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  1. This is a play we've all seen a few times. Some of us have even had starring roles in earlier productions. The plot goes something like this: Alliance X does something that gets them into a war. Unable to deal with it themselves, they call in their allies. Eventually there is peace and much slapping of backs, in particular among the leadership of Alliance X, who congratulate themselves on having joined the ranks of the global powers. These same individuals are shocked when, a few months later, their erstwhile friends turn on them and their alliance is ground into powder.
  2. They said the same about me. Paper tigers say a lot of things.
  3. To recap: 1. This was started because of FTW's plagiarized flag, which they refused to change. 2. FTW has now changed its flag. 3. NPO and IRON, er, I mean FTW, can continue to grind what's left of NG into a fine powder, but NG's sole war aim has been met. 4. NG has won. A victory of the sort Pyrrhus would advise against, surely, but a victory nonetheless. Kudos to NG et al. Note: This victory subject to revision. Regardless, FTW has repeatedly embarrassed itself.
  4. A job well done. Kudos on your victory.
  5. Fark has always been that alliance of middle-aged uncles who think they're funny. This is pretty much 'peak clever' from them. Careful, I hear they've got your nose.
  6. Well now, this was even less exciting than the Rebillon.
  7. And the wind whispered, "Methrage…."
  8. As a bearded mooch (much beloved by people without actual life experience) once noted, great personages tend to occur, in a sense, twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Sponge's re-appearance would add a third category: the complete waste of goddamn time.
  9. The political-military climate under which I joined the GPA has ceased to exist. During GW3, as a member of The Legion (lol), I had the distinction of being the first person in that conflict to be attacked by a nuclear rogue. (Remember those?) I was never all that interested in nation-building, so I joined an alliance where I hoped it might be possible to engage in the more (intra-alliance) political aspects of the game rather than mere pixel-bashing. Eventually I was sent as the Ambassador to Norden Verein, got along well with Martens and the rest is history.... I do recall thinking that Kristin Marie was treated quite poorly, but I don't remember details for some reason. (Just the feeling, if that makes sense.) And April went off to die in GOONS I think? Ahh memories.
  10. FYI, I was also a member of the GPA. KM and April were by far my favorite members at the time.
  11. I haven't thought much about GOONS since 2007 or 2008. They seemed nice. (Fun fact: NoV nearly joined the UjP.)
  12. I have belonged to three of those alliances and led one of them. You are most welcome. I really did try. Since there's really no other place to put this, a brief commentary on unintended consequences. Some will remember the great debate about the GRL, its removal, and associated environmental effects. The intent was to create a situation wherein the use of nukes would have devastating effects for all nations, perhaps serving as a kind of brake on their use. Of course, this never happened. Instead, my new nation (my umpteenth, I believe) is at 4,100 infra, has a full suite of happiness inducing improvements, two Wonders, and a population that is indifferent and an environment that is catastrophic. As a result, I am barely able to pay my bills each day. I don't particularly care, mind you. I'm not here to 'grow my nation' or engage in any of the kind of idiotic flexing I see from time to time. I sell tech and send PMs to friends. But if I were a new nation actually trying to make a go of it, I'd be frustrated as hell and would have quit long ago. The hill that one must climb to build a nation is far steeper than it was just a few years ago, and the rewards (?) are few to non-existent.
  13. In the history of CN, this has happened many times. Speaking to an example I got to see up close.... With the extermination of NoV, we learned that it's OK to attack players in-game over what they do outside the game, up to posting pictures, identifying them by name, saying where they live, etc. We also learned that, contrary to the CN ToS, personal property can be held hostage as happened to the owner of NoV's forum, who was told by Slayer (whose fondness, incidentally, for young people led to the end of his policing career) to delete it or be responsible for the destruction of dozens of nations. That was a decade ago, and nothing ever improved here. The rules do not apply to a select group, and they never have. I mentioned the cheating ring FAN uncovered earlier. Nothing was ever done about that, either. It couldn't possibly have been because a certain player who was up to his neck in cheating was also a Mod at the time. Nah....that would make too much sense. Honestly, why would anyone want to save the garbage pile otherwise known as CN? Let it burn.
  14. 53 here. None of us is getting any younger With respect to my late 20's comment, I was thinking specifically of the kid who founded Nueva Vida when he was 13 or 14. The typical CNer circa 2006, however, was about a decade older,I think.
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