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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: Today at 07:19:23 pm
Though it certainly implies a certain mindset..
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: Today at 06:58:33 pm
Ugh. We should not being encouraging people to be more emotionally open. Just no.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: September 2014 Elections (Althing/Archduke) on: Today at 05:06:41 pm
Ballot for Midwest Archduke:
[ 1 ] Cris (Federalist Party-CO)
[ 2 ] Write In: GAWorth

Ballot for Most Serene Representatives:
[ 1 ] Gass3268 (Labor Party-IA)
[ 2 ] GAworth (P.E.A.C.E. Party-SD)
[ 3 ] RR1997 (Federalist Party-IA)
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: Today at 05:03:25 pm
Does this mean I'm being cheated on??

God no. Tongue

No need to act so offended by the idea. Jeez. Tongue

Duke, there will always be a place for you in my hear no matter where I am~

Your campaign slogan evokes visions of huddled masses facing some near-unbeatable foe. Are these the people you hope to defend and represent as President, or is this the vision you have for our country?

My belief is that no foe is unbeatable, no problem unsolvable, if we all stick together and earnestly work together rather than bicker and potentially tear ourselves apart. We are stronger when we all act as one, and we are all united by a common desire to have fun here in Atlasia. This goes for my party, as well as Atlasia at large.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October Presidential Race - North Star Polls on: Today at 04:59:20 pm
It is an ironic situation.

Someone regularly slandered as a "fascist" by his political rivals is going to be running in a Presidential election against an opponent who actually does support the actual, real world far-right (for edgy realpolitik reasons or otherwise) and who will be endorsed by the dominant center-left party.

Well, at least I know what one of the silly narratives will be!
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: Today at 07:39:48 am
On behalf of our ticket, we look forward to an engaging and constructive race. Best of luck!

As do we. We're here to have fun, afterall, so right back at you. Smiley
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: Today at 03:35:41 am
I am a candidate for President of Atlasia in the October 2014 Presidential election.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: Today at 03:31:24 am
Marokai Blue/Antonio V in October '14.

Throughout my time in Atlasia, I have had the great privilege of working alongside amazing individuals. Some who are no longer here with us, and many who thankfully still are. I have seen parties come and go, villains rise and fall, regions go active and inactive, and always dealt with the petty squabble of the month.

Many things change, and many things stay the same.

I am here to announce my candidacy for President of Atlasia. I do so out of love for this community and this game. For support of economic security, solidarity, and progressive causes. For support of healthy game reform. And, perhaps most importantly, to advance the ideals of open-mindedness and cooperation in support of common goals.

To everyone outside of my party, I say this: I want to be a President that serves you, the people, first and foremost. I want to be a President that puts the spotlight on the work, and on the issues, rather than myself or my party label. For those of you who know me, you know that I speak my mind, and that I will always endeavor to do what is right, regardless of political consequences.

I am who I am; a left-winger. But I have had a unique experience: Working with Atlasia's right-wing in the past made me realize that there are many, many things more important than political considerations. Those are always shortsighted! In times where the political environment has been grim, I have devoted a downright unhealthy amount of time and energy to making it more varied, and more interesting.

My PM box is always open, I welcome talking to anyone who has ideas, or just general thoughts to share; my friendships with those all over the spectrum prove this. I want what works best, and what keeps things lighthearted and fun. As President this will always be my top priority.

To my Labor brothers and sisters: What's really worth bickering about so much! So much boils underneath the surface, and for what? When did we stop being able to communicate with each other, to share concerns and compete with ideas? These are the things that made us so prominent, and such a force to be reckoned with. Our ideas have always guided us, our substance and work ethic.

Refocus ourselves on what matters. Do that, and the people will follow. I believe this strongly. A political system where dissent is squelched and frank conversation is pushed to the back-channels is no political system I want to be a part of, and it's because I know we can do better that I stand here today.

We will do better.

In my farewell last year, I said this:

Be here because you really want to be. Don't participate in Atlasia when your heart isn't in the right place. Don't let grudges get the best of you and make you forget what we're supposed to be here for; nerdy, honest to goodness, fun and relaxation.

Many people have let this game get the best of them. Good and bad people. Downwithdaleft went on several crazed, nearly psychotic breakdowns before he disappeared, because the game got the best of him. Bgwah and I developed a rivalry that I wish had never happened, and both of us, in our own way, let the game get the best of us. Hagrid is a good guy, and I worry that the game is getting the best of him, too. Many people I've trusted in the past have turned around later and lied to me. Many people have come and gone because the game broke them, but always try to keep perspective.

Duke and I have been exasperated, by things and people, over the last few months, but always keep someone with you to make sure you have perspective. During many of my freakouts, Duke kept me grounded, and so did others. Don't let your head get so inflated that it carries you away. We're all just nerds here to nerd out.

This is a game, so let's build a better game! Let's have a great campaign, share great ideas, and if I would be so lucky as to be elected by you all, I would do all within my power to make sure we all remember what we're truly here for.

Antonio V is a friend, and has a great history in Atlasia, and in this community. I trust him wholeheartedly to be a working partner with me, and I hope that you can too. Over this campaign, he and I will share our ideas with how to make Atlasia a better country, and a better game.

So let's get to work. Accost me with all the questions.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Why not abolishing the parties? on: September 22, 2014, 07:37:16 am
The extent to which political organizations can become powerful and potentially damaging is a bummer, but accepting for the sake of argument that getting rid of them is ideal, there's really no practical way for that to operate. As human beings we naturally congregate and would just form some other de-facto party system instead.

It's just on us to make sure we remember this is a game and to keep things relatively chill.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Laborinth on: September 21, 2014, 08:35:20 pm
The Era of Good Feeling seems so far away now!

Indeed. Sad
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: September 21, 2014, 06:31:10 pm

12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities... on: September 21, 2014, 06:28:15 pm
I don't even know who "Cuoco" is.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - VOTE OF CONFIDENCE on: September 19, 2014, 12:57:48 am
I feel like I skipped a half-dozen chapters of a book, or something. What exactly are some people so upset about? I genuinely don't get it. It seems like there are some people that have these nagging issues yet don't publicly elaborate on them and restrict them to more gossipy avenues.

How are issues to be worked out, it that's the case?
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Online-only BS in Diablo III on: September 18, 2014, 02:36:52 pm
At least the console versions of Diablo III don't have that requirement.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - VOTE OF CONFIDENCE on: September 18, 2014, 02:03:52 pm
Should the Labor Party of Atlasia continue to exist, or should it dissolve?

[X] Continuation
[  ] Dissolution
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Post Dissolution Elections: October 2012 on: September 15, 2014, 03:29:59 pm
I believe I voted for Napoleon, which, I of course regret. Still though, I'm not sure I would've voted for Snowstalker. Having Yankee in the executive would've been too difficult to pass up otherwise.

The thing, though, is that Napoleon honestly wasn't a terrible President prior to his second term. I realize the second term justifiably screwed up his reputation and he exited the office childishly by just straight-up abandoning the job for another, but prior to the beginning of his second term when he seemed to just stop caring, he was doing a totally acceptable job and was fairly active and engaged. He didn't win for just no reason whatsoever.

I actually never looked at that ballot. No wonder Nappy won in a blowout. Wasn't it one of the most lopsided in history here?

At the time, I believe it was.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Post Dissolution Elections: February 2013 on: September 15, 2014, 03:25:16 pm
I suppose I'll put myself out of the question for a hypothetical.

Cathcon's career prior to running was that of a regional assemblyman and failed Secretary of External Affairs. Spamage was one of the least active Senators ever. We also basically have him to thank for Wolfentoad.

Kalwejt was basically running only on a whim because there wasn't much competition, and his running mate was Wolfentoad.

Phil was basically running the same campaign he always does. Tmth seemed like he only joined the ticket as a lark.

Removing myself from the situation I suppose would've voted for Winfield/Simfan (I think I second preferenced them back then, too?); they were respectful, interested, and were genuinely trying. I appreciated their earnestness.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Friends on: September 15, 2014, 12:44:00 pm
Eh, Friends was fair for its day.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this Video as a Classroom Resource on: September 15, 2014, 12:30:16 pm
Comes on far too strong to be appropriate for a classroom, except, as Nix said, a prompt for debate.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 12:49:35 pm
I found this amusing because I'm childish.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum prediction thread on: September 14, 2014, 12:37:32 am
Yes, 52%
No, 48%

Turnout ~90%.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 13, 2014, 08:02:52 pm
If I were a Scottish voter, I would vote NO.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a young rich white liberal? on: September 11, 2014, 05:10:16 pm
Young, white, not rich, not a liberal
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tucker Carlson on: September 10, 2014, 06:47:57 am
Disingenuousness given human form. The soulmate of S.E. Cupp.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bicameralism Discussion Thread on: September 08, 2014, 11:05:20 am
I've yet to see any compelling argument in favor of bicameralism beyond general consternation at the present situation. There's very rarely any specific argument in favor of why it would be better than what we have now, and certainly none that have actually been convincing.
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