J. W. Carpenter
I’ve been asked for an elaboration of the general principles I’ve espoused before the Congressional elections. I looked on those elections as evidence for even greater polarization in our community though it is nice that most of Canada’s lulz players have concentrated themselves in one nice ignorable contingent to marginalize and minimize in the daily proceedings of government.
The President has created a new party, showing a lack of judgment, in spending 40 gold, that most of his senior advisors must be getting used to. He has also indicated that he will be running for reelection, which I think would be a mistake to support. After two months of Change-by-the-week grandiose plans with no follow through, wandering from one fleeting thought to the next, I think it can be safely concluded that EPD will not be moving Canada forward if re-elected. EPD could have been one of Canada’s great Presidents, but he wasn’t. Let’s move on.
The following will be the platform for the following month for Forward Canada. This platform is an indication and reflection of where Canadians want their government to go with the experience of knowing what is possible, and what is not, in a one month timespan.
1. Forward Canada will push for Canada’s re-admittance to EDEN.
EDEN is an imperfect vehicle for long term Canadian ambitions, and EDEN has had some difficulties in securing the territory of its members as of late, but the vast majority of Canadians have stated in survey after survey that they do not feel comfortable in any drastic switch of our foreign affairs. Forward Canada will respect these stated wishes.
Some might ask why not to support a new alliance, one that would reflect the old Terra allies with perhaps one or two new additions. Such an alliance would be entirely useless, redundant, and irrelevant without appropriate firepower that old Terra nations simply have no ability to muster. At best it would be a social club, a paper tiger that couldn’t even pretend to have teeth. At worst it would be a non-entity, setup to fail, with IRC channels as empty as were Terra’s in its dying days. Change for change’s sake is distasteful enough as it is, but when it comes to resurrecting thoroughly discredited ideas lines have to be drawn.
2. Forward Canada will push to bring back an actual monthly budget
Monthly budgets based on predictable trends, balanced, and allowing for every player to know how much and where government money is going allows for better decision making in Congress, better opportunities to assess how wisely funding is being spent, and more accountability. This is not a difficult thing to do, and any government with Forward Canada members will do it.
3. Reorient MU funding to infrastructure only
Taxes are wealth distribution. They are funding directly taken from Canadian players who buy on our markets and given to other Canadian players. There is no evidence to suggest that the system in place for MU funding leads to better coordination or a more effective use of military funding than older systems, and there is every indication that the decentralization of military power has made Canada a lame duck ally who can only deliver military support for our allies in piecemeal form. Not even touching the concept that we cannot afford extensive military funding in the present economy, the only rational thing that the current model has going for it is that it is, mostly, equitable.
Forward Canada would push for MU funding to be used to build long term military capabilities with infrastructure, and would support releasing half of the remaining gold reserve to MUs to build their capabilities. Some funding will be released to specific Canadian players at specific required times to ensure that Canada can deliver support at critical junctures by way of supply runs on IRC headed by the Minister of Defence.
4. Taxes at 15%, adjusted for economic conditions.
Forward Canada wants taxation levels to ensure an amount of MPPs necessary (+15) to ensure that there is always a battle going on for Canadians to fight in without having to leave the country. A smaller amount of excess funding would go to infrastructure development after the exhaustion of half gold reserves, and any remaining would be held in reserve for any future economic downturn. Forward Canada will vote down any proposals for tax changes outside of a broader budget discussion. Stability in taxation levels should be a long term goal of Congress. Any tax changes that would be approved will have to be based on math, not feelings.
5. Forward Canada will identify new players to support and encourage them
Forward Canada will support the “Minister of Education” position maintaining a guide and contacting new players to support and develop them in the game. Charitable sponsors will be sought amongst MUs and Parties willing to help new players with starting gifts to quickly complete beginning missions. Forward Canada believes that in these autumn days of Erepublik, legitimate new players who have a desire to play beyond level 20 will be few and far between, but that it is important for our long term interests to find the ones that will and make sure that not having a couple hundred extra cad to fight with a weapon isn’t the reason people quit.
If these are platform positions you can support, and you want to be in a party that will push for these to become the standard, I encourage you to join Forward Canada today. We may not have any Congress members, but we will be moving forward and upward into the Top 5 to provide a consistent and cogent voice in eCanada.
Questions, comments, concerns?
My door is open.
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