Dictatorship

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 Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty 
(Plato, 480 BCE)
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Military coup – preparation phase

The commander of a military unit can attempt a military coup in the country where the military unit is located in. The following requirements have to be fulfilled in order to start the military coup:

  1. 200,000 or more currency on the military unit’s account (the starting cost)
  2. The country has at least one region left
  3. The current capital is not under attack
  4. The country does not have a dictator in office
  5. There hasn't been a successful revolution in the last 10 days

If all conditions are met, 200,000 currency is deducted from the military unit’s account and a “support period” starts. It lasts for 3 hours and allows other military units in that country to support the military coup. The decision of supporting lays on the commanders. The action of supporting is free. If a military unit doesn't support the military coup, it’ll automatically be set to fight for the current government and democracy.

Note: If a military coup is not successful, 24 hours must pass before another attempt can be made in that country.

Military coup campaign

Coup side on the battlefield is marked with red swords.

After the 3 hour support period, a military coup campaign is started in the capital of the country. There will be two sides:

  • Attacking side: Supporters of the military coup (all members of the military units which supported the coup during the 3 hour support period)
  • Defending side: Supporters of the current government and democracy (civilians with the citizenship of the country, and members of the military units which didn't support the coup in the 3 hour support period)

To fight in the military coup campaign, players have to be located in the capital of the country and be a part of one of the sides mentioned above. Changes to location, citizenship or military unit of the players can be done during the military coup campaign. In other words, players are free to leave and join military units as they wish, or even change their citizenships, in order to fight on the side they want.

Military coup campaigns work like normal campaigns: 94 points are required for a win. The only major difference is that, as mentioned above, not everyone can fight in the campaign.

Depending on the outcome, either the Dictator takes charge or nothing really changes. If the military coup fails, the President and Congress continue their duties normally. If, however, the military coup is successful, things can change significantly.

Life under dictatorship

Dictators have practically all the power in the country. They can single handedly pass any law. There are only 2 laws the Dictators cannot start: a law for changing the new citizen message and a law for impeaching the President.

The Dictator can initiate any other laws and he/she will be the only one voting in them. 24 hours is still required for a law to pass. This 24 hour rule is kept in order to maintain a balance in the game and to avoid breaking game mechanics such as mutual protection pact laws.

While the President and congressmen don’t officially lose their positions, they are powerless as long as the Dictator is ruling the country. The congressmen and the President cannot propose or vote any laws, or give out citizenships. The President also loses all the control in wars, campaigns etc. In short, their roles and positions are purely cosmetic.

New elections are held normally, but no gold is awarded for the elected congressmen or Presidents.

Citizenships

A Dictator can grant an extra 50% of the citizenship passes the country’s Congress is entitled to during the current term. The amount is guaranteed even if the congressmen had previously spent some or all of them. The shareable citizenship passes reset after Congress elections.

For example, the Bulgarian Congress could be entitled to give out 50 citizenships. On 10th they have given out 40 already. A Dictator takes charge on 11th and he has access to 25 citizenship passes, which is 50% of the original number. If the Dictator is overthrown after spending 23 of the citizenship passes, the Congress can still give out 10. If a new Dictator would take charge during the same congress term, he could only grant 2 citizenships, as the previous Dictator spent 23 out of 25 reserved for Dictators.

Dictator can grant citizenship passes even if country doesn't have congress[1][2]. In order to do so, he must be located in his country.

Organizations

Normally, Presidents own all the national organizations. The President can request the change of emails in the organizations by sending a ticket to Game Support. As the President is powerless when the Dictator is in office, this means that the Dictator will be in charge of the national organizations. When the Dictator takes charge, he/she can send Game Support a list of the organizations to he/she would like access to, and provide new emails to each of them. Dictator can't, however, request a list of national organisations. He must use other means to get the IDs of the organisations belonging to a specific country.

Other important things to know

1. During a military coup campaign, the President is still in charge of the national organizations. At that point, outcome of the fight is unclear and the President can technically do anything with the assets (money, items etc.) the organization has. The President can donate/sell/secure the money and other possessions in any way he/she wants and do whatever he/she wants with them.

2. If the military coup campaign ends in favour of the attackers and the Dictator takes charge, the ownership of all national organizations transfers to the Dictator. The Dictator can gain access to the national organizations by sending a ticket to Game Support with the list of organizations he/she would like access to. A new email has to be provided with each organization. We will then change the email and the Dictator can gain access by using the “forgot password” feature.

While the President might still be able to access the organizations for some time before the email has been changed, the President doesn't have a right to do any actions in the organizations when the Dictator is in office. These actions include, but are not limited to, donating any assets from the organization, selling products or making exchanges in the monetary market. If such actions are done when the Dictator has been in charge, all actions will be reverted and the President might be penalized.

3. If a Dictator is in charge and there’s an ongoing revolution (including 3 hours preparation phase), the Dictator should avoid making actions on the organizations. These actions include, but are not limited to, donating any assets from the organization, selling products or making exchanges in the monetary market. If the revolution is successful, all actions will be reverted and the Dictator might be penalized.

Please notice that the organizations won by military units in the military unit tournament will continue to be property of the military units, and just like Presidents, Dictators can’t touch them either.

Revolution – preparation phase

Revolutions are campaigns against the Dictator and his supporters, aiming to restore democracy in the country. They can be started by commanders of military units. The military unit has to be located in the country where the Dictator is in charge. The following requirements have to be fulfilled in order to start a revolution:

  1. 200,000 or more currency on the military unit’s account (the starting cost)
  2. The country has at least one region left
  3. The current capital is not under attack
  4. A Dictator has been in charge for at least 3 consecutive days
  5. There hasn't been a revolution in the last 3 days

Like with military coups, if all conditions above are met, 200,000 currency is deducted from the military unit’s account and a “support period” starts. This time period lasts for 3 hours and allows other military units in that country to support the Revolution. The decision of supporting lays on the commanders. The action of supporting is free. If a military unit doesn't support the Revolution, it’ll automatically be set to fight for the Dictator, against the ones doing the Revolution.

Revolution – campaign phase

Revolution side on the battlefield is marked with broken blue swords.

After the 3 hour support period, the revolution is started in the capital of the country. There will be two sides: - Attacking side: supporters of the revolution (civilians with the citizenship of the country, and all members of the military units which supported the Revolution during the 3 hour support period) - Defending side: supporters of the dictator (members of the military units which didn't support the revolution in the 3 hour support period)

To fight in the revolution, players have to be located in the capital of the country and to be a part of one of the sides mentioned above. Changes to location, citizenship or military unit of the players can be done during the revolution, so players are free to leave and join military units as they wish, or even change their citizenships, in order to fight on the side they want.

Once the revolution has started, it works like normal campaigns: 94 points are required for a win. The only major difference is that, as mentioned above, not everyone can fight in the campaign.

If the attacking side wins, the revolution is successful and democracy is restored. This means that the Dictator is overthrown and the President and congressmen restore their power. If the defending side wins, the Dictator remains in office. Another revolution cannot be started in the next 3 days.

New Achievements and Decorations

Achievements

Decorations

Funding the military coups and revolutions

If illegal currency is used to fund a military coup or a revolution, the eRepublik team reserves a right to revert the Dictatorship and penalize the parties involved. Every military unit commander initiating a military coup or a revolution is always responsible for the action, and for the money in the military unit’s account. If someone donated a suspiciously large amount of currency to your military unit, and you’re not sure whether it’s clean or not, please send us a ticket to avoid problems!

Determination

Similar to determination bonus in resistance wars, there will be determination bonus for revolution against the dictatorship, though it increases much faster than resistance determination. The exact numbers were not published yet, but so far it was noted:

  • After dictator is in the office 16 days, determination for revolution is 1.51
  • After dictator is in the office 31 days, determination for revolution is 2.09.
  • After dictator is in the office 33 days, determination for revolution is 2.14.
  • After dictator is in the office 38 days, determination for revolution is 2.34.
  • After dictator is in the office 42 days, determination for revolution is 2.63[3].
  • After dictator is in the office 43 days, determination for revolution is 2.7.
  • After dictator is in the office 45 days, determination for revolution is 2.83.
  • After dictator is in the office 51 days, determination for revolution is 3.4.
  • After dictator is in the office 58 days, determination for revolution is 3.81.
  • After dictator is in the office 65 days, determination for revolution is 4.52.
  • After dictator is in the office 66 days, determination for revolution is 4.62.
  • After dictator is in the office 84 days, determination for revolution is 6.28.
  • After dictator is in the office 96 days, determination for revolution is 7.26[4].
  • After dictator is in the office 105 days, determination for revolution is 8.16[5].

Important things to notice

  • When a Dictator gains power in a country, his/her citizenship is automatically changed to match the country where he/she is in charge.
  • During dictatorship, elections will be held normally. However, newly elected Presidents and congressmen won’t have any power until the democracy is restored. When elected, they also won’t receive any gold for their Congress or President medals.
  • Fighting in military coup campaigns or revolutions will give you 10% more Rank Points.
  • Fighting in military coup campaigns or revolutions won’t count towards True patriot, Mercenary or Freedom fighter medals.
  • If a Dictator assigns another player as a commander of the military unit, the Dictator status will be passed on as well.
  • A Dictator can candidate and get elected in all types of elections.
  • A Dictator cannot start a revolution.
  • If a President of country X does a successful military coup in country Y, he/she will become a Dictator and automatically loses the President’s seat in country X, as if he/she had been impeached.
  • If a Congressman does a successful military coup in the same country he/she is a Congressman in, he/she will remain in the Congress.
  • If a Congressman of country X does a successful military coup in a different country, he/she will lose the position in the Congress.

FAQ

  • Q: If I start the revolution and then hand over the command of the military unit to someone else before the revolution ends, who will get the medal in case of the success?
    • A: Liberator medal will be given to the commander who started the revolution.
  • Q: What happens with the law voting if it still lasts after the end of successful coup?
    • A: If the dictator votes, his vote determines the outcome. If he doesn't vote, the outcome is determined by the votes cast before the coup.
  • Q: Is is necessary to start a new coup for each player who wants to get Dictator Trainee medal, or it can be earned by changing commander as well?
    • A: Each dictator gets a Dictator Trainee medal for lasting 10 consecutive days in office, no matter if he is the original commander of the unit that started the coup.
  • Q: Is it possible to get unlimited amount of citizenships by changing the commander?
    • A: No, each new dictator's citizenship will be deducted from the total number of passes a dictator can give.
  • Q: Can dictator change his citizenship?
    • A: No. Same as the president, dictator can't apply for another citizenship.
  • Q: Is it possible to have 2 military coup/revolution campaigns in the same countries at the same time from 2 different possible dictators?
    • A: No, there can only be 1 coup/revolution at the same time.
  • Q: If the country is conquered, does dictatorship end?
    • A: No, the Dictator stays in office just like the president would.
  • Q: Can presidents appoint country titles while a dictator has the power?
    • A: No, but the Dictator can.
  • Q: How do I see which military units supported a coup or revolution?
    • A: There will be a banner on the main page where you can see the supporters if you are in the region where the coup/revolution has been started.
  • Q: Can I resign military unit if I'm the dictator and the only member of the unit?
    • A: It is not possible to resign if you are a dictator and the only member in the unit. You have to invite or allow another citizen to enter the unit and make him commander before resigning.

See also