J. W. Carpenter
People in eCanada do what is easiest now. There is no community building, there are no significant debates, even the process of engaging the media is mostly inconsequential. The idea that government can do very much more than nudge the herd along with an MPP here, or a war there, or a tax change there, is what the ancient Mayans called Complete and Utter Bullshit.
There is no need for strategy in Erepublik because the changes in the game have rendered finesse and tactics without necessity or meaning. Now its about who can throw as much damage at a battle whenever and however they can. The most that Canada can do is set orders, pass it down the chain and hope for the best. Battles are this vast and uncontrollable sea of damage that the Canadian government is far too broke and far too inactive to direct in any capacity worth mentioning.
And alliances. Talking about our "closest allies" and our "traditional allies" like those terms are supposed to convey an earnest sense of importance. Name one of those "close" allies and I can expound an unceasing array of bullshit that any of their governments have made me endure in the year I've spent doing foreign affairs for Canada. None of those countries spend more than two unselfish seconds thinking about Canada, and why would they? We are a country of roleplaying twats that can't get our shit together for more than a month or two at a time. We are a joke without a punchline, a country without a military, bitter and burnt out from an irreparably broken community. Any country that has any relations with Canada can expect us to do no more than mouth weak and inane platitudes, because that's the only thing we are now good at.
Like most people in Division 4 without a large credit limit, I save up to do damage. And when I've saved up 40 energy bars and 20 super bazookas, I spend them on battles where I can recoup some gold. If you think that some battle order or plea from the Canadian government is going to make me spend what I have earned over weeks on some battle whose relevance, already distantly removed from my life, is specious at best, well I've got some land to sell you in whatever the heck that game they're making in Milton is. You can have my daily fights, but only because I want my free energy bar and its more convenient than looking for another battle.
Why would I give more? Why should any Canadian buy on the Canadian market when they can buy cheaper by spending $20 on a ticket to Alaska and saving a bundle buying American. Why should I waste even an energy bar on any battle when the game has rigged individual battles and wars to be mostly without consequence. Oh no, 40 people aren't going to get their 5 gold for a month? Alas and Alack, because that's really all Congress is anymore. 5 gold for the elite to collect and then do nothing material for 30 days.
And the people who think its patriotic to waste my money for the good of country? I have nothing but contempt for that shallow and simplistic thinking. Should I, in real life, buy a blackberry to support those poor engineers in Waterloo? No, of course not. So why here in consequence free bits and bytes land should I do anything more? There is no logic or rational reason for one simply does not exist.
I play erepublik in Canada because the articles are mostly in English and I generally know the history that's referenced. Other than that, Erepublik the game has made eCanada irrelevant, redundant, and inconsequential.
Play for yourself. Play to make yourself happy. Do not pretend that the eCanada of today is anything more than the shambling rotting zombie shell of what it once was. To pretend otherwise is merely to indulge in a safe but unreal delusion.
Have a Merry Christmas,
What is this?You are reading an article written by a citizen of eRepublik, an immersive multiplayer strategy game based on real life countries. Create your own character and help your country achieve its glory while establishing yourself as a war hero, renowned publisher or finance guru.