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I used to post quite a lot on these forums. There were a few reasons for this; the main one being that early in my CN career I was on the winning side of a couple lopsided wars and found myself bored to tears by them. I decided it would be more fun to try the other side, and you know I was right. Probably why I'm still here, but CN warfare against the odds is actually pretty fun. I'm also a fast typer and good at coming up with controversial remarks, especially crazy-sounding but technically plausible conspiracy theories in a jiffy too.
I was reading the forums today and I realized that the last alliance Invicta fought against back when I was in high government had finally disbanded. Invicta's still here, although I'm not in it anymore. Anyway that was TOP, who we fought against way back in Karma when I was Vice President of Invicta.
Still, my favourite posts were the jokes. I didn't make that many of them here on the big boards as I was too busy trying to start wars, preferably ones which would last a ridiculous amount of time, most of the time. But I did make some jokes. Here are links to my two favourite posts of mine:
This was during Karma and there was an idiot in Invicta lower gov. I was VP and decided against a detailed rebuttal, instead treated the whole thing as humour. I love this post.
The Rebbilon were a bunch of crazy anti-ODN rogues. Invicta and ODN were allies at the time and I had a lot of fun making fun of them. They were pretty dumb. I love this post too.
I had some fun here over the years, but I never did find the war I wanted. Now my warchest is totally out of control. Oh well. 😎
After many talks in the Leauge of Micros, there seems to be enough interest in pursuing Planet Bob’s first ever ‘Micro World War’.
The suggested rules of engagement are as follows:
1) All interested alliances are divided based on stats into two equal teams.
2) The Micro World War will have an official start date (hopefully in march) and a duration of NMT 14 days- both parties will know the start date well ahead of time.
3) There will be a ‘no ghosting’ policy after the teams are equally divided until the conclusion of the world war.
4) Participates of the world war waive their treaties until the completeion of the war.
5) After the world war concludes, the chips resist and if it’s a success, we aim for another one in 6 months (with new teams picked) and we’re hoping to do this twice a year. So please help make this a success!
It is encouraged for the alliances participating to bring their pride and their flags waiving, enjoy the propaganda and the comradely. The only ‘losers’ are the ones sitting on the sidelines.
Please in-game PM me if you think it would be fun for your own alliance. Not sure if you’re a micro? If you’re pondering that question, then I bet you’re qualified.
Over the past few months the moderation staff has been monitoring a large ring of multiple/shared/gifted accounts. We wish to inform you that we have "corrected" the actions of those involved and removed the tech sent by the illicit nations.
As a reminder each individual person playing the game is allowed to have one nation. You may not use proxies, virtual private networks, or other tools to evade this rule. You are also not allowed to transfer your account to another player upon departing the game or share your account with other players.
Edit: Since humor is lost on some people, the Reynes were an arrogant and overconfident house in A Song of Ice and Fire who rose up in defiance of the law and were subsequently punished for their actions. The situation (or situations if you want to consider our cleanup last night too) here is similar given what those in question have done with their desire to run multiple accounts in defiance of the game's rules.
Being a member of the newly formed League of Micros, I want to explain what the League of Micros is, it's a round table setting for micro alliances (friends and enemies) to come together and share their ideas of how to make the world interesting and to promote activity. It is not a bloc, it is not a treaty, and it's not enforceable. Think of it like the United Nations for Micros. The purpose of the League of Micros is to work as a community to promote our own micro world. It does not prevent micro wars, it does not stop micro wars, but it does offer sentiments on the value of the war. For example, micro wars are a healthy and fun endeavor given that one micro doesn't stomp the other into inactivity. For most micros, a round or two of wars are plenty. Having a framework in place gives both parties a voice and the other micros a responsibility to critique our own little world and encourage activity while promoting a healthy micro world. The idea is to build our own world, kicking the larger alliances out. They don't care about our involvement as much as we really shouldn't are about theirs. Micro drama is the best drama, think of it like craft beers changing the world over the conglomerate and boring budweiser beers. The cost of the League of Micros is free, and we strongly encourage you to be a part of it and help us build our own world. We are working to get a list of 'active micros' throughout planet bob and a continuously updated contact list from each alliance, to make micro involvement simple and fun.
The larger alliances have ruined their game play and we can learn from their mistakes, by developing a micro world that encourages new alliances, more frequent skirmishes, individual character development, and responsible wars, who knows, we may even have a draft challenge!
"It's a trap," the Zigûr answered mildly.
Of course, it was his trap, and although it wasn't perfect, it was the best he could manage on such short notice. He sighed at the fact he only had five tanks to ambush the enemy column with. The barbarian detachment was returning from the plunder of a small town on the outskirts of his little kingdom, and keen eyes had reported to him it's numbers and composition. One super-heavy escorted by a number of lesser tanks and artillery pieces. Peering through his binoculars, he espied that the report was accurate.
Lieutenant Tengwar swallowed nervously, staring from the commander's hatch of his tank destroyer at the sight of the behemothic super-heavy. Being that they were responding on short notice, the five fast tanks they brought were lightly armored, built solely for mobility and firepower. The fifteen-centimeter howitzer the super-heavy carried would certainly make quick work of them if given the opportunity. While their commander had a mythical reputation amongst the fighting men, Tengwar had been educated at the Imperial War Academy and had no faith in superstition, nor light armor.
The Zigûr smiled serenely at the novice officer to his left. "As you see lieutenant, we have the element of surprise. In their arrogance they do not expect an ambush during their return northward. Our operation will depend on your timing. As their lead elements advance into the gulch, our three auto-loader tanks to the southwest will unload their rounds into the rear of their column, hemming them in. From our position here in the north, you should have a clear shot at the side of the super-heavy's turret when it turns to engage our auto-loaders."
The lieutenant nodded with what confidence he could muster. On paper, his destroyer's gun should be capable of penetrating the thinner armor of the super-heavy's flank. Of course, their own two tanks were posted at the exit of the gulch, and they would be vulnerable should the survivors charge them.
Tengwar absorbed the details of the column approaching them. Decapitated heads were suspended on crudely welded spikes from the super-heavy, red paint haphazardly splashed across the hull and turret, with the eightfold Mark of Chaos mounted high above the cupola. He noted with disgust that some of the severed heads were fresh. Rape and torture were the passtimes of this War-Boss, and he was glad that they would not go unpunished today for their atrocities.
He supposed he ought to be glad that the likes of these creatures were typically lacking in discipline or tactics, else their little ambush might have been detected. He wondered how the world had fallen to such an extent that such behavior was now perceived as unremarkable, and looking to his right at his commander, he was thankful that he had been born in the Imperium and not more savage lands. Fair the Zigûr was, but also cold and remote like the stars above, more handsome and fey he seemed than any mortal he knew. He reminded Tengwar of the Elves in the stories of his youth.
The Zigûr lightly brushed the thin hair from his face that the chill wind stirred, and then suddenly lifted his radio and spoke the command of death.
A flare shot up into the night sky, revealing the column naked with it's pallid, fiery glow. An instant later, tracers filled the air, as the autoloaders emptied their clips and machine-guns into the column. The enemy was visibly thrown into confusion and disbelief as the autoloaders targeted artillery pieces and the more mobile tanks, and within the first thirty seconds half of the enemy force had been annihilated.
Ponderously the War-Boss angled his super-heavy and rotated his turret to deal with these puny upstarts, these petty Imperials who dared threaten his column, and Tengwar saw his opportunity materialize. With a sniper's talent he fired, aiming perpendicular into the flank of the super-heavies turret, where he knew the ammo-rack to be.
A boom like thunder reverberated as the massive turret was thrown high into the air, uncounted tons of steel crashing down onto an unsuspecting escort. And in the flash of the explosion, the Zigûr grinned a predator's smile as he suddenly threw his light tank into gear and wheeled with delight through the surviving barbarians.
And the lieutenant silently wondered who the real savages were.
In the first meeting since the inception of Emperor Drecq as leader of the Erusean Republic the Imperial Court along with the Inner Circle met with the Emperor in a closed door session to discuss the economic situation of the nation. The nation has recently seen a small economic growth and has received a sum of cash for its technology sales. This has led the Inner Council to believe it was time to discuss advancement with the Emperor and the Imperial Court. Ultimately the call falls to Emperor Drecq to make as to what to work on when it comes to growing the economy of the nation. However the Imperial Court comprised of business leaders and wealthy nobles tend to steer the decisions.
The Emperor has focused currently on developing the nations infrastructure and building up improvements. Recently a tech deal that was made has allowed the nation to build its Foreign Ministry and its Harbor. Previously the Emperor directed funds to establish a Stadium and Bank. It is believed that the Emperor will maintain a steady growth of improvements that focus on the income and happiness of the citizens. There is also growing talks of increasing funding to the military but only slightly as the need arises.
Part of the economic growth agenda was also establishing trade with other nations which currently has proven difficult as well as the joining a nation alliance. The Emperor is keeping all avenues open to ideas and possibilities.
Its been more than a month since Aevum Declared on them for their Heresy against Aevum & the Holy Church of Oculus.
So far with a defiant & unrepentant, the war rages on.
Aevum (31,530.69) 9 Declared
The Templar Knights (0.00) 0 Declared
Total Destruction (50,637)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (6,195.31)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (7,186.95)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (4,417.62)
The Cake Is A Lie (3,834.16)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (2,881.83)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (3,365.18)
The Cake Is A Lie (1,076.86)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (2,832.68)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (2,129.69)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (1,502.04)
Noctis Lucis Caelum (1,019.38)
As TTK in inching closer to the brink of defeat & beyond the point of recovery if they don't surrender; as defeat becomes more apparent in the face of overwhelming power. As surrender is the only option when the Holy Church of Oculus remains united in the crusade; with warriors always ready for another fight.
All warriors taking part in this just crusade contributions towards the cause of a better world & righteous will be forever recognized for their sacrifices toward the common good.
Non Grata (334,948.13) 64 Declared
The Templar Knights (39,542.50) 12 Declared
Total Destruction (640,501)
New Polar Order
New Polar Order (543,058.38) 127 Declared
The Templar Knights (11,871.71) 8 Declared
Total Destruction (850,602)
Independent Republic of Orange Nations
Independent Republic Of Orange Nations (257,543.51) 71 Declared
The Templar Knights (30,992.58) 8 Declared
Total Destruction (479,535)
umbrella (115,190.54) 12 Declared
The Templar Knights (3,210.27) 1 Declared
Total Destruction (150,079)
New Pacific Order
New Pacific Order (403,956.87) 129 Declared
The Templar Knights (16,399.66) 9 Declared
Total Destruction (704,252)
Viridian Entente (116,935.31) 21 Declared
The Templar Knights (40,000.14) 11 Declared
Total Destruction (256,516)
The Grand Lodge of Freemasons
The Grand Lodge Of Freemasons (72,590.88) 12 Declared
The Templar Knights (3,219.20) 1 Declared
Total Destruction (118,437)
Onward for Victory we press
All who have fight in our crusade will be recognized for their contribution toward bettering this world!
The Templar Knights (Graphic Content Warning - Mature Viewers Only)
I know where your signature image comes from.
You should try to act more like Guts and less like Casca. And realize that Junka is more than a little bit like Griffith.
For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, Galerion knows. Also you can read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Berserk_characters
I haven't provided an update in a while, so I'm going to do a short one now because I'm procrastinating doing real work.
A week and a half ago I ran an ultramarathon (50k) at Lake Tahoe. It was gorgeous. It looked like this:
It was fantastic and wonderful and I'm moving there again as soon as I can, much to certain people's likely chagrin.
I have another ultra in another week and a half. I'm hoping to run 40 - 50 miles (65k - 80k), as it's a 12 hour challenge rather than a set distance. Two weeks after that race I have a back to back Sprint Triathlon and Half Ironman Triathlon (Sprint on Saturday, Half on Sunday) on a course that is supposed to be one of the hardest in the United States. This is part of the bike course at 34% grade:
If you make it to the top without falling, they put your name on a brick in the road.
Then after THAT race, I have a four part race over three days - a 4.3 trail run on Friday, a 5k and 10k on Saturday, and a half marathon on Sunday.
And then finally, three weeks after that one, I have an ultramarathon (another 50k) in Kentucky with an insane amount of climbing. The course elevation map looks like this:
There's my two second update. If this actually generates any interest, I'll put up race recaps after. Vicarious suffering FTW.
Alright, so for the general understanding...
The purpose of a functional alliance sovereign is to lift the AA above the state of nature
Developing civilization increases hard military assets like tech and warchests, but also the promotion of culture, membership count, economics, etc
Civilized alliances go to war to defend and advance their strategic interests (i.e. developing hegemonic standing, protecting allies, the "game of thrones" etc)
Rogue nations and AAs disrupt forward progress, especially during peacetime, by crippling growth, harassing developing new nations, etc, without any rational long term strategic gain
So for the TLDR, alliances used to crack down on rogues alot harder in the old days because conflicts tended to be more controlled in nature, and more directly based on large-scale political interests. Nobody liked rogues because no one wanted their high infra nations getting nuked while trying to build warchests, nor do you want new nations getting harassed while trying to build wonders. Universal cooperation against (and condemnation of) rogues was more of a thing.
These days, there has been an effort among some political powers to use rogues as part of their strategy, or to shelter or aid rogues. For example, AM supported Ericsw123's attacks against us in June because it hurt warchest development. I assume they thought of it as softening us up down the road, or perhaps trying to trigger a losing war for ISX. Others simply turn a blind eye when convenient.
These days, with rogues running around left and right, and AM outright cheering people like Khan, we need to put the foot down on what we consider terrorism (support of rogue attacks for political ends). We did this with Methrage, and now we do it with AM. If we fail in the effort, then we feel too much of a precedent is set, be it for future attacks against ISX, as well as attacks against our allies.
We will not succumb and live under the equivalent of servitude to the whims of rogues. We will fight this threat until it is no longer a threat, or we cease to exist as an alliance.
The alliance we face, Supernova X aka "Imperium" of Supernova X, has for a long time held animosity and ill-will for Apocalypse Meow. This has been demonstrated time and again. Every time we try to use diplomacy, they use it to weaken our position and to further their goals of eliminating our fair alliance. We fight this war to put an end to this festering mess once and for all.
Let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness–pray they will discover the joy of knowing freedom. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of their State, declare its omnipotence over individuality, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples in CN, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
So, in your discussions of the war, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride – the temptation of blithely..uh..declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the war a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.
We fight for what is right and that is why we are winning. Cat domination is the only domination CN deserves, the domination of winning bigly and then leaving people alone (maybe knock some stuff off their shelves from time to time).
-Loving vPOC o/ Apocalypse Meow
It's no secret that this world is beginning to dwindle, and the end of times is close. The question is, how do we go about stopping it? We've tried shaking it up, we've tried leaving it be, and yet the game continues to die off.
This game needs new blood, and an active admin. But we can't expect admin to suddenly get active now that the game is dieing, he has even less incentive than he did before. So it falls on us, the players to bring this game back to its former glory, or into a new chapter of its existence. So, how do we get a mass recruit of players? Is there a way? Or do we fade out with a whimper, a decaying and decrepit thing? Do we wait until the lights go off, and then reminisce about how great a game it used to be? If so, can we really blame it for dying, when we sat back and watched it unfold?
I've had an epiphany. You see, I was basking in ignorance and have recently been enlightened. I have truly experienced revelation.
You see, here I was, fumbling around CN, bored, seriously considering letting my nation finally die. It's been in the works for several years. I've found no motivation. No desire. I feared that CN no longer offered anything to me. It is, as we have all noted, slowly dwindling into nothingness.
Then, TBC, as nothing more than a few loudmouths (Yes. I'm talking about me, so don't read this into my ongoing feud with Gibsonator21, a feud brewing since the CSN/DT spat about reps that I never got) spouting a desire to make something happen, declared chaos. It is a valid CB. I stand by that !@#$.
This is where the epiphany happened. I was lurking around, looking in the most half-assed possible manor, to sew chaos. A target, presented itself. It was easy. I declared for the reason that I would be bored before the end of it. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I lost interest. It was boring. I didn't finish it. I logged back in after like 5 days (somewhere around that mark) and found that our (the collective our) mutual acquaintance...
...one that it would be rude to call out, so, let's come up with a pseudonym...one that nobody could possibly name...lemme see...I was going to go with Junktard, but that is trademarked....how about Princess Tiny Hands...yeah, that'll do, Princess Tiny Hands....
Sorry, I got sidetracked.
Anyway, I found that Princess Tiny Hands doesn't give two !@#$% about his nation, but if a person points out the moronic dribble that rolls incessantly from he and his ilk, he loses his goddamned mind. I mean, like pubes on fire, running for water, falling just left of a can pineapple juice, loses his mind.
So my apology to the whole of CN. For several years, I have seriously missed out on the opportunity to use logic in the face of delusion. For several years, I have seriously missed out on what really bothers Princess Tiny Hands: Contradiction. My apologies to the entire community for missing what is so obvious. I'll endeavor to make it up to you.
Apologies in the sincerity of harmonious contradiction,
Smurthwaite, a humble servant of the peoples of CN, on who endeavors to bring a new motivation.
Note: This essay requires a basic understanding of the principles of civilization laid out in the Meaning of Freedom.
Back in 2016 I briefly suggested what could lead to a revival of moralism here:
"I do think that any rejuvenation of moralism won't be by that name or necessarily looking much like Dajobo's NpO or the Cult of Justicia, but will instead be a result of tired nations choosing for themselves alliances with stable and codified FA approaches."
My comment was ignored, but as the subject came up recently, I thought this would be a chance to discuss my thoughts on the issue. When the concept of Realpolitik comes up, images of immoral Machiavellian plots and shady back-alley scheming no doubt comes to mind. But when we examine the origins of the term...
This essay will primarily address the bolded text above: If we accept that the Imperium represents a form of post-revolutionary enlightenment, then how do we advance our way of playing in a contemporary world that has often rejected morality? What is morality?
The Producerist Renaissance
Producerism represents a renaissance of classical CN materialism as first interpreted by Vladimir, from the viewpoint of the modern liberated tech producer and our upper-tier supporters. At first glance, materialism and morality wouldn't seem to share much in common. The Moralism described during the Cult of Justitia era was often divorced from an analysis of material reality. As a result, it tended to lose value as it became a rhetorical weapon used conveniently against one's more powerful adversaries.
As wryly stated by one critic of Moralism:
Some of the arbitrary positions taken by moralists, such as an anti-raiding stance against non-aligned nations, were based more on feelings than the material reality of the world. In the case of the Imperium, there have been times when raiding ended with the recruitement new members. These new members were then able to achieve a greater potential for economic growth and cultural development than was possible in the dark, dangerous existence of the <5000 NS zone.
So, we are not interested in morality without substance.
The Threat of the Sociopath
However, there were and continue to be cases of nation rulers and even major alliances with a functional understanding of material reality completely divorced from any sort of morality. While the moralists could sometimes be a nuisance, the more sociopathic members of the global community would prove to be a real threat. On a more isolated level, rogues like Khan understand how to leverage their upper-tier warchests to cause maximum destruction to smaller nations. Bands of pillagers ranging from Mushqaeda to Monsters Inc have dominated much of the political discussion over the last few years. Wars like the Plutocratic War waged against the Imperium caused much more lasting damage that took months to repair.
From the perspective of a sociopath, why attempt a productive existence when one can wreak seemingly unlimited destruction?
The answer is the fact that according to most studies, more than 95% of the population is not sociopathic. The majority of nation-rulers are loyal members of their alliances, follow the rules, and otherwise participate constructively. Although many nation-rulers don't necessarily understand advanced concepts like material analysis, they intuitively understand the basics related to it such as the need for mutual stability in order to grow their nations.
National Self Interest
While individuals have different preferences, desires and goals, all nations have the same basic self-interests as outlined by Vladimir:
"The self-interest of every nation is to remove itself from the state of nature: to give up its absolute freedom with the resulting removal of perpetual terror. It is in doing this that the individual nation will naturally come to sign a social contract and band together with other nations in an alliance, which allows them to concern themselves less with the matter of survival and instead concentrate on achieving their potential in other fields."
The sovereign is charged with the necessity of lifting member-nations out of Chaos, the state of nature:
"The sovereign thus becomes the centre that the rest of the alliance revolves around. It is a sovereign and only a sovereign that can have the strength and authority to provide stability in the face of the natural conflict that goes on all around it, both inside and outside of the alliance."
Realpolitik as defined by John Bew is inseparable from morality. Our enlightenment is centered around the idea that progress is based on the "forward march of civilisation against the barbarism of absolute freedom." Our first duty therefore is the protection of our comrades, whether we are an Emperor or a new recruit, this duty remains the same. Even when the use of military force offensively is necessary, it is predicated on self-defense, which is why the Casus Belli is required to explain why an offensive war is necessary to our collective defense.
The Conditional Treaty
A war of aggression should not be unconditionally supported. One of the major problems with the treaty web is that a series of MDoAP links together alliances in a way that can drag an otherwise unobservant alliance into a conflict that isn't in its own self-interest. Alliances should never find themselves baited into joining a conflict, nor should they be unthinkingly chained into a conflict some distant ally of an ally started. The term meatshield came into use because of the tendency of some alliances to support a treaty partner unwaveringly without regards to the context of the operation, thus dissipating resources and weakening the membership.
ODoAPs and MnDoAPs (nonchaining) tend to be wiser. In the case of the Imperium, we will always provide some level of support to allies, whether diplomatic assistance, rebuilding aid, or military action. However, we have no intention of ever being dragged into unwinnable conflicts with unclear political objectives at the cost of our own membership.
There are of course risks inherent with the conditional treaty approach: One can find themselves isolated in the event of a "curbstomp," and it takes a high level of activity to maintain the alliance against an attack. Many alliances choose the "meatshield" path because it is easier, but in doing so they cede a certain degree of their sovereignty, and in effect, sacrifice their own ambitions to become a satellite.
However, with active leadership in place, a reliance on conditional treaties provides increased political flexibility and the opportunity to pursue a morally consistent realpolitik agenda. This means a membership that is less prone to war fatigue and more willing to fight when it really counts.
In an ideal world, all major political actors would act in the same manner the Imperium does. However, as John Bew noted, we find ourselves trying to advance enlightenment goals in an world that is sometimes outright hostile to them. Thus our realpolitik stance is our attempt to navigate the dangerous politics of CN, true to our principles, without being stomped out of existence.
The Imperium was formed from the merger of ancient alliances like MCXA and LoSS. As we defend and advance this tiny surviving faction of civilization, we have found that morality and realpolitik have organically grown intertwined from the success of the stability we imposed in our corner of the world.
Revolution requires Revolutionary Theory and Circumstance
"We are in the trenches. A great battle is raging to which we can all, in some capacity, play a part. Our most recent conflicts have been with us spearheading the assault against those that have wronged us or our allies. In this instance, we are the targets. Not since the July Revolution have we been subject to an existential defensive war. And for that, we must take heart." - Edward Graceford, during the First War on Terror
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
In the early years of this world, while Ivan Moldavi won the leadership contest in the New Pacific Order (NPO), it was Vladimir who carried with him the ideology of the August Revolution. His essay, the Meaning of Freedom, laid out for the first time a comprehensive material analysis of Cybernations. He postulated that all nations have a fundamental self-interest derived from their existence, and that this self-interest, when fulfilled, would move the nation forward in social, cultural, and economic development.
Perhaps the greatest threat to forward progress has been from nations that do not act according to self-interest. In 2010 as a member of the NPO, I wrote Return of the Lulz, I pondered the return of Lulzists on the global scale and the decaying effect this had on global politics. Vladimir also briefly addressed the decline of political self-interest in two essays titled The Existential Threat.
But wasn't it in the self-interest of Mushroom Kingdom and others to suppress the growth of NPO? It was certainly so for the political leadership, but in the end NPO prevailed because of their focus on material analysis. Pacifica's adversaries simply didn't have the ideological focus to compete long-term, and typically wasted resources on frivolous military expeditions. In essence they became purely reactionary forces, driven by fear of NPO resurgence.
Pacifica's status as number one alliance today is something every alliance leader should be studying, not only from the perspective of ambition but also survival. We cannot merely react to the situation, we must align ourselves with the ongoing march of history.
Battle of Junkagrad, Spring 2016
PART TWO: THE BROWN TEAM
Around the same time as the Great July Producerist Revolution in Supernova X, the Libertarian Party of Cybernations (LPCN) was founded by Methrage aka Sephiroth as a means of protecting a loose band of rogues from sanctions that occurred on other teams. While in principle much of the LPCN was a good idea, as the Non Aggression Principle is usually conducive to forward development; in practice the movement lacked any focus on material analysis. If we accept Vladimir's premise that all nations have an inherent material self-interest, then we must deduce that rogue activity is antithetical to civilized development.
The destruction caused by Methrage's errant ideology is almost legend today. The Imperium alone fought three wars in defense against his version of the LPCN, and this is not counting other wars involving GATO, Kashmir, and many other alliances. Some of these wars had to do with sanction wars in defense of rogues like Thorgrum, who Sephiroth protected as part of his grudge against Kashmir. Other wars, such as the First War on Terror, began with insane declarations of sovereignty over the Imperium, when he demanded he replace me as leader.
Ironically, in the end, I was chosen to replace Sephiroth as Supreme Triumvir of the LPCN. The Victory of the Imperium against irrationality on the micro-political stage mirrored that of Pacifica in macro-politics, shedding light on the validity of Vladimir's earlier analysis. The Libertarian Party of Cybernations is currently discussing this analysis and reforming in the direction of national self-interest, rejecting roguery and emphasizing deterrence and non-aggression.
PART THREE: THE WAY FORWARD
Several aspects of the modern LPCN should be appealing to small and mid-sized alliances seeking mutual defense while remaining independent from macro-political wars:
ODOAP confederation: The LPCN serves as an ODoAP confederation, in which member alliances are able to support each other against rogues and other threats. LPCN alliances are not expected to fight on behalf of other signatories if they feel unable to meaningfully contribute towards a strategic victory. There is no risk of being dragged unwillingly into complicated macro-political conflicts.
Coordinated Brown Team voting: The LPCN triumvirate coordinates on senate voting with the objective of electing multiple brown team senators. These senators then coordinate to implement positive economic proposals, while protecting against aggressive sanction wars.
Political Stability: The triumvirate is currently composed of Immortan Junka, Rukunu, and Sigrun Vapneir. New triumvirs are selected either by a 2/3 vote or via nomination by a resigning triumvir. This creates a stable bloc environment without sudden radical political changes.
Diplomatic Strategy: The LPCN seeks to have individual military treaties across the entire spectrum of the treaty web. This frustrates and complicates the aggressive intentions of potential attackers. It also allows members of the LPCN to chain into macro-political conflicts if it is seen as being necessary to the security of LPCN signatories. But our main goal is to establish long term stability for growth and prosperity.
The Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle is a fundamental value of the LPCN. Signatories are asked to not engage in aggressive wars against major alliances without a concrete Casus Belli or treaty activation. In the case of a global conflict, we urge signatories to consider the validity of the original Casus Belli that triggered the war. It is suggested that signatories pursue ODoAPs and MnDoAPs to avoid getting chained into bad wars.
September 2007, the Libertarian Empire was founded.
The Libertarian Empire was recruited by an alliance based on Libertariainism. These were the Golden Days.
Thanks to efficient aid programs within the FCC, the Libertarian Empire managed to grow into the top 5% in order to purchase its first nuclear missile. This was back when being the top 5% allowed you to buy nukes, MPs came out no long after.
When MK got rolled by NPO, I decided to go join the MK AA to assist them; since I knew opposition would be to great for the alliance to get involved.
After this along with some other former FCC members, we formed Onyx Hand. Although the alliance didn't really grow.. Eventually Onyx Hand merged into the FCC and a new Charter was created; which centralized more power around a King..
I ended up get nominated and everyone voted in favor of me,, except one person abstained..This brought in a new age of prosperity for the FCC, as the alliance grew rapidly with efficient aid program for both growth and making every nation nuclear capable. Relations within The Citadel improved and eventually Continuum was defeated with The Citadel and FCC playing their part..
After NPO's defeat, there wasn't much going on. No major threats, so activity was down.. Eventually I resigned after a founder made a huge fuss and I made my biggest mistake; I resigned.
Once I resigned here was no going back to how things were. The FCC slowly deteriorated without strong leadership & I occupied myself by battle after battle against uphill odds; as I was lost without the FCC and in search for a purpose. I lost count of how many wars I fought, but the FCC was golden years of CN and once I resigned it was never the same.
What I loved most about CN was gone, the Libertarian Community called the FCC. When first joining I quickly became elected a Senator, then I was appointed a High Court Judge not long before I left to help MK..Then I was crowned King upon my return. Even with the LPC, it couldn't compare to what I had lost with the FCC. When I resigned from the FCC,, I might as well have deleted my nation then. Since ever since I was just lost soul wandering from battlefield to battlefield in search of some meaning.
What made the FCC great was they made sure to build up all nations accepted up to 5k infra with their Massive Aid Bomb Program. Also the alliance was idealogy based, so everyone shared a common interest in discussing Libertarianism and Anarchism. Until I declared on IRON as King of FCC in the Karma War; FCC had never fought in a war. They prefered to apply the non-aggression principle to foreign policy as well. Although it was the community which made it great, where debating Libertarian & Anarchism with people made it my favorite forum to just discuss non-CN related things as well.
For me the best part of CN died with the FCC, none of my other accomplishments after compared to the feeling of success and satisfaction of rising up the ranks within the FCC.
The Fifth Column Confederation is what got me hooked on Cybernations and there will never be an alliance which can match it.
Forever Fifth Column Confederation will be remembered as the greatest alliance in Cybernations and never will there be an alliance which can match it.
Some say nothing lasts forever, although my biggest regret was not ensuring the FCC was still alive and well today. Its something which can never be replicated.
Never Forget the Fifth Column Confederation, the most Libertarian Ideological Based alliance this game has ever seen.
When the FCC was gone, my reason for sticking around was gone. Although I couldn't bring myself to push that delete button for a long time.
While Cybernations has had its ups and downs, thinking about when CN was really something special; it was the FCC which was my reason for playing.
What I miss more than my nation, Senate Seat, the LPC or anything else is the FCC. The community was something special, also being part of The Citadel made for another special community, ,which I cherished and miss. OG, Gremlins, TOP & Umbrella all hold a special place in my memories as well.
The Citadel was truly a special bloc as well and its to bad we'll never see anything like it again.
Methrage, Senator, High Court Judge & King of the FCC
Noticed that i posted my Mock Draft here once ... back in 2011. lol
Six years later, here is my most recent mock. It's from before the Senior Bowl, right when the practices had started.
Not sure how many NFL fans are still left here (that aren't already on my FB and have already seen this), but ...
1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
Needs: QB, Edge, CB, RB, OL
Garrett is the currently the consensus #1 overall player and would finally give the Browns a pass rusher that other teams have to account for. They have a lot of needs with quarterback the usual concern, but I don’t think they will reach for one in a weak QB class. The current Browns regime seems to be more cautious and could also trade down since they do have two first round picks (again).
2. San Francisco 49ers - DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Needs: QB, WR, OL, DL, LB
This is a bad year to need a quarterback, but the Niners are one of the teams that finds themselves in that situation. The top signal caller in the draft is far from settled at this point, but the Niners should have their pick. Watson is currently riding high on his National Championship performance and while this will likely change several times, here in v1.0 I am sending him to San Francisco.
3. Chicago Bears - Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
Needs: QB, CB, S, OL, WR
The Bears also need a QB, but with head coach John Fox on the hot seat, I don’t see them reaching for one here. All the QBs in this class will need a lot of development and Fox simply doesn’t have the time. Instead, he will focus on the defense and take the best available defender which is hands down Allen who is a disruptive force that can play a variety of positions on the d-line.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Needs: S, RB, OL, Edge
After the success of the Cowboys many teams will be more apt to use a high pick on a running back, which was unheard of in previous years. The Jags, of course, need offensive line help more but there are no tackles worth taking this high. The team will definitely consider one of the highly touted safeties (Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker), but ultimately settle on Fournette in this mock. He is a rare blend of speed and power and should take some of the pressure off of young quarterback Blake Bortles.
5. Tennessee Titans - Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Needs: DB, WR, TE
The Titans will have two main focuses: their secondary and wide receivers. With two first round picks, they could conceivably fill both needs with their first two picks. Here in the Top 10, they will nab arguably the best safety in this year’s draft, Jamal Adams. Adams has been compared to future Hall of Famer Ed Reed and could anchor a revamped secondary for years to come.
6. New York Jets - Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Needs: CB, QB, OLB
This is a tougher pick than it should be. The Jets took quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd round last season, which was considered a reach at the time. Hackenberg ended up not even suiting up for a game until injuries forced the issue. Despite being out of contention and already knowing that Ryan Fitzpatrick was not part of their 2017 plan, the team still started Fitzpatrick over Hackenberg to close out the season. That speaks volumes about the level of confidence the team has in Hackenberg ... but do they give up on a second-round investment so soon? In v1.0, I am going to go with “no”.
While they will most definitely take another young QB in this draft, in the 1st round they will try and fix their leaky secondary. This is an extremely deep cornerback class and the pecking order is still up for heated debate. Some see Tabor as the #1 corner, others see him as a late 1st/early 2nd pick. He certainly has swagger though and if he lives up to the talk, could be just what the secondary needs.
7. Los Angeles Chargers - Malik Hooker, S, OSU
Needs: OL, S, WR
The Chargers actually have some great young talent, especially on defense. CB Jason Verrett, Edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram (who I think will be tagged), and linebackers Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman form a very good young core. They definitely missed safety Eric Weddle though after letting him leave in free agency last season. Some of the team’s late game meltdowns might have been avoided with an intimidating presence in the middle. Malik Hooker is fast and a hard hitting player that would possibly give new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley his Earl Thomas.
8. Carolina Panthers - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Needs: OL, Edge, RB
The temptation to take running back Dalvin Cook will be there and most mock drafts agree. I certainly understand that and might ultimately come to the same conclusion. The team also desperately needs help on the offensive line (as usual) but again, there aren’t any players worth taking here. They could proceed anyway (and just might), but in this mock I am going to have them address the pass rush. Charles Johnson has lost a step, Kony Ealy has not developed as the team had hoped, and designated pass rusher Mario Addison might get overpayed in free agency. Aside from Myles Garrett, the team could potentially have their pick of the best pass rushers in this year’s draft. Barnett has been climbing, but there are questions about his speed and athleticism as he relies solely on strength to overpower blockers. That won’t work at the pro level, but some scouts feel he has more burst than some realize.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Solomon Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford
Needs: Edge, CB, ILB
Should the Panthers pass on Barnett, the Bengals will be tempted to snatch him up. They will also take a long look at linebacker Reuben Foster here, but simply cannot ignore their pass rush. Thomas is flying up draft boards and is extremely explosive but not very big. This calls into question whether or not he can play 4-3 end though some feel his long arms will make up for it. Either way, whoever drafts him will find a place for him to play and let him loose on opposing quarterbacks.
10. Buffalo Bills - DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Needs: WR, OT, DB, QB
In this mock the Bills have decided to let Tyrod Taylor go, which I think is a mistake. While the team has needs on defense, o-line, and receiver, this decision leaves a massive hole at quarterback and the team is almost forcing themselves to draft one. As we head towards the Combine and Pro Days, some of these quarterbacks will move up and be over-drafted out of desperation. In this mock though, that has not happened yet. So, the Bills will nab DeShone Kizer, who has all the tools but is extremely raw. Kizer is not a Day One starter though so the team will also be in the market for a veteran placeholder.
11. New Orleans Saints - Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Needs: Edge, ILB, CB
It seems like the Saints need a corner every season, but usually pass. This is a deep corner class, but the team can’t pass on a talent like Foster who might ultimately go even higher. Foster is a thumper inside who can also cover which is rare in college linebackers. He compares favorably to Seattle’s Bobby Wagner and can do a little bit of everything. The Saints will hopefully take advantage of a great CB class in round 2 but will pass here if Foster is available.
12. Cleveland Browns - Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
Needs: QB, Edge, CB, RB, OL
Much like Kizer at #10, there is a good chance that Trubisky won’t actually be here when it’s all said and done. In this mock he is though and the Browns will feel comfortable taking a QB since they have a lot of picks. Physically, Trubisky is everything you want in a quarterback. He has good size, a good arm, and can throw on the run. The problem with Trubisky is that he only has one year of starting experience and that year was in a spread offense so he will need coaching. Head coach Hue Jackson will more than likely be content with RG3 and Cody Kessler at the top of the depth chart while Trubisky develops.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Marshon Lattimore, CB, OSU
Needs: CB, WR, QB, ILB
The Cardinals certainly need a quarterback to develop behind a rapidly aging Carson Palmer, but I think that Arians feels that they are not all that far away from competing again and won’t want to take one so early ... not that any are still available in this mock anyway. The team also has their pick of wide receivers and will be tempted to take one here. Larry Fitzgerald is nearing the end, perennial disappointment Malcolm Floyd was released, and the rest of the roster is full of deep threats and slot receivers.
Tough call here, but I have the team getting help for a position that Bruce Arians publicly called out during the season. Special teams ace Justin Bethel was forced into duty and struggled, former college running back Brandon Williams has a ways to go, and while Marcus Cooper led the team in interceptions he was awful in coverage. Lattimore is not the fastest corner, but he is big, technically sound, and has all the tools to be a shutdown player if he can stay healthy.
14. Indianapolis Colts - Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
Needs: OL, Edge, CB, RB, ILB, S
The Colts almost need an entirely new defense and they have never been good at keeping Andrew Luck upright and need O-line help. So, of course, they will take a running back.
While it is not their #1 need, it is definitely A need with the seemingly immortal Frank Gore finally seeing the end of the road and zero depth behind him. Cook is a dual purpose threat who would bring a new dimension to the Colt offense. He’s ultra quick, plays well in space, and has excellent hands.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Needs: CB, WR, RB
In my opinion, the Eagles need a corner more than a wide receiver ... though it is VERY close. With one of the (if not THE) best receivers in the draft staring them in the face, they won’t be able to pass on him. Nelson Agholor has been terrible and Jordan Matthews strikes me as more of a #2 (or #3) receiver than a go-to player. Williams has the sort of size/speed combination that offensive coordinators look for in a #1 receiver. He will have to adjust to the speed of the NFL, needs to polish up his route running, and has routinely out-muscled corners at the college level but is coachable and could become Carson Wentz’s favorite target.
16. Baltimore Ravens - Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
Needs: Edge, CB, WR
In order for the Ravens to truly get their defense back where it was in the past, they will need a better pass rush. Elvis Dumervil is no doubt done and Terrell Suggs is finally showing signs of age. McKinley is a name to watch heading into the draft. He has one of the quicker first steps in this year’s class, but is extremely raw. With some coaching and technique work, he could develop into a dominant pass rusher. Grades out as the perfect edge rusher for Suggs to eventually pass the torch to.
17. Washington Redskins - Malik McDowell, DE/DT, Michigan State
Needs: CB, S, DT, RB, ILB
For a team that nearly made the playoffs, the Redskins have a lot of needs. Potentially losing receiver DeSean Jackson to free agency, Washington could eye a speed receiver here with so many left on the board. They could also consider nabbing a member of this deep corner class with the rapid decline of young corner Rashaud Breeland.
With a high end prospect like Malik McDowell still here at #17 though, I think the Redskins will be hard pressed to let him pass by. McDowell has some issues with effort, but the physical skills are all there. He is ultra quick and strong, capable of playing end in both a 3-4 and 4-3 alignment, or at tackle in a 4-3.
18. Tennessee Titans - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Needs: CB, WR, TE
The Titans would be ecstatic to see Corey Davis here. After addressing the safety position with their first pick, they could go corner here as well. Davis is just too talented to pass up though, especially for a team that lacks an elite receiver.
Davis is fast, has a great work ethic, and is one of the better route runners I’ve seen coming out of college. It shouldn’t take him too long to acclimate to the pro game and he could actually go much higher than this in my final mock.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Needs: WR, S, Edge
Every year there is a player or two on defense who are labeled as “tweeners” with no true position which causes them to fall. That is starting to become less common as defensive coordinators are becoming increasingly adept at finding roles for players who are talented enough.
Peppers played safety, linebacker, corner, and returner at the college level. He’s a dynamic player with insane range. The knock on him is that he didn’t force many turnovers in college and didn’t defend many passes. Once he locks into a position at the NFL level though (which should be safety), the thinking is that that might change. The Bucs have safeties who are tough and solid tacklers but are slow and are not overly athletic. Peppers would fix that from day one.
20. Denver Broncos - Forrest Lamp, OG/OT, Western Kentucky
Needs: OL, TE, RB, WR
A lot of experts feel that the offensive struggles for the Broncos was due to a poor running game and quarterback play ... and they wouldn’t be wrong. Compounding those issues though, was the play of their offensive line. Free agent tackle acquisitions Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson ranged from mediocre to awful and guards Max Garcia and Micheal Schofield were merely serviceable.
Forrest Lamp played tackle in college but is probably more suited for guard in the NFL, but might be able to fill in at tackle if need be. Lamp gained attention in draft circles when he stone walled the Alabama pass rushers, who are NFL bound. He might never be an All-Pro, but has a high floor and limited bust potential.
21. Detroit Lions - Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Needs: Edge, CB, RB, ILB
The Lions would love to have ILB Reuben Foster, but he is long gone. Instead, they could go for fellow ILB Zack Cunningham from Vanderbilt, but don’t pull the trigger here. Instead, they take advantage of the number of good to great corners and nab Sidney Jones from Washington.
The Lions already have Darius Slay on one side (who should have been in a couple of Pro Bowls by now) and like the progress that Nevin Lawson (2014, 4th round) has made but if you’re going to face Aaron Rodgers twice a year then you’re going to need all the corner talent you can get. Jones will need to add some muscle without losing his speed, but is technically sound, very athletic, and has all the tools to be a shutdown corner.
22. Miami Dolphins - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Needs: LB, Edge, TE, OL
Miami is about to have a big hole at tight end. Jordan Cameron is probably going to retire due to concussions. Dion Sims showed a knack for getting in the end zone this season (4 TDs) but is a free agent, and journeyman MarQueis Gray flashed some potential but is more of a backup.
Howard is already a phenomenal blocker in an era where pass catching tight ends typically struggle to do so. He was not used much as a receiver at Alabama but made plays when called upon. At Senior bowl practices he was practically unguardable and has the potential to be a great all-around tight end.
23. New York Giants - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Needs: Edge, RB, TE, LB
Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul is not going to give the Giants a team friendly one-year deal this time around and will no doubt hit free agency. While the Giants would love to retain him, they simply won’t be able to after already opening up the pocketbook last season to fix the defense. They will need to rely on the draft to fill some holes this time around.
Charlton was inconsistent, but is no doubt talented. He’s a freakish athlete who will initially struggle against the run, but is coachable and should already be a solid pass rusher.
24. Oakland Raiders - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Needs: ILB, CB, DT
A few minor issues aside, the Raiders are pretty set on offense and will need to improve their below average defense in order to take the next step as a team. They will no doubt have their eye on ILB Reuben Foster and DT Malik McDowell but since both are gone in this mock they will focus on corner where they will need to replace disappointing former 1st rounder, D.J. Hayden.
Humphrey looks the part. He has the size, speed, and athleticism that teams look for but needs to work on his ball skills. That’s not a deal breaker though because while you cannot teach speed or athleticism, you can teach technique.
25. Houston Texans - Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Needs: DT/NT, OL, ILB, QB
Not that it matters since the top QBs are now off the board, but no, I don’t believe that the Texans are going to pull the plug on Brock Osweiler after one season. Sorry Houston fans, you’re probably going to deal with a Osweiler vs. Savage competition in 2017.
The Texans might be scouring the draft for a replacement for nose tackle Vince Wilfork who is all but certain to retire. They will also be in the market for a thumper a linebacker to line up next to Benardrick McKinney. Ultimately though, I think they will opt to solidify an offensive line that was troublesome in 2016. Unlike past seasons, there are no elite tackle prospects in this year’s class so, unless someone reaches, the Texans should have a shot at the top tackles.
Once upon a time, Robinson actually was considered an elite prospect but inconsistent play has dragged him down. Even still, he is massive and athletic which is a rare combination so he has the physical attributes to at the very least be a solid starter, at the most a Pro Bowl player. The bust potential is there though.
26. Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Needs: OG, OT, CB, DT
Seattle almost has to be locked in on offensive line for the first couple of picks in this draft. It is almost laughable watching their line, bereft of talent, try and block NFL pass rushers. Amazingly enough, the Seahawks are a perennial playoff team despite this deficiency. Imagine what they’d accomplish WITH a line?
Ramczyk is about as safe of a pick at tackle as it gets and could potentially go higher than this. Coming out of Wisconsin, he has already learned an NFL system and should be a Week 1 starter. His ceiling isn’t quite as high as other prospects, but his floor is much higher.
27. Kansas City Chiefs - Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
Needs: ILB, WR, CB, OL
The Chiefs could not stop running back Le’Veon Bell in the playoffs during the first half, mostly due to the loss of inside linebacker Derrick Johnson weeks before. That position will need to be addressed in the first few rounds of the draft to either be a future replacement, or a current replacement for Johnson who will turn 35 next season and is returning from a second season ending injury. Kansas City will almost certainly look to add more weapons on offense as well at wide receiver and running back.
In this mock draft, however, they nab one of the better cover corners in this class. White is not known for his tackling skill and is not very big, but he is fast and is capable of eliminating a team’s #1 receiver at the college level. If he pans out, the Chiefs could have the best young corner tandem in the league. White is a rising prospect though who could ultimately land in the top 15-20 picks.
28. Dallas Cowboys - John Ross, WR, Washington
Needs: Edge, CB, TE, DT
No, receiver isn’t a top need for Dallas. I wouldn’t even put it in their top four, to be honest. Having said that, Ross’ game breaking speed is too much to pass up. Far too often, the Cowboy offense stalled due to lack of reliable targets. Dez and Witten are outstanding when healthy, but Terence Williams has simply dropped too many passes to be counted on.
Ross is a homerun threat every time he touches the ball and while he usually lines up in the slot (Cole Beasley’s territory), he has the ability to play outside as well and can be a deep threat that takes the top off of defenses.
29. Green Bay Packers - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Needs: RB, CB, Edge
For a playoff team, the Pack could potentially have a lot of holes. Several members of their vaunted offensive line are free agents, leading pass rusher Nick Perry (11.5 sacks) is also a free agent, veteran Julius Peppers is nearing the end of his career, Clay Matthews is rapidly declining, their young secondary was obliterated by Matt Ryan in the playoffs, and top corner Sam Shields still has not cleared concussion protocol four months after being placed on IR.
The team did draft corners previously (Damarious Randall 1st round 2015, Quinten Rollins 2nd round 2015), but they were pressed into more snaps than they were ready for in 2016. Last season proved that you can never have too many corners and this is definitely the year to add one. Wilson isn’t the most athletic corner in this draft, but he’s physical and tough. He is ideal as a nickel corner who can also slide to safety if needed, but should eventually push for a starting role.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
Needs: WR, Edge, ILB, TE
A lot of mocks have the Steelers taking a wide receiver here, but they have had a lot of success finding pass catchers in later rounds and this season will likely be no different. They will be tempted to snag one of the tight ends from what is a very deep class, but ultimately I think they will shore up the position they are best known for: linebacker.
The team can’t possibly be interested in bringing back first round disappointment Jarvis Jones and while veteran James Harrison says he will be back for another season, he’s pushing 40 and an eventual replacement is necessary. Harris needs some work in run defense, but he is a talented pass rusher that would serve as a reserve/passing down specialist until he grows into the full time role.
31. Atlanta Falcons - Tim Williams, OLB, ALabama
Needs: Edge, OG, DT
As great as pass usher Vic Beasley was this season, the Falcons need more pass rushers in the worst way. Be it inside at tackle or an edge rusher, Atlanta needs to ensure that opposing offenses can’t neutralize Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks in 2016.
Aside from potential #1 overall pick Myles Garrett, there’s probably not a better pass rusher in this draft than Williams. He is explosive and insanely quick, able to completely disrupt an offense when he’s let loose. Unfortunately, that’s all he’s shown to be skilled at so far and is easily fooled by screen passes and misdirection. It’s possible that coaching can correct that, but if not then whichever team drafts Williams might just have to accept that he is a pass rusher and nothing more. An amazing pass rusher, but only a pass rusher.
32. New England Patriots - David Njoku, TE, Miami
Needs: OL, TE, S, Edge
It’s always difficult to write up a mock on the New England Patriots for two reasons: 1. Bill Belichick is unpredictable and 2. they routinely trade down. This season will probably be no different and the Pats will trade out of the 1st round. Since I do not do trades in my mock drafts, I am going to have to take a stab at this pick anyway.
Belichick is not afraid of doubling down on a position if he feels the talent and versatility is there. As great as Rob Gronkowski is, he does have a history of injuries. Fellow tight end Martellus Bennett played exceptionally well, but might cash in during free agency. Belichick likes employing two athletic tight ends to take advantage of mismatches but due to Gronk’s health and the arrest of Aaron Hernandez, he hasn’t been able to maximize that for awhile.
Njoku is possibly the most athletic and explosive tight end in this draft and the only thing keeping him behind O.J.Howard is experience. Njoku is a former wide receiver and high jumper, but is extremely raw and will need to work on the nuances of the game. New England would be a perfect place for that, if he’s still here after no doubt posting insane Combine numbers.
33. Cleveland Browns: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
A scout called starting corner Joe Haden the “oldest 27 year old in the NFL”. Haden can’t seem to stay healthy and when he’s on the field does not look like the shutdown corner from the past. He could bounce back and former Dolphin Jamar Taylor had a nice season on the other side, but the team needs more reliable DBs. Conley could sneak into the 1st round, but with so many top corner prospects some will fall into the 2nd and 3rd.
34. San Francisco 49ers: Caleb Brantley, DT/NT, Florida
The Niners have a lot of needs, so they can go several directions. A new head coach means a new coaching staff and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil was probably on the chopping block either way so it’s unclear what sort of alignment the Niners will use. Brantley can play nose tackle in a 3-4 as well as tackle in a 4-3.
35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
Running back in the 1st, offensive tackle in the 2nd. The Jags would be ecstatic if Boles were still here at #35.
36. Chicago Bears: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
The Bears will look at quarterbacks again, but I have a tough time seeing John Fox put his faith and future in one. I would not be shocked if the Bears retain Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley and instead improve their defense. Jackson has 1st round talent in a loaded class.
37. Los Angeles Rams: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
The Rams sorely missed Janoris Jenkins after letting him leave in free agency. The team definitely has needs at wide receiver, offensive line, and tight end but Tankersley (who would be a sure-fire 1st rounder any other year) will be difficult to pass up.
38. Los Angeles Chargers: Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
The Chargers have serviceable tackles, but they need better to protect an aging Phillip Rivers. As I’ve said before this year’s tackles aren’t elite prospects, but solid starters can be found in the 2nd and 3rd. Dawkins is athletic and is a player who can start early and develop into something more.
39. New York Jets: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Based on the idea that the Jets are content with developing Hackenberg and letting Bryce Petty/Journeyman QB keep the seat warm, I am going to once again have the Jets pass on a QB in a weak class. Kamara is a speedy back with good size who will share carries with Matt Forte until the 2018 season when he should be ready to carry the load himself.
40. Carolina Panthers: Zach Banner, OT, USC
The Panthers will still be looking at running backs, but once again hold of here to address their need at tackle. Banner is a mammoth tackle (6’8”, 361) who has had weight issues in the past. With good coaching and conditioning though, he can be a find. Few people his size can move the way he does.
41. Cincinnati Bengals: Zack Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
After addressing the pass rush in round one, the Bengals add an athletic thumper in the middle. Cunningham has flown under the radar so far, but that might change before the Draft. In this mock though, he is still here at #41 and the Bengals will run their selection up to the podium.
42. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
All defense early on for the Saints. Corner in the first, pass rusher in the 2nd. Jordan Willis made money in the Senior Bowl where he looked unblockable. Cameron Jordan will appreciate less double teams.
43. Philadelphia Eagles: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Thanks to a deep corner class, the Eagles can take a receiver in the 1st and still land a good cover corner in the 2nd. Lewis doesn’t possess the size you’d want, but has great coverage skills and is tenacious.
44. Buffalo Bills: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Michigan
Remember, in this mock the Bills let Tyrod Taylor walk and drafted a quarterback in the 1st. If that happens, he will need more targets than Sammy Watkins. Kupp’s stock has soared, especially after Senior Bowl practices where he caught everything thrown to him against this vaunted corner class.
45. Arizona Cardinals: Jarrad Davis, ILB Florida
The Cardinals need a playmaker in the middle and Davis is just that. As in the 1st round, I believe that Arians thinks that he is close to competing again and that 2016 was a blip on the radar and nothing more. So, I don’t see the Cardinals investing a high pick on a quarterback.
46. Minnesota Vikings: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
In this mock, the Vikings have moved on from Adrian Peterson and their lack of a running game sunk their offense last season. Asiata and McKinnon were not the answer and Foreman is a big, bruising runner with good speed for his size. While Minnesota would love to nab an offensive tackle, most of the players worth taking here are already gone.
47. Baltimore Ravens: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
An inside linebacker to replace the suddenly retired Zack Orr will be a high priority, but the Ravens cannot go into the 2017 season with the receivers that they currently have. Darboh is not a burner, but is fast enough and has good size.
48. Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick, OLB/ILB, Temple
Reddick is another player who made some money at the Senior Bowl displaying athleticism and speed from the outside during practices. Reddick might be too small to play OLB in a 3-4, but can possibly play ILB in the same scheme. Either way, he’s someone the Colts can move around to maximize his ability on a defense that desperately needs playmakers.
49. Washington Redskins: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Robert Kelly was a nice find but might not be an every down back. McCaffrey might not either (jury is still out), but he could excel in a shared backfield. McCaffrey is also an excellent pass catcher and would give the already potent Washington offense an added dimension.
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeDe Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
The Bucs need a deep threat to take some of the double teams off of stud receiver Mike Evans. Westbrook might not be a complete receiver, but he has an uncanny knack for getting deep and would fit well with the Buc offense.
51. Denver Broncos: Chris Wormley, DT/DE, Michigan
While the Denver defense is still formidable, the d-line (Derek Wolfe aside) isn’t getting it done. Wormley is a versatile player who can play end and tackle in a variety of alignments. He won’t offer much in the way of a pass rush, but he grades out to be a good run stopper who can occasionally collapse the pocket.
52. Cleveland Browns: Budda Baker, Safety, Washington
The Browns continue revamping their defense via the draft. Baker is a little on the small side but plays much bigger. He strikes me as an eventual emotional leader who just so happens to also be capable of big plays. Classic center fielder type safety.
53. Detroit Lions: Raekwon McMillan, OLB/ILB, Ohio State
The Lions need both outside and inside linebackers and McMillan might be able to play either position at the pro level, though he projects more on the outside in a 4-3 defense. McMillan is explosive and flies to the ball, but lacks the strength to take on blockers inside. He is, however, excellent in coverage which is rare for a linebacker coming out of college.
54. Miami Dolphins: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
This is a major steal for the Dolphins. So much so that I doubt things actually fall this way as Feeney is considered by many to be a 1st round pick. Having said that, if he is here then the Dolphins will definitely take him without a second thought.
55. New York Giants: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
New York’s tight ends have been a non-factor for far too long and it needs addressed. Everett is a natural pass catcher with great separation and speed. He is not a great route runner and has a lot to learn in that area, but is a willing blocker who could start right away.
56. Oakland Raiders: T.J. Watt, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin
The Raiders continue to go all defense, taking J.J. younger brother to fill a need at linebacker. Watt doesn’t look all that athletic but don’t let that fool you. He can go sideline to sideline and while it’s unclear if he’s a better fit inside or out, he’s capable of making plays wherever he lines up.
57. Houston Texans: Justin Evans, Safety, Texas A&M
The Texans got a solid year from journeyman safety Quinton Demps and while it’s not a bad idea to re-sign him in free agency, they need depth at the position. Evans is severely underrated but could be an impact starter in the NFL.
58. Seattle Seahawks (unless it is taken due to violations): Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
The Legion of Boom needs an infusion of talent. Deshawn Shead had a nice season, but tore his ACL in the playoffs. Jeremy Lane was given a long-term contract but is better suited as a nickel corner. Awuzie is not speedy, but s physical and tough which fits in with what the Seahawks do on defense.
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Walker, Jr, ILB, Northwestern
Chiseled but undersized, Walker projects to a 3-4 ILB at the pro level. With the future of star linebacker Derick Johnson in doubt, the Chiefs need to look for an eventual replacement. Should Johnson return for one more season, he’d make a great mentor for the raw Walker who probably declared for the draft a year early.
60. Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Walker, OLB/DE, Florida State
The Cowboys have misfired multiple times in their quest to find a pass rusher. Walker is definitely a work in progress who might only be able to function as a designated pass rusher initially. To be honest, that might be all the Dallas needs him to do at this point.
61. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
Anderson is a very good player who falls to the end of the 2nd because he doesn’t jump out at you like other players do. That might change during the evaluation process as he is a technically sound player with versatility. Early on, he will no doubt be a rush ‘backer which is just what the Packers might need. In time, he could develop into a solid all around starter.
62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
Ladarius Green simply could not stay on the field and while Jesse James made some clutch catches, he’s more of a secondary tight end. Engram possesses wide receiver speed and while he is not very big for a tight end, is a capable blocker. He will definitely be more of a weapon in the passing game though with the ability to stretch defenses, create mismatches, and turn small plays into large ones.
63. Atlanta Falcons: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
After getting pass rush help in round one, the Falcons continue improving the defense by landing a penetrating defensive tackle to replace the aging Johnathan Babineaux. Johnson will be more of a rotational player for his first season or two, but should be a solid starter in the up front in time.
64. New England Patriots: Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa
The Patriots love versatile players and King fits that description. He’s compact and physical, but might not be fast enough to be an every down corner and some feel he will make a better safety at the pro level. He’s a solid defender though and is just the type of player that Bill Belichick gets the most out of.
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Dawuane Smoot, DT, Illinois
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DT, Villanova
Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Roderkick Johnson, OT, FSU
Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, OSU
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pitt
Antonio Garcia, OT, Temple
Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
Elijah Qualls, DT, Miami
Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
Damontae Kazee, CB, SDSU
Rasul Douglas, CB, WVU
Corn Elder, CB, Miami
Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn
Marcus Maye, S, Florida
Pat Elflein, C, OSU
Dorian Johnson, OG, Pitt
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
Chad Hansen, WR, Cal
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Davis Webb, QB, Cal
Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi
Nathn Peterman, QB, Pitt
Libertarian Socialists and early Producerists meet, circa Spring 2014
The roots of Producerism began in early 2014, following the end of the Disorder War. Having been removed from my position as Hand in House Baratheon, I was free to devote my energy to ideological development. Forming the Revolutionary Order of Cybernations, I managed to pull together about 15 nation leaders ranging from both left and right on the ideological scale. Our discussions regarding Francoism and the state of Cybernations helped shape the early development of Producerism.
After I joined LoSS, some of us managed to resurrect the SHADOWS... an old elite MILCOM unit separate from the chain of command... although at that point in time, we only had a handful of volunteers. We transferred the SHADOWS to the post-merger Supernova X, which grew to about two dozen members. the SHADOWS became both an elite military force as well as state security organization. We struck at rogues who targeted our allies, and developed dossiers on hostile adversaries. Because of our earlier discussions, we also signed with the Libertarian Socialist Federation.
SHADOWS officers in Supernova X, circa Autumn 2014
Unfortunately, the SHADOWS was suppressed by the Triumvirate, and I was sent into exile by the corrupt government. We lost alot of good operatives in the Doom War, but a few loyalists remained during the months that followed.
Producerism was finally implemented in a formal fashion during the July Revolution of Supernova X, during July 2015. As a result of the Revolution, the early beginnings of the modern Imperium established a Transitional State by popular Referendum. Former SHADOWS operatives formed the mid-level backbone of the new Producerist State, while Galerion and Edward Graceford became new recruits and earned a place in senior leadership.
Micro leaders meet at the SNX forums and discuss Producerism, circa Summer 2016
The Post-Revolutionary government took it's current form during the January Referendum, which established an Order-style Imperial Command. In the months that followed, numerous wars took place, however following each war the Imperium fine-tuned it's doctrine and expanded the Interstellar Program to more free Nations. Following the Second War on Terror, which began as a result of yet another war of aggression by Monsters Inc and Methrage, a peace treaty was established between Producerists and Libertarians which finally brought peace and unity to the Brown Team.
Libertarian Party of Cybernations guerrillas, circa December 2016
Libertarians and Producerists agreed on several common ideological traits, such as the importance of alliance sovereignty, the cautious use of Brown Team sanctions, and the need for cooperation between independent alliances. With the increasing prevalence of rogues and destabilizing actors, Libertarians and Producerists work together closely to secure and monitor the Brown Team. The LPCN militias combined with the formidable strength of the Imperium will pose a significant deterrence to future shenanigans.
Miniature statue of NPO's Vladimir left at Demilitarized Zone Checkpoint, circa December 2016
As we march forward from the lessons learned during the last three years, we find ourselves more certain and resolute than ever: Producerism (and Libertarianism) has been proven a success despite the repeated attempts of our enemies to destroy us, both inside and out. We find ourselves in a unique position to study the wisdom of earlier Revolutionary leaders, while our feet remain grounded in the reality of the present.
We each have in our hand a pen, we need only to write the destiny of the future.
I have decided to post pictures of Monters Inc characters and linking them to some of the fine rulers on planet bob.
This is about as historically accurate as it gets for us and our relations with them.
This one is clearly a given, mainly because it's my avatar in an alliance that is M Inc- themed. Also, it quite suits the profile well. A troll with a slight case of napoleon syndrome.
By far one of my best friends on Planet Bob, the story with King Neptune is my favorite. He was on FARK's perma ZI list and I literally bugged FARK until they had me write a micro beer review to get him off their list... in hindsight, I think FARK was just sick of me bugging them. Anyway, he's over 10 years old and has the wonder heavy muscle to protect my micro butt.
If DS was at war in the last few years, it was most likely with us. When coalitions can't handle us, they run to Hersh. This picture clearly sums up the Lord Hitchcock / Lord Hershey past.
Make no mistake, White Chocolate has certainly spent her fair amount of time dropping the hammer on us... but she also loves us (and we love her).
Very-very mean, heartless ruler. The Villain in Polaris.
Very-very nice, kind ruler. The white knight in Polaris
Always messing up... always a target on his back.
The current Planet Bob Enforcers
Does not believe in "fun". A war to him is simply spreadsheets.
More to be edited-in later...
If enough minarchists, anarchists, Libertarians, and socialist Libertarians want a clan which bindicates us beyond our nation. We could create the greatest community ever.
I love guns, Freedom, debating different anarchist views and how to prepare a government collapse.
If people with the same interests still are around, let's band together and create the most Libertarian Clan ever. Ideology test to join and an alliance who promotes freedom when forced into action. Let's change the landscape or disappear due to growing apathy.
If enough want in, I'll stay on a new nation. Although without a Libertarian alliance, there is nothing left for me here.
I welcome Agorism, Anarchists & Libertarians of all flavors. Debate is healthy, together and working together we have much more power to make real change than any of you might think.
Nations of Anarchy is the current name, but if benter names are suggested and supported by most; it could change. If you love freedom, you are betraying yourself if you devote yourself to alliances who don't value it; as you let a false sense of obligation cause you to fade away in clans with no ambition or real brotherhood.
I have one foot out the door, but if enough want to make CN fun again and network with like minded people; I'm willing to give CN another chance.
Liberty or Death, Molon Labe, Free State Project, Freedom is a State of Mind