There is much to be said about forgiveness. Many cultures view it as the greatest and most difficult of acts, though coupled with the greatest of rewards.
There are a few ways to look at the act of forgiveness. Some see it as a chance to reconcile. Others see it as neglecting the issue that warranted the forgiveness in the first place. Still others view at as a way to put difficult times behind them.
Personally, I view forgiveness as the chance to reconcile. To me, forgiveness is as important as repentance in the healing of relationships. However, the offending party must truly BE repentant. Forgiveness means nothing to someone who neither desires nor acknowledges their need for forgiveness.
I remember the past; but I don't dwell on it. I don't view Rolo as a player that I despise, or that deserves all of the negative attention he gets. I don't, however, trust him. He has proven to overreact to situations. Personally, I believe the reason he robbed us during his impeachment 16 months ago was NOT, as he claims, his "severance package". I believe he lashed out at the community he felt wronged him by taking the lifeblood of a country in this game, at that point in time: its treasury. That it benefited him personally was no doubt an additional bonus.
Since then, I have participated in a handful of "un-democratic" actions to try and prevent his return to power, NOT out of vindictiveness, but because I felt that there was always someone running against him that would be a better leader. I have written propaganda pieces to casual players, which while not false, were greatly slanted. I have changed party allegiance for five minutes, merely to vote against him. I've always felt a little ashamed doing this, but convinced myself it was for the best.
Then, in June 2011, I decided to try and let him prove his worth. There was a large upswell in public opinion, and it was argued to let him prove he was a team player. I helped to vote him in to power, and he did a decently good job, given his limited access to congressional dealings. He was then legally impeached, in that all proper procedure was followed, and reverted to his old self. Since then, he has worked at creating public scandal (though in most, but not all, cases he was right to make a big deal about it), and attempting to prove his view that game mechanics are the only thing that matter in this game. Part of that view is the abandonment of traditional democracy, and exploiting public office positions for personal gain.
I, however, disagree with that view. To me this game is much greater than pushing the fight, work and vote buttons. I tend to treat others in this game with honour and respect, rather than viewing them as potential marks and using them to get myself further in this game. I disagree with underhanded tactics, backroom "sekretz" and (The) Deals. If I was pure game mechanics, I wouldn't be in eCanada. I'd be somewhere with 10/10 bonuses, making way more supply than I do now. I wouldn't have worked hard on issues I've felt so strongly about: EPIC, eHabitat for Humanity, HOPE, etc. None of these have advanced me further in the game personally, with the possible exception of EPIC's nomination for CP when I've ran. I've donated to many charities, usually anonymously, because I CARE about the advancement of other players in this game. I feel connected to other eCanadians, and I want us to grow as a country.
Our Supreme Court no longer has a criminal code. They rule based on one thing: "The principle of honesty and good faith". The SC is very much a RP institution that many view as unnecessary, but I think its presence lays an important foundation for eCanada society: that of ethics.
Personally I believe in the Game-Theory concepts of John Nash, specifically Nash equilibrium. In essence, it states that when all players act in the interests of the group as well, then they are all at least as well off than if everyone acted in their own best interest (assuming there still remains a purely competitive component).
All of this rambling leads me to two main points. Because of how I view this game (with a meta component), I am not willing to forgive Rolo until he's also willing to meet halfway. There have been actions I have taken against Rolo since his thefts, and I can't very well expect his repentance if I am not willing to apologize as well.
I apologize for singling you out, and working to prevent your election (and hence perhaps your enjoyment of the game) in numerous races.
Brief background on why Rolo is even in a position to be pardoned
Rolo was elected CP in September 2010. Ten days in to his term, IRC chat logs were leaked that made it seem that he was colluding with some high-ranked officials in eCan (mostly party presidents, past CPs, etc) to rig the congress elections so that a team of "yes men" were elected. He viewed much of congress as useless, and wanted to completely reform the constitution and the way things were done. To do this, he needed a certain approval amount from congress, which is why he wanted to rig the elections with his supporters. Needless to say, Congress freaked out when they saw these logs and started an impeachment vote almost immediately, without the required 24h debate period, or even talking to Rolo to get an explanation/his side of the story. Rolo logged in later in the day, saw that he was going to be impeached no matter what he did, and liquidated all of the state-run companies at the time, and transferred all the items, cash, and gold to his citizen account. It is estimated that he took between 2000 and 5000 gold worth of currency, gold, and items. The Supreme Court however was only presented with hard evidence of approx. 960g worth of theft (assets that they could show went into Rolo's account). Rolo was permanently banned from the forums and IRC, unless he returned 960g to the government, in which case the SC would review his punishment.
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