WA Delegate: The Republic of Ariusgrad (elected 327 days ago)
Embassies: Tibet, China, Singapore, The ProcrastiNations, Valhalla, India, Poland, Antifa, Asia, Scandinavia, Futaba Aoi, Africa, Gay, Central Pacific Empire, South Pacific, Argentina, and 19 others.Atrigeas, The Greek Empire, Hong Kong, Japan, Black Mesa Islands, United Alliances, United Empire of Islam, Central Eastern Europe, League of Christian Nations, The Darwin Allied Republics, Asiana, The United Nations of Here, Paraguay, United Federation of Nations, Zero Beta, League of Democracy, The Christian Nations, New Zealandia, and Holy Rome.
Regional Power: High
Today's World Census Report
The Most Authoritarian in Philippines
World Census staff loitered innocuously in various public areas and recorded the length of time that passed before they were approached by dark-suited officials.
As a region, Philippines is ranked 7,970th in the world for Most Authoritarian.
|1.||The Armed Republic of Ynny||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Alea Jacta Est”|
|2.||The Queendom of Liex||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Unity brings force!”|
|3.||The Disputed Territories of Cryogan||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Strength is beauty”|
|4.||The Oppressed Peoples of Zean||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Be wise and obey”|
|5.||The Land of Joran Flores||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Freewill is just an illusion.”|
|6.||The Republic of Failipeens||Authoritarian Democracy||“Fool the people, buy the people, and poor the people”|
|7.||The Armed Republic of The Philippine World Invasion Force||Psychotic Dictatorship||“We are everywhere”|
|8.||The Kingdom of Gardyn||Democratic Socialists||“Libenter”|
|9.||The Malolos Republic of Neo Philippine Empire||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Dugo at Dangal”|
|10.||The Republic of Campberi||Democratic Socialists||“In God's mercy we stand united.”|
- 14 hours ago: The Holy Empire of Holy See Office of International Affairs departed this region for Central Pacific Empire.
- 1 day 7 hours ago: The Republic of Carlicos arrived from Osiris.
- 2 days 7 hours ago: The Holy Catholic Empire of The Great Loey departed this region for Wysteria.
- 2 days 7 hours ago: The Holy Catholic Empire of The Great Loey arrived from YBAST.
- 2 days 22 hours ago: The Nudest of Buddhists of the region Tibet cancelled the closure of its embassy in Philippines.
- 3 days 14 hours ago: The Empire of Neo Maharlika arrived from Lazarus.
- 4 days ago: Justinianlands ceased to exist.
- 4 days ago: The empire of justinianland ceased to exist.
- 4 days ago: The Malolos Republic of Neo Philippine Empire arrived from Balder.
- 5 days ago: The Sultanate of Islamic Sulu arrived from Osiris.
Philippines Regional Message Board
The only thing that keep our military from expanding other than corruption is that we are misers :P
We should also purchase/develop some new stuff like 4th generation fighter like the F-15 and Jas-39, new frigates and Destroyers, upgrade the MPACs, etc...
I mean upgrade the Airforce or something, we can't fight Chinese napalm bombs with Guerilla Warfare lol
That is not entirely true. Though the Armed Forces of the state is responsible for taking care of its personnel, it is funded by the government. And the government funds the military on how much they would budget the national income and that mainly comes from the peoples pockets - taxes. I believe the average Filipino has been taxed systematically and enormously by adding the EVAT and other unnecessary implementations. What's bothering me is that where are the allotments for the development of our military? Philippines has been relying too much to the US for military aid via VFA and the EDCA and what's more irritating is that if you read the provisions on those mentioned agreements, they just flat out suck! What is happening is that our Armed Forces still doesn't perform in a Globally competitive because they are poorly funded and are always in the shadow of the US Marines. Sen. Miriam Santiago said that "the backbone of any state's sovereignty is its Armed Forces." Maybe we just have to be wiser this coming 2016 elections.
P.S. Mayor Duterte of Davao City is pushing for federalism in the country but isn't planning to run for Presidency. He plans to establish a revolutionary government (the likes of Cory's) if he doesn't get the reforms. A bit radical? Well, he made a believer out of me.
I am a realistic thinker. Conscripts, even if you're not going to pay them regular salaries, you're still going to pay for them their regular food rations, equipment, and supplies. Considering the fact that the Armed Forces of the Philippines still cannot adequately supply its not-so-large 125,000 men with ample equipment and supplies and even ample salaries, how much more if you're going to conscript hundreds of thousands or even a 1-M strong force? A terrible logistical suicide for a third-world military where funds are often pocketed by shadowy officials.
And how much more with F-15 and Jas-39s? How to acquire for spare parts? Training and experience? That's why the Air Force bought 12 FA-50 South Korean jets to prepare in the future to be able to handle real jet fighters.
The thing is, I care for military modernization just as you guys do, but corruption and neglect has made our military so bad in the last decades that it will take a very, very, long time before the Philippines can have a capable military.
At least, there is significant improvement. I believe perhaps one of the greatest achievements of the P-NOY administration is the modernization of the Philippine military (no, starts in its modernization). I just cannot think that the Philippine Army will be able to purchase its shore-to-ship and surface-to-air missiles, the Philippine Navy will get its BRP Ramon Alcatraz and Gregorio del Pilar and the Philippine Air Force will get its 12 FA-50 jet fighters if P-NOY wasn't elected President.
The Government's excess P2Trillion annual budget should be used for the country, not to line some pockets.
The AFP is poorly equipped and poorly armed, not to mention very understaffed. At most, it can only be good for anti-insurgency operations. Conscription has good and bad sides. For one, it teaches the love for the country. On the other hand, conscripts tend to be less effective than regular contract soldiers quality-wise.
If the Philippines would be in NationStates, I'd say than it has too little defense spending.
I think of this every night before I go to sleep: What if Miriam won the elections in '92? What could have become of Philippines? *snugs big pillow then zzzed
True. Years of neglecting the modernization of our Armed Forces have now taken their toll. We are trying to frantically speed up purchasing new weapons, ships, aircraft, equipment, etc. In the end, it would all be futile if it comes to war. Because our enemies are already light years ahead of us in terms of defense and offense capabilities.
It's noble to adopt a non-aggressive and pacifist policy, but in like manner, that doesn't give us an excuse to be comfortable and too reliant on our allies for our security. I only pray that when it comes to armed conflict (and God forbid that), the alliances that we have will really come to our aid.
One thing, even though we are lacking in terms of weaponry, we're not lacking in excellent, courageous and brave men. 100 years of military history, training and experience will not let our men suddenly be destroyed.
The best decision for the government is to bring back compulsory ROTC. Since 1935, it ensured a reliable pool of men to call upon in times of conflict, which served well during World War II. Since its relegation to the back seat in 2001 (damn you GMA), the country's pool is gradually getting smaller and less efficient.
The previous generations before us may have been a sight. I pity the current generation, for what can a bunch of jejemons, swagger boys, and bugoys hope to achieve against a much disciplined and trained force.
I also support compulsory ROTC.
The Holy Empire of His Holiness Pope Francis prays for Christian Unity
On Sunday evening, Pope Francis gathered with the faithful of the diocese of Rome and with the representatives of the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities, in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The theme of the week this year is: “Give me a drink” (Jn 4:10). It is taken from St. John's account of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well.
Addressing Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed and Evangelical leaders together with cardinals, priests, religious and Catholic laity, Pope Francis pointed to Jesus’ encounter with the woman of Samaria as the model for dialogue among Christians.
“Jesus is patient, respectful of the person before him, and gradually reveals himself to her. His example encourages us to seek a serene encounter with others. To understand one another, and to grow in charity and truth, we need to pause, to accept and listen to one another. In this way, we already begin to experience unity.”
The Pope also asked the assembled leaders to remember that: “the mystery of love is the deepest ground of the unity which binds all Christians and is much greater than their historical divisions.”
Having all received the life-giving gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, Pope Francis therefore invited them to be united in their missionary efforts to bring Christ to a world that is thirsting for God.
“Today there are so many men and women around us who are weary and thirsting, and who ask us Christians to give them something to drink. It is a request which we cannot evade.”
“All of us,” he said, “are at the service of the one Gospel.”