Hello fellow eUKers!
I recently thought that I should start writing more articles (the last one I did was 80 odd days ago and the one before that was 100 days ago) and that the topic should be something that all eUKers could relate to. For this article I’ll be talking about the way that citizenship is handled. There are numerous ways that have been discussed but the argument boils down to Minister vs Committee. Both ways have advantages and there are a few different ways to organise a committee (the main two ways would be PP committee and congress committee). To fairly judge the different approaches we have 4 criteria:
1 - It must stop PTOs from occurring.
2 - It must allow legitimate citizenship requests to the eUK.
3 - It must be enforceable, to some degree (we can’t really get rogue congress members to resign can we?).
4 - It must be reasonably quick to decide on whether or not the citizen is accepted.
For those of you who don’t believe that we need a form of regulation on citizenship requests just have a look at what is happening across the atlantic:
To shorten a fairly long story: the USA is getting PTO’d by various different groups that are all in the American Freedom Party which currently controls 32% of congress. Within a few months they could control more than half if they keep expanding, which would be very bad for America :3
The Minister Option:
This was the option we used for several months with Iain Keers looking after our citizenship requests, however he recently resigned from the post leaving the eUK with the ability to choose how it wants its citizenship sorted. The main pros of a ministerial role sorting out citizenship is that it is very quick, as there is only 1 person involved rather than 6+ in a committee (though it does depend on the minister ofc), and it would definitely stop PTO attempts. The main faults to a minister is that it’s not as enforceable as the other options where the citizens who are sorting citizenship applications are directly democratically elected and that some citizens would consider it biased (unless the minister in question was apolitical and thus had no reason to be biased but even then it doesn’t include the opinions of congress or PPs).
The PP Committee Option:
The first of the committee options involves the 5 PPs working together to look at citizenship requests. This is the only option of the three that hasn’t so far been implemented (possibly due to the different options of different PPs/parties on the way that citizenship should be handled). The pros of a PP committee would be that it is more enforceable than the others (as PPs can choose not to re-elect congress members that don’t follow the rules) and that PPs are usually active individuals it would be done quickly. However, there may be some bias by PPs who see that citizens want to move and join their party and there are some parties that do not agree with a formal way of citizenship (UKPP policy is that the congress member should make their own decision and as such they may not want to be involved in a PP committee).
Goku Jones wrote an article you can find here
The Congress Committee Option:
The last option of the three involves members of congress itself forming a committee to look at citizenship requests. History paints an unusual picture of congress committees, the last congress committee was terribly slow but the one before that worked well. As such it is all down to whomever congress decides upon to have as the committee members as to how well the committee works. The benefits of this type is that are will combat PTOs and would be less prone to bias than PPs (I would hope that people run for congress to better the eUK rather than their own party/ their own pocket). The costs of it however are that they don’t have the same ingame ability as PPs to block congress from running and that the larger it is the slower that it would become.
Iain Keers wrote an article you can find here
Over the next few days I’ll be sending off a PM about this issue and getting feedback from the eUK and including it in my next article. I don’t exactly know what to write about for the next article, feel free to suggest future topics in the comments or PM me with ideas/feedback about this article.
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