Duncan King Posted May 22, 2010 Report Share Posted May 22, 2010 (edited) [center][i]"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." [/i] [IMG]http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff120/duncanking/Propaganda/fadingzenith.png[/IMG][/center] This proverb, originally by the philosopher Seneca and adapted by the band Semisonic into their song "Closing Time," means that times of adversity can lead to times of new opportunities. Over the last several months, Zenith was in one of these periods of adversity. Our members were falling into inactivity and deletion and our alliance's ability to conduct itself as an alliance was severely compromised. Many of us came to fear for our ability to function as an alliance. Almost a month ago ago, one of our members started a discussion on the topic of whether the alliance should consider other options like disbanding, merging, or annexing another alliance. During the course of the discussion, the prospect of merging with another alliance was the one that gained the most traction. We considered possible outcomes and the proposal of merging with our allies in The Foreign Division was the one that came out ahead. Zenith and The Foreign Division have been friends for a very long time and have a similar ethos and way of doing things. We believed that the culture and methods of Zenith would merge the best with the culture and methods of The Foreign Division. After talking to The Foreign Division, we were able to develop a merging proposal that would be acceptable to both parties. A vote was held in the Zenith Assembly and the vote passed. Five days ago, Zenith members began moving to their new homes. It, therefore, falls to me to announce that effective May 19, 2010, Zenith no longer exists as a sovereign alliance. The terms of our merger were as such: - TFD's forums, charter, and flag remain unchanged - Zenith's treaties are carried over at the level of an ODP provided the other treaty partner agrees. After 30 days, the treaties will receive a mandatory review and both parties will discuss either upgrading, keeping them at the same level, or canceling them all together - Zenith members are able to join as full members and have the 3 month probationary period before they can enter government waived - 3 of Zenith's government members receive Senate Advisor positions until TFD's next election in July 2010 - The Zenith AA remains under the protection of TFD for 30 days. I would like to thank all of you for making this world such a great place for Zenith. Whether you were a friend, an ally, or an enemy, you made our experience interesting and your support (and derision) kept us going far long than we should have. Unfortunately, things got to the point where we could not ignore the internal troubles in our alliance because our inactivity was affecting our ability to continue to function as an alliance and fulfill our commitments to our allies. We believed that not living up to our commitments to our allies was a fate worse than death and we wanted to prevent that fate from happening to us. What we decided to do had no way at all to do with anything anyone else said or did, it was because of our own internal issues. Nothing anyone not in Zenith could have said or done would have prevented this from happening. And so, it is time for Zenith to say good bye. To our friends, I would like to say thank you for being there for us. To our enemies, I would like to thank you for making our lives interesting. You stay sexy, Cyber Nations and we'll see you on the flip side. Edit: fixed obvious typo. Edited May 22, 2010 by Duncan King Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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