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Developmental Aid (Golden Rainbow)

Topics: Golden Rainbow: Developmental Aid (Golden Rainbow)

Austia (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 01:38 pm Click here to edit this post
We have Trillions laying around and we need to give it out. Giving out Aid will also boost the global economy, because the money will get used instead of sitting in it's vault. My last one was voted down hard core. THERE IS NO POLITICAL TIES LINKED TO MY AID REQUESTS.


Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 05:08 pm Click here to edit this post
Okay no political minded requests ?

Soo that means i qualifiy ? ;P

Darkmatter (Little Upsilon)

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 05:12 pm Click here to edit this post
Dammit Owen you are like the resident SC hobo. lol.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 06:04 am Click here to edit this post
I'd personally prefer to see the aid go to small countries...rather than those who have already gone out and conquered territory. 5T aid package is roughly worth, what, 8 or 9GC? That'll get someone small a relatively huge couple million in population and a corresponding number of productive corporations.

Empires have already shown the willingness and ability to get more population through other means...they don't really need the money, IMHO, and I for one won't vote to give it to them.

Give me the money and I'll hold an tax-free open house for CEOs in Freehold of Upper Gadsden. :)

Austia (Little Upsilon)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 06:28 am Click here to edit this post
well, It is well known that you can stimulate an economy by pumping money into the population. We could greatly stimulate the GR economy with the 480T that we have lieing around.

the only requirement is that they are a non veteran player.

Pietro (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 10:09 am Click here to edit this post
Well, seems that i'm the right candidate to get the aid! :) I'm a newbie with a single nation, some aid will surely help!

Pluto (Little Upsilon)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 01:17 pm Click here to edit this post
LMAO ...

I am , i am the resident hobo , i wander from world to world , looking for my 5 T aid >.<

if i get rejected i have to look else where .. mainly laguna .. and he doesnt give out money for free , and i have to spend half of it getting treatment after :(

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 06:13 pm Click here to edit this post
This sounds vaguely familiar....500T bailout plan, everyone getting in line to get their cut of the pie....if I could only think of where I have heard of something similar lately...

Maybe this (or maybe a new one) thread should allow people to apply for the aid. Requested amount, the business plan for its use. The funds could be earmarked for economic no spending on nukes or something along those lines.

I'd imagine you would rapidly find new homes for every stray credit you have in your kennel. Heck, I see about 15T in requests here already!

That way, you will have introduced a set procedure everyone can understand, and also transparency into the process. Better yet, publish a set of standards as to who is eligible..."not veteran" is a little vague. Something more like "no empires" and "net worth under xxGC" or something. The standards could be voted on...once a set of standards and a procedure on how to apply is agreed to by the planet as a whole, I suspect you'll end up with a lot of applicants and its far more likely that those applicants will survive the vote to get their aid.

I'd say it would be a win for everyone.

coolwind (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 06:48 pm Click here to edit this post
some aid to the GM for an update and reprint of the constitution LOL

Pietro (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 09:03 pm Click here to edit this post
I agree with Slare on make the standard. But the problem could be: assuming that a nation ask for the aid with a good business plan, who can check if the money will spent on it and not on nuke or something else? Actually seems that the engine can't do anything on this issue.


Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 11:39 pm Click here to edit this post
/me bangs Angry hobo fists on the SC doors ..

weres My 5 T ? .. my offshore account is not full .. yet ;)

Aqua Rainbow II (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 04:28 am Click here to edit this post
I agree with you Austia! We need to get that money to the players that need it!

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 05:07 am Click here to edit this post
Yeah, system-enforced earmarks would be impractical, and not realistic either. Lets face it, getting international aid to where its needed and using it for its intended purpose is pretty difficult in the real world too! Iraq reconstruction money scandals being a good example.

Much like in the real world, we could attach the restrictions to the money, but enforcement would have to come via the players...if we require the aid recipient to disable military secrecy for x amount of time after the loan, and someone notices suddenly he has quite a nuke force within a couple months of the loan....well, we have some options. Ditto if he turns the secrecy on (ie kicked our weapons inspectors out). War, boycotts, whatever. I mean, there is a menu option for "SC violations", seems like this would fall under there.

So the SC calls for boycotts, but some countries still trade with them under the table at inflated profit margins...well, things could get interesting...or not, it really depends on the players.

But really, an agreement on application procedures and standards coupled with transparency of the process is what will solve the main problem, which is getting more people to vote yea on aid plans.

I haven't been around long enough to know if Austia's comment about politically motivated SC aid proposals was actually a problem or has been perceived to have been a problem in the past, but standards and transparency will clearly confirm or reject any such speculation.

Austia (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 05:55 am Click here to edit this post
@slare- It's actually more cut and dry than you think. Noobs do not have strong militaries. It takes time and money to build one, noobs have had neither.

As for my comment about Politically Motivated SC aid proposals. There was once a time when GR residents didn't see eye to eye and every SC proposal was politically motivated.


Pietro (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 09:53 pm Click here to edit this post
So let's discuss about this standard.

For example:
1) The player need to have only one country.
2) The players don't have attacked without motivation other players.
3) The player has a financial index below or above a certain score (other index could be added)

I'm playing this game from a week, so maybe i don't know other things that could be used to evaluate the candidate.

Eventually more aid typology could be defined, with different amount for different situation.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 02:54 am Click here to edit this post
Well, I don't know that we want to limit aid to noobs entirely....though I agree that they should get preference. So basing it on military index entirely might not have the desired outcome of getting the money out there.

Additionally, is that really the current standard? Lets look at the evidence:

- Surely more than one noob joined the game in the last three weeks, but I have only seen one vote.

- The guy I was voting on already had an empire.

So the guy may well have been a noob who took a C3 quickly, but to most of us it looks like this one guy was singled out for free money (only one vote in three weeks) for some mysterious reason, and he certainly doesn't look like a noob at first glance since he's an empire. Remember, you are fighting perception here, the facts come a distant second when it comes time to vote!

So, anyone can apply. Anyone who meets the standards gets a vote. Hopefully if the votes come regularly so that it doesn't appear anyone is being singled out for shady reasons, and the country being voted on is inoffensive, the vote passes.


-Single Country (this should usually encompass Pietro's #2)
-Overall Country score under 1000(?) (This is a good aggregate indicator of country success, includes military and such)
-Basic business plan (ie build hospitals, get population, whatever, as long as it sounds like it will be spent wisely)
-Military secrecy off
-Aid not spent on offense\strategic weapons (free money should come with *some* sort of stipulations, enforcement/punishment would have to be decided upon by the world community as in the real world)

Simple, geared to noobs but not exclusively.

- Advertise the requirements to all.

- Create an open and transparent application procedure (via forum topic perhaps)

- first-come-first-serve review by the SC to eliminate perceptions of favoritism

- all applications get a public SC response (in the forum perhaps, state it was forwarded for vote, or explain what qualifications it did not meet if not forwarded)

- quick referral to the general assembly for votes

A recipe for success I think.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 04:00 am Click here to edit this post
Empire is why I quickly voted down the proposal personally. His countries looked poorly run to boot.

It would be similar to the US bailout, giving money to failing entities who will just be back a few months later for more.

I feel the aid should go to someone who is developing their country reasonably well, and who has actually attempted to be part of the community. They should be a full member of the game.

Also, there are FIFTEEN members of the Security Council. Why are only 5 members voting on topics???? That seems like a VERY inactive council we have.

Austia (Little Upsilon)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 01:16 pm Click here to edit this post
Well the money sits there in the mean time. If we give it to ANYBODY they will spend it and our corps will prosper and the SC budget will replenish as it does. Lets just start giving it out now.

John R

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 03:34 pm Click here to edit this post
I don't know what about you, but I'm still trying to figure out what disease develomental is. Sounds like mental regression.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 03:41 pm Click here to edit this post
Hey I am right there with ya Austia. Money under the mattress doesn't do anyone much good, and makes the mattress lumpy. But I am assuming you SC folks have to be the ones to get the processes and procedures in place to do so effectively. I can certainly set up a topic, take applications and vet them, but who the hell am I? :)

quaxocal: The revolving door of handouts to poorly run countries was a concern of mine too. I was hoping the "business plan" requirement might help make sure the country has a reasonable chance of using the money wisely. I suppose if the plan was not followed through properly, and the applicant came back for a second dose of stimulants, we'd either deny the new request or attach our own plan he must follow to get the money, much like the IMF and World Bank attempt to do when they bail countries out in the real world.

Full Membership requirement might be good too...but on the other hand helping the trial members get established well might convince more people to become full members, which has long term benefits. I am kinda torn on that.

And I tend to agree about the inactive SC member thing. I realize we all have real lives, but if you not willing or able to vote on a large % of the SC votes, you should probably step down. Or have a removal method. But to be like the real world, removal would have to be the SC members voting to fire one of their colleagues , and you know how likely that is in *any* organization.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 01:16 am Click here to edit this post
Now, I'm not gonna offer aid to an inactive president. I know if a president has potential. I was the Recruitment officer for the UC and I know how to spot talent. So you must know they have potential if I am willing to offer them aid. The last person was a newer president who is trying to expand his empire. Expansion is good but expensive.

Also, if my fried mind has crunched the numbers correctly, we could give about 1000 presidents 5t aid on a 500T budget.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 06:40 am Click here to edit this post
I think your friend did the math wrong if he thinks 5*1000=500 :) 100 countries would be closer ;)

And I think you have just demonstrated why you got voted down last time. Whether or not you can spot talent is irrelevant to making the vote pass.

Transparency, policies, and procedures are the only reliable way to get people on board with giving out aid, not some subjective claims of superior knowledge. What you see as being able to spot talent is what the rest of us see as favoritism or laying politics.

Your goal is to give out $$. Your current methods don't work. Given the above facts you yourself have acknowledged, its time to try something different.

I am just wondering why you seem reluctant to change course. While you haven't come out and said that you don't like our suggestions, your lack of spending the 15 minutes it would take to implement them speaks volumes. Or even offering counter-suggestions for that matter.


Friday, November 28, 2008 - 06:29 am Click here to edit this post
Yeah that math was way wrong. Last time I try math at 5 A.m. after a long night of work.

Either way you flip the subject, the fact is that very little aid goes out. Trust me, I've been on GR for over 100 game years and have been on the SC twice now. If everyone likes to vote down the aid packages, then no one gets any..including you.

I just want more money in the field so more products get purchased there for providing a nice, little boost in profits by all ceos and country owners.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 02:53 pm Click here to edit this post
Hey, I want the money out there too....which is why I am trying really hard to convince you change your methodology so that you are successful!

I deal with this exact thing day in and day out in a Fortune 50 company in the real world. Getting people to agree do things for their own good despite the fact they don't want to is half my job it seems like.

It seems that your total lack of receptivity to any suggestions to improve the situation suggests this is more of an ego thing to you than any true desire to get "more money in the field so more products get purchased there for providing a nice, little boost in profits by all ceos and country owners." Step up and give the voters a reason to approve your measures rather than blaming them for not agreeing with you.

John R

Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 06:58 pm Click here to edit this post
He wants to give the money, you want to give the money, so... convince those who don't. This is not a question to educate one individual to society's rules, this is a question of educating a community. You lack perspective.

Time for a 180º ollie.

General Dirt (Little Upsilon)

Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 03:54 am Click here to edit this post

Ron Samuels (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, December 1, 2008 - 07:09 pm Click here to edit this post
New to the discussion and a member for about 3 weeks - my problem was/is why should he get it, and not me. (yes i've got a little empire now - and no I may not need it now - but I sure wasted a lot of money figuring out how to get started and now have some good debts going) - But I agree with the establish some basic rules - and give it to those who meet those rules. Then you'll get people to vote yes (especially if the vote tells them why people are getting this money).

PS Feel free to nominate me for some... lol

Austia (Golden Rainbow)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 12:15 pm Click here to edit this post
What is your Main countries name? I'll send the offer through and keep my fingers crossed for u.

William Ryan (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 08:15 pm Click here to edit this post
Memorandum for: Record (Petition for Economic Aid)

RE: Democratic Union of Makam (DUM)

1. Nation State (NS) requests $E5,000,000,000,000 in developmental aid.

2. NS has the following Indexes:
Health 88.5 Buisne 98.1
Educat 94.8 SS Qua 102.0
Transp 98.1 Ge Sal 162.8
Employ 88.8 Gov Sa 162.5
Supply 90.0 Welfar 86.7
C Wlfa 110.6 Migrat 46.4
Financ 152.9 War In 60.0
Assets 12.6 Def In 14.82 Def 46.2 Off 12.75
No Strategic Forces nor aspirations to aquire same.

3. NS current goal: Achieve Def Force Index of 75.00 in order to reach Level 2.

4. NS has recently elected a new President.

5. NS has 15 operating corporations, 4 of which are privately owned, and recognizes that it is preferable that all corporations are outside of state control.

6. NS has established a corporate tax rate of 10%.

7. NS will use procured funds in accordance with any economic plan attached to the receipt of the funds.

8. Barring direction on the expenditure of funds, NS will use the funds to push each major economic index to 150.0, and will use funds to increase Def Level to 75 and above, if it is economically sustainable over the long term.

9. The NS has a long term goal of settling it's neighboring nations which at the present time exist in a state of chaos.

10. The NS is constitutionally barred from waging a war against any country with a duelly elected president that has not first conducted military operations against it's military forces or citizenry, or of those of it's allies.

11. The NS is not a part of any alliance, federation, or any other informal or formally recognized political, military, or economic entity; although there are no constitutional or policy restrictions against joining such organizations.

12. Should the joining of any sort of alliance be a precondition for the receipt of these funds, the NS will not object out of hand, but is very biased against joining any military alliance at this time.

William Ryan
Democratic Union of Makam

Austia (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 08:10 am Click here to edit this post
I tried to give you an offer and this popped up "No country by this name. (1)"

Did you get it wrong?

Rick (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 09:01 am Click here to edit this post
William Ryan, That's a better game plan than "The Big Three". Get the name of your country right, (because it's not showing up on search) and we'll bring the aid package up for a vote. On the merit of "formality" and "length of application" alone.

William Ryan (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 09:05 am Click here to edit this post
[ Messages for The Democratic Union of Makam ]

The above is a copy and paste of the name of the country. Maybe I'm too new?

William Ryan (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, December 22, 2008 - 02:26 am Click here to edit this post
Alright, I've just learned that I'm not including the "THE" at the beginning of the name:

The Democratic Union of Makam.


The Grand Poobah (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, December 22, 2008 - 02:50 am Click here to edit this post
A proposal has been entered and the Council is voting.

quaxocal (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, December 22, 2008 - 07:27 pm Click here to edit this post
Those in the future, this would be a GOOD way to present a proposal.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 02:40 am Click here to edit this post
indeed it would. couldn't do it better myself.

The general vote that goes before the 'people' should reference this thread or better yet just include this info into the vote description.

Assuming this is done, I would hope the vote would pass. If it doesn't, well there isn't much more one can do unfortunately.

William Ryan (Golden Rainbow)

Thursday, December 25, 2008 - 11:24 am Click here to edit this post

I wanted to briefly address the General Assembly of Nations concerning the economic development aid proposal that has been passed by the Security Council and now sits before you.

At this point it appears that pass or fail, it will be a close vote. This surprises me.

As I understand the situation, being very new to the my position, there is a large amount of capital being flushed from the world by forces beyond our control. At the same time, a large reservoir of funds sits in an account which does nothing. And there is the opportunity for any nation to petition for the use of these funds.

Yet quite a few have excercised their right to vote for keeping those funds locked up. It escapes me as to why.

The injection of $E5,000,000,000,000 into the general economy through the vehicle of a developing nation will increase the demand for goods from your own factories across the board.

Keeping the money where it is does no one any good whatsoever.

Furthermore, the rejection of this release of funds makes it less likely that other new nations will be successful in obtaining like funds in the future, if for no other reason than it makes it less likely they will even petition for receipt of the aid.

If this is an issue of, "Well, I'm not getting any of this money, why should anyone?". . .

Well, there's no arguing with that logic, except to suggest that you petition yourself. And if you are not a 'new' nation and are not elligible, then direct your energies to secure similar aid for your allies/friends who are new.

But locking up these funds and keeping them out of circulation does nothing to further the development of the world on the whole.

In closing, if you have not voted yet I urge you to look over the petition. If you have any questions feel free to message me and I'll get back to you.

Pass or fail The Democratic Union of Makam will continue to advance to one day join the ranks of the most advanced nations.

Here's hoping that development occurs at the quickest pace possible, which will do the whole world (including those presidents who will come stumbling into power in the future) the most good.


The Grand Poobah (Golden Rainbow)

Thursday, December 25, 2008 - 11:39 pm Click here to edit this post

I've been saying that for a long time. People believe they have the right to judge who needs it and not. Sum say no empires. I believe Young empires qualify. I CAN say that because I'm on the SC.

@everyone else- Please vote in support of this proposal. If the community can't agree, I will stop proposing aide and no one will get any.

The Poo-Bah

quaxocal (Golden Rainbow)

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 09:56 pm Click here to edit this post
It doesn't look like anyone is ever going to receive developmental aid on Golden Rainbow.

The Grand Poobah (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 12:08 am Click here to edit this post
It's that whole "If I can't get any, I don't want anyone else to get any" attitude on GR.

Slare (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 04:13 pm Click here to edit this post
hmph. Maybe we can petition to have a comment field in the vote proposal, so we can get the business plan attached. or at least a summary.

I can only assume those who voted against don't really know the details aside from what little info is included in the vote description itself. A lot of players may not have read this thread and don't really know what's going on...or that they have the chance to get in on the action.

quaxocal (Golden Rainbow)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 02:35 am Click here to edit this post
I ask everyone take a look at the similar thread in the Little Upsilon forum.

They are sending out aid to MULTIPLE countries a week.

While here on Golden Rainbow we can't even get aid out to ONE country. It truly is a sad and pathetic state of affairs.


Relio (Golden Rainbow)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 03:27 am Click here to edit this post
I voted against because I had no idea there was a plan. I just noticed there were forums. The resolutions need information attached so we know there is a reason for the aid. I thought, "Why should someone get aid, I didn't?" Stimulating the economy in this manner makes sense. I'll vote yes next time, now that I know. I spend enough time managing virtual horses to read these forums too.
Is there a way to send a message to every country in Golden Rainbow? It would be nice if, when a vote came up, I had a message explaining why.

quaxocal (Golden Rainbow)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 03:30 am Click here to edit this post
Well, when I personally join the SC next month (since I'm #1 on Golden Rainbow, that is a given), I will make sure that many more aid proposals are voted upon and be given a chance to be voted on.

The one every 3-4 real life weeks is complete crap.

If we got a system going similar to what they're doing over on LU, I'm sure more people would vote for them.


The Grand Poobah (Golden Rainbow)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 11:03 am Click here to edit this post
I'll Try Again. If you need any Aid and fit into one of the above stated criterea, please post here. I'm sure one of the SC members will give you the nod. I challenge each SC member to sponser 1 player each, within the next week.

Nextlevel23 (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, January 12, 2009 - 03:10 am Click here to edit this post
What is the exact criterea for the aid package SC?

The Grand Poobah

Monday, January 12, 2009 - 03:13 am Click here to edit this post
are you new, peaceful and devoted to the game? How many countries do you own and what scores does your empire consist of?

quaxocal (Golden Rainbow)

Monday, January 12, 2009 - 05:46 am Click here to edit this post
Nextlevel23, I posted some guidelines in the other thread I have going for this.


shaun (Golden Rainbow)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 08:14 am Click here to edit this post
just joined this world. hey Q hows it going lol. wouldnt mind some developement aide to my newbie nation. been playing on LU now for like 45 days. so i sort of know what im doing.

AlexandeRtheGreaT007 (Golden Rainbow)

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 05:39 pm Click here to edit this post
I would like some aid

The empire of messopatamia

only 8m population

war index 50
trade index 76
corp assets 740m

i just started playing about a week ago

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