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lalalandfg99 (102 D)
27 Sep 17 UTC
Looking for a Classic game
Hey guys,
been a while since I have played diplomacy and looking to get back into it. If anyone is making a classic game of 7 player diplomacy let me know!
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CommanderByron (869 D (S))
27 Sep 17 UTC
Webdipia Alt-Hist Simulator 3 AD
Hello, so we are looking for new players to join a fun interactive and challenging game of intrigue espionage and politics. Your role is unique and your story is your own. I welcome any players of the game to leave comments here positive or negative about your experience so far.
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brainbomb (474 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
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Family sits on couch during national anthem in football game
Sons of bitches should stand and show some fuckin respect to the flag. If some guy is pooping, he can poop standing up! Show respect to that peice of cloth that was sewn together by taiwanese child labor slaves. Fuck yea america
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captainmeme (846 D Mod)
27 Sep 17 UTC
Diplomacy Puzzle #4 - The Artillery Arms Scenario
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9se2SjrZ1c

This one is an exact scenario from a real, high-level game. In that game, Turkey was able to get into a 3-way draw - can you do the same?
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bo_sox48 (4849 D Mod (G))
26 Sep 17 UTC
Open Game Positions
I've been asked to advertise the following positions for takeover: gameID=206003, Turkey; gameID=203126, Germany

PM me if you're interested in taking over the latter position.
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marvinsbello86 (0 D X)
26 Sep 17 UTC
Change Nationality ?
Do you wish to change your nationality completly , please feel free to contact us on freenetdesign007@gmail.com for more details and modalities .
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Heywood Jablowme (13 D)
21 Sep 17 UTC
Rulebook Press?
Can someone explain what rulebook press means? I am playing a game and suddenly can't post messages individually any more and I am assuming I inadvertently broke some rule - thanks This term is mentioned in the rules but not described anywhere I can find.
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brainbomb (474 D)
25 Sep 17 UTC
The National Anthem sucks bigtime
Its boring. Musically its trash. This country sucks. Its poor and its disgusting. Our songs are horse poop. The anthem is dull and boring standing for it causes knee pain in elderly people. Posting in this thread means you support Republican views that stem cells are evil but jerrymandering is great
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Chearthquake (100 D)
21 Sep 17 UTC
No Build phase
Hey guys. I'm a new user and I'm playing a game with friend (ID is 206642) and I'm wondering if there is a bug or a rule we missed. I'm playing as Germany and I have 6 supply centers, 5 units and no build phase. I'm also curious if the game didn't register a capture of a supply center. I was in Warsaw and then took Moscow the next turn. I captured Moscow and not Warsaw. Can a vet help out some newbies?
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Hannibal76 (288 D (B))
23 Sep 17 UTC
Study music recommendations
Hey guys I'd appreciate it if you could recommend music that's helpful for studying. I ( like many) find it difficult to concentrate on immediate concerns like getting physics homework out of the way or starting a paper on whatever subject. I've tried classical music and it helps though some classical music I imagine is better than others for this. If you can recommend artists I'd appreciate it.
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eturnage (601 D (B))
23 Sep 17 UTC
Public Press Diplomatic Strategy
I understand Gunboat and FP. What are the objectives of public press diplomacy? Care to share your ideas on what works and what doesn't?
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JamesYanik (548 D)
26 Sep 17 UTC
Don't let this distract from the fact that Shia Leboeuf is a cannibal
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/25/politics/north-korea-fm-us-bombers/index.html

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yavuzovic (265 D)
25 Sep 17 UTC
New friend
I invited a friend and he joined. Can I play with him in public games. Is it meta-gaming.
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Enriador (100 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
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What about an end year for quick games?
vDip (and so many others sites and apps) has the option to include a fixed end year (like 1907), which is awesomely useful for quick games or tournaments of all kinds.
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MajorMitchell (1033 D)
21 Sep 17 UTC
Norway's Sovereign Wealth fund has $1 trillion in invested funds
Harnessing capitalism to benefit a Nation "s people. This fund helps to pay for pensions
MajorMitchell (1033 D)
21 Sep 17 UTC
Set up on revenues from Oil & Gas exploitation about thirty years ago. This fund now has $1 trillion invested. Apparently the income stream from this fund helps pay for pensions. Those clever Norwegians. Maybe Norway should have two supply centres. Does anyone know about this sovereign wealth fund ? Is this another example of an innovative policy that "smart European" nations seem to have a talent for developing ?
orathaic (1009 D (B))
21 Sep 17 UTC
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Smaller countries have an easier time getting policies like this pushed through. Because there is less political will required, less resistance from group which would prefer to entirely privatize oil wealth, and more political capital to be gained (comparatively speaking) from pushing a policy like this which is popular with the people...

What i'm saying is scale matters greatly in democracy.
Ogion (4380 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
You still need consensus. If you have two citizens you can still have deep divides. So, no matter how big the country, you still need the political will to do it. For example, there are Norwegians wanting to do US style conservatisism,but they don't get anywhere because there is political will to do something else. In a democracy, you still need 50%.

Sovereign wealth funds are fairly common especially for countries with oil money that wasn't viewed as a private asset but as a public one. The US could have done this, but chose instead to give away public resources for pennies on the dollar to corporations. That is arguably just a giant subsidy for our oil companies but not traditionally included in the $5 trillion subsidy number.

Yes, this is another example of socialism generating better results than capitalism. If you want a small number of wealthy people and a lot of poor ones, go for feudalism or unregulated capitalism. If you want a wealthy populace, mixed economies are your best best.

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Ogion (4380 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
You'll notice that most countries with sovereign wealth fund are ones that nationalized their oil. Norway, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, but other countries have them also, including China and Singapore. Of course, you won't find them in countries with no state enterprises and perennial deficits.
CroakandDagger (706 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
Yeah, nationalising your oil works great. Just look at Norway, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela.
Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
22 Sep 17 UTC
The Sovereign Wealth Fund in Norway isn't very capitalist. They essentially set aside profits for decades and just saved it all up, because they realised that oil won't last forever. It's a smart plan to make an industry more sustainable, but it's rather too late for most places to copy. It came up a lot during the Scottish IndyRef campaign, where the SNP planned to create one for Scotland in the event of independence. But with the small reserves left in the North Sea (particularly once they're cut in half for an independent Scotland), it would have nowhere near the same level of input.

And then, of course, the oil prices crashed and the entire SNP economic plan looked about as good as Maduro's Venezuela. Good thing they didn't win the referendum.
Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
Alaska has a Permanent Fund worth $55 billion. Dang socialists.
Octavious (1717 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
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At the end of the day it's just an exercise in marketing. A government raises and spends money as it sees fit. All a sovereign wealth fund is is some of the spending invested in foreign and domestic companies and the like instead of investing in schools, hospitals and infrastructure. This makes a degree of sense if your economy, by virtue of, say, vast oil reserves and a small population, finds itself with more money than it can efficiently spend. For countries that would benefit from increased infrastructure spending investing money in a sovereign wealth fund instead of them seems foolish.
Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
22 Sep 17 UTC
Eh. In the case of Norway it's more like a pension for the country. Once the oil runs out, the pension is there to support them.
Octavious (1717 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
It seems to have worked well for Norway. Even for them, however, you have the argument that perhaps it would have been a better option for the government to invest in developing other parts of their economy rather than investing in, say, the Dakota Access Pipeline. I'd also be extremely interested in hearing how Norway justified investing in foreign property when its hospitals have considerable waiting lists.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
22 Sep 17 UTC
@' The US could have done this, but chose instead to give away public resources for pennies on the dollar to corporations. That is arguably just a giant subsidy for our oil companies but not traditionally included in the $5 trillion subsidy number. '

Alaska has at least partially. They turn oil profits into a universal income for all Alaskans*. Not enough to live on, and Alaska does have a huge amount of natural resources contrasted with a tiny population density... but still at least they tried.

*How this is defined is unclear to me.
Ogion (4380 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
Yes, Contrast that with California which recovers no income from oil extraction. Bizarre.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
22 Sep 17 UTC
The 'capitalist' element of this is that they're investing capital (accumulated from the oil industry) in whatever is most profitable, and living off the income.

Seems like a perfect example of how capitalism is supposed to work.
Wusti (1456 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
Australian government has a Sovereign Wealth fund as well but its only got about $250 billion. Its seed funding came from the Sale of public assets and corporations. If ti were bigger, our politics has gotten so bad lately that it'd be pilfered to pay for election promises.
These things last only as long as the political and public will lets them.
Octavious (1717 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
A question for Wusti. Why, in your view, is it better for Australia to have a sovereign wealth fund investing in global projects than for Australia to invest in, say, its own high speed rail network? Or to invest in improvements to the healthcare in places like Tasmania that significantly lag behind the rest of the country?

To me a lot of sovereign wealth funds are equivalent to the sort of households who take delight in having a healthy looking chunk of money saved in their bank, but have done so by not fixing the leak in the roof or replacing old and drafty windows.
Ogion (4380 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
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It's a good question, octavious. (And I'll point out that those wait times are for non critical elective surgeries, so represent less of an issue than it appears. Still waay shorter than the US where a good chunk of the population face infinite wait times for elective surgeries).

I think the theory is that these funds arose because of decisions that big flushes of wealth shouldn't be spent by the government then in power but rather invested so as to improve future budgets. The earnings on the Norwegian fund can produce a substantial contribution to the budget without eating into the capital


It's more like a lottery winner investing the winnings and then living off the interest so as to leave something for the rutile rather than blowing it all on a spending spree.

That's my understanding of the theory.
Wusti (1456 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
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As usual Ogion thinks everything is about him.

Octavious - the premise of your question is that it is one or the other - I question that. Certainly at the time of setting up the fund the Australian economy was at risk of serious over-heating and injecting more cash would've been unwise. So timing was a factor.

Another factor in Australia's case was that a large portion of the public service were involved in a defined benefit superannuation scheme which was unfunded, because previous governments had never actually put aside the "superannuation contribution" and instead allowed it to go into consolidated revenue - the Sovereign Wealth Fund was set up and justified in large part to provide the funding base for that public liability.

As far as I am aware there have been no capital additions to the Fund in over a decade, but returns have been compounding into it since its inception, growing it into the current size.

So in the Australian case it was both saving to cover future liabilities, and its set up helped to stabilise the growth rate at that time.
Ogion (4380 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
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What is your problem, Wusti? You think that you have some god given right to be the sole interlocutor? What an ass!
Ogion (4380 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
And basically, Wusti repeated what I stated: sovereign wealth funds help stabilize the long term budget.
Wusti (1456 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
Octavious said " A question for Wusti" - but you answered for me. So yeah its all about you, you pretentious ass.
Wusti (1456 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
Also - thats not what i said.
MajorMitchell (1033 D)
23 Sep 17 UTC
Octavious did direct his question to Wusti, but others may contribute a response to his question, imho. Octavious asks a "opportunity cost" question... Australia could invest in domestic infrastructure &/or more funding to its "universal public" health services.. &/or sovereign fund investments using revenues from minerals exploitation, when a nation has a surge in those revenues.



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Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
21 Sep 17 UTC
Replacement Ghana Needed
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podium (498 D)
15 Aug 17 UTC
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Fantasy Football Time
Let's get this thing started up again.
We had a great group last year. Maybe we can recruit a few more players this year.
Post here if you want in.
Think Aug 27 or Sept 3 are good to host draft. We can discuss other dates if you wish.
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infinitybutts69 (911 D)
22 Sep 17 UTC
In search of fun folk for a Friday evening fight
gameID=206945

Start your weekend off with the sweet taste of victory, why dontcha?
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brainbomb (474 D)
28 Jul 17 UTC
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Webdip Sci-Fi Simulator 2 Sign Ups
It is 2094. Earth is a ruined planet. You and your fellow colonists must choose a planet - settle it, trade, deal with bandits/aliens/inclement weather/droughts/famine/disease/ and intruige. You hire people to assist (droids, experts, and merceneries), manage your economy and make your name in the universe. The signup is open to anyone. There is no maximum number who can play. Phases shift every 48 hours. Game will begin Aug 1st......See inside for more details....
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JamesYanik (548 D)
19 Sep 17 UTC
Protests turn to Riots at Georgia Tech after Shooting
https://www.rt.com/usa/403757-georgia-protests-student-death/
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brainbomb (474 D)
21 Sep 17 UTC
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Booty Shorts
Is it acceptable for me to wear these all year or only in warm times. And since global warming isnt real- can I just wear these during un-winter
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brainbomb (474 D)
19 Sep 17 UTC
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Whos butt do you have to grab to get a game going on this site?
Ive tried to post invites to two different dip games this past week and as far as I can tell theres 5 forum games going, the mod team keeps offering only elitist top GR 100 games or huge pot games nobody outsode the upper ten % could join. So basically is anyone still playing fuckin diplomacy here or what?
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Namejeff (10 D X)
20 Sep 17 UTC
Rubix Cube
Who here knows how to solve a Rubix cubes
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CdnPearson (268 D)
20 Sep 17 UTC
Webdip points question
If a player abandons/leaves a game and no one takes over their position, is that player still included in draws to end the game? Do they get a split of the webdip points from the game?
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Zach0805 (5 D)
19 Sep 17 UTC
Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria became a Category 5. Dvorak T 7.4(If you get that thumbs up), Pressure 925, Winds 160.

Im waiting for the "Global Warming's fault" comments.
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brainbomb (474 D)
14 Sep 17 UTC
Jar Jar Binks appreciation thread
Post your favorite Jar Jar moments herr
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Anneal (316 D)
18 Sep 17 UTC
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How to play Cuba in Empire4?
Cuba is not very defensive and shares very few alliance options. More in response below.
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brainbomb (474 D)
15 Sep 17 UTC
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Rhyme Time III
Welcome my old friends, to the shitshow that never ends. Diplomacy is tedius and gunboat you cant coordinate - join along and mast- (woops) Rhyme Time all your press is poetic! To join this game YOU MUST BE PATHETIC, Have a shitty RR moist from diuretics.
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Fluminator (496 D)
14 Sep 17 UTC
Let's talk about STDs
There's been a lot of political tension on this forum lately. Let's talk about something else instead.
What's your opinion on the different STDs?
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MajorMitchell (1033 D)
19 Sep 17 UTC
RIP Cassini ..the little space craft that flew to Saturn
What a wonderful triumph of Science and Engineering.
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