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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia National HQ -Nyman, DC (May POLLS SHOCKER!!!) on: June 30, 2015, 04:14:30 pm
Is everybody just pissed off at the cabinet, or what? 64% for Kalwejt in May? Nix at 64%?

If only someone had told them that GM is not a Cabinet office!
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 25, 2015, 08:27:40 am
I should clarify that I'm not clear on what exactly has happened in the Pacific, and I did not mean for my comment to indict anyone, Kal included. My point is that evidence of a crime needs to include evidence of action from the person accused, not just a report from the GM that could have been formulated without anyone else's involvement.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: --- Emergency Alert System --- Nationwide --- (Event Nullified) on: June 25, 2015, 06:16:46 am
I stand by my comments. The problem with Kal simulating a nuclear attack on Atlasia isn't that it's interesting and weird; it's that events like that (or alien invasions, or whatever twisted magical realism sh!t Sirnick was trying to pull last fall) are so out there that there's not much that anyone can do in response, aside from waiting for the GM's next update. The entire game becomes less accessible, less interactive, and more dependent on a single person.

I don't have a problem with weirdness when it originates from Atlasia's players. I object to weirdness imposed from above. I object to the GM railroading us into weirdness.

None of us are here to be marionettes, and the position has never had the authority that any of you who are arguing against me imply. The GM doesn't even have electoral legitimacy. His or her power to define events is limited by the public's view of what is reasonable, and when events stretch farther they are either ignored or rejected.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 25, 2015, 05:55:30 am
"The GM made me do it."

If that's actually true, of course you should be pardoned. No one should be convicted simply because the GM wrote that he or she did something naughty.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: An sad announcement on: June 24, 2015, 05:30:49 pm
*A* sad announcement.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: --- Emergency Alert System --- Nationwide --- (Event Nullified) on: June 24, 2015, 07:00:59 am
Kal was a good, and active GM-that's what we need in games like this. It's funny because the old point, releasing economic figures is completely ignored by people-I think I was the only person to mention the rioting in a native American city... we can't just expect the GM to be a lifeless turd.

Well Nix has already admitted (whether intentionally or not) that he wants to sabotage the role of GM because he doesn't believe it should exist, so we obviously shouldn't be listening to him on future matters when it comes to the role of GM. Furthermore, I'm not sure what sort of game he wants this to be when there can't be a "glorified interactive timeline"; without a GM doing storylines to simulate repercussions of policy/actions and without the GM issuing any cost estimates for policy - we assume he supports this because it is a policy he continued as GM - then I suppose the game will just consist of what he enjoys to do: affecting policy for the sake of being able to brag that you affected policy until you have the Wiki's longest page!

Also, while I haven't consulted with anyone in the administration on the matter since it unfolded, I can't imagine anyone likes to see a member of the cabinet start a resignation petition against another member of the cabinet.

Not really though.

The GM isn't a member of the Cabinet, and I asked Kal to resign. No one petitioned for it.

My wiki page is pretty long but it might be shorter than your posts in this thread. Even including all of the awesome pictures and tables that I've added over years! Tongue
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: --- Emergency Alert System --- Nationwide --- (Event Nullified) on: June 23, 2015, 09:30:48 pm
*wailing, lamentations, gnashing of teeth*

Like virtually everyone else, I stopped reading the GM's updates months ago and only noticed this episode because someone mentioned it elsewhere.

Moreover, I've openly supported abolishing the office for months. It rarely adds anything of value to the game except when procedural controversies crop up - like the one we're embroiled in now, for instance.

I've never wanted Atlasia to become a glorified interactive timeline and I doubt that many others would, either. That's why I cautioned against Sirnick's appointment last year, and I asked Kal to resign today for the same reason.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: --- Emergency Alert System --- Nationwide --- on: June 23, 2015, 06:05:24 pm
Yeah, Cynic did a great job with the position and his performance was met with near-universal acclaim. I'm not sure what a nuclear attack, assassination attempts, or repeated rebellions are supposed to achieve aside from demonstrating how bored you are. Stories like these are dramatic but not particularly interesting or engaging for other players. They're not even related to anything that the game's players have done. It's just chaos for the sake of chaos, and most Atlasians will ignore if just as they've ignored the last half dozen stories that have no connection to anything that real people have done.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: --- Emergency Alert System --- Nationwide --- on: June 23, 2015, 05:26:57 pm
I'm not sure how increasingly improbable invented events that few players even acknowledge improve the game.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: June 23, 2015, 05:10:56 pm
Is any Senator interested in re-introducing the game moderation abolition amendment that we contemplated a few months ago? I think it's clear that Cynic's efforts to rehabilitate the position have been entirely negated by his successor.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: --- Emergency Alert System --- Nationwide --- on: June 23, 2015, 05:06:40 pm
This is ridiculous. Please resign.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Solidarity with Simfan on: June 22, 2015, 02:37:43 pm
X Nix
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2015 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 19, 2015, 05:59:39 pm
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

[ 1 ] Bore of Rhode Island and AverroŽs Nix of South Carolina
Labor Party - The People's Party

[ 3 ] BaconBacon96 of Colorado and Bacon King of Nunavut
Independent - Labor Party

[  ] Dkrolga of Massachusetts and Altsomn Stmarken (JoMCaR) of Maine
Civic Renewal - Federalist Party

[ 2 ] Write-in: Flo of Puerto Rico and PiT of Louisiana
The People's Party - Federalist Party


[  ] None of the above


SOUTHERN SENATOR

[ 1] Hagrid of the Deep of South Carolina
Independent

[ 2 ] PiT (The Physicist) of Louisiana
Federalist Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you become more liberal or conservative over time? on: June 16, 2015, 12:33:41 pm
More idiosyncratic, if anything.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Battle of the Prequel Trilogies: The Hobbit or Star Wars on: June 16, 2015, 12:23:51 pm
Star Wars was worse (yes, even Revenge) but The Hobbit offended me more because I'm very attached to its source material and, despite my skepticism about the project, hadn't imagined that it could be as bad as it was.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon moves to implement per-mile fees for road usage instead of gas taxes on: June 16, 2015, 06:30:18 am
I've never understood the relative merits of a mileage tax, to be honest. That said, if the politics surrounding raising a mileage tax over time are friendlier - and they can't possibly be much worse - that alone might be enough to persuade me.
If electric vehicles ever take off as more than a niche, it may well be necessary to change how roads are funded.

May as well start planning for flying cars and jetpacks, too, in that case.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Dirt on Mario Rubio -- a "Scarlet Letter" law in 2001 on: June 15, 2015, 11:33:14 pm
Wait, so the idea was for newspapers to publish soft-core pornography describing real experiences as a public service? If the article isn't disingenuous, ow would that work?
18  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: June 15, 2015, 11:24:19 pm
I'm surprised that AD lasted as long as he did. One of the most well-deserved and overdue bannings ever.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon moves to implement per-mile fees for road usage instead of gas taxes on: June 15, 2015, 11:19:08 pm
I've never understood the relative merits of a mileage tax, to be honest. That said, if the politics surrounding raising a mileage tax over time are friendlier - and they can't possibly be much worse - that alone might be enough to persuade me.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 11:10:23 pm
What the hell did we just watch?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Recent University Grads- How is the job search going? on: June 15, 2015, 11:04:27 pm
I've been working at a job in my field since I finished grad school about a month ago. It's not in my subfield of interest, but the work is interesting and engaging (so far), so I'm satisfied with my choice.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, June 2015 - VOTING on: June 15, 2015, 06:25:05 pm
Simfan

Talleyrand

Abstain
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: America now FIFA's savior on: June 12, 2015, 07:20:57 pm
NOT EVEN DEATH WILL STOP THE AVALANCHE THAT IS COMING

24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite University Series: Eastern Upstate New York edition on: June 12, 2015, 07:18:34 pm
Hamilton.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When deciding a issue, is it based on the merits or party label? Answer revealed! on: June 10, 2015, 05:19:04 pm
Muon's first paragraph would work fairly well as a summary of the most recent academic research on the subject, whether you explain the process in terms of identity layoffs, the affect heuristic, mood affiliation, tribalism, or some other piece of theory that I'm forgetting.
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