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      Cyber Nations Forum Rules   07/03/2016

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  2. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
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  4. At no point did I level a criticism of the Oculus first strike strategy, it was a criticism of the statement that Polar lacked sufficient ties to handle NADC's (any maybe their friend's) upper tiers. Grub made a good point that if they were swamped by a large number of NADC's allies their upper tier would be pretty damaged in the first round until Pacifica (and/or Oculus) set down all the necessary counters, but that would have been true if Polar was in Oculus or not which is what made a first strike necessary. In addition, at no point in any of my statements did I say anyone was a victim or take any sides. As for "defensive war" I used the term because Auctor said "in defense" of NADC.
  5. So let me make sure I understand this statement correctly: You are criticizing Polar for not utilizing their NG and / Pacifica treaty.... of which then they (NPO and NG) could later on trigger Oculus (if need be). I think Polar cutting a few corners and acting swiftly was a better move on their part, Oculus entry alone is a great deterrent from NADC triggering an opposing coalition. You use the term 'defense war' when referencing NADC, let's not forget that they are not the victims here, they are the antagonist. It it sounds like you are more upset about Polar being a part of Oculus more than the actual war.
  6. actually he should join lph and i'll teach him how to make funny faces at people
  7. EaTeMuP's statement was that Polar lacked sufficient ties to address NADC's upper tier (at the time I wasn't even considering their allies as they were presented as a separate point that I overlooked). If the statement was that Polar lacked sufficient ties to address NADC (and friends) upper tiers by themselves with minimal damaged sustained to itself, then sure, but that wasn't the case. Then Auctor said in his reply statement that NADC's allies might defend them, thus bringing in the complication of a coalition I had yet to tabulate. My analysis in response to the hypothetical pre-Oculus ascendancy offensive situation presented by Auctor (where NADC's also on the defensive) was to show that their upper tiers could have been addressed by Pacifica itself, who along with NG I would assume would stand with Polar as soon as possible (if not themselves in the first wave of a preemptive war). Then they themselves could easily have opened the floodgates of the rest of Oculus if they so chose resulting in a very similar situation to what we have now. The statement you made based on your experience wasn't the subject by that point.
  8. And they told him to join SNX LOL
  9. Your analysis shows only that you don't understand how to fight a war, win said war and live to fight another war. I made a statement based on my experience, throwing meaningless numbers around might appear to serve your argument but the reality is very different. I can assure you that if NADC TTK CCC and Invicta all attacked Polar and focused all their attention on Polar and ignored the counters Polar would not be in a positive situation after a short period of time. The fact that we have useful allies and NADC appears to not have useful allies, despite all their bravado when planning, is duly noted. We can assume however that if NADC was allowed to attack Polar in a bold first strike, our upper tier would have suffered significant losses. Therefore NADC is a threat to Polar. All the subsequent analysis deals only with the outcome for NADC. It is of no concern to me in my analysis that the NADC ends up being a crater because our allies aren't useless, only that they represent a danger to us. At the end of the day some people are working to win and some people are struggling to survive. Even a struggling alliance can cause long term damages to me if they have the courage to do something about it. Aurelius said he had the courage, here we are. Anything else you wish to complain about and be wrong? If this makes no sense to you, I will find it unsurprising. Hence why I am here and you are there.
  10. yes yes i concur rogues are bad. almost as bad as your posting.
  11. Pacifica have more upper tier nations than NADC and TTK have nations. What does that leave? SUN? Their upper tier is five nations above 100k. CCC's ten nations above 100k? I'm not sure but I think ties were mostly severed with CCC (that may be wrong though). Invicta's two whole nations above 100k? Argent's ODoAP maybe? You yourself were among those that frequently mocked us for our inactivity. Now if NADC, TTK, CCC, and Invicta got together their 165 nations that could be a (maybe) problem for Polar to solo, but the statement was Polar "did not have sufficient ties to address their upper tier." So now throw in all of Polar's MDoAP allies pre-Oculus, even if you assume Oculus doesn't chain in from Pacifica, how is there an insufficiency there?
  12. You mean allies already being rolled by occ? I'm sure polar was scared of little ol NADC. Pretty much polar wanted a punching bag and they got one.
  13. There was always the vanishingly thin chance NADC's allies might defend them. Polaris tries to think the best of people.
  14. Between yourselves and your MDoAP allies The Legion, Non Grata, Fark, MHA, and NPO, you did not have sufficient ties to address their upper tier? I'm pretty certain Pacifica themselves could handle the upper tier of any alliance they wanted to, and depending on the match-ups, several alliances at once. Exceptions being that they'd maybe have a rough time against Umbrella and statistically should be pretty matched with IRON, but those AA's aren't exactly on the table. That is unless Pacifica's help was conditional on Oculus membership, which doesn't seem likely, but what do I know.
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  16. At the time of the campaign we were not a member of Oc, and did not have sufficient ties to address your upper tier. We remedied that, and your upper tier can now be addressed by our mid-tier.
  17. You are thinking to short term, anyone looking to inflict damage on another can be considered a threat and your votes could be disrupting on blue which could also be considered a threat.
  18. Are you sure you're not talking about Aurelius here?
  19. 1. Our nations we're bigger than yours? You're part of what is functionally a MDAP bloc with alliances like IRON and Umbrella. There was literally no way you could look at us and feel threatened. 2. Peaceful alliance? No one believes that for a second. 3. Of course we have allies in a channel, you roll our alliances every war anymore. It would be pretty stupid of us not to talk to each other. The idea that we were plotting and scheming and that ghos7 was somehow working for us is utter insanity though. Ah, there's the old Grub, jumping down into the mud to sling insults based in whatever delusion you've cooked up. I'm still waiting on evidence beyond the campaign screenshots that any back channel dealings happened. I've offered to own up to things we've actually done but I will continue to dispute your statements until you offer proof to back them up.
  20. -- Driving a Nissan Altima while my car's in the shop. I like the new tech, but I feel too 'tall' for the interior compared to my Scion.

  21. "Preempt" ultimately comes from the latin prefix "Prae", meaning "before" and the verb "emo, emere" meaning to buy or to distribute. Empty also comes from "emo, emere" but along that etymological route also took on the idea of completely evacuating something. You can see the term used mean to distribute something in a way that doesn't completely vacate it in the common phraseology for river systems, i.e. the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea. In this case I used "empt" in quotes because while it's not a word in common usage, the meaning could be understood by the supposition that eliminating the prefix from "preemptive" still left a meaning no longer bound by time sensitivity.
  22. NADC would have been best off just using the Caladin excuse from the start & just admitted they wanted to fight NpO for blue; rather than excuses implying they felt permission was needed. Maybe a propaganda thread with some comics and charts will help some catch on faster. Although they seem guilty to me of something. It's best NADC repent or fight without excuses; unless those are in the form of comics or effective propaganda.
  23. What is empting, i'm gonnna look this up... Inquiring minds wanna know empt /ɛmpt; ɛmt/ verb 1. (transitive) ( dialect) to empty Word Origin from Old English ǣmtian to be without duties; compare empty So this make no sense, then to pre-empt means to be before empty? I'm not empty yet... I don't know... Silly language
  24. Aurelius' approach: 1) Deny his campaign platform of which he ankowledged was his campaign platform. 2) Makes claims of being a victim and continually takes shots at Oculus entities. 3) Sticks head in sand. rinse and repeat
  25. “ KingBilly should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better.”
  26. Never a truer statement has been said on the OWF.
  27. Not only did you miss this but you seem to have missed the point in entirety
  28. Part of the idea behind a preemptive strike is that the "empt" hasn't happened yet, ideally.
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