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zultar (4180 D Mod (P))
19 Dec 15 UTC
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On the first day of Xmas, my zultar gave to me
Joys and fun inside
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Maniac (344 D (B))
25 Dec 15 UTC
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Merry Xmas
On behalf of the co-site-owners, the other mods and myself, we'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.
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sverreerik (100 D)
25 Dec 15 UTC
Feel free to join my game!
Thought I would advertise this game here, not sure how quickly these things fill up on their own.

http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=171594
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Maniac (344 D (B))
25 Dec 15 UTC
Merry Xmas
On behalf of the co-site-owners, the other mods and myself, we'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.
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Yoyoyozo (177 D)
24 Dec 15 UTC
Country Drawing bug?
I've played 53 Classic games on this site. At this point, my country drawnig should be fair equal, right? Well here are the stats:
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MrcsAurelius (3051 D (B))
18 Nov 15 UTC
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I love world games. Join me!
I really love world games, it's because the map is round (no corner powers) and you have neighbors all around you that you have to befriend or strategically piss off. The balance of the map is reasonable and is compensated by the added challenge of neighbors360. What's not to like?
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Smokey Gem (184 D)
23 Dec 15 UTC
Worst Joke wednesday
How many cats does it take to change a light Bulb ??

None ...cats can see in the dark .. :-)
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ssorenn (0 D X)
18 Dec 15 UTC
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Webdip wish list
The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, what's at the top of your list?
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brainbomb (325 D)
24 Dec 15 UTC
Who could resist Jingle Cats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHI8M1K2LXs
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brainbomb (325 D)
24 Dec 15 UTC
Selena Gomez vs Avril Lavigne
Who wins in a weapons allowed cage fight?
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leon1122 (170 D)
24 Dec 15 UTC
Pause game
Mods, please pause gameID=171307 . It took a long time to organize, but it seems that at least 1 player has not shown up.
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WizardsofBoz (100 D)
23 Dec 15 UTC
Any Clique out there?
I set up a game for the Clique if there are any out there! |-/
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Zach0805 (100 D)
23 Dec 15 UTC
I'm Back (In a limited way)
After taking a 4-5 month break I will be playing diplomacy again in a very limited way
See you on the board
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Yoyoyozo (177 D)
23 Dec 15 UTC
Join my unranked game!
Come test out your crazy strategies in this unranked game:
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=171511
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Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
23 Dec 15 UTC
Sum of squares gunboat 1
gameID=171506
Come test the new Sum of Squares scoring! 50 point buy in gunboat!
Discuss the scoring method here too.
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BlackHand (154 D)
22 Dec 15 UTC
Approximately what percentage of players on this site are female?
Also, have any of the males pretended to be female to gain trust or to keep from getting stabbed?

Sorry if this has been asked before.
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
10 Dec 15 UTC
Best Music of 2015
As above, be-low.
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Smokey Gem (184 D)
22 Dec 15 UTC
Whatt is MAFIA games in Webdip ??
Can anyone give info on the mafia games ?? Is it private locked only available to some ??
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wjessop (100 D X)
15 Dec 15 UTC
South China Sea: Chinese new island land reclamation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35031313

Thoughts? What are the Chinese preparing for with all of this land reclamation and military expansion? Is this purely defensive? Or may this be leading to military action?
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The Chinese are always doing stuff like that. They don't really care what other countries think of them, just about their own interest.
I could simply be as advanced measures in case something ever does come up. Also perhaps for intimidation purposes. I couldn't see them actually attacking.
VillageIdiot (6818 D)
15 Dec 15 UTC
The motivation for building these islands is mostly economic since a crazy amount of the world's merchant trade passes through South China Sea so having control of the shipping lanes holds pretty significant power. China's always felt claims on these waters and this was intended to further reinforce those claims.

Will it lead to military action? They're certainly taking a very strong stance that they are willing to do what it takes to protect what they feel is their rights. Back in August China put out a naval recruiting video that really was more of a political statement to the world in many aspects. In this video there it stated “The struggle over our sea rights is not over. We will not yield even the tiniest speck of our resources.”

China has made a very strong commitment to it's maritime strength now being on track to be the 2nd largest naval presence by 2020 with a goal to eventually surpass.
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
15 Dec 15 UTC
It's unlikely China will actually invade the mainland of any Southeast Asian country from those islands. Naval operations may occur, but they are likely to be limited to the defense of said islands and the resources contained within. The biggest likelihood of war in my view would be over something such as an oil drilling operation in a contested area.
I think VillageIdiot is on the right track. It's more about force projection and national self-esteem than an overt drive to engage in hostilities.

China has felt inferior to the West for a long time. Now that they are (or have been) an economic powerhouse, they've got the urge to start swinging their dick around.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
15 Dec 15 UTC
I've been watching some videos about this topic. Very interesting:
https://youtu.be/WejSKbicS00
Randomizer (104 D)
15 Dec 15 UTC
It expands the area that China can claim for territory and mineral rights. Most of that area is contested and the US would be forced to support the other countries in that area against China.
VillageIdiot (6818 D)
15 Dec 15 UTC
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That's about it, they're drawing the line in the sand and forcing others to have to 'cross it' and be responsible for initiating the hostilities. As far as China is concerned they now have land terrirory there so they are playing within the rules that have been forced upon them by the rest of world.

Like PE said, pretty much from China's first historical interaction with the west they've had a pretty rough time and really got knocked off their pedestal due to shame of being strong armed, resources taken from them, terms dictated to them, the whole opium thing, yadda-yadda..

So now China's became that bullied kid from high school who spent the next bunch of years going to get his MBA, start-up a gazillion dollar company, got braces and a nose job and cleaned up the acne, got in killer shape, traveled around the world to get interesting, and grew a tonne of self-confidence. Now he's back to find the guy that used to bully him so he can steal away his girlfriend and buy the Radio Shack he's working at just so he can fire him.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
15 Dec 15 UTC
"they're drawing the line in the sand"

Over this line, you do not...also, dude, "Chinaman" is not the preferred nomenclature. "Asian-American," please.
VillageIdiot (6818 D)
15 Dec 15 UTC
I totally had to Google that reference.
wjessop (100 D X)
15 Dec 15 UTC
I thought the first reference was Star Trek First Contact.

...the second part, I have no idea. Maybe Walking Dead.
leon1122 (170 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
The disputed islands belong to China.
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
17 Dec 15 UTC
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According to China. I'm Chinese and I find that claim suspect at best.
leon1122 (170 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
According to you, an illegal immigrant is a citizen.
wjessop (100 D X)
17 Dec 15 UTC
Gobbledydook: do you mean that you are ethnically Chinese or a citizen of the PRC?
Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
Thanks, Obama.
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
17 Dec 15 UTC
Both.
goldfinger0303 (3155 D Mod)
17 Dec 15 UTC
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As per the UN laws of the sea, China cannot claim as its own territory islands it has artificially built (or so j think) for the purposes of establishing claims on surrounding seas. I actually applaud China doing this, because now it becomes very hard for them to launch any objections at the US or any of their neighbors without doing some serious doublespeak. India and the rest are not being fooled.

The fastest growing navies behind China? I believe they are India and Japan. Let's not kid ourselves - we're in a naval arms race with China right now. It doesn't take a long look back through history to see how those end up. (Spoilers - the fast rising number 2 always gets put in its place by number 1)
wjessop (100 D X)
17 Dec 15 UTC
@Gobbledydook: Interesting, I wouldn't have guessed. Mainland or Hong Kong?

Based on your English, I'm guessing some form of Hong Kong/rich parents/or time spent studying abroad?
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
17 Dec 15 UTC
Hong Kong.
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
17 Dec 15 UTC
For what it is worth China knows it cannot claim the reclaimed islands through maritime laws. The aim of the reclamation work is to force the issue de facto.
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
17 Dec 15 UTC
There are however natural islands in the South China Sea and I think China has at least some claim to those.
KingCyrus (516 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
When you're talking about China's navy, it is important to remember they are a regional power only (militarily speaking). You're talking about one air craft carrier, no cruisers, a handful of destroyers. They do have a lot of frigates. They challenge all of their neighbors, but they lack the ability of force projection. Their real threat is in subs. Compare that to the US. Nearly a dozen air craft carriers, 20 cruisers, 60 destroyers. Not to mention the technological advances that we have. I really hope that Congress approves more Zumwalt class destroyers, cause those things are badass. With the new direct energy weapons, and the rail gun going on the third one, not to mention the stealth design and increased automation, these are the ships of the 21st century.
Gobbledydook (1389 D (B))
17 Dec 15 UTC
Are they actually putting rail guns on combat ready warships?
KingCyrus (516 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
The Lyndon B Johnson will have a railgun. It will be the first ship to carry one. The USS Ponce, an LSD, already has the direct energy weapon (lay man's term, laser gun) that they are planning on putting on the Zumwalts as well.

I also believe they are trying to make the systems modular so that it would be relatively easy to install railguns on the first two if it works well on the third.
bo_sox48 (4899 D Mod (G))
17 Dec 15 UTC
So basically Advanced Warfare is coming to life?
KingCyrus (516 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
In the U.S. military, yes.
bo_sox48 (4899 D Mod (G))
17 Dec 15 UTC
Great. Remind me why we still put soldiers' lives on the line then?
Lethologica (203 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
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Because not all situations calling for military involvement are readily resolved by shooting railguns from warships? (I do think the US has frequently been guilty of calling for military involvement unnecessarily, though.)
KingCyrus (516 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
Yes, the U.S. is overzealous in some things. It just happens that those things happen to be the large scale stuff like Iraq or Afghanistan. But what you don't see is the small scale stuff. Heck, just in the past week the new USS Zumwalt was undergoing sea trials and rescued a couple of fishermen.
leon1122 (170 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
Other countries disputing the islands have already illegally occupied the natural islands. Therefore, China has no choice except to build artificial ones.

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steephie22 (182 D (S))
20 Dec 15 UTC
Designed By
What's better:
Designed by (Name of Designer)
Designed by (Company Name)
So should you name the person who designed it or the company for which the designer works?
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brainbomb (325 D)
22 Dec 15 UTC
Selena Gomez vs Ariana Grande
Who wins in a cage battle
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Jamiet99uk (443 D)
17 Dec 15 UTC
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I've just eaten a bacon and cheese pastry
It was tasty.
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Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
19 Dec 15 UTC
Mod Team Announcement
See inside
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sangil (1043 D)
22 Dec 15 UTC
game "Classic-114"
Dear Moderator (@peterwiggin)
can you please unpause this game?
thanks
the players
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Chaqa (4027 D (B))
17 Nov 15 UTC
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Lusthog
Anyone down for another round of Lusthog? I'm thinking like three games.

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brainbomb (325 D)
21 Dec 15 UTC
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My Tinder account is blowing up
Just got another super match. (makes cash register noise)
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Al Swearengen (0 D X)
21 Dec 15 UTC
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An easy way to make a difference
Subscribe to a newspaper. Support investigative journalism. Make the press less dependent on advertisers.
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VashtaNeurotic (2394 D)
20 Dec 15 UTC
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What Anime Should I Watch Next?
Not sure how much of webdip watches anime, but I may as well take recommendations. Currently my list of next to watch is (some may be abrreviated): Terror in Resonance, Rage of Bahamat: Genesis, Durarara!, The Mightiest Disciple, Seven Deadly Sins and Log Horizon. Also, please given reasons for any suggestions, whether they are on my list or not. Thanks.
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shield (3929 D)
21 Dec 15 UTC
Replacement needed.
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Jamiet99uk (443 D)
18 Dec 15 UTC
30% of Republican voters in favour of bombing fictional locations
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-12-18/one-in-three-republican-primary-voters-support-bombing-aladdins-home-of-agrabah/

This made me chuckle.
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