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Post by Oblige on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:36 am

Hey EZC,

I shouted in the feed about my CP run which Deepchill reminded me was not kosher. Instead I've started this thread here for you to make fun of me / ask me questions about the campaign.

To kick things off, here is my first article:

[quote=First Article]
Mood music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86nMHfvl7s

Dear America,

I've been waiting for this day for nearly four months now- and I'm proud to announce that (once again) I am running for President of these eUnited States. That's right. I'm going for lucky number sleven.

/article

I can't wait to share with you all my cabinet and plans for this upcoming month.

One of the major commitments I'm making right off the bat is that unlike in some previous Presidential cycles this will be a race to the finish. I'll be out every day campaigning for your vote. You're going to see a lot of articles from me- something that lately has been missing almost entirely from Presidential campaigns. I'm also going to bring back the eNPR Presidential debate - with a tentative date of November 1st - to help make sure you have all the information you need when you cast your ballot on November 5th.

This article is just a taste of what's to come - and so for now I leave you with my resume, a brief reminder of who I am and what I've done, and this exhortation: this month, for President, America needs someone it can believe in.



★ Six Term as President of these eUnited States
★ Most Presidential American Ever
★ Four term Secretary of State
★ One term Secretary of Defense
★ Four term Secretary General of TERRA
★ Retired Commanding Officer of the Special Forces
★ Twenty six term Congressman
★ Select Committee on Intelligence Member
★ Two term Deputy Speaker of the House
★ Economics Council Member
★ National Security Council Member
★ eNPR / Forum Benefactor
★ Recipient of Congressional W.H.A.L.E. Award
★ WTP Party Founder
★ One point five term WTP Party President
★ WHALEFARE Founder
★ LAP Party Founder
★ One term LAP Party President
★ 3 Term vCP of Germany
★ 3 Term MoFA of China
★ 1 Term MoFA of Brazil



P.S. please give me a shout!

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Lucky Number Sleven
http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2461247/1/20
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Post by Franklin Stone on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:58 am

cheers

CURRAHEE!
Another Easy Company member in the White House would be excellent!

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Post by Whydoibother on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:25 pm

good luck.
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Post by Pfeiffer on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:18 pm

Prior to this vote begging thread, Oblige had not logged in to this forum for two and one half months.

I checked yesterday because I knew this was coming.
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Post by Deepchill on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Question for Oblige.

What's in it for PMU, especially EZC?

Where do you stand in that little PMU vs USAF war going on?

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Post by Pfeiffer on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:29 pm

Deepchill wrote:Question for Oblige.

What's in it for PMU, especially EZC?

Where do you stand in that little PMU vs USAF war going on?

Isn't that war just CHS being an idiot?
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Post by Deepchill on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:44 pm

Pfeiffer wrote:
Deepchill wrote:Question for Oblige.

What's in it for PMU, especially EZC?

Where do you stand in that little PMU vs USAF war going on?

Isn't that war just CHS being an idiot?

Black sheep a bit also because of the taxes.

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Post by biaxident on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:49 pm

Pfeiffer wrote:Prior to this vote begging thread, Oblige had not logged in to this forum for two and one half months.

I checked yesterday because I knew this was coming.

Very Happy

the question should be, are you going to change anything about usaf? or do you have anything in mind about usaf?
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Post by Deepchill on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:26 am

Well, I guess he's not getting back here to answer.

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Post by Oblige on Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:01 pm

@Pfeiffer - I am not a huge forumer outside of the eUSAForums, and yes, honestly I have not really participated in the EZC forum community, but I will note I am the only candidate that has opened a thread here so far.

Deepchill wrote:Well, I guess he's not getting back here to answer.
I am - just was up super late and was super busy last night and stayed up till 3 AM MMing.

@Deepchill - perhaps I am naive but I don't really see there being a massive conflict between the USAF and PMUs like there has been at various times in the past. The USAF budget line is as small as its ever been in recent times, and right now a single day of tax revenue is enough to fund the USAF for a week. That seems like a small price to pay for having a MU under the direct command of the CP. Obviously there are many things we could do that would reduce USAF expenditures (like building WAM companies) but those things have not worked out historically.

The majority of our high taxes at the moment are being used to replenish the reserve after the historic spending required to repel the Argentine Air Strike in Mexico and save us from an Asteria invasion.

Lastly, as for what's "in it" for PMUs - one of the big things I did the last time I was CP was start up the big NSC PM chains that seem to have become SOP now. I've always had focus on NSC as a "big tent" sort of organization where all MUs, public and private should be given a voice and a say.

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Post by Deepchill on Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:29 pm

Thanks

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Post by Oblige on Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:40 am

I pressed a button that said "thanks" on your post. Now it is orange. Learn something new every day.

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Post by Oblige on Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:36 pm

Anyone else? Smile

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Post by biaxident on Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:57 pm

honest question: what difference would your presidency make if any, compared to any other candidate?

Taking game mechanics, overall lack of fucks given to the game and stagnation into consideration; I doubt anyone could make any difference.

So do you have anything in mind thats going to stand out?
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Post by Pfeiffer on Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:56 pm

He will with 100% certainty spend more money than Dave will.
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Post by Franklin Stone on Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:48 am

Seems odd that everyone thinks this game is dead or dying and yet will do anything to retain their position  in it. Honest question: 'Taking game mechanics, overall lack of fucks given to the game and stagnation into consideration why continue to play this game?'

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Post by Whydoibother on Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:21 am

people still play this game for the meta. If I was not in EZC then I would not be playing. As people get fed up with the direction this game is going, the community loses its meta. Once the meta is gone, there will be nothing left.

Not hard to see that the game is dying, all you have to do is look at our population numbers month over month.
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Post by Oblige on Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:35 pm

@Bia - I'm not sure there's anything anyone except the admins can do to help stem the tide of departing players from eRep, but for myself personally the attraction has always been the community. In that regards I think we can do a lot of stuff to improve. Even if we're only making small efforts- live reviving eNPR, doing regular mass attacks, etc. we're still enhancing the game for our existing user base, helping retain them, and hopefully in the process we can scoop up a few new players as well.

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Post by biaxident on Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:58 pm

thanks.

@FS: whydoibother gave you my answer. If anything, a position that I did not expect to have -EZC XO- kept me playing after 6 month brake. FEDs now keep me occupied, and hopefully I'll have a chance in Oblige's team to keep me interested in meta game. I'm not spending time in the game as much as I do on forums, QMing, NFLB work. I will not deny the positions I have in meta game keeps me playing the game. And they should really.
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Post by Oblige on Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:36 am

It's funny, I two clicked in eRep for over a year before I ever got a real approach to join the meta. It took a lot of prodding for me to get onto IRC, but within a few weeks I was hooked, and within a few months that's all the game was to me. The in game experience became largely irrelevant compared to the meta.

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Post by Oblige on Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:03 am

Second Article:


Dear America,

In my last article I promised you a full throttle campaign, and even though two of my opponents have dropped out in the past several hours we’re still going to do this thing with intensity.

To begin, here are some well known individuals that are supporting me for President.

Endorsements:
Josh Frost (4x eUSA President): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2461819/1/20
MrCarey (We The People PP): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2461974/1/20
Jude Connors (Notable Vagabond): http://www.erepublik.com/en/newspaper/237044/1
Othere (Narwhal Conservancy PP): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2462014/1/20
Mike Ontry (Famous Technologist): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/-2462027/1/20

I expect quite a few more of these to hit the media soon and with each article I publish I’ll keep a running list.



I also promised that you would get another article from me before the end of the week with my cabinet, and you can expect that article shortly.

For now let’s go through my plans for next term blow by blow (or department by department as it were).

State Department

Our current position in the world order is excellent. We’re part of a small, well run, full in-sync alliance. We have max 100/100/100 bonuses, and while there are threats lurking around the corner, we are largely surrounded by our friends.

While there have been rumors for the past several months of a major alliance shake up in the works, and while we have seen evidence that this might come closer to fruition in the near future, things are working out rather nicely for us now.

With this in mind the State Department’s primary objectives during my term will be the ongoing stability and growth of PACIFICA, the strengthening of ties with key-non-PACIFICA allies like Croatia, Chile, Turkey and Albania, growing our relationship with China, and using diplomatic ties to maintain the security of our bonuses.



Defense Department

It’s no secret now that the United States Armed Forces has been in somewhat of a downward spiral since the failed, Pfeiffer-led, merger of all the branches. Despite the best efforts of the officer corps, membership has been on a steady decline, out pacing by a significant margin even the overall 30% decline. While increases in operational efficiency have produced a steadily decreasing budget line, the primary contributor seems to be the dwindling numbers of our National Military Unity (MU).

While the USAF is still very popular, our current, high, work tax is sometimes unjustly blamed on the costs of supporting our standing army. This simply is not the case, and currently only a single day of tax revenue is required to support the USAF for an entire week.

The number one complaint I’ve heard is that since the merger the sense of community in the MU took a major hit, and the primary focus on my Defense Department will be to address this issue. The USAF will receive some mild structural changes to place new emphasis on small groups of soldiers, and building up a larger officer corps. We’ll also be tapping the technology department to help increase recruitment with new techniques like automatic MU invites for new citizens. Lastly, we’ll be making a full court press in the media with the same intensity you’ve seen from my campaign.



National Security Council:

One of the hallmark features from my fifth and sixth Presidential terms was our dramatic expansion of the National Security Council (NSC). Previously open almost exclusively to the USAF and a few select Private Military Units (PMUs), the NSC grew in size as any MU fighting for the USA was allowed to join. My NSC team also started the now standard operating procedure of having a large, in game, personal message (PM) chain between the NSC team and all MU commanders.

This inclusive attitude is the cornerstone of my plan for the NSC next month. We’ll be containing all the best practices started over a year ago, and adding a few more. The “biggest” of which will be standing mass attacks every Wednesday night - open to every American and supplied through private donations. Although we do see the PMUs organize a mass attack every now and then, my belief is that regular mass attacks are a key component of military engagement and will significantly improve our presence on the battlefield and therefore our value to our alliance and allies.



Interior Department:

Given the relative quiet on the international front (perhaps the quiet before the storm) I anticipate having a considerable amount of time focusing on internal affairs. President Bubblar has confessed to me that he though these would the primary focus of his administration as well, but fate had other plans for him and he became a War President. In the past few days his team has started to kick things into high gear, starting with a fund raiser and revival of some old programs.

My plan for interior is two fold. First to utilize the assistance of our technology department to help locate and reach out to new players, ala the old ‘welcome wagon” days of old, and second, to keep those players in the game through engagement activities, primarily to incentive them to engage in the meta game. The Department of the Interior (DoI) will host weekly IRC events including giveaways and trivia with unique and fantastic prizes. They’re also going to step up their media presence with regular newspaper articles and some new graphics standards.



Education Department:

Going hand in hand with the Interior Department, Education will be a critical component of my domestic policy. We’ve seen some interesting projects come out of the DoE the past few months including a poorly received forum, a well received website, and a recent rather attractive refresh of that site that went live just recently including a truly exceptional microsite dedicated to this Presidential Election - check it out!

There’s a lot of room to grow here though. The official eRepublik Mentorship Project’s American Team is in dire need of some fresh blood. We’ve had a lot of game changes that require guide updates, and there are a lot of cool tools out there (like the eUSA Company Profit Calculator) that not many people know about. Under my leadership, the DoE will be charged with these truly engaging missions.



Calendar of Events:

Lastly, to help provide a visualization of some of the planned activities during my term, please see this handy Google Calendar. It’s still tentative, but it is, in broad strokes, the rough outline of much of what I’ll set out to accomplish next month.



As always, thank you for taking the time to read my article.

If you’re in the We the People or [url= http://fedparty.forumotion.com/t6646-november-2014-country-president-primary ]Federalist Parties[/url], your primaries are open now. I humbly request that when you go to the ballot box you keep my name and mind and Vote Oblige for Lucky Number Sleven!



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The Grand Plan
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Please check out my second article "The Grand Plan!"

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Post by Oblige on Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:01 pm

The Cabinet:


Dear America,

We're coming up on election day and I hope this race has been exciting for you so far. Since my last article the landscape has shaken up drastically. I'm proud to announce that both We the People and the American Military Party have decided to lend me their support in the upcoming Presidential Elections. I also fared better than expected vs my opponent Dave Gulya in the Federalist Party primary with him eking out a narrow victory of only one vote (22 to 21)- not bad considering I was on his home turf. Meanwhile, the USWP has disappointedly decided to take Pfeiffer up on his Hobson's Choice proposal and not nominate anyone- I'll pontificate more on this matter after the election is over, but suffice to say it's very disheartening.




On a more positive note my list of endorsements has continued to grow. They're listed below (with some space saved for articles that are expected to be published today).

Endorsements:
Josh Frost (4x eUSA President): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2461819/1/20
MrCarey (We The People PP): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2461974/1/20
Jude Connors (Notable Vagabond): http://www.erepublik.com/en/newspaper/237044/1
Othere (Narwhal Conservancy PP): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2462014/1/20
Mike Ontry (Famous Technologist): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/-2462027/1/20
Cubby (ST6 CO): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2462701/1/20
David MacDaniels (Congressman, DSoH): http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2462923/1/20
Blande (WTP Leadership):
The Mike (Co-NSC Chairman):
Tenshibo (SWAG Master):




And now without further hesitation, I present to you the meat of this article- the Oblige, Term 7, Cabinet List.

County President: Oblige*

Vice President: Josh Frost*

Chief of Staff: Artela*

National Security Council Chairman: John NWP
National Security Council: The Norm
National Security Council: The Mike
National Security Council: biaxident
National Security Council: Crimsonninja
National Security Council Joint Strike Coordinator: Blande

Secretary of State: Wild Owl*
Deputy Secretary of State: Evry*

Secretary of Defense: DMJohnston*
Deputy Secretary of Defense: Alexander Auctoritas*

Secretary of Media & Swag: Tenshibo*
eNPR: Cerb*
White House Press Director: Custer
Senior White House Corespondent: NewAzazel*

Secretary of the Interior: sugarfree
Deputy Secretary of the Interior: Kodos
Deputy Secretary of the Interior: MollyEmma*

Secretary of Education: MrCarey
Deputy Secretary of Education: Scott Coyle
Deputy Secretary of Education: Tanishq
Mentorship Program Director: David MacDaniel

Secretary of the Treasury: Evry*

Secretary of Technology: Mike Ontry

Director of the Department of Homeland Security: Tyler Bubblar*
Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security: Talostastic




Of course, I'm still accepting applications for deputy and intern level positions. If you want to get some exposure, or an idea of what it's like to be in the eUS Government, please complete this form here: http://bit.ly/ObligeCabAp




P.S. Please give me a shout!
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http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/2463732/1/20



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Post by Whydoibother on Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:18 pm

do you even look at this stuff before you post it? that article is impossible to read.
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Post by Oblige on Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:34 pm

Whydoibother wrote:do you even look at this stuff before you post it? that article is impossible to read.
Honestly for the life of me I can't figure out this forum's color scheme. Spoilers are back lit in white and so is the text.... it's like... lolwat.

JK figured it out, I can over-ride that by setting a text color.

Also, if any EZCers want to participate in the government this month please take just a few moments to fill this form: http://bit.ly/ObligeCabApp and I'll find you a spot in the gov.

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Post by Deepchill on Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:46 pm

Oblige wrote:
Whydoibother wrote:do you even look at this stuff before you post it? that article is impossible to read.
Honestly for the life of me I can't figure out this forum's color scheme. Spoilers are back lit in white and so is the text.... it's like... lolwat.

JK figured it out, I can over-ride that by setting a text color.

Also, if any EZCers want to participate in the government this month please take just a few moments to fill this form: http://bit.ly/ObligeCabApp and I'll find you a spot in the gov.

Well, you're alone now, no more challenger.

Good luck, have a great month with USAF and with leading us to glory.

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