I wanted to write article such is this one for ages, but I never find inspiration to do it though. I have enough free time this morning so let’s start. Recently, I returned to place I lived most of my eLife - eIreland. It’s a small country, with not large community, not strong economy and definatly not huge influence in the eWorld. I’ll try to share some of my thoughts how it feels to be a citizen in a small country like my eIreland.
I think this can be used for any smaller country in eWorld and not just eIreland. There’s many problems a small countries have. One and definatly the most dangerous for small communities such as ours is boredom. As citizen of a smaller country or even a President you can’t do much to change things not only in eWorld, but also in your own country. There’s no much place to manouver, you can do your best and it probably still won’t be enough. Small country depends on the bigger ones. You can just hope to find someone dedicated enough to rely on...
Some of the problems are:
3. Military and tactics
4. Influnce on foreign affairs
Economy module of eRepublik gave power only to Governments of big countries and everything a smaller country can do is just adjust taxes so you can maximise your income. Of course that income isn’t enough almost for anything a country need except MPP’s and maybe funding a national unit. It used to be different when we had that buybot, it bought products from smaller markets and a country could make a lot of money that way. Today you can’t find many citizens of Ireland in this case who are buying products from our market. Prices are more expensive and they just decide to buy it from bigger countries who are able to have smaller prices. That’s expected. What we can do is encourage them to have faith and give a piece of their budget to the country by buying products off the Irish market. It’s hard to make them do it and most of citizens isn’t doing it. There’s not much place to manouver, tank producers don’t have possibility to put tanks for smaller prices and those who buy can’t afford to buy expensive weapons. That’s a circle without winners expect one - bigger countries. This all means smaller countries except being small can’t even make money to get a chance to win some battle or to do something.
Population of course it the core of all problems. When you have only 100 active people in the country they buy less, they spend less, country recieve less and that goes in circle. When it comes to battles it’s normal that citizens of Ireland fights stronger for eIreland, but when there’s only 100 of us we can’t win battles alone, it’s hard even to win one round alone. That’s why eIreland and I guess all other smaller countries depend on their friends, especially on those who are bigger countries, in this case Croatia and USA. Population as core problem have to be the main task for smaller countries to improve and I’m encouraged by recent tries given by some of our citizens who are working hard to change it. But, to do it we need a lot of luck, money and motivation, when we manage to change it we’ll grow and all other problems will become smaller and smaller.
Military and tactics are probably the most entertaining part of this game and smaller countries can’t play much with it. We just don’t have strenght to do it. We can’t say “Oh let’s make great plan and reach some X country in Y region”. No matter how good our plan is we can’t afford to do it. We don’t have enough money like stated in Economy problems and we don’t have enough soldiers to achieve our plan alone. Once again, we have to rely on some stronger country. Problems start when you’re part of “weaker” side of eWorld.
Influence on foreign affairs is one of the ways to change the fortune of your country. But, as smaller country you can’t just decide to found an alliance or even to join one because most of todays bigger countries see smaller ones only as a problem or someone to protect. It wasn’t like this few years ago when this game was different, but today is obviously in fashion to trade friendship for damage and if your country is proud enough not to do it then you stuck where you are - nowhere.
LET'S WORK TOGETHER!
Those were the reason that made me leave eIreland once, but I kinda miss being a member of a smaller country and I hope we can change those things, even if it’s hard and it’s almost impossible to do something like that I believe that Irish players have the quality to do it.
In a smaller country individuals are very important, they are the one who should use their knowledge, influence and resources to do everything it takes to improve eIreland in this case and do something to change things. Even though UK is Irish biggest enemy I have to admire their individuals. UK is the smaller country which perfectly adjusted and maximised their position in the world. It’s firstly because of their individuals who were motivated enough to success. UK have influence in foreign affairs, they are member of TWO for a long long time, their citizens and leaders are in HQ’s for ages and admirable. They succeed only because of those individuals who used their knowledge to perfectly do things in a small country. When there’s a lack of people and resources you have to rely on what you got and organise things perfectly to catch up with others.
That’s exactly what I’m asking from Irish citizens who I know that have the strenght to do it, not only strenght, but also knowledge, we just have to act as one, organise ourselves and maximise everything we can. Each one of us have a lot of contacts, each one of us have knowledge to do something, we just have to give everyone a duty and a goal. Goal is pretty obvious, to put eIreland where we once was - to restore our influence in eWorld.
Most of our allies know that Irish soldiers are probably the most loyal ones in the eWorld, we never give up from our friends, we’re always in the fight (which is also moto of Irish Army), we’re always supporting our allies and most of the time they don’t realise that sometimes our 300M we do somewhere in some battles means more then 2 bilions damage from some bigger country. Yeah, that sounds a bit strange, but if you look and search your friends only through numbers you’ll finish without friends. We give our heart, not only damage. Therefor I’m asking bigger countries to respect the smaller ones, it’s hard to be small in huge eWorld, it’s hard to fight with 100 soldiers against an army of 3000, give smaller countries congress, give them chance to change things, have mercy. eIreland have congress most of the time only thanks to our NAP with UK, but we must not stop on that. It’s not enough, we must not say “Okay, we’re in good situation, let’s enjoy it now”. We must do everything to develop ourselves, we’ll never be big country, but we can be at least medium one. I’m asking our allies, our most loyal allies - Croatia, USA, Bulgaria and others not to forget us when it comes to alliance talks, we’ve been loyal to you, we’ve stood by your side for a long time and we will always do that.
What eIreland have to work on first is baby boom. Let’s find strenght between us to do it. Just imagine eIreland with 2000 citizens, just imagine that...I hope that’s enough motivation. Another thing that each one of us have to do is write articles, be active in community, let all others hear about us, let’s be bigger then we are, let’s be louder then we can be. When there’s 1000 people who are silent, you’ll hear those 10 who are loud between them, we must be those 10 loud guys and let everyone hear our voice.
I’m also still hoping Admin will do something in order to help smaller communities, afterall they have bigger potentional to grow, those big countries already used theirs.
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