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A wild merger appears to our west

Day 1,800, 05:25 by Thomas765


Definition: A merger in eRepublik terms is a union between two countries.

I have read in the Canadian and Irish media that there are ideas of a merger between both countries. How this idea will affect us, the UK, is not yet known but I'm going to cover the advantages and disadvantages of the merger.



So what is a merger?
As I said above, a merger is a union between two nations. There is currently only one official merger backed by both countries involved right now and it is Germark - Germany and Denmark. Other "mergers" have been a result of direct aggression and forcibly, such as France with Poland being the conquerer. This is unrelated.

In the past there have been many mergers and unions created. In fact, the UK was involved in one with Belgium. There was also the eUnited Netherlands that appeared in 2009 up until 2010. Czechoslovakia is another example, although for a few months it was not universally accepted.



The CanIre Federation
This idea was proposed by the Canadian government, who have already contacted Ireland about it. The idea right now would be that Ireland will be absorbed by Canada, supposedly producing more damage and bonuses for Canada. But what are the main arguments for and against this?

Advantages of CanIre?

- More economic bonuses for Canada (only fruits and iron)
- More damage for Canada
- The ability for Canada to get into Europe without having to go through Poland, Ireland or Spain (note: this is if the UK government agree to giving them Scotland).
- Closer ties between the two nations.
- It would give Ireland a war.



Disadvantages of CanIre?
There are many and they should be considered in depth before anything can be formed.

- Ireland, an immensely proud nation would partially lose its independence.
- The moving population between Ireland and Canada could cripple Ireland after the merger occurs.
- Damage may not be added to Canada as some would refuse to fight after the merger occurs. (source: Sweet Drinker's article comments)
- Many have yet to forget what happened between Canada and Ireland earlier this year after signing peace with the UK.
- Damage would be drained keeping the regions under the Canadian banner, perhaps negating the supposed advantage of having more damage in the union.
- Many could refuse to move to Canada.
- Canada may not have a congress this month.
- Ireland's treasury has recently been robbed, meaning they'd struggle to recover if a merger occurs.
- Mergers don't last forever.
- There have been comparisons going around between this and the Germark confederation. Ireland have over 440 active citizens (source: egov4you), Denmark had between 10 and 30. There is no guarantee that a merger between two average sized populations would be as stable.
- Canada won't have enough citizenship passes to accept all the Irish. It would take at least four months if everyone in Ireland went to Canada. By then, Ireland could've opted out of it.
- Those in Canada who oppose the idea will likely end up moving. Less damage.
- Those in Ireland who oppose the idea will likely end up moving if they are wiped. Less damage.
- It hasn't been considered that Ireland be the main country involved in the merger.
- Instability may be brought to the British and Irish isles once again.
- Perpetual war between Canada and the UK may erupt once more.
- If Poland needs war, they'll likely go to Canada again, ruining the merger.
- Ireland spent years trying to get Northern Ireland and began voicing disapproval of the UK having Dublin in the treaty. Ireland may be unhappy to give away their regions again.
- The merger would probably need EDEN approval and if it's not approved, they could fight for Ireland's freedom.

Anything else?
In the article, it was mentioned that it would mean CanIre would consistently have more damage that other nations at its borders and could outdamage the UK. It does outdamage the UK right now and it's easier getting two nations involved that just one if you wanted to conquer a nation. The merger would provide the damage for one nation, not two.

Summary
It's a silly idea, procured by people desperate to mend relations that were tattered several months ago. The disadvantages to the merge seem not to have been considered, so I've listed them.

Thank you for reading,
Thomas765
- Someone who likes Ireland



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Comments

Niemand
Niemand Day 1,800, 05:34

Nice article. Let them merge and something interesting will happen. (:

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,800, 05:37

They don't actually gain any borders, they could rent Scotland as easily with Ireland as without. Be simpler for the two of them just to region swap with the UK as the mediator.

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 1,800, 05:39

More cons than pros....
Merging usually occurs when other nation is a lot weaker in terms of damage and not when they are almost equally at might.... Also more damage can be discussed as constant RWs will surely drain damage. Add to that people that won't approve something like that fighting for Ireland and yeah might weaken even more these 2 nations(in terms of damage). Also as damage is as I can see one of main motives for merging it totally falls in terms of tactics...

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 1,800, 05:41

... as we all know that 2 fronts are harder to defend that one in case that eIreland and eCanada decide to attack eUK...
So yeah not really a good deal as it is just not that viable giving the fact how populated both nations are...

GregoryG
GregoryG Day 1,800, 05:42

I think that Germany would have like 2-3 regions without Denmard is a huge factor in this also.

Addy Lawrence
Addy Lawrence Day 1,800, 06:08

Canada will have a congress this month, rules have changed, you only need to have at least one region by 02:00 eRep on the 23rd of the month.

Addy Lawrence
Addy Lawrence Day 1,800, 06:10

"Merging usually occurs when other nation is a lot weaker in terms of damage and not when they are almost equally at might"

...but both nations are "weak" by international standards and this merger makes them more relevant internationally as a "team".

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,800, 06:30

lol. rly, just a lol.

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 1,800, 06:33

@Addy
I didn't say weak in damage by international standards but between themselves....
eGermany and eDenmark are pure examples how that works as eDenmark really doesn't have that big of population even if you compare it with eGermany. Same would go with eRomania and eMoladava in past. On other side we could see eNetherland and eBelgium as we saw eUK and eBelgium that didn't really last for long as first two....

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,800, 06:51

After the fierce opposition to their RL Dublin being used in the Eire-UK treaty I cant imagine them handing it over to Canada.

Lord Lewis Cromwell
Lord Lewis Cromwell Day 1,800, 08:46

I'm with Hugh, they were so unwilling to hand over one region that proposing they hand over all of them to a nation that's not even near the same level of friendship is almost an insult, isn't it?

Alphabethis
Alphabethis Day 1,800, 10:12

canire? the canaries ? good name, supported!

Bernard Hoffington
Bernard Hoffington Day 1,800, 11:20

Is this a joke?
Ireland, a nation constantly struggling to gain independence from UK is going to allow eCanada, a British colony take them over? wow.

Greatmoff
Greatmoff Day 1,800, 11:34

"- Canada won't have enough citizenship passes to accept all the Irish. It would take at least four months if everyone in Ireland went to Canada. By then, Ireland could've opted out of it."

On the flip side of that if they did have a huge chunk of their population move over it would take them a year or so to be able to let them all back in.

There is also the issue of who 'holds the fort' whilst the rest move over to Canada.

It sounds like a region swap without Canada having to pay.

Sleep is for the weak
Sleep is for the weak Day 1,800, 11:35

This will never happen!

The Warior of Jochhism
The Warior of Jochhism Day 1,800, 11:42

V s

Alphabethis
Alphabethis Day 1,800, 11:43

We could merge with them and call it....... BRITISH EMPIRE (what an original name !)

Bernard Hoffington
Bernard Hoffington Day 1,800, 11:54

The Psych0
+1

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,800, 12:14

lol'd

Alfagrem
Alfagrem Day 1,800, 12:35

Best of luck to them.

Emergy Maxfell
Emergy Maxfell Day 1,800, 14:50

Ireland > Canada

They should therefor get to conquer all of Canada, not the other way around.

Hail Irelanada!

lancer450
lancer450 Day 1,800, 17:13

I doubt this will happen....

Mr Woldy
Mr Woldy Day 1,801, 05:23

Irada is far more catchy

MR. PADRAIG PEARSE
MR. PADRAIG PEARSE Day 1,801, 09:05

Prepare your angus

irishbhoy1967
irishbhoy1967 Day 1,801, 10:00

We shud merge Ireland and England.

We could call it Ire-land.

Bohemond4
Bohemond4 Day 1,801, 14:51

Canada is wiped, I take it this kills this idea?

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,801, 16:28

We shud merge England and Ireland.

We could call it Eng-land.

Thomas765
Thomas765 Day 1,801, 19:37

We shud merge England and Ireland...

That would leave Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on their lonesome ;_________;

Sweet Drinker
Sweet Drinker Day 1,802, 02:40

I address (informally) how Ireland/Canada will benefit from this merger here
http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2145374/1/20

 
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