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A View of our Political Parties

Dan 1,846, 14:05 s strani Kronos Q

It's been a long time since I've been involved in politics. For many months now, I've mostly been sticking to the 2-clicking ways, without paying too much attention to eCanada's political scene. But last week I decided that I was going to get back into it; I decided I would actually start to play eRepublik again. And so I needed to find a party that I could join.

That's always the tough part, finding the political party that will be best to pursue your interests. Unless you want to go in blindly, you really need to take the time to do some reserch. And as the Party Presidents know, that's what I did over the past week. I've been poking and prodding their parties, and asking them a few questions. That said, the questions were moreso for this article, as I already had a good idea where I was going to end up.

Consequently, this article is about our political parties. Doing my best, it'll be an impartial look at how each of our top parties represents themselves. Not an actual analysis; just a look at the important stuff that they say about themselves. All of that analytical / opinionated stuff will have to wait for another article (though, I'm sure that stuff will be more interesting than this stuff..).

And so, beginning from the top.




#1: The Canadian Progressive Front

Currently eCanada's largest party, the CPF tags itself as "empowering individuals and protecting our community!" It is composed of players from many different backgrounds, as it is also the oldest party and has drawn support from many sources throughout its history. The core behind this front are the 7 tenets that it has always stood by. The Seven Tenets of the CPF being:

1. Uphold the equality of all active Military Units
2. Make the accounting of government funding more open and important
3. Ensure Canada is a reliable and selfless ally
4. To respect, recognize and uphold the supremacy of the mechanics of the game
5. Develop a positive political sphere
6. Bring in Canadians to eRepublik
7. To encourage growth and stability to the eCanadian economy.

The CPF is quite firm with these tenets; very seldom do they change them. That said, the tenets provide a positive vision that encompasses near all aspects of eRepublik. The tenets are well advertised and make it easy to compare personal beliefs against those of the party. What isn't advertised as well is the basis and reasoning for the tenets (but that's be a recurring theme when talking about parties).

Being the largest party, the CPF is also able to elect the most Congress-members. The selection process for deciding Congress candidates are simply members that best reflect the tenets, since all CPF Congress-members are expected to follow the tenets.

Sources:
- Party President's Article
- Party President, Randall Flagg 1999




#2: Clan Wolf

Lacking a tagline, Clan Wolf is the next to largest party. Previously the AFK party, it comes from a background that supports in-game activity over the meta-game. On top of that, a big focus of CW has been on encouraging newer players to take part in eCanadian politics. All of CW's beliefs, though said to be a little out-dated, seem to follow these points (summarized by myself):

- Believes in an in-game approach, rather than external forums/IRC
- Provides opportunities for new players to participate politically
- Everyone in the party is equal, and is allowed an equal say in decisions.
- Believes in reasonable taxes, keeping money in the hands of players.
- All opinions & ideas are respected and listened to.
- Supports the idea of self-sufficient MUs, and Govt funding when required.

Being a "clan" approach, where everyone can make suggestions, Clan Wolf would seem to be a more malleable party. This would allow them to better represent what the current active membership believes is best for the party/eCanada. The downside being that the party beliefs may not be as consistent, which would require better advertisement of them to ensure everyone is on the same page.

When it comes to Congress, Clan Wolf's motto is "to get as many newer players or dedicated members into congress as possible." They consider themselves a stepping stone into Congress for players, providing an opportunity to experience the political aspect first-hand. But as with all parties, they also look for the dedicated players with the experience to help guide Congress to it's much neded decisions.

Sources:
- Current party charter.
- Vice-President's Article
- Vice-President, oinyo




#3: Sons of Anarchy

Coming in third is the Sons of Anarchy Party, where as a tagline, they have the lyrics for the Sons of Anarchy theme song. The SoA may very well be eCanada's mystery party. Most everyone has an expectation of what the SoA will do as a party, but very little information has come out from the party leadership about their plans.

From the answer that I've received, their leadership do not have any determined goals or plans for the long term, as they are still in their infancy. But that, as with all parties, they are here to help eCanada. The difference being that they wish to do that in a very different manner. That manner, however, is still unknown. At current, they do have two aims, and I've taken the liberty to add a third, being:

1. Bringing together all former Norsefire members.
2. Shake the stigma associated with the party.
3. Ginger Thursdays.

Sources:
- Spokesman's article.
- Spokesman, Flashgun



#4: United Party of Canada

Then in fourth is the United Party of Canada, with the tagline of "party built on the ideals of low/moderate taxes,unity, loyalty, no corruption, honest politics, equality,helping newer players out, and the betterment of the nation of eCanada." The UPC is the amalgation of a number of smaller parties to compete with the larger parties. Since then, they have rebuilt themselves as a single large party and have create a party platform.

UPC Party Platform
Since it's a bit long, I'm just going to link to the platform here.

The UPC's platform is very clear and well laid out; this makes it very apparent to all in the party what is expected of them. One of those clearly stated expectations, though, is to stay within party lines and agree with their beliefs. A focus of the party is equality, which, similar to CW, allows for any member to make a suggestion or ammendment to the platform. And again the reoccuring theme that it's easier to find Waldo than to find the platform and reasonings for it.

For Congress, the UPC makes their pick of candidates from those who are most dedicated and have presented themselves well. This allows them to run their more experienced candidates while ensuring that newer players aren't left out altogether.

Sources:
- Vice-President, Ardikus V2



#5: Military Dictatorship Party

Bringing up the rear is the Military Dictatorship Party, claiming the tag of "[being] devoted to a strong and unified eCanada. Our focus is on strong MU's and we support positive change for our Country." The MDP has had a roller-coaster of a history, and has recently gone through a "rebirth". The aim of this being to refocus the party to move beyond the partisanship and argumentative attitude that has hampered eCanada in the past.

With this change, the MDP does not have a clearly set platform. Instead, their goal is kept simple: "Supporting MUs, and trying to find a path for eCanada that actually makes sense." Instead of the usual beliefs, the MDP prides itself on being realistic and on getting results. They look to make a real statement by putting their money where their mouth is.

And as such, the MDP are able to claim the most active Congress-members (proportionally). This is most likely due to their Congress candidate selection being based on who will most benefit the country, with the party's aims in mind.


Sources:
- Party President's article.
- Party President, Muglack


Aaand those are eCanada's top 5 parties! There are a few other parties (FC/IPC) that may prove interesting with time, but currently, there isn't much to say about them until they've done a bit of work on themselves. I hope the article was... at least informative ;)
Heh, thought I'd leave out some article music? Nope, this one is just a treat for getting to the end of the article.

On that note, I'd like to end this article with a little bit of a game. As was mentioned, I've already made a decision on which of the above political parties I am going to join. So if you'd like a chance at winning some (either 5 or 10, haven't decided yet) Q7 weapons, take a guess in the comments of which party it will be. Everyone who guesses correctly will win some weapons, or you know, if you just want to bragging rights...


And now it's done. Thank you for reading, and I'll see you in my next article!


Sunday, December 9th, 2012.
 

Komentarji

klop123
klop123 Dan 1,846, 14:07

If you join the CPF, I'll give you the 5 or 10 tanks ^__^

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 14:09

Well written.

Glad you took the time to do all the research Kronos!

Wally Cleaver
Wally Cleaver Dan 1,846, 14:10

"And again the reoccuring theme that it's easier to find Waldo than to find the platform and reasonings for it."

You should rephrase that to "it's easier to find Wally during a CP term than to find the platform..."

And the monkey will join SoA.

George Beeman
George Beeman Dan 1,846, 14:11

KQ will join UPC.

Muglack
Muglack Dan 1,846, 14:11

"They choose candidates based on whether a player is vocal and actively doing things to benefit the party"

That's not exactly right. We choose based on who will most benefit the country, with the party's aims in mind. Last month I offered SpockPQ a spot on our ballot which would of resulted in him getting elected because I knew he'd be active and involved, even though we agree on almost nothing. eCanada first, MDP a close second

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 14:13

Also, I'm going to guess CPF for the party he will join.

Kronos Q
Kronos Q Dan 1,846, 14:14

Noted and edited, Muglack.
Though you may want to recheck your messages.

Sir Jimmie Akesson
Sir Jimmie Akesson Dan 1,846, 14:18

but what will Canadian National Monkey do without you?
I say you will join UPC

Mary Chan
Mary Chan Dan 1,846, 14:18

~hyuu~

It's worthwhile to take the time to find your place in the political scene.

Sir Jimmie Akesson
Sir Jimmie Akesson Dan 1,846, 14:19

I think some CPF members have forgot about tenant 5

chewytaz
chewytaz Dan 1,846, 14:19

"On that note, I'd like to end this article with a little bit of a game. As was mentioned, I've already made a decision on which of the above political parties I am going to join."

You'll help me rebuild the Canadian Liberal Party of Canada or as I'll rename it to it's former name the CanVision Party : P

Maxwell Wolf
Maxwell Wolf Dan 1,846, 14:22

v

chewytaz
chewytaz Dan 1,846, 14:22

"easier to find Waldo than to find the [UPC] platform and reasonings for it."

Go onto the forums and look under Polls and into the latest revision.

But perhaps there should be a designated article or something to show it.

Derphoof
Derphoof Dan 1,846, 14:22

Good article!

Hopefully you'll be happy with whatever party you've chosen to join!

"It's worthwhile to take the time to find your place in the political scene." x2

Sasha KammakitzJen
Sasha KammakitzJen Dan 1,846, 14:24

I'll point out, quite humorlessly, that when I came back a month ago the MDP still had the description that I wrote in April (which included the link to the manifesto I wrote back then as well), not one word change. It changed a day after I asked the current dictator of the party if the description is still accurate for the party, of which I got no answer.

Foxfire
Foxfire Dan 1,846, 14:28

Very good article.

Funky 24
Funky 24 Dan 1,846, 14:29

Secret about Tenet #5: It breeds intolerance.

George Beeman
George Beeman Dan 1,846, 14:35

Holy crap it's Sasha Jen

Sasha KammakitzJen
Sasha KammakitzJen Dan 1,846, 14:38

^ best reaction so far

Mochan Drust
Mochan Drust Dan 1,846, 14:41

I can tell you that it is not going to be SoA 100 %. DO I get any gold for that ?

I think Kronos will go with UPC.

Muglack
Muglack Dan 1,846, 14:48

"It changed a day after I asked the current dictator of the party if the description is still accurate for the party, of which I got no answer."

I changed it the first day I was able.

That was your answer.

SpockPQ
SpockPQ Dan 1,846, 14:52

I bet on SOA!

Sasha KammakitzJen
Sasha KammakitzJen Dan 1,846, 14:52

nice to see that all dictator when I left, to you, gave me the answer "yes" in their action to not change it.

Pat Harper
Pat Harper Dan 1,846, 14:55

Voted and subbed, great article, and an interesting read!

Sasha KammakitzJen
Sasha KammakitzJen Dan 1,846, 15:15

you will join the CPF. Kronos

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 15:29

On a side note, I made the UPC platform easier to find on our Forums.

Randall Flagg 1999
Randall Flagg 1999 Dan 1,846, 16:09

Well spoken monkey man

Auk Rest
Auk Rest Dan 1,846, 16:25

@Sabzii/Lord Beorn

Removing destructive individuals such as yourself from the political process makes eCanada's political sphere a better place

George Beeman
George Beeman Dan 1,846, 16:25

@Sabzii/Lord Beorn

Removing destructive individuals such as yourself from the political process makes eCanada's political sphere a better place

x2

Artemis Bane
Artemis Bane Dan 1,846, 16:25

Quite the article KQ. Hopefully your time and efforts will help other homeless Canadians find a home.

TheBurningMan
TheBurningMan Dan 1,846, 17:19

Imma say CPF

NoobPower
NoobPower Dan 1,846, 17:20

You will join to Forward Canada , former EPIC!

Plugson
Plugson Dan 1,846, 17:31

After you join your chosen party, perhaps you could write an article explaining how it fits your interests and the needs of eCanada. Sorta wondering how the distinctions between the parties actually affect how people might play the game or make decisions as a Congressman...

Kronos Q
Kronos Q Dan 1,846, 17:51

Plugson. Get out of my head.

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 17:53

Plugson is in everyone's head, sometimes he probably regrets that. Especially when someone is on the toilet and he happens to see in their head.

Plugson
Plugson Dan 1,846, 18:01

Ardikus, I think you missed a spot. Better go back and, please, remember to flush.

Looking forward to the follow-up article, Kronos.

oh and this
http://youtu.be/6Ejga4kJUts

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 18:20

Yes Plugs, I'll try to remember the 4 steps next time.

1.Sit
2.Toot
3.Execute
4.Stand
5. Flush

Randall Flagg 1999
Randall Flagg 1999 Dan 1,846, 18:27

The better question is why are you on erep on the toilet. That must be one hell of a dump to give you this much time!

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 18:28

I was AFK for a bit, don't spread such ridiculous rumors

chewytaz
chewytaz Dan 1,846, 19:00

Typical bathroom break time is 2 hours to waste time that should be used more productively

Plugson
Plugson Dan 1,846, 19:14

Ardikus, I seriously recommend you expand to a 6-step process. The lack of a crucial step after #3 explains why you 'missed a spot.'

4. Wipe

Funny how a silly off-hand comment can derail a comment thread.

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 19:19

Kronos must be fuming at us right now

anyways, I'll note that in my journal.

MCA421
MCA421 Dan 1,846, 19:26

Great summary

Ardikus V2
Ardikus V2 Dan 1,846, 19:36

Might also be worth Noting Member Counts for the Parties

CPF=156
CW=100
SoA=87
UPC=67
MDP=60

Mary Chan
Mary Chan Dan 1,846, 19:42

Plugson was in my head too, Kronos Q. Sometimes he reminds me of other things-- he's like NZT personified.

Etemenanki
Etemenanki Dan 1,846, 20:48

My guess would be Clan Wolf. Keep your guns though if I am right.

These are useful every so often to remind people where things stand, though ones that also remind where they have stood and what they have done in the past are also useful.

Muglack
Muglack Dan 1,846, 21:54

I think he's gonna join the MDP, because he wants to put his money where his mouth is, and if he's gonna get back into the muddy waters of eCanadian politics after all this time he wants to try and make a difference.

Le Petit Fantome
Le Petit Fantome Dan 1,846, 21:55

Good stuff. ^^

Michael 23
Michael 23 Dan 1,847, 05:26

Great article Kronos. Good work in analyzing the parties. I'm willing to say that you might join the CPF.

Umbra Bellator
Umbra Bellator Dan 1,847, 06:08

i guess KQ joins CW

 
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