Nation, I would first like to thank you for re-electing me as the president of this great eCountry.
Next, I would like to say that the news I bring you may either excite or disappoint, depending on your stance.
I just can’t do it. We could have easily joined the Circle of Trust, but I’m not going to. I planned on proposing it to Congress upon election, and seeing where it went from there. However I slowly realized, after releasing my article and constantly mulling it over, that the risks were too high and the reward was too little. I don't even think that I will propose it to congress anymore. I spent most of the past couple days, flip-flopping over which decision to make. I was incredibly indecisive and there were several reasons why, in order of importance.
1) Public Support
People look to the President to lead and take ownership of the nation. They want a strong confident leader who will put them on the right path and make the nation better. Yet, I cannot force anything on the public. For a plan to work, it needs the support of the people I lead. I could not be confident that I had the support for my ideas. Only 17% of people wanted to go to an Anti-EDEN bloc. I was surprised that 43% of people voted for me, with that in mind (assuming voters read articles). However, even with what could be classified as a massive spike in support for CoT, I would need 50% of all active article readers and poll voters to vote for CoT in a national referendum for it to succeed. Although much of the nation could be classified by others as “two-clickers” who may click the “fight” button for whomever we choose to support, the active community could be harshly split.
Take Macedonia/FYROM for example. They were just in a war with France, a longtime ally and friend. They were admitted as a trial member to CoT after I released my article. As a strong nation losing regions to France, we would’ve likely had to have backed up Macedonia/FYROM with military support. It is my expectation that such a sudden switch to fight against such a trustworthy ally and other allies could cause a rift in the Canadian community. It would cause a rift in a society already divided by bitter politics. In fact, one MU came to me and told me that they would not supply any damage for CoT battles. They would send their damage elsewhere. It is this kind of thing that I cannot have in this nation. Some may say that division could be some kind of odd fun, but a house divided cannot stand. We cannot be expected to make a difference abroad when we cannot get things together at home.
2) Friends and Allies
Lets say, for all intensive purposes, that we join CoT for trial but it didn’t work out. After one month, our vote had failed and we subsequently let our trial membership expire as we made our exit. During that month, we will have fought against EDEN and her allies. We will have assisted in their wiping. Do you really think that they would take us back? “Oh hi France.... I know we just helped Macedonia/FYROM to wipe your nation, but would you like us back anyways?”
What do you expect that answer to be? Likely, it would be a resounding “No.” In fact, they may very well laugh in our faces. We would quite possibly have nowhere to go. The public doesn’t like CoT and our allies (former allies by then) won’t like us. Basically we’d be screwed and it could easily open up the door to invasion and occupation by anyone. This is especially true after supporting those CoT nations. Can anyone say “Possible Occupation by the United States?”
I love our friends and allies, the people like them, and we know that they like us. Turn on them and that all changes, possibly to an irreversible degree.
3) My own hesitation
After I published my article on CoT, and seeing how public support was against it, I began to hesitate and doubt myself. It was the first time I was really unsure in my Presidency. It would have been a huge change with nominal support. It was a big risk with some to gain but everything to lose.
This Article explained much of my doubt on a level that I hadn’t been able to articulate well enough in my own time. So, go read it for more info!
Without the public’s true consent for the plan, we can’t do it. The results could be utterly disastrous for Canada if we joined CoT without the true unwavering support of the people. Perhaps I have that support and I just don’t see it. However, in the end, I don’t think I can be sure of the public going for CoT, at this time.
So there you have it. Call me a flip-flopper, spineless, weak, stupid, and anything else you want for that matter. The blame’s on me. I labeled myself as the “Man with a Plan” but the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. When that happens, you have to stand up, admit your faults, take the blame and move along.
You’ve gotta learn from your mistakes. Take all the criticism in stride and keep on keepin’ on.
Ah, well... I done derped....
CP of Canada
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