Aaron Leonard https://risingthumb.xyz
HEADLINES: SHRAUGER’S INSPIRING TALE STIRS PRAISE FOR NEWBS IN LOCAL UTC MEAD HALL
ASPERMONT, WESTERLANDS- Shrauger’s story involving his defense of newbs playing about and a friend he accompanied was the talk amongst members of the Company last week, especially the twist at the end where the people Shrauger defended roused by his death.
The story went that Shrauger chanced and played with a couple of people in Forest with whom he treated in a most appropriate fashion befitting his station and colours. A friend of Shrauger’s was attacked and Shrauger gave chase only to realize that their assailants would prove too much to his comrades. Shrauger knew they’d chase him and gave word to the others to tell them to escape while he holds them off.
After Shrauger died, a moment of clam was given before the newbie survivors, angered by Shrauger’s death returned to try to avenge him, much to frustration of another who heeded Shrauger’s call. According to one survivor who returned to the danger, he killed two of the enemy before being downed by the newbs were killed off, with the mission to avenge Shrauger. Seriously.
Damn it’s been another Shraugerweek. What is this guy, like… Jesus or something?
EDITORIAL - The Chinese Fascination from the Philippine perspective and the Chinese appeal to other nations.
Irishkaiser - Many people say that the Philippines only switched sides the moment Rodrigo Duterte took power, but they ignore or forget the thousands of years of history and cordial relationship between the island peoples and the ancient nation which dwarfs the fairly recent relationship with the Atlantic hegemon.
Migrations from both sides of the sea were frequent with Chinese traders finding profit and a haven from their own country’s not uncommon bureaucratic issues and the Filipinos finding employ and trade with the world to the North. What’s more, the Chinese treated whoever they were with as business partners and equals. They have no military interests beyond their borders; they desire no conquests, they seek no indemnities. Western powers however treated the same people as playing fields for their own interests against other powers, with everyone allying or colonizing for an underlying agenda, most particularly out of a rivalry with their peers. Even when trade or agreements weren’t beneficial in the long-run to both parties, as long as the damned English, French or whatever your government opposed was confounded, it was a good deal. Keeping a port or base in a strategic location that offers no economic incentive or that the economic incentive was reduced in exchange for political advantage are not uncommon strategies. Otto von Bismarck wanted to keep the newly formed Germany out of such foolishness because it really was pointless and out of ego. It came to the point that even that two players realized how bad it was with the signing of the ‘Entente Cordiale’, why? Because of another rising European power.
The Philippines was first occupied by Spain, but Chinese trade was allowed to flourish and in those 400 years of colonial rule, the peoples on those islands thought of the Chinese as more “normal” than the European “anomaly” because of such frequent interaction. Fast forward to the American occupation of 1898 where the first relations between the two countries was one stabbing the other in the back. When the Great War broke out and the United States joined in late and the Philippines answered its call, even though it had no reason to go fighting in Europe. It was so sudden that the war ended before any brigade of troops aside from individuals who attached themselves to Allied units were sent or any considerable thoughts about it were formed.
Later, in the Second World War, the Japanese invaded South East Asia and the United States was forced to flee to Australia. The subjugation to American policy and Japanese nondiscrimination between colonizers and the colonized united the two to fight a common foe. This is where the Philippines truly began its decades of pro-American attitude, thinking that after the hardship and struggle the two have been together - especially in the brutal Pacific theater - surely they would be best of friends by now. We got off on the wrong foot, but we generally assumed the United States was willing to make amends for that and we’d be fast friends China was busy dealing with its own problems as well and sorting themselves out, so there wasn’t much interaction at this time as America had our primary attention with the immediate issues of the aftermath of the Second World War.
Lo and behold, only a couple of years later… Did the Philippines restart its interactions with China, this time… We faced each other not as friends or acquaintances but as enemies with the bitter Communist/Capitalist fence being established all around the world. Where did we face each other? In Korea.
When the United States asked for allies in its war there, the Philippine friendship and enthusiasm for our “friends” was still strong and we answered their call once more and though we were poor and still rebuilding from the war years, we thought it was good not only because we were friends, but for freedom all around the world.
The Chinese made public messages warning the United Nations not to go too far or they will come in and help their friends. The US told us it was all farce and just a bluff and ignored China’s warnings - they can’t stand US military might. At this point, we only had a vague memory of the Chinese. We still knew who they were, but what they did after served not only to shock but impress us.
The Chinese crossed and the UN forces were in full retreat towards the 38th Parallel, extending the war to last for three brutal years. Our encounters with the Chinese impressed us… Though superior UN firepower, organization and training gave us victories such as Yultong, Heartbreak Ridge, Hill Eerie, Bloody Ridge, Operation Tomahawk and one disputed… Battle of Imjin River… These people were willing to go out and risk themselves and die for their friends. Literally risking their country being nuked when they had no nuclear weapons then, but they kept their word and up to this day, a lot of Filipinos subconsciously remember that about the Chinese intervention in Korea. They were our fiercest opponents, because of their willingness to get out there and fight against the odds. That’s what made them dangerous.
Still, our Cold War alliances forced us to just stare each other down with suspicion. We formed SEATO aimed at countering the Chinese Communist bloc which was used as a rationale for the United States intervention in Vietnam. Once again, they called on us and we fought just as we had before, but this time Uncle Sam blinked. The Dragon was just north of Vietnam’s borders and they lost face when the United States refused to advance further. The loss in Korea, meant a loss for Vietnam. The US government kept sending us reports of how they’re winning, inflaming numbers of dead as “proof of victory”. Eventually, we realized that the kills weren’t war, it was just savagery.
You do not win wars by how many kills you got and this kind of psychologically put us in an uncomfortable position where we weren’t the good guys we thought we were and instead started to see the United States as a power that’s so high up on its ego and wants to protect it so much that they’re turning massacres and bloodbaths as fights for freedom. Everything and everybody is an expedient for its own agenda, was what we started to think of the US. Though it was still a small thought that was just kept alive by satire and political commentary.
China on the otherhand, well… They did almost nothing aside from funding, training and sending weapons, the Chinese spent less, but won more. Their sacrifice in Korea won them the peace in Vietnam. Eventually the United States pulled out of Vietnam and Vietnam itself had a dispute with China’s friends. China warned them and when Vietnam refused, the Chinese attacked. Yep, that’s right. China invaded Vietnam in a punitive attempt to tell them to STOP ATTACKING THEIR FRIENDS.
The Western media depicted it as the Communist block falling apart which it won’t for another 30 years. We ate it up, but deep down inside we know… The Chinese kept true to their word again and defended their friends, even from among their own friends.
Fast forward to the War in Iraq. The United States called on us again, this time under the slogan of a War on Terror and something something freedom and shit. We were waaay more cautious this time and sent a few troops to probe everything. Once again, Uncle Sam just made a mess of things in the region and we pulled out of there the first excuse we got. The United States called it “giving in to the demands of the terrorists”, but I think the true terrorist was the one fucking up the Middle East in the first place.
Then we saw our old enemy, then acquaintance… Just sitting there… Making small talk and conversation every now and then. We had one major dispute concerning a bunch of islands in the sea, we started to approach them again. And guess what, big Red China wasn’t the bad guy some fatass across the ocean said he was. But then came the true test…
China is paranoid of us, since we are a US ally. They started to make moves to block and deny us when we got “too close”, particularly in the Spratly Islands issue and them encroaching on our land. Then the time came for the first time that we’ll ask for a major ally’s help in deterring perceived foreign aggression… With US military might, they’re bound to- oh no… The US is scared of a war with China.
Son of a bitch. All those times we helped them in their punitive wars and expeditions that sometimes WERE for peace and freedom all over the world and in defense of each other… This ONE TIME… THIS ONE TIME WE FINALLY ASK FOR UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE… THEY LITERALLY TURNED US DOWN. That’s when we realized we weren’t a friend or an “ally”. We were just another colony that is a political playground for the United States to fight its proxy wars. Then we remembered… We remembered all those times China risked itself plenty of times for its own friends and neighbors, even fighting its own friends to tell them to stop fighting their other friends. We remember the burden of North Korea China has to endure as an ally’s the strategically, politically and economically one of the WORST ALLIES anyone can have, but still stick with them.
Meanwhile we got some fatass hypocrite over here dragging us into fights that have nothing to do with us, criticizing and threatening us everytime we’re trying to set ourselves straight, harboring our exiled dictators and or corruption criminals and donating the worst fucking equipment while its other allies that hate them somehow get M1A1 Abrams and other cool ass shit. Why the hell does Egypt and or Saudi Arabia get a fucking stipend and we get nothing? For what? For fucking what?
When we finally asked for a friend’s help and we just got a cleverly worded “no”, that was the last fucking straw. Duterte said it right when he told everyone that we are a free, sovereign country. Not a colony.
When you are China’s friend, you are China’s friend… When you’re America’s friend, well you should just learn the term “strategic partner” more than a friend. And that is why China is appealing.
*TRADE - US MineZ Trade Run
The Directory proudly announces that it has delivered
1 Chain Set
1 Diamond Sword
in value exchange of
9 Health Potions
Guess who leads the way. Comrade Shrauger leads the way. Yeehaw.
TRADE US MineZ Trade
The Directory proudly announces that it has delivered
X Infinity Bows
in value exchange of
some legendaries that I didn’t list
Did we stop? I still don’t know. I wasn’t here for like two fucking weeks.
PvP Drill 134th Mass PvP Event - SEVEN LEVELS OF CQB
Now let’s get some REAAAAL COMBAT TRAINING HERE, with members of the 1st Regiment and other groups against the experienced regular players of the TIM TALONG Hosla Condo group with four members of the 1st Regiment: Spyware, Adware, mxftw and Lieutenant_Joe.
This shit was coo. Fuck it, I'ma write more of it later, but Gawd damn. First one was hell and brutal and my shit kept fogging up Jesus. Fuck it’s just so cool can’t write it down yet. Other things to write.
DOMESTIC - JOHNNY IRISH RETURNS
Right, let’s get back to work now, eh. I was working on a gift for all of you, still working on it. But it will be… Biblical.
DOMESTIC - Original Life
Nothing much other than Shrauger’s story. Shit’s good in this ‘ere country, eyuuuup.
FINANCE - SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF MEET-UP. EXPERIENCE GAINED
Ok, the one thing I really REALLY should have expected was FOOD POLICIES. Some of you won’t eat seafood, some of you won’t eat rare meats… Fuck’s sake.
* **ORDERS:** *
1) Trade Run completed. THANKS MIGHTY SHRAUGER.
^(THE [?] EMPIRE,THE COMPANY’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE AND PROPAGANDA TOOL. AW YEAH)