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Condescension (10 D X)
20 Jan 17 UTC
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In less than 24 hours, a lunatic will be in control of the nuclear football.
We're fucked.
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The Ambassador (149 D)
25 Jan 17 UTC
Latest podcast of Diplomacy Games
New podcast episode of DiplomacyGames.com is now live on the website, iTunes & Stitcher. Kaner and I trade barbs over our 1v1 performance, we go down the rabbit hole about the direction of the various Dip sites and have a bit of fun discussing the Africa variant over at VDip. Enjoy!
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ssorenn (3242 D (G))
23 Jan 17 UTC
Thomas Sowell
The worst president ever

https://youtu.be/0UpiNiaak18
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TrPrado (441 D Mod)
24 Jan 17 UTC
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Most Important Thread of the Year
The Oscars
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WyattS14 (8 D (B))
14 Jan 17 UTC
Phantasmagoria?
I'm a little confused as to how you would use the word phantasmagorical/phantasmagoria/etc. I understand the words meaning, but would it be used as a negative connotation or positive connotation?
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Ezio (1746 D)
24 Jan 17 UTC
Most Elegant Stab
I am trying to find some examples of pretty looking stabs. I know people take pride in them, so what do you think is the best stab you've ever done on the site?
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0k0k0 (4846 D)
24 Jan 17 UTC
Why can't I create a Known World Game?
The option does not appear in the list of variants.
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sirKristof (15 D X)
23 Jan 17 UTC
901?
I've been unable to find or create any new 901 variant games for a while now. It's still listed as active though! Anyone else have this issue?
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WyattS14 (8 D (B))
23 Jan 17 UTC
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US Election and Aftermath
I did this with my Asia Pacific thread. Let's see if a reasonable discussion on the possible outcome of this election could be. (Articles and counterpoints are more than welcome)
Fluminator (496 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
People need to stop saying everything is going to be okay.
It's not going to be okay.
Matticus13 (2212 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
America is long overdue for a revolt (from the Left or Right). Technology has kept us complacent and compliant for the most part. As long as we continue to be distracted, everything is awesome... https://youtu.be/9cQgQIMlwWw
WyattS14 (8 D (B))
23 Jan 17 UTC
I'm more scared of Trump Jr. than I am of Trump in all honesty
CAPT Brad (40 D X)
23 Jan 17 UTC
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
― Julian of Norwich
JamesYanik (548 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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Well, first off we're going to have a supreme court nomination, there's going to be something done with the ACA, and the Cabinets are going to start going to work

1. Supreme Court nomination

will this be VERY conservative, or will Trump go a bit more moderate? it's unlikely Garland will get back into the fold, and Trump's list is primarily right to varying degrees. This initial move will tell us whether Trump is willing to work with all of congress, if he's playing the party lines, or a third option where it is someone who isn't as qualified but is personally connected to Trump.

2. the ACA

He's proposed Trumpcare, and despite Republicans looking for a wide removal of Obama's plan, we're going to see how much Trump really is listening to Republicans. I'll be surprised if this gets done quickly though.

3. Cabinets picks, policy, the wall

Well, this is the interesting stuff isn't it? I'm actually alright with Mattis getting the call, but some of his other picks have done little to inspire confidence in terms of reputation in their fields. Not to mention Trump's campaign was riddled with vague policy statements, we still have yet to see what he's really got in store for us. Finally the Wall, which he wants Congress to initially pay for, isn't looking to practical in a matter of speed. It'd be funny if we got half the wall built and that's it, leading into the 2020 race.

Outcome right now:
I don't see the economic recovery flipping as of yet, and hopefully Trump doesn't create too many problem with trade. Interest rates are going to rise at some point during his reign, and it's important he has cuts on deficit spending. Right now we're in a balance, but if we keeps government interference low, our economy might do well.

Unfortunately, the next 4 years will be ones of social unrest. I've seen some of the left recoil from this election and reconsider tactics and platforms, and start to adapt (the smart thing to do). Sadly, I think there's no way to avoid a pejorative from much of the media, when doubled with Trump deserving some of the hate, we're going to have to endure a lot of finger pointing and name calling. AS for policy, we'll have to see what he proposes, but it's not 'bright'

As for foreign policy, I'm a little worried. Not because I think we're going to have a war, but because we're NOT going to have conflict. Let me explain, ISIS's influence is deteriorating in the middle east, at least in terms of financial stability. Assad's regime looks likely to retain power for the immediately foreseeable future, and Russia looks to be ambitious as ever. We're going to peak on the refugee crises, and in the aftermath we're going to have a lot of countries trying to reposition their own spheres on influence. This could cause more conflict, but I'm expecting a slight lull. Many countries are going to be talking, and I'm not sure Trump will be the best representative of our country. That said, a single catalytic attack on an embassy or whatnot could absolutely destroy any lull that occurs.
WyattS14 (8 D (B))
23 Jan 17 UTC
Looks like James hit on everything very well once again... you're a God @JamesYanik
Vallk (909 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
@JamesYanik I'm interested to know why you don't consider the possibility of going to war. Trump/Trump team rhetoric puts us on a collision course with China and emboldens Russia
Matticus13 (2212 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
@Yanik: You think he really builds an actual wall or we deploy drones, cameras, and other manned/unmanned technology along the Mexican border? I'd say overall the latter would be more effective, cost less, and become an effective barrier in much less time. If he builds a wall, eminent domain likely comes into play in certain areas as well.
leon1122 (175 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
Vallk, the Obama administration's policy of seeking constant confrontations with Russia and China (in the South China Sea) is the sort of policy that leads to war. China cannot plausibly declare war on the US because we impose a tariff on them.
Vallk (909 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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@Leon
Exactly.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/11/trump-secretary-of-state-nominee-china-should-be-denied-access-to-south-china-sea-islands.html
I, for one, can't think of any way to deny the Chinese access to their islands without an act of war
Matticus13 (2212 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
The chance of China or Russia declaring war on the US at any point in recent history is nil. That's not how the major players fight war anymore...
Vallk (909 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
@Matticus To clarify, the risk of war with Russia would come in Eastern Europe. Trump's anti-NATO rhetoric makes it even more likely that Russia will invade one of the small nations there (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, etc.). The U.S. would be forced to intervene or admit that NATO is meaningless
WyattS14 (8 D (B))
23 Jan 17 UTC
Deployment in the baltics is already an issue with Russia..
leon1122 (175 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
Putin desires nothing more than peace. The only nation that has been power-grabbing and invading defenseless nations is the US. Hopefully Trump will cease such aggressions.
bo_sox48 (4844 D Mod (G))
23 Jan 17 UTC
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You forgot to say #alternativefacts, leon.
Matticus13 (2212 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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I suppose Syria and Ukraine don't count...
TrPrado (441 D Mod)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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Or Georgia.
Vallk (909 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
@leon cool

@Matticus do you have a point? or are you just nitpicking
Matticus13 (2212 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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He said Russia doesn't invade defenseless countries... My point is they do. The US does. China does. Let's not pretend like those nations who have the power to exert their will on others and potentially profit from it won't.
Vallk (909 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
@Matticus my bad, thought that was aimed at me. Carry on, I completely agree
Matticus13 (2212 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
Should have said @leon. My apologies as well.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
24 Jan 17 UTC
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@Matticus - To give #alternativefacts its due, Russia did not invade Syria. It was invited to bomb targets in Syria by the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad. That is perfectly allowable under international law, unlike (say) drone strikes in Syria/Yemen/Pakistan/Libya where the government very much didn't want US involvement... (This ignores the two governments which allow US air strikes, Iraq and Afghanistan... Because when you invade a country and install a government, they tend to invite whatever you ask them to...)

Russia has, by comparison, been exceedingly peaceful. Promoted a swift and violent end to the war in Syria. Pushed Ukraine towards civivl war, annexed Crimea, and effectively created two new countries within Georgia (though they had already claimed some measure of independence, and Georgia was in the process of suppressing them... )

Really Russia's actions don't come close in scale to the US's... But Trump and Putin may manage to make peace and change all that!
Matticus13 (2212 D)
24 Jan 17 UTC
We can only hope.
JamesYanik (548 D)
24 Jan 17 UTC
@Vallk

Thanks for your comments and let me clarify, this is only a 4 year forecast.

Russia's at this interesting point, where they definitely want a foothold in the middle east, but by propping up Assad and trying to add to his legitimacy, they're also creating an effective barrier for further progression by them. They export oil, and there is a supply market in the middle east, but for Russia it's always been more than that. They want a warm water port, and they've been moving every which way towards the black sea, but now they're so close to the Red Sea, there will be some interesting reconsiderations unfolding. Russia has poked and prodded Obama and he hasn't responded with strength, so Putin has grown in confidence, and now Trump is in the presidency, the EU is looking unstable economically and politically... the question is will it happen in the next 4 years. Perhaps my perception of time is off, (perhaps it's because my brother is deployed right now and i'm being optimistic), but I don't think we'll see any moves by major geopolitical power until this terrorism that has spawned from cultures within the middle east goes docile again.

Meanwhile ISIS is on their last stand in Mosul, and we should be hearing more about that in the upcoming weeks, but they're financial backing is deteriorating, so I don't consider them nearly as prominent of a threat to the region.

- One important side note here, al-Qaeda made a big statement with 9/11, hiding among the political regimes of the time. ISIS won't have a political regime to cover for it, BUT this does not make splinter cell groups any less likely to plan and execute terrorist attacks abroad.

Finally China: they're expertise is not in invasion, and that is important to keep in mind form a purely military perspective. China is weaker in the Pacific than we are, and Japan and South Korea won't exactly allow warships into those waters (though North Korea could prove an interesting proponent or even catalyst of conflicts). China's government already has vast INTERNAL investment, as they're still a command economy. One of the things war does for a country is (if it's mostly a free market) it forces industries to work for the state, and while domestic GDP might decrease and living conditions not improve, there is generally a large boost given to the nation's military potential
(fun fact the Great Depression was ended pre-USA involvement in WWII, because America was seen as the safest place on earth, which is immense for economic reasons. Once we got in, our domestic GPD dropped and people at home were fearing another slip (which was foolish as there were plenty of good investing opportunities, and people could care less about national debt [kind of like today], and only once the state-run industries were given back to the people, did we see our giant boom in the 50-70 era)
The reason why China would get no such boost is obvious; their industries are ALREADY state run, AND their industries are failing. Private industries in China aren't doing too well either, but manufacturing is really keeping them afloat on all fronts. to enlist millions of soldiers and put them in war-conditions with complete war-time resources, they'd have to MASSIVELY cut back on social benefits, and since their populous is already growing in discontent with the government, that wouldn't end well.

the truth is, if Trump hurts them with Tariffs, it'll be bad economically for the USA, and it might cause a collapse in China. China has been selling off our debt, we owe JAPAN more!
http://ticdata.treasury.gov/Publish/mfh.txt
Clearly two factors are at work, their trust in the dollar, and the amount of capital they need. Given that the dollar has been doing pretty well relative to other currencies recently, China is trying to stir up their economy, and it isn't working! They're claiming they're growth rate is right in their projected 6.5-7% range but not as many investors are trusting them outside of manufacturing, and it's GDP per capita has shown signs of decline. Plus, since we know they're liquidating cash, they should be above the current rates they're projecting, but it's not even that!

It's important to remember though, if China goes down, this could mean two things for the US:
Scenario 1, demand skyrockets, and countries such as Mexico start stepping up internal investment and taking on debt temporarily to increase manufacturing production, while the USA is still undergoing bad tariffs, and our own personal internal investment won't be high enough

Scenario 2, demand skyrockets, but Trump allows our free market to take over and offers a safe place to bring in new jobs along with his own personal infrastructure investing.

Frankly I can only see scenario 1 happening, and also I'm not sure Trump would be the reason why China's economy would collapse. If they do fall apart, it's going to be from their own accord by screwing with the economy and populous and riding the back of technological innovation for too long (not that technological innovation is bad, but the it's over prospected.... that causes problems)


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captainmeme (1126 D Mod)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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diplomacy.avi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVvAl7G4xLI
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brainbomb (474 D)
15 Jan 17 UTC
Why God probably isnt real
I decided to open my imagination
I prayed about something recently. I asked God to give me signs. God gave me all the wrong signs. Therefore I submit this as Exhibit A, God is eother an asshole or doesnt exist. Discuss
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Jamiet99uk (35 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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"Alternative Facts"
Or, you know, what we used to just called "lies".
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Ezio (1746 D)
16 Jan 17 UTC
aaron rodgers is a god
I told everyone
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CommanderByron (869 D (S))
23 Jan 17 UTC
Let's Keep It Real
Conservatives- Resistant to change, confident in the status quo.
Liberals- Supportive of change, dissatisfied with the status quo.
If we stopped attacking each other for a few minutes these traits could be complimentary.
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Condescension (10 D X)
23 Jan 17 UTC
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Conservatives are socially awkward
I think I just figured it out. Conservatives are just fucking socially awkward. That's the only reason you could possibly not figure out that privilege is a thing.
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evanej (100 D)
20 Jan 17 UTC
How are you welcoming in Trump?
It is time!
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JamesYanik (548 D)
23 Jan 17 UTC
NEW WORLD RECORD
after only 4 hours, #alternativefacts is already being overused, just beating out the previous record held by #fakenews.

we fully expect to endure this for the next few days, until it to dies, or develops into something else (such as #bullshitnews)
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brainbomb (474 D)
21 Jan 17 UTC
I dont believe in the alphabet or languages
I think God did not actually create the alphabet. People did. People also made the tower of babel. Im agaist taxes being used to teach people the alphabet. God didnt create it, so its not important
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WyattS14 (8 D (B))
20 Jan 17 UTC
Does math Exist, or is it really JUST an idea?
I found
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CAPT Brad (40 D X)
19 Dec 16 UTC
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Why I Love The Live Gunboat Games
I have the PC game of Diplomacy and played it to victory pretty much everytime; the few losses from the beginning as i was learning.
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Chumbles (959 D (S))
22 Jan 17 UTC
Only one needed: gunboat, ancmed
http://www.webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=189485
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
19 Jan 17 UTC
F2F Tournament in MA, USA
As above, below
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Peregrine Falcon (2201 D (B))
21 Jan 17 UTC
Friends Game
I'm looking for three more people to join me and three friends for a game. We'll keep the meta gaming to a minimum. Post here or message me if you're interested.
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King Of Avalon (10 D X)
20 Jan 17 UTC
Hello i am new
How do i play i need help
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oliveskin (100 D X)
20 Jan 17 UTC
Canceling CDs in live games
Thoughts to follow (my phone isn't letting me both type everything and post as well lol)
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Halls of Mandos (644 D)
19 Jan 17 UTC
Another clarifying thread...
A unit can cut support if it itself is only tapped as well, but it does NOT cut support if it is dislodged by two completely different units, right?
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indigo93 (100 D)
19 Jan 17 UTC
Issue with Denmark Capture
Game id 189248

I am Germany and had has a unit in Denmark at multiple points this game, yet the map color has not changed and I gave not
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pastoralan (100 D)
18 Jan 17 UTC
Convoy confusion
Can a fleet convoy an army and also provide support to another unit?

Paraphrase: have I been playing this game wrong for the last 20 years?
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fourofswords (526 D)
15 Jan 17 UTC
new world 901
Why isn't New World 901 on the list of games that can be created?
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slypups (1889 D)
14 Jan 17 UTC
Worst possible 1v1 matchup
What would be the most unbalanced 1v1 matchup possible on the Classic board? I could see England v Russia being awful for England, especially with Russia enjoying 4 builds/turn.
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