There are few things that I am certain of in this game, but I am always certain of these things:
1) Canada will expel Poland from our lands, as usual.
2) The Government cannot do a damn thing to fix the economy
3) Plato wants your money
Those are the things that are assured and are not to be campaigned on. There is no difference between Rylde, Foxfire, or I in these areas. We will do whatever it takes to kick out Poland. We will do whatever we can to keep our military funded to the best of our abilities. The main thing that I can change and campaign on, is foreign affairs.
Rylde advocates for us to either go to Asgard or re-join EDEN when given the option. Foxfire also enjoys the safety of a pro-EDEN stance. Yet, we are at a crossroads in our country. We can easily be complacent and do the same things we have been, and support the same allies as we have been for the past 3+ years.
If I chose that path, then there would not be much difference between any of the candidates. However, I am willing to step out on a limb. I am willing to put everything on the line.
I am willing to offer you a true choice.
I am offering you change.
Recently, in the past few days, I released a poll to you, the Canadian Public. The results of the poll did not surprise me, although I thought they would be slightly different. The people in large part support EDEN over its opposition. They would, in fact, rather do whatever the USA does than join the forces that oppose EDEN, albeit by a slim margin. Of all Canadians, 76% of them preferred brotherhood over pure strategy. In spite of our current situation, 63% of Canadians would rather have our friends, than our regions. The reason people voted in this way could be varied. People may actually value the friendship over strategy, they could feel an emotional attachment to EDEN or other items listed in my poll. It could be the wording of the poll in general.
This was, as stated, merely a public opinion poll so I could get your stance. I value public opinion and I like to know what the people like or want. Yet, it is not the job of the Executive to follow popular opinion or traditional ways for the sake of tradition. The job of the CP is to make tough decisions. They are not always the most popular decisions. When it is necessary, I have to make those tough decisions, regardless of public opinion.
Now, I prefer strategy, by and large, over brotherhood. Why? Because this is a game and I intend for Canada to succeed as much as it can. Friends are lost and gained. Allegiances change with time. At one point, France invaded Canada and occupied much of it. Russia systematically demolished the USA at one point in time. Yet, Russia is a good friend of the United States and Canada has a great partnership with France. But, brotherhood does not amount to everything and allies change with circumstance.
This is a game of math and strategy. Simple as that. If you don’t have the numbers behind you or the backing to achieve those numbers, you will likely lose. I believe in Canada and the ability of its people. We could easily enter an age of restoration in the influence of Canada. However, strategy is needed to do so. Friends can be found just about anywhere, but strategy is black and white. Strategy is win or lose.
I intend to win.
For you see, a month ago, or even a couple weeks ago, things still looked good for EDEN. Turkey wasn’t causing as many problems, nations still had their regions and congresses, and all was happy in the Paradise of EDEN. It was during this time that I planned on pursuing EDEN. It was the most strategically viable option at the time. I NE’d Spain to support our allies in EDEN and strengthen that bond. But now, things have changed.
The forces that oppose EDEN, or that simply want regions, have dealt a blow to the Brotherhood. The branches of EDEN are being severed one by one. Romania reclaimed some regions but they have lost them and are on the verge of another wipe. While that is happening, Serbia is beating Croatia, Croatia is also engaged in a virtual stalemate with Indonesia, Italy has been beaten back, Belarus saw the problems EDEN has and left EDEN, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been wiped, Ukraine has been wiped, and Portugal is still conquered. These are days of internal and external strife. I do not want to throw Canada into the pits and immediately hop into EDEN.
Seeing as this is a game of numbers and strategy, the math just doesn’t add up for EDEN. EDEN, according to eGov, is listed as having a total battle influence of, 35,483,418,210. Its opposition, ex-ONE, CoT and Spoland have a combined damage total of 47,414,596,190. Not even with the USA on EDEN’s side would this completely balance out. Brazil, with the collapse of CTRL could easily join its newfound friends in Spoland. From a geo-political standpoint, we are also in an unfavorable position when thrusted into EDEN. The allies that share borders are Ireland and Portugal. Portugal, for that matter, may not be on the map again for quite sometime. We are bordered now by three superpowers. There is the hostile Spain and Poland, and there is the USA, with whom we hold little to no favor. From this standpoint, EDEN also puts Canada at a relatively large dis-advantage.
For the above reasons, I am placing a hold on any efforts to join EDEN as we evaluate our situation, for the time being.
Of course, we will continue to support our allies in EDEN to the furthest extent of our ability, but I have other plans for our future. Though, as Cleon said in his speech to the Athenians during the Peloponnesian Wars, “The two things most opposed to good counsel are haste and passion; haste usually goes hand in hand with folly, passion with coarseness and narrowness of mind.” We cannot hastily join an alliance just because we feel that we need protection. We cannot join an alliance out of passion for our friends, because then we encounter the folly of disregarding strategy. We must have calm deliberation without haste or passion. We must wait to see how the current events unfold before us. EDEN could rise up, or EDEN could fall. With Spoland and Brazil voting to leave, CTRL is officially dead. The USA could now experiment with another alliance. The coalition of forces that have put down EDEN could come apart and subsequently fall. Those that oppose EDEN could control them for one week or six months and vice versa.
There are a lot of variables when it comes to joining an alliance, right now. We could just as easily dive into a cool and comfortable pool as we could jump, unknowingly, into a pit of fire. We must proceed with caution and analyze the situation and events as they occur.
Now, while other nations have dropped off or gone their separate ways, Canada has been attached to EDEN for over three years. However, The time may soon come when we may need to leave the friends that we have garnered over those years. In the case of leaving, it would be hard. It would not be an easy task, and I do not take such decisions lightly. However, I will have the courage to make whatever choice is necessary.
All options are on the table, and, while some are definitely preferable to others, they are all still there. However, with all of this said, there is one option that I currently favor over all of the rest.
That option, is the Circle of Trust.
So why the Circle of Trust? CoT was founded by Bulgaria (A Former EDEN ally) and Chile (A Former TERRA ally). It is a smaller alliance that, while largely opposed to EDEN, may not pit us against our regional allies, if we so chose not to attack. The alliance is spread out across the world and is not Balkan or even European-centric. CoT can offer protection from any enemies while also allowing support for any possible aggressive campaigns.
Spoland is also another factor in this decision. They are a constant threat looming large over all of our dealings. The Circle of Trust alliance is neutral toward Spoland militarily, but has good relations with them. This ensures that Spoland would not attack us, and we would likely not attack them. Yet, while they are fairly neutral towards Spoland, we would not be required to hold MPPs with them or any of the Balkan nations, like Serbia and Hungary, that we have learned and loved to despise over the years. In fact, if we allied with CoT, we could likely still keep other MPP’s like Sweden, and Finland.
I know that many of you will have questions about my position, how it would work, and plenty of other things. I run an open and transparent gov’t and I will be glad to answer any and all of your questions.
Canada doesn’t need complacency. We need ambition and change. I intend for this game to be fun and I intend for Canada to succeed.
To lead us to success, I plan on applying for admission, as a trial member, to CoT.
For one month, Canada would be a trial member. Then the issue of full membership would be subject to a vote of either Congress, or the citizenry of Canada. If we choose not to become a full member, than our trial membership would be terminated. At this point, Canada could go back to the same thing it has been doing for the past three years, which is supporting EDEN.
I am a man of strategy. I want to see Canada succeed. I want to see the True North strong and free. I believe in Canada, and so should you. Canada will rise from its current position to become a force to be reckoned with. I will make the necessary decisions to accomplish that goal and I will steer clear from any choices that compromise that objective.
So, do you want to win or lose? Do you want to keep doing the same old thing, month in and month out? Do you want the comfortable complacency that we Canadians have come to know and love?
Or, do we yearn for success? Do we have a drive to win? An urge for glory?
If so, unlike the other candidates, I am offering you a change. I offer a path to success.
There are only two kinds of days. There are big days, and there are small days. Most of our days are small days. Let November 5th be a big day. Take a bold step in the right direction for Canada. Make Canada Great. Make Canada Glorious. Make Canada Succeed.
I am ElPatoDiablo, and I offer a new path. I offer a New Dawn for Canada.
On November 5th, vote ElPatoDiablo. Vote to make Canada great, once more.
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