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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Dr. Cynic - So I'm In Again on: Today at 10:22:13 pm
Hell yes and Hell no!
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Thread II on: Today at 10:06:48 pm
I'll nominate SWE for Speaker.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is the preceding atlasian more conservative or more liberal than your rep.? on: Today at 08:38:15 pm
Probably more liberal.
4  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: Today at 02:04:36 pm
France welcomes the news that all parties are willing to sit down together.

We endorse Sweden or Switzerland as a neutral nation to host the talks.
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: Today at 01:35:02 pm
To: The Russian Empire, The German Empire and The Japanese Empire :
From: The French Republic

France condemns the escalation of the War and calls upon the warring powers for a peace agreement. We feel this war was started unnecessarily and must be brought to a close. We ask the three powers to meet with a mediator nation.

--- Further Orders: All military on the Alsace-Lorraine Border are to remain at high alert, but do not engage without orders. All troops and vessels in the Pacific are to mobilize and remain on High Alert, but do not engage unless attacked.

France finds it unfortunate, but necessary that our military now be in a complete state of preparedness.
6  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: April 23, 2014, 03:35:50 pm
The French Republic: Early 1903

--- With regard to the Russo-Japanese War, French troops and vessels stationed in Polynesia and Indochina are to provide technical support and assistance to the Russians such as refueling stations for Russian ships. France will protect our own soil in the Pacific, though I do not wish to declare war on Japan at this time and will only do so if attacked, so all troops in the Pacific are instructed to remain on high alert.

--- I will provide assistance to the commanders in the garrisons at Tripoli, Benghazi and Tobruk of 2,000 troops each, mostly out of France, but some out of French Equatorial Africa. I will also send more weapons, including cannon and will instruct my commanders that a strict curfew for Libyans shall be enforced and anyone rising against France will be subject to imprisonment and will forfeit all of their assets. All others who have accepted French rule will be treated with dignity and respect.

--- My government points with pride to the rightful return of portions of Alsace-Lorraine and we begin assisting those living in the areas with the transition. I wish to accept the Nobel Peace Prize and offer my thanks for it.

--- I will personally meet with Santos Dumont to congratulate him on his historic flight as well as work to encourage and expand in the field of aircraft. My government wants to encourage and foster this new age of aereo-exploration.

To: The Ottoman Empire
From: The French Republic

Your Excellency, I wish to pass on my sincere thanks for your kind words. I also would ask that in the spirit of the great reformist policies, we ask that you please do more to protect foreign citizens in your nation from lynch mobs.

To: The United Kingdom
From: The French Republic

I was saddened to learn of the death of Lord Salisbury. The British people have the deepest sympathies of France as he was a great friend to us.

To: The Russian Empire, The Japanese Empire
From: The French Republic

Dear sirs, France wishes to see an end to the hostilities between your two empires. France does not want to become engaged in a Pacific War and we wish to find a way to bring your nations together at the table to discuss these issues.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Office of Dr. Cynic - So I'm In Again on: April 22, 2014, 11:45:55 pm
So, the doctor is in again, eh?

Back for another tour of duty in the NE.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: April 22, 2014, 11:44:32 pm
I, Dr. Cynic, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Northeast Representative and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia and the Northeast region, so help me Dave.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians for Single-Payer Health Insurance on: April 22, 2014, 02:26:15 pm
X Dr. Cynic
10  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: The Man of Steel: Watson Timeline Part II on: April 21, 2014, 09:20:33 pm

Robert P. Casey - Bob Casey, a social conservative and leader of the anti-Watson Democrats in Pennsylvania has long been desirous of the Governor's mansion. Laying the groundwork beginning in early 1988 for a run, Casey has been working very hard to overcome the Watson allies in the west with his own, significantly smaller Scranton network. Casey has strong appeal to conservative Irish Catholics outside of Pittsburgh due to his political views and also due to the fact that Watson is of English descent and not a Catholic. Though Casey has a much smaller political base in the state, he is the central figure running, unlike the Vice President who cannot be there to monitor every development. Casey will likely go into primary day as the favorite due to the sheer amount of attention he's paid to the race.

Robert W. Edgar - A liberal Methodist minister and Watsonite, Edgar is a U.S. Congressman who has represented a Republican-leaning district for the past 4 terms despite his strong left-wing rhetoric. Edgar does not have the same type of base advantages that Casey does, nor has he been able to campaign as early and openly. Edgar can count on the support of Watson's powerful machine, but apart from that, if Edgar cannot take advantage of such a powerful supporter, he could potentially be swamped.

Edward G. Rendell - A liberal from Philadelphia, though unaffiliated with Watson, Rendell has been Philly Mayor for the past 5 years and is looking to parley his successful "everyman" personality into a trip to Harrisburg. Rendell wants to break the grasp of both the Watson and Casey machines in favor of one of his own. His feelings on Casey are heavy dislike due to politics and personality differences, but his feelings on Watson are mingled jealousy of his Pittsburgh power base mixed in with his own ambitions. Rendell is desperate to avoid being lost in the shuffle.

11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 21, 2014, 02:55:24 pm
Dr. Cynic
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Compass: Question #9 on: April 21, 2014, 02:02:02 am
Disagree. Employment should always be the first priority, cause if no one has a job, what good will it do if prices are low?
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 20, 2014, 02:29:20 pm
The Little Caesar's in my area has improved dramatically and they actually make much better pizza than Domino's. Pizza Hut is a little out of the way for me since I don't drive and I haven't been there in ages.

Normally I get Napoli or Mineo's in Squirrel Hill
14  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 20, 2014, 12:25:10 pm
Can't wait to see where this will go! Take your time though, no rush.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Election, April 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 09:02:41 pm
1. Dr. Cynic
2. Napoleon
3. SWE
4. BaconBacon96
16  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 19, 2014, 03:00:25 pm
Yeah, I stopped doing anything to help Lumine catch up.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post a recent picture of your neighbourhood/city on: April 18, 2014, 11:02:54 pm

The above picture is when the duck was in town. The second picture is my neighborhood, Oakland.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official Stanley Cup Playoffs MEGATHREAD! on: April 18, 2014, 01:26:48 pm
I really want St. Louis to win their series.  I fear the Kings are toast and won't last long.

Afraid of being sniped this June?

Actually, no, I think the Blues are a very good team who hasn't sniffed the Cup in far too long.  I'd be thrilled to make it to the finals no matter who we would play.  Smiley

When and how bad does Fleury meltdown this year, Uncle Gramps?

At any time, and probably bad.   They trust him so much Vokoun is back on the regular roster.  I do think we'll get by Columbus.  We were 5-0 against them in the regular season.

If he does, it's curtains for Bylsma as head coach.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 18, 2014, 01:25:05 pm
PD. 5 Star Movement is tempting, but I'm not Eurosceptic.


Another East VS West battle, which unfortunately the East won.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William J. Brennan, Jr. on: April 18, 2014, 01:20:35 pm
My favorite Court Justice of all time.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you vote for your party presidential nominee if they had no college degree on: April 18, 2014, 01:19:59 pm
Yes, because a college degree, to me, really doesn't mean anything towards someone's ability. Truman didn't have one and was a good President.
22  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: The Man of Steel: Watson Timeline Part II on: April 18, 2014, 01:14:56 pm
January 1989

Watson could look back on inauguration day as one of the most enjoyable of his life to that point. All the focus and attention was on Dent and that was fine with him. Let Jeff use that southern charm of his and be the center of attention, he thought. Meanwhile, Watson simply could enjoy the laid back socialization that the anonymity of the VP affords. With Laura at his side, he chatted casually with David Owen who was on his second tour of duty as British Foreign Secretary at the post-inaugural party. Owen was the MP for the same seat Watson's maternal great-great grandfather had served in and like Watson, Owen had married a foreigner, but an American. Watson had maintained his interest in British politics, but the two mostly chatted about Plymouth and what it was like to marry a foreigner.

After that conversation broke up he and Laura sought out Senator Udall who mentioned feeling ill. Udall eventually left the party early complaining of exhaustion and asking the Watsons not to mention anything about it to anyone. Senator Biden was much more enthusiastic company. Watson and Biden were both rail enthusiasts and supporters of AMTRAK. Biden had managed to remember seeing the massive model railroad layout in the Watson home in Mt. Washington and asked if it had expanded at all since he was last a guest.

"Not really, Joe. It's been busy with the campaign. Once we get a chance to go back though and work on it, I'll bring you up."

"That'd be fan-f'in'-tastic, man."

That was Joe. Senator Simon, speaking seriously in his deep bass which came out from a body you wouldn't have expected it to. Simon was anxious to present his PAYGO bill before Congress, which would be a shift to the right from previous Democratic policy. Simon wanted to gauge whether or not the administration would back it when it came up for debate.

"Paul, this seems like a real shift away from our core values."

"But it's not, really. It gives us flexibility, especially with things like the Defense budget. If you get them believing there'll be cuts, they'll scream bloody murder, but they'll also start to be more efficient."

"Well, we do need to get that under control. There's really no department besides the DoD where the expenses are getting out of control, not even social security and we're in for trouble there if this bill goes through. Keep that in mind, Paul. I'll see what I can do with the President."

Watson's favorite companion of the evening proved to be the ever-profane Scott Westman who was contemplating a return to Montana soon to run for Governor in the next cycle which would be all the way in 1992.

"How can you want to leave Washington, Scott? Isn't it just the picture of real America here?" Watson jibed with a dripping not of sarcasm. "Who would want to be in Montana getting things accomplished when you can stay here and deal with gridlock and ass kissing and money grubbing?"

"I friggin' hate it here, man. Either way, I'm so done with Washington after this cycle. I won't miss your fat ass, that's for sure."

Watson let out a big laugh, "By 2001, I'm going to be home. From VP to POTUS and retired at 51."

"Well, it's a good thing you're being humble about everything..."

"Scott, I've got it figured that once it's all over, I'll be able to go home and be with the family. I mean, I get everything done quickly and I can live on a pension and do nothing."

"Ya lazy fat bastard. What if, Jeff gets knocked out in '96? What are you going to do between then and 2000 to keep yourself busy?"

"I'd be running for President, obviously," Watson laughed. Westman shook his head and knocked back a Dewar's and soda. "Come on, Scott, it's a party! Let's go see Jeff, or should I say POTUS now?"
23  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Westman, Part II: The Rising on: April 18, 2014, 12:11:16 pm
Loved it. Gotta say though, those kinds of attacks on his "father figure" Udall are the kinds of things that would cause Watson to lose his temper and he'd probably try to, I don't know, maybe get MacMahon ousted...

Food for thought Wink
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 18, 2014, 12:33:15 am


[ 1 ] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party

[ 2 ] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party

[ 4 ] a Person of Maine
The People's Party

[ 5 ] Goldwater (Republitarian) of Delaware
Federalist Party

[  ] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party

[ 3 ] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party

[  ] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you were in Congress, what would you do if... on: April 18, 2014, 12:30:56 am
Option 2 would be a boon for publicity and goodwill. If it got out that I skipped meeting a mother and child for some rich assholes, it'd kill my campaign.
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