Rayne has answered a lot of these things already, but I would like to elaborate further on it, because I think some things you stated here are not true. I hope I can make it clear what exactly is going on.
First of all, good luck, Sleeping Whip, in the elections. We greatly respect everyone who has a vision for our great nation and aim to satisfy the majority of Amaknians. If you can do that best in the eyes of our people, you will get my full support!
Sleeping Whip says:
It is annoying trying to make groups with your freinds from ''enemy nations''.
One can not put the haven bag in ''enemy territory'' (and end up loosing plenty of k if sh*t doesn't sell within 3 days in bonta 5th market); and let's face it, amakna market will not get the most popular market over night :/
Also one can not use dragoturkeys in ''enemy nations'', which results in endlesssss walkinggggg aroundddddddddddddddddddddddd, that could be easily avoided, doh :/
We understand the problems you’re stating in bold. It is known that these elements of war are really inconvenient and we dislike it too that playing with friends is make impossible and that Dragoturkeys are unusable. That you can’t put the haven bag in enemy territory doesn’t hurt us much, because, like Caya said “The war is there precisely to prevent u guys selling in bonta if you guys would support amaknian market there would be no war.” – But, since quite long now, this hasn’t been our reason for war anymore. We noticed that our market can be fairly stable when we are Neutral with Bonta, which is now our favorite state. We are neutral to remind Amaknian that we have a great nation that can be used for shopping and hope that Neutral gives a sign to remind people about this. We feel that we shouldn’t make restrictions towards allies, so allying ourselves with Bonta means free use of their market. In the vision of the current government we prefere people using the Amakna, Brakmarian or Sufokian market, because we feel 1 nation shouldn’t have the monopoly on sales. This is not just a sign towards the players, but also towards Ankama (why not fuse all markets and just have taxes separated per nation?)
The different % tax in different areas of nation also aint fun, especially when one forgets about it and puts stuff in display windows in areas with 10-20% tax, bah :/
Sleeping: Stop war so we can put haven bags in bonta & use dragoturkeys there and to have an easier life when trying to group with our "enemy" friends; 5% tax everywhere; emelka at 10 C for birch and fern.
I am being told the actual government has an alliance of few guilds who always vote for them, so it will be hard to win, not only for me, but for anyone outside that said alliance.
with emelka at 10 C
About the taxes. We have tried to explain many times, both on this forum and in the governors speech, why we have different tax rates. We’ve set a higher tax rate in Swords Crossing and Amakna Village to pay for the Kamas Quests. We have been very open about this, to warn people for the accidents you describe, but want to give people the option to donate for these quests. Every Kama we make in these areas are transferred to the Village to help our low levels gain money in an easy way. Last week we decided to highten the tax in Fertile and Hugo’s Prairie too for this purpose. Also, we figured by doing this we’d lure more people to our main market Crusty Road, to make it just as cosy as 5th Bond. With more PvP and also crazy people like Ephyon and many more just goofing around saying funny stuff.
Also, it is pretty much impossible to keep the temperature at 10 degrees 24/7 in Emelka, because it used to be high and it will cost a lot of tax money and a good weather engineer to have this. Next to that I don’t think Emelka should be used for Birch. Birch is a rather low level tree which grows perfectly in the Fertile Prairie. This would be a better place to grow them then the only place in Amakna where high level trees can grow. But I like your input on this and feel free to PM me or Rayne or anyone from the government with more of these ideas. We can’t ask about feedback enough. We want to do what the majority wants.
Snako: btw isntead of talking about the markets go care first for the freaking broken shops lol did u saw how many minting machines and crafting tables ovens and anything else are broken? these need serious repairs.
This is a known problem and we’re working hard on that (check out Rayne’s post about this in the politics sections too). We had some problems this last mandate though.
1: the Ogrest Chaos bug. Ogrest Chaos has been in Amakna for over 50 hours and it was unable to stop this. Due to this a lot of machines got destroyed, many more then usually after an Ogrest Chaos.
2: since the Ogrest Chaos frequency doubled it is very hard for just 8 dedicated people from the Government to fix them all. We are trying to spread awareness of this and would like to inspire ALL out citizens to help fix these machines. We are honoured to accept donations and would love to name all the helpers in the governors speech… We would, like Fhil, reward helpers with money, but the fact is that we aren’t very rich ourselves and the main problem for fixing the machines is the lack of Kamas (they cost 250 kamas each to repair).
to me it sunds like jellousy the fact that u can't accept that bonta 5th bound is just simply almost the main market place in the game, so what?
Snako: Be loyal to your nation.
It is true. We, or at least I, are very jealous of Bonta’s market. You say “so what” and that’s a good question. Does it actually matter? Well, maybe not. But we are proud Amaknians and want the best for this nation. So yea, why not add that extra beauty to Amakna and have a good (or respectable) market in Amakna too. This also helps the lower levels, by the way. They don’t have to figure out how to go to Bonta and when they see a nice market, they’re more likely to stay.
I love that other thing you said: be loyal to your nation. I totally agree with that. And in my eyes, this also means supporting your own market, ecosystem and engage in politics, give feedback and suggestions and actively help where and if you want and/or can.
Kanade: So in my opinion +1 to everyone who opposes a mandate long war.
Like Rayne said in her last post. We have indeed had a long war. In Rayne’s first mandate we started a war that lasted 5 weeks with Bonta. That was not fun. That war, long long ago, was indeed to increase our market, or at least the awareness that there was a market in Amakna. From 120 items back then we can now proudly regard our 400 item market (even though its still not better than Bonta’s, it is awesome! And maybe we don’t deserve a better market than Bonta, since they have more players). However, if it can be avoided there should be no wars at all! There are more reasons for this war though……
JustD87: I've heard Rayne won't end the war, to be honest it wouldn't surprise me since Bonta benefits more from peace than war anyway.
Bonta benefits more from peace than war indeed. Whenever we go neutral or make peace with them, our market slightly goes down and when a war is started it increases. But the war we had this mandate was different. When Cloudi became the governor of Bonta again (we were actually fan of Grovy, I will not hide it. He is an awesome guy), he instantly started a war with us. He has told me this was because he wanted to conquer Calamar. A fair reason, who doesn’t want to own this island full of new content? However, Calamar was just conquered that afternoon and Cloudi was at that moment unaware that it was impossible to capture an island that had just been captured for the next 24 hours. We could have made peace again after that, but for several reasons we didn’t.
1. A bunch of individual Bontarians, from Infernal Horde’S and La Guilde (I am not blaming the guilds, just the individuals who did it), came to Amakna and ganged many of our low level members. We got complaints from level 40 citizens who got ganged by 105’s 6 to 1.
2. Cloudi told us to send him
a peace request and was threatening with “consequences” otherwise. We don’t feel like we should give in to this kind of intimidation and wish to ignore it.
3. Cloudi continually calls Rayne, my girlfriend, “woman” and is overall very disrespectful to this sex. We wish not to respond to that.
4. In former mandates Cloudi has attacked Bontarians. We see this as the worst a Governor can do, attack his own citizens. He claims to have done this because they were in Signature. But either way, we don't really want to support a governor attacking his own citizens.
But this topic is not for flaming Cloudi, and I’m sure he has done good things too. I am just sharing my personal opinion and maybe we are taking these personal insults too much to a “national” level. Still, we see the game meant for fun and the 4 points I stated above make this game less fun for some people, especially those in my guild and the other guilds represented in the Amaknian Government.
The war has stopped now and lasted a little less than 3 days in total. We’re sorry for the inconveniences in the meantime.
Back to something Sleeping Whip said later in this thread:
Sleeping Whip: I play the game the way I want it, that is why I pay for it, and I am not taking any advice on how I am supposed to play it;
We understand this vision and hope everyone does it that way. Like I said before, we don’t want to force people to buy and sell in Amakna, but we have a great vision for our nation and wish to inspire people to see the potential of Amakna that we see. In my eyes, the points you are making and promoting in your election speech is very pro-Bonta. My opinion is that your ideas are not good for the Nation Amakna per se, but mainly for players who do a lot of business in Bonta (the already biggest nation). But ofcourse you can have your own opinion, and if the majority of Amaknians agree with you, who am I to disagree. As long as you take good care of my beloved soil, I’m game.
One last point I want to oppose comes from Snake:
Snako: its not anymore about who is good for the job -.- its about who has most friends on there friendlist sadly.
I don’t think this is true. What is true in your saying is that we have a lot of friends. Rayne is the Governor that listens to áll the people. Whenever she’s online, she doesn’t do UB or Dungeons much, she talks to people, asks for their opinions and gets advice. In my eyes that’s a great characteristic. Because of this we made many friends, especially within the Italian community. Reavers is a great Vice and actually really cute. Because he and Rayne are good friends, both Signature and Gomorrah supports us, and Rhen is one of the best Ecologists Emelka/Amakna has ever seen, and she is loved in Unusual Italians a lot. But, it is not just “who has the most friends”, we really listen to the people and change things when they need change, if the majority agrees. We don’t spread around Vote for Rayne (okay, maybe some enthousiasts do) but we spread the word when elections are on. We make people aware that they can vote, not tell them who to vote for (even though we’re biased). We wish everyone in the election equal luck and I can;t oppose that some people are indeed followers and do what others say, but thats also the case in real life politics. We hope, though, that we are being elected because people love how Rayne treats them and the nation.
Wow, this has been a horribly long post. I am sorry people, but thank you all for reading this far (if you made it). We spend so much time on this because we really care and feel like we cán make a difference, with all your support, suggestions and advice. I hope I managed to clarify a lot of your dissatisfactions and if you have more constructive questions about matters within Amakna, don’t hesistate to ask, on the forums or in game.
-Blantuise, Challenger of Amakna.
This post has been edited by PidgeonX - December 06, 2012, 23:09:06.