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Brulafi wrote:*I suddenly disappear from my home, replaced by a black rectangle*

What do you mean replaced? That black rectangle has always been there. There was no "Brulafi".

Athara Magarat wrote:Where does the League gets its budget from again? Cause last time I remember, most of us where against the resolution that said each of us had to allocate certain percent of our budget for the League...

canal tax

The bottom graphic I made for this new news post I made is one of my favorites:

viewtopic.php?p=36085352#p36085352

Brulafi wrote:How can I fix this sentence:

"The picturesque rocky beaches and dramatic hills dividing the idyllic mining town of Budakraj from the shores of the Lake are a well-kept secret gem to the locals, with activities like cliff-diving and overnight camping popular among the population."

If you’ll allow me, this is how I would fix it. Although it changes, adds, and/or removes a lot of the words and structure:

“Rocky beaches and dramatic hills separate the mining town of Budakraj from the lake. These beaches and hills are well-kept secrets to the locals, hosting popular activities like cliff-diving and camping.”

Of course you can take it, leave it, or alter it :)

Martenyika wrote:If you’ll allow me, this is how I would fix it. Although it changes, adds, and/or removes a lot of the words and structure:

“Rocky beaches and dramatic hills separate the mining town of Budakraj from the lake. These beaches and hills are well-kept secrets to the locals, hosting popular activities like cliff-diving and camping.”

Of course you can take it, leave it, or alter it :)

That rocks actually, and I think I'll use it, thanks so much!

I've found my time being consumed by the production of House music. Is this it? Is this my downward spiral? Will I be drinking soylent and dying my hair soon?

Vancouvia wrote:canal tax

That's a strange way of saying prostitution.

Balnik wrote:That's a strange way of saying prostitution.

You're thinking "carnal tax" instead of "canal tax"

https://i.imgur.com/fDX7fOV.jpg

What would this picture work well for as an ad?

Brulafi wrote:I'm not sure. I updated the link, so maybe that makes the difference?
https://i.imgur.com/p9jyAbr.png

Still nothing. Or do I need to log in? I didn't use to have to do that though..

Vancouvia wrote:canal tax

Yeah. You in no way influenced that. Wink, wink :P

Balnik wrote:That's a strange way of saying prostitution.

Brulafi wrote:You're thinking "carnal tax" instead of "canal tax"

LOL

On serious note though, it actually seems doable.

The Fifth Committee recommended $5.4 billion budget for 2018-2019. The Suez Canal had a record high revenue of $5.585 billion last year.

But still, the Central Canal is in no way the Suez Canal (less traffic for starters) and while the League would definitely have way lower budget than the UN, I don't it can sustain only on certain amount of so-called canal tax (the CCA is supposed to be its own country the size of North Korea or Nicaragua, even with high ties with ID, remember).

Then again, the entire League being run only on this canal tax could explain why it is so ineffective...

https://kathmandupost.com/politics/2019/08/13/once-staunch-anti-imperialists-the-maoists-are-now-singing-a-different-tune

"We are anti-imperialists."

"No we never said we hate x country."

"We are communists."

"No, we are not communists. It's just a cool name tag we like."

You see kids, Maoism makes you say one thing in morning and another thing in the evening...

https://kathmandupost.com/visual-stories/2019/08/03/the-week-in-17-photos

https://kathmandupost.com/visual-stories/2019/08/10/the-week-in-23-photos

Brulafi wrote:https://i.imgur.com/fDX7fOV.jpg

What would this picture work well for as an ad?

Antidepressants.

Athara Magarat wrote:A Crusade against me would be cool. I need these religious wars against me as a factor in our mish-mash religions being united in 1575 (sort of officially).

Technically, we already have a Papal State like guy - San Jimenez. The funny thing is, he and I kind of got along (I did have a sizable number of Jimenean Catholics; one of the Jimenean Catholic Saints was even a Magarati). It was only after waves of missionaries arriving and creating incidents that Catholicism became suspicious (if we want to help in our rage-boner against monotheists much earlier; let's do it) but for some reason, the Nyssic Church (could not do anything about the powerful Nyssic minority) and new Whindism (most Catholic hangs switched to Whindism) grew even more. It was around the 1600s and 1700s that we start becoming strictly Anti-Proselytism (if you have seen news, we still are so).

Well, Christian hangates like Liba Hangate were subject to massive religious taxes (mostly because they were monotheists...still got treated better than Muslim Magaratis who were all shipped to what is now Kachee). They were viewed suspiciously. You could do some wars in the name of liberating the persecuted Christians in the Khas-Kirat Empire. Every time some other hangate tried to invade Liba Hangate (and this happened a lot...going to war is like Magarati national past-time), they most likely could have sought help of Crusaders. Colonial-era Chatha is another hangate that is to be ruled by Christian hangs (their next door neighbor/rival/trade partner/sometimes ally/frenemy San Montagna and Chathaese colonies in Belle Ilse en Terre were Catholic-majority and most Magarati Christians migrated south to Chatha when they faced persecution in northern and central hangates).

Edit: I said monotheist issue but it's more like Rome situation. The Mahangs didn't actually care whatever religion you followed as long as the Mahang was recognized a ruler with divine authority over all and the High Kumari (some random teenage girl) as the living embodiment of God (cough, cough). It was more like other hangates (as I mentioned, war-hungry Magaratis always sought the lamest of excuses to go to war) who used Liba Hangate and after 1500s-1600s, Chatha's status as Christian hangates to declare war.

Ummn, I don't think Miklania would be able to help you at all in the 1600s. From what I know, Nyssic colonists had not set up colonies down there yet.

Miklania wrote:I'm not crusading anywhere in the 1600s.

Athara Magarat wrote:Austrovik-Germania

Mainland Athara Magarat is an inhospitable place where everything is trying to kill you (part of reason why I have a 60 million plus diaspora whereas I am the third least populated Isles country). Add to that the culture which granted promotions based on how much "prestige" you gathered on the battlefield. Every house would have at least one children sent to the army (even girls if the family had no boys; no exceptions). When they could not get into local armies, they became mercenaries. Some of these war-loving idiots even fought for enemies against their own nation.

This "prestige" thing was necessary to become a hang or virtually any other higher rank official (though only candidates from House of Mgar could become Mahangs, anyone could become a hang or hangma). There were other ways to gain prestige (like marrying a former High Kumari for example) but the battlefield was the best option.

And add to that, the imperial decree after so-called "Magarati Peace" which forbade hangates from waging territorial wars against each other...How does your hang (from Mgar dynasty) get more prestige than his cousins if no territorial wars? Either you go on colonization spree like Chatha, have powerful foreign allies like Arun Valley did or find any lame excuse to declare not-territorial war and hope that your side wins.

Honestly I agree with Mik in saying that I won't be crusading anyway around the 1500s or 1600s. Honestly, the latest I could do is the late 14th Century and the most ideal time would be the 12th Century: much like the actual crusades of our world.

How does Cosie, of all places, have the highest crime rate? Fake news!

Athara Magarat wrote:Yeah. You in no way influenced that. Wink, wink :P
LOL

On serious note though, it actually seems doable.

The Fifth Committee recommended $5.4 billion budget for 2018-2019. The Suez Canal had a record high revenue of $5.585 billion last year.

But still, the Central Canal is in no way the Suez Canal (less traffic for starters) and while the League would definitely have way lower budget than the UN, I don't it can sustain only on certain amount of so-called canal tax (the CCA is supposed to be its own country the size of North Korea or Nicaragua, even with high ties with ID, remember).

Then again, the entire League being run only on this canal tax could explain why it is so ineffective...

I'd assume the I.D. would heavily support the League as it bring a lot of business into town

Man, everyone who loves the '80s should be celebrating right now:

-"Extremely controversial Conservatives" (to put it mildly) are in charge in the UK and US
-Massive protests in Russia and China
-Russian government lying about massive nuclear accidents
-New "arms race" between Russia and the US
-Drug crises across the US that the government is powerless to stop

The '80s are back! The '80s are back!

Brulafi wrote:Man, everyone who loves the '80s should be celebrating right now:

-"Extremely controversial Conservatives" (to put it mildly) are in charge in the UK and US
-Massive protests in Russia and China
-Russian government lying about massive nuclear accidents
-New "arms race" between Russia and the US
-Drug crises across the US that the government is powerless to stop

The '80s are back! The '80s are back!

The Perrys and Tomcats are gone and we can't shoot the obnoxious Iranian boats! Worst '80s throwback ever!

Miklania wrote:The Perrys and Tomcats are gone and we can't shoot the obnoxious Iranian boats! Worst '80s throwback ever!

I mean, it's bold of you to predict that we won't be shooting Iranian boats before the decade is out.

Plus, Iran still has Tomcats, so there's that for consolation.

Brulafi wrote:I mean, it's bold of you to predict that we won't be shooting Iranian boats before the decade is out.

Plus, Iran still has Tomcats, so there's that for consolation.

That is the opposite of consolation.

Miklania wrote:The Perrys and Tomcats are gone and we can't shoot the obnoxious Iranian boats! Worst '80s throwback ever!

Soon...

Also im gonna keeping being more or less inactive for the next week or so, I'm working from 6am-9pm everyday so after work the only thing I'm really capable of is cracking open a cold one in front of the fan cause our TV isn't even set up yet

Miklania wrote:That is the opposite of consolation.

I wonder what the Iranian version of "Danger Zone" sounds like.

Brulafi wrote:I wonder what the Iranian version of "Danger Zone" sounds like.

A quick Google search for "Iranian Top Gun" nets me exactly the kind of video I expected (and wanted):
A low quality animation of Iranian fighter jets fighting vaguely Western craft (what looks like Dassault Rafales and B-2 bombers?), overdubbed with distorted Kenny Loggins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J491to0HS8

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