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1  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: Today at 04:15:08 pm
Nice to watch a war from a distance this time Tongue
2  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: Today at 04:01:43 pm
To: The Police

You need to take serious measures to protect British and French citizens against attacks. It's understandable our people are angry and yearns revenge, but that is not a desirable course.

The people anger must be channeled in other, managable direction.

3  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: Today at 03:25:00 pm
The Ottoman Empire


Thanks a lot, Mehmed Said Pasha Tongue I need an active Grand Vizier, fully committed to my vision (GM, could I have some names?)


Works on the Railroad and to clean up Bosphorus are a very good news, but I realize we're facing more wider challenges.

To responsible Ministries:

-- How are our roads? What should be improved?

-- We need to futher industrialize our country. Suggestions? Specific areas?


Good work, soldiers. Continue offensive against the rebels.

We need to double our intelligence efforts of all agencies involved to identify the source of support for the rebels. I order that works commences to establish an unified, modern intelligence service. Geographically speaking, there are two close possibilities: Russia and the British Empire. Hopefully, we'll be wrong as we were with Persia.

Continue reaching to moderate Kurdish leaders. The Sultan wishes to move on and swears off  any kind of revenge for supporting the enemy during the war. He is serious about cultural and language autonomy, with possible reforms in future, but the Kurds must realize they won't be getting a better deal (given they were abandoned by the British when peace was signed), and unrests only delays peace.

Also, the Sultan wishes to work seriously with the loyal Kurdish leaders to build a strong, multinational state. But it can't happen before there is peace restored.

(More responses to follow)  
4  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: Today at 03:01:23 pm
(I will respond to specific issues later; awfully tired)

Honoring my obligations to the American ally, as well as to please the military, which hopes to regain some glory soon:

-- The Regiment dispatched to await transportation to the Carribean is to board.

-- If our transportation vessels are not sufficient, I hereby order drafting private boats fit to do the task.

-- The Regiment is to disembark in Cuba and await futher orders.

To: The United States

Honoring our obligations, we are sending a regiment of troops to the Carribean. We request a permission to disembark in Cuba.

To: United States Navy Task Force, Izmir

We request a small escort for our transportation vessels going to the Carribean.

Message to the Commander of the Regiment


You and your regiment has distinguished yourself during the recent war. That is why you were selected to join our allies in the Carribean.

More importantly, you have been given the honor of becoming a foundation for a new, elite force: The Ottoman Naval Infantry.

You are thereby transferred under the Navy. Colonel, you are temporarily promoted to Brigadier General and named Commanding Officer of the Ottoman Naval Infantry.

The Sultan is proud of you.
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1903 on: Today at 02:24:47 pm
Some formal stuff first:

To: The United Kingdom
From: The Ottoman Empire

Your Excellency,

I was very saddened by the passing of Lord Salisbury. Although we happened to face each other on the battlefields, he was truly a great statesman for which he had my deep respect. He was a brave leader, not afraid to reach a settlement to preserve the world peace, even against political pressure at home.

We are looking forward to continue our cooperation in achieving lasting peace and stability in the Middle East.

x Abdul Hamid II

To: The French Republic and the German Empire
From: The Ottoman Empire

Your Majesty; Your Excellency,

I am pleased that your joint efforts to resolve the difficult Alsace question were rightly recognized.

x Abdul Hamid II

To: The Austrian-Hungarian Empire
From: The Ottoman Empire

Your Majesty,

Please accept my congratulations upon assuming the throne. I hope our countries will soon restore good relations.

x Abdul Hamid II
6  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Oldiesfreak1854 vs Apollo Asteroids on: Today at 01:48:21 pm
Apollo Asteroids surely exhibit more intelligence, so them.

Also, Oldies' obsession over a cartoon character is creepy.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: Today at 01:47:13 pm
Oldiesfreak is being somewhat justified by being just a dumb kid, but it's really bad.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: Today at 12:22:17 pm
I don't want to get infracted so I'll just say it's utterly, utterly and once again utterly disgusting.

Also, implying rape is, or "should be", primarily about "impregnation"... what the hell, kid?
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: do you support any abortion restrictions? on: Today at 12:19:11 pm
Yes.  I am prolife and oppose abortion except to save the mother's life.  Allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest sends the message to men that they can use women however they want sexually without consequence.  It essentially is the ultimate objectification of women. 

How is making a woman have her rapist's baby a punishment for the rapist and not the woman?
It's not a punishment for either one.  It making sure that the rapist bears responsibility for impregnating the woman he raped.  If the woman can simply get an abortion, then it absolves the rapist for any responsibility toward abusing the woman and conceiving that child.  Since many rapes go unreported, it's quite possible that the rapist may not even face any legal responsibility for it.  If the rapist didn't want to impregnate the woman, then he shouldn't have raped the woman in the first place.  (He shouldn't have anyway, but that's beyond the scope of this discussion.)

Quite frankly this is one of the most genuinely loathsome things I've ever heard on here. Attaching the woman to her rapist for her entire life is more of a punishment to her than saddling the rapist with a child.


Also, implying the rape is (or "should be") about "impregnation" is easily one of the genuinely idiotic things I've ever heard on here.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Sharron Angle on: Today at 03:31:01 am
Major FF for allowing Reid to retain his seat
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of tender branson on: April 22, 2014, 04:48:26 pm


FF despite having girls tied up in his basement.

Once again, you are overdoing this.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: April 22, 2014, 03:52:19 pm
The point of this thread is....?
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Lesbian Sex Scenes on TV! on: April 22, 2014, 03:51:38 pm
The point of this thread is....?

Lol irony.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Most vulnerable Southern state for Republicans on: April 22, 2014, 03:44:30 pm
Virginia, obviously.

We'll consider Oklahoma a plains state, and Florida is no longer a Southern state.

Florida is still a semi-Southern state.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: was norm coleman an alright senator? on: April 22, 2014, 03:39:19 pm
we need more norm colemans and less ted cruzs in the gop

Being merely better than Ted Cruz (not a very hard thing) hardly makes Coleman "all right" Tongue
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of Poland on: April 22, 2014, 03:37:57 pm

Every time somebody posts "cannot into space" anywhere on the internet, somebody posts Hermaszewski in response Wink
17  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Incredible Unity Tickets on: April 22, 2014, 06:58:15 am
2 days.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama reportedly planning mass pardon of drug sentences on: April 22, 2014, 06:48:03 am
We'll see, but I strongly doubt we see any sort of mass pardon or commutation before the 4th of November.

As is tradition for 2nd term Presidential pardons.

It's more because Obama has proven quite loath to use his political capital on inessentials, and he's made it quite clear to date that he views his pardon power an inessential.  The sole good thing is that has taken pains so far to ensure that he doesn't use it as a get out of jail free card for friends and political donors.

Obama's narrow focus on "essentials" is the greatest dissapointment of his Presidency.
19  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 21, 2014, 09:56:34 am
Lumine is doing a superb job, creating interesting challenges and managing the game with a lot of active players.

The problem is somewhere else: players missing turns/quitting. Also, those active giving the GM a lot to do. Perhaps we can come up with something to make his job easier and things smoother?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hide behind the poll: have you ever taken a picture of your genitals? on: April 21, 2014, 09:14:10 am
I understand taking a picture of your genitals for sexting purposes. I totally don't get taking a picture of your genitals so you can look at them yourself.

But hey, your dick, your balls, your choice Tongue
21  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 21, 2014, 06:07:52 am
Is the signup still open?  If so, I'd like to take Spain or Portugal.

Sorry, not for now, I have a lot of trouble handling all the players as of now, xD

That said, both Cranberry and Jack are facing a very complicated internal situation, so those countries might be open in the next turns (and Jack failed to send his answers in the past turn, so he only has one turn to recover).

Actually I've decided to quit... It's starting to seem very dull right now. I might sign in as a different nation. Depending which one is open.

It's anything but dull, but I understand it's hard to play as A-H.
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 20, 2014, 10:19:08 am
I'm rather sceptical toward having too many players, given how active current participants are (and how much stuff to handle the GM already has).
23  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to make BRTD a moderator on: April 20, 2014, 02:52:08 am
Another day, another waste of keyboard by The Obamanation.
24  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 20, 2014, 02:39:57 am
While the Sultan cannot make official comments regarding partisan policy in foreign countries, he welcomed the Republican victory with satisfaction and congratulates President McKinley via unofficial channels.

The Sultan is also worries about political crisis in Germany, but restrains himself to sent a standard congratulatory cable to the Chancellor.
25  General Discussion / History / Presidents under arrest on: April 19, 2014, 04:45:33 pm
I've just found out the two U.S. Presidents were arrested while in office.

Franklin Pierce was arrested in Washington for running his horse over an elderly woman. The constable didn't know who he was and released Pierce after he identified himself. Charges were later dropped due to "insufficient evidence".

Ulysses S. Grant was also arrested in Washington, for speeding his horse (apparently it wasn't an isolated accident and the D.C. police complained about Grant's fondness to race down the city's streets). The police confiscated his horse and buggy, fined with $20 and released from the station.

Good ole times, you might say.
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