are not really many people that actually know how it works, and that certainly should be cleared up. Finally I’d like there to be plenty of debates on policies across the board that all parties and all people can be involved in to see if we can’t come to some kind of conclusion of how the country can be ran.



Cabinet applications are now open for business! If you have any interest in any of the positions below, please message me in game or on the forums with what position you’d like, why you’d like it and any information you think is relevant to your application. Everyone is encouraged to apply, even if you don’t get the main job I’ll find somewhere for you on some level.

The positions available are;

Minister of Education
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Health
Minister of Finance
Minister of Legislative Affairs
Minister of Defence



Thanks for reading, my article of foreign affairs is out tomorrow!

Betafoxtrot
Presidential Candidate
 

Comments

Betafoxtrot
Betafoxtrot Day 1,871, 14:00

I do love me some Domestics \o/

Frerk
Frerk Day 1,871, 14:01

I do love me some Beta \o/

Anaxima
Anaxima Day 1,871, 14:08

Good luck beta.

BigAnt
BigAnt Day 1,871, 14:09

"no obligation to do this, he has also probably single handily healed the rift in party politics "

Kumnaa solved the crisis.... LOL

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,871, 14:10

TUP Puppet

Betafoxtrot
Betafoxtrot Day 1,871, 14:15

@BigAnt, I didn't say he solved it. If you read on 2 words you'd say the actual quote is "not only was he under no obligation to do this, he has also probably single handily healed the rift in party politics more than most people in the eUK has for a while".

Sexagenarian
Sexagenarian Day 1,871, 15:26

What has "Onwards & Upwards" to do with the article?

Nothing new here

Spygon
Spygon Day 1,871, 16:11

Wow some people are getting worried this early on?. So i guess this is the election battle we are going to see its a shame.

Ayame Crocodile
Ayame Crocodile Day 1,871, 16:44

Hmm Not so sure about making the MoH get involved with Guides and Mentoring tbh.

Having 130+ donations and spreadsheet inputs each day to do is already a fairly continous and sluggish task. Adding yet more work which is already being covered elsewhere (namely MoHA) seems a bit heavy, but if it can be managed good luck to whoever takes it on.

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,871, 19:53

Good luck Beta, have to say though with regards to the forum reforms...you can't really thank Kumnaa without also thanking Big Ant who's approach and discussions with Kumnaa were what triggered it all off.

Also, I don't know whether or not it is me because my bloody teenage son decided three hours sleep is more than enough for me...but your links to your previous guides doesn't appear to work.

Rawdon
Rawdon Day 1,872, 06:39

"TUP Puppet"

So because TUP have supported him, that makes him a puppet?

ESO are the ones staying out of your lot bullshit fight.

Puppie Master
Puppie Master Day 1,872, 12:04

voted

andersonespinoza
andersonespinoza Day 1,872, 13:40

V76

Orinocco
Orinocco Day 1,872, 14:09

voted

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,872, 15:58

Nothing to do with TUP support... He's been a TUP puppet a lot longer then the past few days...

Lily Jayne Summers
Lily Jayne Summers Day 1,873, 06:07

Supported!

IfIWereARichMan
IfIWereARichMan Day 1,873, 16:05

@ Dr Hugh. It's not lack of sleep. They don't work. They should be in blue if there is a hyperlink attached to them.

IfIWereARichMan
IfIWereARichMan Day 1,873, 16:13

Sorry, the one's you were talking about do work, the one's in the article don't.

 
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