Some of you may remember back in September when I first ran for CP. I ran under the UP banner, with a very "Dignity Brigade"-Stance. I was against Brazil occupying our regions and absolutely wanted nothing more than to kick them out. I saw them as oppressors and nothing more.
While I still would love to see a sovereign South Africa one day, during my term as CP, I've realized one thing: We need Brazil as much as they need us. They need our regions for 10/10 bonus, it's nice that we don't fight them for it. It's even nicer that they pay to rent those regions. However, we need them for multiple reasons.
1) We need the money they provide us.
2) Their 10/10 bonus also gives most of our MU leaders that same bonus. Grimstone, Hamilton Moore and Crumoet all are living in Brazil in order to receive these bonuses and Provide for the country.
3)They protect us.
Looking at the protection aspect is important. We are a small country. We have our heavy hitters, but what we don't have is the numbers. Our population is small and while we can bring a lot of heavy force to a battle, what we can't to is "sustain" a war. We can't keep a war going all by ourselves. It's sad, when I as a CP know most of our active citizens, even the 2-clickers and know when I can expect to see them on the battlefield. This isn't a criticism, simply an observation of how truly small and intimate our country is. Brazil offers that around-the-clock fighting which we need in battle. (USA also dropped heavy damage for us in our first TW in Charrua, that didn't go unnoticed)
Brazil is also there to protect us when we need it most. The best example is our Training War with Uruguay. Whether it was due to poor communication on my part, or them being selfish, our Training War got out of hand and Uruguay refused to return Western Cape to us. That's the end result, no matter what the blame.
Here's an article (Originally Portuguese, translated by google) from the Brazilian CP, explaining why they have decided to NE Uruguay, the number 1 reason being that we needed the help. In case you didn't know, Brazil has recently been through a big war themselves, with China. The fact that they are so willing to do this for us is a great vote of confidence.
I was approached, not by a specific alliance, but still recently, with the offer to help us get rid of Brazil. I won't disclose any of the "Top Secret" information, but I will say that I did think it over. I tossed the idea around and even entertained it, until I thought for 5 minutes on the matter.
If we shun Brazil, and regain a sovereign eSouth Africa, it won't last long. There are too many countries that know our size. Uruguay just proved that we can't win back our own region. Without Brazil, we'd simply have new oppressors. After this term, I don't even see Brazil as "Oppressors" as they have been willing to help us out more than we could ask for.
As long as I'm in this chair, I hope to continue to strengthen the relationship between ourselves and Brazil and I urge everyone to take this into consideration, especially all future CP candidates.
"By keeping ourselves distant from Brazil, we will die in stagnation. By embracing the relationship and looking for ways we can join them, and help strengthen BOTH nations, we will thrive."
-Claudio Kilgannon (Yes I quoted myself)
The rest of the eWorld sees us as Brazil puppets already. We can revolt and essentially throw our toys around the play-pen, or we can constantly seek out new ways to join together and be part of the eGlobe as opposed to living in our own little bubble.
With this message I may have just put the noose around my own neck, but I hope you all take these words into consideration. From someone vehemently AGAINST Brazil, I honestly have had my opinion changed.
Thank you Brazil, for everything you have offered us.
Message to the Dignity Brigade: I've already laid the Tar and Feathers on the table in HQ, I'm willing and prepared to accept my punishment.
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