Ladies and Gentlemen, Karl Marx, the famous philosopher who criticized classical economics and conceived of the notion of workers throwing off their chains to overthrow the bourgeois has not existed in the Cyberverse or Planet Bob. Yes, there was a player named KarlMarx, but that's not the same thing. There has been no Jesus Christ, no five books of Moses, no prophet of Muhammed, no Trotsky, no Adam Smith, no Thomas Hobbes or John Locke, no Germany, no Athens, Sparta, Ares, or any number of themes taken from outside of Planet Bob. These are people and concepts that exist in a world that is simply out of character, and they do not belong in Cybernations. Period.
By overtly using out of character references, the player takes away from the spirit of role playing for a number of reasons. The first is that the philosophies and references used are not original. They are not created by the players, or can be argued by the players unless someone else who also has a background in studying those concepts can argue a point. The concepts are taken from a world where communism and other ideas have a history and a context, and suddenly uprooted and placed into Cybernations. Yes, there are two major ways of organizing an alliance, "Meritocracies" and "Democracies", and granted, they are both concepts that date back to early Greece, they are English words describing how a government is run. A philosophy is different. They are invented by guys who studied this stuff for years, criticized other models, came up with something original that applied to the Real World. This is not the real world. This is the Cyberverse. Our history dates back to the year 2005. That's it. If you want to make up your own philosophy about how the cyberverse works, fine. Go with it. Run with it. Publish your ideas in a well-written article. Hell, even if you want to borrow ideas heavily from Real World philosophers and call it something different (i.e. Francoism), that's fine. At least it's somewhat original, and can be placed within the context of Cybernations. But please, don't come in to the game and spout your rhetoric to other players about how great some philosopher or Real World country is. It's an out of context reference. It does not belong in here. Save it for the water cooler or the boiler room.
With that said, even though I disapprove of out of character references, I am not advocating for censorship. I'm just hoping that players will be more careful about what they say and what references they use.