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Basic IRC Guide

Day 1,157, 14:29 Published in USA USA by Fionia


IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is the real-time chat system. It’s the chat system most commonly used by the highly active parts of the eRep population. In the eUS, the top 5 parties, military branches, SEAL Team 6 (the top militia in the country), Congress, and the Executive all have one or more IRC channels. It’s an important form of communication, and usually a quicker way to get things done than through forums or in-game PMs.


The main network used by eRep players is the Rizon network. For those of you new to IRC (which you probably are if you’re reading this), the simplest way to connect is Rizon’s own qwebirc software.

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For your nickname, try to use your eRep name (note: spaces aren’t allowed in nicks, so if there is a space in yours, use an underscore instead (example: Agent_Washington)).

For the channel you want to join, check the “Useful channels” list later in this article. Those are all public, relatively newb-friendly channels.

From here, you can just start chatting if you want. But you may want to register your nickname, which would stop other people from being able to take it.

To register: /msg nickserv register mypassword

The password you pick must be longer than 5 characters, and the email must be one that you can check. You will get an email from with a confirmation code.

To enter the confirmation code: /msg nickserv confirm confirmationCode

Now you have a registered name! Each time you log on with that nickname, you will have to enter the password. There’s two ways to do this if you’re using qwebirc. The first is to check the box that says “Identify to NickServ” on the connection page, then enter your password (see picture above). The other, more general, way is the identify command:

To identify: /msg nickserv identify password


Besides just registering and identifying, there are a number of useful commands to learn to make IRC use easier.

To change your nickname on IRC (you can change it to anything not registered or currently in use): /nick newname

To group different nicknames (this means linking them to the name you registered with, like I have Fi|afk and Fi|writing_article grouped with Fionia): /msg nickserv group yourname yourpassword

To list the different names you have grouped: /msg nickserv glist

To join a channel: /join #channelname

To reset your password if you forget it (or if you accidentally type it in a public channel); this will send an email to the email you registered with: /msg nickserv resetpass nickname

To send a private message to someone: /query theirname

To see whether somebody is online or what channels they’re in: /whois theirname

To see when somebody was last in a channel (only works if you have at least voice (see below) and they are on the access list): .seen theirname

To see when somebody was last online in general: /msg nickserv info theirname


Each channel has its own rules for who gets access, but here’s a basic overview of what access levels mean.

Voice: If the channel is moderated (also known as muted), you can talk. You can also use the .seen command mentioned above.

Half-op: Can kick and/or ban people with voice and no access, and in some channels can kick other halfops. Can change the topic of a channel.

Op: Can do everything half-ops can, plus being able to kick/ban other ops. Their greet will show up when they enter the channel (in most channels).

Admin: Same benefits as op, plus they can kick/ban all users except other admins and the channel owner. Cannot be kicked except by the channel owner. Can add people to the akick (auto-kick) list. Can add people to the access list.

Owner/Founder: Can kick anyone, has access to all channel configuration options.


Party chats:

National chats:
#tc (the Training Corps channel)
#Foundation (an eRep newb help channel)
#usa-interior (another eRep help channel)
#ies (for people looking for eUS citizenship)


See this wiki page for every country's national channel name.


There’s more IRC clients than those listed below, but these are the ones that most eRep players use and are comfortable with.

Mibbit: The simplest to use besides qwebirc, also looks better than qwebirc. It’s another web-based client, so it doesn’t require downloading and installing other software. It’s my personal favorite because I can keep all my eRep info in one browser window this way.

X-Chat: X-Chat is a stable and highly customizable IRC client with a basic, clean, and utilitarian appearance. Available for Mac OS, Windows and Linux systems that supports multiple IRC servers. description by Hadrian X

Colloquy: A Mac OS X client. Also supports some scripting.

Pidgin: A multi-platform, multi-protocol instant messaging client with strong IRC support, and heavy customization including vertical tabs, custom notifications and a diverse plugin library. Additionally, Pidgin's logging capabilities are second to none, with logs rendered in color-aware HTML. description by Necros Xiaoban

Chatzilla: An add-on for Firefox. “It doesnt throw me off IRC when I don’t want it to, saves whatever channels i want to autojoin, and has a script to auto identify myself. I can put in other scripts to autojoin pw protected rooms. It’s colorful.” Andy Costello

mIRC: A Windows-only client. Its main distinguishing feature is an advanced scripting language. “Well, its not the prettiest of versions, but it is very slim and not cumbersome. Has a very good script feature (auto-rejoin, auto-join on invite and things like that). Its my favorite, I've tried them all.” Vanek26

KVIrc: KVIrc lets you customize your IRC experience visually. It uses windows instead of tabs for channels and private messages. There's even a special feature you can turn on that assigns every nickname a color and background. This makes it a lot easier to recognize people faster, especially if you like color-coding. description by Zyria

Hope you find this useful.

Signing off,



Spud of Doom
Spud of Doom Day 1,157, 14:32

Nice article. Maybe add a section for other eRepublik IRC channels as well? More channels can help people get addicted.

sweeta Day 1,157, 14:33

useful 🙂

Paul Proteus
Paul Proteus Day 1,157, 14:33


Iasov Day 1,157, 14:33

I approve of this.

Justin McCravok
Justin McCravok Day 1,157, 14:34

Nicely done

Hadrian X
Hadrian X Day 1,157, 14:37

Good stuff. But you forgot to mention that Andyc wants a pony. xD

The Libertine
The Libertine Day 1,157, 14:42

I'm on a Voat

Candor Day 1,157, 14:46

Thanks Fionia! I'm going to save this for future reference being the computer illiterate that I am. Vote.

Princefigs Day 1,157, 14:49

Nice article v+s

Joe Newton
Joe Newton Day 1,157, 14:57

KVIrc is boss.

Joe Newton
Joe Newton Day 1,157, 14:57

KVIrc is boss.

Vanek26 Day 1,157, 15:11

mIRC is best.

I tried KVirc, hated it. Switched back within a day.

Thedillpickl Day 1,157, 15:25

I'm gonna copy/paste the commands into a txt file and leave it on my desktop! Thanks for all the reasearch.

S0ld31r0fg0d Day 1,157, 15:43

thank you so much for this. I had no idea about ircs before.

Xanthar Zaiban
Xanthar Zaiban Day 1,157, 15:56

great article!

SFP Commune
SFP Commune Day 1,157, 16:01


Empathy for Linux is good too

John Largo
John Largo Day 1,157, 16:28


Pinhada Day 1,157, 16:57

Nicely done and thanks for the info!!!

Claire Littleton
Claire Littleton Day 1,157, 18:04

lol, you didn't list #sees under party chats. hi-larious

Lefty from Mulberry St
Lefty from Mulberry St Day 1,157, 18:04

IRC, thats where the party is../

Bristel Akina
Bristel Akina Day 1,157, 18:07

I use Colloquy, it's pretty balls, but doesn't work for some things...

KOSOVA Batoa Day 1,157, 19:28


Kara Zor El
Kara Zor El Day 1,157, 19:32


Andy Costello
Andy Costello Day 1,157, 21:27

you left out the part where i asked for a pony

Rheinlander von Phalz
Rheinlander von Phalz Day 1,157, 21:39

You could link IceChat, which I used when mIRC refused to stop asking me to register. It's not terrible.

ligtreb Day 1,157, 22:53

This is awesome!

SycroN Day 1,158, 23:06

Informative article for new players! Voted.

Nosyt Day 1,158, 23:10


LordRahl2 Day 1,158, 23:12

Nicely done Fi. Thank you.

Satya Yuga
Satya Yuga Day 1,158, 02:56

I use Colloquy, but it doesn't appear very stable with Snow leopard. Commonly crashes when I close a channel after parting from it or detach and close the channel. Now I just leave the Channels open with no problems.

MitchRapp Day 1,158, 03:20

Fionia, you're awesome 🙂

Jude Connors
Jude Connors Day 1,158, 06:23

AndChat is an IRC client for Android that works well.

#judeconnors is my IRC Home.

Onishi Day 1,158, 08:22

Colloquy is epic, and very pretty. It's Mac only. Do the maths.

A.3.G.I.S Day 1,158, 12:19

Voted...very useful article

Alpha Zette
Alpha Zette Day 1,158, 21:07

@ ligtreb: Thanx 4 shout. Been using irc BEFORE uSA military, but, barely could understand how to do much with it... constantly lost access. Fionia does good.

Dio Hostilian
Dio Hostilian Day 1,159, 03:41

Excellent article. Now if you could just do a search for "Linux" and replace it with "GNU/Linux", that would be great (or, otherwise, search and replace "Windows" with "NTKRNL" and "Mac OS X" with "Darwin" if you prefer naming operating systems by its kernels...).

Satya Yuga
Satya Yuga Day 1,162, 07:00

#IES should be mentioned on this page somewhere, so the incoming immigrants know where to go as well as the new Congressmen. Especially since IES is something that was created outside of the game mechanics and there are so many citizenship requests that are made without filling out the accompanying survey that is mentioned in the header of #IES.

Fionia Day 1,162, 08:45

Added, Bruce Sommer. Good point.

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