Besides the excess of "flamboyant tough boy" roleplaying going on at the OWF, a couple of other things have been bothering me.
1. You should all thank me and my passive aggressiveness because it is much much less irritating than another tough guy routine.
2. Every single one of us is a hypocrite. If you deny it, you're a bigger hypocrite than the rest of us. Stop. Posting. About. Hypocrisy.
3. We all like to post about historical events as an "this proves your argument is invalid!" card, but we really should keep these things in perspective. The vast majority of nations in the game were not there to experience the things we ramble on about for hundreds of pages.
You want numbers you say? I went through the all nations display by creation date and this is what I found.*
Great War I
Ended August 1st, 2006
406/20,653= 0.01966 or 2%
Great War III
Ended April 13th, 2007
2,019/20,653 = 0.09776 or 10%
Ended March 13th, 2008
4,328/20,653 = 0.2096 or 20%
End of the Ordinance of the Orders
Ended July 4th, 2008
5,113/20,653 = 0.2476 or 25%
Ended July 19th, 2009
8,036/20,653 = 0.3891 or 39%
I found the Karma War percentage shocking enough that I'll go ahead and link it here.
There are the rerolls, but there aren't enough to noticeably shift the percentages around. I could also easily say that most of the nations still around don't give two !@#$% about 2007 anymore.
Who does care about events 4-5 years ago? The rather vocal minority of people posting on these forums. The vocal minority spread "the facts" around to the people who don't bother getting involved on the CN forums or weren't playing when these events happened. The result is that we all end up carrying emotional baggage from stuff we really shouldn't care about in the first place.
*I'm trying out the delayed publishing option. These numbers are from Thursday night. I'm probably not around, so don't DoW on me. Lol.