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Vladimir

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This article is best read while listening to the Karma activist's new anthem.

Selling the Status Quo

"It's better than another treaty announcement thread." So goes out the call of Karma's epigones, characteristically blind to the fact that, far from highlighting the positive aspects of their thread, they condemn the entire state of world politics that they have constructed. So slow, so mundane, so controlled have things become that we are expected to drop on all fours and lick up the crumbs benevolently thrown our way, thanking them for constructing a system where this can genuinely be portrayed as the best we could ever hope for. But only in the most short-sighted and brow-beaten individual, an individual who has become so psychologically dependent on the existing structure of power that they cannot even imagine the slightest systemic change, only they could hold such an excuse in anything but the highest disdain.

Our degeneration to this point has become abundantly clear over the past few weeks, as the Mushroom Kingdom carelessly thrashes about in a vain attempt to live up to their former reputation as an 'unconventional' and 'fun' alliance, rather than a status quo power incapable of anything beyond perpetuating what already is. Unfortunately for them their thrashing about only betrays their complete misunderstanding what politics actually is -- the struggle for power. With the global structure ossified to the extent that it is seen as somehow natural they instead begin to tinker around the margins, deeming that doing anything, no matter how contrived or irrelevant, must make them appear once more as the exciting alliance shaking things up.

As a result we see them more and more targeting peripheral alliances of minor political importance. They will threaten NSO and express bewilderment when people roll their eyes, then attempt to deflect attention onto the 'evil' NPO and be shocked by a response of yawns and slow head-shakes. But even were they to attack NSO or NPO, what would change on the political scene? They are not challenging a centre of political power, nor risking any of their own in the process. These moves can never be more than an attempt at bread and circuses to the disenfranchised masses, and thus while they are doing something, they are not really doing anything.

Grasping at Air

This is the mistake that we see so many of the big players make today. Their minds continue to exist in a past where there is MK's side and a competing 'other'. As a result they continue to see the political interplay as being between the strength of their side and a revisionist power that they can attack and engage in political games with.

The concern begins to develop when they realise that despite all their fighting they are left feeling empty, the contentment they remembered from days long past and sought to recapture evading them as grasp and catch only air. The simple explanation for this is that there is no 'other' in any meaningful sense of the word. There is no potential political or military challenge, and thus any attack on perceived others means nothing -- there is no political risk and no political victory, only a continuing emptiness as the the form of politics goes through the motions without any of the substance. The only possible outcome from this shadow of what was once politics can be a feeling of 'what has any of this actually meant?'

And so the search for politics continues in vain, as those capable of creating it continue to box at shadows, either too blind or too fearful to challenge any of the real pillars of power -- to risk a loss and chase a meaningful win. And this is where we sit, in an apolitical abyss strangled free of oxygen while we bow down in thanks for the poisonous carbon monoxide provided in its place. It's better than boring old carbon dioxide, after all.

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Interesting read. But I'm sure someone will comment about how MK and its heg buddies are being blamed again for the state of things.

Rather than continue making topics and blogs about the state of things, if the "other" that does not exist wishes to actually become reality then alot of cooperation needs to take place. Alot of reaching out to those you'd never reach out to in the past.

A big changer would be the unification of all the major Orders (4). It's not up to this heg to change things. It's up to the aspiring hegs to change things.

Reach out to those you wouldn't and start forging a new path, a new world, and a new reality.

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There is no potential other. The alliances in power keep imagining that there is some great bloc over the hill that just needs to be more assertive, but in reality their power structure stretches out to the vast majority of the world, and any talk of an 'other' is just a way of removing themselves from responsibility.

If they ask themselves why things are slow, they can respond that it's because the other isn't assertive enough. If they ask why they are not pro-actively advancing their alliance, it's because they need to defend against the other. This is the mindset of stagnation that has swept over them.

I fully outlined the politics of change from an historical perspective in a previous article.

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Ah, so if this the state of things, a state that suggests degeneracy, and one were an enemy of MK and their side, then what would be the most prudent course to take?

Organize a strong new order out of the vacuum, one that threatens the current status quo? (A task that could be rather easily done at this point) Engage is a military struggle while trying to out-maneuver the other through the treaty web? Or simply provide no shape or target and watch as the current power slowly dissolves, strangles itself with missteps and apathy, having no clear target to focus on....?

Oh, is it a faux pas to highlight the implied? Vulgar to state the subtle with bluntness, or should I just read these nice posts with a silent smirk? :lol1:

I've often said that NPO ultimately lost the Karma war because they first lost the more peripheral PR skirmishes. Now that NPO is not viewing things from the uppermost seats of power, perhaps they can appreciate how easy it is to send such a tall tower a-sway simply by subtly goading and waiting for the missteps to accumulate. The perception of being at the top is a limited time offer. The public likes to switch out their heroes and villains after a while or else risk being bored by the stale.

Entertain us or die, it seems.

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This is a completely flawed analysis of current events. The world is currently in the process of dividing into moralist and non-moralist sides. This has been the case for some time. Eventually you're going to get a war between Polar and friends, and PB. NPO isn't exactly close with PB, so either you'll be on Polar's side, or you'll be rolled at some other point in the future.

I loved the song, by the way. That's going on my iPod.

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Nice read. Just to add a little point: there IS an other 'side'. It is just not organised into a bloc. The other 'side' is those of us that are anti-lulz. You know, those of us that don't bully smaller alliances nor extort them.

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The politics that is looked for doesn’t exist anymore because the world we lived in doesn’t exist anymore. We live in a new world that’s different from anything in the last few years.

In the past we had different sides. We had a ruling power and a group that wanted to remove them from power or usurp that power. The world has evolved since then. The black and white world doesn’t exist anymore. We don’t define ourselves as on the side of black or on the side of white anymore.

The SG/PB hegemony are still living in the past. They sit there and wait, they wait for an opposition to form where no opposition can exist or will exist. They are waiting for Godot.

Outside the SG/PB hegemony there is a multitude of different small groups. These groups have no desire to befriend each other and no interest in challenging the SG/PB Hegemony. Heavy lies the crown.

Outside the SG/PB Hegemony the world has become what people wanted. A multi sided world in its own right. Politics exists between these different groups who are very different from one another. The treaty web is being taken apart outside the Hegemony while they sit and wait for the treaty web outside its group to become more entwined.

SG/PB exist outside the world of modern micro politics. They live in a Bi-Polar world with no counter weight or opposition to engage them politically or militarily in an out of date black or white system. Only when they embrace the modern world of micro politics and reduce their treaty web footprint will they find the political or military opposition they yearn for.

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This is a completely flawed analysis of current events. The world is currently in the process of dividing into moralist and non-moralist sides. This has been the case for some time. Eventually you're going to get a war between Polar and friends, and PB. NPO isn't exactly close with PB, so either you'll be on Polar's side, or you'll be rolled at some other point in the future.

I loved the song, by the way. That's going on my iPod.

The moralist 'side', if it exists, is so fragmented and statically inferior to the tightly connected non-moralists that any future war between those sides will be an easy win for the non-moralists.

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This is a completely flawed analysis of current events. The world is currently in the process of dividing into moralist and non-moralist sides.

Who's the moralist side?

Seriously. There aren't any alliances with more than about twenty members that are actually moralists.

This has been the case for some time. Eventually you're going to get a war between Polar and friends, and PB. NPO isn't exactly close with PB, so either you'll be on Polar's side, or you'll be rolled at some other point in the future.

And NPO is completely close with Polar and have always gotten along with them too.

If you're right, then it's just a matter of time before Polar gets rolled anyway, NPO support or otherwise.

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Congratulations you have written a VOX article Vladimir. Just change the words Mushroom Kingdom for New Pacific Order, "MK's side" for "Global Despots" and it could be written in October 2008.

It was a crappy defense back then and it still is now.

If you don't believe me, I dare you to write an article about what YOU would do differently if you were king of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Else this is just crappy propaganda and I could make an amendment on an old CN proverb.

"Do something about it yourself."

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The problem is the same as it's always been in CN: once security has been established, there's little (if anything) tangible to fight for.

I'm assuming you're alluding to a MK/PB taking on SF and...friends. I'm not sure how that would be in their best interest. Even if it were a guaranteed win (and I don't think it is at all), it would be - like all CN wars - a war of attrition, that would get them nothing and leave them completely vulnerable to any combination of the peripheral blocs.

So while it'd make things much, much more interesting, and of course work to Pacifica's advantage, I don't think there's much of an argument to offer MK/PB as to why they should shake things up.

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Who's the moralist side?

Seriously. There aren't any alliances with more than about twenty members that are actually moralists.

I specified in my post. But throw in STA, NV, Genesis, TFD and its sphere of influence, and AZTEC. Whether or not they're "moralist" is irrelevant. That's the general perception on PB's side.

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I specified in my post. But throw in STA, NV, Genesis, TFD and its sphere of influence, and AZTEC. Whether or not they're "moralist" is irrelevant. That's the general perception on PB's side.

Ah yes, you mean there is a tiny opposition that is utterly dwarfed by Pandora's Box, and may get rolled if PB gets bored enough.

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Ah yes, you mean there is a tiny opposition that is utterly dwarfed by Pandora's Box, and may get rolled if PB gets bored enough.

If NPO realises that PB may well attack them after the Polar/PB war, they may well join in on Polar's side, which will draw in all their allies. Then Duckroll have to decide where they stand. TOP *hates* Polar, but if they feel threatened by PB, it's possible they'll side with the Orders. Duckroll + NPO and allies + Polar and allies provides an even-ish war, especially if some of the neutral alliances or alliances with conflicted treaties side with the Orders.

But even if their side doesn't get its act together, it's hardly our fault.

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If NPO realises that PB may well attack them after the Polar/PB war, they may well join in on Polar's side, which will draw in all their allies. Then Duckroll have to decide where they stand. TOP *hates* Polar, but if they feel threatened by PB, it's possible they'll side with the Orders. Duckroll + NPO and allies + Polar and allies provides an even-ish war, especially if some of the neutral alliances or alliances with conflicted treaties side with the Orders.

But even if their side doesn't get its act together, it's hardly our fault.

There is no other side you are living in the past when there were two sides who got together to fight. Those days are gone, people will not embrace their enemy anymore to fight another enemy just because thats the way it was done in the past. This is the multi polar world outside PB/SG. Its not our fault you are stuck in the mentality of the past and expect people to get together just to oppose you in a large war for a crap reason. The idea 200 alliances should go to war because a small group in two alliances have a gripe is a joke. The treaty web outside PB/SG is disappearing bit by bit the different groupings have fewer links than any time in the last few years and the treaty dumpng is not finished yet. You wont get a global war by going after and one of Polar/NPO or Duckroll they hate each other as much or more than they hate you.

The search for politics isnt you sitting there doing nothing hoping the rest of the world will put aside their hate for each other & come and fight you for your amusement, get real.

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There is no other side you are living in the past when there were two sides who got together to fight. Those days are gone, people will not embrace their enemy anymore to fight another enemy just because thats the way it was done in the past. This is the multi polar world outside PB/SG. Its not our fault you are stuck in the mentality of the past and expect people to get together just to oppose you in a large war for a crap reason. The idea 200 alliances should go to war because a small group in two alliances have a gripe is a joke. The treaty web outside PB/SG is disappearing bit by bit the different groupings have fewer links than any time in the last few years and the treaty dumpng is not finished yet. You wont get a global war by going after and one of Polar/NPO or Duckroll they hate each other as much or more than they hate you.

The search for politics isnt you sitting there doing nothing hoping the rest of the world will put aside their hate for each other & come and fight you for your amusement, get real.

Unfortunately the ignore function doesn't appear to work on blogs, so I actually read your post, but I don't feel the need to rebut anything you've said.

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I wonder what behaviour the world expects of an alliance at the top? There seems to be a need for conflict, but that would imply two sides sharing the fault between them. If MK can be held to any fault, then they are to be run out of the game by all the worthless bandwagoners under the sun. Therefore there needs to be a lot more feigned outrage at MK's inoffensive behaviour - after all, it's hard to hate an alliance that's just having fun and looking out for its own interests, as it has always done.

On the other hand, maybe this is All NPO's Fault. After all, it was they who fostered the atmosphere of fear in CN. Unquestionably, after the defeat of GOONS1 and the formation of the continuum, there were no two sides. If you put a foot wrong, if you defended friends or if there hadn't been a 30vs1 war for a month, then you were taken to pieces by the weight of the almighty toilet seat. Circumstances were no different, but MK stepped up and won the damn game. The only difference is, your side doesn't have the leadership or the strength to make it happen again.

Apologies for not being as abjectly crap as NPO just to make your job easier.

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Alterego's right; there is no concentration of power anywhere in CN outside of the new hegemony or whatever you want to call it.

NPO has a few friends, NpO has a few friends, IRON has a few friends... et cetera.

Nobody wants to organize a huge war out here. If you want to have one, you're going to have to fight it against people who do want to organize one.

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Unfortunately the ignore function doesn't appear to work on blogs, so I actually read your post, but I don't feel the need to rebut anything you've said.

Translation: alterego's entirely correct and I'd rather ignore the truth than actually learn how things are working.

at least you're consistent through all your names/facades.

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