Major Lee Hung
I did a 'census' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to gather the opinions of the people of the eUK. This is no longer technically an official thing, a more official census will be conducted by ACroc this month. It is very important however in decided how the MoHA, and potentially other departments, are going to operate this month.
It also allows me to further my personal project of making the eUK a better place.
But anyway, the results are in!
Total Responses: 103
This was across all political parties, MUs etc across the eUK - from new citizens to ministers. Hopefully this will give a nice insight in to what the eUK wants. Only 4-500 were active in the last 3 days in the eUK, so at least 20% of the population has been polled, which is the kind of sample I was hoping to get.
What Kind of Players do we Have?
It started with some nice easy question, first the names, then the type of player people regard themselves as. This is a breakdown of that result:
As you can see, military is a large part of our society. Political is the next biggest, although the two aren't mutually exclusive. This gives us a good starting point on where to focus this term.
The economic players are slowly dying out or have been forced towards other modules, and we have a large number of casual players.
What is your opinion on the overall direction of the eUK?
This question was aimed to overall, gather how optimistic/pessimistic people are about the future. This offered very mixed views, and I feel the average should respresent it well.
This question was on a scale of 1 - 5. 1 meaning you're pessimistic about our future, 5 meaning you're optimistic about our future.
So how do people feel? Average: 3.019
This means that the overall result means that the country is very mixed. Although, this is to be expected. On one side of the spectrum, we have people who appear to be happy with what the government is doing. On the other, people fear the government is ruining us.
3.019 is a worrying result, and although it lies in the middle, you should take this as a bad sign - people overall, at the very best, believe we're not moving anywhere. You could argue that people overall even think we're making backwards progress. It's clear we need to address this area.
How do you feel about the current political system in the eUK?
This is a very important question in my opinion. Congress and the ministries have been reformed, and no longer use the forums to a great extent. A cause for concern? A benefit to the eUK? Let's find out.
The question was, again, a scale of 1 - 5. 1 meaning you hate the new system, 5 meaning you like the new system.
Again, this means there's clearly a very mixed view. Interestingly, the responses for each person correlate directly with the previous question. If they voted five on the last question, chances are they chose 4 or 5 on this one.
So again, the point remains. We need to find a way to make the other half of the eUK happy. Currently, only one half is voting in favour at the present time. We may need to create a hybrid system, between the new reforms and the old system, and we could then be gearing towards neutrality, which will hopefully bring the number up to a healthy 4+
Does your government represent you?
This was a simple 'Yes' or 'No' answer, and the question is self explanatory.
This is an extremely worrying result: 49% of the eUK doesn't feel as though it's being represented by its own government. For me, this is the most alarming of the results on the entire census.
This calls for serious change from the government - if the very people who vote, don't feel represented, we're displaying a terrible form of democracy. More importantly, this directly correlates with our rates of retention.
I will be putting forth a number of proposals relating to this in the next article.
How do you feel about the current eUK government?
This links in with the last question, and the result should be predictable based on the result of the previous question. It was another 1 - 5 scale question, 1 meaning you dislike the current government and 5 meaning you like it.
Again, if people dislike the very entity they elect, we have serious underlying issues that need to be addressed.
Does the current eUK cause you frustration?
Another yes or no question. Simply put, do you feel frustrated with the eUK right now? This should take in to account all areas of the nation, from government to military.
This is another extremely worrying result. 61% of the eUK is frustrated with the way things are going. This doesn't correlate with the others - a sign that the eUK is currently a place of great tensions.
This is another area we'll need to address, and will be a part of my list of proposals in the next article. When there's such frustration with your own country, something is seriously wrong.
Based on the suggestions, this seems to stem largely from two areas: The community issues we're currently seeing, and the government. For example, foreign affairs are seemingly becoming a hot topic, and is in my opinion, one of the many contributors.
Have you considered leaving the eUK recently?
This was a yes or no question. This is a key sign that things have gotten so bad, that you feel it's no longer possible for you to have an impact and fix things, making you want to move away for a new start. It's very important that as a nation, we're all trying our best to keep our fellow community players around, no matter how strongly we feel about them.
A worrying 38% have recently considered leaving the eUK - this result should be self explanatory. We need to work on making everybody feel involved and have the opportunity to change what they don't like. This result correlates with opinions on the government, it seems to be another issue relating to politics.
Do you like our current alliance?
This was the least alarming result on the census, only 8 people dislike our current alliance, 95 are in favour. The 8 is less than I expected, and so we can safely assume that this isn't a big enough issue to give a top priority to address. The 8 no's will no doubt largely stem from problems from other nations rather than our own.
What are your thoughts on the 'Official eUK Military Unit'?
Legion has become an extremely hot topic recently. There's been much divide over the issue, and a lot of different ideas coming about as a result. This will be a nice indication on whether the government has currently done the right thing in keeping it official. I basically took the most common ideas on a solution, and put them in as responses in this multiple choice question.
The results are self explanatory - there's a very large split on what to do. I won't go in to detail on this one, as somebody else has already written on it today.
Elle Roslin has recently written an article on the topic, which I feel sums it all up best. I recommend that you check it out here.
How do you view our international image?
This was a simple foreign affairs question, again on a scale of 1 - 5. 1 meaning you think it's pretty bad, 5 means you think it's pretty good. So how does the eUK feel about its own international image?
This is again worrying. We should try to make our nation look as good as possible, not like some average country that has no significance in the world. Most people voted 2, 3 & 4, which means they basically view us as in between. If our own people think we're nothing spectacular, what do other nations think? This is an area we need to emphasise this term.
What areas do you think we should focus on this term?
This one was more for government reference than anything. It was a multiple choice question, and you could choose multiple answers from the list. I'm feeling too lazy to turn this one on to a graph as all the responses have gone in to one cell.
The top three choices:
-Strength economic position
-Increase military strength
This is a good reference point for the government, to know what to prioritise according to the people's opinions.
How Important are the Forums and IRC to your eRepublik Experience?
Simple question, another from a scale of 1 - 5. One meaning they're irrelevant to your experience, 5 meaning they're vitally important and very much a part of your eRepublik experience. This, in my personal opinion, should be used to decide whether we revert to the forums or not.
There were a lot more 5s than 1s, and many voted on the upper end of the scale. It's therefore an indicator that we need a new approach. The forums are still very important to a significant number of people in our community, and we cannot simply shun them for feeling this way. We should address this, as it ties in with many of the other underlying issues.
Hot Topics for the Suggestion Box
I'm going to go in to a lot more detail on suggestions in the next article. They give a general insight in to why people voted the way they did. It's pretty interesting to see what came up mostly though!
-Some game design suggestions; unfortunately out of our control
-Three suggestions on what I should and shouldn't have done in the survey, these have been noted for next time
-Community problems need address (This came up most frequently)
-Government should stay out of military affairs
-Increase eUK population
-Problems with Sage Goku and Sir Nick Griffin were mentioned frequently
There was much correlation between the results, and it was very interesting to see. People seem to feel strongly about key issues, and we have three clear sides - those who are neutral, then those who are on either extremity of the spectrum.
The government needs to do a lot of work to address the problems brought up by this census. Currently, efforts are being focused in the wrong places, such as starting wars abroad to avoid addressing the issues at home.
It's time to begin fixing these issues - brushing them away is clearly making tensions worse, and many appear to be making their plans to leave the eUK. Unless we can fix things, we have a very worrying year ahead of us.
Thanks for your Participation!
I hope the tanks were a sufficient reward for your time in filling out the census - the results are extremely useful and give us all a lot to think about.
I'll be publishing an article soon based on these results, so that we can know what we need to do.
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