Ambient on/off

Sign up

 

Continue

Continue By creating an account you agree to the Terms of Service & Privacy Policy
Resend email   |  Can't find the email? confirmation@erepublik.com

Resend the confirmation email to this address

Resend email Can't find the email? confirmation@erepublik.com

The Economist ~ On the PTO of the USA

Day 1,876, 10:59 by Iain Keers


Dear friends,


Today I’m writing about the PTO attempt in the USA. As most if not all of you know, there is a large non-American presence in the USA. Partly this is made up of EDEN citizens who migrated there (mostly Romanians and Albanians) during the time the USA was allied with EDEN. Partly it is made up of Serbs, Hungarians and other ex-TWO citizens that were allowed in by Americans who wanted to use their voting power to take over the country.


At the heart of all this is the AFA, or American Freedom Alliance. And the figurehead and most famous member of the AFA is Ronald Gipper Reagan, also known as Pizza the Hut, Ajay Bruno, Winston S Churchill and a half dozen other names. RGR is a famous PTOer, racist and right winger who has been banned many times and yet always comes back. For a while he attempted to PTO the UK before he was banned, and spouted his vile hate against gay people, muslims and anyone non-white in our IRC channels and forums. He’s pretty much universally hated by everyone who opposes these hateful views, which is (I hope) everyone.


The secret to his success in America is balance. As a genuine English speaker, he can present an American face to the AFA, which succeeds in snagging votes from well-meaning but ignorant 2 clicker players. He also presents a neutral party that can represent both the ex-EDEN and exTWO players in his coalition. Both groups think that they are using him to PTO the USA, the truth is that he is using them.


Looking realistically at the situation, PTOing the USA is a bad idea for both groups. Even the attempt is a bad idea. At the minute the USA is neutral, though the President and several others have mentioned possible collusion with/entry into CoT. The USA still, in my opinion, has the opportunity and potential to swing either way. A large PTO attempt from any country will result in the enmity of the USA, which isn’t something anyone wants or needs- whether they’re TWO, EDEN or CoT. On the other hand, a successful PTO provides very little to any alliance, or none.




At the end of the day the PTO group is too disparate to be able to successfully align the USA with any one side. The USA MPPing TWO countries (SerHun or whatever) won’t provide them with extra damage- in fact it’ll do the opposite. The majority of Serb/Hun players who vote in the USA live in TWO countries at the minute, so they can fight. USA players are hardly likely to fight for any country that’s trying to PTO them.


RGR is out for one thing, his own personal victory over the country that’s scorned him for years. He’ll use anyone to do so, even the slavic peoples who he spent so long insulting in the past. Once he wins (and he may eventually do so) he will be in the awkward situation where virtually any decision he makes in terms of foreign affairs will lose him a significant percentage of his voter base. For that reason an RGR Presidency would probably see very few changes to foreign affairs, and for that matter TWO countries (and their allies) would probably refuse MPPs from RGR for fear of angering the legitimate American population.


Back when the first citizens of PHX moved over to the USA (the likes of Zoli and co) it was a running joke that they’d take over the USA eventually. The truth is that a PTO is only effective against small, weaker countries. Under a friendly regime small countries can’t ally with giant neighbours to regain independence, can’t access their finance, can’t attack. However a country as large and powerful as the USA, holding 6+% of the world’s damage and considerably more of its money would face no such limitations. Even under PTO the USA would be a powerful force, and it could use it’s muscle to hurt any country which participated in the PTO.


In short, this article is a condemnation of the USA PTO and the RGR shadow government there. It achieves nothing, and risks a lot. Increasing polarisation and radicalisation of politics, limitation of democracy and elections and the ongoing foreign affairs crisis are the only tangible effects of the PTO. It doesn’t bring more damage to TWO, it doesn’t improve our relations with America, bring us more money or make us new allies. This is no colonisation of New Zealand or Thailand, this is a full scale assault on one of the largest, oldest communities in the game.





I hope that soon TWO governments will come out and similarly condemn the PTO and officially denounce it. Privately most have already done so, but tacit support again achieves nothing whilst hurting relationships. The USA and TWO might never be bosom buddies, but that’s no reason to foist the likes of Ajay Bruno onto them out of spite. On the other hand, the USA needs to re-learn the lesson it learned with iNCi, and attempt to integrate parts of the community into itself. Not everyone who is foreign is an enemy by nature, but the AFA is always going to do well when the USA population is divided between Americans and PTOers. Isolating loyal sub-groups from the AFA and buying them into the American system will simultaneously strengthen the USA whilst weakening the PTO group.


The future for America is a bit bleak right now. The need for famous faces to rally the pro-USA side is pushing out newer players. In the last year we’ve had 12 old players as President there. For the next year we have more of the same to look forward to. Running someone the bulk of the population don’t recognise is a risk they can’t afford to take. PTO is always a bit morally grey, but in this case it’s not just wrong it’s stupid too.


Thanks for reading


Iain


 

Comments

ObIiterate
ObIiterate Day 1,876, 11:02

PTOs suck.

ddady yankee
ddady yankee Day 1,876, 11:06

www.tinyurl.com/eSantander

Check the English Version.

LarasDea
LarasDea Day 1,876, 11:06

Nice article, Iain
DEAMAXXXX

fagyan
fagyan Day 1,876, 11:10

I agree with my ♥ Arrlo

vukio
vukio Day 1,876, 11:10

PTOers of a smaller country like Romanian group lead by Cronoss in eSwitzerland sucks, Pizza the Hut tried the same long time ago in Montenegro and he failed as Cronoss will.

elbandido
elbandido Day 1,876, 11:11

So true.

Bucephalus92
Bucephalus92 Day 1,876, 11:15

Very nice article, hopefully TWO aligned countries will come out and condemn the PTO as you have.

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,876, 11:19

stfu Keers, no one cares for your opinions anymore...

RaviMirza
RaviMirza Day 1,876, 11:39

voted
good article, as always ; )

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,876, 11:40

Who are you WayneKerr? I recognise your name from somewhere?

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,876, 11:57

You know exactly who I am... Don't lie!

vasmegye
vasmegye Day 1,876, 11:57

It's complicated.

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,876, 12:00

Contemplative and clear. Characteristically devoid of e-emotion, ofc, so let me add that. The guys a stalkerfreak nutjob as well.
Just sayin'

Bernard Hoffington
Bernard Hoffington Day 1,876, 12:03

voted

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 1,876, 12:14

Thing is that eSerbia won't ally with eUSA no matter what (or vice versa)... Serb PTOers in eUSA will never be condemned by eSerbian government because it isn't hurting them at all as they don't gain but don't really loose anything... eSerbia and eUSA will always be enemies in this game and there is nothing that will change that. I don't know how it is with other TWO countries but I see that there is some will that they sign that MPP with eUSA which again doesn't bother other TWO countries at all.

MachakTheDestroyer
MachakTheDestroyer Day 1,876, 12:23

Politics in eSerbia is disgusting so many players are taking other cs.
Besides that, eUSA will always be our enemy in the game, there isn't a slightest chance that any of eSerbians will fight for eUSA. Maybe if PTO successes, will make some MPP just so eUSA would loose it's set of MPP's with some attack.. but in general, players are just bored, and this is a new challenge for them. : )

Israel Stevens
Israel Stevens Day 1,876, 12:27

Thank you for this article Keers
o/

Avruch
Avruch Day 1,876, 12:35

Voted, subbed.

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,876, 12:37

"Very nice article, hopefully TWO aligned countries will come out and condemn the PTO as you have."

x2

Thorin II Oakenshield
Thorin II Oakenshield Day 1,876, 12:39

лол .... lol

Kutluk Bilge Kul Anarsist
Kutluk Bilge Kul Anarsist Day 1,876, 12:40

"Very nice article, hopefully TWO aligned countries will come out and condemn the PTO as you have."

x3

GregoryG
GregoryG Day 1,876, 12:41

There are no Hungarians in the USA. We called them back long ago....

Tiamati
Tiamati Day 1,876, 12:45

Excellent Article; sadly Birther eAmericans such as myself cannot revoke the Green-Cards which have been issued by corrupt members of the eUSA Congress. I personally have little interest in Political Power yet it is sickening to me to see residents of the eEurope and eAsia involved within the eUSA BodyPolitik.

Viarizi
Viarizi Day 1,876, 12:47

These are all lies and "The Economist" should talk about the economic nonsense it is to have the highest taxes in the western world...

NO VOTE
NO SUB

Go back to Pakistan...

Sztandar
Sztandar Day 1,876, 12:52

"RGR is a famous PTOer, racist and right winger"

Please do not use RGR to bash opinions/ideology/anything you disagree with.

You think of this PTO as a measure, but for many players it's the ultimate goal. To take over a country. To be in control. To defeat one of the biggest eRep nations...and this and that, and blah blah blah.

Overall not a bad article. Could be much better though.

Thermaikos
Thermaikos Day 1,876, 12:53

Sheen Charlie says the true.
I think RGR dont care about alliances and MPPs. He bored and just troll.

Exalted Druid
Exalted Druid Day 1,876, 12:58

Following your argument, why would you not let the AFA win once. They would not be able to agree on a direction themselves. They would split apart and the PTO would be over.

Dio Eraclea
Dio Eraclea Day 1,876, 12:59

Pakistan stands against this and other PTO attempts.

Sztandar
Sztandar Day 1,876, 13:00

Pride
Power
PTO not

Darian Dracona
Darian Dracona Day 1,876, 13:05

V&S hardcore!!!

Cody224
Cody224 Day 1,876, 13:46

The Power to deport citizens who have recently(6 months-1 year) immigrated should be a new option.

coolinbun
coolinbun Day 1,876, 13:48

Votet...

objective analysis

Zoli
Zoli Day 1,876, 14:08

Zoli 4 Potus

Kemal Ergenekon
Kemal Ergenekon Day 1,876, 14:19

Voted, quality article.

EyeCAT
EyeCAT Day 1,876, 14:21

"Following your argument, why would you not let the AFA win once. They would not be able to agree on a direction themselves. They would split apart and the PTO would be over."

Good question... Why not? Probably it is the fastest way to end this PTO deal...

vasmegye
vasmegye Day 1,876, 14:22

@GregoryG: except Zoli.

Robert E.Lee 1861
Robert E.Lee 1861 Day 1,876, 14:27

lets say just one thing USA will never be a friend-ally of Serbia.
Friendly advice,dont push it.

Publius
Publius Day 1,876, 14:28

Zoli is a citizen of the world.

Emergy Maxfell
Emergy Maxfell Day 1,876, 14:37

PTOs suck.

Supernana
Supernana Day 1,876, 14:49

Well said Iain !

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 1,876, 14:50

Zoli 4 Potus

I'm cool with that. ^^

desert hamster
desert hamster Day 1,876, 14:51

serbia wont ally with usa.

dont push this. if you do, the privately organized pto has a chance of becoming... well... something else...

ligtreb
ligtreb Day 1,876, 14:53

Good work Iain. Agreed.

Syz2
Syz2 Day 1,876, 14:54

RGR has become synonymous with failure. Even if he wins, he is doomed to fail.

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,876, 14:56

Desert, nobody is asking for the USA and Serbia to ally. But PTOing the USA won't help Serbia, it only helps RGR. It's stupid and harmful to the interests of TWO.

nononever
nononever Day 1,876, 15:04

good article

Captain Kushskiller2001
Captain Kushskiller2001 Day 1,876, 15:11

I personally don't agree with the characterization you've made here, but I have voted it because I think it's one of the more reasonable and better-written articles on the subject. Always a pleasure to read.

Arn.Magnusson
Arn.Magnusson Day 1,876, 15:12

Following on desert hamsters comment:Serbia will PTO you and give " Fort Knox" keys to him.And jus then you will realize the true meaning of pain and devastation

PigInZen
PigInZen Day 1,876, 15:14

Interesting analysis, far too many Americans are limited in their perspective to the effects the PTO is having on them, understandably I might add.

Thanks.

desert hamster
desert hamster Day 1,876, 15:16

Iain Keers

serbian government has nothing to do with the pto going on in usa. we should
beat them on the battlefield.

having said this, we wont accept usa in any way or form officially in TWO. also, while we do not have any say on who will be in COT, we will make sure our voice is heard about this issue in cots member countries.

 
Post your comment

What is this?

You are reading an article written by a citizen of eRepublik, an immersive multiplayer strategy game based on real life countries. Create your own character and help your country achieve its glory while establishing yourself as a war hero, renowned publisher or finance guru.