Dear readers and friends
Having spent 4 months in Parliament serving the population, it has come to my attention that we constantly have a lot of proposals that are ill-thought through, do not take into consideration game mechanics or the affect the impact will have upon the nation long term.
In this article, I shall try to address some of the basic mistakes made during an MPs tenure in Parliament, working through each Law on the list and the common approaches that are taken to that law with the appropriate approach to follow.
So you have just been elected to Parliament, what do I do now? Your role has now expanded, but initially we will focus on the laws you can propose and vote upon that are known as game mechanics. Each MP has 2 proposals they can initiate each month. No more, no less. Once they are used up, they are gone.
The Donate Law is a law that allows money to be transferred from one account to another involving national currency. This is actually not used very often as its usually easier to purchase a bit of WRM or FRM using Orgs in order to move the cash around. Such as the Bank of England donating money to HMS Aurora, you would buy, from HMS Aurora, 1 WRM for 10k, or 100k or even a million.
Unless this proposal is sanctioned by the Prime Minister, then it makes more sense to back what could be stealing national cash. Generally this law should be voted down unless, and only, the PM has instructed otherwise (unless, of course, they are stealing it - in which case vote NO and then Impeach)
VAT and Import Taxes/Income Tax
This Law is often a massive political football between parties, however, taxation serves two main goals: revenue and encouraging selling on the markets by foreign and domestic investors. At this stage, generally speaking, lower taxes seem to be the way to go, although, we need to trial this and see what happens over the next week or so before the Minister of Finance will tell us if it was successful.
With these laws, it revolves around a basic premise that a balanced budget is what we really need, and that we should focus on achieving this. This means being willing to raise or lower taxes pending on need. Remember, that this is a key source of income for the government.
Income Tax also affects the normal citizen, so, a lower tax will result in lower revenue, but slightly more cash for the citizen. Higher will do the opposite. It is important to remember that with current wages, the resulting change in cash is negligible and hardly impacts upon the vast majority of citizens.
Probably one of the most ill-thought out proposals come from the idea of Minimum Wage. Often by raising it from 0.1 GBP. Why is it so low, I hear you ask? Well for the simple reason that we need to keep it so in order to benefit the commune job systems and the Military suppliers of the United Kingdom Military. Lower wage keeps the cost of production down, especially for those in communes, while they gain more tanks and supplies.
This should not be raised as all it does is harm the Military Units production. This is a military game in totality at the moment, which means we need to be aware of the fact that what we do needs to help the Military.
What this law does is removes the CP powers from the current PM and transfers them onto the runner-up in the election. However, once you cast it, you have to wait 7 days to use it again. Generally, unless you can be sure of winning, there is no point to use it as the CP might suddenly need to be removed from office due to inactivity or a RL crisis.
Factors to be considered when voting or proposing this are: is the likely successor active and decent, should the current PM be removed and should we lock up this proposal for 7 days incase he really does become inactive.
It also requires 66% of Parliament to be passed. In a 40 member congress, this means 11-12 votes are all that are needed to prevent this passing.
This proposal, also needing 66% of the votes cast, sets a neighbouring nation as an enemy. When doing this, one must be aware that a stupid war can cost a lot of money, and, if there are any treaties, may cause problems in the future in terms of Foreign Affairs. We could also lose the war and that would be terrible from a public relations standpoint as well as seeing us lose territory.
We can also only have 1, so, if there are 2 enemies, like Argentina and Ireland, it makes sense to have the NE on the weaker nation, or the nation we intend to focus on, in order to best use our 10% bonus.
This law can be re-submitted without any delay, although, be aware, until 7 days have passed or the enemy no longer has a border, the NE will remain locked up and cannot be changed/ended.
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The Daily Knight
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