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On July 19th, 2006, the nation of Chimaera and my beloved Imperial Assault Alliance were born. We were founded on principles that seemed, at the time, remarkably [i]ordinary[/i] to us - a coalition of individual states brought together under a single banner with the premise that genuine interpersonal dignity and honor was the way to create a long-lasting, powerful community. Since then, we have been engaged in five world wars, have disbanded and reformed, and have become close allies with some of the finest groups of nations in this galaxy. The corridors of the ISD [i]Chimaera[/i] have seen some of CN's most beloved and influential leaders arrive and depart, each individual imparting a piece of their essence into our Empire. All through that, through bickering, treachery, love, and happiness, I have remained steadfast in my belief that it is those principles we were founded upon, not the alliance itself, that is special.

For the first few years of my existence as a leader upon our Planet Bob, the political realm was dominated by one force, and one force only - the New Pacific Order. Ruling with a harsh iron fist and the constant determination to come out on top of any situation, they crushed numerous poorly-planned and poorly-executed insurrections (and might have massacred some hippies along the way). Despite my immense distaste for their methods, their leaders, and their utter ruthlessness, I was forced to admire them - they made no bones about their moral sanctity, no pretensions that they alone had some sort of ethical integrity which led to their actions. They simply did what they felt was necessary for the preservation of their political and military might. A purely Machiavellian state, we can say. For the record, I will add that I spent an immense amount of time working both openly and secretly towards their demise; I believed Planet Bob would be a better place with a different group of ideologues in power, a group of people I called my allies and compatriots in the fight for what was then seen as justice. We asked nothing more than NPO pay for their crimes. We wanted, in essence, Karma.

And, as history dictates, Karma was what we dished out - the utter annihilation of NPO and its closest sphere of influence; Pacifica and her allies were brought to heel, thrown to their knees before a vindicated world which had suffered Pacifica's yoke for far too long. I myself was finally free of a nine month long sentence of Eternal ZI from Pacifica; I am still proud to admit I was once called 'too dangerous to let live' by Pacifican leadership. We had what we came for: the old guard was dead, and a new world order could commence. A time of peace, prosperity, justice, and ethics was at hand - or so we were led to believe. Such fools we were.

You see, it is far more difficult to lead a group of alliances when you always take the actions that your moral code and ethical integrity deem correct - ethical actions are not politically expedient in much the same manner as negotiations are fruitless when one side holds all the bargaining chips. It can be inferred that NPO discovered this basic truth of governance when they first assumed power years ago - indeed, political expedience and relative value were, are, and always shall be the driving forces behind Pacifican foreign and domestic policy decisions. That is why they are seen as more ruthlessly efficient than nearly every other significant power; their very nature enables pure efficiency at the expense of any nagging ethical issues.

Dear reader, I realize that to this point I have sounded like I am praising the actions of Doomhouse in their most recent unnecessary attack upon Pacifica - it is certainly the politically expedient and correct decision, one that will cement their status as the dominant power upon Planet Bob for a great deal of time to come. Unfortunately, the ease with which this was accomplished and the utter disregard for the former desire for ethics and justice displayed by the 'side' in question makes such positive political points moot. It is my utmost belief that in abandoning the moral principles on which the original paradigm shift occurred, Doomhouse has become a far worse evil to this planet than Pacifica ever was. It is not a question of personal preference - I despise NPO and all that they have done, and I have no such personal qualms with MK, GOONS, and Umbrella; on the contrary, I greatly like quite a few of their members and leaders. That said, turning Pacifica into a glowing wasteland on the premise of 'You started wars for terrible reasons, so we should, too!' is simply unacceptable on every possible level.

We have become what we swore to destroy. Winning at all costs at the expense of the very moral strength which gave us the courage to continue a hopeless fight against impossible odds for three years is an act of unfathomable treason against the cause. Just because their [i]name[/i] is the New Pacific Order does not make them automatically an evil which must be scourged from existence - it is [i]actions[/i] that create such needs. Pacifica paid for their crimes - as a former EZI and the leader of an alliance they once disbanded, I can attest to that. I beg of you, my former brothers in arms, belay this madness! We must not give in to the same self-centric and dispassionate worldview that led Pacifica to so greatly wound so many of us. We once ended a great period of tyranny by standing shoulder-to-shoulder and declaring that never again shall we tolerate the destruction of innocents or the extortion of the unfortunate. We can do the same thing today by ending this war and setting aside old hatreds in favor of a new order where rationality and discourse reign supreme.

Such was our hope, so many years ago. Such can be our future. Such hope, my old friends, you have turned into naught but foolishness and hypocrisy.

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I am awaiting the endless and unintelligible <insert word from signature here> that will inevitably come to attack the wise words of a great leader.

EDIT: Damn people with your damn rules. <_<

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[quote name='Locke' timestamp='1296019235' post='2602051']
And this is why Chimaera is still one of the rulers around; pity your words will fall on deaf ears among those who need to hear them.
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It is not important that my words be heard, Locke. I am perfectly aware this post will change nothing. But posting it and making the argument for rationalism and morality was the right thing to do, regardless.

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[quote name='Commisar Gaunt' timestamp='1296019342' post='2602060']
oh my god... the blood of pacifica is on my hands... what have I done...
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And immediately the posts from those who don't understand what Chimaera just said begin.

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[quote name='Facade' timestamp='1296019781' post='2602079']
Actually I think that would be His Majesty, the Emperor to you. :awesome:
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Actually, Chimaera's not IAA Emperor :)

He's the Grand Vizier, Second in Command. Thus, 'Lord' would apply well enough :)

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[quote name='TimeMaster' timestamp='1296019856' post='2602082']
Actually, Chimaera's not IAA Emperor :)

He's the Grand Vizier, Second in Command. Thus, 'Lord' would apply well enough :)
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Once an Emperor, always an Emperor.

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I don't care about what happens to Pacifica. It's Pacifica. I would draw the line at permanent war, viceroys, or EZI of their leadership, but that's about it. I was overwhelmingly happy when I heard that Doomhouse and FAN had hit NPO. I think it's very fitting that FAN should be among the alliances NPO has to surrender to and I hope they make surrender terms painful.

That having said, after some thought, I had the slightest twinge of conscience when I realised that NPO had been through Karma, stayed in reps for months, only to get rolled again without any prospects for the future. But I'll live with myself. If any alliance deserves this, it's them.

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[quote name='Kalasin' timestamp='1296020965' post='2602164']
I don't care about what happens to Pacifica. It's Pacifica. I would draw the line at permanent war, viceroys, or EZI of their leadership, but that's about it. I was overwhelmingly happy when I heard that Doomhouse and FAN had hit NPO. I think it's very fitting that FAN should be among the alliances NPO has to surrender to and I hope they make surrender terms painful.

That having said, after some thought, I had the slightest twinge of conscience when I realised that NPO had been through Karma, stayed in reps for months, only to get rolled again without any prospects for the future. But I'll live with myself. If any alliance deserves this, it's them.
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You know what I don't understand? Your personal contempt for Pacifica. You know Chimaeara and I were on EZI from them and we don't hold the same grudge towards them that you do considering you were never EZI'd by them. If the world thought like you did, MCXA would have you on EZI right now yet they don't. Of all the people who have a right to be angry towards Pacifica you little lady shouldn't be one of them. Not even close.

Good read Chimaera, and don't think what you've said has fallen on deaf ears. I always believed CN will never fight for what it believes for the risk of being destroyed, I'm now being proven how wrong this truly is.

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[quote name='Chimaera' timestamp='1296018851' post='2602023']
On July 19th, 2006, the nation of Chimaera and my beloved Imperial Assault Alliance were born. We were founded on principles that seemed, at the time, remarkably [i]ordinary[/i] to us - a coalition of individual states brought together under a single banner with the premise that genuine interpersonal dignity and honor was the way to create a long-lasting, powerful community. Since then, we have been engaged in five world wars, have disbanded and reformed, and have become close allies with some of the finest groups of nations in this galaxy. The corridors of the ISD [i]Chimaera[/i] have seen some of CN's most beloved and influential leaders arrive and depart, each individual imparting a piece of their essence into our Empire. All through that, through bickering, treachery, love, and happiness, I have remained steadfast in my belief that it is those principles we were founded upon, not the alliance itself, that is special.

For the first few years of my existence as a leader upon our Planet Bob, the political realm was dominated by one force, and one force only - the New Pacific Order. Ruling with a harsh iron fist and the constant determination to come out on top of any situation, they crushed numerous poorly-planned and poorly-executed insurrections (and might have massacred some hippies along the way). Despite my immense distaste for their methods, their leaders, and their utter ruthlessness, I was forced to admire them - they made no bones about their moral sanctity, no pretensions that they alone had some sort of ethical integrity which led to their actions. They simply did what they felt was necessary for the preservation of their political and military might. A purely Machiavellian state, we can say. For the record, I will add that I spent an immense amount of time working both openly and secretly towards their demise; I believed Planet Bob would be a better place with a different group of ideologues in power, a group of people I called my allies and compatriots in the fight for what was then seen as justice. We asked nothing more than NPO pay for their crimes. We wanted, in essence, Karma.

And, as history dictates, Karma was what we dished out - the utter annihilation of NPO and its closest sphere of influence; Pacifica and her allies were brought to heel, thrown to their knees before a vindicated world which had suffered Pacifica's yoke for far too long. I myself was finally free of a nine month long sentence of Eternal ZI from Pacifica; I am still proud to admit I was once called 'too dangerous to let live' by Pacifican leadership. We had what we came for: the old guard was dead, and a new world order could commence. A time of peace, prosperity, justice, and ethics was at hand - or so we were led to believe. Such fools we were.

You see, it is far more difficult to lead a group of alliances when you always take the actions that your moral code and ethical integrity deem correct - ethical actions are not politically expedient in much the same manner as negotiations are fruitless when one side holds all the bargaining chips. It can be inferred that NPO discovered this basic truth of governance when they first assumed power years ago - indeed, political expedience and relative value were, are, and always shall be the driving forces behind Pacifican foreign and domestic policy decisions. That is why they are seen as more ruthlessly efficient than nearly every other significant power; their very nature enables pure efficiency at the expense of any nagging ethical issues.

Dear reader, I realize that to this point I have sounded like I am praising the actions of Doomhouse in their most recent unnecessary attack upon Pacifica - it is certainly the politically expedient and correct decision, one that will cement their status as the dominant power upon Planet Bob for a great deal of time to come. Unfortunately, the ease with which this was accomplished and the utter disregard for the former desire for ethics and justice displayed by the 'side' in question makes such positive political points moot. It is my utmost belief that in abandoning the moral principles on which the original paradigm shift occurred, Doomhouse has become a far worse evil to this planet than Pacifica ever was. It is not a question of personal preference - I despise NPO and all that they have done, and I have no such personal qualms with MK, GOONS, and Umbrella; on the contrary, I greatly like quite a few of their members and leaders. That said, turning Pacifica into a glowing wasteland on the premise of 'You started wars for terrible reasons, so we should, too!' is simply unacceptable on every possible level.

We have become what we swore to destroy. Winning at all costs at the expense of the very moral strength which gave us the courage to continue a hopeless fight against impossible odds for three years is an act of unfathomable treason against the cause. Just because their [i]name[/i] is the New Pacific Order does not make them automatically an evil which must be scourged from existence - it is [i]actions[/i] that create such needs. Pacifica paid for their crimes - as a former EZI and the leader of an alliance they once disbanded, I can attest to that. I beg of you, my former brothers in arms, belay this madness! We must not give in to the same self-centric and dispassionate worldview that led Pacifica to so greatly wound so many of us. We once ended a great period of tyranny by standing shoulder-to-shoulder and declaring that never again shall we tolerate the destruction of innocents or the extortion of the unfortunate. We can do the same thing today by ending this war and setting aside old hatreds in favor of a new order where rationality and discourse reign supreme.

Such was our hope, so many years ago. Such can be our future. Such hope, my old friends, you have turned into naught but foolishness and hypocrisy.
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This is the sort of moralist daydreaming that is throttling this planet. You plead and plead that we should end this war so that 'rationality and discourse reign supreme' so I ask of you; Where have you been for the past year?

Since the closure of the Bi-Polar war we have had nothing more than 'rationality' and discourse. Every potential conflict drew to a close far too soon because "cooler heads prevailed" A perfect example would be the Superfriends-NSO war in August, which drew to a close because the allies of the New Sith Order did not defend them because they were not ready for a large scale conflict, so once again 'cooler heads prevailed' in the name of 'rationality'

We have seen the amount of world leaders decline at an alarming rate, many of these people leaving simply because there is nothing for them to do, they cannot engage in any wars, or anything vaguely aggressive for fear of being judged by the community for being "immoral" As apparently it is the business of just about everybody and anybody when someone does something a little questionable. Everyone comes out in full force to denounce this immoral scumbag for going against their pre-defined way of how to be a good leader. All this man had was some ambition, and you destroyed it with your ethics and your moral codes.

Of course it is not just our unwritten moral code that chokes us, it is our warped sense of diplomacy too. For years now, each alliance has made a point to further its relations with other alliances in the form of Mutual/optional defense/aggression pacts. We have so many of these worthless treaties that nothing can possibly escalate without fear of it evolving into a global conflict long before people have set up the chess board for another round. We are also now at a point where there are so many treaties, many are being ignored in favour of other allies and many people are being forced to fight on both sides of the war because of their obligations, and should they choose to pick one side over the other they will be denounced and their own treaties will be e-lawyered by the baying mobs of the "honourable" community. How is this productive? How is this good for the community?

All of these points considered, you would still have us return to the world where tech raiding was the biggest problem facing the community, and where micro alliances with their protectorates sprouted up daily while the total nation count continued to drop?

You will kill this planet with your dreamy idealist ways.

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This is the sort of moralist daydreaming that is throttling this planet. You plead and plead that we should end this war so that 'rationality and discourse reign supreme' so I ask of you; Where have you been for the past year?

Since the closure of the Bi-Polar war we have had nothing more than 'rationality' and discourse. Every potential conflict drew to a close far too soon because "cooler heads prevailed" A perfect example would be the Superfriends-NSO war in August, which drew to a close because the allies of the New Sith Order did not defend them because they were not ready for a large scale conflict, so once again 'cooler heads prevailed' in the name of 'rationality'

We have seen the amount of world leaders decline at an alarming rate, many of these people leaving simply because there is nothing for them to do, they cannot engage in any wars, or anything vaguely aggressive for fear of being judged by the community for being "immoral" As apparently it is the business of just about everybody and anybody when someone does something a little questionable. Everyone comes out in full force to denounce this immoral scumbag for going against their pre-defined way of how to be a good leader. All this man had was some ambition, and you destroyed it with your ethics and your moral codes.

Of course it is not just our unwritten moral code that chokes us, it is our warped sense of diplomacy too. For years now, each alliance has made a point to further its relations with other alliances in the form of Mutual/optional defense/aggression pacts. We have so many of these worthless treaties that nothing can possibly escalate without fear of it evolving into a global conflict long before people have set up the chess board for another round. We are also now at a point where there are so many treaties, many are being ignored in favour of other allies and many people are being forced to fight on both sides of the war because of their obligations, and should they choose to pick one side over the other they will be denounced and their own treaties will be e-lawyered by the baying mobs of the "honourable" community. How is this productive? How is this good for the community?

All of these points considered, you would still have us return to the world where tech raiding was the biggest problem facing the community, and where micro alliances with their protectorates sprouted up daily while the total nation count continued to drop?

You will kill this planet with your dreamy idealist ways.
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I am not against the institution of war - I am against the premise of unjust and pointless wars. War is a critical factor in the maintenance of this community and planet and should happen at regular intervals. But it should not happen at the whim of those who feel like killing something because of three year old actions.

Hell, I would personally rather there not BE any inter-alliance treaties and force each alliance to make their own way in the world rather than gliding on the coattails of others. Alas, that is impossible.

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[quote name='The MVP' timestamp='1296021812' post='2602218']
If the world thought like you did, MCXA would have you on EZI right now yet they don't. [/quote]

I said that I would not support EZI for NPO's leadership. A very long time ago, I signed one of those anti-EZI petition things, where I swore not to support EZI on any nation. I don't want that for NPO, even now. Maybe that's ~moralist~ but really I don't give a !@#$.

Thing is, most people got their revenge for past wrongs in Karma. I enjoyed Karma but it wasn't personal, because I had never been personally wronged by NPO. I have never had revenge for what happened in late 2009.

Regardless, both MCXA and TSO tried to EZI me last year and the year before that.

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That having said, after some thought, I had the slightest twinge of conscience when I realised that NPO had been through Karma, stayed in reps for months, only to get rolled again without any prospects for the future. But I'll live with myself. If any alliance deserves this, it's them.
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You know this is what I thought at first too. Then I realized that I've been kicked to a side I don't want to fight with and being sent ZI in this current war simply so the few alliances that I supported without fail have decided it's probably best to sacrifice me and my friends to get what they want. Yea, no thanks not doing that again. I see how loyalty goes to a select few and I'll be damned if I show any sense of loyalty to them again.

It's all cool when you're getting the people that deserve to be hit. When you start hurting innocents just so you can a single alliance that might be guilty......yea $%&@ that.

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