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    posted a message on Paxit - A Tale of War and Conquest [Always Accepting] [OOC]
    Quote from Commandosaurus»

    Alright, this will be suitable. You are officially accepted! Welcome!

    No worries! It was well worth the wait. I believe this is perfectly fine - definitely a quality application. My only comment is that your tribal names are really quite random and unpatterned; I love how you seem to have drawn them out of thin air without any plan whatsoever. Very respectable and admirable. Any way, accepted! Welcome!

    MEANWHILE...

    The Nation of Tamlar under the ownership of Fishsticks shall henceforth revert to a state of being unowned due to the inactivity of the owner.
    The Nation of Tos under the claim of Ethansito should really post its application.
    The Nation of Riplentique has been claimed.
    The Nation of T'ing-Mat'ao has been claimed.


    Well, the naming pattern I selected wasn't actually a hundred percent random. Since I went for a culture that spawned but diversified from that of the real-world China counterpart that is Q'rin, I looked up details about the nations in close proximity to mainland China, more specifically Japan and Kazakhstan for names to give to my tribes. Aliya, Borat and Erasil (mispelled as Erasu on the map I provided) are names from Kazakh tradition, while Daisuke, Intsu and Hana are Japanese. Daisuke literally translates to "great help" in english. Finally, Jiahao, Guanyu, Feng and Chun are Chinese names, Chun stands for "spring", Feng is a variant of the Chinese name Fang meaning "beautiful", Jiahao can be loosely translated to "house of the brave" and Guanyu bears little to no meaning, I just picked it because of its resemblance to Guangzhou, the real-life Chinese city and province close to Hong Kong.

    That's great news! My first IC post will be up soon enough too.


    EDIT: Since I'm setting for a Kazakh type of people, here's an image of an average slice of the population.


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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings

    Two to the one and a one to the three.

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    posted a message on Paxit - A Tale of War and Conquest [Always Accepting] [OOC]

    Took me a while, but I have finally delivered this app!


    Name

    Mendratian Principalities


    Government

    The Mendratian region is composed of ten individual tribes, which are autonomous from one another. The collective interest and expanse of these tribes led them to form a coalition ruled by an aristocratic board. The respective representatives of each tribe act as their 'ambassadors', differentiating them from their respective kings and queens, but sets them at par in terms of social esteem. The ambassadors of every nation form a board of regional administration once every two years. Both the title of 'tribal king' and 'tribal ambassador' are inherited from father to son, or to daughter if there is no male child to heir the title in the family; save for two tribes that are ruled by a Matriarchic social system.


    History

    It is believed, according to the folklore and any conducted research, that the Mendriatian people were once part of the group that now occupies the Q'rin region. A small group migrated at some point around a millenia ago, towards Lake Karabat, but after they had travelled through the hardships of the Riplent mountain range, locals greeted them with violence, forcing that group to seek shelter in the sun-smoked plains of the Ay'ul Desert. Tribes started appearing as people banded together to survive, through hunting and cultivating the small land patches that surrounded random oasis points within the desert. Halfway through their historical development, the relationships among these tribes had fall-offs, leading in short but bloody conflicts. Eventually, these tribes recognized their need for collective development, in order to survive in the harsh conditions of the desert by helping each other, and collectively fending off from invaders coming from the west; forming the principality that governs the greater Mendratian region.


    Population




    Aliya: 40,000 people, Matriarchy

    Borat: 68,000 people

    Chun: 122,000 people, Matriarchy

    Daisuke: 240,000 people

    Erasil: 36,000 people

    Feng: 178,000 people

    Guanyu: 16,000 people

    Hana: 100,000 people

    Intsu: 20,000 people

    Jiahao: 80,000 people

    Adding up to a total population of around nine hundred thousand people.


    Environment

    Mendratia hosts a wide range of different environments thanks to the unique geography of the nation. Central Mendratia is vast expanse of desert, scorched by the sun in the day which succumbs to a remarkable cold during the night. No plantations can be found here. Guanyu is the only tribe that can be found in the region, and due to the harsh climate, the population never sees a number of more than eight thousand people. They live in groups, gathered around the oasis as families.


    Northern Mendratia is quite dry, compared to the rest of the country. Due to the mountain range that lies even further in the north, the three tribes that reside in the region experience a heavy cold that almost never escalates in snowfall. This mountain range protects Southern Mendratia, where the climate is damp and hot, almost tropical. The southern edges of the country that don't befall on the mountain range enjoy annual dowpour seasons that can last up to six months per year, rendering the climate ideal for plantation.


    But perhaps the true blessing of the land is where Western Mendratia lies. There, the climate doesn't fluctuate often thanks to the lake of Karabat, and partially due to the mountain range in the north that protects the region from the frigid norhern winds. The region enjoys a warm climate, set by mild dry winters, and damp summers that are accompanied by a rainfall season spanning for three months. On the other hand, the far eastern expanses are not as lucky as their western counterparts. Due to their close proximity to the Riplent range, the weather is cold and dry, through the entire span of a year. Jiahao, Intsu, and Hana therefore, become popular during the winter season for their heavy snowfalls, coming from the dry winds that surround the region, trapped within the mountain range, and eventually hit the east during Autumn.


    Major Cities/Infrastructure

    Most tribal infrastructure is limited to simple huts and burrows, being the dominant form of housing in the entire region, save for Feng, Chun and Daisuke. Hana and Jiahao are small, neatly organized towns: featuring dinstinctable dirt roads, and public facilities such as public baths, horse stables, and governmental structures owned by the respective royal families. Guanyu and Aliya feature tents and burrows respectively, as the people there have to endure long exposure to the harmful radiation of sunlight.


    Feng, Chun and Daisuke is where real Mendratian development can be admired. All three of these tribes are organized into cities, with about a third of their total population living within a walled and secure town, and the rest in villages surrounding these walls where the commonfolk cultivates the land. These cityscapes follow an oriental building pattern, where Feng and Chun resemble majestic cities straight out of a fairytale. Roads there are paved in cobblestone, there's an organized caravan route that connects the three tribes, with caravans that depart from each respective tribe twice per day. These three cities also feature a water network, which draws resource from the lake and distributes it to the farmlands that surround it through a series of artificial canals and Roman-styled stone vents. Such infrastructure is close to unknown to the rest of the tribes.


    These three cities also feature docks, rendering them the key players in economical development with their neighbours. This fact grants the representatives of these cities, the highest regards during the biennial meeting of the tribe ambassadors.


    Expertise

    The expertise of the people of Mendratia is perhaps what has kept them alive for so long; adaptability. The harsh living conditions in the desert lands of Mendratia demand keen-minded residents capable of outperforming where nature has designed them to faulter. They all specialize in guerilla warfare tactics of military, being one of the very few nations to boast a military unit dedicated to guerilla tactics. The fragile Mendratian economy is mostly based on wheat and rice farming, and the export of silk products, a skill in which the west flourishes. Other expertises include hunting, building and mining, whilst a large portion of the northern people focus in the development of timber, and products that relate to timber such as bows and heavy siege equipment.


    Military

    Comprised of eighty thousand active members, the Mendratian military employs ten percent of the total population, of which thirty percent is in active patrol and another forty percent focuses in guerilla warfare, both inside and outside of Mendratia.

    The Western Guard

    • Active personnel: 25,000 guards.
    • Base of Operations: Daisuke
    • Heavily armored, standardly issues bows, longswords, scimitars, and with a selection of simple siege equipment available at their disposal.
    • Coat of Arms: Two scimitars intercepting one another on a red shield.

    The Guerilla Army

    • Active personnel: 35,000 soldiers.
    • Base of Operations: Chun
    • Lightly armored, they prefer setting up traps, and wait for their victims to fall into them as they move to ambush. They yield scimitars and slingshots.
    • Coat of Arms: A monkey, depicted in armor and holding a slingshot.

    The Bastion

    • Active personnel: 5,000 "hands".
    • Base of Operations: Secret
    • The Bastion forms the most vigilant force of the Mendratian army. They only answer directly to the council of the ambassadors, which must be called in order to mobilize the Bastion. They yield specialized equipment such as superheavy armor, militarised ships, and portable siege equipment. A force not to be disregarded.
    • Coat of Arms: The head of a boar with prominent tusks.

    The National Guard

    • Active personnel: 15,000 guards.
    • Base of Operations: One within every tribe.
    • Lightly armored cavalry, they enact as regional police under the rule of each respective king that the unit is deployed. They can be called by any king who needs to solve a matter being disputed, their word being counted as a voice of a jury. Think of them as a highly responsive police unit that can be dispatched within any tribe of the nation if necessary.
    • Coat of Arms: A pair of wings of a pidgeon weaved on a green piece of silk.

    Culture

    Even though the diversity sets the bar for vast differences between the different people of Mendratia, almost every one of them shares a set of identical traits. The people of Mendratia value the bond of family first and foremost; the oldest male member of the family (or female, in Aliya and Chun) hold all rights to their family name, the decision of course of actions, and their partifipation in public affairs. His opinion is always the one to come in effect, however his/her spouse/husband has the right to object to it, if every child within the family over the age of twelve is against that opinion. Blood bonds are killing force for the Mendratians - going to such extends as to wage vendetta between two families if their respective interests co-exist within the same influencial spectrum.


    The modern people of Mendratia recognize the need for a collective course of action among the various tribes that inhabit the desert and its locales. They respect their tribal ambassador as much as they love their king, often holding him to even higher respects after the imminent result of a biennial meeting, often hosting large banquets for them which the king attends as a guest and not a host. For these reasons, the ambassador's family always becomes the focal point of local chatter - if the integrity of their social position is undermined, the famiy might face crisis, and even collapse. After collectively recognizing the downfall of the current ambassador and his family, the regional king solely holds the right to appoint a new family from the royal court to bear the title of 'the ambassadorial family'. Their choice however usually means that the family, even though it is held to high respect, is still being manipulated by the king/queen of each tribe.


    Fine arts are a passion of the developed world in Mendratia. Chun, Feng and Daisuke edifice the main music and literature scene of the country, developing excellent musi colleges that train professional bards and instrumentalists that provide entertainment to both the lower and the higher tiers of the society. However, apart from these three cities, no other cultural centre exists in Mendratia. The far east can only rival the three great cities in terms of music - they train their own school of musicians there, but the complexity and beaty of their compositions cannot rival that of their western counterparts. The stories expressed through both music and literature usually focus around the daily life of the people, as seventy percent of trained musicians prefer performing for the commonfolk rather than the wealthier classes. The remaining thirty percent focuses on heroic deeds and legends, passed through generations of generations within the families of Mendratia. About heroes who fended the nation from invaders, about great kings and conquerors that sieged the deserts and civillized the wild tribes that resided before them. This epic genre can only be enjoyed within the courts of Western Mendratia.


    Colour

    Whatever is available. I would prefer something along the yellow range.


    Other

    Whoosh, this took me a while. Chances are, I've made many mistakes and made things too complex here and there. Please point me to whatever you believe needs to be bettered, and I'll see to it.


    I know that I've been promising this app for around a month. Well, now that I've went through it and it is up, I can finally bring my full attention to roleplaying. Thanks for bearing through this crap in advance!

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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings

    [kojima fangirling intensifies]

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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from ZeBlueDevil»


    But then where would we get cynical and sometimes depressing quips/memes?


    I dunno if it's just that 'the past is always better when you look back at it' thing or if it's really occurring, but I feel that this place (the OT) is much more, shall we say, worse than when I first joined.




    Oh yes I love quips.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from Dinh_AaronMk»

    Congratulations. I would say, "You're here forever", but then I'd have to check myself because I left for several years, so I wasn't here forever.

    Everything changed when the fire nation attacked.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from Phrossbite»

    Anuuuu cheeki breeki.


    There's a slav hardsquat meetup in Athens today. Would go but 5 degrees Celsius and heavy downpour ain't a good pair.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from Zak_inc»

    Well, every time i go home, i'll be taking my pc with me, and a 20 hour trip is much easier with just a laptop in a bag.


    Can't say I stand for the whole gaming laptop idea. Heat management is terrible on such a small platform, I used to own a laptop with an external GPU and at some point it fried the HDD of the laptop, even though I had it placed on a cooling base/mat. At some point, Alienware claimed to have developed a platform which allows you to plug your laptop into a docking bay where a desktop-compatible GPU was stored, and you could have it act as the GPU of the laptop instead. Wonder if that will ever make it to the mass market, though, since Alienware will probably put a $500 price tag on it. Competition would be good for reducing its price.

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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from Phrossbite»

    Careful, too much Greece can make you fat.

    Statistically, that's true. I do exercise however.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from Phrossbite»

    Almost turkey day. Gonna go hunting for pheasant at an ungodly hour in the morning and try to make some stew for tomorrow.


    How goes life?


    Life goes pretty good here in the non-turkey day countries.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from Dinh_AaronMk»

    Let's buy Greece.

    Please do, then I might be able to find a job that won't pay me €400 per month for 10 hours of daily shifts.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from DaBomb»


    They just need another Aristotle to bring them out of their darkest hour


    This counry needs me.

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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings

    How good of an idea is Obama visiting Greece on the 17th of November? November 17 is our national celebration for overthrowing the American junta regime that was opposed in 1966 and dissolved in 1974, on the 17th of November. A tank broke into a university that was occupied by the students and killed lots. It is the national day for celebrating anti-Americanism (and I'm all for it), so Obama is just looking for a bullet in his head here at that time as far as I can tell.

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    posted a message on The Roleplayer's-Writer's Workshop
    Quote from Dinh_AaronMk»

    But what if I don't want to?

    DON'T LET YOUR MEMES BE DREAMS
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from TeamWoofel»

    Nah, always measure in slugs.

    Damn plebians. Stones is the master scale.
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