HEADLINES: SPOOKYFEST PROJECT DEEMED MOST SUCCESSFUL
ASPERMONT, WESTERLANDS- After analysis of gains-to-effort ratio, the UNKNOWN [?] Trading Company has gained so much that it desires to convert the Spookyfest loot into credit from the people whom it helped rather than store it in their alts in the first place.
Certain experience was also gained in which the Foreign Office and the Home Office has acquired which is deemed most invaluable, especially by the Foreign Office. In addition to overt support, covert support was provided that tipped the scales and protected its clients, ensuring not only their success but the success of the UNKNOWN [?] Trading Company.
More senior Company Members begin throwing garbage on the streets of Aspermont filled with Spookyfest loot going like “What is this garbage” by returning mercenaries who shared it with them. They later proceeded to do productive things.
EDITORIAL - The Purchase System wasn’t all that bad.
Irishkaiser - In many movies and literature concerning the Age of Gunpowder, we have seen the British Army of the time staff its officer corps with bumbling upper-class twits who ‘bought’ their regiments from Horse Guards and got their regiment into such a mess that enlisted men and NCOs who do the “real work” have to fix them while silently grumbling “He purchased his commission.”
What most people do not realize is that the PURCHASE SYSTEM was designed to weed out the weak and get only the dedicated into the leadership of the army. How, you may ask? Well, firstly… NO ONE COULD JUST WALK UP TO HORSE GUARDS AND ASK FOR A REGIMENT AFTER HANDING THEM A CHEQUE. That would be really really stupid.
So, let us first remember that it was only in the Infantry and Cavalry that the Purchase System was used. Artillery, Navy and Engineers required more technical requirements for officership such as education credentials to be an officer.
Yes, you didn’t need a college degree to be an officer in the infantry or cavalry, but that doesn’t mean there were no requirements at all.
Firstly, you need to be 16+ and though no matter how rich or powerful your family or yourself was, you always, have to start at the lowest rank which was Ensign in the Infantry or Cornet for Cavalry.
Then you must also have a respectable patron to back you up, whom the Commander in Chief of the British Army(a field marshal) feels is of good character and stock to take their support of you seriously. This is for most regiments except for the elite Guards regiment(these you must apply to directly).
It should be reminded that the Purchase System wasn’t always about money as “Free Commissions” were also given to gentleman rankers. People who could afford commissions but decided to sign up as rankers to prove themselves in the field before they could become full officers. Yep, you have to compete with them for an officer’s spot. A lot of officers would have received at least one free commission because it’s cheaper and therefore the leaders put them in first priority when advancing.
Either way, let us concentrate on the paid method.
Let us just think that a commission is practically a “stock” in which you invested money to hold your current rank. This appreciates or depreciates in value depending on the regiment’s reputation, their posting somewhere in the world, etc.
But since a person can only hold one rank at a time, therefore you can only have one “stock” at a time. You must sell off your old commission and pay the difference in advancing in rank with the proceeds gained. And acquiring the next rank isn’t as easy as the British Army also functions on seniority, meaning anyone who has an older commission immediately gets the spot.
Regardless, you need at least certain years of experience or “holding” on to your commission before you can advance to the next rank.
People thinking of playing the “markets” of commissions by buying and selling to people of equal rank to join different regiments, must do well to remember that everytime they do so, they lose their seniority and become the most junior officer in their “new” regiment, regardless of how long they have served the army in total.. Hopping from regiment to regiment would make it almost impossible to advance as some asshole always gets the first right of refusal to advance before you.
It is therefore more preferable to STICK TO YOUR OWN REGIMENT and only sell off your commission if the situation to yourself deems that it would help you in your advancement. Every higher rank is worth more in terms of value and in salary in the long term. If you think you’ve made enough and want to retire just before being shipped to battle, you coward, do realize you can’t leave until you’ve served a minimum number of years HOLDING YOUR CURRENT COMMISSION(7 years for ensigns and cornets, 12 years for lieutenants, 15 years for captains).
And don’t forget - this is the army. You literally could get shot or die of disease somewhere along the way.
But what is worse than that is being “cashiered” - a ceremony where an officer is deemed so incompetent, that they are stripped of rank publicly and his commission is taken from him. The commission is taken from you, meaning that you NO LONGER HAVE ANY RIGHT TO SELL IT OFF.
To be cashiered is to be ruined financially and socially. Losing all your investments holding your career in the army is the main deterrent to preventing asshats from holding it in the first place.
That’s right, a purchased commission holds your wallet hostage and that means that you must really not care so much about losing your money along the way to be able to lead. That was the original design and purpose. Of course, it’s not perfect as even the meritocratic method has its own nuances and flaws and blemishes of corruption and favoritism. Still, the Purchase System is about as ideal as the Meritocratic System.
Remember the next time in a movie or a book you hear a soldier grumble about how his bumblefuck of an officer had “paid for his commission”, what he’s actually saying is “That guy literally risks everything just to serve in this army!”
TRADE - US MineZ Trade Run
The Directory proudly announces that it has delivered
A Bunch of Rocks
In Value Exchange For
A Trade Run of nothing but full combat gears because Irishkaiser was off being head chef. Actually sold nothing. At least they didn’t decide to go PvPing after this and did more productive things in life.
TRADE - US MineZ Trade
The Directory proudly announces that it delivered.
1 Combat Inventory
In Exchange For
Eh Pay Later
PvP Drill 145th Mass PvP Event - Nuffen
I dindu nuffen
DOMESTIC - PTR’S RELEASE WELCOMED BY APATHY IN THE UTC
Where the pathetic distract the desperate for the mundane.
DOMESTIC - NEW COMPANY BASES ESTABLISHED VIA NEW ALTS
FINANCE - *CLAN BANK SCHEDULE AFFECTS IRISHKAISER SCHEDULE
I’m making all ya’ll paychecks now. So ya’ll be grateful.
FINANCE - THIRD TELCO PLAY DELAYED - BRINGS ALMOST THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LOSSES
A loss of over 40,000+ PHP was sustained after the Philippine government made the announcement that it has delayed announcing the third Telecommunications company from its supposed earlier. The Clan Bank backed the NOW Corporation, a Chinese-Filipino company over other candidates and things were going good until the announcement that it won’t be until the 7th of November where they will finally announce, prompting people to back out as well until the date is closer.
You know what sucks, they’ve delayed announcing for like how many times.
Sick of playing the Telcos again for like the 3rd fucking time, the Clan Bank decided to stick to Mining, Logistics and smaller Communications companies to regain its losses.
FINANCE - NEW PLATFORM UPDATES
Looks like Discord now, actually.
1) Trade Run Next Week
THE [?] EMPIRE,THE COMPANY’S OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE AND PROPAGANDA TOOL. AW YEAH