These quotes are from various people, including authors, generals, fellow NSers, fictional characters, and others.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.
-Robert A. Heinlein
I know things now about the youth of the world that ... that ... I just ... *sobs*
Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
-General George S. Patton
The Federation of Kendor wrote:
I'm afraid of being visited by men in black or abducted by aliens
Okay, well as long as you don't state this on a public and searchable forum you should be fine.
Hey, at least it wasn’t Tide Pods.[/quote]That doesn't surprise me, for you probably already consumed them all.[/quote]
How big does a tide pod need to be before it becomes a tsunami pod?[/quote]
Stupid broken formatting.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
- Douglass Adams
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.
Well isn't this a fun place?
It most certainly is. Welcome to NationStates General, one of the better places on the internet to mentally prepare for the void of the inevitable abyss.
I think you're looking at it in the wrong way. You aren't a player controlling this digital nation from up high. You can't know everything that happens and how your choices will affect things before you make your decision. In a way, this isn't a nation simulation game but rather - intentionally or not (most likely not) - a way to simulate how you would feel as a leader of a nation. It's a feeling of helplessness and confusion. You want to do the right thing but so often what you choose has horrible consequences. Eventually you'll have to come to grips with how there is no perfect decision. You'll have to prioritize some things over other things. You can't have a great environment with a great economy without absolutely crippling tax rates.
Also remember that this game is in effect an MMO. It's not a game of the Sims or Civilization where there is always something to do. You are supposed to play every day for months or years to get the correct experience. Just like an RL politician, you can only resolve issues when they come up. It's a gradual process which means that you only get an issue every 6 hours at max speed. (You get more at the beginning to keep you engaged but that time gradually slows down until it hits the regular speed.) At this very moment, any nation is only eligible to get 60 - 75% of all issues so you'll have cycled through the pool within a few months. It was only recently that we got the 4 issues per day. Before then it was 2 per day.
Some of the quote formatting didn't work.:(
"This ship is a refuge for the emotionally inarticulate. Oh, people talk. People talk all the time. They just don't say very much. They're too worried about people knowing how they feel. Too worried about being found out. For better or worse, we're judged by what we do, and not what we say. And if it takes us a while to get around to doing something important, well... better late than never."
—Ratchet's farewell message in The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye issue #40
Mallorea and rivera said:
"The implication that things are planned out that far in advance is both laughable and misguided. Flying by the seat of our pants is an NS tradition."
So weird this game, in that it has people complaining that Nuclear Armageddon HASN'T happened. :)
"Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon – so long as there is no answer to it – gives claws to the weak.” - George Orwell
"Once you've created paradise, how do you decide who's allowed to live there? After all, there's only a finite amount of room. As I see it, the only way the Knights of Cybertron can manage the population without damaging their reputation for compassion and civility — is to create a visa system so gruesomely complex it deters every prospective applicant except those with a passion for bureaucracy that borders on the fetishistic. I can't wait."
— Ultra Magnus on Cyberutopia in Lost Light #13.
"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his."
-George S. Patton.
"The universe did never make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract."
"No statement should be believed because it was made by an authority."
"It's true that it's always the winners that write history, but it's the losers that do the TRANSFORMERS Wikipedia entry."
-Starscream, Starscream's Stars #7
"Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig."
"Get a Garand. Let freedom ping."
-The Two Jerseys
"Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons.
The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, since a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized.
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."