Let me explain.
eRepublic is a game and like all games ever made it is designed to mirror or simulate real-life situations; to teach; entertain; or all of those at once. Sometimes the simulation is highly stylised, chess for example. But all games share one feature. However closely they come to reflecting a real world scenario, the mechanics and rules of the game leave out hundreds of times more "reality" than they can ever include.
I'm talking of eRep government. eRepublic had to have a simplified in-game government structure, and this shortcoming is largely addressed by virtue of the fact that each eNation is free to create its own constitutional arrangements for empowering the ways in which representatives, who are elected in game, can operate.
Of course, Plato takes no responsibility for rogue presidents and none at all for rogue congressmen and presidential appointees. And so Plato can wash his hands ...
RL Canada is a constitutional monarchy whose sovereign executive is is the British Crown, deputed through governors and other executive bodies: in other other words -- as in Britland where the Queen actually hangs out -- RL Canada's executive (president) is no more than a puppet. The real power is in the hands of its parliament at whose pleasure the Prime Minister serves as chief executive.
Compare that noble democratic system to the eCanadian constitution. The perfectly legal in-game mechanics hand the country president a whole sheaf of powers. Note that these powers include powers not open to Congress. But what do know about the President we elect?
All we can say about the in-game country president election procedure is that it a monthly snapshot of the eNation's political scene of intrigue, conspiracy, and back-stabbing. Too often we get a president who was bundled on to the hustings by an unholy alliance of parties, in order to shut out a front-runner perceived (often without solid evidence) as dangerous.
But what can we say about Congress?
Our Congress is like a rabble pushing to front of the line. So many members are ex CPs, or wannabe CPs, that not one single fucking one of them stops to think that a few tweaks to constitution, and a serious overhaul of the Congress Rules of Order, could make Congress the true sovereign power in eCanada.
I don't know about you, Gentle Reader, but me, I'll take my despot chosen by a body of elected individuals over Plastic President who inherits power conferred by the game mechanics without any responsibility or repercussions. (Rolo Tahmassee ran off with eCanada's treasury while he was President and he has been awarded a "pardon" and welcomed back, for ****sakes!)
eCanada's congress needs to grow a pair and start thinking the unthinkable!
The chairman of Congress should lose the title "Speaker". In all parliaments, a Speaker is impartial and does not enter into debate. The current role of Speaker, should be designated: First Minister. This FM should be elected in the same way the Speaker is now, and have all the Speaker's principal powers ... except that the Deputy FM (elected/chosen the same way as the Deputy Speaker) has more of a role as an impartial chairman of congressional debate.
All this needs a change in the constitution ... a tall enough order, but I don't shrink from a challenge.
Next time I'll talk about geography and natural enemies and why eRepublic is too scarily close to the real world.
But, I've kept you long enough. Here's some tittilation for the dads.
Sigh ... Romano American puritanism will be the death of free speech.
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