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Sphereology: Our Brains on Foreign Affairs

HM Solomon I

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The current paradigm of foreign affairs largely revolves around spheres. Spheres are just collections of alliances with multiple bilateral connections between them, which, to varying degrees, act according to some common interest or interests.

Sphereology is the term used here to denote the theoretical view of the world derived from this paradigm. In sphereology, the world of CN is made up of several spheres which encompass most of the major alliances.

A sphere is imprecisely defined. We prefer to think in concrete rather than vague and abstract terms so we use the term sphere in a concrete manner despite reality being much less neat. If you throw a sphere (the actual shape) into a three-dimensional treaty web, no matter where it lands you can find a sphere (a bunch of alliances connected through multiple bi-lateral connections). This is because it isn't necessary for every alliance in a sphere to be connected to every other alliance for it to act as a sphere. It's all a matter of degrees - some spheres may act more cohesively than others but they all have one thing in common: their members have many common interests and often act accordingly.

Given this less concrete but more accurate definition of a political sphere, we can begin to see how this paradigm can lead us astray. We don't look at the big picture and see all of the different spheres out there, we only see the ones that current political discourse has framed. Thus, we often miss important movements and trends because we only see the movements and trends associated with the pre-determined spheres. The reality is that there are multiple "spheres" that overlap between Polardoxia (as some who shall not be named have come to call the combination of alliances associated with both Polaris and TOP) and NPO-sphere. In fact, the most important sphere is probably the sphere at the intersection of all the major pre-determined ones: a group of alliances with multiple bi-lateral connections (some likely to the second degree, rather than direct connections) to both themselves and at least some alliances in all the major pre-determined spheres; we can call this sphere the Nexus Sphere. It probably acts the least like a sphere in practice, it being pulled in so many different directions, but when it does exhibit movements and trends, they affect everything else in the Cyberverse. It both affects and is affected by just about everything.

The major pre-determined ones, despite the above, are not meaningless, they are often the larger movers and shakers - there is at least some good reason why they are so talked about. However, by focusing too much on them, we can lose sight of more subtle trends.



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Or you know, instead of trying to divide Polardoxia (wonder who coined that), you could renounce neo-Imperialism and become part of the stable global community and help forge a new Hegemony.

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Spheres are intellectual constructs that are the manifestations of uncountable personal relationships of trust between alliances and individual leaders of those alliances. Ultimately, every alliance is their own sphere.

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Or you know, instead of trying to divide Polardoxia (wonder who coined that), you could renounce neo-Imperialism and become part of the stable global community and help forge a new Hegemony.

Polardoxia has been a term used before you even created your new persona.

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Or you know, instead of trying to divide Polardoxia (wonder who coined that), you could renounce neo-Imperialism and become part of the stable global community and help forge a new Hegemony.

God, you're annoying. :|

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Honestly, there are two spheres, Polar, and AZTEC-Umb-DBDC, these two spheres overlap with only one alliance, and that is TOP, otherwise, these two spheres would be pretty much more or less separate. Honestly, this 'Polardoxia' no longer exists because of certain moves that the 'doxia' part of that sphere has been making.

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That's an overly simplistic analysis. Plus, it leaves out huge swaths of the Cyberverse which can certainly be categorized into spheres. Important to note is that spheres are fluid, organic bodies, not groups firmly under the control of one or another leader.

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Honestly, there are two spheres, Polar, and AZTEC-Umb-DBDC, these two spheres overlap with only one alliance, and that is TOP, otherwise, these two spheres would be pretty much more or less separate. Honestly, this 'Polardoxia' no longer exists because of certain moves that the 'doxia' part of that sphere has been making.

please tell me you're not serious

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or you could not care to bother with petty pretenses and feigned honor and just want to burn everyone down to the ground.

it's much more fun this way, come to think of it.

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or you could not care to bother with petty pretenses and feigned honor and just want to burn everyone down to the ground.

it's much more fun this way, come to think of it.

Not sure what this is a response to?

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Honestly, there are two spheres, Polar, and AZTEC-Umb-DBDC, these two spheres overlap with only one alliance, and that is TOP, otherwise, these two spheres would be pretty much more or less separate. Honestly, this 'Polardoxia' no longer exists because of certain moves that the 'doxia' part of that sphere has been making.

lol, ho'boy.

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That's an overly simplistic analysis. Plus, it leaves out huge swaths of the Cyberverse which can certainly be categorized into spheres. Important to note is that spheres are fluid, organic bodies, not groups firmly under the control of one or another leader.

I do know that there are more than two spheres, I meant that imo, that was what I got from all the paper treaties I know about pertaining to only what people call 'Polardoxia'

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Spheres are intellectual constructs that are the manifestations of uncountable personal relationships of trust between alliances and individual leaders of those alliances. Ultimately, every alliance is their own sphere.

Trust is less important than you think it is.

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Trust is less important than you think it is.

Yes, trust may not be very important, but trust in reciprocity is. If you trust another, you trust that no matter what you do, they will do the "right" thing (whatever the right thing is in that context and from your perspective). If you trust in the reciprocity of another, you trust that if you do the right thing, they will do the right thing. There is a key difference between the two, and that is that trust is much more subject to having a really strong relationship built up over time between the two involved, whereas trust in reciprocity is nearly an objective measure. It is based on past actions of one observed by another, such as whether they've been shown to consistently maintain their commitments, among other things. It can readily be assessed before any relationship even begins, while one cannot know whether to trust another until some time has passed for the relationship.

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One thing for sure, the Nexus Sphere is completely $&*#ed. Every war they get screwed and lose half their allies, basically, who are all moving in opposite directions. That's why people treaty allies of allies for the most part with maybe 1-2 extending treaties. From first hand knowledge, to no fault to that alliance, if you find you straddle 50/50, you better bend over. Everyone will hate you post-war. "you didn't join fast enough" "you didn't fight hard enough" "why didn't you drop xyz ally?"

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That's true, but that won't stop some such sphere from existing so long as spheres are connected, and they are. I agree that much of the time, that sphere would be a terrible place to sit as an alliance.

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