Oh, shit, it really was eMerica the whole time.
Since I rejoined this game for the third time, and became active for the first time, I have heard nothing but constant grumbling about how the game just isn’t any fun anymore. What a breath of fresh air for someone stepping into the new world for the first time! It’s as if a million voices cried out in disgust and were suddenly prolonged forever and all time. So, how do we shake things up in the game? What brilliant and dynamic changes do we make each month? We keep electing the same people over and over and over and over again. Holy weird metaphor, Batman: It’s like we’re on a demented carousel and every time we make a full rotation, we see our collective parents having sex through the window of a seedy motel beyond the carnival fence and we STAY ON THE CAROUSEL. Perverts. As new player, SHIELD agent, inscrutable mystic, and possible real life serial killer, Squantoo, always says (and lifted from a more credible source), “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result”. Last month, Tenshibo was the new blood candidate and ran against an establishment candidate. When he came to our Federalist board this month to campaign, Tenshibo brilliantly eviscerated the current establishment candidate that he didn’t have the name recognition to beat last month:
“The most differences would've came (sic) in the handling of the war versus Serbia. We're not prepared for this, but we could've been. Serbia's RWs, for instance, couldn't be opened yet (viewable here: http://battle-watcher.com/campaigns/country/65) as the 24-hour timer was still active on them. So, no drains there. Croatia had recently been re-wiped from Europe; if we took our time, and coordinated an effort to get them back on the map, and then have two NE's on them, coupled with RWs in key regions both of Serbia and TWO, our chances of winning both the initial battle and the campaign would have increased exponentially. Secondly, CoT was facing RWs and battles on several fronts, thus decreasing allied support from CoT. What Artela should've done, and what I would've done, was timed it so the RWs would drain Serbia, Croatia would be NE'd, and CoT would be able to focus on Aquitaine.
Also, just nitpicking here, but if you recall, we could have already owned Aquitaine, if not for Artela's RL getting in the way, preventing her from hitting the NE button earlier in the term. Stuff happens, and things come up, but this was an early mistake that wouldn't have occurred if I had won last month.”
Call me crazy, and I already know that hindsight is 20/20, but I don’t think we would have had the two Aquitaine debacles with Tenshibo last month. We backed the wrong pony. To Tenshibo’s credit, he learned his lesson. You can’t beat the establishment, but you can join them. His Cabinet list is a Who’s Who of stagnation. I’m not saying any of these people are BAD cabinet members, but they’re certainly the SAME cabinet members that have been running the show the entire time John Q. eMerican has been complaining about the boredom he’s experienced.
Cabinet roll call: Israel Stevens, Israel Stevens, Israel Stevens, Israel Stevens…
Why else did he change basically his entire cabinet from last month? Because we refuse to give dynamic, new players a shot. We let the establishment tell us what to do. People like Pfeiffer still call the shots even after he moves to e-TWO-K. Let’s look at the USWP question threads for the two candidates. See who gets grilled by Pfeiffer (why the hell is he even commenting, shouldn’t he be tanking for Serbia?) and other old-timers and who just gets glowing praises from Inwegen:
^^ USWP questions for Paul
^^ USWP “questions” for Tenshibo
It’s pretty clear to me that, for lack of an establishment candidate (Pfeiffer “predicted” Duncan Crowe would win this month, but a pre-primary Federalist election selected Paul Proteus over Dunks), the Powers That Be got a hold of Tenshibo. Call me a foil hatter if you want, maybe I am, but Duncan Crowe, who we still love, falls out of the picture and suddenly all these old players are sharing a Cab with Tenshibo.
BRACE YOURSELF! It’s going to be a mediocre riiiiiiide!
We look at my best friend, Paul Proteus, and his reasons for why he selected candidates. He selected young up-and-comers like SarahT0ga because he TRUSTS her. He selected me for Media Director because he thinks I write well. Merit. Character. Potential. Here’s the crazy part: You don’t even have to take Paul’s word for it. You can judge for yourself what kind of active, interesting player SarahT0ga is. You can read my own articles and see if you think I’d make good, interesting, entertaining press releases.
What does Tenshibo say in support of his Cabinet? He just lists all the positions they’ve already held. They deserve it because they’ve done it a million times before. Well, did they do a good job before? They must have because they’ve done it a million times before. How did they get elected in the first place? They must have deserved it. Unfortunately, that’s why Artela won and why the younger Tenshibo tore apart her mishandlings of the Serbian war. She knew she wouldn’t have to do a good job or try hard because she can get elected anytime she wants. She has the name recognition and the “credentials” to back up her next bid no matter how she actually performs.
The bulk of what I’ve said has been a complaint about the Cabinet selections and the status quo, so I’ll make one last point about this. The biggest beef I have with Tenshibo’s Cabinet is that he bothered to select a Secretary of Education. If we don’t want new members to take on responsibility no matter how much they’ve earned it, why are we bothering pretending that we want new members around? If we’re going to elect the same 20 guys and put them in the same positions every month, I say we abolish the office.
S.W.A.G. = Same Will Always Govern?
Enjoy the carousel, eUS.
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