This article is partially inspired by my last article. One of the major things this game lacks is respect for each other, both politically and internationally; it isn't something that can be changed by the admins either.
Unless you love everyone equally, there is always a nation that you, in particular dislike. A nation that you hold some degree of prejudice against. For the UK, the best example could be eFrance for some of us. Internationally, some countries do their best to destroy their natural enemy without being nice about it, such as Greece-Macedonia, Bulgaria-Turkey. Both countries believe that the other is the evil. For this reason they refuse to be diplomatic to each other and, as such, respect is non-existent between them. The power of whichever evil has more damage changes every so often, so the conflict resumes continually, not only on the battlefield but in articles and shouts, where words play their part.
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In the UK
Imagine seven people sitting around a table, three on one side, three on the other while one is sat at in the middle, agreeing and disagreeing with one side as they go. Everyone has a knife behind their backs, pointed in the direction of each political "ally". This is the situation in the eUK. Even if we're political allies, we simply can't trust each other, regardless of what party we're in. The whole issue these days is genuine hatred for people in a game that is meant to be fun.
I know Iain would be an extreme example but the comparison is perfect. He's done a lot for the eUK, helping us out when we needed it both financially and diplomatically. He has contributed to the way we had worked in terms of foreign affairs and had been in more than 2 years of straight government politics as advisor. It is understandable that some people want to see him gone from politics but it's the way in which it is dealt with. There is no respect for him or his views whatsoever, so genuine concerns are shrugged off as being merely opposition and "baww". He is not the only example though, people such Talon, myself, Goku and Wayne all have similar attributes to this, yet people determine everything we say is some sort of politically biased theory or conspiracy to undermine whatever group is in power.
In order to achieve some sort of political agreement, respect must be added to the political game. If people do stuff that you agree with, don't simply continue hating them but respect them for doing so. If we can learn to respect each other as parties or as people then the situation would practically start mending itself. There's the element of learning to work together too but that's such a hard task for some.
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Respect for the Netherlands
We shouldn't simply shove off a nation who are, in all truth, significantly weaker than we are. I was given a log about the very element of respect and boastfulness:
"if you were smart you would have waited til after Congress xD"
No, this is not "This should be a fun war. Best of luck!", it's the eUK telling the Netherlands to frerk off - pardon the slight pun as our very own Frerk is Dutch himself. It's the eUK showing that respect is simply not given to our enemies. Despite the situation we currently face ourselves in, would those words have been slightly different now? Just because they are small, does not mean they are not worthy of accomplishing great things. Take Chile for example. If they didn't have a babyboom, Argentina would be the dominant power in South America still. Uruguay is another example, who managed to perform a successful airstrike against Pakistan and continue on to a war against Serbia. When I was country president of Austria, we were able to fend off Italy on two occasions, despite the odds being heavily against us.
Of course, there is the issue of France where respect is not mutual and we seem to do whatever is possible to make sure they get hell and vice-versa (support for the embarrassing treaty between Poland and France; the insulting Commonwealth Agreement that renamed London to Londres when the UK was wiped). The main difference here is that both countries are natural enemies even without the law proposal backing that statement up. Relations between the UK and Ireland were at a very similar point only months before France invaded and went hostile in December 2011. I'd have thought that the whole event regarding that would've turned us into a better nation. Alas, this is not so for the most part. Most of the current leadership had witnessed the French invasion. The thing is, we could actually try being friendlier to them but ultimately, it'd take time and trust, the latter of which nobody has patience waiting for.
Ultimately, I would like to see eUK diplomacy move away from the position of thinking that we, as a nation, are better than everyone else. Same goes for party politics. If people were truly better than other people, there would be no other opposition. Arrogance is something we simply can't afford to have.
I agree with the motion that we should unified in times of war, where our regions are under threat. However, why does it take for us to be invaded for people to suddenly begin requesting some form of political unity when it wasn't some parties' fault anyway? The parties that didn't elect this government could easily tell the government to frerk off but as I see it, we have a whole host of people keeping the eUK together from all parties. If an actual invasion is our only chance to be politically unified then lord help our nation for the time being. Maybe we need to lose a few regions to show how ridiculous our political system is becoming.
Just a thought.
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