The United Kingdom (commonly known as the UK) is a medium sized country in Western Europe. With twelve regions bordering eight other nations, this unusually large number of borders made the UK a key tactical crossroads which was frequently fought over during world wars for the ocean crossings between North America, Western Europe and Scandinavia.
Recently the UK itself has become a target for it's resources and was defeated, divided up and occupied by Canada, Ireland and France. Ireland closed their war and allowed UK congress elections to happen in exchange for Scotland and Northern Ireland, while the UK received Wexford and Louth.
The UK has a relatively old community as one of the first countries in the game and has enjoyed stable national elections without foreign political takeover, it's internal politics are also fairly stable with the main parties tending to be years old.
The UK has a relatively small military capability so it relies on diplomacy and mutual protection pacts for its defence, using the influence of the few politics focused citizens that often take leading roles in alliance headquarters. The UK has been part of many military alliances, currently being part of the TWO military alliance.
The UK community offers a variety of forums and IRC channels for eUK users. The traditional eUK forum houses the government and is used by much of the active population. The Rizon IRC network has channels for all Political parties, Military Units and other miscellaneous channels.
The national channels and forums can be heavily moderated, anything judged to be spam, trolling, racism or insulting to other members could result in a ban.
The community also produces a wide range of articles; from election manifestos and guides, to flame wars and fun articles (UK National Media).
The National Newspaper Association, provides a monthly round-up of government and political news as well as quality or interesting popular articles.
The UK was originally part of the ATLANTIS alliance network until its defeat and dissolution in mid 2009. In the aftermath, the UK switched to the opposing PEACE network after disputes with Sweden and it's supporters over attacks on Germany. This flipped the UK's tactical status from a safe nation surrounded by strong allies into a new front in wars between major alliances.
The UK was then used as a land bridge to stage attacks on other nations by all alliances, most notably by Hungary in PEACE invasion of North America. The very act of switching alliances has also made the UK itself a target of ATLANTIS successor alliances EDEN and Brolliance, with several unsuccessful sieges launched to wipe the country off the map. PEACE reformed into it's successor alliance Phoenix at the end of 2009, with the UK staying in that alliance network until it dissolved in early 2011.
In February 2011 the UK become a member of the successor of Brolliance, Terra from which they subsequently withdrew from in April of the same year after an unsuccessful invasion of Belgium, claiming that Terra did not support the UK against the Belgians. Following it's withdrawal from Terra, the UK become an officially neutral supporter of the ONE alliance, which was a mix of the most powerful members of Phoenix and EDEN. It eventually joined as a full member and used this support to defeat and occasionally occupy Ireland for a few months.
The UK became more dependant on it's allies for protection after disbanding most of it's military, so in December 2011 a decline in power of ONE led to the tables being turned in the UK-Ireland-Canada conflict. A rapid decline in relations with France caused them to join in the war too, leading to the first complete occupation of the UK and leaving it without congress elections for three months. It was divided up according to the The Commonwealth Agreement by France and Ireland, with the remainder going to Canada. After negotiating region swaps with Ireland the UK managed to secure a freedom at last. With the end of the Irish swaps the eUK completed 2012 with standard region bonus multipliers.
In the fading days of 2012 the eUK undertook a long awaited offensive initiative and wiped Portugal. In doing so the country incurred severe financial expenditure, one of the many factors effecting the smaller reserve (relative to previous administrations), an issue that congress would debate thoroughly to form consensus. The eUK occupied Norway in early 2013 to allow its citizens to gain True Patriot medals, causing a offensive/defensive war fought by Spain to attack Canada to prevent a threat to the eUK's home regions. The eUnited Kingdom is now a member of TWO alongside Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Poland, and maintains friendly relations with CoT nations.
In the month of March, 2013 the United Kingdom was attacked jointly by Argentina and Ireland in what has become known as the eFalklands War where Argentina determined to colonise Great Britain while their ally, Ireland, could successfully unite their perceived Island into one, United Ireland. Due to heavy TWO conflicts around the globe at the time, Argentinian and Irish forces succeeded in temporarily conquering the nation. Within a couple of days of the end of the first stage, the United Kingdom had started to win back regions supported by a Polish counter invasion. With Argentina removed from the United Kingdom completely, the UK continued to wage the war against Ireland seeking to gain some measure of revenge for their betrayal ending with a wipe when they seized Dublin on Day 1990.
The UK is unique in linking Scandinavia, Western Europe and North America. With eight natural, neighboring countries and many more only a few regions away, the UK is a key tactical position in wars fought between nations in Europe and North America. This has often led to volatile borders. The UK has been variously reduced to one region or in ownership of many foreign regions via region swaps and counter attacks. The most frequent UK conquests tend to be temporary occupation of enemy bordering regions or fruit resource regions in Ireland. The UK had been wiped off the map by Canada, France and Ireland. It is in the process of regaining it's regions so many may be in the possession of other countries.
Like many other countries, the older members of the UK community renamed the generic institutions of eRepublik as far as possible, such as Congress and the President, to assign a cultural flavour to them and an element of uniqueness. The elected members of the UK Congress are sometimes called Members of Parliament (MP) and make up the forum based House of Commons. Of late the nation has trended back towards using official eRep nomenclature to avoid confusion for any visiting officials from other nations as well as the new players that eUK attracts.
The President of the United Kingdom is the head of the UK Government, he or she appoints and manages the Ministers who perform the day-to-day administration of the country. The current President is Ayame Crocodile of Peoples Communist Party who was elected with 62.17% of the vote.
The UK usually has 40 Parliament seats, although this can fall during invasions. Starting from the December 2011 elections there were no people in Congress due to the invasion, which continued through to the successful March 2012 elections.
As well as voting on in game proposals, the UK Parliament discusses sensitive issues and votes on proposals using forum and messaging systems.
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The United Kingdom military has ungone many changes throughout its life. Due to the current economic situation, the government was unable to continue funding a national military leaving it redundant. Currently, the Military is made up of apolitical, privately funded and commanded MU who together form the 'eUK Armed Forces' under the direct command of the Ministry of Defence. The Units currently forming the Armed Forces Group are: Legion, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Prinny Squad, Funky Militia and Tank Nation.
In October of 2012 the then president Talon Karrde disbanded the remenants of the army (called the BEF) and established its successor; the eUK Armed Forces starting with the first apolitical MU Legion.
Recent history has seen a great deal of change. The United Kingdom was once a member of the ATLANTIS alliance but adopted a policy of neutrality following the organization's dissolution, initiating a period characterized by extremely low relations with it's former allies such as the USA and Sweden. As a consequence the UK eventually joined PEACE Global Community in a memorable episode of political turmoil prior to the PEACE Invasion of North America, a controversial move as PEACE and ATLANTIS were traditionally enemies. The United Kingdom left PEACE in November 2009 after many key allies had also left. The United Kingdom became a member of the Phoenix Alliance, the successor of PEACE, on December 06, 2009. On the 24th of February 2011, the United Kingdom left Phoenix and joined Terra but left on April 25th 2011, due to dissagreements with other member nations mostly over their treatment within the alliance and foreign policy.
After leaving Terra the United Kingdom tried to maintain the Strasbourg Treaty and for a time succeeded. However with the changing political climate and growing ever-closer to ONE nations the treaty became a Non-Agression Pact despite both France and Germany remaining Terra members. It was eventually disolved (neither side will agree on the reasons), and currently the United Kingdom is at war with all of their former Terra allies.
The UK joined ONE in December as a full member nation of the alliance, having been pro-ONE for most of the year. When ONE reformed after a long ajustment period the UK entered into TWO as a founding member
The UK tax system encourages maximum productivity in the companies which supply it to lower prices, increase exports and raise tax revenue. Products which the UK can produce at optimal productivity have a low local tax and high import tax, while products which the UK cannot produce with high productivity have a high local tax and low import tax.
The United Kingdom occasionally blocks trade with enemy nations. Due to poor diplomatic relations, frequent targets include Ireland and USA. For example, in June 2011 Greece and Croatia were both embargoed by Jamesw following their support of Ireland during the UK's invasion. During the months of December and January, Thomas765 and Kravenn began embargoing EDEN nations that dumped products on the UK market. France became a target of this by Kravenn's term as CP and the French were consequently embargoed for 11 months.