Irish Department of Defence
Recently our government has been approached by officials of the Canadian government with a proposal: not quite a region swap in the accepted sense -- more a population swap, a mixing of our two countries socially, politically and militarily.
As the Minister of Defence I'm going to speak about the benefits such a federation would bring Irish players in the war module.
This is the plan:
As soon as the opportunity presents itself, Ireland NE's Canada and attacks a Canadian region. Our role is to lose the battle and have Canada roll into Irish regions, leaving two: one bordering the UK, and one bordering the US, which will remain in Irish possession once the dust settles. These will most likely be RW'd with Canadian assistance.
From then on, though most Irish men and women may be fighting under a Canadian flag, for all intents and purposes the nation is not Canada but CanIre, a federated alliance between our two states. Former Irish citizens found and run our own parties in the new federated state and operate them out of original Irish regions and extend into original Canadian regions, yet hold office within Canadian congress; we operate our own military units albeit now with funding from the Canadian state; and we maintain our membership of EDEN.
All Irish citizens who wish to get involved with the much larger Canadian society can do so, as Erepublik's membership flags this is a great time to try this kind of venture. "Germark", the federated state of Germany and Denmark have done so successfully for months, CanIre would be much larger version of this kind of arrangement. Irish parties would bring a fresh angle on the Canadian political scene, and involvement in Canadian politics is sure to invigorate Irish parties and politicians. The merger would also do wonders for our economy with the increased bonuses.
The Military Aspect
What is most exciting about a federated state between Canada-Ireland -- is the boost it would give our performance on the battlefield.
Irish and Canadian Damage has proved formidable in the past, and that was when it was divided under two flags, combined under one with improved coordination it should prove even more effective. Canada currently polls round the mid-20s in the most powerful nations in the New World, regularly finishing above countries like Germany, Iran and the UK. In a month the Canadian Damage output can be in excess of 12Billion, add to this the near 6Billion Irish fighters will do -- and this brings our monthly total up to the 18Billion mark (aprox.).
And doing 18Billion Damage last month would've taken CanIre within the Top 20 most powerful countries in Erepublik. This means on a one-on-one contest we could tank such countries like France, Chile, Ukraine and Taiwan off the field! This if nothing else should give you pause for thought of what a CanIre alliance could achieve.
For Canada a merge with Ireland means they supplement there monthly Damage with almost half what they can do on their own, and for Ireland we more than double ours. Negotiations have already taken place with the UK regarding the renting of Scotland, this gives CanIre access onto the Continent, CanIre would possess a military on par with either of the ASGARD powers, Sweden and Finland; and could match any of the ABC countries in a one-on-one. The opportunity to rent regions deeper into Scandinavia is a very real prospect, giving us a springboard either against ASGARD or -- more likely -- to assist ASGARD and Russia against the Polish-supported Baltic alliance ABC, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
A CanIre alliance could also seek regions on the Continent proper. And with help from local allies: France, Germany and ASGARD, the potential to maintain regions and help our allies against Central European enemies is a very real possibility, albeit requiring massive commitment from our armed forces and huge allied help.
As Ireland sits surrounded by friendly states, many long time some new -- and despite everything else positive this merger would deliver Ireland politically and economically -- its perhaps best to consider what it would mean to us militarily. It would mean the federated state of CanIre with enough preparation and commitment would be a genuine force in Northern Europe and could realistically seek bonus' in both Scandinavia and on the Continent, as well as being able to offer substantial support to allies against the usual Polish and other ex-ONE aggression that regularly comes there way.
New Faustian Man
Irish Minister of Defence
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