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WHPR Day 2141 - Foreign Affairs; Gaming; English Letters; War Map; eNPR

Day 2,140, 00:30 Published in USA USA by James S. Brady Press Room
WHPR Day 2141 - Foreign Affairs; Gaming; English Letters; War Map; eNPR
HeapSeppo goes pro FA on the Media

Dateline: Monday, September 30, 2013 (Day 2,141)
Location: James S. Brady Press Room, The White House

Today’s WHPR:
: 1: Foreign Affairs
: 2: What Makes a Online Game Great
: 3: English Letters
: 4: War Map and Analysis
: 4: eNPR

Editor: Co-SecMed Melissa Rose
Contributors: Co-SecMed Custer, Phoenix Quinn, Morning Star, HeapSeppo, Kelly J. Brown


Foreign Affairs
HeapSeppo

Recently there have been a lot of things going on. Talk of nations changing sides or moving further towards TWO. The two countries that have been mostly in focus are Brazil and Portugal. As some know, Portugal has been pro-TWO for awhile and has now moved even further towards them. They signed a treaty with Spain recently to strengthen that relationship.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y9NaMotPJ91EdokgcbYjByR2B2K7TYzGLvNbviEY2Rw/edit

The other country is Brazil who previously had a “Bro pact” with us, called the CUB treaty. The Bro pact was a signed document that showed our mutual love for each other. This document meant that we were going to fight for each other and help each other in times of need with things like ATOs.

The CUB treaty: http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/-whpr-misery-loves-company-support-the-us-recruitment-drive--2283108/1/20

Brazil decided to move in a different direction, MPPing a country that is in direct war with us. This country is Spain. It is really sad to have lost such a great connection and I hope that we can restore it in the future. Different times, different people.

http://www.erepublik.com/en/main/law/Brazil/132824

That brings us to the last country that has been talked about, Spain. We might not have had MPPs with each other or even been in the same alliance, but we have always had a rather good and healthy relationship. We might not fight for each other, but we have not been fighting directly fighting against each other. To make a long story short: Spain got bored of not having any direct wars. Their Congress decided to find an opponent. They chose us and then attacked.

So, is this the part where we ask some provocative questions, like, “where was our Diplomatic Corps while all this was going on?” or, “did America and CoT really let Brazil down?” We could do that. But Brazil’s decision had more to do with their own unstable internal politics than anything else. Portugal simply drank the Spanish Kool-Aid rather than go to war with their more powerful neighbor. And Spain… well, they’re Spain, and nothing underhanded they pull should come as any surprise-- especially since they’ve come under pressure from Serbia and TWO.



Different times, different people. Same Kool Aid, different day.


What Makes a Online Game Great
Kelly J. Brown

There are any number of factors that can make an online game good, and most of these are outside the control of the player. But I will submit that, what makes such a game great is not the design, graphics, or gameplay, but rather, something much more basic to the human experience: other human beings.

I am very new to eRepublik, and relatively new to social games in general. I guess I don’t really fall into the normal gaming demographic – female, over 25 (positively old, I know), and, to be perfectly honest, a bit short on eye-hand coordination. But when I came across this game, something about it immediately appealed to me. It might have been the prospect of building up a character and participating in e-wars, or perhaps it was Plato’s undeniable sexiness. But I think it was more likely something else: that what’s really engaging about this game is not clicking buttons and watching numbers go up, but rather, participating in a vibrant community – an online community, but no less real for that. The more I’ve gotten to know some of the players here, the more I see fun, intelligent, organized human beings. People with sharp senses of humor, a welcoming attitude, and no short amount of e-patriotism.

I will admit that when I first noticed that our e-country was currently on the receiving end of some rather unpleasant brutishness from both within and without, I thought that perhaps I had joined the losing team. No one wants to see their e-country go down in flames! But what I am now coming to realize is that, again, this game is about something much more basic than wars and territories and political take-overs: it’s about people. People having fun organizing themselves around a common purpose, and having great experiences and occasionally forging lasting friendships along the way. As with any game, one can’t always expect to win, but one can always expect to have fun in the company of good people.

So even if we do get wiped, I’ll still be here, doing what I can and enjoying the company of my fellow players.

…But all that said: there’s nothing like being invaded to spark some patriotism. Let’s go kick some e-Polish and e-Spanish tail.





Does it really have to be all that complicated? Anti-multi philosopher and blade-walker Billy Occam was famous for saying that theories should not be any more complex than absolutely necessary. Actually, he said that theories should not "multiply entities unnecessarily". But that's probably more complex than absolutely necessary, right?

Billy Ocean, on the other hand, said, "If I had to start all over without you I wouldn't know where to begin. 'Cause you are all that I need and I want you bad enough to keep on trying. Stand and deliver." Which is a whole 'nother thing.

Wait. Where was I? Oh. Right. Simplicity, science and razors. OK...

Let's suppose that the well-known e-Spanish philosopher, scientist and mystic Isaac Newton watched an apple fall and wisely exclaimed, "I've got it! Apples are caught in a tug-of-war between friendly gremlins who pull them up with promises of higher wages and horrid trolls who pull them down with nasty comments. And trolls are stronger than gremlins. QED: Apples fall downward."

Our friend Billy Occam would've retorted, "Isaac. Dude. Your theory accounts for all the observable facts, but it's way too complicated to be right. Get with the program: Keep it simple, stupid!"



War Map and Analysis
MourningStar

Well folks, I am not here to blow smoke up your otherwise already puckered nether regions. With Kansas now under attack as well, we have lost some major battles the last couple days including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Without sounding like I am beating a dead horse, Plato has it against us again. Back to back to back contests and bonuses have played right into the hands of TWO and helped push us to within inches of our lives and our last few states. Resistance fighting and guerrilla warfare seem to be the order of the day. Make the Polish menace fight itself while drawing attention away from more serious battles. While decisions of where to fight or not to fight might not make perfect or clear sense at the moment, there is a strategy. There is a purpose. There is still a United States!
Our Mexibros down South have not had it easy either, losing two territories to Venezuela and a few Resistance Wars to Poland. They currently have Texas under siege from the Polish horde as well. Mexico may have been able to land swap Oklahoma with us enabling the US to gain a food production boost, but they will probably need to focus on defending Texas and their own lands from the grip of Venezuela in the future.
It is now more important than ever in this smaller scale skirmish and resistance war environment to follow DoD and Military Unit orders. We must keep our heads high and our rifles clean if we are to come out of this stronger and with more resolve. The nations of TWO and those we had truces with might be able to take our land for now, but they will never take our memory... and brother, do we have a long memory.




eNPR; Your Oval Office Radio

President Oblige ran amok on the Friday night eNPR, beginning the show with the bombshell announcement that we will not seek a third (seventh overall) term of office. Even as he dominated the 100 minute show, mostly explaining how high taxes and low regions and resources work, SecMed Custer and eNPR Co-Host hammered the President with the popular view that these things just piss off the average player.

Upcoming eNPR Shows:
Next Tuesday, Talostastic presents "the straight show" with real guests and real news.
Next Friday-- Election Eve-- Talos will host the Bigass POTUS Debate. Citizens are asked to submit questions for the candidates-- post them in the Comments to this article! Even if Josh Frost runs unopposed, he'll be grilled to explain in detail his agenda and how he expects to deal with the many problems facing America in the next month.





Melissa Rose -|- George Armstrong Custer
"I would rather rot in hell for all of eternity for standing by my principles, than get into heaven by leaving those principles behind"

Staff Writers Irule777, Mourning Star, Bucephalus92, Phoenix Quinn, and Guest Writer Kelly J. Brown



WHPR Day 2141
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Foreign Affairs; Gaming; English Letters; War Map; eNPR



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Comments

James S. Brady Press Room
James S. Brady Press Room Day 2,140, 00:31

Support your government papers. Vote and Shout

SrSalvador
SrSalvador Day 2,141, 11:37

Esta pole a sido nacionalizada poe el bien de ejpaña...
oi oi oi oi q dominio der paint tiene eze muxaxo x diooos. K mapita mas bonico y mas apañao sa hecho este muxaxo... na mas q la fartao la bandera de ejpanha

Mourning Star
Mourning Star Day 2,140, 00:36

Woot woot! Voted

angeldav
angeldav Day 2,140, 00:39

Churros 4 breakfast!

SrSalvador
SrSalvador Day 2,141, 11:39

donde te has dejao la receta?

Texan Cowboy
Texan Cowboy Day 2,140, 00:46

"We might not fight for each other, but we have not been fighting directly fighting against each other."

What a load of crap. USA has been pestering Spain for quite some time last year, even though it's true you haven't been in direct conflict these past few months (you being deleted and all might have been a small reason for that)
But, we'll fix it. Soon you will be gone, and you won't have to worry about Spaniards anymore

Mourning Star
Mourning Star Day 2,141, 02:15

Odd outlook for someone with a US State in their name...

Texan Cowboy
Texan Cowboy Day 2,141, 07:28

Not at all odd, since Texas is a US state only by obligation.

Mourning Star
Mourning Star Day 2,141, 07:36

okay... lol.

RaccoonGoon
RaccoonGoon Day 2,141, 01:12

Another good WHPR.

Man, I'm going to miss these next month...

Mister Y
Mister Y Day 2,141, 01:34

Voted.

NueveOcho
NueveOcho Day 2,141, 02:14

Hail Polska

btw, good article by Kelly J. Brown

Mourning Star
Mourning Star Day 2,141, 03:23

Odd the article has been out this long and "He whose name we shall not mention" has not commented yet... lol

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 2,141, 03:35

How nice to see that eUSA politics didn't change at all. Blaming everyone expect themselves.
You complain of eBrazil not supporting you in your offensive war against eSpain... Again I will put it offensive war...
eSpain during TWO invasion on eUSA didn't want to attack you because their good relationship with eBrazil and now you had same situation and still decided to attack eSpain. eBrazil just wanted no wars between you 2 and still you couldn't do that.

Mourning Star
Mourning Star Day 2,141, 04:29

What the heck, you Polish Nazi (oxyMoron I know)... Spain attacked South Carolina after initiating a Natural Enemy law against us. Then Brazil's socialist nutjobs proposed an MPP with Spain and it barely passed because their congress was split. Go back to killing babies and depriving the liberty of the less fortunate you whack job.

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 2,141, 05:16

Thank you for your kind words.
And now to respond to your comment.
First look at proposed laws.
When eMexico decided to attack ePoland, eSpain reacted and declared NE to eMexico. eMexico then declined NE against ePoland and TW was signed between eSpain and eMexico. That showed that ROLA as sub-alliance is still working.
Everything was going good and then CoT decided to attack eSpain.
Again look at laws and you will see that eUSA is one that accepted NE law against eSpain together with eFrance and eMexico. What you got now is just retaliation of that attack on eSpain. They in no way initiated that war...
Again look at laws proposed and accepted and you will see.

Mourning Star
Mourning Star Day 2,141, 05:36

HeapSeppo
HeapSeppo Day 2,141, 06:37

Lol'd at "They in no way initiated that war". You do realize that you're wrong I hope and just come here to troll? Spain NE'd USA first. CoT didn't attack Spain, Spain attacked CoT and then CoT retaliated. Get your facts straight dude. Think we all of a sudden would just go "OOOOOOH, let's RW a country that is passive while we're in the middle of other wars. That sounds like fun!"?

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 2,141, 07:24

eSpain NE'd eUSA first but again who made eMexico to NE ePoland and then eSpain.
eUSA made eMexico get involved in all that knowing that eSpain will somehow react. eUSA is one that wanted to pull more people in that war as eUSA saw that they couldn't beat ePoland in 1 on 1 battle.
Again last time I checked eSpain refused to NE eUSA when invasion on eUSA started.... You can't say that eSpain is guilty for current situation as you can't say that only eUSA is guilty as well. One action leads to another...
Some things I wrote in my comment were trollish but again some were true.

HeapSeppo
HeapSeppo Day 2,141, 07:39

Fun facts for you:

1. We did not ask Mexico to NE Poland that time, they did it purely to help us. It was also voted down. We had NOTHING to do with that NE.

2. We had no intention to pull Spain into the war, and their NE on us was in no way instigated by something we did. Their people wanted a war because they were bored so they decided to NE us.

3. See where this is going? Yes, towards: You don't really know what you're talking about. You come here with rumors and your ideas of what you THINK happened. If we had asked Mexico to NE Poland that time I'd know of it.

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 2,141, 08:28

Fun fact for you too:
I talked with someone from CoT HQ and he said that eMexico NE on eSpain was disscused on CoT meeting but that eMexico NE on eSpain was some agreement between eUSA and eMexico and not CoT directly.
Everything in this game is disscused and planned in one way or another.
Again eMexico and eSpain are members of sub-alliance named ROLA and saying that they would just like that attack someone they see as friend is silly thing to say.

HeapSeppo
HeapSeppo Day 2,141, 08:33

>First claims that USA got them to attack
>Then claims it was CoT

How are you going to have it? You just answered your own statement.

But they DID attack their own friends. Just because they have a sub-alliance it doesn't mean that Mexico shouldn't be prohibited from NEing their enemies. If they can't handle that then they shouldn't have a sub-alliance because that's simply not how it works.

ExZilYon
ExZilYon Day 2,141, 08:55

Where did I claim anything in my posts.
I said it was disscused on CoT meeting but I didn't say anything about if they agreed or not about actions that would happen in the future.
Also being member of that sub-alliance prohibits attacks on members of that same sub-alliance. Again look at eSpain. Just because eBrazil and few other ROLA members didn't support their attack on eUSA during invasion they didn't do it. They just stayed back.
You should actually read their charter to see how would eMexico intervention be act of aggression....

HeapSeppo
HeapSeppo Day 2,141, 08:58

"eSpain NE'd eUSA first but again who made eMexico to NE ePoland and then eSpain.
eUSA made eMexico get involved in all that knowing that eSpain will somehow react. eUSA is one that wanted to pull more people in that war as eUSA saw that they couldn't beat ePoland in 1 on 1 battle."

Wops, there you did. Too bad that you can't even keep up your own story.

Grant van der Merwe Day 2,141, 05:52

Comment deleted

Grant van der Merwe
Grant van der Merwe Day 2,141, 05:53

Discussions of values in science are very interesting to me. I've heard it noted that there doesn't seem to be any a priori reason why we actually should consider simplicity to be a virtue--do we really have any reason to believe the universe is simpler rather than more complex, other than that it would be really nice if that were the case?

Personally, I like my scientific theories like I like my men: high in utility and able to resist robust falsification attempts.

Alexander Atem
Alexander Atem Day 2,141, 06:19

Great Article!! Enjoyed the update

The Mike
The Mike Day 2,141, 12:48

INSURGIO~

Hale26
Hale26 Day 2,141, 13:08

Voted

Weapon Frayer
Weapon Frayer Day 2,141, 14:37

OK, uh, Mr. Sawyer you have the last question.

Mr. Sawyer:
OK, this question comes from a associate from Global Telex Corp. . OK: CoT.

Vanilla Slic
Vanilla Slic Day 2,141, 20:01

I would like to add this to Phoenix Quinn's section.

I said "now stop, collaborate, and listen".

Wise words in my opinion.

Pawardjow
Pawardjow Day 2,141, 23:28

o7

Thedillpickl
Thedillpickl Day 2,142, 04:38

@Kelly J. Brown,
"...Plato’s undeniable sexiness.":
No real women on internutz,
Plato is Greek,
∴ Plato is sexy.

also

"...I see fun, intelligent, organized human beings."


@PQ, "People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." ~Isaac Asimov

Grant van der Merwe
Grant van der Merwe Day 2,142, 07:22

Your argument is invalid insofar as the conclusion doesn't follow from the premises; furthermore, one of the premises is false. Sounds like someone needs to spend more time studying classic philosophy.

...Bonus: philosophers are sexy.

Thedillpickl
Thedillpickl Day 2,142, 13:08

lolololololol

R U I N A T I O N
R U I N A T I O N Day 2,142, 06:35

Boated!

 
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