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Day 1,878, 05:44 Published in USA USA by Bradley Reala

Why do we do the same things over and over?

Let me tell you all a couple of stories. Whether you listen or not is up to you, I do know my own status here in the eUSA, and I don’t pretend that I haven’t done things to make myself a pariah. I have. I could spout some nonsense about doing them for “THE GREATER GOOD” or something, like the others do; but frankly, I did them because of a specific group of people that I care about and still care about protecting. This article is not about that or them; it is about my stories, which I submit to you in the oldest of fashions, in the form of words in the middle of a great forum.

The Tale of a Man

There are many stories of how this game began. Some histories are better than others, some are utter nonsense, and some are based in fact but embellished quite heavily. All three of these have tackled the entity of Dio Brando and his teachings which form the religious sect, Dioism. Many proclaim him to be a sort of “God-King” who’s teachings shaped the game world, and who’s words created /v/akistan.

It all began in Pakistan, as so much of our history does. In the early days of eRepublik, this nation rose up not due to its military muscle or political clout, like Romania or Indonesia, but because of its cultural significance. Pakistan was a meeting point, a Mecca for a cultural phenomenon. It was the site that Dio Brando established his own significance, by teaching something great. Dio Brando taught his followers that the game is a skeleton.

The actual gameplay is for naught, it doesn’t matter. It’s a foundation, nothing more. The game does not create our stories or our institutions. It does not lend itself to our wants. It has no ability to directly facilitate greatness. In essence, he said what we have now taken as a core principle of our time here in eRepublik: The game itself sucks.

But Dio Brando didn’t stop there. His discourse delved deeper. He taught his followers that, though the game is a hollow shell, worthless in and of itself, that we ourselves can fill its void. It is up to the players, not the game, to create greatness. In essence, he taught that the game’s foundation must be built upon for any sort of lasting structure to be created, and for any good to be achieved.

Dio Brando’s teachings were good, and ultimately spawned the religion of Dioism. The ideas themselves are sound, and the idea of creating something within the shell of the game is a method that has been applied successfully many times over. Sadly, though, this story is not about the good that these ideas did, but about the loss of meaning that they have incurred. Dio Brando and his teachings lost their way by focusing on the cult of personality, no longer pushing for creation of greatness, but instead promising that the way of Dio would lead to greatness. Focus was on the person, not the institution, and people in this game came to believe that a single person is all that is needed for greatness. It is, perhaps, the nature of the human condition to believe that there is someone greater than oneself who will protect and lead. It has been the history of this game that such is the case, not in truth but in practice. We have at times, as a culture, worshipped players as gods, as we now seem to be attempting with yet another man.

Make no mistake; Dio Brando was a great man with great teachings. It is not his words that failed, but his followers. He started to build an institution that could have achieved great things, in some cases, did, but that institution lost sight of things and began to worship the individual over the community. It is there that it died and lost all meaning.

The moral of this story is that a creation must have substance and meaning, but it cannot be focused on one person or even a small group of people. What we create in this game CAN be good, but it isn’t necessarily going to be. What makes greatness in our organizations is a focus on what we can do, without getting caught up in a cult of personality. We create things greater than ourselves; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. By making one person greater than the whole, we lose sight of the reality of this game, which is that anyone can do anything, but the only truly lasting structures are those that we create together.

The Tale of A Nation

In history we have created a bi-polar world. What began as ATLANTIS and PEACE became EDEN and PEACE and then EDEN and Phoenix, and EDEN and ONE, now is EDEN and TWO. This is not a story about those. This is a story about the third man. This is a story that highlights the fallacy in stating that creating a tri-polar world is “trying something new.”

In the aftermath of the ATLANTIS collapse, two alliances grew out of the ashes. The first was EDEN, which we all know of. What many younger players do not remember, though, is that the eUSA, though a member of ATLANTIS, did not join EDEN in the beginning. At that time, we decided to go our own way with an alliance called Fortis. Fortis was, arguably, viable in the beginning, but ultimately was killed by the defection of the eUK to what was then PEACE and is now TWO. Fortis stood for approximately four months before truly being ended during the Third World War.

As the First North American invasion began, Fortis a dead memory, the eUSA and eCanada forged a bond of brotherhood, fighting together to push back an all-out invasion by PEACE forces. This close bond was made official on October 31st, as the invasion waned, in the creation of the Brolliance. During the Brolliance’s tenure, the eUSA also joined EDEN for a short time, but was pulled out less than half a year later. This brief time in EDEN represents the only time that the eUSA has had membership in an major alliance.

The Brolliance worked closely with EDEN, though, and was sometimes considered a part of the alliance, though not officially part. Some, though, didn’t like this closeness, and insisted on pushing for a new route, which they called PANAM, harkening back to a defunct alliance of Beta days. This alliance, PANAM, also had closeness with EDEN due in part to EDEN’s enemy, ONE, being generally unfriendly to PANAM as well. PANAM soon changed its name to Terra. During its time, Terra attempted to add many countries, but ultimately ended up losing quite a few due to never having a unifying factor. In the end, it was a four member alliance that set its own goals, and often clashed with EDEN brass. As Terra went, though, it was as unsuccessful as Fortis had been, and ultimately never accomplished any major military goals for any long period of time.

This alliance finally died and was replaced with CTRL, which was, perhaps, the most spectacular of failures, lasting the entirety of a month, if that. It was also created by the eUSA and three other nations, mirroring the small size of Fortis, the Brolliance, and Terra’s core nations; and ultimately ended due to a lack of trust on all sides.

This is the current history of the eUSA’s alliances. Except for a short time in our history, we have been doing “something new” now for three years. We have been struggling to create tri-polarity for three years. We have set up and watched collapse alliances that hoped to create a tripolar world. How is it that we can call this trying something new?

The moral of this story is as plain as the one before, insanity truly is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. For three years we’ve tried creating tripolarity, and have failed. I’m not quite sure why we’ve failed so many times, perhaps it’s all for different reasons, but the fact is that we aren’t “trying something new” we’re rehashing an argument that was pertinent during Fortis, perhaps even as recently as PANAM in 2010, but has no place anymore. We are not “trying something new.”


In reading what I can about this new order in American politics, I can see nothing that leads me to believe that this is any more than a cult of personality, not about Dio Brando, but around Publius instead. Perhaps this is the logical progression of things. Perhaps this is how it always has to be. I’ve done my fair share to shake things up, but it’s not change that I see. This is not some new renaissance waiting in the wings, nor anything focused on the community. This is a call to go join another cult of personality, to go shout meme phrases and continuing to follow blindly. These are not new policies or politics, nor do they qualify as some great structure. This is not trying something new. This, unfortunately, is a study in insanity.


Tiacha Day 1,878, 07:19

Best article I've read since coming back to the game. Thank you for saying the truth about the cycle of failure in this country.

snake dr
snake dr Day 1,878, 07:42


Mysterious.Mind Day 1,878, 08:23

awesome article Bradley

beerman616 Day 1,878, 08:40

/me gets a big bowl of popcorn

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man Day 1,878, 08:55


PigInZen Day 1,878, 09:02

you obviously missed the point

Sir LeatherNeck
Sir LeatherNeck Day 1,878, 09:29

I think he hit it dead on, imo. Just another regurgitated hunk of poo put before us by the same epic failures that do nothing but fail. Just another cover sheet in the file of fail.

ElvenCRO Day 1,878, 10:12

Great article! o7

The Commando
The Commando Day 1,878, 10:19

Vote o7

Arrden Day 1,878, 10:22

Role Playing Faggots

Publius Day 1,878, 10:25

I thank you for the comparison to Dio Brando. He was truly a great individual.

In just a couple of days, Nova Roma has done more for the community than any other group has done in months or years. The media is certainly more interesting than other times in recent history; I touched on this in my article.

Every group needs a mark of affiliation and we must not forget that this game will be played by most people for only a couple minutes a day. These people will not be content creators, but the repetition of phrases gives them a sense of belonging. This is far better than them simply logging out and contributing nothing. Indeed, many of the groups you were affiliated with--if/when they actually got around to producing content--employed the same tactics.

Nova Roma is open to individuals of all affiliations. I hope the Marines that comment here will join us or consider it instead of dismissing it out of hand as their prejudices may dispose them to.


Sir LeatherNeck
Sir LeatherNeck Day 1,878, 10:27

OMG^ the guy who has done literally nothing for this community speaks. Neat.

Israel Stevens
Israel Stevens Day 1,878, 10:33


Titless fairy
Titless fairy Day 1,878, 10:39

We are MARINES that is enough for us being MARINES and we do not need to belong any other group as Yours Publius.

Sir LeatherNeck
Sir LeatherNeck Day 1,878, 10:41


beerman616 Day 1,878, 10:58

You seriously haven't paid any attention in this game if you think Publius has contributed nothing to the community. That's just wrong.

Titless fairy
Titless fairy Day 1,878, 12:26

If You ask me, eUSA politicians just can't stand it that eUSA is not #1 power in ER like USA in RL is.
That is huge disappointment for eUSA political so call "elite".

But IMHO eUSA have 50 regions and position on globe what make it invincible. To bad that so call political "elite" have no enough brain to really make eUSA as #1 power in ER. It is long story, maybe I will write someday know how about that.
But is someone wanna hear how to do it, please feel free to PM me.

Synesi Day 1,878, 12:30

More fighting, less talking.

Titless fairy
Titless fairy Day 1,878, 13:21

What fighting Synesi ? eUSA had last serious war last summer under Glove presidency. Deleting Indonesia.
eUSA lame politics in fact killing eUSA players...

Silas Soule
Silas Soule Day 1,878, 15:13

Just a literary note: lots of discussion of "poo" and "turds" lately.

Could somebody maybe please hold a contest to find better metaphors for "crapistic"? Thank you in advance. Now I am going to go poo.

Rheinlander von Phalz
Rheinlander von Phalz Day 1,878, 15:48

Nova Roma has done nothing tangible for the country.

Sir LeatherNeck
Sir LeatherNeck Day 1,878, 15:53

Sorry PQ, I'll work on my poo metaphors : P

Sir LeatherNeck
Sir LeatherNeck Day 1,878, 15:57

And beerman: I do not equate trolling the eUS forums masquerading as an admin as doing something for this country. That forum has been nothing but counter-productive its entire existence.

Hampton H. Hampton
Hampton H. Hampton Day 1,878, 16:40

Could I get a list of what Nova Roma has done for the community? Spamming does not count as a something, neither does being annoying or lame.

I'll put the works of what just one eMan has done in this game for the past month over anything "Nova Roma" has done.

Ghost of Tom Joad > Nova Roma AKA "fake romans tha spam nonsense and are annoying"

Candor Day 1,878, 16:51

It is so refreshing to see ANY article not-RGR centric, nor blaming him for our self imposed stagnation.

The SPQR won't do what some are hoping it will do. They understand the need for creation, they went through years of creation.

But that's the problem. THEY went through years of creation. And those were glorious times, during that creation.

Each generation of players longs for that same ability to create, to lead, to produce. Creating yet another institution for them, originating in the same quarter, won't fulfill that longing.

I get the "belonging" point, that much has credence. But this is just a band aid. If they don't create this, it will fail.

OUTSTANDING article, voted hard, and again soft.

Hale26 Day 1,878, 17:06

Voted, and agreed with 100%.
SPQR is nothing but a build-up to some sort of "RP salvation." As tempting as esalvation is, they have proven to be nothing but a cult of personality (and well constructed articles) so far.

If we're gonna try for a national role play, a little substance would be nice ^_~

The Hierophant V
The Hierophant V Day 1,878, 17:22

"Wow" rings much better than "respect" as a comment to this. If I'd e-lived through this all, I couldn't have put it better myself. o/

Drew Blood
Drew Blood Day 1,878, 17:25

excellent article

Trogdorthetroll100 Day 1,878, 18:42

Someone didn't get invited to the party 😛

SColbert Day 1,878, 19:09

A very good read.

jadiv Day 1,878, 19:11

Good Article!

Cthulhu.. Day 1,878, 19:19


Jimmy Cincinnati
Jimmy Cincinnati Day 1,878, 19:31

I was about to write an article about this. I'll be honest, "This is better than I would have gotten and far less offensive. I'm glad you covered it.

Devoid Day 1,878, 19:48

Voted, Brad.

Longbaugh Day 1,878, 20:59

Dio Brando knew that in order to change the world you have to lead the way. Dioism is about preservation in the service of Dio.

SPQR is about the exact same thing.

Your historical representation of the past is mostly accurate, but for those of us who lived through all of that we can all remember the numerous successes America had under numerous leaders. People, under which more people held true the preservation of Dio and followed on.

Your historical strokes do their best to talk about the generalities but not the specifics, primarily in the second part.

Sejanus Saturninus Lex
Sejanus Saturninus Lex Day 1,878, 21:43

This article was pretty awful. Now, "A day in the life of Bradley Reala" THAT was a good article. Nova Roma is a threat to the status quo. It is a threat to boredom. It is a threat to those that want to continue to play this game but have no desire to make it fun. We have taken the executive. We will take several top 5 parties. We will take our country back and then spread the teachings of Publius through out the world. Join your mind to your heart for Publius or your head shall be severed from your shoulders.


Iliya The Great
Iliya The Great Day 1,879, 00:13

Silly shit is silly..

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Day 1,879, 01:12

This was a really good article, Brad.

Quintus Modius
Quintus Modius Day 1,879, 01:33

Glory to Nova Roma!

Bradley is afraid that his elitist position of JCS Advisor that he has held for over a year will be in jeopardy. He is afraid to surrender his control and power.

He is afraid of Nova Roma.


vasspana Day 1,879, 01:35

As every nation has the government it deserves, and every e-nation has the e-government it deserves...

Drew Blood
Drew Blood Day 1,879, 02:10

Sejanus Saturninus Lex
'We have taken the executive. We will take several top 5 parties. We will take our country back and then spread the teachings of Publius through out the world.'

SPQR hasn't taken anything, the 'Flufferist' handed the executive over in a desperate attempt to hold onto what little power they have left; the call was for 'Unity' without party lines and yet you are set to 'take several Top 5 parties -through PTo or no?

Quintus Modius
'Bradley is afraid that his elitist position of JCS Advisor that he has held for over a year will be in jeopardy.'

America might believe this if the fact weren't that the eUS Military and the CJCS which, he advises, wasn't totally independent of the government; just what power is it that he would be giving up?

This is just another package in which the 'Flufferist' hope they can sell America, the loss of 10/10 bonuses has hurt no one but America's ability to supply her troops; the AFA is perking right along without those bonuses.

The surest sign that it is a "Flufferist' led movement is the fact they are all changing their names to what they think are Roman names and SPQR avatars, much like they all use to have female avatars with male names; sorta like the USWP Zombie Horde.

Cyber Witch
Cyber Witch Day 1,879, 04:20

Well said Bradley, very well said indeed.

Sir Gulden Draak
Sir Gulden Draak Day 1,879, 07:13

Rome wasn't built in a day, SPQR will provide more than just words to the community in due time.


Yanisin Day 1,879, 09:46

Best article I've read lately. V+s

Dave Brinkman
Dave Brinkman Day 1,879, 09:53

Best article I've read since coming back to the game. Thank you for saying the truth about the cycle of failure in this country. +1

vladb Day 1,879, 10:03

You did not try something new .You just want to fell "special" .

US always tried to "lead" an alliance ,but with leaders as it had for the last couple of months ,or with role-playing egocentric leaders ,guess what ..the other communities in the same alliance did not want to see eUS as driving the strategy.
At the same time eUS has always been unstable which makes the allies to see it as a wild bullet .

Now getting back to reality :there is not a third way, so adapt to reality .Look around you and see what alliance do you actually think eUS could actually lead?

I understand it's a game but it's called a strategy game ,not SCI -FI or alternate reality strategy but the kind of strategy where communities means people and allies are people who need to know that they can rely on you.

morningblur Day 1,879, 10:33

Wow, the worst president the eUSA has ever known has rolled over in his e-grave opened his mouth and shit out this article. Bradree you were never worth a shit when you actually did things considering everything you did you did badly. Now you step out of exile to criticize something that you know nothing about. Classic Bradree opening your mouth when you don't know what you're talking about. Return to whatever hole you have been hiding in and spare us the misery of dealing with you again.


Merle Corey
Merle Corey Day 1,879, 10:44

dead romans should stay dead. or at least give me moar bread and circvses.

Simulare Day 1,879, 11:01

Good read. The choice to use SPQR as the motto for this new order is odd. The people and the senate of the Roman Empire were not equals. Far from it. The leaders, for the most part, were more RGR than they'd probably care to admit. Political and religious views were forced upon the people. Expansionism was the law of the land and if you didn't agree with Rome, you were sacked, assimilated, taxed, and persecuted all while the Senate and elites claimed to represent all of the people who made up the Empire. The "representatives" of the people, Emperors like Caligula, Nero, and Commodus make Ajay look like a man of the people. These were the 'leaders' who represented The People and the Senate of the Roman Empire.

One word of caution.. watch out for the Germans

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