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  1. Nations need a certain amount of time to recover post war to a level similar as before it (recover infra and warchest). This can be something like 6-8 months depending on the nation. Add to that that wars are 2-4 months long themselves , and you have a yearly schedule. Having it more often than that would mean nations perpetually getting smaller. The only real alternative is having smaller wars more often where it's not the same people fighting.
  2. The most popular game in the world has hundreds of millions of players and billions of fans - yet it is also hundreds of years old and technologically involves nothing more than kicking a round object. The quality of a game isn't down to fancy graphics and tools, it is about enjoyment, and enjoyment can come from lots of places. In CN, it comes from the communities, the player interactions and the chaotic complexity that is created when everybody's plans and goals crash together. In other games it can be about the story, about the quick gratification of achievements, about the competitive tournaments, about the stunning environments, about the depth of characters, about anything really.
  3. Imperial Decree from the New Pacific Order Wars are a curious thing. A year and a half ago, the idea of a war quite similar to the one we see today (i.e, a war on the "Polarsphere") was handed around between a few alliance governments. This is not an uncommon event in the smoky backrooms of CNindeed, in the week prior to this war, I saw discussions and ideas of 4 completely different wars that could have happened (and I do mean different wars, not just different targets for this one). Most such ideas die in an embryonic stage, without much support. And this, too, did diepartly as Pacifica was fairly unenthusiastic for an assault on the Polarsphere, which quite handily made the numbers match-up impossible, particularly as said lack of enthusiasm spread to several other alliances as well. That was a year and a half ago. Since then, we had the quite spectacular Disorder War, wherein Polaris and allies used the existence of the aforementioned idea to launch an aggressive war against our allies. That was called a Casus Belli a case for the war. It is also what I would call Two sides that want to fight each other, and everybody knows it. If you have a rival that is a threat to you, you do something about it (militarily or diplomatically). That is just basic politics. The New Pacific Order participated in that war in defense of our allies. Interestingly, for said defense, we were singled out for an unusually harsh regime of punitive terms that were restricted the ability of our nations to reconstruct our lower tier for many months. There was no particular case for reps being made or any identification of what Pacifica was punished for, save for some throughout comments on punishing peace mode that sound fairly unconvincing from alliances that are perfectly willing to send masses of nations to peacemode themselves (and keep them there). The conclusion therefore is that either they are calling for self-punishment in future wars or that this act too, was just plain politics. Indeed, the Disorder War would have been impossible without this bit of Politics. The New Pacific Order was an unpopular alliance. Putting forth some terms that would satisfy a few alliances desires for vengeance was a fairly small price to pay for Polars coalition to amass the strength needed to overpower their rivals. It was an easy choice to make, and very little work to quickly affix your signature to a document that heralded your (at least temporary) supremacy in the world. And so Pacificas generosity in standing up for Polar was duly rewarded with being sold out, though in all fairness, I very much doubt that this was a thought running through anyones head at the time. But choices have consequences. We do not hold ill will against those that sold us out, nor for those that wanted to get at us in the first place (indeed, one of our recent treaties should display quite handily that we are not holding a grudge). The world is a hard place, and you do what you have to do to safeguard the interests of your alliance and your friends. The more successful you are, the more likely it is that what you have to do will leave your hands stained in blood. Some alliances revel in that. Some alliances will try to cover it up with thin veneers of justification. The Order is indifferent. We seek to bring Order to the world. It is not an easy task; it is fraught with set-backs, compromises, and having to tie yourself into the greater political web of this world. In the process of doing so, we find ourselves once again at a precipice so similar to that prior to the Disorder War. Once again, we have two blocs getting ready to figh it out for the simple reason that they are rivals, and one must be defeated for the other to secure itself from a threat. That is pure politics, and there is no more wrong in it than there was in any previous war orchestrated for the same logic. Once again, we have the prospect of people we are tied to participating in a charge against alliances within the greater "Polarsphere". Once again, we are invited to combat against an alliance we have no personal issue with, much as they have no personal issue with us. Indeed, we get along quite well. But this time, we have learned from history, and the consequences of that choice all those months ago have come full circle. This time, we arent going to be the nice guys. Rivalries need to be hashed out; be it on the battlefield or diplomatically. A failure to do so when one side has the upper hand will simply lead to the other eventually turning the tables on them, and reversing the processmuch as we saw in Disorder. We have little reason to believe that, should such an eventuality come about, NPO will not once again become victim to an easy political calculation: to be sold out for a short-term diplomatic gain. It is, unfortunately, a calculation that has little to do with whether we are disliked by the opposing coalition. They did not dislike us a year ago either, but a lot of signatures still litter the paper that forced NPO's nations into harsh submission. It is simply a case of Two sides that want to fight each other, and everybody knows it. And our allies have picked a side, so we will lend our support to it with the full weight of our military arsenal. We will not shy away from this responsibility by trying to dress it up in some faux morality or claim that we are only "defending allies". Unlike the coalition that attacked us last war, which is collectively trying to run away from any responsibility for their conduct, we are signing up to this aware of the full weight of our choices. It is our fervent hope that more alliances can learn to accept the responsibility of entering a war as something concrete, and not just an ugly obligation you "have to do" so that you can maintain a connection to the morass of the treaty web. We do not seek revenge or to mutilate political enemies. We do not seek any punitive terms, be it on those that supported them on us or or those who did not. We do not seek to force our opponents into an extended participation, or use it as an opportunity to settle any scores. We merely seek to bring for our own version of Order, one burnt pixel at a time. Many of you will doubtless be frustrated with us for this choice; but I promise you this: Once we have burnt down this entire world into ashes through Nuclear Fire, we will be the first to step up and help you all rebuilt in anew rebuild it with a vision of Order. Everything must die, for everything to be reborn. In both war and peace, the Order treats all equally and seeks to be friends with all. Some of you will simply come to know this friendship through nuclear love taps. The New Pacific Order hereby declares war on SNX in support of its allies. Lets make this engagement a fun one. To commemorate this event, comrade sir Paul has blessed us all with a sing-along war report, designed to conduct subliminal mental warfare upon you while you frantically press F5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-kDqRKWeMc Letum, Emperor of the New Pacific Order Dungeon Master of Order Frawley, Imperial Regent of the New Pacific Order Lord of Darkness, Imperial Officer of Military Affairs of the New Pacific Order
  4. Give the reader context. Why is realizing your legs are beneath you significant? Why are your dreams weird and how is that relevant? As mentioned, this should probably be reformed to better conceptualize the difference between what is there and the evidence of said existance generated in our brain. "The majority of the world" and "the truth is" are too absolutist statements, and don't really work for this kind of thought provoking peace. The basic question you are asking here is "What is real?" so ask it. Probably best rephrased to talk about whether you can distinguish neural transmissions created by external stimuli from neural transmissions created by your own brain. This cuts short, and stopping at this point sounds like wish-fulfilment i.e "I feel unsatisfied with life and I wish my dreams were real". You should probably go on. You could expand on it by talking about what makes you believe dreams aren't real, questioning the validity of those beliefs, and the interplay of logic and perception in creating our reality.
  5. Letum

    Pacifica Sphere

    Everybody is their own side.
  6. Sorry, I wasn't aware that 9m of NS damage was caused by men that fought without honor. This war continues because the Polar coalition is targeting us, not because our allies want to defend us from damage (which is the entire point of an alliance - if people should just give in and "accept a damage quota", then there would be no point in calling in allies in the first place since the damage quota would be achieved faster without them.) Then again, for a coalition that publicly beats up its own alliances like Valhalla that question their decisions, I guess the concept of allies defending us out of their own free will and being free to make their own decisions at anytime they want might be a bit difficult to understand.
  7. Has it perhaps passed your mind that our allies are here because they want to be, not because the NPO is forcing them to? We are not preventing anyone from ending or leaving the war. The Polar coalition is, by trying to cripple the alliance our allies are fighting to protect. The idea of "well, if you just give in and die there will be nothing left for your allies to protect" is silly.
  8. Passive is putting it very lightly.
  9. Why are you so obsessed with NPO? Yes, we ended a war early over everyone's head - but now your coalition has teamed up with the very people that they wanted to "keep fighting", so I can't imagine the concept of peace itself is such a grave offense. Yes, we shouted and cursed and forced people into a specific line of thinking. But how much damage has us "shouting" caused to you, to your alliance or your coalition? Does it kill of your NS or your members? Does it harm you and your national interest in such a way that demands retaliation? Actions speak louder than words, and what the NPO has actually *done* rather than said involves trying to *stop* conflict. We tried to *stop* a war on DH tied to *stop* a war on NpO. I don't suppose you would rather have us the other way around, a gentle-speaking and consensus-driven alliance that ruthlessly tries to destroy everything in its path, and if it happens to harm their allies whilst doing so, all be damned? It is one thing to lay criticism on the NPO for our genuine foreign policy mistakes. It is quite another to act as if we are some kind of reps-imposing, alliance-disbanding, viceroy-installing hegemon out to destroy everyone. Who has NPO tried to actively and purposefully harm here? (Other than its mistakes backfiring on itself and its allies)
  10. I don't think enough people have received your message of frustration merely by you posting a topic and then posting it again in a blog. Why not mass-message it to everyone via PM?
  11. They *do* want peace actually, they just don't want to admit they lost.
  12. It's actually not about reputation or being afraid to be seen as the "evil NPO". We've had to actively resist a lot of external pressure for us to impose harsh terms - it's safe to say most of us believe we can impose them without any real consequence. Our negative reaction to reps is much more instinctual - having gone through those very precedents you've stated, the NPO (or at least, a large part of us) has come to really dislike the whole grudges and forced crippling payments bonanza. Further, we have repeatedly and plainly stated that we take no issue for the "pre-emptive" attack by FARK and FAN, given our public declaration of support and intent to fight.
  13. Taking out non-combatants would bring it to a third. And yes, I am perfectly aware that your point is unrelated to the exact amount, I'm just going to be a nitpicking jerk because you used the word "literally" alongside a wild exaggeration.
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