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  1. Also I've been advising Culture of Honor: The Psychology of Violence in the South. I don't think this is the definitive text on "cultures of honor", but it's a very interesting look at PnW culture via description of something else. However, it's like $41 just for the f-ing Kindle. If you want, I can help you find significantly cheaper copies if you want.
  2. You realize I posted that exact quote? You were being invited to hate-read Rand, as though there's any other reading possible. Now I'm thinking about doing Genealogy of Morals (again).
  3. Unfortunately, Battlestar Galactica doesn't provide the right questions, but we're almost close enough.
  4. Don't worry, I lost 900mn lifetime on Keno. Did quite a few 50 million games as well. It's tempting to try to luck my way back, but I'd have an incredibly low chance of just breaking even. These days, if I'm in a Keno mode, I just stick to $1,000 bets. Quick and entertaining way to blow a million.
  5. Don't we already have too many confusing alliance announcements of late?
  6. I think in Discord i've repeatedly discussed potential exploits in Keno (i.e, pooball x 10,000,000, when the peak income from broken Keno is 500,000,000,000). It's possible that Keno HAS been broken and it's been taken down as a consequence. There have been no official comments on Keno, hence it can be assumed that the removal of Keno is an emergency fix, which implies the discovery of a game-breaking exploit.
  7. Basically, this is an incredibly ambiguous thread. On one hand, Sphinx has indicated that TCW has given BK 72 hours notice, without specifying what it's about. On the other hand, Sphinx has indicated that he looks forward to a future relationship with BK. ==== In other words, the OP is ambiguous enough that information in it could be construed both ways. However, what is definite is: -Gorge is no longer princess of The Commonwealth and a new candidate must be elected. -TCW will fight alongside BK for the rest of the war. The second statement could also be interpreted liberally. Definition of alongside (Entry 1 of 2) 1: along the side : in parallel position 2: at the side : close bya guard with a prisoner alongside alongside preposition Definition of alongside (Entry 2 of 2) 1a: along the side ofthe boat docked alongside the pier b: BESIDE sense 1standing alongside me 2a: in company withmen she has been working alongside— Richard Halloran b: in addition toa special category alongside the awards it annually presents— Horizon https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alongside I.e, this can be read as a DoW on BK as well. ==== In either case, only BK and TCW know exactly what the 72 hours is referring to, and I'd like to think they also understand the intended use of alongside.
  8. I think it's hilarious and irritating at the same time and brings some flavor to the never-ending TKR vs NPO war.
  9. Most of these are history books. Corey Robins looks interesting along the lines of Fromm's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_from_Freedom , but I'm a nihilist who tries to avoid rather tinged works. As I've said in your Discord, I'm fond of environmental histories https://smile.amazon.com/Retreat-Elephants-Environmental-History-China/dp/0300119933 https://smile.amazon.com/Japan-Environmental-History-Global-Change/dp/1848851162 These are essentially Marxist readings insofar that they view history as driven by the mechanism of production (i.e, the environmental base determines agricultural productivity, living standards, and economic output). This is also a book I'm fond of. https://smile.amazon.com/Better-Angels-Our-Nature-Violence/dp/B005SA64YS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FPK460JALEBA&keywords=the+better+angels+of+our+nature&qid=1573241575&s=books&sprefix=the+better+angle%2Cstripbooks%2C160&sr=1-1 And while this is not a major historical work, more a "World According to Clive Pontings", it's interesting as an attempt to de-Eurocentricize World History. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0712665722/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5 I'll note this is the guy who tried to leak BS by Thatcher during the Falklands War, was fired for it, and took up an occupation as a historian afterwards.
  10. .01 cent, just to get the bidding started again.
  11. When Syndisphere got forced back into the war, res prices spiked by roughly 50%. If you assume linearity (supply and demand curves don't really work like that), that implies that the supply of resources in-game dropped by 33%. Farksphere is roughly equivalent to the Syndisphere assets thrown in, or, in other words, resource supplies fall by at least another 50%. A big problem with KERCHTOG$, or their strength if you look at it from the other perspective, is that they think they ARE the game. But when you recall that KT was bragging that they were winning while BK had more nations, KERCHTOG$ isn't the game. It's a small and vocal minority of players that comprised the traditional power elite of PnW. BKNPO represented more players, #1, #2, Farksphere's population is only slightly smaller than KERCHTOG's..
  12. I assume he was being sardonic, but even if you presume a low bar to clear there is differentiation among the candidates. That said, as you obviously haven't figured out by now, I like treating sarcastic insults seriously and picking apart their logic especially when logic has nothing to do with their content.
  13. Inst

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    For some additional figures, let's set spaceplanes to 20 city norm with planes as a source figure. Here's the inventory of damages from a Spacestrike (Orbital Strike?), but capped to 25% max city value to avoid being too gamebreaking in lower tiers. 450 planes 7500 tanks 125000 soldiers 75 ships 10 Spaceplanes $7,500,000 500 Infra When it comes to Interceptor Missiles, each Interceptor Missile is worth 10 Spaceplanes for combat calculation purposes. Remember, this is all assuming that Space Junk is at 0. For scoring purposes, let each Spaceplane be worth 10 nation score. Each interceptor missile is worth 5 nation score, so at max it's 50 Interceptor Missile score and 500 spaceplane score. As for Space Junk, the way I'm thinking is that it should be calibrated for 1 month of war. However, a big problem with Space Planes is that since the only way to destroy Space Planes to generate Space Junk is with other Space Planes, it's going to be impossible for Space Planes to reach 100% Space Junk. The end result is that you'd be forced to 1 Space Plane vs 1 Space Plane combat at 98 Space Junk, and above 99, the rounding means that you can't get Space Planes into the air at all. === In other words, this is a plane mechanic wherein no one is ever going to complain about "IQ's Spaceplanes". Just to get Spaceplanes working you need to despy someone and destroy all their interceptor missiles, which is at least 15 spy jobs. Then if Spaceplane combat gets out of control, the Space Junk being generated turns off spaceplanes for everyone or at least leaves Fark eagerly pressing the "collect space junk" button to get money (because if res prices rise rapidly, space junk collection becomes profitable). But in theory, when you engage someone mid-tier with Spaceplanes you can wipe out 75% of their planes in a first strike. In an updeclare, if the opponent's lost their spaceplanes and interceptor missiles, you can deplane someone more easily than if you were doing things with your own planes as you'd not be losing planes.
  14. TKR is getting rolled because they received a leak purporting that Sphinx was trying to set up an attack on Chaos and KETOG and they chose to act on it. The combined forces of Rose, KETOG, Arrgh, and Chaos had a tiering advantage that meant that BK could not successfully contest KERCHTOG. With BK going down, NPO had to intervene because after BK got rolled, KERCHTOG would have been in control of the field and able to roll anyone they wished. But of course, if we go further back, TKR perceived a threat from BKNPO. BKNPO perceived a threat from TKR. That's called a Thucydides Trap, wherein mutual suspicion between a rising and falling power (Chaos / Cryptohegemony vs BKNPO) draws them into conflict, usually when a satellite of one of the two sides (TCW) stirs something up.
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