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76  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 11:10:42 pm
In that case I'll go back to Salt Lake and Deseret.
77  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Work in politics? on: December 25, 2016, 07:03:00 pm
I have been a judicial clerk and twice worked for the DC office of my Congressman.
78  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 02:46:59 pm
Also, I think it's more fun when we play just to play instead of focusing on the actual "objective." Indeed, the original rules never specify that that is the goal... But idk

Yeah, can you just get rid of the objective?

Sure. I'll still keep track though (why not). Might keep track of other things as well.

If you're keeping track it's still a goal...I'm just not sure what you're going for in this game anymore. Are we competing for something or what? I started by thinking we had to conquer everything, then you introduced the population rule, and now I just don't know.
79  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Will Trump be a better President than Obama? on: December 25, 2016, 01:31:10 pm
Obama did little/no harm which is far more than I expect out of Trump.
80  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 01:18:19 pm
Oh, forgot to say. The de facto goal is to get the most population Tongue

Ugh, changing the rules on us. I'll move to Cook County, IL if we have a set goal like that.
81  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 12:50:27 pm
How about Salt Lake County, Tan.
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: word association game on: December 14, 2016, 09:36:09 pm
Marketing
83  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 14, 2016, 04:52:00 pm
Please don't take it personally, but the game went on hold too many times because one or two players were inactive. I propose we allow Lumine to close this turn, provide results and reopen for players after the break, so at least we know something's moving.

I agree with this
84  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 14, 2016, 12:50:26 pm
Why? It's not like we're moving at a breakneck pace. At most we're talking about one turn.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Finals Thread on: December 14, 2016, 12:48:39 pm
10 minutes until my last exam, electronic discovery. This semester is coming to a much much needed end.
86  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Paste the last thing you copied. on: December 11, 2016, 11:26:50 pm
Fla. Stat. §732.103 (laughing heirs)
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Florida Gubernatorial election : Huckabee vs Graham on: December 11, 2016, 01:10:19 pm
Graham. Florida won't go for such blatant carpetbagging.

Only about 35% of Floridians were born in Florida; carpetbagging is a weak angle of attack here. That being said, I also think Graham would win as it'll be a Republican midterm, Huckabee doesn't particularly appeal to any voting groups that could change things, and Graham DOES appeal to one of those groups, nostalgic old Southerners.
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Political Compass Goes Off the Rails on: December 11, 2016, 03:44:04 am


Political Compass was never on the rails. Still, its always good to get a reminder how terrible their opinions are.
89  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1930) on: December 08, 2016, 08:12:36 pm
Ah, what the hell. Since everyone else is doing it this turn I'll make my orders public like its turn 1 all over again.


The Empire of Japan


The Prime Minister and his Cabinet
Foreign Affairs:

-The Cabinet congratulates Mr. Baldwin on his assumption of the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and wishes him luck in his endeavors.

-Japan (as with all civilized nations) abhors the violence currently occurring in the Italian peninsula and applauds His Holiness for his willingness to come to terms and prevent further violence. If necessary, Japan is happy to help both His Holiness and His Highness the Crown Prince come to a just and fair agreement.  

-We condemn the continued warmongering of the Kingdom of Romania and urge all sides to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict.

-The Japanese government is delighted to hear the new willingness of the Republic of Siberia to come to an equitable solution with both Japan and the Far Eastern Republic. We will accept Siberia's proposed ambassador on a provisional basis and will resume trade wherever our friends in Vladivostok feel appropriate.

-Out of deep respect for Chinese sovereignty and our friendship with Premier Jingwei, the Imperial Army will recall all expeditionary forces and patriotic volunteers to return from China. However, we wish to emphasize that a Communist China is anathema to Empire and, indeed, the entire world and we will take action to prevent it. It is requested that those men serving in China in their capacity as soldiers for the IJA withdraw via Indochina, where they are to wait further instructions.

-The IJN should be prepared to blockade any ports that come under Communist control and hereby warns foreign nations that attempting to support the Communist Chinese will be viewed as a hostile act against Japan.

-Preparations should be made to accommodate participants from all major (non-communist) factions in China so that a satisfying conclusion to the civil war can be quickly achieved. Japanese sponsored newspapers in Imperial and Nationalist China should put pressure on leaders of the factions to quickly come to terms favorable to stability, victory over the Communists, and friendship with Japan.

-The Empire has not forgotten the spirit of brotherhood and compassion the Ottoman Empire showed two years ago in their assistance after the Kita Tango earthquake. We would be thoughtless to not respond with twice the generosity we received now that the Ottomans are facing their own crisis!

Internal Affairs:

Instability from China will not be allowed to spread to Japanese territory. The Viceroy should stress the need for patience to the colonials. The Home Rule Commission is currently investigating ways to increase colonial sovereignty, which will be granted once the Indochinese and other subjects have shown themselves to be worthy of self-determination. The Emperor is furious at the ungrateful wretches who would throw away the gifts brought by Japanese overlordship and would exchange the chance to be uplifted by fellow Asians for inevitable European domination. (The author of this instruction has been dismissed for an unflattering description of His Majesty's views) The Viceroy will be authorized a slight increase in his budget and the flexibility to offer a small degree of concessions and leniency to maintain loyalty where possible.

Two additional divisions will be dispatched from the Mainland to Indochina, to be assigned to Saigon and Phnom Penh to assist in keeping peace in the region. The now very large military presence in the colony should crackdown on those colonials who choose to disregard the Emperor and Viceroy's generosity with as much force as they feel necessary to ensure order. The soldiers from China should proceed south, ensuring order has been restored and potential rebels have been uprooted as they go while the southern divisions do the same at whatever speed is appropriate. The use of air power to scout and engage rebel positions is also encouraged. The capture and interrogation (again, by whatever means are felt appropriate) of traitors to the Crown who appear to hold positions of leadership is authorized to discover other hidden rebel sympathizers and ascertain the cause of this rebellion.

Edited because I forgot a response to the Salamis Earthquake
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Patriot, Loyalist, or Neutral? on: December 06, 2016, 11:26:28 pm
I would be a Tory and very proud of it.

Unfortunately, this is another area where you and I agree.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: December 06, 2016, 09:31:01 pm
One of my professors decided to be cute with his final. Instead of a 4 hour thing like everyone else, he decided to give us a full week...to write a minimum of 27,000 characters. So now I have 3 days to write 16 pages minimum comparing how a Burkini ban would work in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the equivalent action in the French legal system. While at the same time preparing for three other exams that are all within a week. AND since this is law school 100% of your grade comes from the exam; doing poorly on any of them means doing bad in the class.

Not good!
92  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 04, 2016, 11:20:04 pm
I'd like clarification on two China things;

Is the offer to the Turks to send an expeditionary force still valid or was the request for Japan to leave a request for no foreign intervention in general?

Is Chaing's agreement to attend a peace conference in Tokyo with the Emperor still valid or is the Kuomintang withdrawing from that?
93  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 04, 2016, 11:07:49 pm


Quote from: June 1928
Communist movement fared badly...suffering further defeats against the Japanese Expeditionary Force

Quote from: January 1929
Japanese support...has kept Field Marshal Chiang at the winning position in the war

Quote from: March 1929
the Japanese Expeditionary forces march ahead

Quote from: June 1929
The Japanese forces and some Kuomintang divisions score victories of their own in the south as morale and training improves

Quote from: Just now
Wang Jingwei's hand has been forced by the Kuomintang deputies, who against his wish have voted to request the withdrawal of the Japanese Expeditionary forces from China

How stupid are the people of the Kuomintang?
94  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 03, 2016, 10:37:37 pm
Will you share details of what you'd want to those who agree or are those people going to be free to write whatever?
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump: There is no global flag. There is no global citizenship. on: December 03, 2016, 03:18:35 pm
150 years most Americans would have viewed the idea of the "American Nation" as a unifying characteristic between the residents of the several states as laughable. "The United States" was a plural noun into the 1890's, an uncomfortable power sharing agreement between a set of very different people and states. If one completely arbitrary nation can be formed around common ideals and agreements to not kill each other I see no reason it couldn't happen on a much larger scale.

Trump's mindset is frozen in an outdated nationalism that, god willing, will not exist within a generation or two.
96  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 03, 2016, 02:51:53 pm
I still need the Tullys, really. Unless people don't mind Ned Stark controlling their armies.
I mean,
If Edmure Tully dies, Catelyn Stark becomes head of House Tully right?

Technically Hoster is still alive right now, so he'd be head of House Tully. That said, in peacetime I'm not sure they'd allow Catelyn to be head of House Tully unless there was some kind of agreement to name someone other than Robb the heir. Neither the King nor the other Lords Paramount would tolerate a Stark superstate.

 Either way, after Edmure the Blackfish would be the natural de facto leader of the Riverlands.
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump speaks with the President of Taiwan, risking rift with China on: December 02, 2016, 09:39:25 pm
Was this a blunder? Yes. Could it have serious ramifications for our relationship with China and stability in East Asia? Quite possibly. Yet, the current Chinese regime is a menace. It's an oppressive, exploitative dictatorship that silences dissent, kills and jails opponents, consistently violates basic human rights, abuses Tibet and its Muslim minority in the west, and is building up its military and economic power. This is not a country we should be rewarding with lucrative trade deals and any form of friendliness. I'm the last person who'd want a war, but I also don't want our country contributing to the continued existence of this awful regime. Taiwan should be given more recognition and preference until China can clean up its act.

Do you think we're making trade deals with China out of the kindness of our hearts? The United States, like every country in the world since forever, only freely signs deals where we believe we will benefit. And with the huge increase of imports AND exports over the last few decades its clear we HAVE benefited. It is irresponsible and self destructive to threaten that trade for no reason and without even the possibility of gain for the Taiwanese, Chinese, or American people.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump speaks with the President of Taiwan, risking rift with China on: December 02, 2016, 08:33:24 pm
It'll be interesting to see how China responds to this. I wouldn't be surprised if they used this slight as an excuse to further tighten the economic screws on Taiwan.
99  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 02, 2016, 03:24:20 am
And by the way,
It appears quite to me that the game has reached a "midterm".
Maybe you could write some big messages about the new position of each country ? A big update about info like in the beginning.

I don't think there's a need for that myself, plus forcing that much work on Lumine probably ends the game right now.
100  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 01, 2016, 11:26:43 pm
I apologize for my white lie, it was actually three playes determined to their end game. My congratulations to Kingpoleon, NeverAgain and SouthernGothic on their hard work so far, and my personal thanks for taking the time to play the game until now.

This means China, Italy and the UK are open now, although we can start the turn with only the UK if needed be. Since they were deposed, assassinated and arrested (respectively), the three players are not allowed to re-enter as their old countries (unless someone has played them and lost or retired first). They can rejoin as a different country than the ones they played, but I will give priority to new players if there's any.

So I'll leave until Sunday for new players, and then we can begin Early 1930.

And spoiler alert, there's another shock for you at the opening of that turn.

At this point I have to assume you're going to start the turn by killing off another couple of players.

I just want to note that with the exceptions of the USA and France, all players are now representing the first minister to an Emperor. With the exception of China, all the major Empires are well run and popular governments on the rise.

Lol, no, I can confirm it won't be that. This turn was bizarre in that it included the conditions (and the dice rolls) to take away a large number of players, but it's actually the outcome of a player action that's coming to light.

If you can say now, is it a player who is actually still in the game?
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