Between the hours of about 12:30 AM to about 4:00 AM is when I'm at my peek. It's when I think the most. It's when I get the most work done. And it's generally when I'm most efficient and effective. I'm not sure what it is about the night time. Perhaps the serienity, calmness or just general quietness of the hour. Or perhaps I'm just weird. Who knows.
It was during those hours on the First of July in 2008 (My brother's birthday no less) that I read one of the most epic threads in Cybernations history. A thread that helped start it all. De Profundis. During this thread, Doitzel brought to light information about the Orders and the strained relationship between them. One of my favorite Doitzel quotes was brought about in this thread.
If only there was another way, Comrades. But there is not. A second Revolution must be launched, by the Feederite masses of the Order. Without us as their soldiers, sustaining their infrastructure and being siphoned for power, the regime of Userites cannot survive -- except, of course, by the means they are most familiar with: foreign intervention.
And about a month and a half later, on that fateful 13th of August, after several players quit and after several wars had started, a revolution finally started. At about 4 hours before update, Starfox101 made an epic announcement. This particular announcement would change the world.
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call us, Vox Populi.
The people have spoken, and we have come back to be their voice.
Many of us have tried to live out our days in peace, even leave the game, however, on this day we shall know neither. We have watched as the Tyrannical, and criminal organizations have slaughtered the game to carve out a new world through force, and elimination. We shall no longer stand by and watch. It is a time to fight, so that all may know freedom. Even if our goal is not accomplished, we shall know that we did not sit by and watch as evil rises once again, we shall know that we gave our last breath to defend it.
The time has come for us to meet our maker and to repay him in kind for all that he's done.
At the time, Vox Populi was basically a suicide pact. None of the founders knew what it could and did become. In just a couple of hours, Vox Populi gained almost 50 members, growing faster than any other alliance I can think of. Of course, Vox Populi today is not known for it's size, as we spend most of the revolution at about 30 or less nations. But those 30 or less nations had a voice. And a voice is all you need to start a revolution. A voice is all you need to change the world.
And that's what we did. Over the course of the next 10 months, we fought. You saw us in every hegemony announcement. If we felt the announcement was good, we praised it. However, generally, we didn't think the announcement was good, and that's when we did condemned them. With each debate we gained more influence. People began to listen.
One of the revolutionary things about Vox Populi was also spies. It was a known fact that we used them. We not only used them, but we bragged about it. Publications such as The Tattler and This Week in Pacifica were huge hits with occasional parodies of This Week in Pacifica still happening today.
We also made friends. FAN and OcUK were in similar situations as us at the time. It only made sense that eventually, we could come together as one bloc.
We welcome our new friends, we ask them to sit and enjoy a tasty meal with us. We have many things to talk about. We have much in common and much to learn from one another. Therefore, we propose that this treaty is to be a long lasting friendship and partnership, and hope to share many meals together.
Friendship is a powerful thing, and some friends are just destined to be together. To this day, I am ever thankful and respectful of FAN and OcUK for all that they did for us.
Our words were our weapons and our spies were our fuel, but our determination was what truly made Vox what it was. Every member of Vox Populi that I remember was highly motivated and highly educated in the ways of Cyber Nation politics and with several prominent members of the CN community within Vox Populi, when a member of Vox Populi spoke, people listened. And while NPO and friends continued to call us irrelevant, the rest of the world watched in wonder as we continued to dodge and weave around them. We did things never thought possible before, such as electing our own Red Team Senator. If I remember right, we even had the green team for a day or two. Another one of our more memorable acts was getting TOP sanctioned by ghosting their AA, and then downgrading GGA to the "Imperial Green Village of the NPO." Our thoughts and opinions were made clear and well known.
The best part however, is that eventually, people started to agree. People grew tired of the hegemonic regime and after just one tiny incident, Karma was born. A destructive force they proved to be, scarring most of NPO's allies so much that on April 21rst 2009, after war had been declared on NPO, the alliances known as IRON, MCXA, OG, NATO, GGA, Valhalla, TPF and Echelon all canceled their respective MDAPs with NPO and chose not to come to their defense until later.
And with the birth of the Karma War, came the death of Vox, as all good things must eventually come to the end. On May 20th, 2009 the former Vox Dei of Vox Populi, Doitzel, made the final Vox Populi announcement.
To the world at large, we give warning. This is not the end of the struggle, for the struggle which Vox Populi has embraced is unending. It is a struggle against those who would take what is not theirs, those who would take advantage of all situations, those who seek nothing but personal gain without heed to the needs, thoughts, feelings, and well-being of others. It is a struggle against the purest form of practicality and pragmatism, which drives man to covet without any attention to morality, justice, or fairness. It is a struggle that shall end only when our kind are wiped from the planet for it is something we are all capable of.
And that is our warning. Do not relax your guard against this mentality. Do not dismiss the possibility of its creeping up and overtaking yourself or those close to you. To fall victim to the idea that the ends always justify the means where the means is your own self-promotion is something that comes easy and silently, but seldom can be snuffed out. Maintain your watch, keep in check those of this mindset, and prepare yourself always for a time when we must again take arms against such a threat -- for that is what it is. It is a threat to all of us, each and every one, and wherever this philosophy takes root so takes root a danger for all that we hold dear, in our own ways, to be cast down at our feet.
This victory is not permanent, and those who fight not would do well to keep that in mind. Divisions are unavoidable, but remember that we are only as strong united as we are weak divided. Do not again allow ambitious powers to slowly pick off opposition, one-by-one, and hoodwink you into conceding. Stand your ground always, tall and true to your ideals. Never, ever, ever give in, for as long as there is one other by your side you shall have purpose. Remember always when you took on the forces of oppression and let the strength of that memory spur you on. We may forgive, but we should never forget. And should the time come that men cannot speak their dissent, should the time come that alliances' sovereignty is revoked, should the time come that communities are destroyed or repressed let those of noble spirit rise again to spearhead another Glorious Revolution against the darkness that engulfs them.
Those words continue to ring true today, regardless of how well people listen to them. However, today is a day of memory. Today, on this August 13th (the Four Year Anniversary of the founding of Vox Populi) we should once again give thanks. We should give thanks to all who dedicated their efforts towards the cause Vox Populi stood for. We should give thanks to all the spies, soldiers, allies and politicians who helped make Vox Populi what it was.
So remember today all the freedoms you have. Remember how little you fear PZI, and appreciate how you can post on the forums with out having to worry about 20 other rulers posting about how stupid you are, just because your opinion doesn't match the opinion of the hegemonic regime. Remember the revolution and look at much the world has changed since the start of it, and how much it's changed since the end.