Have I been critical of our CP of late? Yes. Has it been unfair? I don't believe so.
Oinyo ran on a platform of being different. At times he criticized our previous administration. I hoped (and hope) he would succeed. So far things have been lackluster.
Oinyo has asked for some suggestions instead of criticism, so this is my promised response.
I will criticize when criticism is necessary, and I will give credit where it is due. At times, I criticized Homer, yet I voted for him in a CPF primary because he deserved it. But, Homer never called me a troll or said I knew nothing. He'd respond and address concerns, rather than misrepresent my points.
There are many people here with good advice. Seek it out. As CP you're the one who makes the final decision, but you are not alone in this. None of us want our country to fail.
These are just a few helpful tips that I've scrambled to throw together. As I think of others, I will share them.
Things started off well. Oinyo gave us daily updates on what was going on. That quickly changed after an Executive Order pledging Canada's full help to the eUSA. We've since had a paragraph from him in 10 days on the war.
It wasnt just public communication that suffered. MUs and parties were in the dark too. I'd imagine diplomatic discussions also were on hold.
I know life gets busy - but have a team member do the updates in your place. An update every day or two would be helpful. Nobody is asking for you to reveal detailed strategy, just let us know you're working.
A) Give a brief summary of what the administration is doing every day or two. Include updates on the war (ie. a progress report). Keep eCanada as informed as necessary/possible.
B ) Keep MUs updated multiple times a day. Ensure they understand the strategy. Seek their feedback.
C) Provide specific war updates one-two times per week. Summarize battles and inform eCanada on where things are going from there (vague, as much as can be publicized). Think inspirational Churchill in WWII.
D) Keep PPs informed and seek their advice as well.
Lest anybody get the wrong idea, I'm not angling for a Cabinet spot. I'm busy in RL and in game with my CPF duties - these are just part of my constructive suggestions.
Credit where credit is due, Oinyo added a solid addition in Auk Rest to his Cabinet. Good CPs need good teams. If members of your team aren't able to keep up, replace them.
Delegate and rely on your team. For example, Homer had Dozzer and Shoi carrying a lot of the weight on the diplomatic side of things. Stay on top of the projects you've assigned to your team. Ensure work is being done at both the MoD and MoFA level - in particular in regards to dialogue with the eUSA.
We cannot have another few days of radio silence. Keep multiple contacts there.
Also, don't hesitate to consult your predecessor or his team. I'm sure Homer and his team can provide invaluable advice.
While, it is true that we cannot win the war ourselves, we can play a vital part.
In World War I, Canadian troops were considered the "shock troops" of the Allied Forces and took on things that the others couldn't or thought were too dangerous. We may be small, but we are mighty.
A) Ensure Canada is in line with the rest of our allies. This is the most important element. There is no point fighting blind or in non priority battles.
B ) Be creative. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm a huge fan of Winston Churchill. He was a master in creative warfare and military tactics (see: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/churchills-wizards/9780571221950).
There are many others who are smarter than I at erepublik battle tactics, but perhaps one way we can assist is shown here: http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/the-war1-2278615/1/20
Why not build a unit that instigates resistance wars in Serbia and Hungary that cut off bonuses? This would have to be done in lockstock with the eUSA with specific times. Send 10 over to the region with 1000$ each. Cause the resistance war and focus our MUs attention (along with other Asgard and COT countries) on that battle while the eUSA fights for a strategic state. It helps that we wouldn't all have to move to Europe or Asia, since they have outposts in the USA now.
For example, people like Exalted Druid can be of much more assistance than I on these creative ways we can help.
The only thing I can stress here is maintain a constant dialogue with the eUSA and their allies.
At some point we should resume the NAP talks with Spain, but there is no point doing so during TWOs war on the eUSA, lest we end up with multiple occupiers.
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