Congressmen in the UK currently get 4 Citizenship passes from the game once they are elected. They can use these to make citizens from other countries into UK Citizens, allowing them to vote in UK elections and join UK Parties/Military Units.
The issue with having 40 Congressmen accepting whoever they like and getting the UK 160 extra players, is that some countries have had hostile groups of players get in and take over the country. Each hostile player accepted runs for Congress, gets more passes and accepts more people until they have control.
Congressmen can only be controlled within the game by their Party Presidents, with the threat of not being chosen for the Congress shortlist in the next election. There is no other way to remove them, so it is important for Parties and Congressmen to work together to keep the UK safe.
To help Congressmen and Party Presidents work together on citizenship, the UK Government has set up various ways to control Citizenship passes over the years. It has no in game authority here so it relies on Party Presidents and Congressmen to cooperate.
The current system is that Iain Keers is the Citizenship Emperor and personally decides on his own who can and cannot enter the UK.
All Congressmen must cooperate for the Government system to work, they have the passes. Every month we tend to have a couple of newbie or quitting players who let in players without using the current Government system. This is a hole in our defences we have never been able to close.
All Party Presidents in the Top 5 Parties must also cooperate; they have the only method of controlling Congressmen. The United Kingdom Progression Party does not agree with the system so some of their Congressmen do not follow it, they have been joined in the last few weeks by New Era.
Some problems with the Governments system which have been raised are:
1) One person acting alone with total power over the system could be biased, perhaps letting in players who will join his party and not others - or bringing personal disagreements into the system.
2) Someone managing the system without UK Citizenship themselves does not feel the effects if it goes wrong, perhaps causing them to take risks they wouldn't take if they could be hurt by it going wrong.
3) This game relies on user generated content and one part of that is a Government job. One person has been given a permanent monopoly over something which could be a fun responsibility for several players.
Another problem I have spotted while writing this article is that many Citizenship Passes are wasted. 20% of the applications accepted in the last week have returned to Poland. I know that one of these players has had at least 3 UK Citizenship Passes this year.
What we know for sure is that we want to get strong new players into the UK and getting them from other countries is the easiest way. We also know that getting it wrong can lead to terrible divisions within a country, such as the problems USA has had recently. We need to work together.
1) Automatic right of return for all former eUK players.
This could be "eBorn" here or someone who has held a position of responsibility here.
We have to heal divisions in the community and get all of our strong players back, no matter what they did. I am delighted to see Smack back in the UK today and I will be accepting any former eUKers without exception.
2) Group Quotas to prevent PTO.
A limit on the number of people coming from a single language group/alliance/country. Don't decide on individual candidates but rather on how large we allow groups to get, after all determined individuals do get in anyway. We must include allies in this as USA's problems were caused by letting too many allied Citizens in. Quotas solve the newbie Congressman issue as any random/rogue passes will count towards the quota.
3) Have the Top 5 Party Presidents decide.
They do the group quotas and have a veto over changes to the system. This just reflects their control over Congressmen and therefore Citizenship in game, giving them ownership of the system makes them more likely to cooperate with it.
4) Listen to everyone.
This may not be the best solution, one of you reading this may have a better idea. Post it! We do not have a Citizenship system is every single person in the UK is not happy with it, because it is so easy to get around it since we can't put in game controls in.
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This article was written by Goku Jones, New Era Party Spokesman.
To quickly sum up what we are about, New Era is about exploring new options and methods for the future of the UK and not necessarily following the olds ways which have gone before.
New Era Party: http://www.erepublik.com/en/party/new-era-472/1
British Army Military Unit: http://www.erepublik.com/en/main/group-show/1863?page=1
I'm experimenting with article headers and newspaper/party avatars at the moment so I'll be editing the pictures in this article a bit, they may look crap but it's a test
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