So I read Gnilrap’s excellent article (go read/vote) and he’s right about almost everything in there. Communing is pointless; the only real way to sustain a Military Unit is via cheating or massive gold buying.
But he missed the most important function of the USAF and the reason why they cannot be dissolved.
They are critical to our national foreign policy.
Let me explain.
The way eRepublik is structured currently, everything revolves around the Military Module. Battles are what matters. The economy and media modules are dead and the political module is on life support. But not the military module.
Because of that, the most important tool in foreign policy is damage. It is far and away more effective than any PM, IRC conversation or article. Winning on the battlefield trumps everything. Being able to effectively coordinate damage towards important battles is how international friendships are made. When MU’s show up in force for important battles, their presence is remembered. And so is their lack of a presence.
Many Brazilians cited the lack of American support in their battles as the primary reason why they flipped sides. If those MU avatars aren’t rolling across the screen, people notice.
But why does that make the USAF important?
This is the USAF’s number 1 role because they are controlled by the President. And the President also sets our foreign policy.
Because of this, the President needs to be able to direct significant damage to important battles that may not be on the scope of our plethora of private MUs.
Some of our most well known MUs are under no obligation to fight where the President wants. eUS Military/Marines, Seal Team 6, Praetorian Guards and Easy Company are all 100% private and do not answer to the President or anyone in government.
The President must have a way to direct damage. From a Military Unit (or collection of) that cannot deny him. To dissolve the USAF, is to take away a President’s ability to be an effective leader for our country. It removes his ability for form and sustain friendships, and puts it into the hands of the MU Commanders.
If the USAF did not exist, then for all intents and purposes, our foreign policy would be entirely in the hands of our various MU commanders. They would be the ones directing the damage, and no amount of PMs, IRC convos or articles from the President and Secretary of State could replace that damage.
If we were to handicap our President like that, we would very quickly find ourselves in a ‘tribal state.’ We would have a collection of tribes (MUs) all vying for domestic political power and international influence. And our politicians would be vying for their support.
Whoever bought the most gold, and built the biggest MU, would have ultimate political power.
The USAF does serve a vital role. But that doesn’t mean they are perfect. Do we really need 5 branches? Probably not. They could be pared down into 3 with ease. And there is the constant need to run efficiently and make sure that they are spending the public’s money in the most effective way possible.
To advocate for the dissolution of the USAF, isn’t looking at the whole picture, and would ultimately decimate our foreign policy and domestic political situation.
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