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  1. Part 1: Piracy against Journalism [this post] Part 2: 6 out of 7 captives released [link] ------------------------------------------------ Piracy against Journalism According to a highly trusted source, 1 in 4 journalists rarely or never seek out peer-reviewed research to learn about beat topics. Had this not been the case, journalists would know about facts like this… ... and wouldn’t announce things like this: It has come to Arrgh’s attention that “YET another completely biased news server run by a bad micro” as they identify themselves, “The Observer”, took it upon themselves to share with Orbis sensitive (and partially inaccurate) information about pirate activities. Alas. To err is human. To arr is pirate. As of this date change, Arrgh has kidnapped the core staff members of this news server. The journalists are currently held captive at a 50-metres long tuna boat somewhere off the shores of southeastern Somalia (exclusive photo provided below). From left to right, Sam Cooper (Arrgh’s Grand Admiral) and the captives: Emrys the Great (doesn’t look that great), Alfred Chambers (looks like he has the early symptoms of sea-sickness), David Jones (initially confused with Davy Jones), ChrisNorcras (initially confused with Barbarossa [Redbeard]), Euron Greyjoy (looking like he has lost it already), Labaw Datubago (initially thought to be a member of our crew), and Ford (out of frame, getting rid of his breakfast). Regarding Arrgh’s demands: For the captives to be released, the captives, their co-workers, their relatives, or their alliances shall provide $2B in cash and the name of their “highly trusted source” that shared with them the aforementioned leak. Should the demand not be accepted, the journalists will be keelhauled. Anyone who defends the captives, will be considered part of their group and Arrgh will have to assume their ill intentions towards us. The alliances of the captives, Serene Repubblica Fiorentina, The Almighty Corporation, Borgs Assisted Loot Liberation Service, or any other alliances, shall not attempt to release the captives. Should any kind of escalation or mobilization be identified (militarization, ghosts joining the alliances, allies initiating militarization, etc.), Arrgh will extend hostilities accordingly. Delays in negotiations or non-acceptance of the above demands will result in a steady increase of the demanded ransom. P.S. Regarding the reported leak, indeed Arrgh has been planning to hit someone this Saturday day-change into Sunday. The lucky someone that will be accepting the cannonballs of the main Arrgh armada is USSR. tl;dr: Loose lips sink journalist ships. ARRGH!
    43 points
  2. The Elephant in the Room Several months after their ships had returned from the last war, Daveth paced the loud and dimly lit chambers of the Back Room, pondering restlessly on the state of things. There was much happening around the world, with many rumors swirling around as to what would take place, among them many people whispered - “What would Carthago do next?” In truth, he did not yet know. He walked to the door and stepped outside into the dark streets, finding Krampus there in his trench coat, smoking a cigarette, the Pentarchs around him. They walked together, drinking and catching up as they went, making their way to an abandoned building, with a broken roof. They stood there idly talking when suddenly the moon shone into the room, illuminating the former embassy of The Knights Radiant. In an instant their course was clear - maybe the Orange men weren’t so bad after all? Article I: Mutual Defense & Optional Aggression 1.1. The elephants of Carthago (CTO) and The Knights Radiant (TKR) shall coordinate and defend each other against all harm, military and otherwise. 1.2. Both signatories may also choose to join the other in offensive military action, if called upon. Article II: Non-Chaining 2.1. To Waldo’s great displeasure, the chains that bind us only go so far. In the event that a signatory is either attacked or performs an attack as a result of their obligations towards a third-party, Article I of this treaty is to be considered optional. Article III: Intelligence 3.1. Both signatories agree to share all relevant intelligence should it concern the sovereignty, political interests, and general well-being of the other; such as possible threats to elephants and mercantile trade routes alike. Article IV: Non-Aggression & Sovereignty 4.1. Both signatories acknowledge each other's sovereignty and agree not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs, resolving any dispute internally and in a timely fashion. 4.2. Neither signatory shall engage in nor endorse military, espionage, or political action against the other (except when nuking Morf). Article V: Cancellation 5.1. Both signatories have the right to cancel this treaty at any time, however, they must provide the other party with a 72 hour notice of their decision. After this period of time this treaty and its articles shall be considered void. Article VI: Very Serious Pledges 6.1. Krampus agrees to give Morf YIE. 6.2. TKR agrees that Rome < Carthago. TL;DR: CTO gives Back Room 72h notice and signs an MDoAP with TKR. Signed for Carthago, Signed for The Knights Radiant, King of the Heralds: Wizel Prince of the Heralds: Canbec Ghostblood Babsk: BigMorf Herald of War: Steven Hoffman Herald of Internal Affairs: Modi Herald of Growth: Lancelot Herald of Fabrials: Kyubnyan Ghostblood Apprentice: Roberts
    26 points
  3. WTF is going on with TKR and its protectorates? It's Mayhem! As the perennial benevolent dictators of Orbis, The Knights Radiant have a long and rich history of involvement in helping alliances large and small develop into the best possible versions of themselves. One of the most direct ways we effect this development is through the time-honoured tradition of protectorship. On this 24th day of September 2022, we wish to update the larger Orbis community on the status of our protectorates. Existing Protectorates Federated States of Orbis We signed FSO as a protectorate a little over 4 months ago and have been greatly impressed with the huge strides they have continued to make ever since. Parliamentary democracy sometimes gets a bad rap in this game, but FSO have found a way to make it work while developing the necessary levers to remain nimble when required. While we can’t take credit for FSO’s progress, we are glad to have been able to assist and to continue assisting FSO in further establishing itself as Orbis’ preeminent parliamentary democracy. The Forgotten Realms In case you missed the recent announcement, we are excited to be working with one of Orbis’ newest alliances as they settle into the dynamics of Politics and War. Led by experienced players from CN, The Forgotten Realms are a welcome infusion of fresh skilled blood into the game. We look forward to showing them around and helping them gain a foothold in Orbis. New Protectorate Announcements We know, we know, we have a prot problem; but the first step to solving any problem is recognizing there is one. However, we don’t actually have a solution yet so instead we are happy to announce today two new protectorate agreements. World Task Force We’re finally crossing off one of the oldest items on our bucket list and announcing our first ever treaty with World Task Force. Our friends from WTF approached us in the spirit of community renewal and a desire to play a more involved and proactive role in the political world of Orbis. To this end, TKR and WTF affirm our mutual commitment to constant improvement, and we are signing WTF to a protectorate agreement with immediate effect. We firmly believe that an alliance with an active and experienced community like WTF’s should be afforded the opportunity to play a greater role in the politics of Orbis. Our expectations for WTF are high (their alliance ID is lower than ours, after all) and we look forward to working with their team to help them meet and exceed them. Welcome aboard, WTF! Mayhem Finally, we are excited to announce that we’re getting the band back together and are welcoming back to the fold some of our oldest friends in TigerFire, Boyce, Vader, and Tevron. We are proud to sign Imperium The Order Mayhem as a protectorate and wish them all the best as we work towards our common goals. --- The Knights Radiant Wizel, King of the Heralds Canbec, Prince of the Heralds BigMorf, Ghostblood Babsk Steven Hoffmann, Herald of War Modi, Herald of Internal Affairs Lancelot, Herald of Growth Kyubnyan, Herald of Fabrials Roberts, Ghostblood Apprentice tl;dr: TKR signs World Task Force and Mayhem as protectorates.
    18 points
  4. cOnGrAtS oN PiCkiNg uP tHe mOsT uSeLeSs trAsh thAt wAs lYinG ArOunD.
    18 points
  5. "Alea iacta est" The Legion has officially issued notice of cancellation to The Back Room. Signed for The Legion, /s/ Istandor, Imperator /s/ kiwilliam, Consul of Economic Affairs /s/ David Ben-Gurion, Consul of Foreign Affairs /s/ Nome, Consul of Internal Affairs /s/ Micheal Lybrand, Consul of Military Affairs
    12 points
  6. Hello everyone, It's me Belgium (not that all of you will know me, but oh well :p), and I'm here to talk with y'all about the new tutorial. After a lot of work (which didn't always go as smoothly as we wanted it to, I must admit). I finally feel comfortable publicly releasing a first "draft" for community feedback. I urge you all to read this little wall of text before jumping into the draft and leaving your (much wanted) opinions in the comments. First off, I want to highlight that this is indeed a draft. If everything here turns out to be bad (which I indeed very much doubt), the tutorial will be re written completly if needed. We are looking for feedback on small things (typos) to big things (re structuring of chapters, adding more parts etc..) I am sure you are all creative enough to give generous amounts of feedback, please do not leave a stone unturned. I also have a few very specific questions to which I would like an answer: Do we need to add new player raiding to this guide. Do we need to guide players a bit longer? Maybe less intensive, but still a little siderail to city ten for example? I want as many people to leave feedback as possible, I (and others) will read every piece of constructive feedback, I will also try to respond as much as I can here. However if your feedback is pure flaming, or completly unconstructive criticism it might very well get ignored. The way the tutorial is presented will change. Currently new players acces the tutorial by going to "objectives". But in the future (when this gets implemented) it will be done by going to "tutorial". If you want to figure out how that will look in broad terms, I encourage you to check it out on the test server. The system there isn't final yet (bugs need fixing + the actual text isn't in there yet). It isn't too diffrent to what objectives is right now though, in practice it will be a pop up instead of a whole diffrent page and people will be able to switch freely between headers (everything with ##'s will be it's own header). Rewards are not yet in this version of the tutorial, once the text is (nearly) finalized we will get back to adding in the rewards. Im aware the outline / chapter overview in the document is broken, i'm not sure why, google docs is borking itself. Thank you for reading my small wall of text, here is the tutorial itself, if there are any questions (or suggestions, critique etc..) please do let me know: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h7X6WFxVFwDymEjBB75AVBgf2zh0564-C5xcakFmqzw/edit?usp=sharing ps: Although quite a few more people helped with this initial draft, special thanks goes out to these players in particular: @zevfer Epimetheus (Sorry, could not find your forum account; nation 59381) @LachlanPnW @Ultraodan @Key @Ryks Magier (Does not have a forum account; nation 467871) Piglet (Does not have a forum account; nation 449456) ps 2: I want to appologize to the wider community for the amount time this took; I hope the time needed to finalize this text is considerably shorter than it was to get to this point. Much love, and thanks for your time. Yours Truly, Belgium.
    11 points
  7. Hello, I'm Borg, your #1 source for top tier investigative journalism. Here at Borg's assisted loot liberation services, we don't just report the news, we make it! Join our news server to stay up to date on the latest hits: http://discord.com/ (guild invite) According to a highly trusted source, 1 in 4 Arrgh members rarely or never seek out peer-reviewed research to learn about the best topics. Had this not been the case, Arrgh members would know about facts like this: Regarding Borgs assisted loot liberation services demands: For Arrgh to be released, Arrgh, their co-workers, their relatives, or their alliances shall provide $150B in cash. Should the demand not be accepted, Arrgh will be keelhauled. Anyone who defends Arrgh, will be considered part of their group and Borgs assisted loot liberation services will have to assume their ill intentions towards us. The Arrgh shall not attempt to release the captives. Should any kind of escalation or mobilization be identified (militarization, ghosts joining the alliances, allies initiating militarization, etc.), Borgs assisted loot liberation services will extend hostilities accordingly. Delays in negotiations or non-acceptance of the above demands will result in a steady increase of the demanded ransom.
    10 points
  8. To zig's displeasure as well! Oh my goodness wizel I can't believe you actually held me to that.
    9 points
  9. Dont worry guys ussr has got things under control When has communism ever failed?…. Oh right
    9 points
  10. Nah. Camelot and Epi are still out there. With no allies, as usual.
    8 points
  11. The only war in recent memory with an excellent DoW and a proper CB. And its from Arrgh. Take notes, macros.
    8 points
  12. As leader of Western Union, So nice of you all to not declare your uh, 5 wars until after posting the DoW and then not having an orderly blitz nor a blitz at day change though!
    7 points
  13. The Fall of the empire? Surely the empire wont strike back
    7 points
  14. Breaking News: 6 out of 7 captives released! Within less than 24 hours, with the support of relatives and co-workers, 6 out of 7 of the captive journalists have been released, after meeting Arrgh's demands. Following the release of the captives, peace has also been agreed between Arrgh and Serene Repubblica Fiorentina and The Almighty Corporation (exclusive photo below). From left to right, the released journalists: ChrisNorcras (won the beard competition held between captives and pirates on-board the tuna boat), David Jones (looking almighty), Emrys the Great (looking better, but still not great), Alfred Chambers (looks like he still has symptoms of sea-sickness), Labaw Datubago (still looking like a pirate), and Ford (out of frame again, for unknown reasons). Regarding the 7th captive, after a failed attempt by Borgs Assisted Loot Liberation Service to rescue him, the situation has become complicated. From left to right: Admiral Zim (on top of the ransom), Borg (a few moments before being captured, after his failed attempt to hijack one of Arrgh's ships by using a water-gun), and Euron Greyjoy (left alone in the brig... he has completely lost it). On an unrelated note, the mass-raid against USSR is still going strong. Stay tuned for more news!
    7 points
  15. Now this is the Arrgh I remember. Glad to see y'all back in action.
    7 points
  16. The Forgotten Realms loves TKR as well. We are so thankful for the kindness, the knowledge, and all of the help that they have given us since we signed our Prot. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
    7 points
  17. Longest and most groundbreaking micro war
    6 points
  18. pretty sure we just finished fighting them a week or two ago
    6 points
  19. Live look at TKR's FA channels Edit: woah that pic came out huge, sorry 🤷‍♂️
    6 points
  20. That's what everyone says, till they see the red flag out their window.
    6 points
  21. What are the odds that The Legion signs TKR? Seems TKR is in the business of picking up every trash alliance that exists atm.
    5 points
  22. Long live the Supreme Commander...and the Empress too I guess LMAO
    5 points
  23. Congrats on picking up the most useless trash that was lying around.
    5 points
  24. For a long time, many people in orbis waited for this moment. The current regime of The Galactic Empire will begin to end today. The leader of The Galactic Empire, “Mac” has made it clear multiple times that he is not capable of leading anything. Mac has been couped manytimes already due to his failure in leadership. A leader who blocks people who leaves, a leader who attacks people to force them to join an alliance, and most of all, a leader that does not know what he is doing. Mac has forced nations to submit to his will, accepting 100/100% tax brackets as a “punishment” multiple times Mac has shown that he is close minded about a lot of things. If you try to reason with Mac you will get blocked. Recently, mac has been giving directives to launch attacks at targets found especially to provoke The Elites, Moms Friendly Robot Company, The Grand Federation and Western republic. The Galactic Empire attacked Western Republic’s allies multiple times in an attempt to provoke them. Many raids have been committed against these alliances and enough is enough. This, itself can be seen as a declaration of war by them. We are sorry for everything that will come of this action to the members who have done nothing, but this is Mac’s doing. We suggest that all innocent members of The Galactic Empire leave to be safe from further attacks. Even after all of this, a man can only expect a block from Mac. This is what he has done multiple times, and this is what we are trying to make him stop. He is not unstoppable, he is in a place, he is below and above some people. Coming from his founding member Commo, Mac was not always like this crazy, although he looks nice while you’re with him he will quickly switch to a crazy man if you leave him. Mac holds grudges for very long and has also been trying to poach members from Western Republic and to stop them from joining. There have been many dramas that have included Mac over the course of his reign of terror. Today we show him that he isn't untouchable and his bullying will come to an end. As of this moment The Elites, The Grand Federation, Moms Friendly Robot Company & Western Republic officially declare war on The Galactic Empire. King of The Elites Mom of Moms Friendly Robot Company Mom of Moms Friendly Robot Company Vice President of The Grand Federation Leader of Western Republic
    4 points
  25. Have I woken up back in 2016? I hope so. Yet more proof nobody should be relying on these fake news main stream media outlets for their Orbis news.
    4 points
  26. 4 points
  27. We got a taste for it after dealing with you, but nothing quite compares unfortunately
    3 points
  28. Today, we have seen the quickest war in orbis history possibly. Our goal was met and Mac was dethroned and his tyranny will now no longer continue.
    3 points
  29. Richard this is a day a empress rose to take her rightful crown😉.
    3 points
  30. @hidude45454 getting involved in wars he didnt even know where happening lmao
    3 points
  31. Spend 60k steel, aluminum and gasoline and $500m to make all of your future cities cost 10% more permanently in the future. Can buy as many times as you like, but can't delete it. Main benefit is clout, all your cities you buy after having one of these get a fancy badge to certify you as being rich as balls. Multiple projects equal multiple badges. Combine with a feature that lets you reply to forum posts with an automatically generated comment that compares how many city badges you have vs that user. Will equalise economics in upper tiers and bring fairness to PnW politics at long last. Inshallah.
    3 points
  32. nothing against borg, it's just my opinion on using third party offshores, borg happens to be a good example, one of the better ones I suppose. This post is just him being lazy.
    3 points
  33. My butt hurts but for a different reason
    3 points
  34. Currently, when you are going to war with someone, there is really nothing they could offer you for peace. Sure, you could send resources by trade, but its possible that either the attacker takes the resources and keeps fighting, or they make peace and the defender does not give up the resources. I think the best solution would be that, when offering peace, it opens a page (Similar to the page where you select your soldiers in a battle). Here, you could select what resources/money you are offering (If any), or chose to surrender. Surrendering offers your opponent an instant war win. For those asking why you would do this, lets say someone declared an attrition war and is ruining your infrastructure. You could try to surrender, and although you would lose the war if they accept, it could prevent some infrastructure loss. In the end, I feel like the ability to offer resources directly for peace would be a great addition to prevent scamming, plus it would make diplomacy much more common and realistic. I hope you consider the idea!
    3 points
  35. Right... If I'm FA in an alliance it's always that I can't be trusted because I have a self interest in that alliance. If I intentionally avoid FA because I get shit for it, both because of the bot and generally sucking at it anyway.. then I'm not accountable to anyone. I'm part of the community just as much as anyone else. Maybe motive or reasons don't matter to you, but any rational person has reasons for doing something. I've spent countless hours creating tools for the community, helping people with said tools, helping the game devs fix a multitude of critical vulnerabilities and giving my feedback about changes to the game - because I genuinely care about it. To ruin that kind of investment and enjoyment for someone else is horrible. I haven't built a city in over a year. Locutus and offshoring is what I do. No one is forcing you to use it. It's open source, so you can even host it yourself like Simons does (although perhaps not the most convenient). But, if you want to do actual risk assessment, that would be better than shouting fire. Banks get looted, couped, governments have disagreements and splits etc. People in your alliance and their human error etc. can be just as much a liability It's not exactly a clear thing to me that the kinds of alliances that offshore with me are worse off by having an independent offshore with a track record, and access controls. Also, micros exist. I realize you don't think a lot of them should, but imo that's a rather toxic position to take. I've spent most of my time either solo raiding or in micros, and it's a more appealing playstyle. Alliances should have the tools to better manage themselves so new players dont have a bad experience.
    3 points
  36. Mac is no longer leader of TGE...
    2 points
  37. my first attempt of an orbis meme
    2 points
  38. So the "villian" of the Galactic Empire is Mac. he's a menace, and if you're on his side he's a phantom; never bothering you for no reason. Wouldn't it make sense to call this war "The Phantom Menace"? and then whenever TGE wants to get payback they can name that war "The Empire Strikes Back" my point is Star Wars is hella memeable and yall not taking the easy win
    2 points
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