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How can a decade old accusation of sexual harassment against Herman Cain even be an issue in American politics after all the liberals dismissed Bill Clinton's adultery with a member of the staff in the White House as being completely irrelevant to his job as president.
The 28% tax on long-term capital gains brought in only $36.9 billion a year from 1987 to 1997, according to the Treasury Department, while the 15% tax brought in $96.8 billion a year from 2004 to 2007.
You're France in S01 and Italy moves to Piedmont while Marseilles moved to Spain and Paris to Picardy along with Brest-MAO. Barring any real diplomacy that has gone on, are you more likely to return to Marseilles in the fall assuming Italy will attack it, or list a hold order assuming a bluff?
@Favio: I only had three fleets, the same as you. All you needed to do was support hold a fleet in the North Sea using your two other fleets. Instead, you decided to attack me in Norway and my home center in St Petersburg. How is taking my home center a defensive move to stop an aggressive Russia? I didn't attack you ONCE until after you took my centers.
Regarding the Autumn 1910, you had already taken most of germany by that point, which is the ONLY reason I moved against you in the first place. Turkey correctly stabbed at that point and went on to win the game.
"Regarding the Autumn 1910, you had already taken most of germany by that point, which is the ONLY reason I moved against you in the first place. Turkey correctly stabbed at that point and went on to win the game."
@Favio: With every word you show your lack of understanding. I am glad you said the above statement. You attacked me AFTER Turkey. Yet you realise that Turkey was in a position to win the game when he stabbed me. This, more than anything else, underlines you absolute lack of judgement in this game and your absolute lack of judgement in attacking me and taking my centers despite Turkey's strong position to solo.
@Favio: I am not criticising you as a player generally but this game was definitely an off-day for you. I think that is clear not only in your misplaced aggression towards me but in your whole 'strategy' (if indeed you had one) from the onset of the game. First you place an army in Norway then you move to the Channel, antagonising France, and convoy an army to Belgium. You were all over the place, creating problems with every neighbour you had.
and yet somehow you held the line even with me attacking you...had you have not gone to the north sea, i was intending on stopping with norway. All I wanted was another fleet to hold norway with, but when you moved to the north sea, I had no choice.
Ok let me attempt to explain my reasoning from 1909 to my aggression towards you in taking Norway in 1911.
In Autumn of 1908, we were both battling Germany. You were attacking him, and I was trying to get him off my land. Spring of 1909, you lose brest, but gain position on Germany. At this point I'm a little worried about Russian fleets in both the north sea and english channel, but I chose to not support hold and moved to edinburgh. it worked well enough, because in autumn of 1909, you moved everything to germany. I got rid of the germany army becuase of his disband, and I was thinking "well he just screwed germany, so I need to prepare for the possibility of him coming at me. At this point, the north sea was clear and i was just moving to NAO, NWG, and North seas, just to defend myself. Theoretically, you already have had three fleets adjacent to the north sea, so I am worried. Spring of 1910, we bounce in the north sea, I'm worried by this point because I think you are trying to keep me out of the only place I can truly defend myself, so I respond. Autumn of 1910 by moving to Barents and threatening norway and St Petes. The rest is history....
Emotion. I felt infuriated with England's ridiculous moves. I saw no light. I should have bothered though, you are right - but I just felt it futile in the face of England's aggression. I should have tried once again though and given England the opportunity, like you say, to prove that he had learnt the lesson. (Although he never showed a sign that he had, until the very last turn)
The game was lost by Russia's moves in 1913 and 1914 (especially MUN-BUR) and those moves were unrelated to England's play. Its pretty clear that Russia was upset with England and so threw the game to Turkey. I don't see any other possible explanations. Obviously, no one is blameless in the loss and jmeyersd definitely wiped me out fast, but I think Russia needs to acknowledge that he wrecked the stalemate line for no rational reason.
Diplomats fall into different categories or archetypes. Some are bossy and curmudgeonly. Some are vague and try to stay neutral toward everybody. Some are pushovers (the best allies of course!). And some are true diplomats. There is a lot to say on this topic and I hope to get a lot of participation in this thread, but I'd like to start with a couple pointers that have served me well:
Oftentimes you are presented with difficult tactical decisions. Consider a move where you could take a SC two different ways. Your opponent can defend against either move successfully, but not both. Which move do you choose?
Now that he's gone, I kind of miss him. Though his comments were often inane and nonsensical, there was a sort of clarity of thought to them that, in retrospect... I really respect. You might even call it a kind of genius? Come back to us, KA!
gameID=71352 - everyone determined to submit orders in time and not to leave in the first turn just 'cause Austria sucks - is welcome to join the game. However, volunteers from the late "Why so Anonymous?" game are most likely to be given priority (pacta sunt servanda). But I think we will have some free seats.
@ Splitdiplomat userID=36887 to withdraw your draw vote seconds before a CD while the rest also votes draw, only because you came out of the turn well is very unsportive behaviour (at least in my eyes).