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My turn to fill it out. I also imposed on myself a rule: no self nominations, and no nominating SK. I also used December 1 2015 - now as the time period the awards encompass, so that I was drawing nominations from a full 12 month time period.

 

ALLIANCE CATEGORIES

 

Alliance of the Year: Rose. I take Alliance of the Year to be the alliance not that had the best year, but was the most involved in the year’s happenings. One way or another, Rose had been central to nearly everything. Marionette, The Great VE war turned on the leak and Rose joining with VE, Proxy War, and in Oktoberfest our side definitely did everything in our power to keep Rose out. It’s been the year of Rose, no question.

 

Most Powerful Alliance: Alpha. There are a couple valid contenders, but I think their military chops and strategic position on the treaty web give them a lot of hard and soft power.

 

Best Military: Tie: MensaHQ and Syndicate. Mensa is obvious, and tS has been damn impressive, despite being on the defensive twice where it’s much harder to showcase military skill.

 

Best Rookie Alliance: MensaHQ, again, pretty obvious.

 

Best Flag: VE - they’re actually flying it right now, so I can see it, and it’s a classic.

 

Best War Flag: BoC - It’s the only non-SK war flag I can think of off hand.

 

Most Active Alliance: TEst. I’ve never seen one of them be inactive in-game.

 

Most Honorable Alliance: TKR. A few that could work here, but jumping into Proxy War when they were only a small, very new protectorate impressed me. Honorable mention goes to the Syndicate. Openly admitting you operate on the principle of self interest above all, and disclaiming the false notion that morality governs alliance behavior seems to me to be a refreshing amount of honesty, which is honorable. This is a difficult category since (see Partisans post for a snippet of the irc conversation) I don't think honor or morality are concepts that map well onto the framework of alliance affairs.

 

Most Improved Alliance: GPA: No more Grillick (you’re welcome PnW)

 

Best Diplomatic Team: Syndicate. Given how well they pulled together winning coalitions 3 different times (of course working with coalition partners every time) I think it would have to be them.

 

Best Economic System: Guardian. Not anymore, but their economic system and growth rate when led by Pre was so stupendous, I’m giving it to them even though he was only leading them for 1/3 of 2015.

 

Best Recruiting Staff: UPN. Say what you want about mass member alliances, their ability to pull in members is staggering.

 

Best Propaganda Staff: TRUMP 2016: Again, pretty obvious.

 

Best Alliance Growth: MensaHQ: It was really a tossup between Mensa, VE and tS. So first I removed VE for being under 1k average score, since I think average score is more important than total score growth. tS and Mensa are nearly identical in terms of size: Mensa is younger but tS has been hit harder recently. Ultimately I picked Mensa on the fact that their growth was done solely through building themselves, and not through absorbing other alliances like TEL.

 

Best Forums: As anyone can attest, I don’t visit any forums so I have no idea. N/A

 

Alliance Most Likely to Succeed in 2016: Niflheim Riki. I wanted to pick a small newer alliance here, and there gov list has some impressive names.

 

Most Immoral Alliance: N/A. As I’ve expressed before, I don’t think morality as a construct can actually be applied to alliance actions in these games. If anyone is immoral, it would be an alliance that claims to be righteous and honorable but that acts like any other alliance. I don’t know that we have any of those alliances yet.

 

Most Controversial Alliance: Arrgh. Based purely on the number of top alliances who have at one time or another been annoyed enough to talk about rolling them, a list which includes (to the best of my recollection) SK, VE, DEIC, tS, Mensa, and possibly Rose.

 

PLAYER CATEGORIES:

 

Player of the Year: Cynic. Co-founded or outright founded 2 major alliances, now starting a third. His leaks helped speed up the hugely significant tS-VE breakup. Has a huge influence in terms of his suggestions on game mechanics, helped out the hackers.

 

Most Powerful Player: Prefontaine. I was talking about this on irc, and there are quite a few distinct era’s of power over the last year. Marionette - Pre stepping down. Pre stepping down - Great VE war. Great VE war - ts/VE break up. tS-VE breakup until now. Each of those had a different most powerful person (or in some cases a combination of people.) But until Pre stepped down, the Guardian/TEst/SK axis was the unquestioned great power in the came, and Pre was the biggest driver of that axis.

 

Since the awards are for the past year I picked the person I think best fulfilled the category over the last year. If it was most powerful person now/going forward, it would obviously be a different name. 

 

Best Alliance Leader: Partisan. Syndicates success can’t be solely attributed to Partisan obviously, but their growth has been stupendous, and he was in charge of their FA and tS is the only major alliance (that’s been around for the majority of the year) not to lose a war over the last year, and he left them in a stupendous FA position.

 

Most Controversial Player: Pfeiffer or Cynic IC. Ibrahim OOC.

 

Best Player Sig: N/A

Best Player Avatar: N/A

Best OOC Poster: N/A

 

Best IC Poster: Partisan. I mean is this even debatable?

 

Nicest Player: Kurdanak. 

 

Most Active Player: No idea

 

Player Most Likely to Achieve Greatness in 2016: Pax. I think D’Haran will have their breakthrough moment.

 

Best New Addition to the Community: N/A

 

COMMUNITY CATEGORIES

 

Best Wall of Text: N/A

Best P&W Forum Topic: N/A

 

Biggest Controversy: Proxy war ally targeting

 

Funniest Event: N/A

Most Entertaining IRC Channel: N/A

 

Best Treaty Announcement: The tS/SK treaty: Excellent RP and the "leaked" announcement in Orbis Central with more RP puts it over the top. (Yes I broke my rule on self-nominations.)

 

Best Declaration of War: N/A

 

Largest E-Peen: Pfeiffer

 

Best Villain: Partisan (hisssss)

 

Most Hated Poster: Ashwyn Traverse

 

Most Missed Player (Player that has gone inactive/quit): N/A

 

WORST CATEGORIES

 

Worst Alliance of the Year: EoS (some things should stay dead folks)

 

Worst Military of the Year: BoC. They’ve been in 2 wars and gotten totally wrecked in a matter of days both times. Their offensive blitz on SK in the last war was also utter shit, to the point DEIC had to start hitting us to help take out our by and large unaffected nations.

 

Worst Diplomatic Move: Gotta say the TC handling of the last war. Between the VE treaty, potential DEIC-Rose treaty, and the UPN Mensa tie, they had the tools available to isolate and roll SK/tS, but they jumped the gun imho. If not for the no self-noms rule, my handling of the immediate (next 2 days or so) aftermath of the Great VE war leak would certainly deserve a nomination.

 

Most Inactive Large Alliance: - No idea

 

Alliance Most Likely to Fail in 2016: Odd Squad. At some point they have to finally fall apart.

 

Worst Player of the Year: Ashland. [email protected]#$ Ashland.

 

Worst Alliance Leader of the Year: Shellhound. Ilu Shellhound, and I will cop to accidentally setting in motion your downfall, but damn if you didn’t accelerate the hell out of it, and precipitate Guardian’s fall from being the elite alliance.

 

Worst Treaty of the Year: (provide a link) - N/A

 

Worst Forum Poster: vincent

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God damn, I think me or my alliance will win worst everything I guess... lmao

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God damn, I think me or my alliance will win worst everything I guess... lmao

Nah...I think Clarke and DEIC have it pretty locked down. :P
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Nah...I think Clarke and DEIC have it pretty locked down. :P

If I don't win, I'll be close second. :/

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If I don't win, I'll be close second. :/

That's even worse imho, cant win at anything it seems.

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If I don't win, I'll be close second. :/

Yeah you're guaranteed to finish second in my book. Voting can go quite a bit different than nominations so there is a great possibility you're irrelevant and no one will care to vote for you or your alliance, DEIC will pick up all the awards. 

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At least some are willing to give credit where it is due. Their is no other alliance recruiting more members than UPN. 

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I would rather have one committed, intelligent, game savvy player than ten guys who signed up to the alliance because they got spammed with a greeting message. I didn't set Mensa's "no recruits" policy but I appreciate it. Other than older players we know are competent, I'd resist recruiting from outside of our community.

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Every alliance is different. Some alliances prefer closed doors and only recruit established players, that's completely fine. Other alliances have open doors and understand that new players can be shaped into intelligent players.

 

I would rather have ten new players that aspire to become great players than one solid player. 

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Yeh so would I but you don't get that, you get ten people of which probably 5 will quit within the first month, four will be barely active and one will be mediocre. Maybe if you recruit five hundred players you'll get one decent one. The guys in mensa are the end product of five years of painfully winnowing out the inactive and stupid from a massive recruiting pool. I feel like the alliances that just scrape through the bottom tier in the hope of finding a nugget pay for it by having a shit low and middle tier that just becomes cannon fodder in an alliance War.

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I don't want to deviate to far from the original topic. I feel delving into the discussion of small versus large alliances is futile. Each one has its pros and cons. My only purpose of posting was to convey the obvious.  If their is a category for Best Recruiting Staff, the evident choice is UPN. 

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Yeh so would I but you don't get that, you get ten people of which probably 5 will quit within the first month, four will be barely active and one will be mediocre. Maybe if you recruit five hundred players you'll get one decent one. The guys in mensa are the end product of five years of painfully winnowing out the inactive and stupid from a massive recruiting pool. I feel like the alliances that just scrape through the bottom tier in the hope of finding a nugget pay for it by having a shit low and middle tier that just becomes cannon fodder in an alliance War.

 

But honestly, isn't it silly to assume that everyone has the chance of doing that exact thing? I mean, every single one of the members of charming friends are people everyone else knows or at least trust and that's super great and everything. Yahoo to that. And mensa has it better with having people they can vet even better, yahoo to that. But that's an outliner. I honestly do think it's impressive with alliances that can get a lot of people to join. That doesn't mean they're going to make anything out of those members, but it's just a cool thing. Apples and oranges I guess...

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It's the time consuming and painful way to find out if players are good. Generally alliances like that have a low loyalty factor anyway, so a lot of their members will take money from the alliance then bugger off somewhere else later. It's not my preferred option :P

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No but they apply to the vast majority, which is why they're useful. In this case it was a figure of speech.

 

Show me an alliance that recruits new sign ups that has an organised and efficient lower tier.

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ALLIANCE CATEGORIES

Alliance of the Year: Arrgh
Most Powerful Alliance: Alpha
Best Military: The $yndicate
Best Rookie Alliance: Roz Wei
Best Flag: Terminus Est
Best War Flag:
Most Active Alliance: Roz Wei
Most Honorable Alliance: Cornerstone
Most Improved Alliance: Roz Wei
Best Diplomatic Team: InGen
Best Economic System: InGen
Best Recruiting Staff: Roz Wei
Best Propaganda Staff: Black Knights
Best Alliance Growth: Roz Wei
Best Forums: Black Knights
Alliance Most Likely to Succeed in 2016: Alpha
Most Immoral Alliance: DEIC
Most Controversial Alliance: DEIC



PLAYER CATEGORIES

Player of the Year: Prefontaine
Most Powerful Player:
Best Alliance Leader: Rozalia
Most Controversial Player: Ibrahim
Best Player Sig: Dimitri Valko
Best Player Avatar: Comic Sans
Best OOC Poster: Eric
Best IC Poster: Emperor Penguin Rikkar ("Nazi Penguin")
Nicest Player: Dimitri Valko
Funniest Player: Emperor Penguin Rikkar
Most Active Player: Rozalia
Player Most Likely to Achieve Greatness in 2016: Rozalia
Best New Addition to the Community: Fox Fire



COMMUNITY CATEGORIES

Best Wall of Text: (provide a link)
Best P&W Forum Topic: (provide a link)
Biggest Controversy: Ibrahim
Funniest Event: Buorhann posting a picture of a rhino dick on the forums.
Most Entertaining IRC Channel: DHaran Empire
Best Treaty Announcement: (provide a link)
Best Declaration of War: (provide a link)
Largest E-Peen: Vladimir Zhogin
Best Villain: Polaris
Most Hated Poster: Ibrahim
Most Missed Player (Player that has gone inactive/quit): Severus Ryan



WORST CATEGORIES

Worst Alliance of the Year: DEIC
Worst Military of the Year: DEIC
Worst Diplomatic Move: DEIC
Most Inactive Large Alliance: DEIC
Alliance Most Likely to Fail in 2016: DEIC
Worst Player of the Year: Ibrahim
Worst Alliance Leader of the Year: Clarke
Worst Treaty of the Year: (provide a link)
Worst Forum Poster: Ibrahim

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Largest E-Peen: Vladimir Zhogin

 

Another victory! Edited by Vladimir Zhogin
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ALLIANCE CATEGORIES

Alliance of the Year: Mensa HQ
Most Powerful Alliance: Mensa HQ
Best Military: Mensa HQ
Best Rookie Alliance: Odd Squad
Best Flag: 
Best War Flag: 
Most Active Alliance: Roz Wei
Most Honorable Alliance: UPN
Most Improved Alliance: Cobalt
Best Diplomatic Team: 
Best Economic System: 
Best Recruiting Staff
Best Propaganda Staff
Best Alliance Growth
Best Forums
Alliance Most Likely to Succeed in 2016: Odd Squad
Most Immoral Alliance: Odd Squad
Most Controversial Alliance: Odd Squad

PLAYER CATEGORIES
Player of the Year
Most Powerful Player: 
Best Alliance Leader: Ashwyn & Katerina
Most Controversial Player: Ashwyn & Katerina
Best Player Sig: 
Best Player Avatar: My Avatar
Best OOC Poster: 
Best IC Poster: Rozalia
Nicest Player: Ashwyn Traverse
Funniest Player: Illegal Alien
Most Active Player: Rozalia
Player Most Likely to Achieve Greatness in 2016: Pax
Best New Addition to the Community: 



COMMUNITY CATEGORIES

Best Wall of Text: (provide a link)
Best P&W Forum Topic: (provide a link)
Biggest Controversy: Anything Odd Squad posts.
Funniest Event: 
Most Entertaining IRC Channel: #BK
Best Treaty Announcement: (provide a link) 
Best Declaration of War: (provide a link)
Largest E-Peen
Best Villain: 
Most Hated Poster: 
Most Missed Player (Player that has gone inactive/quit): 



WORST CATEGORIES

Worst Alliance of the Year: Phoenix
Worst Military of the Year: P.U.P.P.E.T.S.
Worst Diplomatic Move: 
Most Inactive Large Alliance: 
Alliance Most Likely to Fail in 2016: P.U.P.P.E.T.S.
Worst Player of the Year: C-Temple
Worst Alliance Leader of the Year: C-Temple
Worst Treaty of the Year: (provide a link)
Worst Forum Poster:  C-Temple

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ALLIANCE CATEGORIES

 

Alliance of the Year: Mensa HQ

Most Powerful Alliance: The Syndicate

Best Military: Arrgh

Best Rookie Alliance: Roz Wei

Best Flag: The Light Federation

Best War Flag:

Most Active Alliance:

Most Honorable Alliance: Viridian Entente

Most Improved Alliance: Black Knights

Best Diplomatic Team:

Best Economic System:

Best Recruiting Staff:

Best Propaganda Staff:

Best Alliance Growth: Pantheon

Best Forums: The Syndicate and/or InGen

Alliance Most Likely to Succeed in 2016: Socialist Workers Front

Most Immoral Alliance: Odd Squad

Most Controversial Alliance: Odd Squad

 

 

 

PLAYER CATEGORIES

 

Player of the Year:

Most Powerful Player: Lyrositor

Best Alliance Leader: Katerina & Ashwyn

Most Controversial Player: Ibrahim

Best Player Sig: Fox Fire

Best Player Avatar: Fox Fire

Best OOC Poster:

Best IC Poster: Rozalia

Nicest Player: Ashwyn, Katerina, Illegal Alien

Funniest Player: Illegal Alien

Most Active Player:

Player Most Likely to Achieve Greatness in 2016: Brandon Donsberger

Best New Addition to the Community: Al Capone

 

 

 

COMMUNITY CATEGORIES

 

Best Wall of Text: (provide a link)

Best P&W Forum Topic: (provide a link)

Biggest Controversy:

Funniest Event:

Most Entertaining IRC Channel:

Best Treaty Announcement: (provide a link)

Best Declaration of War: (provide a link)

Largest E-Peen:

Best Villain: Charming Friends

Most Hated Poster: Pedro II

Most Missed Player (Player that has gone inactive/quit):

 

 

 

WORST CATEGORIES

 

Worst Alliance of the Year: International Revolution

Worst Military of the Year:

Worst Diplomatic Move:

Most Inactive Large Alliance:

Alliance Most Likely to Fail in 2016: Sigma

Worst Player of the Year: Pedro II

Worst Alliance Leader of the Year:

Worst Treaty of the Year: (provide a link)

Worst Forum Poster: C-Temple

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ALLIANCE CATEGORIES

Alliance of the Year: Vanguard, day one homies. No one has shown the same amount of honor and chivalry as them. 
Most Powerful Alliance: tS
Best Military: Alpha
Best Rookie Alliance: GE
Best Flag: Pantheon
Best War Flag: only one I really know that changes it is BK
Most Active Alliance: Sparta
Most Honorable Alliance: Alpha
Most Improved Alliance: BK (based off of their startup of just wanting to troll)
Best Diplomatic Team: BK
Best Economic System: Sigma
Best Recruiting Staff: UPN
Best Propaganda Staff: The Mad Men of PnW
Best Alliance Growth: Whatever the [email protected]#$ Ole's alliance is called 
Best Forums: SK
Alliance Most Likely to Succeed in 2016: Fark
Most Immoral Alliance: International Revolution
Most Controversial Alliance: Mensa HQ

PLAYER CATEGORIES
Player of the Year: Kurdanak
Most Powerful Player: Tim Armstrong, she is tS FA now and they have the most connected MDPs. 
Best Alliance Leader: Prefontaine, just judging off of how far he went with Guardian
Most Controversial Player: Pfeiffer
Best Player Sig: Cynic
Best Player Avatar: Jodo
Best OOC Poster: N/A
Best IC Poster: Rozalia
Nicest Player: Moreau
Funniest Player: Carter0912
Most Active Player: Kurdanak
Player Most Likely to Achieve Greatness in 2016: Pax
Best New Addition to the Community: durmij



COMMUNITY CATEGORIES

Best Wall of Text: (provide a link) N/A
Best P&W Forum Topic: (provide a link) N/A
Biggest Controversy: Proxy wars via hitting protectorates
Funniest Event: FIRE, when Carter led it
Most Entertaining IRC Channel: #bk
Best Treaty Announcement: (provide a link) https://politicsandwar.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6102-something-latin/
Best Declaration of War: (provide a link) https://politicsandwar.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4436-mess-with-a-rose-you-get-the-thorns/page-1
Largest E-Peen: Oblige
Best Villain: Princess Bubblegum
Most Hated Poster: Ibrahim
Most Missed Player (Player that has gone inactive/quit): Britishdude



WORST CATEGORIES

Worst Alliance of the Year: Suicide Squad, they all went inactive (except for Under) after they lost a war to GPA
Worst Military of the Year: Cornerstone, I'm hoping they learned since their last war
Worst Diplomatic Move: Anything Anson did
Most Inactive Large Alliance: UPN, just based on inactive nations.
Alliance Most Likely to Fail in 2016: I feel that this one is a bit of a loaded question, the biggest failure will be from whoever takes the biggest risk and fails, in my opinion. For example, if SK would have pulled of the stuff that was leaked this summer they would have been immensely successful and hard to compete with but since it was squashed they had to take months to recover. I would say Sigma if it's just basic disbanding and such though. 
Worst Player of the Year: Abbas Mehdi
Worst Alliance Leader of the Year: Shellhound, I love the guy but if we are talking in regards to which leader hurt their alliance the most with their actions he takes it simply due to the PR and statistical hit Guardian got from him. 
Worst Treaty of the Year: (provide a link) UPN - Mensa treaty, https://politicsandwar.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7923-announcement/
Worst Forum Poster:  Ibrahim

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Best New Addition to the Community: Fox Fire

 

You youngsters are adorable.

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You youngsters are adorable.

"Member Since 27 Dec 2014" - [email protected]#$, please.

 

On that note, I missed celebrating my two year anniversary on these forums by two days. >_>

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