Citizens of the eUSA,
Take a moment to watch the origin of break dance.
~ Enjoy. Excellent things come of a Cossack dance and an American music mix. ^_~
Anyway, today I'd like to
It goes roughly like this:
1. I click 'accept' to post a standard 'won a BH/CH medal' shout.
2. Some folks I know and like get upset over who I fought for.
So, case in point:
My comments above pretty much sum up my view in it's entirety.
~ If you don't like TL;DR just skim the parts in bold font.
It doesn't matter to me which side the eUSA fights for.
I'll fight where the daily orders say to fight.
Would I sometimes prefer one side over another? Yes, sure.
Does that stop me from fighting for whoever my orders say to fight for? No, definitely not.
We are all of us together stronger than any of us apart.
We are all at our best when we stand united for the national team.
Personally I liked the old status quo...
...the military leaders didn't run in elections or political circles.
...the political leaders didn't run any national military units.
Once we started to let folks blend the two roles we ran into trouble.
We're past that now. Damage done. Now I see comments from folks wearing American banners getting upset at medals won fighting for American allies. I don't like it. I do still like the people I see making those comments.
We might eventually face another breaking point.
We might face some AFA President who cannot be impeached.
What then? The eUSAF breaks away as the JCS broke away?
Personally, so long as they try to shepherd the nation well, I'll continue to fight where the nation says to fight.
Anyway... ask yourself this:
Is it more important to support your own nation even in the hard times?
Or is it more important to support your old foreign allies once the nation moves on?
The answer is different for each of us. I know my answer.
I don't always tank. But when I do, I know the damage goes where the nation needs it. I follow orders.
I'm a Nationalist. Actually, it might be more accurate to say Fascist, at least in eRepublik.
Parties and movements change.
The military should be better than that.
The military should fight for the nation regardless of parties or alliances.
The point is simple... I'd rather we all just get in line, join the appropriate rank/strength MU inside the national system, and fight as directed. If we did this, we'd concentrate our firepower much more effectively.
Some folks like to cry foul over the very notion of the eUSA being inside Circle of Trust. That's just silly.
The past two unity elections have been about foreign policy as much as about anything else. In Fingerguns vs John Jay, it was a choice between the Circle of Trust alliance and a policy favoring EDEN nations. In John Killah vs Jason Statham Jr it was a choice between the Circle of Trust alliance and a citizen's referendum on staying in CoT or moving back to independence and possibly building a new small alliance. Both times the active intra-party communities within the 2nd-5th parties chose Circle of Trust.
The past two general elections have also been about foreign policy. In the general elections, Fingerguns vs RGR isn't a good example since animosity against RGR/AFA colours the decision, but it was clear that Fingerguns favored Circle of Trust and RGR favored a mixed batch of old friends. In contrast, the election between John Killah and Candor offered another chance to set a different course. John Killah was obviously for the Circle of Trust alliance, whereas Candor's take on direct democracy might have moved us in any direction.
As the Narrator said,
Our foreign policy is incomprehensible,
our party politics is laughable,
and our reputation abroad loathsome.
My point here is this... everyone had a few chances to change the course of our foreign policy in recent months. Everyone let the shift to Circle of Trust happen. Everyone could have rallied more voters in the primaries and the elections. Through action or inaction, everyone chose. We're in a new alliance now. Let's make the best of it.
For anyone who thinks I have an agenda here, let me make my history plain:
At first, I was ignorant of the alliances. As I learned more, when in Congress I voted to take the eUSA out of EDEN. As our relations with EDEN stabilized, while Vice President I argued for swapping resource regions with EDEN for free to strengthen our collective power. Over time as the relationships with some EDEN nations soured, I grew to dislike EDEN and pushed for a change in alliance. I was purged from government. I left. I returned.
The main lessons I learned over time are this...
1. We should all fight together as directed by the national leaders each month.
2. We should be very, very careful when joining or leaving any alliance.
3. We should strive to be a bedrock member of any alliance we do join.
As it stands, we are in CoT now, like it or not.
I personally think our wayward cousins in the JCS and elsewhere should come home.
I personally think that if the AFA is truely dedicated to the eUSA, their units should join the eUSAF.
In the words of CJCS Eugene Harlot, STFU AND FIGHT.
Max McFarland 3
~ Party President, Stardust Crusaders USA.
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