The last update has generated some confusion among the eRepublik community. The article of Azure Falcon, in particular, has caught Plato’s attention.
A number of allegations have been made in the article, mainly about rules being changed in order to provide an unfair advantage to the eRomanian community. We are aware that the “adminlandia” topic is part of the erepublik DNA and the rivalry between eHungary and eRomania is one of the factors that influenced many of the happenings in the eRepublik history, but considering the commotion this article has caused, we would like to bring some clarifications.
1. We are always trying our best to offer a fair game environment for all our Citizens.
2. We have no reason to believe that the eRomanian community had access to privileged information on the Resource Wars. eRomania did not get any very rare resource that would have boosted the overall productivity for its Citizens’ Companies with over 30% (Country + Region), that being a far more important bonus than any distribution that takes account of pollution can achieve.
3. The advantage of having Factories from distinct industries in a region that has mixed resources as it allows savings when traveling is not backed up by numbers. Spreading Companies across multiple regions in order to avoid pollution result in greater benefits compared to overcrowding a region for a potential 5% bonus (the regional bonus for the secondary resources - grain and houses - of the eRomanian regions in question). High pollution might turn this bonus into a 20% penalty that is not covered by the travel savings.
4. The way the pollution works was never changed to help any specific side. As announced initially, the pollution is based on what has been produced in the region (“works”). Azure Falcon speculated that all the industry is affected by the overall number of goods produced, no matter the industry or the quality. Such an implementation would mean that high value Q7 Companies would be truncated by “works” in cheap raw Companies. This was never a working scenario when implementing the pollution, as it would have affected the exact Citizens that have put time and effort into upgrading Companies.
5. We are introducing pollution in order to add a strategy element for Managers, increase communication between Governments and Managers (when establishing Factories and planning a military strategy) and increase the value of higher quality food Companies where upgrades do not provide any real benefits today.
6. From the production point of view, the distribution of eRomania’s resources is not ideal, as players will naturally go for establishing Companies in higher bonus regions. If the Government tries to convince its players to split the factories between regions with bonuses and regions without bonuses in order to lower production, having that small 5% bonus will make the Government mission harder as it will attract more Managers there (and hence a higher pollution).
7. From a military strategy point of view, having mixed resources in a region makes it more important for both the Country and its enemies. It might be easy to focus on defending one extra-valuable region, but it also means that losing just one region will result in a significant blow to the Country’s production capabilities.
8. We would also like to remind that regions can be conquered, and in this case, both “mixed” regions (Transylvania and Moldova) are within reach of eHungary’s army if they believe those have such an ideal setup. Not to mention the distribution that eRomania had for the Resource Wars was visible and could have been easily replicated if strategists around the world would have deemed it worthy.
These being said, Plato is endorsing Azure Falcon’s article as we view it as a very fine piece of propaganda.