Announcements and Explanation

"Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring--not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive." - Carl Sagan, 1994.
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Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 00:05:24 Thursday, 20 July, 2017

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Space! The final frontier.

Aliens! They're here, and they're communist.

Balance of Power: 1968 - Aliens! is a standard 1968 BOP, except a massive Flying Saucer has landed by Buenos Aires and made this guy and the Fourth International Posadist their new best friends. The world stands at the crossroads. What will happen? You decide.

Please note that this is a game that is extremely non-serious, but I do expect y'all to act serious about it, hah.

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As an ideology Posadism supports the potential for Third World revolution, is enthusiastic about nuclear war and space exploration by the former USSR and the People's Republic of China, and has an esoteric concern for "harmonisation" and "man's relationship to the earth, to nature and to the cosmos", based upon an original analysis of working class culture developed by J. Posadas.

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Posadas was the author of a number of works with an unconventional slant; he tried to create a synthesis of Trotskyism and Ufology. His most prominent thesis from this perspective was Flying saucers, the process of matter and energy, science, the revolutionary and working-class struggle and the socialist future of mankind (1968). Posadists believed that extra-terrestrials visiting earth in flying saucers must come from a socially and scientifically advanced civilisation to master inter-planetary travel and that the working-class should welcome the alien invaders as their liberators.
Beginning in 1968, Posadas also became known for his theories concerning UFOs. If anything like UFOs existed, they could demonstrate the existence of agents able to master a very sophisticated technology, something that would be compatible with what in this planet was advocated by socialism. If UFOs existed, they could be allied in addressing some of the major problems in the earth.

In his pamphlet Les Soucoupes Volantes, le processus de la matiere et de l'energie, la science et le socialisme (Flying Saucers, the process of matter and energy, science and socialism), Posadas pleaded that "“We must call upon beings from other planets when they come to intervene, to collaborate with the inhabitants of the Earth to overcome misery. We must launch a call on them to use their resources to help us.”
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 21:26:35 Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Anyone who has signed up is welcome to post a newspaper, carry out diplomacy, and so on. For once, I can honestly say that putting an effort into these things will be rewarded (but the lack of it won't be penalized either).

Remember than other events in the world continue. as the alien threat looms.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by LordMoose » 18:10:40 Saturday, 22 July, 2017

when are turns due?
also can I get credits
for the UK please?

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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 18:46:50 Saturday, 22 July, 2017

LordMoose wrote:
18:10:40 Saturday, 22 July, 2017
when are turns due?
also can I get credits
for the UK please?
viewtopic.php?f=325&t=1963

You'll get your credits in a bit!
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 07:06:28 Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Practically no one has sent a turn by Deadline Day, and we can't continue without a Cuba.

Game delayed indefinitely.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 20:09:06 Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Turn extended to 23:59 GMT+1 Friday the 28th 'o July.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 11:12:37 Wednesday, 02 August, 2017

Stats have been somewhat updated. Everyone should have player stats now, and some corrections of faulty stuff have been made, esp. in the NPC section. A correct world map will be uploaded before the new turn is out. Further changes may take place. This is all due to incorrected inaccuracies left over when I inherited the stats, my apologies. Make sure to always double-check if something changes.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 01:07:55 Monday, 07 August, 2017

I'm terribly sorry, but the turn will likely be delayed until this weekend.

Me and my girlfriend are going on a little getaway trip between Wednesday and Friday, during which I will be largely unable to post. Monday, I'm packing, and will be having a repairman over. Tuesday I'll be spending time with my girlfriend ahead of the trip. I had in mind to finish it all by Monday, but it seems increasingly difficult.

At the present, the regions are processed as follows:

Africa: 100%
South America: 100%
North America: 55%
Asia: 25%
Europe: 35%
Oceania: 0%
Middle East: 0% (Sorry Gesar)

Africa and South America are by far the longest ones, so that's nice. All world powers except USA (ugh, US elections) and China are done. I still have a hefty amount to go, and I hope to get through at least a significant portion of it tomorrow Monday, but it won't be enough. Probably. We'll see. I'm very sorry.

If you're interested, I have currently written 14,168 words for this turn (incl. a few dozen "words" that's just formatting/code). For comparison, the "Hugo Award for Best Novella" and the "Nebula Award for Best Novella" both have a minimum length of 17,500, while the respective awards for Novelettes having 7,500 as the minimum word count. George Orwell's Animal Farm is apparently 29,966 words, which means I have written almost half of Animal Farm for E1968.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 00:18:47 Tuesday, 08 August, 2017

Scratch all of the above, I managed to complete it.

However, as the turn is in total 23,543 words long (without formatting and headers), I have been quite exhausted by it, and you can expect a lot of the writing to be subpar. Please excuse any mistakes (feel free to send me lists of grammatical errors), inaccuracies, or missed actions - it will all be corrected when I have time.

Turn PMs and full stats will sadly be delayed, as I am too tired to write them, and I'm leaving on Wednesday for my trip. Will be back in the weekend to complete it all.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 17:26:37 Sunday, 13 August, 2017

As some of you have heard, my computer broke down.

I'll try to get stats and PMs out tomorrow evening despite that. My apologies.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 02:27:51 Wednesday, 16 August, 2017

I'm worked all night, and all player turn PMs should now be out. I have also posted the player stats. NPC stats will take a bit longer, as I'm exhausted. I hope you'll all survive without it for now, feel free to ask questions / request specific pieces until then.

Also feel free to point out errors in your stats or anything else, it's difficult to go through it all and not miss a few issues.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 13:04:34 Thursday, 17 August, 2017

NPC stats are out. There WILL be errors, inaccuracies, formatting issues, etc. since I did all of it on my phone. Please point out anything you see.

Deadline is Tuesday the 22nd of August.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 20:49:31 Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Game on hold as of now.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 17:57:40 Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

My requests for this game to resume have been stated to the Admin IRC Clique™. It'll remain on hold until then.

Not that I could process a turn right now anyway, only a fraction of players have bothered to meet the deadline.
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Re: Announcements and Explanation

Post by Smyg » 20:16:30 Friday, 25 August, 2017

My requests remain valid and active.
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