Skalg von Tuari
When I came back from my hiatus and decided to become PP of the KPeD, I had a clear goal. I wanted to do the job for one month, no more. I wanted to do what KPeD had not done in the months before - be active and present in the media. And In this month, I did that. I posted articles, forced everyone who ran for office to do something for their gold, and I organised primaries for congress elections, on order to get people more involved.
Still, I was not successful with everything. I wanted to introduce new players, forcing them to become more active and making them more popular at the same time; this only workes once. Every other interviewpartner cancelled or went inactive - and there were not many I considered to begin with. Most importantly, however, I failed to make the forums and our IRC channel more active.
IRC is hard for me, as I currently live in another timezone. When I would have time for it, no one would be there except for a few newds with no life (I'm looking at you, DSM). And on the forums, I was often the only guy who posted for weeks. When people do not expect activity, they do not visit the forums, making them less active. That is why some people missed good chances - running for congress, voting on congress candidates, discussions on international cooperation and PPs. Well - it is your loss, and I tried my best to force people into getting active (and to some extent, I succeeded).
But then, I had less time, while no one wanted to be PP. So, what to do? Basically, I tried to delegate certain tasks and stopped writing so many articles. Organising congress, i.e. forcing people to write presentations, organising the primaries and occasionally mobolising voters would be enough. And then, last month, I saw Bragge Schorsch, a long time KPeD member who was rather active, running for PP.
It was time for a change. I asked him, if he was running for real, and when he comfirmed, I let him be the real candidate. I had finals coming up and was happy that someone more dedicated than me whom I knew to be trustworthy would take up the job. Well, now would be the time for one of these fancy Hobbit/Thorin memes: Never have I been so wrong.
The day after the PP election, a very confused and confusing article was written. You have to understand that prior to this, Bragge and others in the KPeD had been attacking onrop and the LPP very fervently, at times too fervently for my taste. This article now said to vote onrop and ensured support for him - how else would I read this but sarcasm? Again - never have I been so wrong.
So Bragge left the KPeD. Obviously it too much to ask for him to stay in office until after the congress elections; obviosly it too much to ask for him to inform everyone on the forums in an intelligible way or find someone who had a high level and agreed to be PP, and most certainly it was too much to ask for him to stay fomally as PP, but let someone else to the job, telling him how to organise candidates only on election day. Really, I could think of a dozen ways how to handle this without screwing everyone over. But alas, the butthurt over the MoD was too much, so rash action was needed.
The rest of this is told fast. Edna handled the situation very well for someone who didn't even realise he was PP until someone told her. We managed to block possible PTOers in the last minute, and decided something like this could never happen again. In fact, I was about to crown myself eternal dictator of the KPeD, since we had only trouble with every new PP we had in the last year.
But then, one of the few guys who have never been PP before and whom I'd still trust, even after the trouble we have had with new PPs, agreed to being the new PP. I hereby welcome Mustermann.
A few more words. When Mustermann first joined Erepublik, he was in the SPeD. In the SPeD, he started as a very promising member, however, he was also the fiercest critic of the KPeD, and that ment mainly me, as I was running for CP at that time. If you had told anyone that two years later, he would be PP of us, we all would have laughed. But things changes; I lost twice; Mustermann became the one funny guy left in Germark after Seidel, Lyu and others had left; and now, he is the best chance Germark has to make politics more interesting.
Mustermann leading the KPeD is not only good for us, as it gives us some activity - it is good for Germark, because as head of a top 5 party, he has the potential to make politics more interesting. Overall, we live in interesting times.
Do me a favor - never vote for someone as PP who did not announce his candidacy on the forums and in an article. 15 votes for MrMaus, an unofficial candidate, is ridiculous, and you should know better.
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