My newspaper, like the rest of my eRepublik places, has been gathering dust. This is partially because I made the conscious decision after publically berating Evry not to be a loudmouth EDENite abroad any more, but also because I continue to lose interest in playing the game in any way other than as a "clicker".
Now that I have left the USA (thanks for having me) and returned to Croatia, I no longer feel like I would be a meddling pthut to voice my opinions. Now I can simply observe. And preach with a megaphone . I should state before I begin in earnest that I am biased in favour of EDEN, and while some of this article will poke fun at ONE, I have tried to keep some sense of balance.
Omg everyone do what I say
Now, much noise has been made lately about America's foreign policy. And by lately, I mean people haven't shut the f*ck up about it for the past 3 or 4 months. I mean seriously, it's like a saga from a terrible soap. Fighting for America's affections we have seen:
EDEN. Dutiful, dependable, but after some years together, boring for some Americans. EDEN has now got to contend with:
The stains on the bowl of the eRepublik toilet that ONE left behind when EDEN and Terra cooperated to flush them to defeat, otherwise known as ALT GR or something God awful.
These camps are generally led by mature individuals who have been playing the game for quite some time, both sides being keen on trying to turn America's head with their attractive qualities as allies and friends. Surely Americans could expect a beauty pageant of suitors, eager to win them over with impressive displays of friendship and loyalty.
The birth of EDEN, the very alliance so vilified by so many in the USA, took place in a time when the USA itself was under sustained and very serious threat from the PEACE alliance. Hungary, Russia and Indonesia (as well as other vassal states) were almost in full control of the USA’s home territories, a feat which arguably took a lot more cold determination to destroy America than it would today.
That was a long time ago now, and the "new world" has changed. Nothing feels "new" in the game any more, with modules geared towards constant minibattles, constant campaigns, constant wars, each more "epic" than the one before. In my opinion this has led to ever decreasing periods of alliance stability, with players trying to create some excitement to keep the game feeling fresh, to keep the "new world" feeling new.
The alliances have changed. EDEN fights on, while the hardcore of PEACE still opposes them. But many countries have, at various times and for apparently various reasons, decided to change sides. Attempts to disguise it and furious PR campaigns are waged by both sides. Shouts, articles, official releases, leaked logs: they all appear (with annoying regularity) as symptoms and causes of eRepublik countries changing sides. What never ever varies, though, is that NO SIDE IS EVER WRONG. No really, ask anyone. No side is ever, ever in the wrong. The truth is that blame always lies somewhere in between two sides, but, fundamentally, there has to be some kind of desire for the country in question to move, some hunger for change.
As a relatively untouchable regional superpower the USA has long tried to tread a different path to the rest of the world. We saw this when the USA attempted to create Fortis, when they left EDEN, and when they formed Terra. It is happening in a new way now. Whether it will result in a clean break from EDEN remains to be seen, but my instinct tells me it will not be as straight forward as that.
But I would like to explore what has brought US and Brazilian populations to this.
Constant fighting in the Balkans means that enemy superpowers very rarely get an opportunity to threaten the USA or Brazil's security. America and Brazil have carved economic empires, with coveted 100/100 bonus sets, while their allies in Europe are usually struggling against the ONE (sorry, I refuse to use that silly name they're trying to sell ONE to you as) superpowers. The USA and Brazil had 100/100 recently, and were still complaining about being forced to fight in the Balkans. This struck me as slightly petulant and perverse. You had effectively won the game, and issues with PTOs were limited to grumbling about that multi using, right wing lunatic Mexican kid who thinks he is a RL president in waiting. I don't see why fighting for Croatia or Romania or Turkey suddenly became so unbearable for you. In fact, I remember the USA fighting for France and for Germany a fair few times more often than the Ro-Hun Cro-Serb wars when I was involved with Terra. What changed? I think the answer is similar to many instances of side-switching: a group of old players got bored and decided to shake things up.
Some douche bag players from EDEN countries are not helping EDEN's cause,
as was the case in Brazil. Nothing will force Americans and Brazilians into the enemy camp more surely than trying to take control of their affairs. Knock it off, and have a little faith. Do you imagine that the USA will let Serbia march to Liaoning unopposed? Do you imagine that Brazil will abandon Argentina? Do you imagine that either will leap into bed with the auld enemy Hungary? I don't.
I think they will understand that a multipolar world is, in the medium and long term, impossible, that allying SPoland now means eventually allying Serbgary, and that joining this new stupid named alliance ultimately means leaving true friends to total destruction.
And if I'm just being naive and am mistaken in this faith, then, America and Brazil, I wish you the best.
VICTORIA AUT MORS
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