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Analysis of Recent Rule Changes to Congress Elections

Day 1,647, 14:16 Published in USA Ireland by Seanan
Boobies.



Today, at about breakfast time, the admins changed the rules on Congress elections regarding region ownership; I learned this from an article by an annoyed Paraguayan, who's country would have a congress if it was not for this recent change. The eNetherlands got a rough time too.

Basically, from what I can tell:

Before the change you had to run candidates before 23:59:59 on the 23rd. Then you have 24 hours til elections. Then you have 24 hours of elections. Then 6 hours of election check.

Now your country must own the region you are running in before 23:59:59 on the 22nd. You can still run up until 23:59:59 on the 23rd, but you have to own the region before the start of the day.

"So? what it matter boi?" I hear you ask.

To understand the GRAVITY of the situation, we must first put ourselves into the shoes of a citizen of a country trying to get a congress with the threat of being wiped. I’ll give a past situation I have plenty of knowledge about; eIreland.



Stage 1: Being Screwed


Think this was a Tuesday. A few months back

Yup, thats enough screwed for me.

Stage 2: Open up RW on the 23rd, Win and Run Candidates


For ironic value, the Irish liberated the Pale first.

Under the old rules you would open up a RW on the 23rd, get a region and be allowed to run candidates. A battle takes a minimum of 12:40:00 hours, so ideally the RW would have been opened at around 10:00:00 erep time and alot of support lined up to make sure each round was won.

At this point, timing is crucial:

As soon as the region was liberated, Irish congress would propose the UK as a Natural Enemy. Ideally this would have happened at around 23:00:00 erep time.

This gave 24 hours til the end of proposal, and 24 hours til an autoattack by Ireland.

This meant the autoattack was due to happen at around 23:00:00 erep time on the 25th. Thats 7 hours til the end of election check, and a congress is elected..

Stage 3: Making up shortfalls


The autoattack.

Under these ideal conditions: the autoattack would happen and last a minimum of 12:40:00 hours, which is 05:40:00 hours more than is needed. Of course, ideals are not common and there is often more hours to make up.

Solutions:

Draw out the autoattack. If you can win the autoattack, brilliant! If you can't, you have to win enough rounds to make sure your country holds the region after the election check period. The enemy has to attack back aswell so thats another 12:40:00 hours min before they can take the region back.

But... eIreland could not win a single round in direct MPP battles. If you are facing a stronger enemy, drawing out an autoattack isn't possible. So you have to seek other ways of adding time, such the solution below.

Queueing; This is when the Country President selects an enemy occupied regions which is under a RW to attack. This is how you "cheat" the 24 hour autoattack rule. In the picture above: say a RW is started in Shannon 4 hours before the autoattack is due to happen, the CP would select to attack British held Shannon - In 4 hours the autoattack is delayed because the RW in Shannon must finish first before the selected attack can happen. In this case, this would add at min 08:40:00 hours to the clock.





They changed the rules didn't they, silly :3

Think back to Stage 2. You know where under ideal conditions I said you'd have around 7 hours til the end of election checks? While still having an autoattack, and their return attack still to go?

Under the new rules: You'd have to start a RW on the >>>22nd<<<, at about 10:00:00 erep time to safe again.

Meaning if you went through all the same stages, under ideal conditions, your autoattack attack would be due to happen at 23:00:00 erep time on the 24th.

And that is 31 hours til the end of elections.
If you assume you get crushed in MPP battles, take away 25:20:00 hours (two battles); Thats about 6 hours short of securing a congress under ideal pre-autoattack conditions.

Did I mention that ideal conditions never happen?



Recently I read in an interview with an admin, that they love feedback and, without a doubt, they will read feedback if sent via a ticket. And I ain't no hater, I'm totally cool with sending feedback.

So under Game Support with topic selected as Game Mechanics, I sent this ticket:

Gave a 5 star for a quick response!

If you could give them feedback too, that would be super!

 

Comments

irishbhoy1967
irishbhoy1967 Day 1,647, 14:29

crappy change making the crappy game even more crappy

Death and Taxes
Death and Taxes Day 1,647, 14:44

Great article. A *LOT* of time, money, bazookas and love was laboured onto Paraguay for nothing. Please V&S and send a ticket!

guigod
guigod Day 1,647, 14:44

v+s Hail eParaguay!!!

hansfer89
hansfer89 Day 1,647, 14:48

It's sad...

M. de Ruyter
M. de Ruyter Day 1,647, 14:51

yup, this admin move costed the eNL it's Congress too.

Vote Alert
Vote Alert Day 1,647, 14:59

Bütün VoteTrolleri 1Haziran'da göreve çağırıyorum!!!
All VoteTroll June 1 Our Destiny!!!

http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2043109/1/20

Plugson
Plugson Day 1,647, 15:02

Bad news for the little nations. "Game improvement" ~ no I think not.

Rico Suave
Rico Suave Day 1,647, 15:38

They've made it clear for some time now that they don't give a sh*t about us smaller countries.
Voted!

kuckuck
kuckuck Day 1,647, 15:51

V+S

AlexFran
AlexFran Day 1,647, 16:17

Very Good article!! V + S

John Gormley
John Gormley Day 1,647, 16:39

That's just downright stupid Plato!

Winston Hope Smith
Winston Hope Smith Day 1,647, 16:40

Voted

FITOMAR
FITOMAR Day 1,647, 16:42

v+s

Marko Aberst
Marko Aberst Day 1,647, 16:42

We at Mexico failed 2 Congress because of this rule... last month was not followed by admins, because Paraguay and another country had elections getting their region on 23rd...

Thats why, when we were conquered by Croatia we always start RWs at 22nd to try to begin 23rd with one region free to get candidates... 2 months ago Iran suffered of this problem... and ONE complained.

Damn stupid and UNWRITTEN rules, I didnt know about this stuff until I faced it for first time in November 2011.

Sunmannus
Sunmannus Day 1,647, 16:43

eVenezuela lost the possibility of Congress 2 months ago by the same "secret" rule

el_enzoo
el_enzoo Day 1,647, 17:07

Voted

moomoohead
moomoohead Day 1,647, 18:40

Good article Seanan, thanks for the support.

pesa90
pesa90 Day 1,647, 19:38

v+s o/

Kolorowy
Kolorowy Day 1,647, 22:54

IB1967 and Rico Suave, pretty much nothing more to add.

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,648, 02:37

v

Dario_Ukita
Dario_Ukita Day 1,648, 06:58

v+s

marvill
marvill Day 1,648, 07:06

v

Guarara
Guarara Day 1,648, 07:21

V&S

Lord NightHawk
Lord NightHawk Day 1,648, 07:35

V

Mauger
Mauger Day 1,648, 12:49

If the eRepublik team changed to favor a rule against eParaguay eBrasil can imagine how it is when faced ONE versus EDEN.

Plato Stop lying, you changed the rules.

Punisher FC
Punisher FC Day 1,648, 16:50

Good piece. Voted.

Ex Banned'it
Ex Banned'it Day 1,648, 18:15

Small countries getting smaller, big countries getting bigger, Dumb strategy getting dumber....

Relorian
Relorian Day 1,648, 19:36

Large countrys get larger, smaller countries get the axe and never return, the game boils down to 6 nations and tada... Plato makes money then eventually closes the game for "improvements"

aovelhanegra
aovelhanegra Day 1,648, 22:30

its the only strategy, like other ones, only admin knows them without notify the community.

Jack Lantos
Jack Lantos Day 1,648, 22:32

Totally looks like an autoreply to me, even if a fast one

 
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