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We're Innocent When We Dream

Day 1,994, 14:05 by Gnilraps

Innocent When you Dream
Day 1,994 of the New World
6 May, 2013


Something I've always enjoyed about eRepublik is the way we dream together in our communities. And by dreaming together, new (e)realities come to life.

But it has to start with dreaming.

I might pause for a moment to point out that there are, sadly, a few smallish closed communities who have lost the capacity to dream as a community. Their failure to dream in concert with outsiders dooms them to sectarianism, cronyism, and flameouts of what could have been great. (It is my view that the fizzling of "SPQR", for instance, is due mostly to this dynamic.)



But when the dynamism of diversity meets the electricity of excellence in the powderkeg of possibility, something wonderful happens.



US-AIM is a great idea.

So far, that's what it is. I really think that only the most parochial players among us can, with a straight face, say that a dozen or more independent Militias coordinating battle damage is anything less than PROGRESS.

I mean, even fingerguns sort of likes it. And actually, about her article, while it is true that many of US-AIM's leading voices overstated made the point that "having fun" is a major tenet of US-AIM, it is not the primary foundational principle. I think the overemphasis on the "for fun" aspect of this thing is more just a reaction to a concept that is popular in the public discourse at the moment. I don't blame fingerguns for picking up on it, there hasn't been much more than that to pick up on. Yet.

But I digress (again)...



US-AIM is a great idea.

First of all, it is an unavoidable reality of life in the eUSA that the majority of actual battlefield damage is done by citizens who do not fight under one of our official USAF military units. This makes eUSA (thankfully!) different than USA.

Just as an example, on day 1992 (an ordinary day of fighting CoTD's), USAF generated over 663 million damage. US-AIM generated just over 1.4 billion.

So if US-AIM makes it even just a little easier to coordinate what represents maybe about 1/3 of the total damage available (actually, if you exclude Dark Side Wolves from the equation, US-AIM accounts for greater than 1/3. I mention that because DSW just does whatever they want and will not likely ever become intentionally coordinated with eUS interests) then major KUDOS to those who organized it.

So US-AIM is a great idea because coordination > chaos.



US-AIM is also a great idea because there is no way our Government will be able to support such a massive army on its own. These financial constraints create a pool of players from which private/independent militias recruit.

As we have seen with the recent demise of the Office of Militia Support and the simultaneous cutbacks to our USAF Military Units, there is simply not that much cash available to properly support any more citizens than we already do. And so it goes without saying that there are hundreds of active citizens looking to do meaningful damage for the sake of our country and alliance.

The problem used to be that all these private militias were competing against one another, sometimes with animosity, to attract the non-USAF-affiliated citizens. This often led to grudges and selfish competition. At its worst, it even led to poaching or subversive methods of sabotage in order to get an MU off the ground.

But in this new association of militias, it is understood that members of the association will be working together for mutual support and empowerment.

So US-AIM is a great idea because cooperation > conflict.



US-AIM is also a great idea because it makes the job of the PoTUS easier.

Really, with how awful the ingame messaging system works; given that only a percentage of citizens can be expected to use IRC regularly; because the eUS Forum has such an unfortunate reputation as a trollfest; and because every MU seems to have its own way of doing things, the task of communicating with the entire fighting force of the eUSA is nearly impossible.

But US-AIM has created a means for communicating efficiently with a broad spectrum of citizens. In this sense, US-AIM is making the Country President's life easier, almost doing part of her job for her (or him).

US-AIM is a great idea because communication > silence.



US-AIM is also a great idea because it expands the political voice of the general population.

And yes, I realize that I am doing two things right here. First, I am changing my mind about something. I had thought that US-AIM should remain intentionally NON-POLITICAL. And second, I am also conceding a point that has been made by those opposed to US-AIM who decried almost immediately that this would get political sooner or later.

Well it has occurred to me that US-AIM is destined to be political right from the start whether anyone wants it to be or not. It is political not by design, but because every friggin' thing in this game is political. Seriously. There isn't much else to do in this damn game but politics of one kind or another (and I am including the politics of non-involvement as being just as "political" as the politics of involvement). You are political because you play this game. Get over it and move on.

And I am not suggesting that US-AIM is suddenly a political voting bloc. Gawsh, if it becomes that I'm OUT.

But it is going to be impossible to avoid the reality that US-AIM is actually an interest group. And while it was formed for apolitical reasons, its existence is a new political reality.

Because US-AIM is so very diverse, and because US-AIM does not pool any financial resources, and because US-AIM does not include any Military Unit that is politically affiliated, I expect that it will remain fairly benignly political. I expect that it will remain clear of corruption. I expect that its political value will derive more from its size than from any formal stance. But US-AIM is political.

And that means that a whole host of people are engaged in the politics of this country who formerly were not. Good.

US-AIM is a great idea because politics > apathy.



I am thrilled about US-AIM. I can say honestly that I had little to do with its formation. Yes, I had some input on a few concepts that I felt were very important. But in large part it was the CO's who worked in concert to fashion something that was organized enough to encourage adherence but loose enough to remain... wait for it... FUN.

And yes, I am pretty proud of Easy Company for being able to be a part of this thing.

We would not have been able to participate in such an affair if we had remained affiliated with a political party without compromising our commitment to one or the other. I am strongly decided that our independence looks better now than the day I first made such a mess of it. The view through our windshield looks a whole lot better than that in our rear view mirror.



Last thing: I am calling upon those who serve in the US Government to embrace US-AIM for the incredible potential it represents. I am calling upon our new President to appreciate that she has been hand-delivered something that could potentially be an enormous boon to her presidency. And I am calling upon those who took issue with the way US-AIM announced itself in battle to put that behind them and DREAM A LITTLE BIT FOR PETE'S SAKE.

Because we're all innocent when we dream...

You may now return to your regularly scheduled clicking

 

Comments

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,994, 14:06

First reserved for US-AIM

Freddie Effin Mercury
Freddie Effin Mercury Day 1,994, 14:09

US-AIM is the best thing to happen to this game since sliced bread.

Cubby
Cubby Day 1,994, 14:16

US-AIM, Fire!
Good work Gnilraps. Well said.

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,994, 14:17

I appreciate how candid you are about the political motives.

That should make for more productive negotiations, I would think.

*watching intently*

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,994, 14:18

Replying to my own comment is classy.

But I was just wondering if you consider US-AIM to essentially be what the JCS used to be, that is an equal branch of government?

Cubby
Cubby Day 1,994, 14:23

Nothing is equal in government.

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,994, 14:32

lol true enough, Cubby. But still curious if that's the intention here?

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,994, 15:07

While I cannot speak for any of the other foundational thinkers who contributed to what this thing is, I can speak for both myself and for EZC leadership on your question.

During no part of any of the conversations I was privy to (i.e. non-IRC) was US-AIM ever spoken of as an equal branch of government. I didn't even see anything about "influence" mentioned,

I think more than anything else, the general feeling was that smaller militias would, by association with larger ones, gain some attention publicly, and that private MU's overall might gain the respect that is otherwise not always forthcoming from those who do government business in an enclave-like environment.

Any motivations toward having political influence on policy were either unspoken or took place beyond my purview.

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,994, 15:09

So what kind of influence are you envisioning? How do you picture a cooperative relationship with the government, practically speaking?

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,994, 16:46

It seems you are asking me, Gnilraps, what I envision.

But I have not been a mentionable part of the visioning process of US-AIM. I was 99% just a standerby.

So my answer to your question is wholly my own here.

I envision that the next truly successful President will be the one who figures out what to do with US-AIM.

Cubby
Cubby Day 1,994, 16:52

Nailed it. Free advice to the highest bidder!

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,994, 19:14

Interesting response. When do you announce you are running, Gnilraps? lol

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,994, 20:06

Approximately never

Haselrig
Haselrig Day 1,994, 14:18

Good stuff, voted.

Edelmann
Edelmann Day 1,994, 14:20

Yep, excellent article. I can second this.
AIM-exec relations had a rocky start, but there is so much potential.

Kooguy
Kooguy Day 1,994, 14:29

Well put.

Freddie Effin Mercury
Freddie Effin Mercury Day 1,994, 15:12

Wonder why.

Mr. Indigo
Mr. Indigo Day 1,994, 14:46

Nice reading, as always Gnilraps. Keep it up

Roper 70
Roper 70 Day 1,994, 14:59

US-AIM Baaaaaaa o7

Joe Lansing
Joe Lansing Day 1,994, 15:00

Excellent article. Thanks for inspiring us to expand our view of the game. I look forward to seeing what it could lead to.

Henry Pfeiffer Arundel
Henry Pfeiffer Arundel Day 1,994, 15:12

You make a lot of assumptions here, but only time will be able to tell if it was wise to do so.

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,994, 16:48

I appreciate your careful reading of what I've written. I'd agree 100% with your reply.

John Largo
John Largo Day 1,994, 15:31

Excellent article

Deepchill
Deepchill Day 1,994, 15:35

Great article.

Dogpyle
Dogpyle Day 1,994, 15:46

Hell yes, Gnilraps.

Excellent, and then some.

Voted in a big way.

Ronald Gipper Reagan
Ronald Gipper Reagan Day 1,994, 16:29

"non-political", aKa a third of the country is still excluded. k

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,994, 16:47

Hey Gipper, only one single person in eUSA, really, is excluded, and that is you.

Most of the rest of the people you've dragged down with you can be reformed.

But you are hopeless.

Bucephalus92
Bucephalus92 Day 1,994, 17:03

No cause is hopeless, but RGR is certainly as close as you could get.

Ronald Gipper Reagan
Ronald Gipper Reagan Day 1,994, 17:20

lololol coming from a guy who makes Pfeiffer look sane.

bigcdizzle
bigcdizzle Day 1,994, 17:09

Voted.

Tom Cauchon
Tom Cauchon Day 1,994, 17:14

This is a huge power play by US-AIM. I like the idea, but I think we, EZC, should be cautious of this so-called "interest group" basically taking the unpopular Unity Elections and creating their own version of them, where only the CO's are allowed to pick the candidate running for POTUS, because they can with such a large voting base. Just saying...I don't really know that much though

DMV3
DMV3 Day 1,994, 20:05

US-AIM will never be involved in politics in that way, the day it becomes that will be the day it ceases to exist.

Cyber Witch
Cyber Witch Day 1,995, 05:20

If I could vote multiple times on your comment Dennis, I would!

Iliya The Great
Iliya The Great Day 1,995, 17:32

That's more than a little naive.. Officially organized or not it will have that effect.

Kara Beth
Kara Beth Day 1,994, 17:30

Voted

WillyPedro
WillyPedro Day 1,994, 18:20

Hard vote

Raw784
Raw784 Day 1,994, 19:07

Voted !

The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree Day 1,994, 19:58

Currahee

deadlittlepuppy
deadlittlepuppy Day 1,994, 20:07

RAWR

SirUnna
SirUnna Day 1,995, 07:36

Voted.

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,995, 10:19

how very reasonable :]

Duncan Crowe
Duncan Crowe Day 1,995, 13:02

Voted

 
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