Marokai Blue/Antonio V in October '14.
Throughout my time in Atlasia, I have had the great privilege of working alongside amazing individuals. Some who are no longer here with us, and many who thankfully still are. I have seen parties come and go, villains rise and fall, regions go active and inactive, and always dealt with the petty squabble of the month.
Many things change, and many things stay the same. I am here to announce my candidacy for President of Atlasia.
I do so out of love for this community and this game. For support of economic security, solidarity, and progressive causes. For support of healthy game reform. And, perhaps most importantly, to advance the ideals of open-mindedness and cooperation in support of common goals. To everyone outside of my party, I say this:
I want to be a President that serves you, the people, first and foremost. I want to be a President that puts the spotlight on the work, and on the issues, rather than myself or my party label. For those of you who know me, you know that I speak my mind, and that I will always endeavor to do what is right, regardless of political consequences.
I am who I am; a left-winger. But I have had a unique experience: Working with Atlasia's right-wing in the past made me realize that there are many, many
things more important than political considerations. Those are always
shortsighted! In times where the political environment has been grim, I have devoted a downright unhealthy amount of time and energy to making it more varied, and more interesting.
My PM box is always open, I welcome talking to anyone who has ideas, or just general thoughts to share; my friendships with those all over the spectrum prove this. I want what works best, and what keeps things lighthearted and fun. As President this will always be my top priority.To my Labor brothers and sisters:
What's really worth bickering about so much! So much boils underneath the surface, and for what? When did we stop being able to communicate with each other, to share concerns and compete with ideas? These are the things that made us so prominent, and such a force to be reckoned with. Our ideas have always guided us, our substance and work ethic.
Refocus ourselves on what matters. Do that, and the people will follow. I believe this strongly. A political system where dissent is squelched and frank conversation is pushed to the back-channels is no political system I want to be a part of, and it's because I know we can do better that I stand here today.
In my farewell last year, I said this:
Be here because you really want to be. Don't participate in Atlasia when your heart isn't in the right place. Don't let grudges get the best of you and make you forget what we're supposed to be here for; nerdy, honest to goodness, fun and relaxation.
Many people have let this game get the best of them. Good and bad people. Downwithdaleft went on several crazed, nearly psychotic breakdowns before he disappeared, because the game got the best of him. Bgwah and I developed a rivalry that I wish had never happened, and both of us, in our own way, let the game get the best of us. Hagrid is a good guy, and I worry that the game is getting the best of him, too. Many people I've trusted in the past have turned around later and lied to me. Many people have come and gone because the game broke them, but always try to keep perspective.
Duke and I have been exasperated, by things and people, over the last few months, but always keep someone with you to make sure you have perspective. During many of my freakouts, Duke kept me grounded, and so did others. Don't let your head get so inflated that it carries you away. We're all just nerds here to nerd out.
This is a game, so let's build a better game!
Let's have a great campaign, share great ideas, and if I would be so lucky as to be elected by you all, I would do all within my power to make sure we all remember what we're truly here for.Antonio V is a friend, and has a great history in Atlasia, and in this community. I trust him wholeheartedly to be a working partner with me, and I hope that you can too.
Over this campaign, he and I will share our ideas with how to make Atlasia a better country, and
a better game.
So let's get to work. Accost me with all the questions.