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  1. Hm, I don't read webcomics too much, but I'm sure I can come up with a handful. Russell's Teapot: Atheist humor. Subnormality: Bizarre humor, tending towards social criticism. Red Meat: Off-putting, but often very funny. And of course there's xkcd, an all-time favorite which you may already know about as it's comparatively popular.
  2. Well it's been a while folks, I look forward to RPing with y'all again.
  4. I tried to post the word "Shiny!" but my Internet went down.
  5. Prominent futurist Raymond Kurzweil believes that by 2099, technology will have advanced to the point where conscious beings no longer require a physical form. Yaknow, the future is kinda wide open as far as predictions and whatnot, especially in an age of such rapid scientific advancement as we live in now. Imagine trying to explain the technologies of the year 2000 to someone from 1900... then imagine someone from 2100 trying to explain their technologies to us... then imagine someone from 2700 trying to explain their technologies. It'll get pretty wild pretty fast.
  6. Works for me. We can just finesse it regarding the distances between individual systems.
  7. I am slightly confused as to the length of travel between systems. In the 400 years since the Haru set out on their journey, I would imagine that interstellar technology has advanced to a point where travel between, say, the Solar System and a system immediately neighboring it would not take that long. Not instantaneous like hyperspace, but not 400 years either. How long exactly do you think such a trip would take?
  8. Ah yes, I need to post on that soon, don't I.
  9. I'd like to stub my toe on this one, if I might. Still getting the details of 28th-century New Corsimenia worked out (I suspect it will end up being very weird), but I'll drop a post in soon.
  10. It'll take me a while to hit 150 posts or whatever the second-plot requirement is, so I can have that option open for the near future. It sounds like it would be fun. To start off with I'll just go with either one or three... probably one unless I can think of a satisfactory crisis that would fit well with the scheme of my nation.
  11. I've almost worked up enough a backstory for my nation to the point that I feel I can actually start joining some of the roleplay, but as this is my first roleplay in Europa I don't want to make any sort of egregious errors. What would be the best way to bring my nation into contact the rest of the region? For example: Begin with the election of a president who is in favor of knocking down the isolationist barriers which his predecessors have set up, sending out diplomatic feelers to other nations. Decide to enter a war or other conflict which is already going on. Have some kind of crisis in my country which results in foreign intervention or at least interest. Randomly declare war on somebody. Invade more territory. That kind of thing. Can I just pick one of these ideas and roll with it, or is there one particular way in which I should endeavor to cure my n00bishness? (Not to RPing in general, but to Europa.)
  12. 20th Century Corsimenia International treaties against piracy and the unified global crackdown against pirates rendered Corsimenia's main source of income extinct in the modern era. Being somewhat ostracized from the international scene for their egregious ways, the First Admirals therefore embarked on a policy of sheer isolationism, crippling the Corsimenian economy and causing discontent to grow. Various domestic rebellions arose in the 19th century, the most serious of which (in 1847) caused a chunk of the Corsimenian population to actually split off and depart the nation to form the independent colony of New Corsimenia, too far across the globe to be of concern. The Fintari also campaigned vigorously for their own country, sometimes politically, sometimes militarily, but never with enduring success. By 1900 the isolationist ideology had slackened enough to allow international trade to flow, especially to and from the harbors and shipyards of Tur, which blossomed in size and wealth. Heavy tariffs still deterred serious foreign investment. A new intellectual movement slowly developed in Tarkhos, known as the Diustomu (Dark Storm) movement, which expressed a common attitude among Corsimenian youth of loneliness and desolation. The seminal event of this movement is widely considered to be the publication of Maximilian Skanring's 1906 novel The Arms of the Tide, which sparked controversy in Corsimenian literary circles and soon inspired many other artists to follow suit. Gradual steps were taken towards freedom for the masses, until the appointment of the extremely conservative First Admiral Indru Kalvanian in 1921. F.A. Indru Kalvanian Kalvanian brutally cracked down on political dissidents, shook up the Corsimenian government (removing all known members of the Three Guilds, which he considered to be "secret societies") and struck down many of the freedoms which had been gained since 1906. He also initiated a draft and instituted his own secret police. These measures and others made him extremely unpopular, and another rebellion was brewing. It broke in March 1924, the Andukasti (Year of Blood), when students from the University of Tarkhos who were demonstrating against the government were attacked by Kalvanian's police and fought back. Rebel groups sprouted up all over Corsimenia, and with the aid of some foreign interests who were afraid of what Kalvanian could do if he remained in power, he was deposed and executed (without a trial) in October. Some called for abolishing the position of First Admiral and turning all power over directly to the masses, but the prevailing view was that the Admiralty should remain intact with its power checked and a republican-style Senate in place. Following the Andukasti Revolution, civil liberties in Corsimenia made great strides and the economy was reopened to foreign investment. This shaky economy went through some long and drastic birth pangs, but eventually settled into a fairly powerful entity. Corsimenia made various treaties and was dragged into several damaging wars in the early 1930s, but patriotic propaganda ensured that these wars remained relatively popular. The Communists attempted a revolution in 1935, which failed, and First Admiral Teli Samunen was assassinated in 1938 by an anarchist. The Three Guilds returned to prominence, and some commentators claim that they heavily influenced the Corsimenian political scene in the 1930s and 40s. As money flowed into the country, so did corruption, and First Admiral Lucas Fingal was unseated in 1943 after the Tarkhos Courier revealed his connections to various crime gangs. A public outcry against the excessive powers of the First Admiral resulted in the Constitutional Conclave in 1944, which reduced the First Admiral's power even more than the post-Andukasti decisions and established the position of President, which was elected by popular vote. 1944 Constitutional Conclave Corsimenia's first President was Andreis Samunen, son of Teli Samunen, and one of his first major acts was to divide the nation into seven manageable provinces rather than having one centralized administration in Tarkhos. He instituted other government reforms which were popular with the public but not with interests such as the Pirates' Guild, and he was not elected to a second five-year term in 1949. Successive Presidents generally fell into either progressive or conservative segments, and gradually these two segments formed into two political parties: the National Union (NU), which hosted most right-wing candidates, and the Corsimenian National Alliance (CNA), which supported the left wing. These parties were quickly nicknamed the Unionists and the Alliantists.
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