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
"There are two kinds of people: those who contribute towards the Imperial Truth, and those who rebel against it."
Producerism is the Imperial Truth of our Imperium. It is developed from years of experience in this world, and ultimately has it's roots in the 2003 Revolution in which that other realm's feederites overthrew the exploitative foreign userites.
The first accurate analysis of this world was written by Vladimir in 2007, and can be viewed on our forum here: http://cn-snx.co.uk/index.php?/topic/328-the-meaning-of-freedom-a-guide-to-cn-govt/
Vladimir addressed the metaphysics of this world, and the importance of the alliance in protecting the interests of nations who come together as a single body.
Producerism builds upon this analysis by interpreting the specific material conditions of the world today, from July 2015 onwards. While it began as a revolution of our oppressed nations against internal subversion and foreign attack, the importance of our ideology has global ramifications.
We are the first alliance to formally accept that the world is in a state of decline. Inactive alliance governments are prevalent, and the number of nuclear rogues are on the rise, as we see with Emperor Khan.
The solution then?
As Vladimir stated, the strength of the sovereign is a literal matter of life and death for the individual nation. This is all too true today, where we see many alliances under attack from rogues and ad-hoc coalitions who have the sole purpose of destroying the creativity of productive nations.
The rogue, when he attacks one alliance, is at war with all civilization.
As Defenders of Civilization, then, it is our duty to bring active nations into the fold. There are too many active nations dwelling near the state of nature, incapable of achieving their full potential.
We must spread Producerism, the Imperial Truth, to more active nations to ensure the survival of the Imperium and of civilization as a whole. It is our disciplined mindset and accurate material analysis that has enabled us to survive over the years against the odds, and the more active members and confederates we have, the better we are able to defend ourselves.
In the end, the Imperium will only save civilization, and ourselves, by pursuing our militant struggle in both peace and war.
I was recently browsing my posting history, because every so often I go back to the AcTi posts wondering if I made the right choices at the time. (On a side note, I also recently reviewed my Kim Jong Illest OWF posts, that was fun to read.) Looking back over my content, I clicked a few of the Boiler Room topics I posted in around the same time.
Good lord, how things have changed! The most extreme posters were, by today's standards, exceedingly moderate for the Boiler Room. It's sad to see most of those moderate voices gone. With only a few posters representative of the majority opinion, such as myself, Kain, Thrawn, KMM, Icewolf, and a couple of others, the Boiler Room is almost majority extremists by most standards. Even the previously-extreme posters like Hereno and Juslen would seem average today. The unfortunate casualty has been the verbose, thoughtful posters like Aeternos Astramora, Tom Marvolo Riddle, Voodoo Nova, and others. Even they were second-generation Boiler Room folks, versus the first-generation I was too late to experience who posted long, well-detailed posts about more philosophical topics and ideology.
Nowadays the forum is more populated with Hawaiian nazism, anti-Feminist lesbians, Chinese fanboys.....it certainly makes it more colorful, but the magic of the Boiler Room is drowned out by demagoguery. Some of the older posters still around, who are now the moderates, spend more time replying to the inanity of the modern Boiler Room than having legitimate, thoughtful discussions.
Once upon a time, there was an alliance of sorts called The Rebbilon.
I remember them often these days. If I compare you to them, it probably means you're both amusing me greatly and not very important in the game.
They were an offshoot of a bunch of wannabe spies in the ODN, led by a guy called Pete McAvoy (I think that was his name originally; his only real spying effort I know of was this thread about Polar). Anyway, they were a bunch of anti-ODN rogues, and back then the ODN was a pretty easygoing alliance, even more so than it is now. So their complaints of oppression were ludicrous.
As was their spelling. And grammar. And just their whole writing style, in a language that closely resembles English. Some of this stuff has to be seen to be believed.
Orange defense network
So anyway, if I compare you to them, and you're having fun doing what you're doing, keep it up. I don't think I could take this game if it was serious.
Was doing some bathroom reading and happened upon this:
"In an animated conversation I often see the face of the person with whom I am talking so clearly and so subtly determined in accordance with the thought he expresses, or that I believe has been produced in him, that this degree of clarity far surpasses my powers of vision: so the subtle shades of play of the muscles and the expression of the eyes must have been made up by me. Probably the person made an altogether different face, or none at all." (Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil - V.192)
Also, your Mom.
October 11th is National Coming Out Day, and I chose that day to do something I was scared to do for a long time. I've known I was gay for about 2 years now. My father and mother are Catholic. So it's a scary thing to do, I knew they wouldn't approve. I was thinking about it the whole day. That night, at dinner, we did the grace. I volunteered. I said the usually thanks 4 the bread, jesus blah blah. then I said, "Thank you for making me homosexual." Amen. I teared up, expecting my dad to get his shotgun and shoot me right there and then. Their jaws basically dropped to the floor, they were stunned. My sister was across from me, she has known for a few months now. She broke the silence, "pass the butter please." I passed her the butter, my parents were still shocked. They hate me, I thought. It became so overwhelming, I got up and ran to my room, locked the door, and cried into my pillow. $%&@ $%&@ $%&@, i thought. why the $%&@ did i do that? About 10 minutes later, my mother knocked on the door. i shouted "go away you hate me." She said, "No i don't, honey. Please open the door, Caleb." I opened the door crying. She hugged me, and said "we love you no matter what." My father and sister were behind her. My sister was smiling, proud of what i done. My father wasn't as pleased, but I think he doesnt hate me. We all sat down and talked for the next hour. it was the hardest thing i ever done in my life. i havent come out at school yet, because its a catholic school. im transferring next year to get away from the bigots and maybe meet a guy. i haven't had sexual experiences with a guy before, but it's something i look forward too.
dont be afraid to come out, your loved ones will love you and not shoot you with a shotgun.
The Suggestion Box has returned to no longer requiring topics to be approved by moderation before they can be commented on.
Bear in mind that the standard forum rules still apply to submitting and commenting on suggestions. Any suggestions which do not adequately explain the ideas being proposed, advertise other games, degrade into a flame war, are excessively repeated, and so forth will be subject to locking or removal at the discretion of the moderation staff.
As an example say I wished to propose the addition of cities which each nation could create. The role of my suggestion thread would be to explain how this featured would work if it were added to Cyber Nations. Discussing how other games utilize this mechanic is irrelevant to justify my idea since I am trying to make a case for why and how it should be added here.
PRODUCERISM: A PRIMER FOR NEW NATIONS
For new nations in today's world, it is sometimes difficult to make heads or tails of being a nation-ruler. Being bombarded by dozens of recruitment messages, it is very easy to make an uninformed decision which can lead to disastrous consequences for your nation. These consequences can range from being dragged into meaningless wars, to going without strong nations to protect you in the <10,000 NS range, to unknowingly being exploited as a tech slave.
Producerism as an ideology is largely concerned with the welfare of new nations that might otherwise be driven from this world in despair, unaware of the rights they should be enjoying. These rights include the following:
The right to be adequately compensated for tech production
The right to peace and security against foreign aggression
The right to be fully educated about the history of societal development in Cybernations
The right to pursue one's full potential as a nation ruler in an alliance
To ensure these rights are protected, Producerism proposes the following responsibilities for alliances that recruit new nations:
That the alliance outlaw the exploitation of tech producers
That the alliance focus on a military-first policy and protect new nations
That the alliance leadership promote classical and contemporary works on CN's societal development
That the alliance raise members above the state of nature to pursue a full range of civilized development
These rights should be pursued by nations of all alliances, regardless of color team, size, or stage of societal development. While the development (and degeneration) of every alliance is a historical process, through education, any active nation may achieve full productive consciousness and promote the societal development of his or her alliance internally. The informed alliance member becomes the vessel for change that pushes the alliance towards the full development of autocratic democracy.
Autocratic democracy is a system of government in which the revolutionary leader channels the collective will of his comrades within the alliance, and propels the now-united membership towards the final stage of societal development. This has historically occurred during times of great upheaval within an alliance, such as under the pressure of a war of extermination by foreign invaders. This final stage of development transcends the internal disunity and chaos which held back the potential of the alliance and its members in the past.
Thus freed from the state of nature, the alliance can now act in the comprehensive interests of all of its membership, not a handful of plutocratic nations and foreigners who have manipulated policy in the past.
This is an insane chaotic world we live in. Not just the real one, but Cyber Nations too! How can we live without love inside our hearts and spread it everywhere?
1. Donald Trump is the hottest topic of the year. Who is this man? Is there a CN equivalent? Immortan Junka and I put our full support behind him, and believe you should too! If you think Hillary Clinton is the right choice, you are an idiot and should be deported to Mars. Even if you don't like Trump, consider third party options like Gary Johnson or even Jill Stein (just to take away votes from Clinton, not to actually think she would be any good either!). You may hear, Trump is a racist, he wants to build a wall! He wants to keep out muslims from high risk ares! This is left-wing BS! They do not want him as President. They cannot stand non-establishment in office fighting FOR YOU!
2. Brexit. A hot topic. Lots of brits are butthurt. But they are free! Do not let someone in Belgium control YOU! Be your own self! America achieved this many years ago. Good job catching up. Now. Texit? <3
3. Cavs win Cavs win! I don't like Queen James, but at least the Warriors didn't finish with a title, making the 96 Bulls still the greatest team! Where will Kevin Durant go? Long shot, but I would like to see him in New York. Rose, Melo, KD. That would be interesting. I think his best chances of a title are with the Warriors. Though I would like to see him with Westbrook win in OKC.
4. The cybernations war. I am just a little man in peace mode in Sparta. 11 alliances attacked us. Boy are we popular! Spread the love elsewhere! From what I understand, someone cried rape in PNW and here we are (I am in The Syndicate, you hate us because you AIN'T us!)
5. Me! I am your KING!
A Libertarain Empire is Born, bringing new possibilities of freedom on this world.
Originally recruited into an alliance called Mutually Assured Defense, eventually I got invited to join a Libertarian Alliance called the FCC.
Within the Libertarian Empire, I quickly felt at home debating complex Libertarian issues and interesting conversation were had.
As soon as I could run for the Senate, I did and easily won. I easily won re-election the next time. However as the previous leader was stepping down, his replacement was a High Court Judge who wanted me to take his place in the High Court. I was also a Citadel Representative and Director of the Citadel Trading Company.
The noCB War began and I knew there was no way the Citadel or any of our allies would support FCC defending MK. They warned us it was risky, if they weren't flat out 100% opposed to us signing one. I ended up leaving to join MK to defend them on my own, having recently become nuclear capable. One other FCC member also left to join MK for the fight. I learned a lot about maximizing damage in nuclear warfare and taught me much about the combat system.
Due to friction with a founder, many other leader from FCC left after we me to form a new alliance called Onyx Hand. I joined and was made the Triumvir of War. I made guides and organized the military. However FCC was on the verge of death with no leaders left, so an agreement was made Onyx Hand would merge in with a new Charter Written to allow more decisive action.
I was elected King with everyone who voted doing so in favor of me, however one member obtained. I quickly made the FCC into a military power, prioritizing aid programs to getting everyone fully nuclear capable. The FCC performed very well in the Karma War against Karma, didn't break a sweat. Also the FCC more then tripled in size between me stepping up as King and me stepping down.
I speak for myself but I guess some will agree with me. Recently our planet has been attacked and invaded by Aliens players who play a game in an other world and bringing their political grudges to this world it is impossible for many players to follow the politics and Planet Bob has become a sideshow and getting abused .
To all off you who invested in your nations and AA many hours you are cutting the branch of the tree you are sitting on. I thought you were smarter but maybe you wanna win this game by killing it.
Maybe you don't care which is ok too. But I can't understand why so many players who still play the game are just jumping off the cliff.
The upcoming elections have reminded me of something, something that is evident to most people in the world, except, for whatever reason, Americans: The American culture and ethos, for the past 40 years, has been based on selfishness (or its PC-term, "individualism") and neo-liberalism, the misguided belief that rich and powerful people can somehow solve all of our problems, and therefore we must protect and defend them at all costs, with Trump being the clear example. Trump's appeal is that he is a rich man who owns his own company, so that automatically means that he knows how to run a country, despite the fact that he has not given an intelligent and outlined plan, and really is nothing more than a buffoon. This Gallup poll outlines the frustration, alienation, and disapproval with American politics: http://www.gallup.com/opinion/polling-matters/179477/americans-frustration-congress-elections.aspx
American political discourse is dominated by neo-liberalism, in every considerable way. So much, that any policy advocated that will help the disadvantaged, and limit the privilege of the rich, is considered to be "class warfare", even though class warfare is conducted, every single day, by the privileged against those who are privileged, through law, the structure of our education system (another subject in its entirety), and other means. This is not limited to politics, it is us, our society, that have been influenced by this neo-liberal philosophy. If our politicians represent us, then they do a very good job at it. It's why I choose not to vote, simply because I have no illusions that a politician can improve these conditions. A government is only as good as the society it represents. What's the solution? I honestly don't know if there is any solution outside of a revolution, not a violent revolution, but a spiritual one, one that is based on truth and radical love, and also a cultural and philosophical one, a new renaissance of sorts, considering the fact that stupidity and ignorance greatly contribute to these conditions.
But I don't see that happening... and it's worth noting that I, by expressing this opinion, am not being self-righteous, nor am I speaking from a position of intellectual superiority. I am saying this because I believe it to be true, not because I'm not guilty of being an acolyte of this philosophy as well. The truth is that I, quite honestly, no longer care because I, as an individual, am powerless to do anything about it on the macro-level. We, as a nation can, but do we want to? Do I want to? Do you want to? The only thing I can do is be the change that I want to see in my everyday life, opposing unfair hierarchies, materialism, and individualism, and trying to be as altruistic as possible. It's hard, and it is why I use the term "we" instead of "you" or "y'all", because I am as influenced by this Age of Selfishness as the next man, and I am as guilty in perpetuating it. That does not mean, however, that we can't try. But we don't, we just continue to perpetuate it.
I don't follow the "human nature" argument, and that is not the argument I'm making, it's complete BS, and it's also a cop-out. Human beings have the capacity to do good, however, we live in a society that rewards greed and selfishness more than it rewards justice, which is what makes it much more difficult to do good because "what's the point?" right?
I saw a recent blog post about disconnecting oneself from social networks, and thought of this piece that I wrote about three years ago. Hope folks like it.
Living As An iMinority
I didn't realize how marginalized I was until I went to pay my wife's cellphone bill today.
"While you're here, would you like to get some accessories for your own phone?" asked the cheerful counter
"I'm just paying my wife's bill," I said. "I don't have a cellphone."
You know the saying about how men are from Mars and women are from Venus? Well, right about then I
was being looked at as if I actually did come from another planet.
"Really? Why not?" he asked.
"I had one several years ago," I explained. "I didn't really use it so I got rid of it."
Again with the baffled look.
"Wow, that's so weird. You're really in the minority, y'know."
I shrugged, grabbed my receipt and left. But as I walked back to my car, I mused on what the clerk had said.
What exactly was he getting at?
Being in the Minority
It's interesting to see the way people use the word 'minority'.
In a political sense, it can refer to those poor bastards in parliaments around the world whose sole
contribution to public life is endless !@#$%*ing and complaining. They lack the votes to propose or halt
government policy. They are the minority. They are helpless.
Of course many of us are also accustomed to using the word 'minority' to refer to various ethnic groups. In
North America, not being Caucasian makes one a 'minority', even if one happens to live in an area where
Caucasians are vastly outnumbered. The implication of being a minority of this type is that one is being
"kept down by 'The Man'" or something like that while at the same time being eligible for preferential
treatment of some kind. (Don't believe me? Have a look at the job ads in your local paper, and watch for
phrases like "commitment to diversity" or "preference will be given to visible minorities.")
I don't fit into either of these classes of 'minority'. Instead, I seem to be part of a minority of the 'nonconnected'.
Having Internet access, an e-mail account or posting on Facebook is no longer sufficient.
Because I have consciously rejected something that most people take for granted I am, let's face it, a
TeleLuddite. (I once went without television for nearly three years. You should see the looks I get when I
I am an object of curiosity, if not pity. How can I possibly get by?
Why I Really Don't Have a Cellphone
After finishing my Bachelor's degree, I worked in public policy for a few years. No, I wasn't some kind of
policy wonk. I was one of those guys who raises money to keep the research going. At one point I was
spending roughly one-third of the year on the road, doing things like flying from Vancouver to San
Francisco for lunch, then turning around and heading right back home.
When I wasn't traveling, I spent an awful lot of time on the phone; so much time, in fact, that to this day I
have ulnar nerve damage in both arms from leaning on my elbows while talking on the phone. Having one
or both hands suddenly go half-numb for no apparent reason is quite normal for me. They still work the
way they were designed; I just can't feel them.
This is part of the reason I don't like telephones, but it's not nearly as important as you might think.
Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that a "letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude
surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath."
I feel much the same way about the telephone.
That's right: The real reason I don't have a cellphone is that, if I did, people would call me.
I know, I know....this makes me a horrible, anti-social person. How could I possibly be annoyed by the
prospect of having people communicating at me (note: not 'with' me) at all hours of the day or night?
Consider the nature of most of this so-called communication, however. Maybe it's just me, but from what
I've observed most of the things people talk and text about run the gamut from trivial to utterly
unimportant. While I can only claim to have ever heard one side of others' cellphone conversations, my own
observation is that most people spend an awful lot of time explaining that they're on a cellphone and that
they're going somewhere or have arrived somewhere. The same is true with text messages.
And then there's that other annoying feature of modern cellphone 'culture': the ubiquitous picture and
video-taking that goes on.
The finest examples of the banality of this behavior may be observed wherever so-called celebrities are
gathered. People wait for hours, often in less-than-ideal weather, crushed behind a barrier of some kind, all
in the hope that they'll catch a glimpse of Justin Bieber, Barack Obama or some other media idol.
And then, when the celebrity shows up, what happens? Out come the cellphones. The object of one's
adoration may be only a yard away, but instead of looking at the person we see people staring at images of
said person on their phone. Having been present at some kind of 'event' is no longer enough. We need
tangible evidence that it happened and that we were there. If we don't have a photo to share through social
media, then it didn't really happen. We don't look at an object or a person. Instead, we look at an image. We
prefer a picture of reality over reality itself.
This strikes me as really quite bizarre.
It reminds me of people who go to sporting events but never take their eyes away from the giant screens.
What the hell are these people doing? Do they realize they've just spent a great deal of money to go to a live
event in order to watch it on television? If someone pointed this out, would they see the irony?
My guess is no, they wouldn't.
Right now, Apple is running a series of ads in which they claim that more people take more pictures and
videos each day with iPhones than with any competitors' product. If this is true, then how very sad it is. All
these people out there taking pictures of things rather than actually experiencing them.
I'm Fine, Thank You Very Much
I'm a fan of genuine human communication; the sort that happens when two people can actually look at
each other, exchange ideas and pick up on the kinds of social cues that help us avoid misunderstanding and
pointless conflict. (Ever notice how many e-communications end in fights because one party assumed that
the other was typing with some kind of implicit, condescending tone?)
Does this make me a member of some kind of 'minority'? It would seem so.
Oh sure, I send e-mails and post random thoughts on Facebook, but I see these as being, at best, a tertiary
form of communication. They're more prone to causing miscommunication; something that seems to be
lost on those who stare at their phones to type out such important observations as "LOL," "k" and "<3."
Maybe it's a generational thing. In my forty-seven years on the planet, I've had some truly memorable
experiences, most of which I have no 'proof' of. And, if I'm to be honest, I must admit that I don't
particularly feel the need to prove that anything has happened. Whether it's a gift from my Creator or the
result of genetics, I possess a remarkably good memory. I don't need photos to reassure myself that
something actually happened, especially if I was there when it happened.
Wait a Second. Am I a Snob?
I've seen people use cellphones to have conversations that amount to, "I'll see you in five minutes." I've seen
people using those same phones to send text messages to friends who were literally in the same room. I've
seen people trade genuine experiences for photos and videos of non-experiences.
Am I looking down on those who have traded the real world for a hand-held facsimile thereof?
If I'm to be completely honest, then I must admit that I am more baffled than snobbish or superior.
We're frequently told that we live in a Golden Age of Communication, but all the evidence suggests that
nobody's really talking.
I don't get it.
One Final Objection
There is always the chance that I could find myself in a situation where having a cellphone would be awfully
handy. The car breaks down, phone service is interrupted, I'm running late for an appointment, I need to
change some plans. There are many, many situations in which having ready access to a cellphone could be
considered essential, I suppose.
So What Do You Have to Say About That, Mr. Smartypants?
François Mitterrand was President of France for fourteen years, and according to an article I read some
time ago he was noted for not wearing a wristwatch. He realized that he didn't really need to keep track of
time. Others would be more than happy to do it for him.
I don't wear a wristwatch, either. And when people ask me why, I like to give an answer that strikes some as
being a bit like a Zen koan. "Can you tell me what time it is?" I'll ask. And, inevitably, they can.
With that in mind, I'm having a bit of an emergency. May I please use your phone?
Thanks. I appreciate it.
I want to acquire some ideas for an initiative Monsters Inc is planning- and one that gives back to Planet Bob.
Our members are in the lower tier and fortunately for us, we pack enough wonders to war forever while having fun. And we do care about the community.
Members here, whether it's a micro or sanctioned alliance, color dominate or neutral, we all feed off the community to some extent; and we all know the numbers in cyber nations are dying. I can't tell you how many threads (Dajobo had a great discussion on this, except the lack of specifics really made it hard to fully suppor) / discussions / ideas have been tossed around and to no avail, there haven't been any significant results.
The Apathy Report made a great informative piece on this matter a while back and here is a cliff-noted summary:
1) Less number of new players joining.
2) The number of new players joining are not staying.
Now the second one is one that really gets me, if you think about it, of 20 new nations joining, I'd dare say maybe 1 sticks it out for a year. Based on this, there are things that we can control, things that we should control. And Monsters Inc is going to attempt this very initiative by protecting new, unaligned nations from raiding. Now of course, I understand that larger nations raid for land, and alliance ghost bust; and those actions serve a purpose. It's the three week old, no war chest noob eating nukes that is the concern. So here's where it currently is:
Criteria for protection from raiding:
1) Nation is less than one year old- make it here a year and it gives a ruler enough time to understand and enjoy the mechanics that we all love.
2) Nation is equal to or less than 15k NS- 99% of unaligned nations are below 10k, if a nation unaligned makes it to 15k and less than a year old, then they have an idea of game mechanics.
3) Nation is unaligned or in an alliance of 5 or less (majority of those members being less than 1 year old).
And I think these are all reasonable circumstances. Of course there will be an argument of "that's what alliances are for" or "our alliance will make our own rules" or my personal favorite "if m inc wants to give back to planet bob, disband immediately" (haha petro, beat you to it!).
On a more serious note, this would work. In the sense of improving the compounding decline of player retention.
A couple more ideas: Having larger alliances support the initiative, not monetarily per say, but pledging not to ping new nations, and make it a community movement. And by making it a community initiative, I even thought about if anyone wanted to make a google doc, something we could pitch out to the victims, explaining which alliances are which, difference between neutrals and non, and perhaps even a welcome to planet bob.
I am completely open to thoughts and suggestions on this matter. There is plenty of time before the end of the current war and lots of time to really make this a community voice and I look forward to working with you. Cheers!
Delete all of your social media (Facebook, Twitter). Just do it. I would make a hypothesis say about 85% of those 500+ friends of yours are people you don't, and will never talk to IRL. So you basically log on everyday to read about what's going on in the personal lives of people you probably don't care about. Not only that, but Facebook is depressing in general.
Whether it's somebody you went to high school with dying, or whatever tf is going on in the world right now, you don't need it. It's not good for you. I didn't realize how much Facebook affected my emotional health until I finally realized how pointless and stupid it was to have one and deleted it. So if you want to be happy, and stay happy, disconnect yourself from that stuff and never look back.
You will thank yourself for it.
With the age of the game, and the declining number of players, some of the stringent forum rules are being updated and amended for the smaller player base that the game is played. One such rule that has been updated is that a forum ban no longer means you are automatically banned in-game unless the punishment for the content of your forum post is a gross misconduct, then it will be reviewed and your nation may be deleted at that point based upon moderator(s) discretion. You will still be restricted from participating at the forums but normal in-game actions, as long as they aren't rule violations, will be permitted.
Rules have been updated to such:
Along with your normal Warn Reduction Requests that you file to have your warn level lowered based upon good behavior, moderator(s) now will be doing "drive by" warn reductions when they are monitoring a thread and see a poster who is exhibiting good forum posting but has an old warn hanging over their head. So mind your P's and Q's and you might just get a surprise warn reduction for your good posting behavior.
I have suffered from depression and anxiety issues probably for as long as I can remember. I have struggled with feelings of inferiority, weakness, and ugliness my entire life. I couldn't tell you what genetic dispositions caused these ailments either. All I know is that it is something that torments me and holds me back from achieving long-term happiness in my life. Around this time last year, I was suicidal, and the only thing keeping me alive was my family-- particularly the fact that my little nephew was born. It was a dark time.
What made these things even worse was that I was failing in school, dead broke, and without a job. I started smoking weed a lot more than I used to. The weed didn't make things better either, despite what I tried to tell myself. It made things worse because I became more paranoid, and began to withdraw myself from people. I didn't want to talk to anyone about my problems because I felt that people would either make light of them, or that I would just be a burden. As a result, I didn't want have anyone to tell me that it was going to be okay and that it was going to get better.
Why am I saying this? Because depression is real. It is a terrible illness that has taken the lives of thousands. If you suffer from depression do not be afraid to get the help that you need, and if you know some one who does, just be there for them. Let them know that you love them, that they have people who love them, and that it's going to get better.
Good afternoon, I'm Schattenmann, your humble fact-checker for this mini-presentation of Os's World, your number one source for news from that land beyond the clouds, that happy land somewhere over the rainbow where the sky is green, the sun is purple, and trees grow down.
Today, we visit that wonderful land again, beckoned by the claims of His Backwardness that:
To do homage to the man, I say : :::::::chortle:::::: :
Opposition is Action Let us first channel that biggest jerkwad of philosophy, the man who gave us pedantry, Socrates, and ask first: what is it to "oppose"? This is a word which implies action, oppose is a verb, it is not a passive state, but affirmative. We understand that to oppose something means to stand in its way. If a man opposes something, he acts to stop it. If a man is opposed to something, he moves to separate himself from it. We can greater understand this concept of opposition by considering its opposite, support. Support, too, is an action. Support enables things. A treaty is support, war is support, diplomatic pressure is support. Opposition is powerful. If rulers and alliances took stock of their ideals, and stood upon them, the world would shudder.
Truth is Found in Action Now, let us examine OsRavan's record of opposition to reparations, eternal wars, etc. For it is in a man's action that we find the truth.
In his perverted part in a perverted play, he directed the forces of ODN in enforcement of peace terms in the DH-NPO War which included $2.427 Billion in reparations ($1B from Legion alone), and a month long extended war against the top tier of Pacifica.
In the Dave War, ODN itself demanded an extended war of top-tier MCXA nations.
In the TOP-C&G War, ODN stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its allies and coalition in demands for reps totaling over $1 Billion and tens-of-thousands of tech (most of it blood money to GOONS), and 40,000 tech from Legion.
It is most often the case that when we discuss the historical sins of an alliance, we must be careful to remember that their sins have been across multiple administrations, and that distance makes for penance. Not so with ODN and OsRavan. OsRavan himself led the Network in each of these wars and always unfalteringly waved the banner of his bloodthirsty allies.
OsRavan Found False Os's World is a weird place, indeed. It is a world where a man finds it perfectly sane to decry every kind of injustice who has himself committed his personal influence, and the military might of his alliance to the extraction of outrageous reps; who has himself accepted reps; who has put the weight of his alliance behind the acts he himself decries over and over again, enthusiastically.
Why must we continue to examine OsRavan?
OsRavan breathes rarefied air as one of very few men whose person came to define an AA and in many ways an era. His person is political, to discuss the person of OsRavan is to discuss ODN. Where OsRavan lies, the truth must be brought forth. This is no petty personal squabble, but a question of the state of things. As long as twisted manipulators such as OsRavan are allowed to spew their backwards histories, alliances will continue to emulate them.
History is the sum of actions of men, OsRavan's opposition could have meant an entirely different world, but despite his repetitive cries that his principles give no regard to politics, we see that he has no principles, and he perpetuated a world without principle.
So, my dear reader, on this, the 1,752nd day since OsRavan forced reparations from Cult of Justitia, and the 1,751st day since he began denying it, I'm your host Schattenmann bidding you good day from all of us in Os's World.