ESO is an unaffiliated, centre-left party which at its root, wants the UK to progress and never stand still. A basic summary of our party would be that we as a community, believe that the main task of Government should be to assist new players in their early stages, through both guidance and financial support.
We will never join a political coalition, nor will we ever back another party's Presidential candidate in exchange for position or favours. We back Presidential candidates based on their individual merits: their plans, their history, their proven approach and their relative 'competence' compared with their competition. The party a candidate comes from has no weight in our decision.
In relation to how the party operates, power lies with those who are elected to run it, and the individuals who the Party President appoints to the in game roles that month. However, our Constitution binds the Party President to act in a timely, suitable and accountable manner at all times, or face a vote of no confidence from members. If you are interested in joining us, we also offer a completely open membership policy: any member is welcome to join and engage with the party.
Since it began over two years ago, ESO has been responsible for keeping many hundreds of players involved in eRepublik. However, we must acknowledge that in the past, we have got things wrong. We have had Party Presidents who bought votes, both for articles and in actual elections. We have had mistimed or delayed polls leading to our members choice for President not being selected in game: more than once!
However our mistakes have been overcome; we are righting the wrongs that people forgot we even did because they're so long ago. We are changing the way we work, the way we talk to each other; the very way the party itself functions. These changes are, of course, leading to a resurgence in ESO as of late: we are 20% bigger today, than we were at the start of my first term as Party President. However, the explosion in communication amongst our members is immeasurable. I have spoken to members more in the last few days, than most Party Presidents spoke to members at all during a term. As well as that, the way we now operate means that as a party, we are getting to know each other and generally just 'catch up' much more than any other party I have heard of, been in, or in my opinion, that exists.
Thus, to the many of you who still play eRepublik, still follow my newspaper, either from the UK or abroad, this is a simple message to you. The reason you joined ESO in the first place all that time ago, to make a difference - that has not gone away. People do not just decide to change their whole viewpoint. What did change, was ESO - we became disillusioned as a group with how the game is operated: both by those who own it, and those who play it. No more. The only way to improve eRepublik, is to engage with Plato, email suggestions, and be as vocal (whilst respecting the eRepublik laws, ofc) about the changes you want as possible. The only way to change a political arena, the 'day-to-day' of the UK political scene as it were, is to lead by example, and grow to a point where your message has not only a clear support-base, but is also the only logical reason for your parties rise in numbers.
ESO has been questioned by some: just how did we get such a high turnout? Our members are communicating daily. Not just myself or my HQ communicating with members via the feed or messages but individuals speaking to others. This daily occurence gives ESO a vitality, a certain je ne sais quoi about it. Our traditional stance of following what we believe is best for the UK, and doing our utmost to avoid the political dogfights as a group, is also paying dividends.
But of course, you already know this - so let me just once again re-emphasise. Our message is getting to new players. They see what we are doing, they like it, they are joining. Our message is the same: we want a better UK for Every Single One of its citizens, not just those who use IRC, not just those who are members of a certain Party or Military Unit, not just those who have lots of companies. Every. Single. One of its citizens.
So for the love of Diakun, please come home guys, we're missing you - we need you, and most importantly, you're missing out on ESO at its finest.
Lots of hole-related pun jokes,
jamesw and Kevin
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