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The Economist ~ A brief note on the changing times

Day 1,979, 13:49 by Iain Keers


Dear friends,


Today Serbia and Romania have become allies. For the first time since Serbia was added to the game in 2009, an MPP has been successfully signed between two of the oldest enemies in the game. Serbia and Hungary are closest brothers, and Hungary and Romania are historical enemies. Some might see this as a betrayal, or a fracture within TWO. I want to talk about this very important topic with you in brief.


First of all I mean to address the issue of Romania and Hungary. When I joined the game, the two countries were already bashing at each other in central Europe. Romania was by far the stronger country, and little Hungary was partially occupied during most of the time ATLANTIS existed. With that occupation however came motivation, and Hungary managed to secure a baby boom which swiftly grew them to become the most powerful country in the world, and for that matter the most powerful country in existence. As someone with some experience in this, I can tell you that the Hungary of late-2009 was richer and stronger objectively speaking than any country since.


This however was merely the opening bout of what became a long struggle between Hungary, it’s new ally Serbia and their respective enemies Romania and Croatia. Yet whilst the Serbo-Croat relationship has grown more and more bitter over the years, enforced by the deep divides caused by the real life conflicts that most players on both sides have lived through, the Hungarian-Romanian war settled into more of an old feud. The wars didn’t have the fire and passion of the early days when wiping the enemy was like Christmas and New Year rolled into one. It became more a contest or a game than a bitter rivalry. Although many Hungarians and Romanians probably think negatively about one another, it’s a personal battle between people who know each other as closely as brothers, and a lot more closely than any outside country can.


Thus I believe firmly that with communication and hard work, this divide can be crossed. And it should be bridged, if only to show that the differences which force us apart in the real world can and will be tossed aside if people are willing to try. Other enmities great and small have been crossed in this game, but none would be so symbolic as this.




Secondly I wish to discuss the position of Serbia in this. It’s no secret that the Serbs have no real life affiliation with the Hungarians. They share some common history, and some cultural crossovers. I’m not going to go into the history of it- for those of you who are genuinely interested, there’s a book called “Balkans” by Misha Glenny which is informative, unbiased and accessible to people with no prior knowledge of the region. However Serbia does have good relations with other countries in the region. Greece, obviously, has close ties to Serbia, and whilst the ties to Romania aren’t so strong, they are friendly enough across the border. There isn’t really a reason for Serbs to not get along with these countries. In fact Serbs newly joining the game are often confused about this, similarly to the way Brits joining the game are confused why all our friends across the Atlantic hate our guts and our closest friends are almost all slavic countries in Eastern Europe that most of them couldn’t even point to nevermind talk about.


Anyway, to remain on topic, Serbia has taken a leap here but it’s not a blind leap. They are very aware of Hungarian feeling, and over 4 years of close friendship and alliance is most certainly not being tossed away. And deepening of their friendship with other countries will be taken with the full knowledge and approval of Hungary. In any conflict of interests, Hungary will have Serbia’s support. This isn’t speculation, this is fact, which any Serb will tell you. Hungary was the father of Serbia, and although Serbia is fully grown now, the two are as close as it is possible to be, and there has been no sign of that changing.





Finally I’d like to talk about Romania, and betrayal. In the coming days I expect to see many accusations of treachery thrown Romania’s way. In a way it’s ironic, because the Romanians themselves were in the front rank of people calling out the UK for switching sides all those years ago. To explain the current situation, let me explain the UK’s exit from the ATLANTIS bloc back in 2009.


Since the early days of the game the UK had been aligned with certain countries. Now that alignment was held together by forged bonds. Now these bonds are never between countries (bytes of data in a server), but between people: Older players, presidents, ministers. These people were the glue which held the alliance together. As ATLANTIS collapsed in Europe, we had a big power shift here in the UK. The old order, represented by Sara Droz, then CP, was utterly discredited. It would be eight months until they were re-elected. A lot of the people involved in that old regime were tainted. The bonds between the UK and their old allies were cut. At the same time, PEACE players started joining the UK community, and establishing new bonds. Not with the intransigible old guard, but with the new players hungry for experience and introductions. When these new players gained more and more influence, and rose into government, foreign policy lurched.


Now at the time many called us traitors for changing policy. But the question is, how can you betray someone you had no commitment to? Because alliance relations are by necessity held between a few dozen people at most in a country, it relies on the continued loyalty and good relations of those people. I was one person who was marginally involved with ATLANTIS and resisted PEACE membership quite strongly. But others who were born later felt no loyalty. Those born after May 2009 have had no experience of being allied to those countries at all.


To link this in with a nice segue, Romania are in a similar position. EDEN in effect ceased to exist as a functioning body six months ago. Realistically speaking, it’s been dead for a year. And I am an expert on recognising when an alliance is dying, having swam rat-like from the sinking ship of four alliances now. There are thousands of players in Romania - probably more than half the population - who have never seen EDEN at it’s prime. They’ve grown up under the auspices of a tired, dysfunctional alliance, hobbling along with the virtue of longevity as it’s only crutch. Is it betrayal for them to sign an MPP with a country they have never fought, betraying an alliance which for them has never truly existed?


The real betrayal is pretending that EDEN still has a future. Every dog has it’s day, and EDEN’s day was in 2010/11. I remember the days when EDEN had all but wiped us from the map. I remember the power of their mobile divisions, I remember the constant irritation of RWs. I think we all remember how irritating it was being Romper’d, though it seems like every country has it’s Romper now. But those days are gone, and right now everyone is simply waiting for a better offer. So don’t give Romania a kicking because they’re keeping their options open. They need help against Bulgaria and someone offered them help. Don’t blame them for making a decision countries make every day.



In conclusion, don’t judge before the song is over. Don’t expect everything to last forever. Take the opportunity to build bridges to unexpected destinations. eRepublik is at the end of the day about building castles in the sky, not fighting bloody skirmishes in the muddy ruin of past battlefields. Take a leap of faith.


Iain





Ps. It is under 2000 words, ergo it is brief. If you can’t read 2000 words, you don’t deserve to know anything about foreign affairs.
 

Comments

BigAnt
BigAnt Day 1,979, 13:54

Nice Iain. very nice

Alphabethis
Alphabethis Day 1,979, 15:46

wow, what a waste of neurons ! are we talking about history OF A GAME? COME ON!!!

John F Baker
John F Baker Day 1,979, 17:02

That's a lot of exclamation marks for a game brah.

GregoryG
GregoryG Day 1,979, 13:55

http://i.imgur.com/il8b4.jpg

El Senso
El Senso Day 1,979, 13:59

well done, nice o/

Death and Taxes
Death and Taxes Day 1,979, 14:01

I enjoyed that article Iain, thank you very much

elbandido
elbandido Day 1,979, 14:01

\o/ nice, thanks

Hale26
Hale26 Day 1,979, 14:05

Very nice. Voted.

Sir Jimmie Akesson
Sir Jimmie Akesson Day 1,979, 14:06

its not dead till it actually is gone

mcmoox
mcmoox Day 1,979, 14:06

MCMOOX je bio ovde!!!!

Duncan Crowe
Duncan Crowe Day 1,979, 14:07

Solid writing, I like it. Voted.

Lord Marlock
Lord Marlock Day 1,979, 14:09

excellent analysis

paul sambora
paul sambora Day 1,979, 14:11

o7 very nice

rakuraka
rakuraka Day 1,979, 14:11

o7

Colonel Jack ONeal
Colonel Jack ONeal Day 1,979, 14:12

That's a hell of an article. You deserve my vote and my subscribe and also my respect

Chuchi
Chuchi Day 1,979, 14:12

lol, loved that Ps

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man Day 1,979, 14:14

What about Poland? I haven't seen any of my Romanian friends mention Hungary as a problem at this juncture, Poland on the other hand...

Cubby
Cubby Day 1,979, 14:15

"The real betrayal is pretending that EDEN still has a future. Every dog has it’s day, and EDEN’s day was in 2010/11."
And we will fight TWO, no matter what it's name is.

thaddaus
thaddaus Day 1,979, 14:15

we are not betraying nobody
we still have mpp with Eden and still fighting for them

i have 1 word for TWO, Loland and Hungry, in particular _|_

ivan.sk
ivan.sk Day 1,979, 14:18

wait till you sign mpp with them ; )

Colonel Jack ONeal
Colonel Jack ONeal Day 1,979, 14:33

Its his personal opinion. And mine too,but if the conjuncture force me,I'm able to let it go. At least for a while

Douglas Mckeever
Douglas Mckeever Day 1,979, 15:40

Unfortunate double negative in your first sentence. Secondly, if you start a sentence with, 'i have 1 word for TWO,' there should only be ONE word following... ; ) : P

Neil Lewis
Neil Lewis Day 1,979, 16:35

wow! I pride myself on pedantry; but was about to let that post go ... lol

surferdude
surferdude Day 1,979, 23:21

lain never sais that he has only one word for TWO

thaddaus
thaddaus Day 1,980, 00:06

english not being my first language, pls excuse me
so...we are not betraying anybody
and i have 1 word for "TWO" (Loland and Hungry, in particular) _|_
better?

Douglas Mckeever
Douglas Mckeever Day 1,980, 00:33

@thaddaus - Much better! Please excuse my pedantry. My OCD wouldn't let it lie. ; )

@surferdude - ?

Mihai Petrescu
Mihai Petrescu Day 1,979, 14:16

excellent stuff

ivan.sk
ivan.sk Day 1,979, 14:17

It's true that we can't judge Romania's decision but EDEN is dead and if Serbian-Greek MPP is signed like their population wants , there will be a major shift in the eWorld balance meaning TWO vs CoT war.
You may include also Poland in those mpp plans.

Darkslowstar
Darkslowstar Day 1,979, 15:15

that would be very good for the fun, a brand new war, new alliances, niew friends and new enemies. Its a game, lets have some fun

The Graverobber
The Graverobber Day 1,979, 14:19

"They need help against Bulgaria and someone offered them help."

sooo nicely said. thanks for clarifying it

cristi4seby
cristi4seby Day 1,979, 14:26

yeap ... bulgarian is so good on the battlefield with 28 allies an Romania with 8-10 : ))

get real, its known that one to one we wipe u out

lioshi
lioshi Day 1,981, 14:52

what drugs r u on

Alex.L
Alex.L Day 1,979, 14:20

This is just... wow

amvlad
amvlad Day 1,979, 14:20

Damn, Old school. : )

ghishae
ghishae Day 1,980, 02:07

truefax.

milosforzajuve
milosforzajuve Day 1,979, 14:22

Nice

cristi4seby
cristi4seby Day 1,979, 14:23

o7

GeaV
GeaV Day 1,979, 14:24

on 1236th word now , but Voted as well!

fagyan
fagyan Day 1,979, 14:24

i just read the P.S, then the main article -.-
you still sux in writing bro

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,979, 14:24

Good article, but other than making things more interesting for a while I doubt we'll gain from this.

Lord Calois Draco Bellator
Lord Calois Draco Bellator Day 1,979, 14:25

You miss the part were TWO is destroying bridges with CoT.

DzonYx
DzonYx Day 1,979, 16:54

With acepting eUSA in alliance ?

Lord Calois Draco Bellator
Lord Calois Draco Bellator Day 1,979, 17:22

With making an mpp with an actuall enemy of Bulgaria, and cancel later the mpp with them.

DzonYx
DzonYx Day 1,979, 17:27

First you accept eUSA (one of eSerbia TOP 3 enemies) in CoT, then we sign MPP with eBulgaria's enemy...

CoT made their choice first, rest is logical development of situation...

Lord Calois Draco Bellator
Lord Calois Draco Bellator Day 1,979, 17:36

So, you say that CoT made a mistake?
Why you didnt say anything?
CTRL first and then 4 month in trial and your country didnt say a thing.

Now that their are CoT we did the biggest mistake. A little hipocrit your point of view.

And let me show you a diference:
- USA was 4 month trial of CoT, all the world new that and we didnt hide never information.
- Serbia was in secret conversations with an enemy of CoT for month*. You hide this to CoT an EDEN. Then you accused Bulgaria to have secret conversation with Romania (Mininus) while your country was the one in that secret talks.
And to do this more absurd you sign an mpp with Romania when Bulgaria had an NE over Romania, you help them to win the initiative only to cancel the NE.

If you cant see the diference let me say to you that you are a blo** foo*

* Read http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/-eserbian-mofa-eromania-amp-eserbia-signed-mpp-2248974/1/20

Lemon Vodka
Lemon Vodka Day 1,979, 14:25

EDEN who?

Fernando Colunga
Fernando Colunga Day 1,979, 14:25

respect!

Theirdie
Theirdie Day 1,979, 14:27

thanks o/

HumbleBe
HumbleBe Day 1,979, 14:27

"they needed help against Bulgaria..." <<< they STARTED this war and had each week since a proposal for peace...

The rest of the article is fine (:

ICU.I4CU
ICU.I4CU Day 1,981, 09:32

we don't need help against Bulgaria, we need help against CoT... Eden has fallen...

 
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