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cspieker (18223 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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Feature request: time clock location
It would be really nice to have the countdown clock right above the order menu. That way one wouldn't have to scroll up to see how many precious seconds are left (wasting precious seconds). Would be pretty useful toward the end of the 5-minute 1v1's in which there are a lot of orders to fill.
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wpfieps (442 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Any predictions about Lada Gaga and the Superbowl?
Who wants to guess if she's going to go all Byonce and get political during the halftime show?

My guess: In the middle of her song, she'll start advocating for PPSC and announce an engagement to Krellin.
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slypups (1889 D)
01 Feb 17 UTC
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Heckling Feature Request
It's fun to observe games, but would be even more fun if there was a sideboard to heckle and commentate on games by people who aren't actually part of the game. This would be particularly interesting for those games among top players.
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Vikesrussel (875 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Questions
When did you be able to switch armies and navy's around ?
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Feb 17 UTC
Iran announces it is abandoning the US dollar
http://theantimedia.org/iran-ditched-dollar-us-matters/

This could be the start of A) war with Iran (though they will come up with other excuses to sell it to the public) or B) a collapse in the value of the US dollar - which could result in many other countries abandoning it as a reserve currency (which is a threat to national security, hence A)
SantaClausowitz (360 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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you're a quack
orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Feb 17 UTC
Is this link more to your liking?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dominicdudley/2017/01/30/iran-to-ditch-dollar/#2bca0067676d
SantaClausowitz (360 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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funny, I don't see anything in the legitimate source about impending World War and the collapse of the dollar.
Valis2501 (2781 D (G))
03 Feb 17 UTC
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So in a time honoured tradition of webDip, instead of googling it I'm going to ask the forum:

Can someone explain to me how making everyone price oil in dollars matters? Don't all the exchange rates stay the same? Like it sounds purely psychological but maybe I'm missing something.
Valis2501 (2781 D (G))
03 Feb 17 UTC
I didn't check the link but I assume it's related.
Manwe Sulimo (630 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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This isn't really a story. Many countries don't use the dollar in reporting their financial statements, like virtually every European country I would think. Nothing will come of this, just a knee jerk symbolic reaction by Iran to the U.S. temporarily banning immigrants from there.

Pricing oil in dollars just means that if you want to buy or sell oil, you will have to do so by paying or receiving dollar bills. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating. So, if you want to buy some crude oil for $55 a barrel, but your currency drops from being worth $1.5 per euro for example, to $1 per euro, you can now buy less crude oil with the same amount of euros.
JamesYanik (548 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
@Manwe

thanks for not making me type that

@Orathaic

please apologize for making me read this
TrPrado (461 D Mod)
03 Feb 17 UTC
It's just not using dollar calculations in official statements. Neither that nor outright abandoning the dollar would lead to war.
Randomizer (104 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
It happened once before when Iran wouldn't accept the dollar and went with the Euro. It doesn't mean anything since the trading partners can easily convert back to the dollar.

The only real difference is in how much the currency used fluctuates with the dollar. With a long term contract it can make a real difference depending on the direction.
fiedler (1293 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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Forcing everyone to buy and sell oil in US dollars is how the true value of the US dollar is maintained. Woe to those who defy the Fed.
Ogion (3974 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Besides a weakening dollar might help exporters while raising us interest rates, no?
Manwe Sulimo (630 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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"Forcing everyone to buy and sell oil in US dollars is how the true value of the US dollar is maintained. Woe to those who defy the Fed."

Supposedly, but that is just a conspiracy theory, not a proven fact.

"Besides a weakening dollar might help exporters while raising us interest rates, no?"

The interest rates are determined by the supply and demand for money in the U.S., so a weakening dollar would not affect them. A weakening dollar would help U.S. exporters because it would make our goods cheaper, and hurt foreign exporters because their goods become more expensive.
TrPrado (461 D Mod)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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I don't think fiedler was being serious...
Matticus13 (3111 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
I'm pretty sure he was being serious TrPrado. Have you read what he posts on the Forum?
TrPrado (461 D Mod)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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I don't think those are serious either.
fiedler (1293 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Look prado, if we are going to work together you must understand I am serious about everything, gravely so.

Conspiracy theory? ohohoho. Steel beams can't melt jet fuel Debra.
TrPrado (461 D Mod)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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Work together? You're not speaking of...the business...are you? Isn't that supposed to be private?
fiedler (1293 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
We all work for the 1%. Even the 1% work for the 1%. The yardstick of success is how much we can sell each other out to the 1%.

True story.
fiedler (1293 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
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Hey those stories only say Iran is not *reporting* it's oil sales in USD. It's not actually switching currencies in actual fact. You're a quack Ora.
MajorMitchell (1163 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Don't worry, it's all going along nicely according to Daffy Donald Trump, and it'll be a beautiful thing. Daffy Donald Trump is doing plenty of "good" work trashing the US dollar's value, which makes imports to the US cost more in US dollars for domestic purchasers so makes domestic producers more competitive within the US, and it makes US exports more cost competitive, though more has to be exported & sold to realise the same "value" ... But you can trust? Daffy Donald Trump, it'll be a beautiful thing ( with a nightmare at it's core )
fiedler (1293 D)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Excellent stuff Marjorie.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Feb 17 UTC
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@"Can someone explain to me how making everyone price oil in dollars matters? Don't all the exchange rates stay the same? Like it sounds purely psychological but maybe I'm missing something."

So when you pull oil out of the ground a new value is created. As long as there is demand for that you don't cause inflation. If all oil is sold in US Dollars then that directy impacts the demand for US Dollars.

The US is the only country able to print US Dollars, and thus has a great amount of power derived from this fact. The massive national debt, for example, can continue to be driven up, so long as there is demand for US treasury bonds. Thus the US government can afford to spend more on it's military than any other nation (by far) in part because of oil being sold in dollars.

It is like using gold to back your currency, the US uses oil to back its currency (and every other nation in the world uses the US dollar as a reserve currency to back their currencies).

It is no conspiracy theory to say the 'petro-dollar' is a part of the strenght of the US empire's economic might. (And it is more of an economic empire than any other kind...)
orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Feb 17 UTC
@Exports - i mean really this is liable to be affected more by Trumps suggested/planned trade war with Mexico - Iran has very little trade wth the US, but if they stop using USD to trade their oil, then either Euros or Chinese Yuan will benefit.

In theory, if goods are all made in the cheapest place possible (and transport costs are negligible) then you get the most efficient global economy without producing things locally. So US manufacturing jobs being in cheaper places is a net positive - and exports actually redistribute wealth to poorer regions of the world which is also a jet positive.

Of course i can't believe i'm defending globalisation, but really i'm just describing the theory. Trumps plan for trade tarrifs could benefit those American workers (Yay!) while hurting total efficiency.

Not sure, maybe the value of the dollar - as an abstract measure - is prohibiting the most efficient use of resources (human workers in the US) by this mechanism.

Either way, i'm not against Trump collapsing the US economy, if that is what he wants. You voted for him, and you should get what you voted for... But i am against war with Iran (whatever excuse Trump comes up with)
chluke (7636 D (G))
03 Feb 17 UTC
Arbitrage. The force that always finds equilibrium.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Feb 17 UTC
@those calling me a quack, did you hear glorious leader Trumpeting on twitter about how nice Obama was to Iran? And so it begins.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
03 Feb 17 UTC
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/donald-trump-meets-business-chiefs-prepares-dismantle-dodd-frank/


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brainbomb (325 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
Was Jesus a Vampire?
I was curious, if Jesus was a vampire, like most scholars now assume; was he malkavian, ventrue, brujah, toreador, nosferatu or tremere?
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redhouse1938 (429 D)
02 Feb 17 UTC
C++
Hey guys
I am redhouse, I used to play and debate here. I might play and debate again. But I have another question: Who knows a lot about C++? I may have some questions that seem trivial to those who know.
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Condescension (10 D X)
03 Feb 17 UTC
Browser Extension To Hide The Forum
Would anybody use a browser extension that removes the forum from the site, so you don't see it at all?
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Peregrine Falcon (1762 D (S))
03 Feb 17 UTC
How does muting work?
I've never muted someone in a game before. Therefore, I am quite ignorant about how it works. Clearly if player A is muted by player B, B won't receive any messages from A while they're muted. What happens when B unmutes A? Do all the messages A sent to B while B had A muted suddenly appear, or are they lost forever?
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brainbomb (325 D)
02 Feb 17 UTC
New spoken word/music (mothlion)
Listen to So fucking sick of memes (spoken word) by mothlion #np on #SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/mothlion/so-fucking-sick-of-memes
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slypups (1889 D)
02 Feb 17 UTC
When it's time to change your URL redirect...
Has anyone been to http://trumpsucks.com ?
Cause that train already went off the cliff. Maybe time to change the redirect.
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cspieker (18223 D)
01 Feb 17 UTC
New game Classic
Just went to a FTF tourney. Was fun. Want to play some more classic using the standard tourney rules (except of course 1 Day turns instead of 12 minutes).

Set it at 101d to filter for more reliable players. If that's too steep but you like the rest, chime in here, and I will make a new one with lower bet.
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Condescension (10 D X)
31 Jan 17 UTC
Trump is now a child murderer.
:^)

Good job, conservatives.
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slypups (1889 D)
01 Feb 17 UTC
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Trump Supreme Court nominee makes the court lopsided for decades
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316853-trump-taps-neil-gorsuch-for-supreme-court
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
31 Jan 17 UTC
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Alternatives to the nation-state
Because we can't seem to imagine a better system, we should.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329850-600-end-of-nations-is-there-an-alternative-to-countries/
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ssorenn (0 D X)
01 Feb 17 UTC
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Peanut gallery game
We need a thread that's devoted to diplomacy to be front and center. All this crap about politics is taking up way too much bandwidth here.
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yavuzovic (601 D)
01 Feb 17 UTC
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Why I cannot create a Known World 901 game at the moment?
Sorry. I accidentally mute my other thread.
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leon1122 (170 D)
25 Jan 17 UTC
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President Trump is bans immigration from 7 countries and begins building the wall!
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/refugees-immigrants-wall-trump.html?_r=0
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Hellenic Riot (1619 D (G))
02 Feb 17 UTC
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February GR Updated
http://tournaments.webdiplomacy.net/theghost-ratingslist
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gogopowerrangers (50 D X)
02 Feb 17 UTC
How to report multiplayer to Admin?
Sorry that I am new here, I suspect someone is being a multiplayer, how do I report?
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wpfieps (442 D)
02 Feb 17 UTC
Breaking News
Next week, the prez will be signing an executive order banning Krellin from playing Diplomacy for 90 days.
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djnogueira (240 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
F AEG S F BS-BUL NC
So in a game I have someone made this move:
The fleet at Aegean Sea support move to Bulgaria from Black Sea.
The fleet at Black Sea move to Bulgaria (North Coast).
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Randomizer (104 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
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Leave No Lawyer Unemployed
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/31/us/trump-lawsuits-travel-ban-conflicts-interest/index.html

Setting a record number of lawsuits against him in his first weeks in office, Trump is determined to lower unemployment for lawyers.
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Mapu (362 D)
01 Feb 17 UTC
The most unreliable player of all time
For those who have been around a few years, you've probably run into this guy.
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Manwe Sulimo (630 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
Too funny to pass up

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Ismail (100 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
"War on Terror" game set in 2001
I figure people may be interested in this: http://eregime.org/index.php?c=1012281

It's not Diplomacy, but you can play as a country leader, intelligence agency, international bank, terrorist group, etc. The rules are very simple.
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CNote (544 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
Site mechanics question re civil disorder
See below
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Yoyoyozo (177 D)
28 Jan 17 UTC
Seasonal Player Awards (Free Points)
The Player of the Year Awards are over, but the fun has just begun :D
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slypups (1889 D)
31 Jan 17 UTC
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Trump is taking over the WebDiplomacy forums
Somehow, his move for power has infested us even here. Is there any thread since he's been elected that doesn't have a mention or side reference to Trump by the second page? Yeah...I'm guilty of it too.
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Zollern (150 D)
30 Jan 17 UTC
attacking unit is attacked?
If my attacking unit (moving into an opponents occupied space) is attacked by another unsupported attack from an opponent there is no effect and my attack is successful (if supported), correct?
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