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While most of the world spends their time reminiscing over our nostalgic and better pasts, the Global Alliance and Treaty Organization does the exact same thing, but better. In the last year, a lot (and not a lot) has happened with regard to GATO, especially since today is our big day, our 15th birthday! We can (almost) drive!

 

 

What has happened in the last year? Well, during the Snake Eyes War, we had 61 members. Today we also have 65 members -- at least when I wrote this. GATO has remained relatively stable while a lot of the world has floundered around and lost their members to the attrition of the heat death of Planet Bob. In an effort to continue our sustained poaching growth and as the current Assembly Chairperson, I have the honor of bestowing (honorary) memberships to foreigners that tower over the desolate wastes of our world:

 

First and foremost, I would like to honor happy5214 of The Legion. The Legion themselves have always been a strong and consistent ally to GATO, both in earlier parts of our history and again more recently. The Legion absolutely crushed it on the battlefield of The Snake Eyes War, and have maintained a strong economic and political presence in RFI. Recently, GATO lost the majority of our guides to a combination of poor management decisions in 2018 and the gradual degradation of our forums due to updates. We’ve been working hard to relearn a lot of aspects of the economics of the world (and even learn new ways). In our efforts, we’ve been assisted by the Lord of Hugs, but happy5214 takes the cake as the most frequent asset in our work on this project. His contributions have included even sharing his nation’s private data to be harvested by the abacus wielders of GATO. This contribution, along with his sharing of technology that he developed for The Legion, have gone well past the point of expectation that could be placed on that of an ally. As such, his personal commitment to the Global Alliance deserves recognition, and I am proud to present him the title of Honorary GATO Member, to join the ranks of those outside the alliance that we choose to highlight above all others.

 

The second award of honorary membership is pledged to be given to Lowsten, or James Spanier as he prefers to be called. James has been a huge help with manners of counsel that step outside of the purview of an ally. On a personal level, he and I have tag teamed, argued with, embarrassed and personally attacked each other on a host of problems that have arisen over the short years of Skyrim: Cybernations Edition. When asked for nominations from my own government with regard to who should earn honorary membership, Mr. Spanier stacked up several nominations. When pressed for justifications, no one could find the words. James is an intangible, an invisible hand on the scale that presses GATO toward being the best alliance that it can be – and he’s subtle about it. Even lacking specifics to pontificate on, it is easy enough for me to judge that Lowsten has rightfully earned GATO honorary membership. We thank him for his contributions to our alliance, a watchful eye that shepherds over my own alliance mates as if they were his. For that, may we not only call him an ally of GATO, but a friend as well.
 

The Global Alliance and Treaty Organization has seen its fair share of failures and triumphs over the years, but it has managed to persist and remain a constant presence in the international community. Many rulers across Planet Bob once found their home in GATO, and this post is also for you. Thank you for contributing to the legacy of the alliance I hold so dear to my heart. Whether you were on our side or not over the years, it is truly a historic moment for us all as the oldest alliance celebrates its fifteenth year.

 

Please join us for celebratory drinks here: https://discord.gg/CMsUDQc

 

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I'm honored by the honorary membership from my friends in GATO. If I had been given some forewarning that this post was coming I might have even prepared a statement!

 

Happy anniversary GATO! To fifteen more years!

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On June 14th, 2017, after restoring my nation into Sparta, an alliance I fled to after the dissolution of MI6, I made a fateful decision. I decided to apply to GATO. I knew some of the people who called GATO home, but most I did not know. I didn't expect GATO to greet me with open arms, given my past track record, and yet she did. When I joined I had not intended to be incredibly active, instead wanting to find a home in one of the few good communities left in the game. As fate would have it, that is not the path I travelled. During the first few months I spent in GATO, elections were held, and I decided to run for a seat on GATO's High Court. That is an election I won. After my tenure on the court, I decided to take a stab at running for Assembly Chairman. I would not win that election, nor the following one, but I was afforded a place in GATO government. I persisted, and would eventually be elected to the position of Assembly Chairman for multiple different terms.

 

Throughout all this, I can't help but feel an immense sense of gratitude towards GATO. Her halls welcomed me and nurtured me, and I have met many incredible people throughout my time in the alliance.

 

"Strength in unity - Honour in Justice"

 

o7 GATO

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It's crazy to think that the oldest alliances are starting to turn 15 this year. Some of us weren't that old when we started playing back then.

 

Congrats GATO, and cheers to making it another 15 years!

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Congrats on hitting the big 1-5, GATO! (I say as if others have done it before xD)

And well done fending off the heat death. It was touch and go there for a bit but you fought through it and are one of the few flourishing alliances now. Well done indeed. :)

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I see that I wasn't given honorary membership. This only slightly hurts my feelings. I understand though. I didn't pay the bribe.

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Surviving 15 years is quite a feat but doing it and remaining consistent across eras and through that many changes of government and membership is... terrific great.

 

Congratulations, old cat.

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Congratulations my old friends. GATO was my first home, I spent something like 7 years in your hallowed halls and will always consider myself a GATOan. I’m glad to see you’re still around, and many of my friends still exist on this planet.

 

I wish you all the best. 

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On 1/12/2021 at 7:23 PM, lilweirdward said:

It's crazy to think that the oldest alliances are starting to turn 15 this year. Some of us weren't that old when we started playing back then.

 

Congrats GATO, and cheers to making it another 15 years!

 

Not that old?

 

Shoot I only had 1 kid when Ellisonia was founded......I now have 4. lol

I feel like I've helped raise a couple of you during my time in CN. 😛

 

GATO is the only alliance I've ever been a member of in CN and have made many friends over the years. Congrats GATO on this historic birthday from the original GATOld Fart.

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