Lame duck is lame.
My fellow eBelgians,
I am running for CP again. Yes, I've ran a bunch of times and have never won, but I am TIRED of eBelgium being so damn boring! So as long as I can run and continue to advocate for important things, I will.
I posted this article last month, and am posting it again as MANY of the same things are still true today, if not more so...
If you want eBelgium to keep on going in the same direction which includes:
- Deficit crisis: We are spending much more money than we take in. In a few months time we will be bankrupt and all the higher skilled players will leave to go back where they came from. Leaving you with a squandered treasury and nothing to show for it.
- Police State: There are many laws on the books that can be used to silence non-conforming eBelgians and even strip them of their citizenship with a simple Congress vote. This would bar you from taking part in the community.
- Oligarchy: The ruling/deciding elite will continue to cast the "other" as a threat. They'll say you're not to be trusted and shut you out of the discussion.
If you don't want this anymore, this is what I offer:
I will scale back the supplies as it is just draining our treasury. Supplies should be simply for new players who want to fight but don't have a lot of skill. As a Member of Congress, I spear-headed the effort to limit Citizen Packs to players who are below level 30. There was just no good reason for highly-experienced players, such as BrunoCND, to be taking supplies when they should have the resources to supply themselves, or make due with supplies already given by the BNA budget.
eBelgian War Academy
I want to establish an eBelgian War Academy. This military academy will have different tracks (tiered):
General Infantry (GI) track will teach recruits the basics of warfare and tactics. Completion of this track will allow soldiers to be eligible for supplies (its easy, don't worry). But this will cut down on the waste of supplies.
Logistics track will teach organizational supply to participants. The goal is to learn best practices of army logistics. This track will be required for anyone wanting to be supply officers.
Special Operations track is classified. You'll know when you know
Leadership track is for those wanting to be high ranking officers and ultimately commanders. This track is meant to instill the core values of leadership and skills to increase esprit de corps.
Courses will be taught by highly experienced instructors.
My military overhaul will also include new awards and recognition. Awards will be created for merit, skill, and discipline. If the military is a vital aspect of this game, it needs to be more than clicking a button and filling up a bar.
We are on an unsustainable spending binge. Sure, we want to help out new players, but I know there are a lot of older players around here who have the means to help new people out. The state doesn't need to provide all of this. By donating weapons and foods to new players, we are short-changing them for the future when the bubble bursts.
We need to protect eBelgian company owners by evaluating our import taxes. We need a kick-start to our local economy and I would commission a Made in eBelgium working group to find ways to promote consumption of locally made goods which will inspire local entrepreneurs and increase our tax base.
Bottom line, we need to get serious all while ensuring one of the three key aspirations of most eRepublik players, Business Guru.
We need to be a little more open-minded when it comes to new ideas. Raise your hand if you're tired of writing something on the forum and then see a snotty remark by someone saying that "its useless" or "dumb"? Its almost like clockwork around here. Even when people make very good points, they get called "whiners".
Look, its very easy to say "no" to something (or not say anything at all), but it helps a whole lot more when you say why. This is why people leave. They can't handle the obstruction, and just give up or close down. This isn't good. This is how we stagnate.
My goal is to change this. I want to encourage people to use their heads and remember that there is another person, who took the time to write something (for eBelgium), and that they deserve a little respect. We should all have a common interest, FUN IN eBELGIUM.
So these are some of my ideas. I would be interested in doing an interview (looking at you Cooke4444) so that I could answer some specific questions.
So please consider voting for me on the 5th to get some new ideas rolling and some problems solved!
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