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A Tardy CCC Announcement


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The Christian Coalition of Countries is an old alliance. Old enough that we tend to be a little forgetful, even of little things like our 8th birthday. Which definitely happened, 2 days ago now. On April the 27th of 2006, Curtis Martin first published the charter of the CCC to the world, and our recorded history began. Much has happened since then, including a period of intense neutrality, a period of soft neutrality, and 8 global wars consisting of no neutrality at all, fortunately.

 

Looking back, its a wonder we have survived at all. After all, our founders left no clear path for the CCC besides "be Christian and have fun", and even today we discuss what kind of alliance they really meant for us to be. But one thing is certain of their intent: we are here to enjoy ourselves. We are not meant to be a stuffy ecclesiastical body, or an arcane grouping of elitist moralists. We are a group of goof balls who enjoy our SPAM and our doughnuts and our self-proclaimed shadow gov with fancy titles, just as much as the next alliance over. The CCC goes to great lengths to ensure that nobody takes themselves too seriously, because we aren't here for cutthroat politics, back room deals, or power grabbing.

 

Of course, we are a Christian alliance, and much discussion has occurred over what exactly that means. Are we to proselytize to the masses? Perhaps we should send out chain letters with Bible verses? We could take our Bibles and shove them in your faces, if you would like. No? Alright, if you say so. No, we are not here to convert you Planet Bob, though it would please us to no end if we did. We are here to offer companionship to fellow Christians, and intelligent, or nor so intelligent, conversation to those who seek it. We support those who are hurting, pray for those who need it, and encourage people in their struggles, regardless of their creed or lack thereof.

 

It is very easy to notice, when interacting with the CCC, our distinct lack of malice. We don't hate anyone. We don't have the time or inclination. If you don't like us, fine. If you do, all the better. Our wars are those that defend our allies, and our "enemies" are those of circumstance. We would like to get to know everyone, and we wish ill on no one. Perhaps this, then, is how our religion is best expressed. For the greatest commandment is to love God, but the next greatest is to love your neighbor. And you, Planet Bob, are our neighbor. An odd one, yes, I think we can all agree, but a neighbor all the same.

 

With all this is mind, perhaps it is not so surprising that we have lasted as long as we have. Sure, we have never been the most competent alliance out there, but we don't lack, no pun intended, spirit. And it is this spirit that has made the CCC the great place it is today. A place of peace, of camaraderie, of grace, and, most importantly, of doughnuts.

 

So a happy 8th birthday to us, and here's to another eight while we are at it. Grace be upon you.

 

 

P.S. New Gov:

 

Chancellor - Britishdude

Vice Chancellor - Llanowar Elf

Minister of Internal Affairs- Les Paul Supreme

Minister of Defense - Wrath of God

Minister of Foreign Affairs - Ruler the White

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Since you bring in your religious beliefs I feel it's okay to say this.  I'll ignore the blurring of the IC/OOC line, although no one said it's wrong to IC your OOC beliefs.  In fact it's probably quite normal.

 

That being said, lol, I find it horribly hypocritical that your alliance exists in this game considering the ideals that Jesus stood for:  peace, non-violence, love of your enemies to such a degree it was unprecedented, doing good to those who treat you poorly.  Giving of your possessions to them even.

 

So how is it that you've entered the last two wars via optional aggression.  That you enter wars at all to be quiet honest, is quite interesting to me.  Wouldn't be a problem if you didn't try to use OOC beliefs in an IC context which denies the core principle of that same OOC belief.  I suppose you could argue a self-defense or defense of an ally (which I also don't think Jesus would exempt from this radical peace principals), but chained oAs kind of negate this in any case and are the clearest example of hypocrisy.

 

Just something that's always bothered me in an OOC way.  I've always wondered how you got hooked in with NpO considering how many times they've been the oppressors in this world, the "Romans" so to speak, lol.  It's one thing to dine with them, but quite another to participate in their oppression.

 

Also I'm not a Christian hater, quite the opposite, just don't like the idea that some people want to be a "Christian nation" or "Christian alliance" but not really apply the some of the core principals to their nation or alliance when it's inconvenient to do so.  I'm guessing you have this discussion every now and again internally, although most of your members probably share the same OOC disregard for the non-violent teachings of Jesus as they do in CCC/IC.

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Since you bring in your religious beliefs I feel it's okay to say this.  I'll ignore the blurring of the IC/OOC line, although no one said it's wrong to IC your OOC beliefs.  In fact it's probably quite normal.

 

That being said, lol, I find it horribly hypocritical that your alliance exists in this game considering the ideals that Jesus stood for:  peace, non-violence, love of your enemies to such a degree it was unprecedented, doing good to those who treat you poorly.  Giving of your possessions to them even.

 

So how is it that you've entered the last two wars via optional aggression.  That you enter wars at all to be quiet honest, is quite interesting to me.  Wouldn't be a problem if you didn't try to use OOC beliefs in an IC context which denies the core principle of that same OOC belief.  I suppose you could argue a self-defense or defense of an ally (which I also don't think Jesus would exempt from this radical peace principals), but chained oAs kind of negate this in any case and are the clearest example of hypocrisy.

 

Just something that's always bothered me in an OOC way.  I've always wondered how you got hooked in with NpO considering how many times they've been the oppressors in this world, the "Romans" so to speak, lol.  It's one thing to dine with them, but quite another to participate in their oppression.

 

Also I'm not a Christian hater, quite the opposite, just don't like the idea that some people want to be a "Christian nation" or "Christian alliance" but not really apply the some of the core principals to their nation or alliance when it's inconvenient to do so.  I'm guessing you have this discussion every now and again internally, although most of your members probably share the same OOC disregard for the non-violent teachings of Jesus as they do in CCC/IC.

 

You raise some excellent points, Mr. Buscemi, and to understand the answer we have to look at the history of the CCC. When we first began, the CCC was much as you imagine we should be: neutral, non-violent, and reactive in its defense, not proactive. About a year and a half into our existence, we were threatened by a much larger alliance with attack and destruction because of our faith. Needless to say, we were very worried, and it was then that we realized that holding controversial beliefs such as ours, and being neutral, go very poorly together. As long as we remained aloof from politics we would be a very inviting target indeed. This is what lead us to sign our first MDP with the Greenland Republic, and later, the New Polar Order.

 

So while we would be fine with being completely non-violent, we know that the nature of the Planet that we live on means that the world would not be fine with us. And so we engage in war, so that if and when we are attacked for our faith, or for any other reason, we have allies.

 

As for our oA clauses, they are a pretty recent development that caused much unease in the CCC. Their use is currently being justified with the fact that we would enter any war worth activating a treaty for eventually anyway, just on the enemies' terms. So, we use oA clauses to proactively defend our allies, on our terms. Of course, this sounds quite a bit like an excuse, and perhaps it is. The continued usage of oA clauses remains a matter of contention within the CCC, and their future remains in doubt.

 

OOC: Also, remember, we are not a church. We are more like a church sports team. We are here to have fun with our buddies, and sometimes war is apart of that. It is difficult to reconcile our love for everyone with our nuking of their nations, I grant you. But at the end of the day, it is just pixels, and we prioritize reaching and interacting with people over non-violence towards pixels.

 

I hope this answered some of your questions, and if you have any more feel free to PM me or stop by our forums.

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