Cyber Nations Forum Rules 07/03/2016Cyber Nations Forum Rules
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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.
Just an SE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your SE nation or ruler name. You are not allowed to post in any TE areas of the forum.
Just a TE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your TE nation name or ruler name. Your must have your CN:TE nation name listed correctly in your profile. You are not allowed to post in any of the SE areas. You are allowed to post in the water cooler, question center and the moderation forums. Other than that, all your posts need to stay in the TE area. Flame/Flamebait/Trolling
Flaming is expressing anger or lobbing insults at a person/player rather than a character, post, idea, etc. Flamebait are posts that are made with the aim of targeting/harassing/provoking another user into rule-breaking. Trolling is submitting posts with the aim of targeting/harassing/provoking a specific group into rule-breaking. Forum users should not be participating in any of these, and doing so will result in a warning. Topic Hijacking
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
One topic is enough. Repeat topics will be locked, removed, and the author given a warning. Users found creating repeat topics after others were locked by staff will receive a warn raise. Joke Topics
Topics created as a joke are prohibited. Joke topics will be locked and the author warned. This includes topics in which the author is making an announcement “for” another in-game alliance. Humorous threads are permitted; it is up to the discretion of the moderation staff to determine what is merely satire and what is actually a joke topic. Spam
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
Excessive or unqualified namecalling is not allowed in IC forums; namecalling should also never make up the bulk of a post. Namecalling is prohibited entirely in all OOC forums. Filtered Words
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
Those who fail to read and abide by these rules will have their signatures removed and receive a warning. You may have only one image per signature which may not exceed the maximum size of 450 pixels wide by 150 pixels tall. You may have no more than 8 lines of text and text size cannot exceed size 4. Each quote-tag, image and empty line count as a line. Inappropriate Images and Other Disallowed Images
Images that are sexual in nature or have sexual overtones are prohibited. It is up to the discretion of the moderation staff to determine what constitutes sexual overtones. Depictions of kissing are permissible provided there are no sexual implications. Images depicting female nipples are prohibited outright. Making “ASCII art” is prohibited regardless of the image depicted. Using photos or likenesses of another Cyber Nations player is also prohibited. Drug References
Images and posts promoting illegal drug use are prohibited. References to drugs are acceptable only if the moderation staff deems that it is not promoting the use thereof. Obscene Content and/or "Account Suicide"
Anyone caught posting vulgar material (including but in no way limited to pornography, "gross," "tubgirl," "lemonparty," photos depicting RL illegal acts such as violence towards humans or animals, child pornography, death photos, and any other obscene or offensive material in either text form or picture form) will have their account(s) permanently banned, and their ISP contacted along with any other applicable internet and RL authorities. OOC Threats / Revealing Personal Information
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
Do not quote any post with obscene content or any other content that has to be removed by the moderation staff. Doing so makes it more difficult for the moderation staff to find and remove all such content and will result in a warn level increase. Putting rulebreaking posts of any kind in your signature is prohibited. Forum Names
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
Posting for banned or suspended players is prohibited, as is posting for any person without a nation. This includes making warn and ban appeals on their behalf. Imitation &. Impersonation
Imitation in terms of this forum is mimicking the posting, avatar, or signature styles of another user in an attempt to be satirical or generally humorous. Impersonation in terms of this forum is copying the posting, avatar, or signature styles of another user in order to present the illusion that the person is in fact that user. Imitation is fine and can be quite funny. Impersonation is disruptive and is warnable. Please pay attention to the subtle difference between these two concepts. A player may not impersonate another player by emulating the characteristics of someone else's past or present account in an attempt to harass, stalk, or flamebait. Creating a new forum account in an attempt to impersonate a standing account will result in deletion and banning without notice. Any attempt at imitation and/or impersonation of moderators and game staff is strictly prohibited and will be met with harsh repercussions. Avatars
Size for avatars is limited by the forum mechanics, therefore there is no size issue for a user to worry about. Avatars must be in good taste, and any avatar containing a picture that is too violent, disgusting, sexually explicit, insulting to another player or staff member, etc. will be removed. Avatars that are potentially seizure inducing will not be permitted. Players may not "borrow" the avatars of any moderator past or present without permission. Swastikas and Nazi Imagery
The swastika may not be used in signatures or avatars. Pictures of swastika's are acceptable for use in the In Character (IC) sections of the roleplay forums, so long as its context is In Character, and not Out Of Character. Pictures of Hitler, mentioning of the Holocaust, etc... have no place in the roleplay forums, since these people and events existed in real life, and have no bearing or place in the Cyberverse. Other Nazi or SS imagery is forbidden in all forums. Moderation Staff
The revealing of the private identities of any Cyber Nations staffers past or present is strictly prohibited, and thus no speculation/accusation of identity is allowed. Doing so is grounds for moderator action against your account appropriate to the offense, including a full forum/game ban. Claims of moderator bias should be directed to the highest level of authority--the Head Game & Forum Mod/Admin, Keelah. Claims of moderator bias without supporting evidence is grounds for a warning. Blatant disrespect of the moderator staff is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to spoofing moderator accounts in any way, sig/avatar references, baiting, flaming, rude demands, mocking, attitude, and unsubstantiated claims of bias. They are volunteers hired to enforce the rules. If you have a problem with the way a moderator is enforcing the rules or the rules themselves please contact Keelah. Attempting to use the moderation staff as a weapon by abusing the report system in an attempt to get another player warned or banned is strictly prohibited. Do not ask about becoming or campaign to become a moderator. The moderators are drawn from CN membership but moderation positions are by invitation only. Asking to become one will substantially decrease your chances of ever being asked. Aiding Rule Violators
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Meanwhile on the ground... Dragonisians walked in human form, now also walking around the Empire once named after them. They quietly inserted themselves into the lives of other professionals, mostly doctors. They would arrive in the night, beaming down to the surface with quantum teleportation and duplicating technology direct into the homes of said professionals and quietly put their families to sleep so they would not realize the day had passed or what was happening and beam them up to their ships. Then they would quietly slip into the lives of those individuals. The purpose? Genetic sampling. They were gravely concerned with the alarming rate that dragons had appeared on this world's surface in the past several years and they were very concerned someone was tampering with its natural gene pool. They were also growing to be concerned that humanity may be starting a trend towards extinction. What Jesse did not realize, is not only was Tharg concerned for his own kind, he was concerned for the humans and the species was showing signs of potentially being in distress due to another reason, xeno-evolutionary dominance of a foreign predator. In summary, an alien species was starting to dominate a world of origin of a domestic species. The Dragonisian doctors went about their stolen identities, unknowingly to the patients of these practitioners, quietly sampling the dna of every entity they came into contact with to perform a census summary study of the earth. Each major city on the earth would be represented in the census.
Maelstrom smiled to Jesse, "You see, my being here was not treachery. I was simply a scout. I replied a long time ago that I successfully landed here and that this planet was habitable and had a higher form of life that may soon see space travel. They would have instantly dispatched the Armada upon receiving that communique because a species threatening to leave its system could disrupt the very carefully set up order that exists in the rest of the galaxy and disrupt trade.. purely by accidental mis-steps of first contact. This is the contact fleet. They will determine if humanity has come far enough to be entrusted to travel the stars." "Beyond that, when they began closing with this system they likely encountered your voyager craft sent so many years ago and have been picking up on the sights and sounds that Earth has been broadcasting carelessly for just over half a century now. They have seen humanity develop very quickly and as an old species that lets them know humanity is capable of maturing quickly and catching up. Lot of potential, but also a lot of danger in that. The worst part is, this has been perhaps your most violent century. You are going to have a lot to answer for. Hitler, Stalin, Mao Ze Dong. Just remember to keep pointing out that the good guys for the most part were victorious and that pluralism for the most part prevailed over hatred." "As for the last communique. Let us just say that had I not replied.. the earth would already be basked in molten lava from an out-of-system in origin, hyper velocity spinal mount rail gun shot that would have struck the earth at speeds approaching a third of that of light. They were asking if I were alive, or had been slain. That woke me from my meditation, because.. well, I have a chip in my brain that forces the reply so I don't inadvertently get a species killed. They were also using that chip to check and see if my biological functions had in any way been impaired or if I was in distress. Fortunately, that all checked out okay so they verified the report as... accurate. I told them to hold the shot, to investigate, that it wasn't as bad as it looked and that is all I told them. I gave humanity a chance. Good luck."
Insertion Phase 1: Establishing orbit. Two large vessels the size of small moons gated in from outside the solar system into an orbital position roughly between Earth and Venus using what humans might one day would call a Higgs-Boson Field Distortion Drive or Intermediate Distance Wormhole Generator, massive emitters would power an electrical field that would literally peel apart space in front of the ship, the ship and normal matter/space around it would flow in to fill the void at the same rate the universe was expanding against the outer void, meaning close to the uninhibited maximum speed of light. Because the space/time fabric was being peeled apart and the ships were passing through the created envelope, the ships themselves passed undetected, but their wake left a moderate radiation trail. They came in at a tangent to the orbital path so that their inertia would slip them in right where they needed to be. The point of entry of the orbit was right at a spot between the core of the earth and the core of the sun on the ecliptic plain, a very important spot in the solar system. These super size vessels weren't warships. Technically, they were large scale terraforming facilities with multiple uses. The narrow end of the vessels pointed towards the earth, the larger ends toward the sun.Their shape gave the vague impression of a pine cone and whatever substance coated them appeared to absorb most light. They otherwise seemed relatively featureless. On the solar laboratories of earth that were pointed at the sun and sun-gazing satellites, they looked like a set of fairly sizable sunspots. All around the core ships were several smaller vessels ranging from dreadnaught to frigate, destroyers, and fighters with some smaller patrol and recon craft that were escorting the larger vessels. This ships were shaped very similarly to the terraform vessels and colored much the same, absorbing much of the em spectrum they were very hard to detect other than as part of the sunspots on the observatories. They waited to see who would greet them. Phase 2: Communication Aboard the Diamond, which was one of the terraform vessels, Tharg began a communication with the people of earth. He spoke into a microphone which translated his voice. They would hear, creepily, the voice of Ronald Regan. This was a pattern the Dragonisians had synthesized from radio and television broadcasts that had been propagating through space. "People of Earth. I am Admiral Tharg of the Dragon Empire. As a new species that rapidly is approaching the age of Inter-stellar Space Exploration, the pan-galactic council has appointed us as your overseer and temporary guardians. You are not alone.. in fact.. woefully opposite. The Universe is full of life. We have been evaluating your species and its worthiness to travel the stars and we have some serious concerns, that your morality and your wisdom have not kept pace with your technology based on our observations of your interactions and communications. We would seek to speak with your people, to determine if you are ready to join our community.. or to determine if you are a threat to civilized life. Please prepare your ambassadors. We will collect them from your capitols one standard earth rotation hence from this time mark. Our vessels will appear as meteors but will land gently on your streets leaving no damage or marks at their arrival. They will have two armed security and a cabin for your ambassadors for their return trip to our ships for the meeting and then after, to their homes again. We guarantee their safety so long as they cause no harm, and attempt no espionage. We await your reply. Nations failing to identify themselves and their capitols will risk a lack of representation at a time of key importance to the evolution and adaptation of your species to a new epoch of its being."
"Betray you?" Maelstrom shook his head. "They have technology unlike you have dreamed. They could bring advancements to this world that it would take millennia for it to get to on its own." He let out a sigh, "And I have left you and the Imperium to negotiate it all. How they react to you.. will partly be up to you. The question is, who will fire first. Don't judge so quickly. Their intent only seems obvious." "You have no idea what their intent is yet. I only.. well, having been with humanity for so long, I have learned to expect the worst." He chortled. Meanwhile.. aboard a ship whose name might be interpreted ISS Diamond, the Admiral of the Imperial Siege fleet was going over sensor readings of structures detected in the Sol system and its defense forces and the studies of its planets. "Number three there, seems the hotbed of activity." Admiral Darlok intoned to Captain Tharg in their gutteral tongue. "That appears to be the home world our agent has spoken off. The hydrogen content of this system is excellent, the star is young, and while the rest of the mass is still heavier elements it does have a lot to process. The system has an unbelievably common 8 major planetoids and an untold sum of smaller bodies including the debris field outside the 9th. Heliopause is as expected, negligible for such a small star. Most of the planets except the two gas giants should prove to be lighter than anticipated for the bulk of our service workers and civilian personnel, it truly is a gem of a system." "And the life here?" Darlok asked. "The science officer reports seem to indicate early fusion technologies, fairly primitive, but growing quickly as they just obtained their first AI. Thier communication technologies have far surpassed their others, including their medical sciences based on the open air radio broadcasts we have found in their system. They are a very warlike race, ascended from apex predators. Call themselves Humans. Pick at each other over the most trivial differences. First contact will likely be difficult for them." Darlok nodded, "Take point on this encounter. Assume a position of strength and leverage. We need them to work with us but we need them to know the consequences if they do not." Tharg nodded, "Yes, sir." He sent out a fleet wide command and contact operations began in earnest.
Maelstrom was coiled around the summit of everest, deep in meditation as Jesse arrived. "I have submitted my report to the homeland. My ancestors are coming here. The children of your ancestors, are coming here. Because I told them that now is a time the earth and its indigenous life is weak, disorganized, and in need of... a guiding hand." Maelstrom's eyes slowly opened as he gazed upon Jesse, lighting was arcing across his pupils between the sides of his iris. The old storm dragon was undoubtedly now fully awake. "Winter is coming. You must prepare the earth for great darkness and cold if it desires to resist it. A winter unlike none other. A winter that may never end. That all depends on the outcome of, well, third contact. Your ancestors came, because they were looking for worlds like this. When they didn't respond to my ancestors, they sent me to find out what happened. When I discovered this world was ready and what we were looking for, I created turmoil upon it and sent a report home. Now, the Armada arrives. The Empire, is coming." "If they encounter resistance, this world will be under siege. The solar system it lies in will be blockaded. It will occur in ways humanity cannot even fathom that exploit the tactical and strategic elements of this system in ways never before conceived by man."
Sol's various sensor systems from a multitude of its remaining sovereigns would pick up sweeps on various high frequency bands. It would take some triangulation from the different systems, but their origin was from beyond the Kuiper belt.. and if calculations were right, possibly even outside the heliopause. It was similar to a cartographic scan that might be performed by deep space probes. It was followed by a highly encrypted message for one specific recipient. It went on a repeating loop.. and then halted after about an hour indicating that someone had responded. A second message was received by Jesse, "Move quickly, Winter is coming.. and I am not sure how long I can forestall it."
Maelstrom Vortex replied to Maelstrom Vortex's topic in Open National RPJesse has had custodianship of this, just updating that I am returning to the RP, though in what status has yet to be determined.
OOC: Boo IC: Jesse would receive a radio transmission from a unique source with a identifier only he would recognize. It contained a simple poem. My hibernation has ended. My enemies have crumbled with the legacy I left you. It is time. Or have we over-spread the earth already?
Just want to give a shout out to my NEW adversary Jabrik and congratulate him on making top 5 of 7 day nation losses. Nothing more honorable than burning for your alliance and I will probably be up there soon myself. Proud to say that I've done roughly half the damage that's put him there. It's been a very good war. Hope everyone's enjoying the mutual curb stomping. I'll do my best to make it so you don't miss your moments of fame at the #1 spot tomorrow.