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Embassies: DEN, DEN Central Command, Lone Wolves United, Unknown, The Alliance of Dictators, The Axis of Evil, The Graveyard, The Ascendancy, Ghoulsville, The Vineyard, Asgard, Ille de France, the West Pacific, Cimmeria, The Brotherhood of Malice, Glorious Nations of Iwaku, and 1 other.The Black Riders.
Today's World Census Report
The Most Pacifist in Ile de France
Nations ranked highly pursue diplomatic solutions rather than military ones in the international arena, have small or nonexistent militaries, and peace-loving citizens.
As a region, Ile de France is ranked 13,002nd in the world for Most Pacifist.
|1.||The Free Land of Pensamiento||Civil Rights Lovefest||“If you're not cheating, you're not trying”|
|2.||The Kingdom of Villeray||Corrupt Dictatorship||“A solis ortu usque ad occasum”|
|3.||The Legacy and Sword of The Highlander 1||Left-Leaning College State||“In The End, There Can Only Be One”|
|4.||The Rogue Nation of Bossanuka||Libertarian Police State||“Thou shall not be forgiven.”|
|5.||The Nomadic Peoples of Methos and Darius||Civil Rights Lovefest||“In The End There Can Only Be One”|
|6.||The Republic of Thors mighty hamor||Corrupt Dictatorship||“A Legion Above the Rest”|
|7.||The Allied States of Saggileo||Left-Leaning College State||“Representation, and direct power”|
|8.||The Queendom of Nyandom||Democratic Socialists||“Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan!”|
|9.||The Invader Paradise of Kothica||Democratic Socialists||“Call me by any name, any way it's all the same”|
|10.||The Democratic Republic of Katyrinia||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Equality for all”|
- : The Legacy and Sword of The Highlander 1 arrived from The Axis of Evil.
- : The Legacy and Sword of The Highlander 1 departed this region for The Alliance of Dictators.
- : United estonian communist republics ceased to exist.
- : The Foreverden of Region Takeover arrived from Lazarus.
- : Rocksworth ceased to exist.
- : Kunduzistan ceased to exist.
- : United socialist states of scotland ceased to exist.
- : The Legacy and Sword of The Highlander 1 arrived from The Coalition of Democratic Nations.
- : The Legacy and Sword of The Highlander 1 departed this region for Rayhanica.
- : Eclye ceased to exist.
Ile de France Regional Message Board
Over the past few days I have indulged myself with watching the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. For the uninformed this is code for a soccer tournament limited to North American Nations. Unlike the UEFA Champions League or the English Premiere League which are akin to the NFL or SEC in American football, CONCACAF soccer is like watching Temple play Tulane in the American Athletic Conference. The action resembles a match but the quality is highly lacking.
The United States and Mexico were the pretournament favorites against teams from Canada to Trinidad and Tobago. Moreover the winner gets an automatic bid to another tournament which counts toward World Cup qualifying in 2018. With Costa Rica and Honduras joining us and Mexico with recent World Cup experience it looked to be a good set of matches.
Alas, the cream sunk to the bottom of the pot. The play has been sloppy. Panama has zero victories but moved ahead on a comical shoot-out. Mexico showed good offense but atrocious defense needing a referee’s hallucination to get a last minute penalty kick. USA and Jamaica actually won three games to meet in a David versus Goliath semifinal. In the end Goliath (USA) got incredibly sloppy and the Men of Reggae will get to play for the final. Meanwhile the Mexico Panama match has begun already with cheap shots, dives, and drama. No matter who wins me thinks I’ll support Jamaica.
PS FOX Sports has aired the games but their FS1 station often loses the signal and their FS2 station doesn't broadcast full screen. Fortunately Univision Deportes carries each match albeit in Spanish.
CONCACAF is a joke
Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradly are the only two americans who can play
I'll just leave my detailed comments to myself on this one. I'm a fan of North American football (being a North American of Scots extraction) of European and Antipodean and Asian and anywhere they play the beautiful game. I play it, coach it and haave two of three daughters playing it. I don't really care how CONCACAF sides compare to anyone else, so long as they're fun to watch — and encourage more kids to play.
And the truth is that soccer over here isn't completely the joke that it's traditionally been, or we wouldn't be attracting players from Europe to finish, and some start, their careers here. It's getting better all the time, and that can only be a good thing for everyone who loves this game.
The joke is not in the play as generally the sides are relatively equal thus providing good entertainment. Many of the lower level teams are experiencing much more improvement as their players get MLS experience and better coaching is attracted.USA has also improved their team play and with the departure of Donovan I actually root for them.
However, the debacle that was the Mexico Panama match was a travesty to the sport. Mexican Carlos Vela began the shenanigans with a dead ball elbow to the gut of a Panamanian defender at 3'. This was a cheap shop by a team that is supposed to set the standard for North American play. The referee blew two calls which altered the state and the decision of the match ~ a send off at 25' for what is typically a yellow card exacerbated the emotions on the pitch; and a horrible call giving Mexico the penalty kick to tie at the end of the regular time was ridiculous. (This was Mexico's second gift of the tournament after receiving a phantom call that turned the Costa Rica match). This official is supposed to be better than that.
Lastly, the composure of the respective players was worse than amateurish. The officials had to be escorted off the pitch for their own safety. As such the Panamanian team needs to be reprimanded rather stiffly to send a message that regardless of the quality of officiating players must remain composed.
Given the above I am going to put my four Mexico jersey aside (I am half Mexican) and root for the Jamaicans who are playing with the determination and composure representative of the beautiful game.
I agree on the Mexico v Panama match. It was a complete debacle that basically should be replayed with European officials. Our referees need therapy — and a beating for letting that get so out of control. It's matches like that which give CONCACAF a bad name.
As to the USMNT crashing-out, it's more on Klins playing people out of position repeatedly than the workrate. They've been exposed once too often in this regard.
USA loses to Panama on penalty kicks. The Panamanians played inspired and determined football for most of the match scoring their lone goal against a mistake plagued USA midfield and over-reactive defense. Dempsey gets a sweet goal else extra time never happens. Maybe new management is needed in the States who fell to 4th in a tournament they were predicted to dominate.
Mexico plays well to secure the Gold Cup
Alas I missed the goal scoring
As I went dancing
In today's news CONCACAF has awarded Mexico a penalty kick in their next game for firing Miguel Herrera as their coach