Aaron Leonard https://risingthumb.xyz
- HEADLINES: Empire Image of the Year 2016 Submissions
- EDITORIAL My “Addiction” to War, a Psychological Self-Analysis, Part 2
- TRADE archive compileNewList.sh data.json head.html links.html output.md tail.html US MineZ Trade Run
- PvP Drill archive compileNewList.sh data.json head.html links.html output.md tail.html 71st Mass PvP Event - ???
- DOMESTIC Pittacus' Gang suffer another string of defeats this week
- DOMESTIC 234th earns the right to bear Colours for valiant defeat near Al Hasa
- DOMESTIC 1st Regiment fights desperate action defending Iron Healer group near Yawpton
- DOMESTIC UTC Forces defend Iron healer group in Portsmouth
- DOMESTIC Pittacus Flip Flops Again
- DOMESTIC Some talk about a Battle Honour for a thread
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ASPERMONT, W.L.- The Empire Image of the Year Submissions are Open. You may have multiple submissions. The image is usually bearing the year defined by the UTC and what affects us.
Pictures and images may be submitted. That includes even drawings.
Irishkaiser - Willpower in battle is important, that is what I first learned playing in SEA/EA. The will to win, the desire to dominate and achieve is encoded in our DNA. Violence has been bred into us and aggression is part of who we are as a species. No one volk can ever claim that they have never committed some kind of atrocity over another people. We are all descended from killers.
In video games where violence and competition is simulated, we can safely experience and do these “immoral” things in controlled environments and use it as an outlet for our inherent aggression and that is what I think also appeals to me. War is the highest form of human aggression and in my opinion, the defining tragedy(Greek definition) of our species.
I recognize the brutality and clever ruthlessness of my ancestors and I tap into it. To embrace this sophisticated violence within us is literally cathartic to me. I fucking love it. It’s a high as it gives me a rush, a feel of control and the fear of losing control. Inspired by heroic romanticism of historians and writers, I see people such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Koxinga and of course Charles the XII, as rolemodels and noble characters, though butchery may have well been their business. What astounded me the most was the fruits and results of war not necessarily the conduct in itself. Being the ultimate tragedy yet also the ultimate test of man, War has always shown both the best and worst of humanity. Human ingenuity is most apparent in war as if you fail to be innovative, you might literally die.
The leap in technology from wars has been astounding and not only that, but cultures and of course politics and philosophy where affected by it. Where did women get sanitary pads or tampons? World War 1. Where do we get the internet? The Cold War. The popularization of liberty and equality? The French Revolution. Atomic Energy? Mastered by making it a vector of destruction(the atomic bomb).
The modern food technologies today have also been developed to supply and sustain a nation in a state of war. Think about that next time you eat your sandwich.
Wars also have their heroes, from many individuals performing near-suicidal deeds from not just men, but women and sometimes children. We have invented code of laws on the conduct of war, originally as Chivalry and parleys, then later the Geneva Conventions because we know how terrible it is to have all out war, so we regulate it. The Red Cross and Red Crescent all have their origins in war as well. To quote Robert E. Lee: “It is well war is so terrible, else we’ll grow too fond of it”.
Wars also have their villains, from both sides of every conflict. Genocide, tarleton’s quarter and the grey line of legitimacy of civilian targets are all pockmarked in our history. Terror through mutilations, destruction of entire infrastructures and peoples are all the adverse effects of war. War can be fueled both by love and hate and sometimes war is just a tool used by decision-makers to advance their own interests, not caring whether provoking conflict is justified or not. It is a gamble in itself as many factors all come in to decide a conflict’s outcome.
That’s another reason why I’m into it. War is human. We use everything we can to win, our intelligence, our compassion, our cleverness, our hate. We’d be willing to go for a cheap shot if we’re that desperate. I never feel more human than when I am conducting or studying war. The planning, the logistics, the execution… It is a grand project of a people against maybe another people and the loser may… Lose everything. So the motivation is basically WIN OR DIE.
I either win, or I die.
The Directory proudly announces that it has cancelled the trade run due to Christmas Eve and shit.
Somebody send me their report.
The Secret Coalition forces strike again. Main target is usually Chibotle however.
Members of the 234th, composed mostly of trainees fought the clan known as Sgt Squad near Al Hasa. The 234th, although they suffered a defeat, managed to inflict 2 casualties on the group and one managed to escape out of a group of five. Irishkaiser praised the action and saw the potential of Whitehaven’s training program and granted the 234th the right to bear Colours.
Members of the 1st Regiment conducted a valiant defense against multiple premiums, some of whom were associated with Pittacus' Gang. The 1st Regiment and some friends inflicted heavy casualties holding off the premiums for about 20-30 minutes before they broke through.
Some after-action was recorded by Sahlgutmir showcasing the proper deployment of a picket line.
The UTC defended an iron healer group and tied down a number of hostiles in Portsmouth for as long as possible. Unforeseen iron bandits came in and the UTC had to fight/defend them too before they were killed by the hostiles. The hostiles took the gear and the UTC changed their strategy to keep tying them down and at the same time wear down their durabilities at the very least.
Wanted Gold Armor, then decided to leave. This bitch can’t make up her mind.
A unique battle honour was considered for this thread on inflicting emotional and reputation damage against Pittacus. Irishkaiser noted that something was off about Pittacus' posts this time and that he knew he had her by the balls even more.
1) Trade Run completed. SOP.
2) Gather cake as well.
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