As you’ve probably heard by now, Elmikey has been removed from the RPF leadership after refusing to step down peacefully (more on that at the bottom of the post). In this post, I’ll be doing an in-depth examination of why Elmikey was removed. Bear with me as there is a lot of content in this post and you’ll understand best if you read it all thoroughly.
Just to be clear, we will not discredit what Elmikey has done for RPF. He was once a great leader.
Update: We tried to keep this post as short as possible, there is still a lot of things we can say about Elmikey. If needed, we will make a part two.
For as long as I’ve been in RPF (over 16 consecutive months now), Elm has always been the ‘top dog’. I never truly knew what that entailed until I got into the ownership and eventually the leadership, where I was working with Elm closely and starting to understand him more. Elm is a legitimate dictator, and puts his ego above RPF. He is perfectly willing to throw out anyone, even if they have put years of hard work into RPF while he’s sat around doing minimal work, and claiming to bring RPF glory. He only cares about RPF’s success because he believes it will add to his name, not because he actually cares about any of the troops, staff, or the army itself. I’ll go into the specifics of all of Elm’s lies and tyranny so hopefully you can all see why we made this decision.
The Constraints of Elmikey’s Dictatorship
I’m sure a substantial number of you have seen Elm say he’s a “ruthless brutal dictator” or some similar nonsense. For example:
You might’ve thought he was just being funny, or maybe it was an exaggeration, but unfortunately it wasn’t. As much of a dictatorship that could possibly exist in a Club Penguin army did, and Elm had the ability to do absolutely anything he wanted, despite his inactivity and lack of knowledge on how RPF was functioning. Elm had no problem abusing his power to allow his “friends” to gain special access or privileges despite their serial rule breaking, anti-RPF rhetoric, or a variety of other reasons. But if anyone else dared to cross Elm OR one of his “friends” ever so slightly, even if it was a very minor offense, they could easily be thrown away or banned for being “anti-RPF”, when in reality they were just anti-abuse. It wouldn’t matter who it was. It could be a mod. It could be Left, Chip, or myself (yes, he tried to throw away all 3 of us at times despite us carrying him and his army for over a year. More on that later). Anyway, my point is Elm did not care about RPF’s best interest, he only cared about protecting his supposedly God-like image. Elm’s unfortunate view of RPF and himself is well-explained in Lord Pain’s retirement post (6th paragraph on), which can be found by clicking here. Pain himself used to be a dictator which can be viewed very similarly to Elm, however Pain changed his ways. Pain has been calling for Elm to change, but Elm has not.
Elmikey’s Disloyalty to Owners and Leaders
As I stated earlier, Elm has repeatedly attempted to banish vital RPF owners and leaders, for no good reason at all. Elm expects devout loyalty from leaders, staff, and members alike, but he’s unwilling to return the favor to those who have helped him out the most.
Elm has tried to remove Chip, Left, and I from positions of power before. He attempted to remove Left after Elm disagreed with a democratic decision that the ownership made. He was completely willing to throw someone away who has put hundreds of hours into RPF, just so he could maintain his dictatorship, which should have never existed in the first place. Similarly, he treated Chip, who has been one of the greatest RPF leaders of the new generations, like he was completely meaningless. Chip wanted to rejoin but Elm initially refused as he saw this as a threat to his power. Again, Elm was willing to throw away a loyal leader who had rose RPF solely to maintain his dictatorship. As for me, he actually tried to demote Twitchy and I back in July, for no apparent reason. He told Chip that we shouldn’t be leaders, but Chip backed us up and convinced Elm that we held value. Our value would have been obvious to Elm if he had actually been active in the army, but he hasn’t truly been responsible for any part of RPF’s rise this year. These are not the only examples of Elm throwing out valuable RPF owners, but they are some of the most relevant to the current age.
Another disgusting example of Elmikey’s abuse of power can be traced all the way back to 2015. Xxtoysoldier, and Drake (former RPF leaders) had said “Elm is not the King”, and because of this, Elm had fired them both. He completely disregarded all of the hard work the new leadership had put in – RPF at the time was at the best it had been in many months, and because Elm’s reputation had been threatened, he fired the 2 leaders for suggesting he was not the sole dictator. Here’s a picture showing what Drake had to say (he had a break from school due to cancer treatment, therefore putting countless hours into RPF), about his removal:
Here is a quote of another former RPF leader that got overthrown.
Here is a picture of the ranks after he got overthrown. As you can see, Elmikey restored his ‘king’ rank. Pathetic. (This is back in 2015)
Here is just a little of what many people thought of Elmikey back in 2013-2016.
Elmikey’s Repeated Transgressions
In this section, I’ll be going into a plethora of examples that display Elmikey’s abusive and inappropriate behavior. Elm banning someone for no reason, talking about drugs or alcohol, and trying to assert himself as a dictator were all becoming daily occurrences, which is something that cannot be tolerated. Leaders must follow the rules too.
This picture epitomizes Elm’s viewpoint. He believes it’s about him, not the army itself.
Here, Elm demonstrates the lack of democracy in RPF. This relates to the earlier section about throwing away owners, as he tried to do the same to Robot back in 2015.
This is a prime example of Elm abusing for his friends despite their rule-breaking. He gets called out for unbanning Clout by a moderator doing their job, but he just reacts with “idc”, displaying his utter lack of respect for everyone ranked lower than him.
After multiple occasions of this occurring, Elm decided to make a rule that disallows anyone from inquiring as to why he banned someone. He clearly does not want his abuse to be questioned, even though it was obvious to everyone.
In this picture Elm demands a movie called Matilda for RPF movie night. He is not so fond of the normal process of troops voting on a movie apparently. He was not happy when we played the winning movie instead of Matilda, even though Elm didn’t even show up. He also deleted #help-desk simply because “he didn’t see it”, despite it being used by many new members for help daily.
Here Elm shows how a former leader and current second in command (who he just demoted to private for undoing his abuse), gets no respect from Elm, and can easily be thrown away for simply trying to enforce the rules.
Above are a couple of instances of Elm trying to instate “diplomatic immunity”, despite the immune parties causing constant problems on chat.
The last thing I’ll talk about here is the fact that Elm is constantly talking about drugs and alcohol, which is clearly against the rules and inappropriate for RPF chat. As you can see he freely talks about doing these sorts of things all the time, which is unacceptable. I have probably found 300+ instances of Elm doing this sort of thing in about 10 minutes of searching chat.
NOTE: These are not the only scenarios of clear abuse by Elm. I didn’t want this post to go on forever so I stopped here, but we quite literally have hundreds of other instances that display this reoccurring problem.
The Perception of Elmikey
You all probably viewed Elm in different ways. I’ve seen plenty of people who have called out Elm for his misdoings, for example:
I have also seen people saying he’s allowed to abuse “because he’s Elm” or “because he’s the main leader.” This was true at the time because Elm had power over everyone, but now all of the leaders are equal. We will hold each other accountable. And the army will be entirely democratic. Abuse should not happen at all from this point forward and the rules will always be enforced.
We did not do this because we hate Elmikey. He was very valuable to RPF back in the day. However we could not stand seeing our hard work get tarnished by Elm every time he opened his mouth on main. With Commando’s permission, we asked him to step down peacefully, and he refused.
Our conversation with RPF creator, commando717
We then decided to contact Elmikey and make this process as peaceful as possible.
Here’s how it went down:
So unfortunately it had to come to this. We would never do something that we didn’t believe was in the best interest of the whole army. I hope this has given you some clarity on this decision, and I hope you continue to be great troops.
Elmikey will try and regain his dictatorship. We recommend you all block him on discord to avoid getting chat recruited.
Chip edit: I hope you guys all understand. Our intention is to make RPF a completely democratic army. The army will be run by the people who are in RPF. Elmikey did not want that. I had enough of Elmikey destroying our hard work.
Tom edit: With the whole ownership on our side I think it was an obvious choice and a choice that was made in order to help push forward RPF and no longer be held back
Junie edit: I truly do believe everything was justified for the good of the Rebel Penguin Federation. I’ve had this in my mind for a very long time—something’s been holding the RPF back, and now I’ve finally come to understand what exactly that something was.
Left edit: Was overdue, and since elm refused to change we had to do it for him. was for the betterment of RPF and now we can truly FTGF
Fight the good fight!
–Popsicle, RPF Leader, and the RPF Ownership