As I’m sure you are aware by now, I am running for re-election to the office of the President. I’ve sent round one PM already on what I think the main accomplishments of my term have been, and you’ll shortly be receiving a second one based around more recent events; more like an end of term sum up with some new policy attached.
Mentioned in that second PM is my campaign slogan: Youth First.
I think that the single most important issue in the coming month is in developing our young players. In providing opportunities for them to get onto the ladder, and in equipping them to take on the challenges the UK will face in the coming months and years. Us older guys can’t and shouldn’t hold onto power anyway, and for anyone that’s experienced being CP you will know how hard a graft it is- any help you can get is appreciated and any successor that shares your ideals is much sought after.
I want a UK that is strong; that has good relationships with foreign countries; that has freedom from oppression. I want a UK that is free to find fun in war. That has a strong foundation of guides and education for all its players. Most of all I want a fun UK, where new players can come and thrive. Each policy I put into place will further one or more of these goals, just as my policies this month have. Crucially though, these goals are not short term, but long term. To be able to do all of this for one month is good. To sustain it over a longer period of time is much harder, and relies on strong leadership throughout. Only by encouraging and growing our young players can we achieve this, and so Youth First is imperative.
My intent for the next month is to develop our young players. Not by throwing free stuff at them, but by genuinely equipping them; providing them with sound guidance, solid foundations and the right knowledge and contacts for them to stand on their own and replace an aging current crop of leaders. Only by supporting our young players can we allow them to develop while having fun, encourage them to keep playing, and thus bring through the next generation of leaders that our country so needs. I think the old guard does have a role to play, but as mentors. Our next leaders must take up the mantle and succeed in the places that we have failed; to strive and push further than what was thought possible in the past. Creed, party, politics; these matter not. The crucial aspect is intelligent, hard-working, visionary leadership, shaped by ambition and tempered by experience to produce an able and astute leadership.
I can see so much potential in our citizens. All that is left to be done is to shape this potential and see it brought to fruition. My single greatest goal this month will be to do exactly that.
There is a very important caveat to put in here though: We must learn the lesson of Ergo Deus. Ergo was my vice president last term, and the man I rather hoped would be writing this article and running for election instead of me. Things didn’t work out though, and the attacks and trolling from his opponents ultimately proved to be too much for him, and he decided his time would be better spent away from eRepublik. Fair play to him for that, I don’t blame him.
The lesson to learn here is simple: Our young players need to be nurtured. They need time to develop the thick skin needed against the attacks that are, unfortunately, sure to come. They need experience, and the only way they can get that is by participating and enduring the hardships of government, with the support of those that have gone through the same process.
The Rule of Two
To that end I’ll be appointing two ministers to some positions this time- to act as partners and share responsibility; not with seniority, but with a mentor-like relationship, an experienced minister next to a first timer. If you think you want to take the plunge into politics this could be the perfect time for you.
Every government department will have a role to play in Youth First, and so will congress too. I’ll be encouraging each of the parties to run younger players for office, and I’ll be involving congress in many important decisions over the course of the term. At every step they’ll get the advice and expertise needed, and I am sure each will be the better for it.
This reminds me of some powerful words of verse:
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
I think this is particularly true of the UK political scene just now.
I’ll be releasing more policies and information tomorrow, alongside my proposed cabinet for this month. For now, though, I’m going to release to you the results of my opinion poll; along with some analysis.
Opinion Poll Results
This first chart shows how satisfied people were with my term this month. It’s pleasing to see that 63% of respondents were mostly or very satisfied, though I must acknowledge that 20% weren’t impressed or thought that it was terrible! I rather hope they would tell me why, in the comments, if they were the ones that voted as such.
The strong leader question. This one is often asked during real life political contests, for example in the USA presidential election taking place just a day after ours! In this, a CNN poll has Obama on 53% and Romney on 49%; anything above 45% or respondents agreeing that they are a strong leader is considered to be good by the respective parties.
I asked this question for two reasons; partly to gauge opinion and see how I’m thought of outside of my circle of friends, and partly because the strong leader question is often a good indicator of how people will vote in real life. Gaining 56% on this question is a boon, though again 20% think I’m not a strong leader so I’ll have to work hard to change their minds.
For me, this is one of the most important questions for any president. The president simply HAS to be a good leader when it comes to foreign affairs, and must garner confidence from the nation to carry this out on their behalf. If not, you can end up with a situation like Canada found themselves in a couple of months ago, when their congress voted to NE the UK over their president’s protestations.
Gaining 63% here is good to see, though 17% thought I wasn’t strong on foreign affairs.
Our financial goals. I guess the answer to this question would depend entirely on what you want our financial goals as a nation to be. I’m a fiscal saver, and am against funding military units directly. Other people are for this and so may not like my policies here.
On the question itself, 53% thought I was indeed strong on finance, while 19% said no. There was a larger proportion of indifferent replies here, so I’ll have to work on that to turn some of those into yes votes next time.
New player support was never a centrepiece of my platform last time round. I created the Ministry of Health under Ayame Crocodile in order to cater to these needs, and the Ministry of Education under Betafoxtrot has been strong. That said, there does seem to be a lack of understanding of how the NHS works. Some people seem to think it runs as a military unit that you have to join in order to get any help. This is not true- you can join any military unit and still receive NHS supplies; on top of whatever the MU supplies. In this case perhaps I need to do a better job of educating people about how our new player help works.
That said, this is an area that clearly needs improvement this time; hence the ‘Youth First’ policies. The bottom line numbers are that 36% of people think I am strong in this area; 39% are indifferent, and 25% think I’m weak on it. That’s why I am already improving my new player policies, and will continue to do so; not just to convince people but to actually do some good.
This question has undoubtedly shown my weakest point as a president. With only 28% thinking I am strong on the military, 20% indifferent and a whopping 52% saying it’s a weakness. I think perhaps this is indicative of the popularity of having The Legion as the national military unit. I must make it clear right here and now that there is no way for the government to afford and run our own totally-controlled unit- the eRepublik economic state prevents this from being an option. So the decision is ultimately between having the Legion (and more MUs if they agreed to the same deal) as our national unit, or having no national unit at all. If elected I will pose a simple referendum question to everyone: Do you want a national unit or not, along with a box for suggestions below.
The shares our values question. This isn’t quite as useful in terms of actual policy as the other questions, but again is a useful barometer in real life so perhaps could be here too. 41% think I do share their values; 23% don’t, and 36% are indifferent. I think this does illustrate the polarisation seen in the UK at the moment, whereby large portions of the nation are dead set for and against each other- though crucially a large group are caught in the middle and would much rather not have a political fight with anyone. I tend to find myself in that middle ground these days, I’m much rather work with someone than against them. Regardless, if you think there’s something I need to do or change about my values, let me know in the comments below.
The party question was included to ensure the poll wasn’t biased towards one group or another and that we had a good spread of answers from across the political spectrum. It was also included to give a picture of the activity of the various political groups in real terms- who is actually bothering to read the media and participate in politics? The results are quite interesting; make of them what you will.
The final question was simple: Without knowing who my opponent for the presidency will be, will you definitely vote for me, definitely vote for my opponent, or are you undecided.
The results here are 56% yes, (the same as strong leader, you’ll note, highlighting its use as a political barometer) 22% no, and 22% undecided. We now know who my opponent is and so it’ll be interesting to see where those undecided voters go, and also whether either side will lose some support because of it.
I suspect that’s more than enough information for today so I’ll leave it at that! Look out for that PM, and also for more policy coming out tomorrow. For those of you that added suggestions to my poll, I’ll be taking those into account while writing for tomorrow.
All the best,
President of the United Kingdom
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