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Ghost Land/60s Music OOC

My main forum nation is [nation]Ghost Land[/nation], and my main gameside nation is [nation]60s Music[/nation].  I have been a member of NationStates continuously, save for a year-long sabbatical, since 2012, and I have met lots of cool people in my days on here.  I am the founder of the region [region]Groovy[/region], so feel free to check that neck of the woods out!

I'm a young adult (under 30) male from Wisconsin who was born in spirit around 1970; I'm a bit of a technophobe and listen primarily to popular music from the 1980s.  A playlist of my top 100 songs can be found [url=https://great.dj/2ynsvm/0]here[/url].  My #1 favourite song would be "Photograph" (1983) by Def Leppard, and I will go to my grave defending 1983 as the best year for music.

Politically, I am a right-wing libertarian who generally supports the Republican Party (United States), though I do have disagreements with many mainstream Republican politicians and as such do not identify with either political party.  I favour small government, low taxes, and few laws other than those necessary to protect people's civil and economic freedoms.  I am a supporter of benevolent autocracy (monarchy or dictatorship) with many decisions conducted via referendum; I really don't like how trendy republics are these days or how ours in America has turned out, with its polarized two-party politics, general shortage of good candidates on both sides of the aisle, and overly interventionist approach to world political events.  People have described my politics as anywhere from far-right fascist (which I am definitely not) to anarcho-capitalist (a little extreme on the other end, but that fits more than fascist).

I like warm weather and being outside; the cold and snow of Wisconsin winters drive me crazy.  My idea of a dream vacation could be as simple as escaping into the woods for a few days in summer and not having to answer to anyone or be told what to do.  Complicating this is the climate of my location, in addition to my sedentary desk job, after which it's hard to muster much enthusiasm to do much at night.

My time zone is Central Time (USA), which is GMT-5 from March to November and GMT-6 from November to March.  I am an advocate for ending Daylight Saving Time and being on winter/standard time year-round.  My general online hours are 16:00-19:15 on weeknights and 5:40-9:00 on weekends and days off (all times local).

Feel free to telegram me with any questions or concerns, or if you need help with anything NS-related, though don't despair if it takes a couple of days for me to get back to you; stuff gets busy sometimes.

[b][size=200]Q&A[/size][/b]
[b]What race/ethnicity are you?[/b] I am white of virtually entirely Germanic descent, with German and Scandinavian ancestry on both sides.  My last name is Danish specifically, and my family has been in America since the late 19th century.
[b]What colour is your hair?[/b] Light to medium brown.
[b]What is your favourite season?[/b] Summer all the way.  It's the only time of year when the weather is warm enough around here, and ever since my childhood I've associated summer with optimism and celebration, largely due to the lack of school.
[b]Do you like Donald Trump?[/b] While we have disagreements, in general yes.
[b]How can you live with yourself when you hold such racist/sexist/bigoted/fascist views?[/b] I've heard it all before; disagreeing with me does not automatically make me whatever label you use as a catch-all.  Comments like these barely faze me anymore.
[b]Seriously, are you a racist?[/b] No.  I have long been interested in various cultures from around the world, and the racial makeup of my friends is representative of the racial makeup of the population of my local area.  I believe racism and bigotry usually arise from ignorance, which is something I strive to avoid.
[b]Have you ever been DEAT'd?[/b] No.  I got a few informal warnings when I was very much a n00b back in 2012, but my record has been spotless for over six years now.
[b]Do you believe in climate change?[/b] While I don't buy into hype from alarmist think tank articles, I do recognise that humans have done significant damage to ecosystems and weather patterns around the world by way of hedonism, greed, excessive land use, and pollution, and I do believe governments around the world need to do more to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and create a greener tomorrow.  That being said, it's often mighty cold up here in Wisconsin, so localised warming wouldn't be bad. ;)
[b]Are you a young-Earth creationist?[/b] No and no.  I believe the scientific consensus on how the universe and Earth came to be.
[b]What is your stance regarding LGBT people?[/b] I have no problems with them.  It's not my place to judge people based on their sexual orientation, or force them to be heterosexual when they're not.
[b]What is your stance regarding Islam?[/b] People have a right to believe in whatever and whomever they choose, including Islam.  While I personally am not a Muslim, it's not my right to tell them they can't have religious beliefs different from my own, and I do believe people of any religion can and should be able to coexist within society.
[b]Coke or Pepsi?[/b] Pepsi tastes better, but I'm more likely to buy Coke for political reasons.
[b]Pineapple on pizza?[/b] Heck yes.  It forms part of the "Holy Trinity" of pizza toppings, along with pepperoni and Italian sausage.
[b]Are you married?[/b] No.
[b]Can I have your phone number/e-mail/address?[/b] No.  I don't like to give out personal information online.

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