Help For New Players v4

Day 629, 17:54 Published in USA USA by Lowell Kennedy

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This game can seem overwhelming or underwhelming at first. There’s a lot more to eRepublik than what meet’s the eye. It’s fascinating how complicated we can make such a simple game. New players are thrown into eRepublik with very little knowledge of the workings of the new world. I will try to cover a whole range of issues—both basic and a little more complicated—to help new players. So if you’re a newer player, you’ll probably know some of this stuff but I encourage to skim over the sections and read those sections that apply to you. This is fourth edition of this guide. I have refined and augmented from the three previous guides (#1, #2, and #3) to try to help new players.

New additions to this edition of the guide include some more linkage, updated information, refined navigation, and I have added extra sections as well.

Table of Contents
1. <a href="#section1">The Basics</a>
1.1. <a href="#section1.1">Your First Day?</a>
1.2. <a href="#section1.2">Apply for a Job</a>
1.3. <a href="#section1.3">Work</a>
1.4. <a href="#section1.4">Train</a>
1.5. <a href="#section1.5">Buy Food</a>
1.6. <a href="#section1.6">Qualities</a>

2. <a href="#section2">Get Involved</a>
2.1. <a href="#section2.1">Current Events Primer</a>
2.2. <a href="#section2.2">Current Government</a>
2.3. <a href="#section2.3">Politics</a>
2.4. <a href="#section2.4">Limit Real Life Ideology</a>
2.5. <a href="#section2.5">History</a>
2.6. <a href="#section2.6">Read the News</a>

3. <a href="#section3">Fighting</a>
3.1. <a href="#section3.1">Wellness</a>
3.2. <a href="#section3.2">Florida or New Jersey</a>
3.3. <a href="#section3.3">Military</a>

4. <a href="#section4">In The Game</a>
4.1. <a href="#section4.1">Achievements</a>
4.2. <a href="#section4.2">Gold</a>
4.3. <a href="#section4.3">Donations</a>
4.4. <a href="#section4.4">Wellness Packs</a>
4.5. <a href="#section4.5">Ads</a>
4.6. <a href="#section4.6">Monetary Market</a>
4.7. <a href="#section4.7">Houses</a>
4.8. <a href="#section4.8">Newspapers</a>
4.9. <a href="#section4.9">Votes &amp; Subscriptions</a>
4.10. <a href="#section4.10">Organizations</a>
4.11. <a href="#section4.11">Companies</a>
4.12. <a href="#section4.12">In-Game Forums</a>
4.13. <a href="#section4.13">Contracts</a>

5. <a href="#section5">Helpful Links</a>

6. <a href="#section6">Conclusion</a>

The Basics<a id="section1"😣/a>
eRepublik is an online game where you can follow your political, economic or military aspirations and change the course of history. In order to unlock features within eRepublik, you will need a certain number of experience points. That’s to say, in order to fight, vote, or join a party, you will need to gain experience points. Everyday you eat, work, train, and/or fight, you will gain experience points. An easy way to gain some experience points is to upload an avatar. Additionally, once you get your first job, you will gain experience points.

<a id="section1.1">You're First Day?</a>
If you’re a player on your first day, a very direct tutorial of what to do can be found here. The next couple sections repeat much of the same information but also contain some additional information.

<a id="section1.2">Apply for a Job</a>
Under the Market Tab, select the Human Resources link and search for a company that hires skill levels 0-0.99. Browse these companies and choose one that best suits you. However, remember to Consider The Costs. Thus, you should choose to work at a one star company because it reduces your wellness the least. Additionally, when you join a job, you have to stay there for at least 72 hours before you can resign. With each day of work, you will earn money and increase your skill. With higher skill comes higher-paying jobs because higher skill is often paid more. Every once in a while, you should check back on the Job Market to see what people with your skill level are earning.

<a id="section1.3">Work</a>
Under the My Places Tab, select the Company link. Once you have a job, you can work to earn money and build up your skill. Always try to work before you train for the military. You will lose wellness points for working. For example, if you work at a one star company, you will lose one wellness point; if you work at a three star company, you will lose three wellness points, etc. If you work 30 days in a row, you can earn 5 gold, which is a great impetus to work 30 days straight.

<a id="section1.4">Train</a>
Under the My Places Tab, select the Army link. Click the Join Army link and train daily, so you can build up your military skill. To achieve a higher score when you fight, you should train daily. You will lose one wellness point for training. You will be able to fight once you earn 25 experience points.

<a id="section1.5">Buy Food</a>
Just like in real life, your citizen in eRepublik must eat daily in order to survive. Everyday, one piece of food (the highest quality one) will be removed from your inventory and 'eaten.' Thus, in order to eat, you must have food in your inventory. If you run out of food, you can buy more food from the marketplace. Buy the best quality food you can afford. The quality of food increases your wellness roughly by the quality number.

<a id="section1.6">Qualities</a>
In the previous section, I mentioned quality several times. Quality is denoted by stars in game. It ranges from Q1 (one star, cheapest) to Q5 (five stars, most expensive). All items act the same way but like real life, higher qualities are considered better. For example, all food is 'eaten' but Q5 food yields a greater gain than Q1 food. Initially, you might not be able to afford anything besides Q1 but has you progress, you will be to utilize the better versions.

Get Involved<a id="section2"😣/a>
Introduce yourself, then involve yourself. In general, it's the fastest way for people to get to know you, and for you to make friends. Don’t be afraid to communicate with high ranking officials in the government, the military, or the party. When you become active in the game, you can learn from older members. Additionally, activity can make the game more interesting for you.

<a id="section2.1">Current Events Primer</a>
You've joined the New World at an exciting and equally disheartening time. The United States, along with its allies, is currently fighting in a world war against PEACE, an opposing global alliance. The battles in Canada and U.S. are among the largest ever. The United States, however, has lost many territories, and its northern ally has teetered on the brink of existence.

You won't be able to fight right away but can fight for your country very quickly. When you can fight, it is recommended that you listen to the directives of the President and the military leadership.

<a id="section2.2">Current Government</a>
The current administration is headed by longtime player, Emerick. He is serving his first term as president. His administration features many of the movers and shakers in American politics. The power is delegated as chosen by the president. The setup is separate from game mechanics. That's to say that all the delegated positions are user-created positions.

<a id="section2.3">Politics</a>
Joining a party is pretty much essential if you want to have political success in this game. The parties attempt to distinguish themselves through various platforms that can often found on their own party forums. Check out all the different parties and pick the right party for you. Most likely, there will be like-minded individuals there that you can bond with. Activity will often determine your success in politics. If you take the bull by the horns, there’s a decent chance that you will do well.

<a id="section2.4">Limit Real Life Ideology</a>
The game mechanics limit the amount of ideology that can alter our nation. Additionally, your situation in real life will probably not reflect your situation in the game. Unless you’re willing to pour lots of money in right away, you’ll start off relatively poor and have to become a self-made person—that's part of the appeal of this game. Politics in America has suffered greatly because many have failed to appreciate this concept. As a new player, don’t let that be the case.

<a id="section2.5">History</a>
As a new player, you’re jumping midway into a narrative of an alternative history of the United States. This history is taking place as we go but has also featured significant events. It is important to appreciate the events and individuals that preceded us. For example, the United States and Canada fought in the first interstate war in eRepublik history. Some of this has been recorded in the eRepublik wiki, which I strongly recommend you read. Just like real life, we are a part of something greater when we talk about ourselves as citizens.

<a id="section2.6">Read the News</a>
The top ranked stories in the country come up on your homepage. You can also be sorted by the latest news. I would encourage you to click the more news link and read through the various articles. In order to be better informed about what is going on in the game, read newspapers on a daily basis. The president, local businessmen, critics, and politicians will provide information through this public medium. Most information is readily available if you search for it. If you find an article you like you can vote it up. If you find a newspaper that you like or feel is providing important information, you can subscribe.

Fighting<a id="section3"😣/a>
Fighting allows you to gain wellness, increase your military rank, and gain experience points. You must be above 40 wellness to fight. For every fight, you will gain 2 experience points. You will lose 10 wellness per fight. If you are barely above 40 wellness, fight just once and heal. You can only use the Hospital one time per day. Once you have high wellness, you can fight five times during the day. Never allow your wellness to drop below 50 when fighting. Don’t worry about fighting with weapons to start.

<a id="section3.1">Wellness</a>
New players are born into this world with 50 wellness. Yet, as the graphic shows, this is half a person. At 50 wellness, a new player is making half the contribution that they can otherwise. Half wellness immediately reduces the ability to produce in a factory or in war once they can fight. With the recent military events, we have seen the efficient means of increasing wellness. In order to increase your wellness as new player (once you reach 25 experience points), move to Florida or New Jersey and fight in a battle once, click on the hospital and then the heal button. You’ll gain 50 wellness points instantly. High wellness means you produce more and can earn more money. Additionally, it is a matter of national preparedness that our soldiers maintain high wellness. The same logic can be applied to the economic interests of the nation.

<a id="section3.2">Florida or New Jersey</a>
You should move to either Florida or New Jersey as soon as you can get your hands on a moving ticket. These two states have Q5 hospitals, which means that 50 wellness points can be recovered after you fight a battle. You can use this to your advantage and boost your wellness without paying for it. You should really only fight in one of these states.

<a id="section3.3">Military</a>
Joining the military is a quick means to advance in this game. Marines are among our nation’s best fighters and they can be what you aspire to be. It will take lots of training to become a Marine so as a new player, you will start in the Training Guard if you apply to join the military. From there, you will be able to move up the ranks. For example, many of today’s important players started in the military and gained experience. The Training Guard enlistment link follows in the helpful links section.

In The Game<a id="section4"😣/a>
If you want to be successful, have fun, and know this world, just keep at it. A lot of little intricacies will become apparent just from the experience of being here. You’ll learn a lot of stuff if you’re here and there’s always something you won’t know and need to ask about. Have fun and remember it’s a game!

<a id="section4.1">Achievements</a>
Achievements are recognition and reward for an extraordinary accomplishment. Each achievement will earn you 5 gold. You earn achievements by working 30 straight days, for every multiple of 5 in strength, being elected to Congress or the presidency, successfully becoming a war hero or freeing an occupied territory, for every 1000 subscribers, or for every successful set of 10 players recruited to the game.

<a id="section4.2">Gold</a>
Gold is the universal currency of eRepublik. Every citizen can possess gold and exchange it. Gold helps to purchase newspapers, organizations, and companies. Additionally, it can be converted into currencies to help pay for expenses and often houses.

There are a couple things you can do with that gold. You can purchase a house (5 gold can normally purchase a Q1 house). Or you can try to save that money for a better house. You can acquire a newspaper for 2 gold. It gives you a voice and can help you meet people. Or perhaps the best option is to purchase an organization.

<a id="section4.3">Donations</a>
There is the ability to donate money and items to other citizens, organizations, and parties. It is strongly advised not to donate money to parties. If you would like to help your political party, it is best if you ask your party president how to utilize your skills and money. Be careful when you are donating to other people and organizations if you don't know them personally.

<a id="section4.4">Wellness Packs</a>
Don't buy wellness packs with gold as a new player. They are a rip-off. There are cheaper and more efficient ways to gain wellness such as fighting and using the hospital.

<a id="section4.5">Ads</a>
Don't buy advertisements in your first several days. As with wellness packs, it is in your best interests to hold off and save your money. Ads are a new development in the game and may well help you but it is important to manage your money carefully.

<a id="section4.6">Monetary Market</a>
This is the place where you can exchange currencies. You can buy or sell currencies. As a new player, you probably should just buy currencies unless you have experience in trading. For most of you, you’re simply concerned with exchanging gold for USD and vice versa. When you have gold or dollars and want the other, you can go to the monetary market and buy the currency you want. The best offer will be at the top of page. If you become an experienced player, you can trade on margins and profit in the monetary markets across the world.

<a id="section4.7">Houses</a>
This will be the first major investment you’ll probably make as a new player. Houses help to maintain wellness and can reduce the quality of food that you need to buy. Thus, a house may end up saving you money long term.

<a id="section4.8">Newspapers</a>
Newspapers cost 2 gold to found. When you write articles, try to use proper grammar and spelling. Spend some time writing and don’t pass around a two sentence thought. Develop your arguments and thoughts. Read articles and subscribe to the relevant ones. In regards to publishing etiquette, don’t write more than one or two articles per day because you’ll probably bump other people’s well-intentioned articles.

<a id="section4.9">Votes &amp; Subscriptions</a>
The concept that the cream of the crop will rise to the top applies to the media within the game mechanics. There is a vote button near the title of an article on the left. Articles are ranked based upon how many votes they receive. This function has been somewhat co-opted by information warfare. Propaganda is a part of the game and the article's sources should be examined. Some sources like this newspaper will you garner your trust, leading to votes. Subscriptions allow for alerts on the sidebar when there are new articles by newspapers that you like or trust. For example, below is a partial list of various quality papers:

scrabman – A Civil Society
Harrison Richardson – The Harry Dick Times
Eugene Harlot – BLAZING COMBAT
Desertfalcon – Global Defense Report
Joe DaSmoe – Everyday American
Moishe – American Free Press
Jewitt – The Jewitt Report
Emerick – Cathode Side Chats
Enoch Root – The eInvestor Report
Gaius Julius – The Federalist Papers
mjdiv - Freedom &amp; Responsibility
Claire Littleton – A Little Claire-ification
Ananias – The eNation
Lowell Kennedy – The Musicman
Kyle321n – The Indiana Gambler
Publius – Lorem Ipsum
SirEkim – Montani Semper Liberi

<a id="section4.10">Organizations</a >
Organizations cost 5 gold to found. An organization is a separate entity from your citizen and doesn’t have any additional costs to maintain after purchase. Organizations can own companies and they provide additional storage if you ever have extra food, gifts, moving tickets, or guns. You can gift yourself from your organization if you need a wellness boost. Additionally, they are the first step towards owning your own company.

<a id="section4.11">Companies</a>
Many workers dream of owning a company. Companies cost 20 gold to found. I would recommend that you have an organization own your company. That’s an additional 5 gold. Plus, you’ll need initial capital to pay for salaries and such. That’s at least another 5 gold. If you want your company to succeed, you’ll probably need about 30 gold to start successfully. So consider that when you’re ready to start your own business. Additionally, I would strongly recommend that you avoid iron and diamonds because the US doesn’t have high productivity in these industries.

<a id="section4.12">In-Game Forums</a>
The in-game forums allow for discussions on various topics on the game's website. They also allow for interactions between citizens of all stripes, regardless of rank or nationality. The forums also serve official purposes as well. They are where open letters, contests, and contracts can be place.

<a id="section4.13">Contracts</a>
A contract is an official agreement between two entities that is enforceable by the admins. For larger transactions like houses, contracts can be employed to negate the possibility of theft. It is important to adhere to all stipulations of contracts as outlined by the admins, otherwise the contracts are not considered official or enforceable.

Helpful Links<a id="section7"😣/a>
Official tutorial
eRepublik Wiki
eUS forums
American Political Parties
Contract Forums

Conclusion<a id="section6"😣/a>
In conclusion, after all these words, I hope that I’ve helped new players some. The best advice I can give to you as you start is to ask questions when you don’t know or are unsure. I’m willing to help and other experienced players are often willing to help, too. I also recommend that you contact other new players because they can appreciate the situation you’re in and will probably have the same concerns. I encourage you to vote this up and pass this information along if you find it helpful.