Welcome again to my (oft-neglected) newspaper! Being still in a relatively transitive state of affairs and continuing to get the ropes of the game down, I've spent a lot of time over the past month or so trying to discern just exactly what I want to do in this game and where I want to go with things.
Aimless, I have wandered and wondered: should my paper be about this or that? Should I join this party or that one? Should I fight more or fight more? While some answers have been easy (fighting is fun), others have been more elusive to me.
Still do I sail adrift politically, trying to find my niche. And, in my latest and greatest attempt to integrate myself into a party, I have decided to join the Feds. Here, as per a writing competition laid out by Duncan Crowe, I will attempt to explain why I decided that... in the form of a dating guide.
Love Oft Starts from Afar
Long have I gazed at this party, wondering what is it which makes them so special and so well-kempt. Love is a battle, and in this regard one must always know their enemy before they make any move or decision. Mixed metaphors aside, I asked around about this subtle temptress of a party who sits astride our nation's hierarchies.
The Federalists, for those who did not know, has its roots originally as the eRepublicans for Change Party from which it splintered in October of 2009 into the modern day Federalist Party. Born of a belief that "a more conservative approach to eRepublik was necessary for long-term success of our nation," the Federalists quickly rose in power and prominence through what appears to have been a successful recruitment campaign.
The history of the party is itself a fascinating aspect, but what really grew to attract me was the fact that I kept seeing the same names pop up in the party, names such as fingerguns and Greene12, names which still are an active voice in the party. Such a rich history and such an ingrained player base... my interests were aroused.
How was it that such a party could retain so many people? What drew them together? Seeing their articles so consistently in the top of the media and their members so consistently active in our nation drew me to them.
An illusive bunch, I nevertheless made my tentative approach to them by way of an introduction. What I found was a warm welcome and helpful interest. Lurking quietly in the background of the forum for a few days, I've noticed a couple of things the average goer might not realize about what makes this party so special.
1. They genuinely care. While some parties are light-hearted and others are too dedicated, the Federalists seem to maintain a gentle balance between caring and not taking things too terribly seriously. Such a balance is important for people to feel confident and feel good about actually enjoying a game.
2. They're a goofy bunch. It's cliquish in many ways, with many in jokes and many jovial jibs at things. It takes a bit of getting used to, and others are better suited to such socializings than I, but I admit it makes me smile to see people really enjoying something.
3. They're rigid. Phrasing aside, but the main point is that they have a way, an order, and an intrinsic internal structure which they are run by. Not in a machine cog fashion; rather, a well-oiled athlete who knows the regulations of their body and knows the power which lies within their loins...
4. They're a right dirty bunch. Pun intended.
It's going to be an interesting time getting to know them but I must admit, as someone still getting a grip on things (phrasing) I have thus far felt welcomed and hopeful. There's a lot to give and gain in this party.
And, most importantly, they appear to be sexy as hell. Hey, looks aren't everything but... god do they help.
Also, to the WTP: it's not you, it's me. You guys are honestly a great bunch, and I'm still looking forward to hanging out with you all.
...please, forgive me.
Until next time, dothras chek.
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.