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GOONS were always aligned on the opposite side of the treaty web from my alliances (NpO & DT) throughout my CN career.  Never espoused any great love for the alliance, although I have had some memorable exchanges with her members and some of her high ranking government leaders. 

 

I hate to see this, GOONS has been a major player here and brought a lot to the social/political landscape of Planet Bob.  Cheers and best of luck to you all in your new homes, wherever that may be.

 

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It is unfortunate that this came to pass, but despite what our detractors may think, by my metrics, I have succeeded in what I set out to do, as has, in my estimation, GOONS.  This might seem foolhardy to some, after all, what coalitions did GOONS lead?  What lasting political initiatives did we spearhead?  What enemies did we punish?  All questions that more traditional alliances tie themselves in knots attempting to find and create the answers for.

 

But this was not our path, that was not our reason for existence.  My reason for continuing to lead GOONS was simple, it is the same that other goon organizations live by: to provide a place for goons who wish to play here to do so.  The reason that others stayed here, as best I could tell, was to troll the heck out of idiots within the confines of a structured system.  You, reading this, were likely never our target (unless you are Methrage, in which case, thank you for your service, we couldn't have done it without you).  Our targets were the very kinds of people who the mercy board was created for.

 

You'll note I said idiots, not idiot alliances.  Some may be surprised to learn that we never really considered any alliance as our enemy (despite what some government members' personal feelings were).  For us it was always a matter of individuals, ironic as that may sound from an extremely collectivist alliance like GOONS.  Individuals and the events surrounding them were the bread and butter of the alliance's raison d'être.  Each rogue, each new drama extended the lifespan of our alliance by weeks, in the case of some, months.  To say we fed on the attention given to us by our detractors and rogues is an understatement.

 

Having said all that, you can see why we came to the conclusion we did: the pool is drying fast.  We are all in a world drenched in the shadows of the past, clinging to what little new illumination of relevance and meaning we can find, reigning over our empires of ashes, praying for a final chapter, and yet unwilling to make the final move.

 

I will leave you with a message of warning, and a message of hope:

 

Even if you are not willing to admit the end times are near, something has to change.  If nothing changes, this world will die an ignoble death.  If you truly care for this world, and what we all accomplished here, you will not let it die a heat death, starved of activity.

 

I had a plan, I shared it with some of you.  I saw a way to change the world, to produce something wholly unique, something worth fighting against.  Something to give us all the reason that was escaping all of us.  But I was not strong enough, not dedicated enough to see it through.  Perhaps I will be able to return and revisit it someday, or those I shared it with may carry the torch, but that chance seems small.  The horrors of the plan may have been more than even the most ambitious could tolerate.

 

This is what the world needs, and I call on all the alliance leaders of the world to remember their roles as shapes of the world, not merely passengers.  Do something.  Anything.  We cannot count on those above us to save this world, even if a blinding of the great eyes that watch over us, or a universal forgiveness of past misdeeds would do wonders for this place.

 

As I said though, there is reason for hope yet, I am convinced that in the final hours of the world, many of us may find the meaning that has been missing for so long, even if it was not the meaning we expected.  Regardless, I intend to be there when it comes, with all the remaining troops I can muster.  With the right people in play, I know that the final act will be magnificent, and I call upon the leaders of the world to begin seriously planning for it, and more importantly what they want out of it, lest they lose their chances forever.

 

For the time being though, I am gone from this plane.  My time here has been a most welcome distraction, and my friendships with many of you have been meaningful.  I wish all of you the best, particularly those who fought in defense of GOONS.

 

I will leave with this simple quote, to sum up:

 

Do not go quietly into the night;

Dehumanize yourself and face to bloodshed.

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I find myself in agreement with most of the end of your wall of text Sard, but those in power are more interested in mere survival.


Surviving is not living. And it's boring hugging infra as tight to your chest as possible.

What satisfaction can you gain by visiting the world each day for a few moments to pay bills and make sure no one has attacked you while building a big pile of numbers that puts you out of reach of interacting with a majority of the planet?
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AAs need to quit playing this game so conservatively. AAs that go out of their way to have treaties on both sides so they pick the winning side. AAs that rather sign 3 more treaties than drop 1. How many alliances have someone to attack outside of 2 treaty chains these days? In other words, nut the fuck bitches and lets do this shit.

Bye GOONS

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AAs are institutions. They have a character of their own, and a will of their own, and they will not quit pursuing the goals that they were built to pursue. Those that attempt to change their course are the targets of internal security.

 

The only solution is at the individual level. Withdraw your sanction.

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It is unfortunate that this came to pass, but despite what our detractors may think, by my metrics, I have succeeded in what I set out to do, as has, in my estimation, GOONS.  This might seem foolhardy to some, after all, what coalitions did GOONS lead?  What lasting political initiatives did we spearhead?  What enemies did we punish?  All questions that more traditional alliances tie themselves in knots attempting to find and create the answers for.
 
But this was not our path, that was not our reason for existence.  My reason for continuing to lead GOONS was simple, it is the same that other goon organizations live by: to provide a place for goons who wish to play here to do so.  The reason that others stayed here, as best I could tell, was to troll the heck out of idiots within the confines of a structured system.  You, reading this, were likely never our target (unless you are Methrage, in which case, thank you for your service, we couldn't have done it without you).  Our targets were the very kinds of people who the mercy board was created for.
 
You'll note I said idiots, not idiot alliances.  Some may be surprised to learn that we never really considered any alliance as our enemy (despite what some government members' personal feelings were).  For us it was always a matter of individuals, ironic as that may sound from an extremely collectivist alliance like GOONS.  Individuals and the events surrounding them were the bread and butter of the alliance's raison d'être.  Each rogue, each new drama extended the lifespan of our alliance by weeks, in the case of some, months.  To say we fed on the attention given to us by our detractors and rogues is an understatement.
 
Having said all that, you can see why we came to the conclusion we did: the pool is drying fast.  We are all in a world drenched in the shadows of the past, clinging to what little new illumination of relevance and meaning we can find, reigning over our empires of ashes, praying for a final chapter, and yet unwilling to make the final move.
 
I will leave you with a message of warning, and a message of hope:
 
Even if you are not willing to admit the end times are near, something has to change.  If nothing changes, this world will die an ignoble death.  If you truly care for this world, and what we all accomplished here, you will not let it die a heat death, starved of activity.
 
I had a plan, I shared it with some of you.  I saw a way to change the world, to produce something wholly unique, something worth fighting against.  Something to give us all the reason that was escaping all of us.  But I was not strong enough, not dedicated enough to see it through.  Perhaps I will be able to return and revisit it someday, or those I shared it with may carry the torch, but that chance seems small.  The horrors of the plan may have been more than even the most ambitious could tolerate.
 
This is what the world needs, and I call on all the alliance leaders of the world to remember their roles as shapes of the world, not merely passengers.  Do something.  Anything.  We cannot count on those above us to save this world, even if a blinding of the great eyes that watch over us, or a universal forgiveness of past misdeeds would do wonders for this place.
 
As I said though, there is reason for hope yet, I am convinced that in the final hours of the world, many of us may find the meaning that has been missing for so long, even if it was not the meaning we expected.  Regardless, I intend to be there when it comes, with all the remaining troops I can muster.  With the right people in play, I know that the final act will be magnificent, and I call upon the leaders of the world to begin seriously planning for it, and more importantly what they want out of it, lest they lose their chances forever.
 
For the time being though, I am gone from this plane.  My time here has been a most welcome distraction, and my friendships with many of you have been meaningful.  I wish all of you the best, particularly those who fought in defense of GOONS.
 
I will leave with this simple quote, to sum up:
 
Do not go quietly into the night;
Dehumanize yourself and face to bloodshed.


This is one of the best written pieces of prose I have seen on these boards in many years. Bravo Sard.
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AAs need to quit playing this game so conservatively. AAs that go out of their way to have treaties on both sides so they pick the winning side. AAs that rather sign 3 more treaties than drop 1. How many alliances have someone to attack outside of 2 treaty chains these days? In other words, nut the $%&@ !@#$%*es and lets do this !@#$.

Bye GOONS

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hm, a major catalyst of current politics

you could do something about the political climate if your alliance was so inclined; or, you could vote with your feet if they don't listen.
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Alliance Affiliation: Doom Kingdom

hm, a major catalyst of current politics

you could do something about the political climate if your alliance was so inclined; or, you could vote with your feet if they don't listen.

 

The only thing DK/DBDC would have had to do to create an exciting political environment right now would be to not completely merge their sphere of influence with NPO's. And yet here we are.

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