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[Save eUSA] Raise Right Men

Day 2,154, 12:25 Published in USA USA by Gnilraps

Raised Right Men (Mandatory listening)
Day 2154 of the New World
13 October, 2013


Prelude:
If you are a cynic about this game because you've seen the better days and preferred them or because you've grown tired of Plato and his bloodsucking antics or because you've burned yourself out on too much newb hand-holding or just because you are a damned cynic about everything... please go write your own article about how crappy everything is and leave your (justifiable) cynicism out of my thread. Just this once. If you do, I promise I'll write a really controversial article next time where you can splatter my comments with your incessant contrariety. But this article is for hope... even it it's blind love.


To wit:

I know what would save eUSA.

And it is absolutely not going to be easy.

And almost nobody is going to like what it's going to take.

And as many times as we've needed this, as many times as it's been called for... it's never really materialized.

But it's the only thing that going to work.

(I feel a little bit silly even writing this, but because it would actually succeed if attempted on a large scale... why not just try.)

So stick with me here.

What eUSA needs is a legitimate baby boom.


Facts:

eUSA had 759 citizens who clicked the fight button at least once on day 2153.
eSerbia had 3,456 citizens who clicked the fight button on day 2153.

I probably do not need to spend too much more time than just that right there in convincing you.

But what the heck, here are a few more numbers:

eHungary, a nation with about 800 fewer citizens than eUSA, had 1,495 citizens who clicked the fight button on day 2153.
eGreece, a nation with 1300 fewer citizens that eUSA, had 1,519 who clicked the fight button on day 2153.

Now I realize that this is far less than a comprehensive analysis icluding every eCountry and over several days, but I picked the countries to compare eUSA against for obvious reasons, and I just picked yesterday as a random sample.

(For an excellent statistical analysis of the problem, see Jack Lantos' fine article.)

Now consider those statistics against the grim reality that eUSA is TWO's most powerful enemy.


What does this mean?

Well for starters, it means that insofar as day 2153 is typical, the only solution for a non-baby-boomed eUSA would be the formation of alliances with current members of TWO. (So if you are considering to run for PoTUS in the near future, you damned well better have a foreign affairs plan which is going to create some attractions between our current allies and some of our current enemies. Otherwise you are just babysitting.)

It means that none of the following hot-topic debates can offer a solution to our problem:

Work Tax
Public v. Private MU's
SCI spending
USAF Supply Policy
Top 5 Party Politics
ATO Operations
Plato and his Rollicking Circus of Missions

It's all just so much mental masturbation... none of it can conceive (:P) a plan for victory.

But a Baby Boom would certainly help.


What's a Baby Boom?

Cynics always accurately point out that many population booms as well as much of the Serbian gaming activity is bot farms and multis. Fine. It sucks.

But it is possible to increase a population with real people.

That's what a Baby Boom is. It's an insurgence of new players - an injection of life and energy and citizens and tax payers and MU members and fighters and voters and hope for the future of our eNation.

Without a Baby Boom, we're not much better off than ePeru.


Here's what it would take:

If you play this game and have any RL friends who also occasionally enjoy a random online gaming experience, you should be inviting them to play.

Consider starting an eRepublik gamers club at your high school or college. I know it feels a bit weird at first, but once a dozen people start showing up, it won't feel so weird. I've seen too many photo albums of RL eRep meetups... it's actually fun to talk about this game IRL, then play it with those same people you know or have met.

Use your facebook (and other social media) accounts. Raise up some new players. eRep gives you "badges" to post in your feed. Just try to post them in conjunction with a request to join as an eUSA Citizen.

Recruit from other gaming environments. It's likely you play other games, see what you can do.

If new players will not come to eUSA, we will not eSucceed.


Ancillary benefits

It should go without saying that you benefit by receiving Gold as a referrer for your new eFriends.


But most importantly, you have a chance to "raise right men". With someone referred to this game by you, you have every chance to guide him in avoiding mistakes (like fighting too much too soon, spending gold without an upgrade, joining the AFA, or accepting that knee-jerk friend request from RGR.)

Raised right men join a good MU, build strength, vote in elections, write newspapers, and make it into congress within three months of joining this game.

Raised Right Men = win for eUSA.


Am I Nuts?

Yes. I am nuts.

But I still play this game every day as my diversion from RL pressure. I sure wouldn't mind playing it in an eUSA populated with enough players to make us competitive on the international battlefield.

I'm going to try to attract at least 5 new players to this game.

Will you?

You may now return to your regularly scheduled clicking

 

Comments

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 2,154, 12:26

Protip - I have made over 500 Gold on referrals in this game.

Now get to work.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 2,154, 12:33

So have I, but the issue is KEEPING them. Unless they're willing to spend cash for gold, the incentives are few for new players.

Edelmann
Edelmann Day 2,154, 12:37

True. The best advice you can give to new players is not fighting and spending RL cash to upgrade their TGs - I find it hard to tell people to throw money at a bunch of Romanians just for clicking on "train" once a day.

Simulare
Simulare Day 2,155, 06:58

Earning gold isn't really enough. The time investment necessary to accrue 500G is likely more than the majority of new players are willing to suffer. And, that's the problem. Playing eRep is tantamount to suffering. So much drama for such little reward.

How many citizens have heard the letters RGR, AFA PTO ATO once too often and just say FTS? I moved to a different country just to get away from it. I came to the conclusion long ago that I didn't care who "ruled" the eUS because no eRep player can possibly represent me. Nothing personal to the elected masses, but I wouldn't trust most of them to cut my lawn.

It seems clear to me that the people who are most concerned with the attrition rate in eRep are people who are themselves invested in either cash, time, or status. It doesn't take long to figure that out. New players realize that they are fodder for elections and little more.

I hope isn't mistaken as cynicism as that is not my intention.

Paul Tale
Paul Tale Day 2,155, 11:27

This is a good idea although the tax issue can increase the number of people wanting to immigrate to America because Congress have made THE WORST DECISION EVER giving people the current work tax.

Xthream
Xthream Day 2,154, 12:29

subpole

DylanBAS
DylanBAS Day 2,154, 12:38

invited a new player recently. My job is done.

Ronald Gipper Reagan
Ronald Gipper Reagan Day 2,154, 12:41

lol have to mention me in most of your articles, xd, sad sad.

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 2,154, 12:43

I know. Seems like you are far too boring to merit such attention.

Go figure.

flo rida20
flo rida20 Day 2,154, 13:02

v&s

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 13:14

The population of eRep is in decline: http://i40.tinypic.com/ph21.png

When the population drops to a certain threshold, admins will have to make a choice

(a) Make the game better
(b) Shut the game down

In my opinion (b) is much more likely.

Suppose we go ahead with your plan Gnilraps. Everyone exerts great effort to recruit and retain new players. Wonderful; that would make us win more in the long run. Not so much in the short run since this is a game of building up strength.

But if you have to convince people by an article to exert this extra effort, it means it is too costly to sustain for long periods. People will start not exerting effort once they burn out. In effect, you will have made more players play and pay money to the game, which will postpone the admin's decision moment a little bit more, but in the global scale not make much of a dent.

I personally would not want any of my friends to throw their money at a dying game. But I would love it if you really caused a babyboom, since it costs me nothing.

Good luck.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 15:12

Many similar articles have been written in the past; the only thing that is novel to this article by Gnilraps is that you have shown your true anti-eAmerican colors.

If you have not left the eAmerican Economic Council by now Kemal you should out of sheer motivated self interest at this juncture in your eRep advancement. It seems there is nothing able to convince you of the importance of social morality within this meta-oriented game.

Time to thank eAmerica for sheltering your INCI cause when you were excommunicated long ago and looked to the eUS for Shelter from those who instigated your initial departure from the sandy swamp of Asia Minor.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 16:31

What is anti-American in my statement, my dear butt-hurt troll?

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 17:05

The sarcasm of course my dear tree-murdering son of the desert.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 17:09

You are high, I guess.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 17:19

Don't forget Mighty. I earned my citizenship with a pair of footprints not an oath. As such I will always smile at the progress of an immigrant such as yourself.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 17:23

So you claim superiority due to your birthplace? You really are more pathetic than I initially presumed.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 17:37

Recognition of Birthplace is the core construct of all nationalist sentimentality.

Regarding superiority:

Superiority is only context-relevant; within the context of eAmerica I would argue that I am superior as I have been here longer and have fought more for my birth nation than you have for the nation which took you in with open offer of ePolitical asylum; fleeing the sands of eAsia minor.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 17:48

You are incorrect, you are unaware of the difference between ethnic and cultural nationalism. I recommend you to read the literature on the subject.

Not to mention your measure of superiority is completely subjective and does not take into account the skilled manhours I have put into the community and governance of eUS in excess of yours.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 17:58

The hours you choose to waste lurking in meta are your own time; and are therefore unable to be counted as skilled labor. There is 0 justification for any other than yourself to consider your time to be more worthwhile than anyone else's; especially when you derive dividends and benefits from said "skilled labor" which, aside from your self-interest is inherently a "labor of love"

Further. As eRep is all about damage your patriotism which is measurable in-game is roughly 1/5th of my own here in eAmerica.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:10

You avoid the portions of my comment which show you to be wrong like a plague, don't you?

Again, you belittle my efforts for personal gain. Nothing to say here, really.

Your true patriot damage is meaningless. Why? Because eUS fights for its allies most of the time, not its own wars. That is why my damage for eUS as measured by true patriot damage is lower than you. You, on the other hand, being the greedy medal-hunter that you are, hit for eUS even in unimportant battles for that 5 extra gold, instead of fighting for our allies so that the damage is someday returned.

You are really scraping for straws, man, I feel sorry for you.

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 18:24

Which points would you seems response regarding?

Also, I find it amusing that you think I would personally gain by exposing your emotional incontinence; I've nothing to personally gain by interacting with you.

Yet you are driven and compelled to demean my eCitizen because I do not agree with you about national policy and events despite your having "come and gone" from eAmerica during your eRepublik experience.

Best of luck During the remainder of your epresidential term.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:28

People reading this article will be able to tell apart who is attacking whom for personal gain and the sheer enjoyment of trolling, don't you worry about that.

We have a saying in Turkey: "The tree that bears too many fruits is stoned. "

Meaning: "Whoever is too qualified, too informed, too successful is doomed to be the aim of jealousy, and he'll be criticized, rumors will be whispered around about him, people will do everything to finish him off."

Franklin Stone Day 2,154, 18:32

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Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 18:45

Interesting perspective and proverb; perhaps even apt in the case of some eRepublik Notables over the years.

It's also been my experience that many wise trees are best left to tend their own leaves lest a foul wind greet those who would harm nature.

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." —Jack Welch

After all, trees shelter not only the birds in its branches, but also the flora with its shade.

Keven Traide
Keven Traide Day 2,155, 06:06

Jesus H. Christ, Lord of the Dance, people like you actually exist outside eCanada?! Quit shit-disturbing. Nobody anywhere ever appreciates it. I name thou IBB93 clone!

Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 17:23

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Franklin Stone
Franklin Stone Day 2,154, 17:43

kemal,
For someone who isn't even American you sure have a lot to say and do with America's tax system, unless you are will to hold American Citizenship, live and work in America; IMO you need to STFU and GTFO....

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 17:49

Given that the majority of eUS disagrees with you, it is you who needs to STFU and dealwithit.jpg, my good friend.

Franklin Stone
Franklin Stone Day 2,154, 17:57

What you mean is the majority of meta game Americans disagree with me. Once again, kemal, you have made no attempt to answer why you do not live and work in America and in fact do not even hold American Citizenship and yet control American Tax dollars through the EC; instead you attack me...sad little boy I am not your friend...:{)>

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:06

I do not control anything, the Congress controls the tax rates. If you have a problem with congressmembers valuing my advice, you should direct your concerns to them :*

Franklin Stone
Franklin Stone Day 2,154, 18:16

kemal ergenekon to Tiamati
'That's funny. My interpretation is somewhat different: that you try to picture my message as something it isn't just to have a go at me since I insisted that you had to fill in an actual application to enter the EC, rather than an unprecedented entry without application. Both of our messages say the same thing, yet I am the evil guy. Nice to see that you are still as out of touch with reality as always.'

Sure sounds like you control the EC to me and since the Congress listens to the EC it sounds like to me you control that also.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:18

I am the EC chairman. EC is an advisory body. The Congress chooses to listen to the EC and could rescind EC access to the congressional discussions if it wanted to. So you are barking at the wrong tree.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:24

Not to mention that in real life, I hold Turkish citizenship, but work for National Bureau of Economic Research, "an American private nonprofit research organization committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community."

Tiamati Day 2,154, 18:26

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Tiamati
Tiamati Day 2,154, 18:29

RL stays has nothing to do with eEntitlement Kemal; ultimately within any meta government the mandate must become to protect the needs of the governed and not the needs of those in government.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:32

I don't see how that disqualifies eForeigners from serving eUS government.

Franklin Stone
Franklin Stone Day 2,154, 18:35

No wonder the world's economy is in the toilet.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 18:40

Yeah, the reason must obviously be me xdxddxd

I am also a member of the Illuminati, Majestic 12, and a lizard people to boot.

Paul Tale
Paul Tale Day 2,155, 11:24

Why are you advising Congress to have a tax that does not help America in the short and long run?

sa

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,154, 20:30

as

Norbengo
Norbengo Day 2,155, 00:21

Kameel, your buttkissing of eAmerican meta players has made you some kind of an economical advisor, but the fact is that most of the things you've done have been just plain wrong.
eUSA had the strongest economy before you came in, forcing everyone in communes and skyrocketing government spending. Since then, all that you've done has been just plain idiotic.

I'm not sure if you do it on purpose or are you just plain stupid, but you have been one of Serbia's biggest ally in destroying this, once powerful, eCountry.

Thank you my Arab friend, for your contribution in Serbia winning the game after all ))

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,155, 09:25

cool story bro

Paul Tale
Paul Tale Day 2,155, 11:12

Kemal, you destroyed EUSA economy and increased government spending when their was no need to.

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 2,155, 14:49

I am Illuminati, yes.

Bucephalus92
Bucephalus92 Day 2,155, 20:16

haters gonna hate.

RaccoonGoon
RaccoonGoon Day 2,154, 13:21

Honestly, I might be one of those cynics of which you speak, but if I didn't still have some hope for us in this game, I wouldn't still be here.

Good luck, Gnil. Voted.

Synesi
Synesi Day 2,154, 13:25

What about the women...

Dio.Brando
Dio.Brando Day 2,154, 13:34

“ In the ancient times, there was nothing but sand. Sand randomly evolving without time or space... ”

 
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