Hello CPAC Readers. This post brings to us another prevalent issue in the Club Penguin Army Community; the scheduling and sometimes “over-scheduling” of events/battles in an army…
Many of us that have been in a Club Penguin Army have had our fair share of a certain week or month where we’ve had a plethora of scheduled and unscheduled events tightly packed into every day of the week. Some may call this “overkill” or “overworking” the troops. This severely limits one troops’ free time and ability to do things in their life, as many of these events are deemed “mandatory” by the leaders. Some leaders go so far as to threaten their troops with demotion or even removing them from the ranks if they do not attend. This creates a problem for troops, as they may have prior engagements scheduled with their families or friends. This leaves them in a predicament in which they spend their entire day worried about the fate of their rank in that army.
Usually, the over-scheduling of events occurs during wartime between two armies. For example, Army 1 leader wants to get the jump on Army 2, and schedules a barrage of events for the week. Army 2 leader feels he has no choice but to defend his territory, and therefore forces his troops to attend the events, sometimes even stating that if they do not attend, there is a good chance that they will be demoted or even removed from the ranks. Army 2 leader is trying to instill fear and uncertainty into his troops, and is basically giving them an ultimatum: show up, or you’re being demoted or even removed. This may or may not get a good show up, all depending on what types of troops he has, and whether or not those troops had any prior commitments in the “outside world”.
There have even been some occasions where an army will schedule several invasions/battles of another army, all in one day. One infamous example of this was during the RPF-Nachos War, when the Rebel Penguin Federation scheduled 7 invasions of the Nacho Empire all within one day, 6 of them being consecutively, and one being at 2 AM EST, however this early morning battle never took place, as there were peace talks before hand. However, this is a prime example of overworking one’s troops. Although at the time there were no claims of the RPF threatening troops with demotions, when in fact they told the troops that if they couldn’t make it, it would be fine, the troops would feel that they have an obligation to attend, and would go out of their way to do so. Believe it or not, simply sitting and staring at a computer screen can be very tiring. Your eyes are strained, and sometimes you just want to collapse into a bed and go into hibernation, or even into a coma, for those that are dramatic.
An army might overwork or over-schedule events because they feel that is what is necessary to succeed. For example, if an Army is on a hot streak, and is high up in the top ten, that army’s leader(s) would feel the need to schedule a lot of events, to keep their army up to par with the other high ranking armies in the top ten. This could end in two ways, either: 1.The army benefits off of all the events and ends up dominating the Top Ten, or 2. This can result in the troops lashing out at the leaders, and refusing to attend all of the events, because they feel it is “too much.” The army then basically implodes into itself, falling out of the top ten and eventually dying because they over worked their troops.
Lastly, an army might over- schedule events out of desperation. As a complete opposite scenario from the above, picture an army that is dying at a rapid pace. They are losing troops quickly, and the leader(s) have no idea what to do. So, they schedule a bunch of events for the week to try and make a resurgence in their army, which usually ends up being a “final hoorah” of sorts. Again, this could end in two ways. 1. The resurgence works, and the army slowly gains strength back and goes up the food chain, or 2.Whatever troops that have remained will feel that the leaders are trying to overwork them, and will eventually quit as well.
I finish my thought off with a quote that basically sums up the gist of this entire post: One from CPAC’s very own, Bluesockwa1. In this quote he is referring to the troops and members of armies.
“Sometimes, these troops are treated as expendable, when they are far, far from it.”
I now leave this post into the hands of you, the readers. Why do you think an army would over work their troops or over-schedule events. Is it a good idea, or is it just a recipe for disaster?
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