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The Economist ~ Happy Birthday eRepublik!

Dan 1,826, 10:57 Objavljeno u United Kingdom Ujedinjeno Kraljevstvo od Spite313
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Dear friends,

Five years into eRepublik, and almost four years into my own game, I decided to do a little retrospective article. Over the past four years of the game we’ve seen many highs and lows. We saw the anticipation of V2, the anticlimax of V2. We saw epic battles, the gradual monetization of the game from a player-driven to a profit driven one, the coming of the super tanks, Q6, Q7, Q8 (?). Lots of changes, but the biggest changes have been to our communities.

When I started in late 2008, the game world was a different place. Without big booms from the “real” world most countries were recruited from just a few sources. Powerful groups of forum users dominated the world superpowers in Sweden and Pakistan. In the UK a few rival groups from different forums vied for power, the same in the USA. Around the world institutions such as banks, national armies and corporations were only just spreading their wings, and gold buyers were few and far between.

As time went on the community evolved and improved. We gained thousands of members in historic baby booms- countries like Serbia and Macedonia were added (imagine a world without those two!) and big countries like Poland exploded under the weight of the game opening up to the public. Alliances, originally formed between a few individuals, struggled to cope with the new numbers. PEACE GC ballooned under a weight of new members, and ATLANTIS collapsed under the same pressure. We saw the USA invaded successfully for the first time, and we saw PEACE become an aggressive alliance, and collapse for the first time. There were many more times, under many more names, to come.

In my time in the game I became rich, gave it all away, became rich again, gave it all away again. I watched my country move from a fairly insignificant power in North Europe to what it is today- a soft power almost unmatched amongst countries our size. Our diplomatic efforts allowed us to take part in many great alliances. I watched players join the game, fight the government, mature, become the government and struggle as they themselves were challenged. A lot of people attacked me a lot of times, but that’s ok.

Max McFarland started buying gold for real money. He spent a whopping $1000 in a month once, making him the biggest gold buyer in the world. Nowadays that would barely get him into the top 10. His donations to the USA, and his tanking in their battles, changed the face of warfare. As Phoenix was born, and grew, the number of gold buyers grew and grew. Classical tanks like Battalgazi and Euphonix, supplied by governments, became obsolete as a new wave of self-propelled tanks came through. The first accounts exchanged hands for real money, as the importance of a high strength account became apparent.

We saw epic battles for control of resources in Asia. We saw giant land bridges across Russia, the Middle East and Canada. The UK conquered regions in China! Phoenix matured into a strong, enduring alliance that paved the way for ONE and the future alliances that will succeed it. We saw Russia conquered, then freed, then conquered again. Romania breaking out in one last show of the terrifying power it held in early v1. Serbia maturing from a country barely making as much income as the UK to a country making over 1000 gold a day in tax. Hungary rising, and never quite falling, and replacing Indonesia as the heart of Phoenix.

We saw our health allowance go from 50 a day, to 100, to 300, to 600, to 2400. We saw half the products in the game removed, and the other half simplified. Goodbye diamonds, wood, oil and iron. Hello Weapon Raw Material. Tanks got cheaper and cheaper and became worthless. We had the first global economic crisis, where the income of countries dropped to a tenth of their pre-crisis amount and wages downspiralled for the first time. We saw the economic failure of V2, the continued collapse of the market, the introduction of an admin created market bot. We saw denials that bots existed, and the eventual suspicion that bots might be interfering in battles as well as markets. We saw aliens, but they left, and didn’t leave us technology, secrets or improvements, just more collapsed economies.

We saw gold fall from 30 currency, to 50, to a hundred, all the way to two thousand. We saw it inexplicably begin to rise, as aliens returned in secret. We saw gold offers appear for the first time, then company offers (and Q6) then offers for everything. We saw bazookas appear, and pay-to-train, then pay-to-train-more, then pay-to-train-even-more-we-won’t-do-this-again-promise. We saw lots of broken promises. We saw the end of eRepublik Insider, the introduction of missions, the introduction of Work As Manager, the collapse of the economy (again).

We saw all of this, but I forget the order.

We saw a beginning of something good, but what we experienced was the beginning of something terrible. Early expectations about the economic and political simulation game weren’t borne out, but the community somehow held everything together and made it worth it. We saw great players join, grow old, die and return again in glory. We saw many that didn’t return, but managed to escape the trap (though not many). Time and again we waited for that update (you know, the one where they hire a systems specialist to design the economy module anew). We waited for political changes, wrote about them, begged for them. Instead we got titles with no actual powers. A few extra pictures and a nice badge for the guy who spent the average wage of his country on tanking each year.

Yet we kept playing, we keep playing. We’ve abandoned the game itself- it’s junk. We made our own metagame, our community game. It wasn’t about the game itself anymore, it was about the people in it. Our competitions, our fights, our friendships. We took something awful, snubbed our noses at the admins, and we made something good. They took orgs away, donation lists, every tool the community used to involve and excite new players. But we still played, despite their best efforts. We bought gold, we stopped buying gold. We fought and stopped fighting. We even declared Plato our natural enemy, banned him, wrote a thousand articles mocking him, denouncing him. He put a little hat on his logo and patted himself on the back.

We did we did, because we could.

So happy birthday to eRepublik, to you and to me. We’ve made a game we all enjoy out of one none of us do. We still have a long way to go, and many fights to fight, and many battles to be won and lost. But remember that whatever you think, or experience, that it is a game. And that it is the community that holds it all together, makes it special. No matter how angry you get, we’re all part of what makes this game great, and so today raise your glasses to us, the players, and give Plato his piece of coal. He can sit in the naughty corner with his dunce hat for the day whilst we celebrate what’s truly great about eRepublik

Cheers, Sláinte, L’Chaim!


Ps. Many thanks too to the hard working game moderator team!

PPs. Alfragrem, can you please leave TUP? Sitting in the party in the hope the PP will resign and you will become PP is a pretty low tactic. Thanks.


Mr Woldy
Mr Woldy Dan 1,826, 10:59

You should plug my podcast

Magic Dan 1,826, 11:02


truperisltu Dan 1,826, 11:02


JohnCV Dan 1,826, 11:03


Danie Fox
Danie Fox Dan 1,826, 11:05

Too true

LarasDea Dan 1,826, 11:07

But remember that whatever you think, or experience, that it is a game. And that it is the community that holds it all together, makes it special. No matter how angry you get, we’re all part of what makes this game great, and so today raise your glasses to us, the players, and give Plato his piece of coal.

Very agree with this point 😃
I love you all ❤

eTarzan Dan 1,826, 11:10


Alphabethis Dan 1,826, 11:14

I like the idea of podcast, would you provide a transcription of it? It'd be great for polishing our knowledge of english.

Saiwun Dan 1,826, 11:17

Very nice, well written!

Bucephalus92 Dan 1,826, 11:17

great article, voted.

Alphabethis Dan 1,826, 11:18

keers do you realize graphics of prices of a couple of days and with a variation of 1 GBP doesn't mean ANYTHING ?

faucoult Dan 1,826, 11:19

voted friend

A-2020 Dan 1,826, 11:22

A fine article!

Recommended background soundtrack to this article:

The official forum's death serves as a good illustration of admin's treatment of players. After years of trumping the forum as a place to gather during headless chicken moments, the forum suddenly went down due to 'technical issues'. These issues persisted for several months and then suddenly the link to the forum was simply removed without any further explanation!

Piran Dan 1,826, 11:24

Great article as always Iain o7

KanKomar Dan 1,826, 11:24


Spite313 Dan 1,826, 11:28

Alphabethis, leave the thinking to the people with a brain (:

armbeno Dan 1,826, 11:33

The insider is back!

: -D

Good article. Voted!

Spite313 Dan 1,826, 11:34

Plato heard me ; )

mostates Dan 1,826, 11:50

What own game?

fingerguns Dan 1,826, 12:03

The-Comedian sent me.

Trogdorthetroll100 Dan 1,826, 12:06


plutorius Dan 1,826, 12:07

good article,
v + s

vladb Dan 1,826, 12:23

Communities are really the hart of the game .

Good article !

C.Nilsson Dan 1,826, 13:14

awesome article!

Alphabethis Dan 1,826, 13:26

market indicators of just a couple of days say NOTHING, keers. And much less if there's a variation of 0.01 or 1GBP in each case! Now say whatever you want.

Topher Fair
Topher Fair Dan 1,826, 13:40

eRepublik is a great game and the joy of it is the user generated content.

I don't mind the slight simplifications, this is a 5 minute a day game after all. I can play any number of games for the other stuff. eRepublik still has the best UI and most players of other similar games.

Let's get rid of these jaded and bitter failed players and start some hope:
We CAN change the UK for the better, don't let them say otherwise.

George Beeman
George Beeman Dan 1,826, 13:57

Hail the players!

Spite313 Dan 1,826, 14:26

Goku who are you of all people calling jaded and bitter? You're the guy who has been ruining communities for fun since 2009.

Alphabethis, please stop commenting on my articles.

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Dan 1,826, 14:28

You are the one refusing to accept changes Goku. We've already changed the UK by reforming citizenship with cross-party support from every group in congress, but you have refused to enforce it.

Lily Jayne Summers
Lily Jayne Summers Dan 1,826, 14:46

Sounds like an article written through gritted teeth.

Alphabethis Dan 1,826, 15:20

keers, I have made a very simple question, with no insulting ( you did insult me ,btw), can you anwser it ? Thanks.

RyGnwn Dan 1,826, 15:21

I will never find an article as beautiful as this one
Well said : )

Niemand Dan 1,826, 15:39

Good article. Many things I remember. It is the community that keeps many involved. at least me.
Still hoping for economic an political reforms that makes real improvements. I fear only new improvements comes for gold buyers. Some like it hot. (;

Jacen Molare
Jacen Molare Dan 1,826, 19:15

Great article Iain. Thanks for the memories 🙂

David Norman
David Norman Dan 1,826, 22:57

very nice

Spite313 Dan 1,827, 00:20

Alphabethis, nothing you said was a question. Just you failing to understand what indicators means.

Topher Fair
Topher Fair Dan 1,827, 05:36

Danie I'm not going to force congressmen to follow badly written forum laws. They can choose to follow or not follow them, some have chose to do it and some have chosen not to.

Spite313 Dan 1,827, 14:33

Basically Goku you're a sociopath who doesn't understand group action. Nevermind that 80% of congress voted, and accepted the law by a huge margin. You don't like it, so you won't follow it.

If a New Era President is ever elected, I bet you'll have fun when you find the whole country decides to just ignore them, because after all, practice what you preach

Topher Fair
Topher Fair Dan 1,828, 06:03

The forum has no authority in the game unless we agree that it does.

New Era Congressmen:
4 Voted For (40%)
6 Abstained (60%)

I abstained.

The President does have authority in the game however, though he must work with the community to get things passed.

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