There are always going to be, and have always been, populist campaigns. It works, it gets attention to promise extreme change. Rarely does that extreme change actually go through, so I think there's still a place for moderate candidates.
I don't see my platform as one of these. Like I (poorly) said in the debate, my platform is very moderate, mainly focused on cleaning up internal processes, rules and policy, and setting up events to bring the community together. I think this is the best way to heal the community divide, without forcing two different communities that enjoy different aspects of the game to play a worse version of both for reason of "unity". LRP is a very large part of the community, and it's where I originally come from. I want to crack down on a few problem behaviours, sure. If you enjoy flipclapspinning while screaming sussy, zamn, probably don't vote for me - but as a whole, I value the freedom and pure chaos that we offer there. As headmin, and as representative of both LRP and MRP, I want to strengthen the experience on both servers, while providing opportunity for our player base to try out the other side of things.
I feel very strongly that other candidates' more radical approaches will do nothing but alienate both halves of TG, and I'm certain that my scheduled events will slowly heal our division in time. Maybe a longtime player from Manuel is burned out and hears about an interesting event on Terry. Maybe they go check it out and find something to love in the chaos and violence. A new player certainly isn't going to have server biases, and we all get replaced in time by them. If they have a reason to go check out the other servers, they'll meet people that they like over there too, and switching around will be the most natural thing in the world for them. For the longest time, I was totally a Manuel elitist, and forgot what it was that actually got me into this game. It's very easy to isolate yourself in one server here, blaming its failings on others - and it's toxic and bad for community health, as we're seeing by this being an election issue at all. I've seen on other servers the effects that it has on communities, and it's devastating. That's why helping people create positive memories off of their home server is so important.
I've been very particular in recognising that we do not have one community, but two. That's the reality, and while I think it's a bad state for things to be in, if we start making changes to compromise the experience of both sides, we will have no playerbase left at all. My approach is not traditional, but I want for people to feel reassured that what they love about TG will not be lost under me as headmin, even if my entire events platform falls apart and isn't viable. The same can't be said for other platforms.