When I say tax, i always mean both income tax and VAT
I'd like to start this article by saying why we do need taxes.
We need taxes for MPP's. Everyone mutually benefits from having regions. There is not one group of players who do and some who don't. And as congress is the only people who can vote for these they need to have the funds at their disposal. It's up to the government to try and make these MPP's as beneficial and as efficient as possible.
What else do we need taxes for?
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This is where it's time to differentiate between real life and eRepublic. Some people (lets say roughly half) believe generally that socialism is a good idea. They want taxes for roads, schools, a poor 4 year year old waiting in a hospital in South East London waiting for an organ donation to save her life. I don't know if people have noticed, but we don't actually have these things here. So even if you are for taxes in real life, that doesn't mean you should be for them on here.
What are taxes spent on?
They are spent on a lot of things. MPP's for a start. But we have a whole list of others. One third of our spending went on our 'Call to Arms' project. This is a gigantic waste. Just like real life, i've seen government make ridiculous calculations. I've seen people on the forum actually say "Well, we supplied 70 people with 4Q7 so that's x million of damage for x amount of GBP". This really is absurd. I would and so would many others, fight just the same without these supplies. In fact, if there was less tax, even more people could afford their own weapons. Self reliance. They are also spent on an NHS system for newer players and military strikes. Again this is uncalled for. You can not take money off of players and give it to others without asking for their help. It doesn't mean we should get rid of these systems (i'll come to that later though).
POUND COINS DON'T HAVE VAGINAS
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There is an argument about income tax. "it's only one pound roughly per day, can you really not give it up to help the country?" Well you can collect all these pounds together if you like, but just because it's in a big pile doesn't mean we have more money. It's still just one pound per person worked. I have checked, and it is true, pound coins don't have reproductive systems that we could exploit to make lots of baby pound coins.
It is true, some people benefit. The active people. Some will read this and think Great, lets help the most beneficial to our community. This is wrong. eRepublik is a game that thrives on activity. Every aspect of the game rewards activity. There are already substantial motivation to be active. What eRepublik does not care for is the 2 clickers who don't spend money. They don't go on irc, they don't read the news, they don't use the forums. But what they do do is, they work and they fight. A lot of damage and productivity is produced by 2 clickers. Taxing them takes away their ability to operate. We talk about retention. We don't need to worry about our active players. They will continue to play. What we do need to worry about is the 2 clickers who hover on the edge of logging in each day. We need to keep them coming back. Taking away their finance does not help.Taking money away from these players to give to people you chat to on irc and the forums is just not fair.
We had a baby boom recently. We taxed people, we flourished the new players with gifts from these taxes. What was the result? A disaster, we actually struggled to get the population back to where it was pre baby boom just one month after the boom was over. Taxes did not work. In fact, some highly productive people might look at our VAT rate and think twice about getting eUK citizenship.
Does this mean we just don't try to help new players?
Of course not!
I personally give more money than i give in taxes to people i see asking for food or even weapons. What i want to do is help people, not give the players in government an ego boost about how they can pretend they're getting all this damage for the country.
We can still even create voluntary schemes. We could keep the NHS going through donations (which contribute already). If the laws didn't already take my money i would be willing to help such schemes a little more.
For things like military strikes that costs a lot more. And if government wants to finance that then there are ways to do that. An example i heard was create an eUK voters club. Personally i don't like the idea, but ideas like this are exactly the kind players in government should be discussing. Taxes should not even be an option.
I hope this can change some people's minds, but i doubt it will....
Thanks for reading,
If you happen to be interested in sexual activities with money, Helpmeslack has kindly informed me that if you are of similar size to him, you can knock out the middle part of a £2 coin and away you go.
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