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        Cyber Nations Forum Rules  
      In the process of registering on this forum, all players--including you--agreed to accept these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions of Invision Power Board. In doing so you essentially signed an electronic contract pledging to have read the rules and TOS and agreeing to follow the rules and TOS as written. It is your continued responsibility to read, follow, and keep up-to-date with the CN rules.
      The following are basic guidelines for use of the Cyber Nations community forum. Anyone caught disobeying these guidelines will be issued a warning. The forum staff works on a five warn limit policy unless the situation calls for more appropriate action ranging from a verbal warning to a double warn and suspension to an immediate ban, etc.   Just because something is not listed specifically here as illegal does not mean it's allowed. All players are expected to use common sense and are personally responsible for reading the pinned threads found in the Moderation forum. Questions regarding appropriateness or other concerns can be sent via PM to an appropriate moderator.   A permanent ban on the forums results in a game ban, and vice versa. Please note that the in-game warn system works on a "three strikes you're out" policy and that in-game actions (including warnings and deletions) may not be appealed. For more information regarding in-game rules please read the Cyber Nations Game Rules.   1.) First Warning
      2.) Second Warning
      3.) Third Warning (48 hour suspension at the forum)
      4.) Fourth Warning (120 hour suspension at the forum)
      5.) Permanent Ban   Game Bans and Forum Bans
      If you receive a 100% warn level on the forums, you will be subject to removal from the forums AND have your nation deleted and banned from the game at moderator(s) discretion.   If you are banned in the game, then you will be banned from the forums.   Process of Appeals
      Players may not appeal any in-game actions. This includes cheat flags, canceled trades, content removals, warn level increases, nation deletion, and bans from the game.   Players may appeal individual forum warnings. You may only appeal a warning if you can show with evidence that it was unwarranted or unduly harsh. If a reasonable amount of time has passed (no less than one month and preferably longer) in which you have demonstrated reformed behavior than you may request a warning level reduction. Wasting staff time with inappropriately filed reports and/or unfounded appeals will result in a warn level raise. Repeat incidences will result in a ban from the forum.   Bans are permanent. Banned players may appeal to the Senior Staff if they believe grounds exist (very, very rare) in which they state their case with evidence and why explain why they believe they deserve to be allowed back into Cyber Nations. This process is not quick and the investigation into cases may last three minutes or three weeks or more depending on the individual situation.   The only place where discussion of moderator action is acceptable is in the appropriate Moderation forum. Posting commentary on or disagreement with moderator action elsewhere will result in a warn level raise.   Posting
      All posts must be in English. Common phrases in other languages will be allowed so long as they are translated upon request. Foreign languages are permitted in signatures and avatars, however.   Certain areas of the forum require you to have a nation in either standard CN or CN:TE. If you have...   A SE and a TE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your SE nation or ruler name. You are allowed to post in either SE or TE areas of the forum. You must have your CN:TE nation name listed in your profile to post in the CN:TE section of the forum.
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      Hijacking is forcing the current thread discussion off of the original topic and usually results in spam or flame from either side. Forum users found hijacking threads will be given a warning.   Repeat Topics
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      Spam is defined as creating posts or topics containing only contentless material of any kind. Users found spamming will receive a warning. Examples include (but are in no way limited to) posts containing nothing but smilies, "+1", "QFT", "this" any other one/few-word contentless combination, joke threads, or posts containing quotes and anything that counts as spam by itself. Adding words to a post with the express intent of avoiding a spam warn will result in a warning. These posts and other similar contributions have no substance and hence are considered spam. Posts of "Ave", "Hail" or any other one word congratulatory type are acceptable as one word posts. Emoticon type posts such as "o/" without accompanying text is still not allowed. Posts containing only images are considered spam, unless the image is being used in the Alliance Politics sub-forum and then the actual text of the image be placed into spoiler tags.   Posting in All Caps
      Posting large amounts of text in capital letters is not permitted. Use discretion when using your caps lock key.   No Discussion Forums
      There are forums that are not for discussion and are used strictly for game and forum staff to address certain issues, bugs, etc. The following forums are not open to discussion: Report Game Abuse, Report Forum Abuse, and Warn/Ban Appeals. Only moderators and the original poster may post in a thread, period, with absolutely no exceptions. Users found disobeying this guideline will receive an automatic warning for each offense.   Moderation Forums
      All Moderation forums also maintain pinned threads clearly marked as required reading before posting. Failure to read and follow required reading and procedure in a Moderation forum will result in a warning. Examples include posting requests in the wrong forum, failure to include all required information in posts, etc. The standard of conduct and enforcement of rules in Moderation forums is strictly enforced and the repercussions for disregarding rules or disrespecting staff are harsh. Read the pinned threads before posting and you will be fine.   Namecalling
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      Any attempts to evade the word filter will result in a warning. The terms we have filtered are filtered for a reason and no excuse for evasion will be accepted. Filter evasion includes censoring or deliberately misspelling part of a filtered word.   If you link to a website, image, video, etc., containing profanity, please post a disclaimer before the link. The moderation staff may still remove links if the content is deemed too obscene.   Harassment
      Forum users should not be stalking/harassing others on the forums. Anyone found stalking players from topic to topic, etc., will be subject to a warning.   Gravedigging
      Gravedigging is not allowed anywhere on the forums. Gravedigging is "bumping" old topics which haven't been active for quite some time (four to seven days is standard depending on the nature of the thread and how many pages back it had been pushed before bump). Your warn level will be raised if you are caught doing this.   The Suggestion Box and Black Market forums are partial exceptions to this rule. Suggestions/ideas in that forum may be posted in regardless of age PROVIDING that the reviving post contains constructive, on-topic input to the original topic or discussion. Black Market threads may be bumped by the author if there is new information about the offered exchange (i.e open aid slots). In the Player Created Alliances forum it will not be considered gravedigging to bump a topic up to a year old, so long as the alliance in question still exists and it is not a duplicate thread.   Signatures
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      An OOC threat of any nature will equate to an automatic ban from the game and forums. Likewise, the publishing of personal information of any other player without their explicit permission is grounds for warning and/or a ban from the game depending on the severity of the offense.   Death Threats / Death Wishes
      A death threat or a death wish of any nature (including but not limited to telling another player to commit suicide) will result in at very least a 40% warn level increase and 2 day suspension from the forums, with harsher punishments, including a complete ban from the forums and game, up to the discretion of the moderation staff.   Quoting Rulebreaking Posts
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      With the exception of moderator accounts, all forum accounts must match up exactly with the ruler name or nation name of your in-game country. Those found not matching up will be warned and banned immediately. Forum account names may not be profane or offensive.   Multiple Forum Accounts
      With the exception of moderators, if you are caught with multiple forum accounts, the multiple account(s) will be banned, warn level raised, and your identity will be announced by a moderator to the CN community so rule-abiding players can take IC action against you. Multiple forum account offenders will receive a varying percentage warn level raise and/or a permanent ban on a case-by-case basis.   Posting For Other Players
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April and May have been killer months for us Indians, literally.

The death toll is at 500 and counting. Not a large number but then it is the cause that is depressing, we are undergoing a heat wave that has lasted most of two months now. The place i live in has recorded its highest ever temperature so far in May, 43 C was common enough for us in the summer but this year we have touched 45C and gone beyond it a bit.

In certain parts of the country people have been dropping like flies, mainly those engaged in manual labor out int he fields and mines. A jogger collapsed while i watched yesterday and a high flying business executive walked off an air liner out into the sun and fell dead.

Weather, has gone loco it would seem. Earlier days of April we were all !@#$%*ing about how unseasonal and early rains were no good and the mango harvest would be ruined. Now we be all pleading for a shower.

got to go now, need a shower.


I disagree. Gold is a paper weight to the average person.

Source: What Was So Bad About the Gold Standard?

Like everything else under the sun, the response to this is "It Depends".

Out here Gold has value because the women folk cannot do without it. If our women one fine day simply threw away their golden ornaments, i believe the world price would crash so drastically, it would beggar anyone still on the gold standard. I have read statements from bankers and traders which put the estimated quantity of privately held Gold in India (majority of which is in form of jewellery) in excess of 18K Tonnes.

That figure seems too conservative if we take the 2011 total of total imports of the precious metal into this country, 997 tonnes. Due to measures introduced by the government (some would say re-introduced) the expected figure for this year is expected to peak at 500-550 tonnes. The reason the government wants to rein in this import, is that this is adding to the current account deficit. Till a couple years back as part of the mid 90s liberalization wave, the import duty on Gold for individuals carrying it with them was relaxed to the extent that one could bring back into India upto 5 Kilograms of Gold and pay nominal duty on it. Prior to that, Gold import duty used to be much higher (which lead to the rise of various Mafia types which made their money and name smuggling gold into India). Now today the duty is stiffer and the quantities permitted per person are down.

The thing is, all of this is like a band-aid on a decapitation. Culturally we are geared to see this metal as the only safe-bet. When a child is born, the parents start salting gold away. Every festival or major occasion in your life, you had better be buying your woman some bangles/pendant/whatever or something. It forms the most common SIP (even if the person is not thinking in terms of SIP). A small time farmer, with an acre or two his name, when he sells his crop, he buys a bangle for his wife/daughter with whatever is left over. If it is a wedding, you are either on the receiving or giving end of gold jewellery as a gift. Maybe on both ends. Certain communities have a bare minimum socially acceptable gold gift to the bride by the grooms's family and the bride's family standard in palce. Gold is all pervasive. Women spend hours on the phone talking about it, it keeps the telecom majors in play :P The publishers of jewellery catalogues do a brisk trade merely selling subscriptions to the catalogues with new designs.

It is an asset that people can mortgage in order to finance other assets or to start a business. One of the reasons finance against gold is so readily available is that once you mortgage the ornaments of the lady of the house, you are guaranteed to bust your behind and work to get them back ( and the financiers know this). Conversely it is the funding method of last resort. You would also encounter the phenomenon where a person would not raise finance at all (even for sure bets) because it would involve mortgaging his familial ornaments. Many parts of India it is seen as a pretty low down thing to have to do. Generally looked down upon and a sign of really having had made a mess of things and being totally down and out. Which is again why you would do your level best to pay off the loans and get your gold back. The finance company knows that the price of gold will move upwards so they are sitting pretty if you default on your payments.

So yeah, regardless of gold import reductions desired by the government and the economists etc, there is no way in hell that the appetite for this metal will go down in this part of the world, and it certainly is more than a paper weight. India produces like 1% of all the gold in the world and holds like 10% of the world's stock of Gold.

Oh and the government holding in Gold is at about 330 tonnes.


Hi there

Just thought i would let you all know (in case you guys dont). Whenever i watch CN related content on youtube, youtube always reccomends that i also watch content related to Norway.

I guess that is what is called, scarred for life, eh? I wonder if it works the other way round as well.



While there are a lot of good artists in the CN community, there are a few that come to mind immediately when i think of CN art.

Be it forum signatures, alliance flags, forum banners, forum tags whatever, there is one who has such a vast body of work all over the community, creations of his being used by so many that i feel he deserves special mention.

I talk of course about the snappy Bazilian. D34th.

A treasure trove of his work can be found at the following location on the internet.

D34th's Graphics Portfolio : It is on the New Polar Order Forums so you might require to register to view it. A small trivial inconvinience (registration process) but in my opinion, well worth the effort if you enjoy looking at art that the CN community throws up.



Holy Crap!

Or "sorry jerdge but now do you see why i had to leave the GPA".


Someone pls shoot me.

This is on a full work day when i am rushed for time and have too much going on to be able to breathe properly.

I think i need help.

PS: jerdge is the best.


Rape is considered to be a heinous crime, one of the worst things a human can do to another. Society is unanimous in its condemnation of the act, and the convicted.

Unfortunately, this condemnation and abhorrence for the act by society is not a deterrent, and neither is the law and order apparatus. Rape happens, and with alarming frequency. The where, why and the how of it are as varied and numerous as can be.

Recently, a couple of days back, on a moving bus in New Delhi, the national capital of India, a 23 year old girl was gang raped. By the bus driver, the conductor and fellow passengers, 6 accused in all. The victim was not only raped, she was beaten up and otherwise brutalized.

She has been shifted to a city hospital and the doctors report that it is a miracle that she will live. Currently she is on life support as she is having trouble breathing for herself. Although conscious and able to communicate, the medical team has her on suicide watch and round the clock monitoring for any change in her fragile condition. The accused have been detained under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. One of the accused has confessed to the crime and has requested the death penalty for himself. The victim was not alone, she had a male friend with her who was thrashed by the accused and thrown off the moving bus.

While the wheels of justice shall turn and the perpetrators of this atrocity shall eventually be brought to book, it does not do much to mitigate the trauma and the sense of violation being borne by the victim.

In a country like India, which is a land of paradox at the best of times, this is one of the most confusing and anger inducing dichotomies as far as treatment of women is concerned. On the one hand you have cultural and mythological deification of women, with a place of reverence bestowed upon the fairer sex, and on the other hand you have this, this.. abject mistreatment of women. People undertake long arduous pilgrimages to pay their respects to Goddesses at shrines all over India, walking days and weeks to reach the Goddess and to make their obeisances, and then some of these same people go against everything they profess to believe in, and commit this heinous act.

There is stringent legislation in place with severe punishments for this crime, yet it goes on unabated.This particular crime, has brought to light a lot more issues with the way we function as a society and as a nation.

Multiple things went wrong, not just the law against raping people:

There is a law which states that no vehicle will have tinted glasses or films on their windows, so that cops can see if there is crime in progress as the vehicle goes by since they cannot stop each vehicle to check. This bus in question, had tinted glasses. Now a bus simply cannot come onto the roads without a permit. Before granting a vehicle a permit, the transport department of the city is supposed to inspect the vehicle and thereafter keep on inspecting it every month. How then did this rapemobile ply the roads of the capital?

Thats not all, one only has to look out the window to see that majority of the vehicles have tinted glass windows. What purpose the law if one lacks the will to enforce it.

There is a service which the delhi police supposedly provides, female police officers on buses and trains after sundown, specially in the late hours when the number of people commuting decreases. What happened to that, on being asked of this when this particular story broke, there was no comment from the police.

There were apparently other people on the bus when the teasing started, and they chose to disembark at the next stop, rather than confront the perpetrators.

The media went to town, in what is widely regarded as a probable election year. The Delhi government is under siege, with protests quickly devolving into pitched battles between the law and order machinery and protestors who started pelting stones at the Chief Minster's Residence. There are of course political undertones to this as well, with opposition parties out in full force with their youth cadre's leading the stone pelting. The law cracked down on the protestors and water cannons etc were used to disperse the rioters/protestors. Arrests were made, so were complaints of police brutality.

One rape that hit the media, has everyone up in arms and in a tizzy for various reasons, righteous anger, political opportunism and 10 seconds of sound byte fame. What then of the many rapes which occur all over the country, most not even getting reported due to the stigma attached to being raped. Peer and family pressure causing most victims to hang their head and swallow their pain instead of reporting the crime. With an insensitive media which has in the past published or aired details and photographs of victims when a news item gets top billing. What are they trying to do, are they trying to prevent future victims from coming to the fore and lodging complaints by setting an example of how a life can be ruined just because someone dared to complaint? The accused are given the courtesy of walking about with hoods over their face to protect their identities till the sentencing, but why is the victim's face and history splashed all over the media.

Thankfully in this case, the media so far seems to have retained their senses. Although a particular TV news channel had their camera crew and reporter chase the victim's mother on the hospital grounds trying to get her to comment. On being accosted by hospital staff the reporter said she was just dong her job. So very sensitive to the plight of a raped girl and her family.

Sometimes, it is just not worth it to wake up in the morning.








Incorrect : "Without further Adieu" : Adieu is farewell... without further farewell?

Correct: "Without further ado"

Incorrect: "Shear stupidity" : a shear is a scissor or a hedge trimmer. It is also a tool to cut the wool from a sheep. Now if one were referring silliness involved while tending to farm animals or hedges, it would be correct.

Correct: "Sheer stupidity"

Incorrect: "Rouge attack" : rouge is either a cosmetic or a color, unless one is referring the act of being assailed by cosmetics bearing communists, this is wrong.

Correct: Rogue attack"

Incorrect : "I should of done it" : whatever does this mean?

Correct: "I should have done it"


Go forth and sin no more.

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