So, my campaign is now official! I now have the backing of my party ESO. (Much love to you guys!) Every bit of support is appreciated. It's also much more important than you'd think - I won't get anywhere without your help.
A Backwards Campaign? Yes Please!
I'm going to be running this campaign in complete reverse. We'll start with the choosing of the cabinet and build the platform along the way, releasing it 24 hours before elections are due to begin.
This way, you know what you're voting for. You know who you're voting in to cabinet positions. You have the maximum opportunity to get involved. More importantly, it's not just a boring series of 'I promise to do this and here is my cabinet'.
I encourage everybody, regardless of party, to get involved and make our platform a true reflection of public opinion & interests.
I've been requested to make a brief statement on who I am, so here it is.
I am the madgod! Though in reality, I'm just an everyman like the average reader of my articles. I log in each day, do my things, hang out on IRC every now and then and generally have fun. My experience in government admittedly isn't great, I've only really held MoHA positions in the past and an ambassador position in the MoFA.
So why did I choose to run? I don't think CP is all that it's made to be. Sure, you need to be very active, knowledgeable in game mechanics and all that rubbish, but I can tick those boxes. The core of the job is pressing a few buttons, everything else is your imagination. This sandbox approach to the game is why I think it's great.
I'm now ready to step up and take the challenge of running for CP. Even if I lose at the end of it all, I'll have made a strong effort and we can all safely say we made it a damn fun election.
Ideologies for This Campaign
Being a member of ESO, I'm going to have ESO ideologies. What do I mean by this? Simple: Everybody gets a chance no matter who you are. I won't be inviting anybody to my cabinet - you have to apply first, no positions are pre-filled before opening applications and if you're right for the job, I'll show no bias for any characteristic.
Do you have the ability to achieve results? Welcome aboard.
You'll find more on this in the cabinet section.
Want to be in cabinet? Join me in my court!
Your might have seen in my last article some starting points for an official platform.
I need your help to create this platform! Let's build it together. Tell me either by comments or in-game messaging, what would you like to see? Did you like/dislike the ideas in my previous article? Is there anything on your mind that needs to be discussed?
A president is merely a voice of the people, a collective of ideas, a figurehead for public opinion. I intend to be just that.
Tell me what you'd like to see in our platform and we'll make it happen together. Together we'll build this election campaign. Together we can create progress.
As I mentioned earlier, everybody is equal in my eyes whether they experienced or not. I care little for your name, whether you're a well-known 'oldfag' or you joined last month. I want those who can do the job, and are able to do it well.
No positions are filled yet and nobody has or will be invited to my cabinet. Everybody will start from the same position and be judged equally right the way through the process. The final cabinet will be released within three days, so you know exactly who and what you're voting for.
I'm looking for three main things:
-Somebody who can adapt. The platform is a work-in-progess, and so I cant guarantee exactly what I want from you yet. You need to be flexible to meet the requirements.
-A team-player. What nobody wants is people who are difficult or awkward, or are unable to work within a team. Our cabinet will be a united front, facing up together to the challenges we'll be against.
-Active. To put it simply, you can't do a good job if you're not here to do it.
The rest is probably self explanatory! Below you'll find the openings and how the cabinet will likely work.
I'm generally seeking two 'Vice Presidents'. The first will be somebody who can be online at hours I'm unable to be in order to attend meetings (9am - 6pm, 12am - 8am UK time), handle administrative things etc. This will be a primarily external-focused role; focusing on the workings outside of government.
The second will be somebody online at similar times and will be charged with the internal workings of government. Keeping cabinet active, resolving cabinet issues, answering to the people and generally helping me out.
Minister of Home Affairs
The exact requirements of this department will become clearer as we decide our policy. For now, I can at least tell you we'll have a MoHA! I'll provide more information as it becomes available.
Ministry of Education
Tasked with educating the young citizens of the eUK. I ideally want to reform this department to be more hands-on and am looking for somebody who can do that. Getting in to direct contact with new people and communicating with them that way is the preferred way in my cabinet. Publishing articles and shouting a link a couple of times just isn't reaching the target audience.
Minister of Health
Somebody willing to put in work to help our nation's young is enough. Supplying food and organising your team are the two key things needed for this role. Other than this, the MoH will have the executive decision in this department and there will be no cabinet interference outside of the MoH. It will basically be running completely independent of government. My ideal choice of action? Scrap the MoH and make the NHS officially fully independent with the community deciding a code of practice.
Minister of Culture
I require two of these.
-One for setting up events and using creative thinking to make the eUK that little bit more fun.
-One for community building, encouraging forum/IRC use and communicating with as many citizens as possible.
This is a new department for those who enjoy the 'less serious' side of the game.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
-Minister: The duties are relatively self-explanatory and I most likely won't be changing how this department works.
-Ambassadors: I intend to increase the size of the ambassador program. This is a good entry point to government.
Minister of Finance
It's only fair that the person charged with controlling our money is chosen by the people. I encourage people to put their name forward so the people can choose their favourite candidate before election time comes. The MoF will have complete control over his/her department and how it operates.
Ministry of Defence
Again, it's unlikely this will change from previous governments. As long as the usual supplying and communicating orders is done, the rest on how this department is run is completely up to the MoD(s).
All positions will have deputies, departments such as MoH, MoE & MoFA will also have additional staff to meet the needs of each department. These positions are just as important and are a great way to enter government.
Minister of Legislative Affairs
This position is a maybe. There's been calls to bring back legislation for those who want it, though we need a way to make it better for those who don't to be willingly excluded so you need to be able to solve this problem.
Do you want to see legislation brought back? Are you strongly against it? Voice your opinions!
If you want to apply for a position, message me in-game or catch me on IRC and I'll talk with you about your chosen position. This is the best way to choose cabinet ministers.
Requiring the filling in of an online form and choosing people from it based on name is a terrible way to choose a cabinet, I'll be talking with all candidates directly to see what they can offer and what ideas they can bring to the role.
Thanks for Reading!
In the next article, we'll be discussing the chosen cabinet and the progress so far in building our platform.
I appreciate greatly all of the support I've received so far!
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