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by The Lunatic Nerds of Resilient Acceleration. . 241 reads.

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Monday, 2033.12.21 > ERROR (NullPointerException) > GA.
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Hello! Welcome to Resilient Acceleration, where ruthless crony capitalism is trying to save the planet from climate change. It's me, your everyday genocide apologist, potential mad scientist, Silicon Valley elitist bootlicker, Pancasila nationalist, and dataist accelerationist. This is my third NS nation and as of 2021 this is my 5th year in NS, so I won't go very long.

03:48 am - Dec 21, 2020 • NS for Android

Q&A:

  • Q: Hey, you kept making completely unrealistic and alarmist threads in NSG, making yourself look stupid. Is this secretly a plot to quickly collect info and opinion to make your NS state's lore more realistic by making other people search and filter relevant data and opinions for you, while you chill with your sister's herbal tea?

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    uh yes

    For real, though, NS has been a useful catalyst to learn about things. In creating this nation, I had to read about brain computer interface, modern monetary theory, realistic geopolitics, political financing, and a bunch of other things that do significantly improve my general knowledge. Yes, Pasca's business empire are all economic sectors I'm currently interested IRL.


    03:48 am - Dec 21, 2020 • NS for Android
  • Q: Do you hate boomers?

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    A: No. Resilient Acceleration is an extremely ageist, genocidally anti-boomer gang only because it's politically beneficial. (Pasca do genuinely hate the boomers, though). Class wars have always been a source of contention, and the hyper-rich needs a boogeyman to shift the anger. More importantly, aging population is a real, gigantic, near-existential problem IRL, and elderly care IRL is insanely costly, causing horrific economic malaise and unsustainable debt to all countries worldwide—Brazil's welfare expenditure before Bolsonaro's cuts is Linkprojected to eat up 101.4% of the budget in 2022. Pasca's """solution""", dehumanizing the elderly as an "entitled, useless hoarders of real estate who are responsible for climate change" with the goal of making it politically acceptable to cut off their welfare, is thus a sound fiscal policy that greatly improves long-term economic health, making it attractive for the desperate national governments and the overburned younger generation. At least, that's what the RA is trying to promote.

    In the same spirit, while the 'biggest, most awful, most despair-inducing interval in modern history' is bad, its scale is definitely overblown by the RA to strengthen their legitimacy. So are the future crises that the RA predicted.


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  • Q: Were you inspired by anything?

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    A: First incited by CGP Grey's 'Humans Need Not Apply' (thus the main page), much of the content is based on the combination of works from Yuval Noah Harari and Peter Zeihan, who shows that age demographics is actually the greatest factor driving today's geopolitics, even more so than oil or nukes. TL;DR of their work, aging population + automation = unpleasant. I also included ideas from the Theory and Practice of Oligarchal Collectivism from George Orwell's 1984 (NOT the main 1984 plot itself). Then throw a bunch of tech stuff from FutureTimeline and climate issues.

    This is also why I can quite comfortably include complex geopolitics or tech projections, since I'm just blindly reciting what other people said.


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  • Q: All that being said, the total content of all your factbooks are still very little. Try compare yours to standards like Surrealist Patagonia or any of their puppets, you will be ashamed.

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    I mean, I have many pressing things to do outside of NS, y'know. But I also primarily use NS to test my ideas, thus my heavy focus on real-world politics and world affairs in the expense of the other very interesting aspects of worldbuilding. Sorry.

    03:48 am - Dec 21, 2020 • NS for Android
  • Q: Where do you get your data?

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    I take figures from sources such as OneWorldInData. Then I just arbitrarily fine-tune the numbers on Excel until the graph looks nice. Most of the time, though, I just Google a bunch of relevant phrases and start researching.

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  • Q: Is resilient accelerationism a self-insert of your beliefs?

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    100% based on my beliefs, overblown and put into global scale to show its horrific potentials. So I'm basically criticizing myself. Needless to say that I've changed quite a bit.

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  • Q: Your beliefs?

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    Well, rather than an official ideology, I'd rather talk about the principles upon which my opinions are based. I say that I've distanced myself from Pasca's politics, which is true... but it's not to say that I have completely separated. I guess you can say that if Pasca is a "centralist dataist", I'm a "decentralist dataist".
    1. Nihilism: everything in the universe is arbitrary, things like objective morality are not a thing. Meaning that I evaluate, support, or reject ideas purely on two parameters: (1) whether I subjectively like them, and (2) how they will realistically play out in the real world. This is my biggest reason for, say, my continued general support for the likes of Elon Musk: I share his multi-planetary ambitions, and will only listen to your arguments if it's about his mismanagement, or how his antics are generating too much political opposition, or how a multi-planetary civilization is unsustainable without doing some other things first, things on that line. But if your arguments against Muskist space expansionism are based on "we have to redistribute the wealth to the poor first because we have a moral responsibility to do so", well... I don't really care, tbh.

    2. Dataism, innovationism: progress can be measured based on how much information is constantly created, transferred, processed, and becomes more complex. This principle views humans, the universe, the economy, everything as "information". In this case, I distance myself from either capitalism or socialism (although presently, dataism does ensure that I strongly belong to the market-liberal camp), since I will support whatever policy that aligns with dataist tendencies (inefficient communist central planning vs market forces, big tech vs open source, GDPR vs big tech, etc). Meanwhile, innovationism believes that everything can be solved through innovation and that society, laws, political systems should be designed such that it promotes as much innovation as possible. No matter if these reforms are leftist or rights in nature. I also believe, or more accurately support, a shift in the current economic model where information, innovation, and knowledge generation increasingly replace the importance of capital - rendering 19th-century Marxism irrelevant.

    3. Nationalism: yes, not merely patriotism. I look at my country (Indonesia), thinking about all the possible worse scenarios of dictatorships or civil wars or radicalism that could've happened, I read about the many efforts, achievements, and failures to turn this country from a Java-dominated archipelagic empire to an integrated nation-state that increases prosperity and development, I learn about the history and culture and the roots of said cultures, and the result is a profound sense of love an respect. That is, "I like" my country, and I'm thus willing to tolerate illiberal ideas to protect national interests if it (1) doesn't interfere with other things that I support and (2) is sustainable. For example, regarding West Papuan separatism, I truly believe that an Aceh-like peaceful resolution that firmly addresses past human rights abuses, lifts restrictions on expression or politics, and commit the Indonesian state towards developing the area to reverse past economic exploitation is best, simply because it'll hold in the long term. Not because I have an actual commitment to human rights—if a little violence is necessary to reach such an end goal, I'll approve it in a heartbeat. Similarly is with the rise of Islamism: I simultaneously support both a transparent democracy that allows free political discourse, and an oppresive liberal cancel culture sponsored by the intelligence and state institutions that perpetually crush and break up organized Islamist movements.

    4. Sustainabilism: think climate change, aging population, etc. I'm much more interested in fixing systemic issues that will progressively doom us if left untreated. This is where my big government impulses comes in, at odds with the pro-market dataism I mentioned earlier. This basically means that I "support free market capitalism as a foundational start", and then "adds policies and reforms that seeks to deal with problems that arises." This is more relevant for topics of China or the environment, but if we're talking about social justice, then my particular focus will thus be on eliminating as much barrier that prevents people from moving up the social ladder as possible, even is those policies ends up on the left of the current US Democratic Party. But those policies will never be based on idiocies like "perpetual redistribution of wealth."

    ...Y'know, after all, maybe I haven't diverged that much from Pasca. Certainly, I don't condone his genocidal wet dreams, transhumanist purge, or egomaniacal world domination desires, but other than that, there are still heaps of shared agreements. Especially on the "nihilism as a moral foundation" part.


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  • Q: Why do you always use anime characters?

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    Obviously, I don't feel comfortable using real people's faces for my more detailed edgy fantasy exercises. The thing about anime characters, which makes it superior to This Person Does Not Exist, is that they are (1) a product of visual narration with (2) a fan base that produces arts. Meaning that for any specific character, there are an almost limitless options of facial expression, fashion, and body positions to choose from. This means that you can have multiple pictures of the same character in your factbook. You can have images of your character interacting with other characters, and you can even have all of your characters in the same art style. The less known an anime is, the better, but less exposure = less supply of arts, so keep that in mind.

    Though I still prefer screenshots or official arts from the shows themselves, as opposed to fanarts (due to crediting issues. I promise I will credit the artists if I can find the time to re-research the images and will replace them if there's a notice of 'don't use my arts'. Yea I'm a bad person).


    03:48 am - Dec 21, 2020 • NS for Android

Quotes that inflates my fragile ego

Baizou
"And thinking about it, there is an exception to my reticence. When I encounter a character who seems to be intended to be disliked, then I'm more okay with my characters getting upset and expressing how upset they are. Like, it doesn't feel like it's crossing a line if a character gets upset with, say, Resilient's Pasca. Pasca's a well-written and great character, and I think Resilient Acceleration's author has put something together that's pretty cool! But Pasca is also quite dislikable, and the way he's written, in forums and factbooks, seems to make it clear that's intentional (though they also give insight into him being quite human, with friends and family; life's complicated)."

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Pasca.

I understand certain aspects about his politics might be necessary but there's a difference between a sociopathic Premier and this f**king scumbag who frames making humanity his dependents as a kindness. I'm sorry, it might just be that I didn't get enough sleep but I actually, completely, and totally hate Pasca. He's a machine with a human face; he acts like he cares about people but I have a hard time believing that when he shows literally no empathy to anyone outside of his direct friend-group and seems to only consider how much praise people can shower him with outside of that. He's just... "Oh, boy, he helped out the poor lad with the neurodegenerative disease, how sweet! Oh, you voted Democrat? Time to get your UBI cut to zero, you selfish bastard." He's a populist c**t whose only accomplishment is being at the top of the pile, worshiped like a god for other people's work and using that popularity to quite literally make himself and his direct circle "gods" among men. And at the end of the day this bastard gets a happy life with millions of adoring fans watching him f**king stream on Twitch while his opponents get starved out of the system, dying in ditches. No. I'm sorry, but f**k Pasca. I despise him totally and absolutely.

I should note that it's a sign of a good character that your audience feels so strongly about said character, of course.

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