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  1. TL;DR "Rush said bad things about people I am associated with, I troll nao."
  2. Kashmir is worth simply by having SirWilliam at the helm, but this endeavor was always only meant for top 80. You dont make page 2. Thats your shortcoming.
  3. Basically, this will be the last installment, in which I cover all significant remaining AAs. If your AA was not covered,. then I find you to be less relevant than even the crappiest of those I have covered(or you are just not in the top 80!.) So... On we go... TTK: I look back, and I cannot recall anything significant that you have done in the shaping of, or participation in , the larger political game. I do not say this is a disparaging comment about you, but you guys seem to be completely devoid of any drama with other alliances that can tag you as an alliance trying to maneuver to get something (or someone) that they want in the cross-hairs. At some point, playing simply for friendship should not be enough to keep people interested. Its also funny, cuz I know some of you. You have some talented people. I challenge you to leave a legacy of something other than "they were good allies"... As Doctor Who once said to Amy and Rory... Make sure they remember you. DBDC : I like your style. Alot. If more alliances played the game that way, it would be a more interesting world. Well, I dont know that it would be more interesting, It is a supposition, but it would be massively different. Sadly, I do not see a world existing where playing the game the way you play it, is sustainable. I hope you prove me wrong though, because you offer an alternative to simple realpolitik. NSO- Good grief, where to begin. You blew into this world with an all-star lineup, vowing to play the game differently, then the 1st thing you do, sign with one of the central world powers. It is an easy trap so be untied from everything for 5 minutes, and say you will be different, but in the end, it is ALWAY a failed endeavor. The good thing about you though, is that while you did, in the end, conform with the societal norm of the game, you did so with enough talented people in leadership, that you could stand and play the game that you tried to avoid playing. Kudos for the quick adjustment on the fly. Kudos also for the sheer amount of hate you have managed to garner just simply by existing. Based on what you blew into the game claiming to be... you failed. Based on what you became once you realized you could not play that game within the game, you are a massive success. NPL - You have some folks that I like. Really you do. Every time I start to think you may not be so bad, I think back about 2 years or so ago, when you threatened INT over something so stupid. I can't even take you seriously without looking back at that and laughing at the idiocy that was that threat. [9:27pm] KemMo[NPL|Trium]: "The Nuclear Proliferation League hereby demands that the two nations from The International send peace." Every time I read that line on the C&G forums, I cannot take you guys seriously. Have you learned better since then? Almost without a doubt. For that, I can say I respect where you have come. But the 1st impression, is the 1st impression. It cannot be changed until enough of a communication exists to change it. Since that does not exist from either side, all I can see when I look at your alliance, is a gov that demanded that INT not defend its own nation when your nation attacked them 1st. Kudos on learning how the game is played since then though. Also, you will never be better than GOONS . Terran Empire : "I cannot ask my guys to participate in tech deals with anyone, because they may quit the game" I'd call you a joke, but I do not want to insult alliances that I feel are jokes. You are even below them. DoD. : For the most part, you are an OK lot. That Griff guy needs to take the game less seriously though. GOD : It is a shame how far you (and myself, I am not immune) have fallen from where we once were. Seems we both have capable leadership who are incapable of the time needed to invest in this game. It is sad for your alliance, and even sadder for the game. The game needs to stop losing people who can actually play it in the back channels to lack of time. Pity that can never really happen. Regardless, you have , forever, earned your place in the echelon of worthy alliances to have graced this realm. For your contributions in that area, the entire game owes you a thank you for your efforts. Mushroom Kingdom : Still on page 2. Thats quite an accomplishment in and of itself. Despite times that I literally wanted to RL strangle some of you, no finer alliance or ally has ever, or will ever, exist on this realm. I want to personally thank you for all the fun that simply associating with you has provided me over the years. If I had to hand out an award in these judgments for the most significant alliance ever, you would edge out NPO. Thats a wrap folks. Nobody else in the top 80 is worthy of my time. Sorry for the lazy finish to this, but such is the state of this game, that beyond writing the 21-30, this began to seem more like a chore than an enjoyment.
  4. I should kill you where you stand
  5. Will be tuned in to Doctor Who this Saturday? And.. is this not the most awesomething ever :
  6. Wow.. good to see you around old man. Also, no. We dont fight people who are fighting on the same "side" as us.
  7. Potato gets it. You should seek lessons.
  8. Obsolete world view you say? Thats kind of ironic.
  9. Enjoy them then. And basque in my ignorance. And may your beautiful friendship with them bring you everything you deserve.
  10. The McRib is back .. for a limited time only. I will address this in due course.
  11. 31-40.. Off we go.... House Baratheon - When I look down the member list, I see just about everything I liked about old CSN. That is a plus. You guys dont really make much of an effort to be heard though. That is not a bad thing, its just a cookie cutter thing, and some would even say its smart, because we all know that those who do something are universally hated. We have some common allies, but we have no real common ground or knowledge. I may get back to a judgement of you at a later date, just that right now, I dont really have the knowledge. NEW - Difficult. It is the only word I can use to describe you. You are difficult to deal wtih, and not merely because of a language barrier. You have this unwillingness to compromise that really makes handling even the simplest of matters, very difficult. Aside from that, you seem to be a really ok group. Learning some diplomatic tact would benefit you. STA - I never got to fight you. This saddens me. You are the last alliance on my list of alliances that I WANT to fight. Oddly, I dont even really want to fight you anymore. You guys have the personalities to make things happen, it seems that they do not want to expend the energy to actually make them happen though (not that I can blame you for this, I feel the same way.) It relegates alliances like yours (and mine) to simple military arms for other alliances. UPN - One thing sums up everything I have ever thought of UPN.... that thing is... LOL. The end. Knights of Ni! - You gave me my single biggest headache in CN history, and you didnt even try to. Kudos on that. Other than that though, nothing of real note here. I suppose you are ok, or I suppose you could completely suck. I dont know. I dont know anyone else who knows. Stand up and be heard at some point! CCC - You have some ok folks. But you seem to lack any independent thought. Just another long-lived cookie cutter alliance. That is not intended to be insulting, its only intended to be truthful. I can usually look at most alliances, and attribute a single notable moment in time to them.... Nothing for you guys though. RIA - I suppose you folks are ok. Much like TLR, you seem to be a shell of your former selves. Such is the state of the game. Your leaders of the years, are a bit strange in terms of reactions. I remember when Londo did his joke Supergrievances thread in World Affairs.. you guys played along in the thread... then got outraged when you discovered Fark was inexplicably outraged. It left a sour taste in alot of mouths in C&G. So we look at you guys, and we wonder who you really were. And in addition, we wonder who you really are now. Time will tell. INT - By far, this is the hardest one to write. So much to love, so much to loathe, and no real way to accurately pick the ground in between. You have the weirdest democracy dynamic though. In that you seem to almost always re-elect to gov... those who leave you and come back. Im not saying its a bad thing, i am just saying that you guys stand out for the number of times it has happened. We have been through hell and back together, and I would not trade in one moment of that for any different outcome. I truly do love you guys, and I do not think many people in this world besides me, really appreciates how wonderful you guys are. Sadly, I think you think they do. Oh well, it is what it is. Anarchy Inc - I want to be positive about you guys. I want to like you guys. I just dont know if I can. I cannot dislike you though. Every single personality that made AI what it was.. is gone. Every single Olympus member that I counted amongst my friends... is gone. I look at your alliance, I recognize the name. I dont recognize the alliance. Will you fade? I think you probably will. Can you prove me wrong? Only you know the answer to that. You know what though? I want you to. Invicta - Did you ever see the Robot Chicken Star Wars episode.. Where George W. Bush was a jedi? Thats how I envision Invicta. You keep going for what you want, but you never really have the power to get it. Except after X number of failures, you stumble into a good situation and you get the tacos that George got. Enjoy your tacos.
  12. Typically narrow minded and short-sighted.
  13. I havent done 31-40. You will have to wait sir.
  14. Rush Sykes

    Judgements

    Get back to me in 6 months to a year.
  15. I didnt ENCOURAGE them to do so. I encouraged them to understand that enemy coalitions will try to use your treaty ties to handcuff your coalition. We are all big boys, we choose the side of the war we are on. The old saying goes, all is fair and love and war. Once the nukes start flying, the friend of my friend CAN be my enemy. Also, nearly none of my diatribe on TOP was demeaning (except for the bit about loyalty). I simply said I think their attempt at making this empire will fail because it is built on, and relies on, too many people who have divergent plans. I was pretty clear that their playing the game was a-ok with me.
  16. I think you are completely wrong. They can absolutely be both. And my judgement of Polar pretty well exhibits that. With specific regards to Umb, it 100% is a WHAT do I like. I do not like allies of allies who refuse to make an effort at a working relationship. It goes to destabilizing power spheres.
  17. Here we go Pax Corvus - Um who??? Seriously, I dont even know who you are. Are you neutral? TPF- Puzzling. But what nobody can say about you is that you jump to winning sides on a whim. IRON could learn a few things, sadly they will not. I spent so long hating you guys, its hard to let go of, and I am not sure if I am capable of it. But I at least respect you. So it's a start. Much like my alliance, our better days are probably behind us, it does not, however, make us not useful. GOONS - For the most part, I love you guys. I think having Marx as your loudest voice right now, does your alliance a disservice, as he lacks the tact needed to see handle allies effectively. Sardonic is the best of the best, in GOONS, and in this game. You guys strive to create peace-time drama, and for that you make peace time more bearable. Much like MK, those who want you gone, do not realize exactly what it is this community would lose if that happened. VE - Pretenders to the throne. Always overestimating either how big they are, or how big the pond they play in is. Completely unable to build bridges, rather relying on others to build the bridges, then hitchhiking along for the ride. Unable to weigh bravery with strategy. You could use a little more flexibility, rather than just trying to live off the masses who say "well at least they went all out." All of that being said, the game is better off with you, than without you. GLOF - I really do not know enough about you to form an opinion. By all observances, you seem to function as an added military arm of IRON. Let's see if that changes when winter thaws into spring. MCXA - Almost as useless as a neutral. You really neither add anything to the game, nor do you strive you. The best than can be said about you , unlike others who fit your mold, is at least you dont think you are a big fish in a small pond. You seem to be content with who and what you are in terms of the overall game, and that, in and of itself, puts you ahead of alot of the other useless alliances. FAN - Are you guys even there? Seriously. TLR- for obvious reasons, I will skip this one. Nordreich - Forever wrestling with that pesky OOC-IC line. Allegations of racism and white supremacy. Not completely unfounded, we all saw the sheer # of 88's that were in the names of your members over the years. You beg the community the question... do we as a community get outraged over something that has nothing to do with the game, or do we say ... its just a game. I dont have, or offer an answer, I simply do not care. In game, you have never crossed me. So for this, I cannot feign IC rage at your alliance. I do, however, offer up that your best days are long over, and suggest that merging somewhere or dissolving might be a better option for everyone in your alliance. NADC - An absolute joke of an alliance. With even bigger jokes as members. Gleefully at this moment, sucking off the TOP teat, thinking in the back of your heads that they really do respect you and they really do appreciate your "sacrifice" on their behalf. It fits in with what you have always been, and always will be. A pawn of the powers that be in whatever sphere you park yourself in.
  18. The NG-Umb dynamic is completely irrelevant to my personal opinions of either of them. MK, GOONS, ODN , can all confirm the my opinions of Umb are based solely on my own personal interaction. You can only be requested by allies (MK, GOONS, ODN) to bridge a gap to a working relationship with an ally of theirs that you are at odds with (Umb) so many times, and be totally, completely dismissed on each and every occasion (except for Domisi actually trying once, kudos to him)... before you get sick of the arrogance and dismissive attitude. No other alliance in the top 20 has earned my opinion more than Umb has.
  19. Rush Sykes

    Judgements

    I would 100% agree with you, if I could find it in me to ignore the fact that about 60% of those aligned to kill NPO right now, were clamoring and crying out to be led by NPO less than 9 months ago.
  20. I see what you did there. But i have already edited IRON into the 1st entry. It was just a copy and paste fail , as I wrote this in word before I posted it.
  21. Picking up where I left off. TOP- Unquestionably the best military in the game. Anyone who debates this is a fool. This is your 2nd attempt at trying to be an empire-builder, and I honestly think it will fail this time. Not because you have poor FA people, not because you are inept, or incompetent, rather because you have built your foundation on a house of cards. You now need to rely on a vast assortment of people whom you are either a) in the process of rolling or b) have far more loyalties elsewhere than to you (because you have done nothing ever, to truly earn any loyalty) to fortify your position after this war. The one thing you have going for you, and the one thing that can make me be wrong... is that you have Ardus. NATO - The word underrated probably applies more to your alliance than to anyone else. Sometimes, it is difficult for me (because I am old and crotchety) to accept that this is not the same NATO that tried to power play all of Aqua because of the NPO ties, back in the ICE days. The problem was, we looked at NATO with so much disdain for their whole "Umm, we are with NPO, so we run Aqua" attitude, that is really did jade every opinion about you post-Karma. If I stay in this game past this war... you guys have become my new mission. Not to try to make you love, and or even respect me.. but for me to determine exactly how different you are from NATO circa 2008. Expect me to be around if I stay. And feel free to totally reject me, after my treatment of you for better than 4 years, I wouldnt blame you. Hell, its what *I* would have done. But, I AM, once again, old and crotchety. Umbrella - Filth. Complete filth. And it is so hard for me to believe that. I look down the list at individual members, and I see so many people I call a friend. But as a collective, you are completely unappreciative filth who feel like you are entitled to worship from others because of a collection of stats. You come across to everyone (even your own DH allies said it many times).. like your own feces do not stink. In the same war, I and my alliance burned for you, I and my alliance championed your cause in regards to terms. Truth is.. the egg is on our (mostly my) face, because your gov didnt even have the common decency to offer up a thank you. It was much more important for you to quickly begin the planning phase to sweep up those who just worked to defend and save you. Classy. Never change. TIO - Let's be frank. I dont like you. You dont like me. The dislike began when we (Athens) hit an ODP partner of yours 4 wars ago (while holding an ODP with you). While I do understand that, I think that you guys now are starting to realize why no alliance should allow treaty ties on the other side of a war to handcuff their actions in a war. If you are not realizing that now, then there truly is no hope for you. Still, oddly enough, I look down your list of members, and I see several people I count as friends. So it makes the alliance-alliance dislike, quite uncomfortable. Sparta - Literally the only good thing about your who alliance is Londo (for some unknown reason) chose to join you over TOP. The truth is... that is massive step down for Londo, as your own alliance gov has said 2 wars in a row now, that you are "happy to be lapdogs". Congratulations on your happiness. Non Grata - I could sit here and type love all day long, and it would not adequately communicate how I feel about you guys. That you manage to ruffle so many feathers, is a badge of honor. That you manage to be such a polarizing entity affirms that you play the game properly. The game is not about always winning, but is about having the courage to take the chance. Legion - essentially sitting out most of the last 2+ years of the game, you still managed to live up to your years old reputation of not being able to field a proper offensive, even while possessing such superior numbers. All your alliance is, and all it can ever be, is simply a pawn in other folks machinations. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as 95% of the alliances in this game fit that bill. But, you seem to indicate both that you a) want to be more... or b) think you are more. Either of those 2 realities make you the punchline of a joke. If you possess a strong leader, you need to find him and give him the reigns. LOSS - If a new WAE were held today, you would win hands down. How any single member of yours can look at these last 2 wars (the means by which you entered, the allies whom you abandoned, simply to be on the winning side) and hold your head up high and say " I am proud to be a part of this"... is mind boggling. The even more mind-boggling thing is that you could still have achieved your noble goal of simply being on the winning side, without defecating in the faces of your allies in public. What a joke. Valhalla - You are trying to play the broader political game, and for that effort, I applaud you, because very few ARE trying. I survey the world now, and I cast a leaf to the air to see the way the wind blows. I am not sure that you guys can see the forest because those pesky trees are in the way. The truth is, I will either be right or wrong in my assessment, and we will both know by Spring. If I am wrong, I will be the 1st to admit it. Jury is out on you. Dark Templar - Nothing but respect for you guys. I just wish you would also try to take more of an active leadership role in the broader world. I only wish this because I know you have the people who can. You also have enough of a broad respect among all factions that you could inject yourself as a centralizing power. Stay tuned for 21-30. I know you cannot wait for my further insights!
  22. Rush Sykes

    Judgements

    This will be a long , nearly WoT-esque blog. Usually, between wars, one or more "Grade other alliances" threads pops up on the OWF. This blog is sort of inspired by those, but instead of me rating 1-10 on any given alliance, I am just going to give a couple sentences (maybe more in some instances.) opinions on all of the non-neutral top 80. This is mostly because I am bored today, my SWTOR server is down for maintenance , and i have nothing better to do. So, off we go..... IRON- Blind. A blind squirrel who is happy with finding one nut, never knowing that there is an entire planter's factory there for the taking. You blindly run down a path that is leading to your own demise. On one hand it is funny to watch. On the other, it is sad. How many of your long time gov members have to leave your alliance because even they see the tiny light of the freight train coming at them through the dark tunnel, before the light bulb comes in one of your heads, and you finally get it? New Pacific Order - Like a fungus you have grown on me. Not because of what you once were, or who you are now, but because the reality is, you have so many people whom I look at and consider to be a friend. Sadly, despite so many sectors of CN who want to claim to want something new, you will always be the alliance they fall back on to galvanize a sphere. In a way, it is sad. It does, however, say without a doubt, you have done SOMETHING right to garner that much ire, and you should keep on doing it. New Polar Order - An enigma. For all of your claims, you still seem to always fall down 1 of 2 paths, almost as though you do not know how to follow another path. You have the potential to be so much more than you are, but you seem to find a way to fall when you get to the precipice. You are once again ascending the mountain... It will be fun to see what you do this time. Orange Defense Network - To be completely honest, this is the most underrated alliance in the game. They have an almost fanatical member base. They have done literally everything they know to do to shed the image of the past, and no matter how many times they prove they are not the same alliance, mouth-breathers will not let it go. To that, I say kudos to my allies, when you can inspire a disdain from the peanut gallery that persists for as long as it has, it really shows more of a jealousy on the part of many other alliances (not all).. for the community and loyalty you have built among your community. I truly do love you guys. RnR - You anger me. But not for the reasons you may think. I spent 3 years with the attitude that RnR is the only part of SF that doesn't suck. Now that SF no longer exists, I have no real identity for you. So curse you for allowing SF to dissolve. In all honesty, there is much more to like, than to dislike about you. I have, truly, always been a closet fan. Mostly because of that Bambi character. Curse him for that. MHA - Seriously. One word. Useless. You may have once been a proud alliance that brought something (anything) to the table. Now, you are just a joke. Even to your closest friends and allies, you are a joke. That pretty much sums it up. Fark - So much potential. So little motivation. You guys seems to always meander your way across the treaty web, which in and of itself, is not that unusual as lots of alliances do this. But you have squandered opportunities to lead, while simultaneously condemning those who had the courage TO lead. Alliances like yours, with the activity, and ability to lead, who refuse to even try to lead, inevitably do more harm to this community than good. Here you are, once again in a position to take something of a lead. Do it right this time. GATO - Solid, loyal allies. Your one true weakness, is the constant turnover in government. You tend to elect govs that support an almost complete 180 every 9 months or so. Change is good, but it needs to be change with purpose, not just change for the sake of change. Magicninja, for all his huffyness, probably best exemplifies the kind of strong (nearly jerkish) voice that you need to center all your new govs. I honestly truly love you guys, and would happily shed every pixel of my nation in your defense. I just wish for a little more clarity and stability. That wraps up my judgement of alliances in the top 10 (non-neutral)... stay tuned for 11-20. I know you cannot wait.
  23. The characterization of "underhanded agreements" is absurd. You are trying WAY too hard to tow a party line here my old friend. Underhanded , inherently implies secret and clandestine agreements... agreements which bring harm to those they are fighting alongside. Not one person who listened to ONE SINGLE MINUTE of Brehon on Bootleg could make the claim that he did anything underhanded. In the end, he did what he said he would do. The REALLY ironic thing , my friend, is that when the 1st terms were originally presented, Brehon took a private beating in OUR coalition channels for NOT doing what he said he would do on the various bootleg shows. The hilarity? Many of the same people who were crying and screaming at the initial terms being nothing close to how he said he would handle the end of a war... are now the same people lining up to agree with the condemnation of how the war ended. Christ it is nothing short of moronic.
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