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Thailand funded the first dam on the river in Laos, and it is Thai towns, farms and fisheries that are suffering. A boat drives through a shallow section of the Mekong River where sections of the ... The lack of press freedom and civil society in Laos has put Thailand’s activists in a unique position to speak out against the construction of the $2 billion Sanakham dam. Channarong Wongla has a degree in hydropower dam design and worked in industrial towns and companies for years until deciding to return home to Chiang Khan to engage with ... TouristLink members rank Lam Pao Dam, Ubolratana Dam and Lam Takhong Dam as the top dams in Thailand. Find information on dams in Thailand as well as 385 dams in Asia, 719 dams in the World. Banteay Meanchey provincial information department said yesterday that Thmar Puok and Svay Chek districts, which border with Thailand, have flooded due to the opening of the Huai Yang dam sluice ... The start of the annual wet season isn’t far away, maybe this month, but Thailand’s water sources are running on empty. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported today, that Thailand has seen a large drop of useable water in dams and reservoirs by an average of 30% of their capacity, due to the lack of rain in the first three months of the year. Thailand dam opens exacerbating floods in nine districts Banteay Meanchey provincial information department said yesterday that Thmar Puok and Svay Chek districts, which border with Thailand, have flooded due to the opening of the Huai Yang dam sluice gates in Thailand. The Mong Ton dam is backed by Thailand’s EGAT International, China Three Gorges Company Corporation and Sinohydro, also known as Power China. All the developers, including their Myanmar counterparts, are state-owned companies. The dam blocks much sediment from moving farther downstream, which accounts for the water becoming clear, Pravit Kanthaduang, a fishery official in Thailand's Bueng Kan province, said earlier this ...

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2020.10.05 00:47 Anarcho_Humanist [Anti-Communists] Your greatest shame is East and Southeast Asia

So, there's basically no way to address what I'm about to talk about without coming off as an incredible dick. And for that I'm sorry, after this we can all have some tim tams.
The reason I ask this is because I think socialists are quite bad at expressing our ideas on this sub. Most socialists do not turn to socialism because a workplace democracy is more productive and makes happier workers. As far as I can tell, that's just trying to compensate for the "socialism doesn't work" line. Most socialists become socialists in response to what is seen by the extreme violence used by capitalists to get what they want. Which is interesting, because it's also the main reason people are disgusted by socialists. While I think everyone is somewhat familiar with how violent Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and the Kims in Korea have been, people are often less familiar with anti-communist violence.
Anyway, Southeast and East Asia was utterly fucking butchered by anti-communists.
North Korea
South Korea
Japan
Vietnam
Laos
Cambodia
Myanmar
Thailand
Philippines
Malaysia
Indonesia
East Timor
Australia, the UK, USA and Canada were all often enthusiastic supporters of these, even with left-leaning, socially democratic governments. This is why a lot of socialists are cynical about social democrats.
Now, maybe there's some of you who think "hang on, that doesn't apply to me, I might be anti-communist, but I'm one because I oppose tyranny and violence, so it's unfair to lump me in with the likes of Suharto or US military" and that's a completely reasonable objection. But, if you expect that kind of charity to be given to your position. You need to extend it to socialists are also critical of the USSR and Cuba. You cannot have it both ways without being a hypocrite. I'm willing to do it if you are.
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2020.10.03 12:52 GuaranteeCultural Chances of Getting into BYU Provo

What are my chances of getting based on the following academics and extracurriculars I am also a senior.
Academics:
Current GPA: 3. 7 Current SAT Scores: Math: 600; Writing 590 ACT: 25 American International School – Riyadh (AISR), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I have taken 12 honors courses 8 of which are AP Athletic Achievements: International and National Level: Saudi Arabia Junior National Wrestling Team (2018-Current): 􏰁 Team Missouri representative at Southern Plains Regionals Wrestling (2019)
Varsity Volleyball Team (Grade 11) Varsity Cross Country Team (Grade 11) Varsity Track Team (Grade 11) JV Basketball Team (Grade 10), Team Captain
Basketball Club (Grade 10 & 11) Physical Fitness Club (Grade 11)
Varsity Wrestling Team (Grade 9) JV Soccer Team (Grade 9, Grade 10) JV Water Polo Team (Grade 9) Freshman Cross Country Team. (Grade 9) Was wrestling all American this summer (6th in national tournament)
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Snowboard School (4 years) Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Alpine Ski School. (3 years) PADI Certified Advanced Open Water Diver (Scuba) Specialties in Underwater Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diving, and Boat Diving
Civic Involvements:
Missouri Boys State Confirmed Delegate for June 2020 Coral Reef Conservation Volunteer at Mnemba Marine Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania:
Sustainable Environment Volunteer; Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservatory, Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania and at the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Sri Lanka: Volunteered in support of marine turtle conservation through education and marine turtle care-taking
Global Crossroads - Elephant Conservation Project Volunteer, Sri Lanka Boy Scouts of America 􏰀 Eagle Scout St. Louis Refugee Community Youth Soccer Camp Habitat for Humanity
Chess Club Math Club Astronomy Club AISR Student Athlete Wall Graphic Design VolunteeAward Winner Syrian Refugee Settlement Volunteer, Utah Intern, US Central Command (USCENTCOM), US Military Training Mission (USMTM), Land Forces Division (LFD) Intern, Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2020): LFD Advisors provided US Army orientation. Assistant Life Guard
Student Council Officer 2020-2021: Student Body Treasurer Model United Nations (MUN), Awarded Distinguished Delegate (2019) AISR New Student Orientation Leader (2019) Guided and lead new students attending school in Saudi Arabia for the first time 􏰁 Village Dam/Irrigation Project Volunteer: Near Chaing Mai, Thailand (2019) 􏰁 Team Captain - Jr. Varsity Basketball Team (2018)
Regional Church Youth Committee 􏰀 Congregation Youth Representative (2019) 16-18 Y􏰅. Old Y􏰂􏰋ng Men􏰆􏰇 1st Assistant to Congregational Leader Duty to God Award Recipient for 16-18 Yr. Old Young Men
Duty to God Award Recipient for 14-16 Yr. Old Young Men
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2020.09.23 07:34 its_my_36th_account Pakistan's vicious narco-terrorism plan in India and its connection to Khalistan movement. And other links about narcotics (including weed) funding terrorism in India.

https://www.opindia.com/2020/09/pakistan-khalistan-narco-terrorism-drugs-abuse/
One of the most notable uses of drug money and drug trafficking routes in terror operations in India was the 1993 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in which the Dawood Ibrahim gang was involved. It was found that the explosives used in the terror attack were brought to India using the same routes that the Dawood gang used to smuggle people, arms, and contraband. According to a report in Times of India, a US Congressional report described D-company as a criminal syndicate operation comprised of over 5,000 members active mainly in Pakistan, India, and the United Arab Emirates. The report suggested that it has a strategic alliance with ISI and has relationships with Islamists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and al-Qaida.
India has been a victim of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism for decades. There have been several instances where drugs originated from Pakistan have been seized in India. Pakistan’s government in collaboration with the ISI is using narcotics to fund terrorism in India.In 1994, during an interview, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan’s army chief and the head of its intelligence agency (ISI) proposed a detailed plan to use the heroin trade to fund military operations in 1991. Sharif added that though he disapproved of the “plan,” he had no source to verify if the ISI obeyed his orders or not. The neighboring country is also exploiting the religious sentiments of the Muslims in the bordering states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. ISI often lures the economically backward Muslim population of these states for easy movement of drugs into different states of India that further helps in funding terrorism.
Siegfried O. Wolf in ‘Pakistan’s bigger plans of narco-terrorism’ said that in the last years, it had established smuggling networks across India, especially in the Kashmir Valley. The network helps in a steady supply of weapons and narcotics. After the major terrorist attacks in Uri and Pulwama, India increased security measures that resulted in the suspension of traditional smuggling routes. Pakistan shifted its concentration to other land-based trafficking routes via Punjab and Gujarat. Border Security forces have seized several consignments on the India-Pakistan border that contained both weapons and narcotics.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pakistan-sponsored-narco-terror-is-form-of-asymmetric-warfare-against-india/articleshow/78201013.cms
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is paying increasingly attention to the fact that ‘terrorist organisations use narcotics trafficking for the purpose of gaining revenue’ and fund their activities, according to the scholar. “It is argued here that, although state-sponsorship of terrorism is already deeply entrenched within Islamabad’s policies towards New Delhi, the ‘Narco-type’ not only constitutes one of its most brutal forms (due to its far reaching and long-lasting consequences ) but is also rapidly intensifying. Moreover, one can state that narco-terrorism in the Pakistani context blurs the line between narcotic traffickers, criminal networks (f. ex. D-Company), terrorists (f. ex. Lashkar-e-Taiba/LeT), and state agencies – foremost the country’s military and intelligence services (Inter-Service Intelligence/ISI).”
Pakistan’s primacy in the international narcotics trade and the funding of terrorist activities has been time and again confirmed by several investigation agencies worldwide, as well as by Pakistani sources, recalled Wolf. After the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in 1996, the ISI shifted the focus of financing terrorism towards Kashmir.
There are clear indications that Pakistani-based narco-terrorist networks have stepped up their activities on the Indo-Pakistan international border and are making incessant attempts to push intruders, arms, ammunition, and narcotics into India, claimed Wolf. “International observers have started to describe Pakistan as a ‘Narcostate’ – based on the state-sponsorship of illicit activities conducted by the ISI and the military. The combined activities of drug traffickers, terrorist organizations, and Pakistani state agencies constitute an escalating danger to India’s state and society.”
https://www.unodc.org/pdf/technical_series_1998-01-01_1.pdf
Illicit opium crop cultivation is concentrated in certain areas, but frequently shifts within and sometimes between subregions and sometimes appears in areas where it was not previously given official cognizance. Most of the world's illicit opiates come from the countries of the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of) and Pakistan), the Golden Triangle (Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand), Lebanon and Mexico.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09700160108455325?journalCode=rsan20
Afghanistan and Pakistan alone shared nearly 6000 metric tons of the total illicit production in 1999. It is a matter of serious concern to India, because these drugs are the major source for funding Pak‐sponsored terrorism in this country.
https://css.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/resources/docs/ISPSW_639_Routray_D'Souza.pdf
Proximity to the Golden Crescent, steady rise in domestic demand, and the thriving illicit networks’ ability to exploit the ungoverned spaces and porous borders are among the factors that are making India a new destination of drugs from Afghanistan. The contraband is entering India both through land as well as the maritime route. In this ‘nexus’ that has led to the growth of the drug trade, organized criminal networks, smugglers, local policemen, and politicians are tied in a symbiotic relationship. The situation may have improved marginally, according to the claims of the Indian authorities. However, to curb the growing trade and to break the ‘unholy nexus’ that sustains it, a regional counter-narcotics strategy combined with beefing up domestic laws and law enforcement capacities would be necessary.
http://www.ipcs.org/comm_select.php?articleNo=1113
Opium & Kashmir terrorism
In rare joint operations recently, conducted by the Army and the DRI, huge cache of drugs and arms, including an AK-56 rifle, 15 hand grenades, five pistols, 12 detonators of IEDs and 234 rounds of ammunition, were seized. The Afghan variety of drug is being pumped into Kashmir, via Pakistan, which is further pushed into Punjab via Jammu. Army intelligence sources are also said to have established strong links between Kashmiri terrorists and drug trafficking in Punjab. The recent terror attack in Amritsar and the reported presence of Zakir Musa in the holy city is believed to be part of the same chain.
Media reports also suggest that Kashmiri farmers, especially in South Kashmir, are being forced into cultivating poppy to generate funds to finance street rage and terrorist violence. While the focus of the national media has largely been on drug abuse among the youth in Punjab, the scenario in J&K is no less frightening. According to the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), there are about 70,000 substance abusers present in the Valley, out of which 31 percent are women. According to addiction data published by the Government Psychiatric Hospital, Srinagar, around 90 percent drug abusers belong to the age group of 17-35.
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/narco-terrorism-kashmir-pakistan-new-strategy-46345/
Connection between Ganja & Maoist terrorism
People should have a look at the Ganja seizures stats in India. Most Ganja originates in the Andhra-Orissa border, dominated by the Naxalites, grown by forced labour. A prime source of income for the Maoist crooks. The economics is just not as simple as getting high on a joint.
One of the major reasons for Ganja still being banned in India is this economics. Various central agencies (led by DRI) have had huge hauls of Ganja in recent years. This has broken the economic spine of Naxalism. Noone wants revolution on an empty stomach.
Just google for Ganja seizures in India. Raids as far as UP/MP often have a connection leading back to the Agency area of Andhra or Koraput district in Odisha. If you think this entire domestic trade isn't benefitting the Maoists, you have surely lost the plot.
So for you urban college folk or twitter warriors, it's just a joint. Just weed.
But in reality, it isn't. It's the way India has been battling (and quite successfully), its greatest internal security threat. The threat of Left Wing Extremism in the East of the country.
The police/paramilitary actions you see in the front are just a part of the overt war. This is the other covert war, economic warfare where you starve your opponent to smoke them out. And Ganja raids are a big part of it. So think before you dismiss it as just a joint. The end.
And even as we talk, my colleagues in DRI Bhubaneswar have seized 550 kilos of Ganja enroute to Bihar from AP Ganja Worth Rs 80 Lakh Seized From Vegetable-Laden Truck In Bhubaneswar
https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/ganja-worth-rs-80-lakh-seized-from-vegetable-laden-truck-in-bhubaneswar-
Here. Adding to the list. Ganja stashed in a secret underground chamber in Gulbarga seized by Bangalore police. Origin- Orissa.
https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/crime/bengaluru-police-bust-major-drug-racket-seize-1-3-tonnes-of-ganja-in-kalaburagi/articleshow/78038562.cms
Here you go. One more Ganja case in Odisha. Gajapati district now. Abuts the erstwhile Koraput district. Part of the Red Corridor
https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1304310311965675520
News articles about ganja money funding Maoist terrorism
According to police sources, Maoists are into large scale cultivation of ganja to finance their terror machinery. Police and Excise personnel are afraid to raid the ganja fields as the Maoists have planted land mines around the plantations. Only the Tribals and Maoists know how to enter the fields without disturbing the explosives.
“They are culmtivating the weed everywhere. Encouraged by the Maoists and the smart returns, the Tribals have taken to ganja cultivation in a big way. In the border areas, it is the main source of income for the Maoists. It is a fact that the Excise officials have limitations in locating the plantations and destroying them.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2015/ap13/Ganja-Money-Powering-Maoist-Terror-741669.html
https://www.satp.org/terrorism-update/maoists-into-cultivation-of-cannabis-in-andhra-pradesh-says-police
The Visakhapatnam District rural Police on August 6, claimed that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres are taking to cannabis (ganja) cultivation in the agency area of Andhra Pradesh, reports The Times of India. As per the Police, the nexus between Maoists and cannabis traders came to the fore after the arrest of one Kolakani Kamesh from Maddigaruvu area in Gangaraju Madugula Mandal (administrative sub-division) in the District on August 5. “We always knew Maoists collect levy from ganja traders. Now we have come to know that they are into ganja cultivation too,” said Satish Kumar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), anti-Maoist operations.
Kamesh was arrested by Gangaraju Madugula Police on August 5, and INR 1,76,000 in cash, 24 kilograms of ganja, two steel carriages, 10 detonators, nuts and bolts were recovered from his residence. Kamesh, during interrogation, accepted that he had been working for Maoists for the last four years. He also said that he was contacted by Maoist couple – Ashok and his wife Lakshmi, who used to supply him ganja stock. “He would use the money from the sale to procure food material even explosives for Maoists. They are now engaging local tribals to cultivate ganja,” said the OSD.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/maoists-getting-arms-from-ganja-traders/article7562860.ece
https://idsa.in/idsacomments/IndiasMaoistsFinancingthewarmachinery_pvraman_271213
https://naxalwatch.blogspot.com/2020/09/mangaluru-ganja-supply-has-its-roots-in.html
Pakistan-drugs-Khalistan link
Though the connection between Khalistan and drug trafficking via Pakistan can be traced back to more than four decades, there has been an increase in such cases in recent times. Here are some notable cases that help in exploring the connection between Pakistan’s ISI and Khalistan Movement.
532 KG heroin was seized on Attari Border, Amritsar in June 2019. It was being brought via trade route hidden in hundreds of rock salt bags. The main accused, Ranjeet Singh Rana, was arrested in May 2020 in Haryana. His location was revealed during interrogation Bikram Singh and Maninder Singh, who were accomplices of Hilal Ahmed Wagay, a close associate of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo. When Bikram was arrested, he was en route to deliver 29 lakh of drug money to Wagay.
In July 2019, there were reports that Pakistan based Khalistani terrorists are smuggling drugs in India to fuel terror-activities in Punjab. The report mentioned three instances linked to Paramjit Singh Panjwar, chief of Khalistan Commando Force, a terrorist organisation, based in Lahore since 1994. In May 2019, six Pakistani fishermen were arrested for smuggling 218 KG narcotics on Gujarat border. On 26th May the Maldivian police intercepted an Iranian boat with a Pakistani national and seized large quantity of drugs that were supposed to be delivered in India. On 10th July, based on Indian Intelligence’s inputs, Sri Lankan coast guard seized 50 KG heroin from a Pakistani boat.
According to a report of February 2020, the Khalistan Liberation Force leader Harmeet Singh “PHD” was killed in Pakistan over a rivalry between two groups as they wanted to have control over drug money. Singh was wanted in 17 cases by Indian security forces. The Hindu quoted an anonymous source who stated the recent increase in drug trafficking has resulted in the generation of huge money for the syndicates that they are using to push weapons for terror activities in India.
Current Bollywood development:
https://www.opindia.com/2020/09/ncb-claims-pakistan-link-to-bollywood-drag-racket-sushant-singh-rajput-case/
According to the report, one NCB official privy to the investigations into the drug angle in film actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death said that the department is working on tracing the backtrail from consumer to peddler to supplier to those controlling the trade.
“We have a fair idea as to who is involved in the Bollywood drug scene and (who the) Mumbai suppliers (are). The evidence is being collected before the consumers of hard drugs including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine and their suppliers are charged,” said the senior NCB official on the condition of anonymity.
He informed that the main Amritsar link is expected to be summoned this week by NCB.
And NIA is officially joining the Bollywood drugs investigation today.
https://twitter.com/Soumyadipta/status/1308458146491322368
Those keeping abreast with news might remember 2 months back the Home Ministry had requested the Bollywoods to stop supporting terrorists & Pakistanis fomenting terrorism in Kashmir. Hark back to Shah Rukh Khan's link with Tony Ashai, Bollywoods performing and raising money for Pakistani terrorist functionaries in US.
If you think government is going after drugs and Bollywood because Anurag Kashyap whines against Modi, you need to go a doctor to ask if you can get a brain transplant.
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2020.09.23 05:31 its_my_36th_account Pakistan's vicious narco-terrorism plan in India and its connection to Khalistan movement. And other links about narcoterrorism funding terrorism in India.

https://www.opindia.com/2020/09/pakistan-khalistan-narco-terrorism-drugs-abuse/
One of the most notable uses of drug money and drug trafficking routes in terror operations in India was the 1993 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in which the Dawood Ibrahim gang was involved. It was found that the explosives used in the terror attack were brought to India using the same routes that the Dawood gang used to smuggle people, arms, and contraband. According to a report in Times of India, a US Congressional report described D-company as a criminal syndicate operation comprised of over 5,000 members active mainly in Pakistan, India, and the United Arab Emirates. The report suggested that it has a strategic alliance with ISI and has relationships with Islamists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and al-Qaida.
India has been a victim of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism for decades. There have been several instances where drugs originated from Pakistan have been seized in India. Pakistan’s government in collaboration with the ISI is using narcotics to fund terrorism in India.In 1994, during an interview, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan’s army chief and the head of its intelligence agency (ISI) proposed a detailed plan to use the heroin trade to fund military operations in 1991. Sharif added that though he disapproved of the “plan,” he had no source to verify if the ISI obeyed his orders or not. The neighboring country is also exploiting the religious sentiments of the Muslims in the bordering states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. ISI often lures the economically backward Muslim population of these states for easy movement of drugs into different states of India that further helps in funding terrorism.
Siegfried O. Wolf in ‘Pakistan’s bigger plans of narco-terrorism’ said that in the last years, it had established smuggling networks across India, especially in the Kashmir Valley. The network helps in a steady supply of weapons and narcotics. After the major terrorist attacks in Uri and Pulwama, India increased security measures that resulted in the suspension of traditional smuggling routes. Pakistan shifted its concentration to other land-based trafficking routes via Punjab and Gujarat. Border Security forces have seized several consignments on the India-Pakistan border that contained both weapons and narcotics.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pakistan-sponsored-narco-terror-is-form-of-asymmetric-warfare-against-india/articleshow/78201013.cms
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is paying increasingly attention to the fact that ‘terrorist organisations use narcotics trafficking for the purpose of gaining revenue’ and fund their activities, according to the scholar. “It is argued here that, although state-sponsorship of terrorism is already deeply entrenched within Islamabad’s policies towards New Delhi, the ‘Narco-type’ not only constitutes one of its most brutal forms (due to its far reaching and long-lasting consequences ) but is also rapidly intensifying. Moreover, one can state that narco-terrorism in the Pakistani context blurs the line between narcotic traffickers, criminal networks (f. ex. D-Company), terrorists (f. ex. Lashkar-e-Taiba/LeT), and state agencies – foremost the country’s military and intelligence services (Inter-Service Intelligence/ISI).”
Pakistan’s primacy in the international narcotics trade and the funding of terrorist activities has been time and again confirmed by several investigation agencies worldwide, as well as by Pakistani sources, recalled Wolf. After the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in 1996, the ISI shifted the focus of financing terrorism towards Kashmir.
There are clear indications that Pakistani-based narco-terrorist networks have stepped up their activities on the Indo-Pakistan international border and are making incessant attempts to push intruders, arms, ammunition, and narcotics into India, claimed Wolf. “International observers have started to describe Pakistan as a ‘Narcostate’ – based on the state-sponsorship of illicit activities conducted by the ISI and the military. The combined activities of drug traffickers, terrorist organizations, and Pakistani state agencies constitute an escalating danger to India’s state and society.”
https://www.unodc.org/pdf/technical_series_1998-01-01_1.pdf
Illicit opium crop cultivation is concentrated in certain areas, but frequently shifts within and sometimes between subregions and sometimes appears in areas where it was not previously given official cognizance. Most of the world's illicit opiates come from the countries of the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of) and Pakistan), the Golden Triangle (Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand), Lebanon and Mexico.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09700160108455325?journalCode=rsan20
Afghanistan and Pakistan alone shared nearly 6000 metric tons of the total illicit production in 1999. It is a matter of serious concern to India, because these drugs are the major source for funding Pak‐sponsored terrorism in this country.
https://css.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/resources/docs/ISPSW_639_Routray_D'Souza.pdf
Proximity to the Golden Crescent, steady rise in domestic demand, and the thriving illicit networks’ ability to exploit the ungoverned spaces and porous borders are among the factors that are making India a new destination of drugs from Afghanistan. The contraband is entering India both through land as well as the maritime route. In this ‘nexus’ that has led to the growth of the drug trade, organized criminal networks, smugglers, local policemen, and politicians are tied in a symbiotic relationship. The situation may have improved marginally, according to the claims of the Indian authorities. However, to curb the growing trade and to break the ‘unholy nexus’ that sustains it, a regional counter-narcotics strategy combined with beefing up domestic laws and law enforcement capacities would be necessary.
http://www.ipcs.org/comm_select.php?articleNo=1113
Opium & Kashmir terrorism
In rare joint operations recently, conducted by the Army and the DRI, huge cache of drugs and arms, including an AK-56 rifle, 15 hand grenades, five pistols, 12 detonators of IEDs and 234 rounds of ammunition, were seized. The Afghan variety of drug is being pumped into Kashmir, via Pakistan, which is further pushed into Punjab via Jammu. Army intelligence sources are also said to have established strong links between Kashmiri terrorists and drug trafficking in Punjab. The recent terror attack in Amritsar and the reported presence of Zakir Musa in the holy city is believed to be part of the same chain.
Media reports also suggest that Kashmiri farmers, especially in South Kashmir, are being forced into cultivating poppy to generate funds to finance street rage and terrorist violence. While the focus of the national media has largely been on drug abuse among the youth in Punjab, the scenario in J&K is no less frightening. According to the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), there are about 70,000 substance abusers present in the Valley, out of which 31 percent are women. According to addiction data published by the Government Psychiatric Hospital, Srinagar, around 90 percent drug abusers belong to the age group of 17-35.
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/narco-terrorism-kashmir-pakistan-new-strategy-46345/
Connection between Ganja & Maoist terrorism
People should have a look at the Ganja seizures stats in India. Most Ganja originates in the Andhra-Orissa border, dominated by the Naxalites, grown by forced labour. A prime source of income for the Maoist crooks. The economics is just not as simple as getting high on a joint.
One of the major reasons for Ganja still being banned in India is this economics. Various central agencies (led by DRI) have had huge hauls of Ganja in recent years. This has broken the economic spine of Naxalism. Noone wants revolution on an empty stomach.
Just google for Ganja seizures in India. Raids as far as UP/MP often have a connection leading back to the Agency area of Andhra or Koraput district in Odisha. If you think this entire domestic trade isn't benefitting the Maoists, you have surely lost the plot.
So for you urban college folk or twitter warriors, it's just a joint. Just weed.
But in reality, it isn't. It's the way India has been battling (and quite successfully), its greatest internal security threat. The threat of Left Wing Extremism in the East of the country.
The police/paramilitary actions you see in the front are just a part of the overt war. This is the other covert war, economic warfare where you starve your opponent to smoke them out. And Ganja raids are a big part of it. So think before you dismiss it as just a joint. The end.
And even as we talk, my colleagues in DRI Bhubaneswar have seized 550 kilos of Ganja enroute to Bihar from AP Ganja Worth Rs 80 Lakh Seized From Vegetable-Laden Truck In Bhubaneswar
https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/ganja-worth-rs-80-lakh-seized-from-vegetable-laden-truck-in-bhubaneswar-
Here. Adding to the list. Ganja stashed in a secret underground chamber in Gulbarga seized by Bangalore police. Origin- Orissa.
https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/crime/bengaluru-police-bust-major-drug-racket-seize-1-3-tonnes-of-ganja-in-kalaburagi/articleshow/78038562.cms
Here you go. One more Ganja case in Odisha. Gajapati district now. Abuts the erstwhile Koraput district. Part of the Red Corridor
https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1304310311965675520
News articles about ganja money funding Maoist terrorism
According to police sources, Maoists are into large scale cultivation of ganja to finance their terror machinery. Police and Excise personnel are afraid to raid the ganja fields as the Maoists have planted land mines around the plantations. Only the Tribals and Maoists know how to enter the fields without disturbing the explosives.
“They are culmtivating the weed everywhere. Encouraged by the Maoists and the smart returns, the Tribals have taken to ganja cultivation in a big way. In the border areas, it is the main source of income for the Maoists. It is a fact that the Excise officials have limitations in locating the plantations and destroying them.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2015/ap13/Ganja-Money-Powering-Maoist-Terror-741669.html
https://www.satp.org/terrorism-update/maoists-into-cultivation-of-cannabis-in-andhra-pradesh-says-police
The Visakhapatnam District rural Police on August 6, claimed that the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres are taking to cannabis (ganja) cultivation in the agency area of Andhra Pradesh, reports The Times of India. As per the Police, the nexus between Maoists and cannabis traders came to the fore after the arrest of one Kolakani Kamesh from Maddigaruvu area in Gangaraju Madugula Mandal (administrative sub-division) in the District on August 5. “We always knew Maoists collect levy from ganja traders. Now we have come to know that they are into ganja cultivation too,” said Satish Kumar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), anti-Maoist operations.
Kamesh was arrested by Gangaraju Madugula Police on August 5, and INR 1,76,000 in cash, 24 kilograms of ganja, two steel carriages, 10 detonators, nuts and bolts were recovered from his residence. Kamesh, during interrogation, accepted that he had been working for Maoists for the last four years. He also said that he was contacted by Maoist couple – Ashok and his wife Lakshmi, who used to supply him ganja stock. “He would use the money from the sale to procure food material even explosives for Maoists. They are now engaging local tribals to cultivate ganja,” said the OSD.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/maoists-getting-arms-from-ganja-traders/article7562860.ece
https://idsa.in/idsacomments/IndiasMaoistsFinancingthewarmachinery_pvraman_271213
https://naxalwatch.blogspot.com/2020/09/mangaluru-ganja-supply-has-its-roots-in.html
Pakistan-drugs-Khalistan link
Though the connection between Khalistan and drug trafficking via Pakistan can be traced back to more than four decades, there has been an increase in such cases in recent times. Here are some notable cases that help in exploring the connection between Pakistan’s ISI and Khalistan Movement.
532 KG heroin was seized on Attari Border, Amritsar in June 2019. It was being brought via trade route hidden in hundreds of rock salt bags. The main accused, Ranjeet Singh Rana, was arrested in May 2020 in Haryana. His location was revealed during interrogation Bikram Singh and Maninder Singh, who were accomplices of Hilal Ahmed Wagay, a close associate of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo. When Bikram was arrested, he was en route to deliver 29 lakh of drug money to Wagay.
In July 2019, there were reports that Pakistan based Khalistani terrorists are smuggling drugs in India to fuel terror-activities in Punjab. The report mentioned three instances linked to Paramjit Singh Panjwar, chief of Khalistan Commando Force, a terrorist organisation, based in Lahore since 1994. In May 2019, six Pakistani fishermen were arrested for smuggling 218 KG narcotics on Gujarat border. On 26th May the Maldivian police intercepted an Iranian boat with a Pakistani national and seized large quantity of drugs that were supposed to be delivered in India. On 10th July, based on Indian Intelligence’s inputs, Sri Lankan coast guard seized 50 KG heroin from a Pakistani boat.
According to a report of February 2020, the Khalistan Liberation Force leader Harmeet Singh “PHD” was killed in Pakistan over a rivalry between two groups as they wanted to have control over drug money. Singh was wanted in 17 cases by Indian security forces. The Hindu quoted an anonymous source who stated the recent increase in drug trafficking has resulted in the generation of huge money for the syndicates that they are using to push weapons for terror activities in India.
Current Bollywood development:
https://www.opindia.com/2020/09/ncb-claims-pakistan-link-to-bollywood-drag-racket-sushant-singh-rajput-case/
According to the report, one NCB official privy to the investigations into the drug angle in film actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death said that the department is working on tracing the backtrail from consumer to peddler to supplier to those controlling the trade.
“We have a fair idea as to who is involved in the Bollywood drug scene and (who the) Mumbai suppliers (are). The evidence is being collected before the consumers of hard drugs including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine and their suppliers are charged,” said the senior NCB official on the condition of anonymity.
He informed that the main Amritsar link is expected to be summoned this week by NCB.
And NIA is officially joining the Bollywood drugs investigation today.
https://twitter.com/Soumyadipta/status/1308458146491322368
Those keeping abreast with news might remember 2 months back the Home Ministry had requested the Bollywoods to stop supporting terrorists & Pakistanis fomenting terrorism in Kashmir. Hark back to Shah Rukh Khan's link with Tony Ashai, Bollywoods performing and raising money for Pakistani terrorist functionaries in US.
If you think government is going after drugs and Bollywood because Anurag Kashyap whines against Modi, you need to go a doctor to ask if you can get a brain transplant.
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2020.09.17 04:43 Ariostos-Marizani A Number of Critiques and Suggestions Regarding "The New Order" Mod

This is my first post on Reddit, so you'll have to forgive me if some of the image links refuse to work; with no preview function I'm going to have to test them after I submit the Post, at which point I'll work to fix them if I can.
So, over the last month or so I have been playing TNO and have become entranced by the Mod as a whole, much which I subscribe to the excellently developed and written Lore by the many contributors over the last couple years. There are however areas of the Mod where I think mechanical changes should be made to improve the experience as a whole, whilst also being mindful of not changing the existing Lore more than a smidge at worst. I had been posting my various notes and suggestions below on another forum but was eventually pointed here as being a site more suitable for my observations. While I don't expect the Devs to adopt many of these suggestions, I hope at the very least to spark discussion and put the ideas out there to be mulled over.
I will also note that, not being fully versed in the Lore or Plans regarding the future development of this Mod, some of what I suggest may already be slated for adoption and therefore superfluous; I apologize ahead of time if that is the case.
Note On Edits: Edits from now on and into the future I am going to mark with a code to symbolize when they have been put in. Part of this is to acknowledge any mistakes that I may have made in the past, but it also lets me better catalogue when I've posted certain comments. Anything without a code attached should be assumed to be from the original posting. Code(s) in use are indexed below:
Now, the first item on the bloc is Atlantropa, which did a lot to fuel much of the rest of this post.
  • At the moment the Eastern Mediterranean is presented at a depth of (-200) meters as, in the earlier stages of development, there had been an intention to include the Dams that went from Tunisia, to Sicily, and then to Italy. With that Dam gone though the Eastern Mediterranean would have only drained to (-100) meters, which can be seen here ( https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mediterranean_Sea_fictional_map_(100m_lower_sea_level).svg ) on the Wikimedia Commons or here ( https://imgur.com/HkAB7Bw ) from Imgur. There are also considerations regarding Dams that would exist at the Dardanelles (they are too shallow; losing even 100 meters would cut the connection to the Black Sea) and the Suez. It would also have to be assumed that both are completed in a timely manner given the importance the Kriegsmarine has placed on the Crimean Peninsula.
  • There would also be another Dam around Venice due to the unique nature of its construction; most of its foundations are wood, which is kept from rotting by being immersed in the waters of the Lagoon at all times. If the Lagoon were allowed to drain out the entire city would collapse on itself in a number of years, and despite the costs involved when factoring in both the expansion and construction of the Suez and Marmarran Dams, I doubt that the Mussolini and other Fascists would not act to save it. This would also suggest that portions of Adriatica would not be as inhospitable to plant life as generally thought, as natural rivers and the Canal to Venice itself would leech salt from the immediate surrounding areas, though beyond that there would still need to be significant irrigation and deep tillage.
Now in regards to the Iberian Union, there are a couple of things.
  • In regards to the Gibraltar Dam, there should be a condition where passage through the Straits is not possible unless the Dam itself is completed, though while I've been told it is possible I myself don't know how. The Straits themselves should have their own Sea Zone in the small area where Gibraltar and Tangiers meet so as the potential exclusion zone doesn't extend out over half the Western Mediterranean. I'd also argue for a land movement connection like the one that exists in Istanbul, as the Dam is noted for being capable of holding quite a lot of traffic, and that shouldn't preclude military convoys; the alternative would be to make a new Province with a Strait to represent the Dam, but that might be a bit much.
  • On the Algerian War, well I couldn't understand why the cession to Iberia was the way it was in the case of a Pied-Noir victory, as seen here ( https://i.imgur.com/042uN57.png ). Part of the problem is that Spanish claims to French Algeria only really ever extended to what was the Department of Oran; if we were to entertain the notion that their claims extended further East then that, we encounter a problem where the new Pied-Noir government has now placed a majority of the Pied-Noirs under the governance of Iberia, something which they wouldn't have found acceptable. What I propose instead is shown here ( https://i.imgur.com/jDKTCDW.png ), which includes the Department of Oran, but also includes Moroccan claims on Algeria that can be enforced by Iberia. It also was odd to me that the Pied-Noirs were able to take back Spanish Algeria bloodlessly, but that could be a holdover until North Africa and the Middle East get more attention.
  • Lastly, having played as Iberia and helped the OFN win the South African War, I think there should be an option for the United States to turn over Angola and Mozambique to the Iberian Union under the Mandate System. It can be reasoned that this would be an acceptable compromise on the part of the United States, reducing their own and South Africa's area of responsibility, "guaranteeing" on paper that these territories would not be annexed into the Iberian Union while putting them under their influence, and also bringing the Iberian Union itself closer into the orbit of the OFN. Of course, Iberia might find managing Angola and Mozambique problematic once certain matters at home require its attention, but that wouldn't have factored into the calculus yet on Madrid's part.
Now in regards to the Italian Empire specifically:
  • I'd argue that the Diplomacy GUI should be expanded significantly, covering all the Colonies and Protectorates in addition to under nations that might end up under their influence. As it stands now just about every colony is subject to the same system of modifiers as the Great Game Countries are for example, and it seems odd that you can't exert further influence in cases where, were they say Hungary for example, you could. It also seems the cornerstone for any Italian strategy when it comes to managing its economy, though not as clear cut as the German Economic Unions.
  • The Empire Management System needs to be better explained, as at the moment it seems to be rather vague what certain levels of deployment are meant to do. I understand for example that they chiefly at the moment are meant to maintain order in those regions, but I haven't found any reason not to maximize my commitments yet; though I didn't make it to the Oil Wars, so the math might have changed there. There is also the problem where you can't reduce your commitment after the fact even when the situation has radically changed, such as winning the War in Algeria or, well, however the Reformation of the Levant works itself out.
  • I also do wish that Italy had more of a say in which paths its Governates take, specifically in the case of the Levant. A problem that I've seen is that it's AI tends to really struggle balancing the power between the Irgun and the Arab Nationalists, even when benefiting from a victory against the Turks. Often this just seems due to them favoring either the Arab or Jewish Branches of the Focus Tree. It also seems odd that, in the case of a revolt, the Italian/Egyptians don't move in to secure the Sinai; doing so would enable the Italians to have further Defense-in-Depth rather than having them more on less on the Suez Dam/Canal, and in certain reformations of the Levant the Sinai is ceded to Egypt anyway.
  • Technically a bug I think, but in the events detailing a Turkish Victory in the Italo-Turkish War it is mentioned that the Dodecanese and Cyprus were ceded to Turkey, but the cessions aren't coded to account for that at the moment.
In regards to Cornwall:
  • The lack of events and decisions around the Cornwall Crisis are actually fairly problematic at the moment, though this tends to effect Germany far more. If England decides to attack Cornwall you as Germany are unable to intervene in any effectual way. On the one hand this means that it is impossible to hold onto the entirety of Cornwall. On the other hand, if you offer to cede all of Cornwall except for Portsmouth, the English could still move in at no risk. The only caveat to this that I've seen is that the English tend to suffer a Military Coup if Cornwall hasn't taken significant losses from the Civil War (i.e. none of their divisions get destroyed), but Monty then will start another war about a week later. I'm aware that part of this is because it will be connected to Cornwall's Update, but it has proven rather frustrating on the German side not having any teeth.
In regards to The South African War:
  • From the moment the Afrika Schild gets involved, the United States should be able to send a Carrier Group to South Africa as to enable it to maintain Naval Superiority over its own waters. The ability of Schild to navally invade Cape Town has bothered me immensely, and it goes a long way to explaining in many games I've observed why they've collapsed, needing to reconfigure their lines every time they need to respond. Removing that advantage from the Schild would go a long way to rebalancing the South African War.
    • (P2) Having since played a game as Ost-Afrika in the South African War I've been made aware of the coded events that were made to address this very issue; I had been opting to avoid playing in Africa until the OFN Mandates were given content so I apologize for missing them. That said, unfortunately they don't work as intended, and I'm not sure if that is a limitation I can't see or an oversight. The South African's are supposed to load in an Order of Battle that would represent the American 6th Fleet, but that Order of Battle doesn't exist in the Unit Histories and so can't load. Also, the ANG_USN_Blockade modifier doesn't actually keep the AI from planning Naval Invasions and, while it would work if the South African AI were actively patrolling its home waters and intercepting the Invasion Fleets, it seems extremely reluctant to do so. If the Modifier were changed so that the Invasion Capacity were reduced to Zero, thus making Naval Invasion impossible, that could solve the issue, but I don't know if that can be coded.
  • In the case of a revolt by the African National Congress they collapse far too quickly. The problem here is that the ANC when generated has a lot of victory points in Bechuanaland, enough that no advance needs to be made in Natal to make them surrender. The cleanest solution that comes to mind is to have the Bechuanaland ANC be their own separate Revolter-State, provided it can be set up.
    • (P2) Maybe have the Botswana-Zimbabwe Democratic Front make an early appearance?
  • In the event of even a slight Schild Victory in the War, the Boer Republics should have Natal ceded to them. A major sticking point when it came to the history of the Boers is that they were regularly blocked economically by the British due to their lack of dependable access to the Coast, and at their end the only dependable outlet available was by rail to Lourenco Marques in Mozambique. I have doubts they would allow themselves to be that economically vulnerable again. The alternative of course would be that they'd seize Lourenco Marques in the event of Afrika collapsing, if not in combination.
    • (P7) Something of a correction on this. Natal should be split into two States, a West Natal which would be ceded to the Boers, and an East Natal which be ceded to Swaziland, the latter representing a Zulu State subservient to Swaziland and Swazi access to the Sea; alternatively, East Natal itself could be split in two, with the small portion South of Swaziland ceded to it, the rest becoming an "Independent" Zulu State, both under Boer influence.
(P3) In regards to The Japanese Empire:
  • (P3) The initial investigation events regarding corruption at the start of the game need to have an option to be truncated, reduced to its core decisions and events. While I did enjoy it and laud whoever wrote it up, it is effectively a short story of sorts, and the fact that I would have to click through all the events again on every playthrough is not a particularly pleasant thought. I doubt I am the only one that has concerns here.
  • (P3) I think that a separate GUI akin to the Italian one would be beneficial for Japan, one that details the statuses of the various States in Japan's sphere, the amount of revenue each sends to Japan, as well as their loyalty to Tokyo. That said, I am not sure if there are restrictions on the number of GUI's a country can have.
(P4) In regards to The United States:
  • (P4) The Senate Filibuster needs to be used a lot more than it currently is. I haven't played all the paths when it comes to the United States yet, quite a bit of time needs to be sunken in to reach anyone who is elected in 1968, and that isn't to mention anyone who is elected in 1972, but usage of the filibuster comes across as... sparse. The only time I remember definitively encountering it thus far was as Robert Kennedy when trying to pass his Civil Rights Bill, and that filibuster was done exclusively through event. As George Wallace for example I oddly was not subjected to a filibuster when trying to Repeal the '62 Civil Rights Bill, when at the very least it would make sense for NPP-Centrists and most Republicans to do so, or much else in that Tree when going the Hard Segregationist route. This isn't to mention the difficulties Hall and Yockey would have passing their programs, least without quite a bit of intrigue on their part.
  • (P4) While I am aware that there are issues with getting the AI to send Volunteers to the Proxy Conflicts, this is unfortunately key for the balance of these conflicts. Having the United States run under human_ai, when the South African War came up I sent a Division over as soon as I was able to and also asked to allow Air Volunteers. Upon having done so the conflict largely balanced out, and as more Volunteers were sent with expanded ground operations it definitively started to go against the Schild. This might need to involve Paradox.
    • (P4) Yeah, observing the AI they aren't sending any Airwings down to South Africa, and those did a lot of good supporting the South African Military. They have Air Volunteer permissions though. Only change I've noticed is that the AI has ICBMs and SRBMs stationed in Iceland aimed in the South African and Central African Air Regions. If a bug in the AI coding that is fairly major.
    • (P4) Never Mind! Was testing something unrelated and I noticed that the United States had stacked up its Volunteer Airwings in the South African War. So sometimes it does, sometimes it.... doesn't? I don't really understand what could be going on there.
  • (P5) I have to take issue with Strom Thurmond's succession to the Presidency thru "related events", as it seems to assume Thurmond would be President Pro Tempore of the Senate by default. Ignoring the strong possibility that the Republican-Democratic faction may well still have control over the Senate and would have one of their own sitting as Pro-Tem, the NPP almost certainly be Richard Russell, who'd have at least fifteen years seniority over Thurmond, or James Eastland who'd have around seven.
    • (P5) Also not sure who the Speaker of the House is supposed to be that is "convinced" to remove himself from the line of succession; the only one that comes to mind is Walter Jenkins given the time, but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense; the Democratic Party would be extremely hesitant to grant the Republican Party top positions in both the Senate and House, even more so when said candidate in the House is a known Ally to Lyndon and would be seen by some as a Puppet. The candidate who comes to mind and who'd win out I think would be Carl Albert, largely due to him having an appeal to both TNO's versions of the Republican and Democratic Parties.
  • (P5) In terms of the Elections, two things come to mind. The first is that I feel that the American Elections System (AES) should be reformatted, using the British Elections System (BES) as its base. The BES easily comes across as a more interactive and strategic experience that the player can influence, and it comes across as fairly adaptable. The caveat to that and the reason why I'm not advocating a wholesale adoption of the BES to the United States is because, secondly, I'd argue for the inclusion of elections to the House of Representatives which, in combination with Presidential Elections, means that you are running three models at once. While seemingly complicated, conceptually little will have changed; the campaigns themselves would still be done by region, with the results of that campaigning trickling down into the Presidential, Senatorial, and House algorithms for it. No Representatives would be named other then maybe a list(s) for Speakers. The seat count would take into account Party strength in a given State, with bonuses assigned to the controlling Party at the start of each Decade to represent Gerrymandering in their favor.
    • (P5) Not knowing much about the incoming Italian Election System (IES), it is entirely possible that I may advocate that one instead in the future.
  • (P8) I would argue that many of the Vice Presidents should be made possible nominees for their respective Parties, as many of them would have the ambition and the exposure to be major contenders in their own right. However I do understand that that can cascade into a black hole of greater and greater magnitude when we then have to consider their running-mates and so on, in which case a set set should be used as often as possible where it makes sense. Having played as the United States multiple times at this point, I've just been surprised that not a single Vice President has been available for the Presidency, whereas about half of them since Roosevelt have at least been nominated for the Presidency.
  • (P8) I feel that Wallace Bennett's Foci need a rework. This might be because it just hasn't been touched up yet, but there is very little in terms of flavor or variation when it comes to his Administration, and many of the foci take one or two months to complete which, when you factor in new Trees loading in on occasion, can prove incredibly annoying; I had a tree load in when I was forty-eight days into one focus. It honestly was not all that fun to play, and even from a narrative perspective it was incredibly dry with little meat to it.
(P6) In regards to The German Reich
  • (P6) Unfortunately it seems as if the GroBraum isn't working as intended, at least if I'm not reading it wrong. While the GDP's within its constituent States are correct, the GDP Growth Rate seems to be failing to carry over somewhere along the algorithm which, at least in the long run, would be rather problematic. I also found that it was most cost-effective to simply max out the amount of resources I could devote to the GroBraum, 10% GDP investment; 210 PP isn't anything to sneeze at certainly, but I'm not sure if it was the intention to enlarge the budget to that extent with no real consequences. The resettlement of the Slave Population also locked out once the Skilled Workforce maxed out, again not sure if by design. Finally, I thought that the GroBraum would have been extended to Germany's Client States in much the same way as the Zollverein is, though you wouldn't have been able to economically penetrate them to the same extent, least not without additional effort.
  • (P7) Goering needs some sort of menu or GUI that properly explains his War Economy model, as it is very easy, least in my experience some weeks back, for a crash to come without you even realizing it is around the corner. It also isn't obvious what having different sectors of the economy invested in the War Economy does, in this case referring to one of the effects that at least comes with the plundering of the Reichskmossariats, or whether their participation is necessarily good or bad.
  • (P7) This is more me, but I do wish that the Pre-Civil-War period was a fair bit more.... fluid then it currently is. I vaguely remember some of the earliest Dev Diaries that discussed the ability of the chosen successor to weaken their opponents so as to give them a greater advantage in the coming Civil War, if not preempt the Civil War entirely, and I'd like to see that return in some form. That isn't to say I'm arguing the Civil War should itself be easier; any action say..... Goering takes against Borman would have a chance to backfire on him, strengthening Borman at his expense, or even if it works it, Speer or Heydrich may stand to gain more. Avoiding the Civil War entirely should be neigh impossible, requiring an essentially perfect series of rolls through numerous events and foci, with the current state of the Civil War being the "Average" result.
  • (P7) Phase 2 of Speer's Foci really needs to start with the "State of the Reich" and "The Silver Tongue" Tree. From a story perspective this is required as it lays the initial groundwork for all the other Trees in Phase 2, and it doesn't make sense when doing it in reverse. From a gameplay perspective it means that players and the AI can miss early on considerable bonuses to Germany's development, and delays the reformation of the Eastern Territories which in turn leaves some outside the Zollverein.
    • (P9) Technically this applies to a fair few more than Germany, but any Military Government like the Reichskommisariats that needs German manpower to survive should have that weekly manpower subtracted from Germany, so as to reflect at least some of the consequences of maintaining a presence over such an extensive area. This would also amplify, for example, if Germany is willing to send greater numbers of German recruits to the Schild during the South African War, as opposed to having them recruit native Africans.
(P9) In regards to Warfare
  • (P9) At the moment Static AA Guns are being given a gargantuan bonus to their reduction in damage from bombing, to the point that Strategic Bombing of any kind is impossible within any State that has two or more Static AA. I personally do not believe that they should be reducing the amount of damage being done, but I'm not sure if their lethality can be increased through research either. The AA Guns themselves at the moment seem far too lethal as well, at least in terms of the number of aircraft they are shooting down, but that might be an error on my part; using Linebacker II as a baseline, a State with five Static AA should be capable of taking down (~3 to 4) aircraft for every hundred sorties flown.
  • (P9) It is something of an understatement to say that the AI for HOI4 needs to be improved, but I'd argue that any improvements that can be made and haven't already been enacted should be considered. I will point to the Expert AI 4.0 Mod on Steam as an example to pull from, particularly for how it manages to square the circle when it comes to Naval Invasions or Multi-Front conflicts.
(P4) In regards to Industry and Production
  • (P4) At the moment I will point to the HOI4 Mod ULTRA ( https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1516163124 ) in terms of some changes I believe should happen in the industrial sphere; I am not advocating to go to their lengths, but I'd argue that a number of their ideas have merit even if they were simplified. Production Costs themselves I think need a rebalance across the board, though I'm not sure what the universal unit of measurement should be; I'd argue man-hours would make the most sense, but then I haven't had a lot of luck determining what those are for many vehicles, planes or ships. That may be a task more suited for someone quite Learned in that area. If nothing else, take influence from it and with their permission mold it to suit TNO's purposes.
  • (P9) Another Mod I'd recommend looking at would be BlackICE, and there is a lot that can be drawn from it. For example, though it doesn't apply directly to this section, BlackICE enables countries to stockpile their resources, meaning that even though your military production might eventually outstrip local production and imports, you will have a period of time available to rectify it with your industry not being interrupted. Specialized "Factories" can be built which will reduce the production costs of certain equipment such as Light or Heavy Aircraft, Naval Surface Ships or Submarines, Tanks or Artillery, and so on. A second type of Static AA is introduced which is more expensive but also more effective then traditional AA, which can be translated over relatively nicely. Quite a bit of UI stuff as well, including the ability to hide certain lines of production so it is never cluttered.
(P2) In regards to Resources and Trade:
  • (P2) The algorithm for Trade by Land or Sea should be changed. Convoys in general should be far more prevalent then they currently are, if for no other reason then it is far more economical to do so in most cases. It's strange that as, say, the Iberian Union, I wouldn't need to use Convoys to trade with India, Thailand or South Africa. That being said I am not sure if it can be modified, or to want extent.
  • There should to be more resources on the map, or they should be spread across a wider number of States in cases where doing so makes sense. This is actually a relatively minor issue especially as TNO has done rather well giving a wide number of States some manner of local production, but the fewer resource sparse States the better.
    • (P2) The above was not quite the right way to put it; want I would desire to see is more balancing of the resources in accordance to where they naturally occur, and in a way hopefully have it so that many States have their own value.
    • (P2) For example, Chromium. Turns out it is extremely hard to find a basic map for Chromite Deposits globally, and a large part of that is because most mines they gather Chromite tend to gather other stuff as well. However one type of Chromium, Podiform Chromium, can only gathered in certain places as identified by this map here ( https://mrdata.usgs.gov/podchrome/map-us.html#home ), which suddenly puts a lot more importance on places like Turkey, the Philippines, New Caledonia and Cuba. Some maps seem to suggest that Chromite Mines are more spread out than that, such as here ( https://i.imgur.com/4siJbO0.png ), but that map is far from definitive as to actual Chromite Mines, the source itself suggesting it is good for estimation but not hard data. Not having the hard locations though, we can at least look at the national output by country. I was pulling a lot of that information from here ( https://www.usgs.gov/centers/nmic/bureau-mines-minerals-yearbook-1932-1993 ), but obviously it is hard to tell when a country is holding back or overdoing it in terms of production. However, no matter the period, it is obvious that the most important sources of Chromite during TNO's time period, besides those already mentioned above, would be South Africa and the former Rhodesias (they actually have most of the World's reserves), the former Kazak SSR, Albania, Yugoslavia and India. Brazil and Madagascar could be thrown in as well. The reality then is that many countries would need to trade for Chromium, and with the Alliances refusing to trade with one another, keeping at least one of the major producers within your network becomes critical. Puts a rather huge emphasis on the South African War for the OFN and the Pakt.
    • (P3) Another example is Tungsten, though it is far less limited in terms of sources that can be drawn from. The source for the Bureau of Mines and Minerals above in the Chromium section applies here. The information on reserves is less clear beyond the top dogs, though they are generally considered to be China, Canada, Russia and Kazakhstan. Without the reserve information it is a bit difficult to tell what could be economically extracted at the time, and in doing so determine how production might be in this situation. On the surface though it seems that each of the major Alliances should have decent access to Tungsten resources, the Japanese to an extreme and the Pakt far less so upon their loss of Afrika.
    • (P3) Part of me feels that Iron should be the natural resource rather then Steel, and to get Steel you'd either need to process it through a Mill, or it would be processed in a similar nature to how Fuel is processed from Oil. I am certain that there are a number of Mods that have done this or are doing this, but as a whole at the moment this is more of a vague concept if anything.
  • (P7) I am not sure if it is possible to code, but something I have always advocated for is that Resources that are not "Bought" in the World Market can be used by their Country of Origin. Essentially, each Country would have "Unprotected" Resources, those available to the Market, and "Reserved" Resources, those which are protected from the Market. Either can be used in Local Production, but access to your "Unprotected" Resources is not guaranteed.
    • (P9) This can be superseded if stockpiles are implemented, or it would be more beneficial in combination since by itself the supply is would be rather erratic at times, which can admittedly get annoying.
Now onto more General Matters:
  • I believe that the each country should be assigned its own set of Research Modifiers, akin to the Tech Schools that exist in Victoria. Conceptually, this would be meant to represent a nation's aptitude in certain fields of research, or their ineptitude in about as many cases, and in doing so pressure the player into tailoring their strategy to those strengths. These Modifiers could in turn however be, well, modified by certain choices in the Focus Tree, meaning that over the long-term the player could mold the Modifiers in other directions. I'm not sure how viable it is, but it would push a lot of players like myself to adapt their strategies from nation to nation, rather then stick to a handful and force them where possible.
  • (P7) The "Advisor" Levels that relate to the number of Volunteers a State can send should also effect the number of Airwings they can throw into the Conflict.
  • (P3) I have some misgivings regarding some of the nuclear wars that can occur, primarily the ones where a Nation is said to have a single device. For me, it comes across as odd that Armageddon can be triggered in a situation where one nation may not realistically even be able to deploy their nuclear weapon except as a massive land mine or artillery shell; it would take quite a few years after initial development to miniaturize nuclear development to a point where it could be placed into a Ballistic Missile or used to Arm a Fighter Plane, though I suppose Burgundy itself could be sped along given its penetration of Germany's Research Teams. However I do also recognize that this might be impossible to separately code.
  • The Maintenance, Field Hospital and Logistics Support Companies should be combined and represented by a Catch-All Support Company. This idea was borne out of my attempts to make a Submod where Divisions had a natural floor level of Casualty Trickleback, and was suggested by another when it had thus far proved impossible to implement as intended. Conceptually, the idea is that every Division template, both Human and AI, will have this MFL Support Company attached to it, allowing everyone to benefit from researching those techs. This would enable Armies to fight far longer as their manpower isn't converted exclusively into KIA (at least in game terms), while allowing for a greater variance in the makeup of Support Companies (I tend to use at least Main. and Hosp. in all my Divisions as is) and ensuring the AI makes use of them. The Research aspect, beyond the First Tier, should function in much the same way as the Armored Vehicle Research I think, upgrades to the Main., Hosp., and Logistics aspects being separate.
  • AI behavior needs to account for nations and factions that they are technically Allied with, and they need to better respond to certain Crises or Conflicts. The Italian Governate of the Levant has been the worst case of this for me, as I've had times where, upon leaving Italy's control in the weeks before the start of the Italo-Turkish War, they'd opted to position their Armies along the Suez and the Saudi Border, essentially ignoring the Turkish one; the Turks were then met with little opposition till they pushed into Palestine, and even then the units were so dispersed as to make the Italian Resistance ineffectual. Now this is a case by case basis as I've seen a number of countries where this has been taken into account and programmed for, but it might need another pass.
  • Finally, I'd argue that there need to be more Divisions on the map. Now before anyone shoots me, let me explain. When I mentioned my Submod before, it was expressly with the intention of testing whether this idea was even viable; seeing the AI and players often walk Divisions right past one another in unopposed advances, Russia being particularly bad with this at the moment, I wanted to see if downsizing the Divisions could possibly make the Fronts "solid", meaning that every advance would at least initially be opposed. In practice, what I did was essentially cut down the manpower and equipment of every Brigade and Company to (~33%) of what it normally would be, then tripled the number of Divisions; this means that every Army has the same or technically fewer Troops, but has more freedom to move them around the map. In testing it seems to work fairly well, and I hadn't noted any drop in terms of FPS. Examples of this suggestion in practice are here on Madagascar ( https://i.imgur.com/7CVJFb2.png ) and here in Ostland ( https://i.imgur.com/j3IW3I1.png ). However, as I have only tested the Submod on my own machine thus far, I don't know if other computers manage as well. Still, it is something I strongly advocate, so long as it is viable and practical.
Thanks to any of you who take the time to read through this ramblin' list of suggestions, and hopefully I will have prompted a number of you to debate their merits. I aim to continually update this as I play through the various paths presently available in TNO, and hopefully in time might mark some of this stuff off in the coming updates. Until next, when Metatron sounds his horn.
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2020.09.15 09:33 CoperMcCopington The TRUTH About JBW - Why White SMV Is Highest

The TRUE Definition of JBW

I've been seeing a lot of push-back and hate against JBW. First of all - something has to be understood. JBW has evolved from it's literal meaning of "just be white" to get any girl (which was NEVER accurate nor what I believe anyone intended it to theorize) to mean more something along the lines of "just be white" to get some girls, and for others it's a huge looks/status halo, and at the least it's not a drawback like some races are. THAT is the most accurate representation of JBW.

Why Does JBW Receive So Much Push-Back?

Now, we have to understand that there is a lot of push-back against this theory BECAUSE people think they can influence how the world sees their race based off of TV, movie, and most importantly (in the case of incels on Reddit/Twittewebforums), social media. There's a reason why /JustBeWhite got banned while several subreddits of other races of men are still up. There's a reason why many white male x ethnic female porn subreddits have also gone down. You may think this is approaching conspiracy theory level, but seriously, just google search "aznidentity" and see the kind of organized shit these people get up to. Guaranteed, there will be MANY, in particular, Asian incels that reply to this post - I want you to click their profile and see what kind of coping subreddits they visit - all sorts of shit about Asians cucking whites (LOL), BBC shit, anything to denigrate who they deem the enemy.
I used to find this particularly annoying. However, after sitting back and actually thinking about it - it's a genuine non-factor. These people are not making any influence or make any head-way into the perceived SMV of their race. And I'm going to list all the research papers and statistics that prove why.

SMV, Not Just PSL

This post will be going over white male SMV - not just PSL. Reminder that SMV stands for Sexual Market Value. SMV is determined by a myriad of things, including looks/facial structure, height, frame, voice, and social status.

Caucasoid Skulls

The FIRST and most important thing to realize when it comes to whites, who are part of the "caucasoid" skull structure that INCLUDES Arabs and Jews (so yes, if you are Arab/Middle Eastern/North African then you benefit from this part of this post as well - and this is also why JBW isn't as pronounced in these areas, as everyone here is already caucasoid), is that the caucasoid skull is objectively the most attractive one when it comes to men.
First, let's read description of a caucasoid skull:
"Caucasoid traits were recognised as: thin nasal aperture ("nose narrow"), a small mouth, facial angle of 100°–90°, and orthognathism, [...] such as prominent supraorbital ridges and a sharp nasal sill."
I will highlight the important details in each of these descriptions.
Let's look at mongoloid skulls:
"The Mongoloid skull shows a round head shape with a medium-width nasal aperture, rounded orbital margins, massive cheekbones, weak or absent canine fossae, moderate prognathism, absent brow ridges, simple cranial sutures, prominent zygomatic bones, broad, flat, tented nasal root, short nasal spine, shovel-shaped upper incisor teeth (scooped out behind), straight nasal profile, moderately wide palate shape, arched sagittal contour, wide facial breadth and a flatter face."
And Negroids:
"skulls as having a broad and round nasal cavity; no dam or nasal sill; Quonset hut-shaped nasal bones; notable facial projection in the jaw and mouth area (prognathism); a rectangular-shaped palate; a square or rectangular eye orbit shape; a large interorbital distance; a more undulating supraorbital ridge; and large teeth." -
First: Brow ridges.
Why is this relevant for male attractiveness?
We all know that a brow ridge is male-dimorphic trait. We also know that it is a sign of both pubertal AND prenatal testosterone levels - and that THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE FACE. We also know that "facial masculinity has been proposed as an honest signal of genetic quality".
So, right off the bat, something that is almost ubiquitous in caucasoid skulls - a prominent brow ridge - is something that is considered attractive and sexually dimorphic - aka masculine - is found lesser so in negroid skulls and almost nonexistent in Asians - ALMOST non-existent - because the top Asian male models are the ones that actually have brow ridges: Godfrey Gao (also note his facial hair),Brian Tee, and so on. Now, on the other hand, look at a K-Pop model and you understand why so many communities, Asian and non-Asian, bash them as feminine in apperance - they don't fit in the the ideals of maculinity ANYWHERE in the world (and Asian incels will cope by saying it's WESTERN masculinity ideals - no - it's scientifically backed perceived notions of facial masculinization, as Asians CAN have prominent brow ridges, as I showed, and they are perceived as more attractive, it's just EXTREMELY uncommon).
The presence of a brow ridge is also the only way to have bone-given hunter eyes - meaning ACTUAL hunter eyes in Asians is almost non existent, (note that I said almost, again), because it would require them to have both a lack of monolids AND a brow ridge - and at that point I'd suspect that they may not be completely Eastern Asian.
Also, remember that the brow ridge is mostly determined by how deep-set the eyes are, especially in caucasoids.
Next is prognathism - something that is most common in the negroid skull, and semi-common in the mongoloid skull, and least common in the caucasoid skull.
We all know that facial attractiveness is about harmony and the over-development of the lower jaw would never be considered attractive. As I said before, skull shapes can vary - and I'm sure someone will point out the Habsburg bloodline saying that "it's a white trait too!11!!1!!"
Too bad data shows that the genes for prognathism show up in about 1% of Caucasians, but 15% of Asians.
I cannot find data for its prevalence amongst negroid skulls - but I'd assume it's even higher.
Orthognathism was highlighted as a trait of caucasoid skulls, as I highlighted earlier. This entails the straightness of the jaw and even implies the gonial angle is straighter - and thus more square.
Next: Maxilla/forward growth.
Highlighted were the parts that showed how prevalent a flat face is in Mongoloid faces. It's not as prevalent in Negroids and Caucasoids. We all know by now that maxillas that are flat are unattractive. Here is a study proving that. You can see the results in table 2.
More on Caucasoid vs Mongoloid vs Negroid Skulls
Not all of what Mongoloid skulls have is bad - but what's bad is VERY bad. Huge failos that caucasoid skulls just don't have. The worst thing about caucasoid skulls is the smaller mouths and even smaller lips. Mongoloid and negroid skulls both lack in nasal bridge, which is a masculine trait. Thick nasal bases/nostrils are also a masculine trait - caucasoids and mongoloid skulls typically lack this, but it is frequently found in negroid skulls. Mongoloid male noses retain neoteny and lack dimorphism. Mongoloid faces have smaller midfaces on average, which is definitely a plus - but it's because they also have shorter mandibles, which is a negative. This means, yet again, less forward growth, in particular with chin project (recessed chins is slightly more common in Asians, though square jaws are slightly more common). The upper and lower lips were more protrusive in Chinese as well - breaking facial harmony. The same study found that Caucasoid faces had more convex profiles - signalling, yet again, improved forward growth. Mongoloid faces frequently have prominent cheek bones (as cited in the Mongoloid skull section) - but these are not cheek bones that create the smooth lines and hollowed cheeks that are necessary for utmost dimorphism and attractiveness. These are prominent, lower, rounded cheek bones - what's necessary for attractiveness is high/sharp cheekbones and thin cheeks.
Overall, as has been said, there are exceptions found in skull types and formations among the different races. These are all going off means, off of averages. Don't forget that the scientists who developed this classing system could correctly identify where a person was born with a 95% accuracy rating just by looking at their skulls. Skulls DO vary greatly among different races, and they do have different features, some good, and some bad. However, looking at the data, you can see that physical beauty heavily prefers the caucasoid skull.

Height/Frame

The top 10 tallest countries in the world are all... white. This is where non-white caucasoids fall behjind. Note that these studies for these heights include ALL men of ALL ages - even including immigrants and refugees from nutrient starved poverty countries. Comparing the average height of white men to any other country is ludicrous - they're just that much taller. The only country that can compete in Asia is South Korea - and that's cherrypicking. Not to mention the studies for male height in South Korea only include those of military age men - wherein, as I said before, that list of top 10 countries includes ALL male height, regardless of age. And it's known that each new generation of men is taller than the last.
There is a height halo among blacks due to basketball, obviously, but the reality is that the average African's height is very low, not even coming close to European standards. However, there are some small tribes that are tall (like the Dinka Sudanese tribe, for instance) - but the reality is that the average height for this tribe is only 5'9" with some EXTREME outliers. Based off my observations, African DNA has something that allows for higher rates of outliers - meaning the tall are very tall, but everyone else is actually pretty short - while European DNA makes everyone, on average, pretty damn tall.
As for frame - whites have been found to have the larger upper bodies than blacks while blacks have longer legs and pelvic regions. Larger upper body is a sign of more testosterone, both pubertal and prenatal. It's a sign of sexual dimorphism as well. Asian males were found to have longer torsos than whites of the same height, but significantly smaller chests and bideltoids than whites. Note that this study used French and Spaniards for Europeans, so I'd assume the results would be even greater in white favor if they used NW Europeans or even NE Europeans. Also, as a side note, this study also proved that white women were more curvy (better hip to waist ratios) than asian women.

Social Status

White social status is obvious. Europeans have controlled, in some way or another, every country on the planet. No other race can say that. You could say that Thailand and Japan both were never "technically" colonized by whites - but Japan doesn't even have a military since WW2 and everyone knows that they're basically a US military base as a whole, and as for Thailand - well, their national beverage is white male sperm - that's a given.
A lot of people cope with white social status by going on about white cucks and so on. Normies have no idea what this shit is about. Normies in NON-WESTERN countries ESPECIALLY have no idea what this is about. Furthermore, the prevalence and pushing for of white cuckoldry, I've noticed, is largely done by ethnics and Asian men. I know a lot of people like to pretend that it's white dudes who are into this fetish - but it's really not. I've gotten into disagreements with JBA (just be Asian) copers on here and they always end up linking me their favorite cuck porn sites. It's pathetic, lmao. No statistical data on this, just something I've noticed. Even if it is largely consumed by whites, it doesn't effect white male social value nearly the same level that all the white male models, white male hollywood actors, and so on positively influence white male SMV.
Not to mention wealth, which is largely owned by caucasoids, then mongoloids, and least of all negroids. This obviously plays a role in partner selection. Whites own a lot of wealth, but the other 2 members of caucasoids obviously own a lot too.

The Overall Halo of Being White

All of this adds up to the overall halo of being white. It's not that being white can get you any girl - it's that being white is a huge looks halo, a sexual market value halo, and so on. It's just an added benefit. The extent of its benefit also depends on where you are in the world. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, and other parts of East and South East Asia would give, lets say, 2.5 points on the ten scale. Some of these just being white is literally enough, but not all, like Japan or Taiwan. Then let's say, Korea, Colombia, Brazil, Morocco, and Mongolia. Being white is a huge plus, but not usually enough alone to get a girl. Let's say it adds 1.5 points. Get the idea? Obviously not set in stone.
Now, understand something here. An ethnic chad will outslay a white basement dwelling incel, obviously. Especially if that "ethnic chad" isn't actually ethnic, but just a brown caucasoid. Brown caucasoids are the only real group close to white caucasoids in terms of SMV, but they miss out on light eyes and the halo/high class look of white skin and height.
What does this mean for white incels? Some countries you can net a girl just by being white. Some will cope and say these are low class countries - but the reality is that there are some seriously hot women in countries where just being white is literally enough. For other countries, some looksmaxxing may be in order to be successful there - or maybe you just won't be successful at all because you can't meet the threshold to slay there.

Other Racial Groups' SMV

Beyond whites, which get an SMV boost everywhere, what kind of boost you get depends on what your ethnicity is. For some groups, it's boosted in certain countries, for others, it's lowered in certain countries.
However, looking at averages, this is how I'd put the list:
  1. Whites (including Hispanic whites)
  2. Arab/Persian Caucasoids (MENA, Iran, parts of Pakistan/India (VERY SELECTIVE, and probably not you if you're Indian), etc)
  3. Non-Northern Caucasoid Africans
  4. Negroid Africans (These two are really hard, because they both have advantages)
  5. East Asian Mongoloids
  6. Non-white Hispanics
  7. South East Asian Mongoloids
  8. South Indians
I didn't include native/aboriginals because of how mixed these groups have become with their white colonizers.

End Note

Overall, you can see the impact of race on the global sexual market place. You cannot deny that a global sexual market place exists, and naturally there would be a race on top of it. This is not to say that whites are superior, or anything like that - just that, by existence of a global sexual marketplace, there would have to be a race that sits on top - and it just so happens to fall on whites.
There is more to be said about this, but I am running out of space and time. Maybe I'll continue more about Caucasoid vs Negroid vs Mongoloid skulls later on down the road. However, my next post will be about the TRUTH behind COLORING - and why light features are a HUGE looks halo, especially when combined with dark features in certain ways (light eyes/skin with dark haibrows/lashes, etc).
Denying white halo is complete and utter cope.
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2020.09.11 03:02 qubexil solo stans/hard core biases are annoying and low key bullies

a while ago i got into an altercation with Jeno baises/stans by saying “he can’t seem to beat Jaemin at arm wrestling” referring to/joking about how they tied at arm wrestling a couple times. and dam shouldn’t have said that, so the person of the post i replied to said i’m a bitch and disrespectful, then her followers started attacking me saying the same things one even said “this isn’t about Jaemin this is about Jeno and only Jeno” and i said they should have that same energy to the people posting fancams under the post that aren’t even NCT related and had no caption or reply to go with the fancam and they said that “it’s different” like how is it different i actually mentioned Jeno and all they did was post a fancam that isn’t even of NCT/wayv or even a boy group. they also tried to attacked my appearance but jokes on them i don’t have any photos of myself on my account.
another instance was when a jungkook solo stan started attacking me for idek what, calling me an anti, saying shit about how they hope the groups i stan disband and more.
oh and let’s not forget my very first encounter with a solo stan who happened to be a friend at the time, she was a jimin solo stan and i mentioned how i wanted to learn jimin part in spring day because i liked that one move he did and she attacked me, and when i say attacked she ATTACKED. she kicked me out of a kpop group chat and started calling me a korea boo and used me wanting to go to korea for a vacation as an example and wanting to learn basic korean as another example, but then failed to mention that i also want to go to thailand and france learn basics in that language as well. she also said “jimin is mine you don’t get him” like i didn’t want him i don’t even like bts all i said is i like spring day A SONG and want to learn a specific dance part to it and i even tried clarifying with her that i don’t like or stan bts or jimin i just like a song and a dance part. same girl would also say shít like “well i’m 7 months apart from jisung” as a reply to me saying i find it cool that me and jisung are 8 months apart in age. (yes i dropped her we aren’t friends and after the whole jimin thing i haven’t talked to her)
like solo stans/hard core biases are bullies legit mf bullies who can’t take a joke or can’t take the thought of someone admiring the person they stan, not stanning or biasing the same person just admiring something that person did. legit this reason right here is why i have a rule about kpop stans in a discord server i run.
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2020.09.10 16:37 YoureAVeryGoodPerson [DIPLOMACY] im so hungry

Hi, Myanmar!
After coming to terms with some rather concerning attempts of diplomatic sabotage from India, the People's Republic has made the difficult realisation that we have not been making as many efforts with the people of Myanmar as we should have. Before negotiations begin, we'd like to offer you our sincerest gratitude for your faith and support of your northern neighbour.
Our two nations have shared a healthy relationship that goes back for nearly a century; in the past, we have extended both political and financial support to the Myanmar government in managing your ethnic conflicts along our shared borderlands, and have put heavy investment into you economic development.
While China and Myanmar did enter a widely publicised of poor relations roughly twenty-five years ago, we are both well aware that this was primarily due to the then-president, Thein Sein. After his presidency, Htin Kyaw and Win Myint made a wonderful effort of reestablishing our friendship with major developments like the completion of our infamous long term project, the Kunming-Kyaukpyu Railway, a system that has done wonders in bringing together our cultures and branches of employment.
We've had your back for quite a while; we've even protected you at the United Nations when you were accused of atrocities against the Rohingyas, which was hit with some nasty bad publicity. While we weren't able to stop the vote from passing, we within the People's Republic have tried our best to help dampen the blow to your international relations.
We'd like to discuss the introduction of a series of proposals that we believe strongly align with the current interests of the Myanmar government. We urge you to strongly consider implementing these various concepts and examine the notion of working more closely alongside the People's Republic in the near future.

Hydropower

Myanmar's capacity for hydropower is some of the best in the world; while the People's Republic became heavily invested in assisting you, contributing to over a third of all your constructed dams, the unbalanced 90/10 profit for major projects such as the infamous Myitsone Dam became largely unpopular among the people of Myanmar, shutting many designated zones down. It can be argued back and forth over which party is more justified, but it doesn't matter anymore.
China has been entirely energy independent for five years now, and so has plenty of room to account for the power needed by the BRI. We'd like to propose a new agreement for all dam projects moving forward: the China Power Investment Corporation continues to fund and construct 80% of the dam, but the People's Republic can only take a maximum of 40% of the produced power.
We strongly urge you to take up this offer, as this would not only sextuple much-needed electricity production throughout Myanmar, but simultaneously allows your government to appease the portion of the population that would oppose construction, thereby strongly improving the Sino-Burmese relationship.

Investment

Myanmar is an integral member of the Bamboo Network, and is vital to the People's Republic due to your access to the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The loss of both Thailand and Malaysia, due to their presence in the ADL, hasn't done much to help our shrinking network in that general area. Thus, we'd like to discuss the possibility of shifting dead trade markets into Myanmar, specifically rubbers and circuitry; providing enough Chinese markets are set up, Myanmar could be the primary zone investors run to as you begin to develop a twenty-seven billion dollar industry.
The People's Republic believes this could be huge for Myanmar; your poor economic complexity and lack of non-environmental industries have been detrimental in the relationship between your government and people.
As well as giving Myanmar the opportunity to step up to replace Thailand and Malaysia, China would like to provide you with an immediate $60 billion to help you integrate key branches of the Bamboo Network and set up to appropriately accommodate for incoming trade.
Obviously, increasing trade to such an extent will bring along a variety of other immediate needs, which brings us to our next proposal:

Schooling

Should Myanmar decide to take on such a crucial role in the Bamboo Network, it stands to reason that a common understanding of Mandarin will soon become vital throughout Myanmar. Thus, we'd like to offer you an opportunity that can simultaneously save you billions whilst preemptively preparing your population for their future.
If you are interested, the People's Republic would like to offer to fund all of your teachers's salaries in return for making Mandarin a mandatory class.
We can understand if this offer seems like too bold of a request to ask at first, but we urge you to consider the situation. Countries such as Azania ([M] From cvepe; now deleted) and Nepal, nations that have for years remained neutral on the conflict between India and China, have previously agreed to deals such as this and have continued to teach Mandarin for decades.
If Nepal, who has remained the mediating barrier between India and China for as long as any of us can remember, can agree to this with no ill consequences, why shouldn't Myanmar? From our understanding, we share a relatively good relationship. Allowing the People's Republic to take some of the economic pressure off your back is the least we can do in comparison to all that you've done for us in the past.
What do you think?
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2020.09.06 03:45 whyme1924 Sources to Counter Common Transphobia

Classification as a Mental Illness

Being trans is not classified as a mental illness by either the American Psychological Association or the World Health Organization. Gender dysphoria or incongruence is recognized by both as a medical condition, and transition is the only treatment recognized as effective and appropriate medical response to this condition. A trans person who has completed transition, and who no longer experiences distress because the conditions previously causing it have been corrected, is no longer diagnosed as having dypshoria or incongruence.
Transgender no longer recognised as 'disorder' by WHO

Citations for the Medical Basis of Gender Identity

Citations for the Medical Necessity of Transition

Citations for the Reduction in Suicide Rates

There are a lot of studies showing that transition improves mental health and quality of life while reducing dysphoria. Not to mention this 2010 meta-analysis of 28 different studies, which found that transition is extremely effective at reducing dysphoria and improving quality of life.

Countering That Swedish "Suicide Study"

the 40% suicide rate is a reference to this study by Dr. Dhejne. The claim that her study shows that transition does not reduce risk of suicide attempts while improving mental health and quality of life is a deliberate misrepresentation popularized by Paul McHugh, a religious extremist and leading member of an anti-gay and anti-trans hate group, who presents himself as a reputable source but publishes work without peer review. His claim to fame is having shut down the Johns Hopkins trans health program in the 70's, which he did not based on medical evidence but on his personal ideological opposition to transition. Johns Hopkins has resumed offering transition related medical care, including reconstructive surgery, and their faculty are finally disavowing him for his irresponsible and ideologically motivated misrepresentation of the current science of sex and gender.
That study's lead author Dr. Dhejne had emphatically denounced McHugh and his misuse of her work. If for those who don't trust the TransAdvocate article, she did so again in her Science AMA last year.
Edit: Details on Dr. Dhejne's often misrepresented study - it found only that trans people who transitioned prior to 1989had slightly higher risk of suicide attempts than the general public. The author attributed this higher risk to the vicious anti-trans discrimination people who transitioned 29+ years ago experienced. The study found no difference in the risk of suicide attempts among trans people who transitioned after 1989, vs the general public.
She is also the primary author the other study I posted below, An analysis of all applications for sex reassignment surgery in Sweden, 1960-2010: prevalence, incidence, and regrets, which found a "regret" rate of 2.2%

Countering Claims of Widespread Transition Regret

This 1% "regret" rate also includes a lot of people who are very happy they transitioned, and continue to live as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth, but regret that medical error or shitty luck led to low quality surgical results.
This is a risk in any reconstructive surgery, and a success rate of about 99% is astonishingly good for any medical treatment. And "regret" rates have been going down for decades, as surgical methods improve.

Countering Claims that Puberty Blockers are Harmful

There is extensive research about long term use of puberty blockers, and they have overwhelmingly been shown to be very gentle and safe.
This treatment isn't just used for trans youth - it has been the standard treatment for kids with precocious puberty for decades. Most kids with precocious puberty don't have any underlying medical condition, their early development is just an extreme variation of normal development, but it would still cause serious psychological damage to start puberty at the age of, say, 6. This treatment has no long term side effects; it just puts puberty on hold. Stop treatment, and puberty picks up where it left off.

Countering Claims that Trans People Didn't Historically Exist

And while until recently there has been no place in modern US/European culture for people with gender identities and lives atypical to their sex at birth to exist publicly, that isn't true in other times and cultures. Throughout the middle east and Asia there have been Hijra visible in public life for hundreds or even thousands of years. The same is true of Kathoey in Thailand, Muxe in Zapotec culture in Mexico, various two-spirit identities found in indigenous American cultures, Māhū in traditional Hawaiian/Tahitian/Maohi cultures, the Fa'afafine of Samoa, Tongan Fakaleiti, the Sworn Virgins of the Balkans, the Galli of Ancient Rome, etc.
And of course, humans are not the only animals. While we can't interview animals, and gender identity is harder to identify visually in animals than something like same-gender sexual activity is, we sure as hell have observed a lot of animals displaying instinctive behavior typically associated with the other sex. And there very certainly is evidenceof congenital, neurologically based sexually specific behavior in animals.

Condemnations of "Conversion Therapy"

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2020.08.31 14:28 FXFY18 Little E Part 6

Link: Link: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 11.
--Azur Lane Base Canteen--
The sun was setting as we reached the base canteen.
“Here we are!” I raise my voice as Little E looks at me, confused.
“Is there a surprise inside?” she asked me. I nod and open the door. She cautiously walks inside and sees it was dark.
“Hello? Anyone here?” she calls out in the dark.
At that moment, the lights turn on, blinding the little girl. “WELCOME TO THE FLEET LITTLE E!!!”
“HUH!?” Little E rubs her eyes to see everyone on base coming out from tables and chairs and surprising her. Streamers and balloons fell around her as she was stunned. She looks around to see the canteen was converted to a party hall with a musical stage, dance floor, arcade station, photo booth, and a buffet of food.
“What’s going on!?” Little E was flabbergasted as I walked over to her, snickering.
“A welcome party for you, Little E,” I explained to her. “Yorktown wanted to host a welcome party for you, and well, who doesn’t like a party.” I grin as she looks for the aircraft carrier. Once she finds her, she sprints to her, giving her a hug.
“Thank you Grandma Yorkie!!” Little E cries out.
Yorktown’s face flushes pink as she returns the embrace. “It’s nothing Little E. I would do any-” Before she could finish, Little E planted a kiss on her cheek. Immediately, the Yorktown-class carrier goes full red as her nose jets out blood like a fire hydrant on a hot summer day in New York City. Little E jumps away as the nose bleeding Yorktown faints. Hornet catches her as Vestal does a blood transfusion.
“Don’t worry Commander! Mercy and Comfort sent me an oil tanker of blood for us! We should be fine!” Vestal informs me.
“Well with that, let’s party!” I say. With that, DJ Akashi starts popping tones as everyone starts to mingle.
I walk over to Enty, unbuttoning my uniform. “What a surprise, right?”
“Yup.” Enty nods as she hands me a bag. “Here some comfortable clothes.”
“Thank you.” I smile as I head over to the restrooms. “You can have fun, Enty. I can ask someone else to be my drunk guard.”
She raises an eyebrow. “Are you sure? Iron Blood brought in their fresh barrels as well as Sardegna breaking out the vintage bottles tonight. People are excited for that and well… you know how some shipgirls become after drinking. And Saint Louis, your usual drunk guard, is on a mission so...”
“I’ll find someone else to protect me from the drunks,” I tell her. “Enjoy yourself. You deserve it Mom E.”
“Oh quiet.” She playfully shoves me towards the bathroom. I enter the bathroom and change from my commander’s uniform to a t-shirt and cargo pants. I splash my face with cold water and clean my glasses before I exit. Outside, I see West Virginia lean against the opposite wall, waiting.
“Sorry if I took too long,” I tell her, getting out of her way for the bathroom.
“Oh no, Commander.” West Virginia shakes her head. “I was waiting for you.” I noticed she was looking around nervously like she was being watched.
“Everything alright?” I asked her. She jumped at my question. I raise my eyebrow as West isn’t easily spooked. She has a cold exterior, sometimes hard to approach like her sister Colorado, but she isn’t that easily surprised.
“Everything’s fine.” She answers me, her voice springy. We walked into the party. “I just… I heard from Enterprise that you need a drunk guard and I am offering my service for you tonight.”
“Don’t you and the battleship row girls usually drink at these events?” I think back to Oktoberfest when they were drinking like no tomorrow.
“Well…” She worryingly looks around again. “I am just… worried about you with the drunks. That’s all.”
“Okay, West,” I give into the lie, but she is hiding something from me. “Just know you are allowed to drink some alcoholic, just not as much as everyone else.”
“I understand.” She nods as we join the party. The night was young, yet everyone was partying like no tomorrow. From the girls eating food made by the top chefs Dunkerque, KGV, and Nevada to some of the younger ones playing at the game corner, everyone seems to be having a good time.
“Sh~ik~kan~” I hear whispers in my ears. I sigh as I feel both my arms pulled into something soft…
“Akagi. Taihou.” I address my assailants. I could smell the sake off them. “To what pleasure brings you two to capture me?”
“I just want a dance with you~,” They both say in unison as they lead me to the dance floor.
“Please get your-” West tries to get them off me, but they shove her aside.
“Back off!” Akagi tells the battleship. “It’s my turn with shikkan!”
“No!” Taihou pulls me closer to her. “It’s my turn with shikkan!”
“Hehehehe~ Sh~ik~kan~” We stop in our tracks and look in front of us. We see Junyou, holding two bottles of sake. “I think you need to learn how to read the room, Akagi and Taihou.” She downs the two bottles, tossing them aside. She lumbers forward, her red eyes glaring at them.
“Junyou, please try to-” I try to reason with her, but she lunges at us.
“Don’t get between me and Shikkan!!” She screams. When shipgirls and alcohol combine… it gets a little wild. With Junyou and some sake, she reverts back to her clingy self. West pulls me out of the fight as the yanderes’ sisters and Mikasa pull them apart.
“Thank you,” I tell them as we head our own ways. With the music pumping, I see some owning the dance floor. I spot Denver breakdancing with her sisters and the Brooklyn-class; Fubuki doing some fancy footwork with Hibiki; Repulse dancing with Renown; Spee shuffling with her bombastic sister; a lot of girls having fun. I see Little E dancing with the Yorktown-class, being swung around by Yorktown. Her smile was from port to starboard as she happily laughed. Her happiness almost made me forget my problems… almost. Through the crowd across the canteen, I can tell that Belfast didn’t come.
“I hope she takes my advice and gets fresh air.” I think back to telling her about that.
“Kommandant!” I snap back into reality and see Z23 taking me by the arm. “Kommandant, would you dance with us?”
“Us?” I look past her and see the rest of Starter Squad dancing.
“Please?” She begs me.
“Sure.” I nod. I look back at West and toss her my cloth bag. “Keep an eye on that.”
“Of course.” West nods as I am dragged to the dance floor.
“I may not have good moves, but I know how to dance!” I tell them as I start to groove with them.
---
At the drink bar, Bismarck and Hood share a pint of fresh Iron Blood beer.
“*Gulp* ahhhhhhh~” Hood downs the pint. “Another one please.” From the counter, a manjuu fills her another pint. Bismarck watches as the battlecruiser downs that pint.
“Slow down Hood,” The Iron Blood leader tells her. “We have more barrels of this stuff. Don’t need to down it.”
“Sorry Bismarck.” Hood wipes her lips. “Just need to let out some emotions.”
“Well, I’m all ears.” Bismarck offers, sipping on her pint.
Hood puts her head on the counter, looking at her friend with a frown. “It’s Belfast.”
“Oh.”
“I had hoped she would be here tonight, but sadly she isn’t.” She takes another sip of her pint. “I just want to tell her that I forgive her for what she’s done. I want to see my friend again…” She finishes the pint and orders another. Bismarck sighs and rubs the down battlecruiser’s back.
“You know, this situation Belfast’s facing reminds me of when I made a deal with the Sirens.” Bismarck tries to comfort her. “Being under someone else's control sucks. I remember watching everything I did, while I was under their control. Every shell fired, every hit made, every ship sunk by my guns. When you Royals purged me from Siren control and took me prisoner, I hated myself. I hated that I gave away my honor for power. Power that was supposed to save my home, but only sees that same power corrupts and consumes it. The only reason I stand here today and lead the Iron Blood is that my friends loved me and brought me back from my despair.” she takes a sip. Hood lifts herself up, watching the platinum blonde battleship finishing her pint. “Belfast needs to understand that her friends still care for her. Keep trying Hood.” Bismarck looks at her companion and sees her wiping tears from her clear blue eyes. “Are you okay Hood?”
“Yeah,” Hood answers, sitting up. “Thank you, Bismarck. You really know how to boost morale.”
The Iron Blood leader smirks “Comes with leadership.” They finish their pints. “Don’t give up Hood. Belfast just needs support. I know the Kommandant is giving it his all, even though it is slow.”
“Yeah. I do hope Belfast understands it isn’t her fault. Only time can tell.”
“Ja.” Another pint of beers is served to them. “To friends?”
“To friends.” They cheer as they drink.
--Three pints later--
“Oh Biscuit!” Hood howlers. “Even though you look cold, unapproachable, serious, and other things~ you are a beauty to behold. I understand why your former commander called you the Queen of the Seas~” She wraps her arms around the uncomfortable, red-faced, Iron Blood leader. Only six pints of beer caused the elegance Hood of the Royal Navy to become an eccentric drunk. Another pint is poured for her. Hood tries to grab it, but Bismarck stops her.
“I think that enough for you tonight, Hood,” Bismarck tells her.
“Oh Biscuit~” Hood pouts as she is denied the drink. “It only a little beer~”
“This is your seventh pint.”
“Oh pppffffffff!” She waves it off. “Laffey could drink your brewery dry and still fire straight at an enemy ship a thousand football pitches [A/N: Soccer fields] away!”
“That’s because she has a high alcohol tolerance.” Bismarck counters as the battlecruiser start to sway. “You are a lightweight.”
“Lightweight! HA! I am the pride of the Royal Navy! A battlecruiser!” The drunk Hood boasts. “I’ll show you light weight~” She grabs the leader’s pint and forcibly chugs it. Bismarck’s cheeks flushed red as Hood seductively licked her lips. It was either the party atmosphere, the beer, or both, but she looked stunning. Hood leaned closer to the charmed leader.
“Hood…” Bismarck gulps as she hears someone tap the mic.
“Hello party-goers!” Akashi’s voice echoes out. “DJ Akashi’s stage is now holding karaoke! Any willing takers nya?” The party halls go into murmurs as people are thinking about who will go first. Hood stops her advances and gives the Iron Blood leader a knowing look. She drunkenly goes to the stage.
“Ha! Our first singer nya!” Akashi exclaims as she hands Hood a mic. “And what song would you like to sing?” Hood scrolls through the list of songs before finding it. She clicks it and gets to the center of the stage.
She takes the mic and smiles. “This is for the Iron Blood beauty at the bar!” Bismarck’s face goes bright red as whatever Hood is about to sing, this is dedicated to her. A couple of snickers as the Akashi starts to play the music. The low orchestra led to a riff of guitars as Bismarck realized what Hood was about to sing.
She grabs the sides of her head in shock. “OH MEIN GOTT!!!!”
“From the mist a shape, a ship is taking form~” Hood begins to sing. The crowd howls and laughs, cheering the battlecruiser on, as the mighty Bismarck sinks into her chair.
“And the silence of the sea is about to drift into a storm.”
Tirpitz walks over to her embarrassed sister, pint in hand. “Um… sister?”
“Ja?” Bismarck doesn’t turn to face her sister. Embarrassment has taken her.
“Sign of Power~”
“Hood is singing-”
“I know.”
“Show of force!!”
“And she is dedicating this to you.” Tirpitz takes a seat next to her.
“Yup.” Bismarck hides her embarrassment.
“Raise the anchor, battleship’s plotting its course!”
“She is nailing the pitch.” The white hair battleship comments, head nodding along. "For some drunk."
“Sink me.” Bismarck requests. “Sink me now.” She can already see Prinz have a shit-eating grin across her face. She is probably ready to relentlessly tease her about this scene.
Pride of a nation~, a beast made of steel!”
“Ask KGV for that.” Tirpitz rubs her sister’s back. “Need a drink to forget this?”
“Bismarck in motion!!”
“I need ten breweries to forget this.” she cries out as Tirpitz signals the manjuu bartender.
“I need a few pints for my sister here!”
“Queen of the ocean! She was made to rule the waves across the seven seas!!”
---
After that, shocking yet damn good performance of Bismarck by Hood, we had more performances. Prinz brought a mildly annoyed Wales on stage to perform Time of my Life with the Dirty Dancing dance. I think Wales, like Hood, had a few pints too much as she was angrily going along with the Iron Blood cruiser. After those two, West got up and played her signature song, Take me Home, Country Road, and once she was done, she was joined by her sisters and the battleship row for Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. God, I heard from California that Tennessee was taking singing lessons from Memphis, but damn, Tennessee got a voice. Some other highlight singers were: Yorktown sang What You’re Made of, Enterprise performed Phantom 9, Cleveland sang 13 Battle Stars, Mikasa, surprisingly sang A Cruel Angel Thesis [A/N: Why are they singing these songs? Some have reasons, some don’t. I am just having fun, nothing more.], Reno and Cooper performed Be the One with Littorio singing I kissed a Girl. Houston sang The Final Countdown. Lastly, I took the stage and decently performed Move Along. After that, I hand it off to Lexington as we start to slow things down.
“Alright, everybody!” Lexington reels in everyone. “This will be the last song for the night! Grab a partner everyone! It’s time to slow down.” The music kicks in with the rolling as Lady Lex begins to sing Fly Me to the Moon. I see some pairs start to slow dance: Cleve and Helena, Reno and Cooper, Amagi and Akagi; everyone was grabbing someone they loved and cared for a slow dance, be it a lover, trusted friend, or dear sister. I see Victorious pull an annoyed Tirpitz to the dance floor. I spot Hood and Bismarck do a slow dance in the corner, both ships having red cheeks. I look around and spot my partner. I walk over to where the Yorktown sisters and Little E are.
Enterprise walks over to me. “Shall we?” she offers me her hand.
“Sorry Enty, not tonight.” I politely decline her offer. “Hey Little E, do you know how to slow down?”
Little E blinked as the others around us were surprised. “Umm, no.” she squeaks.
“Well,” I give her a warm smile. “It’s a good time to learn.”
---
The Yorktown sisters watch as the Commander takes Little E by the hand and begins to teach her how to slow dance.
“Awwww~” Yorktown’s eyes were full of hearts as she watched them. Her nose bled as she watched.
“Nose Yorktown,” Hornet comments as she hands her a napkin.
The eldest sister cleans her nose. “Thank you, Hornet. But it is so cute. It's like a father dancing with his daughter! How could I not gush about this?”
“Yeah…” Enterprise rubs the back of her head.
“Let’s go!” Yorktown proclaims as she heads to the dance floor. Along the way, she grabs Wasp by the arm.
“Yes, Yorktown?” Wasp looks at her as they begin to waltz.
“I just want to dance with my sister.”
“You know I’m not-”
“Half-sister or not, you are family, okay?” Yorktown shutdowns Wasp as they dance.
Hornet giggles as she offers her hand to Enterprise. “Shall I have this dance, Lad-Ee?”
Enterprise rolls her eyes at the joke. “You are not letting me down on that joke, aren’t you?”
“Yup!” Hornet smiles as Enterprise takes her hand. They join the packed dance floor as everyone slow dances.
---
After the final song ends, the party slowly ends. Most of the girls head back to their dorms, ready to pass out, while some linger in the canteen, just chatting. I was at the bar with West, who was toning her guitar while sitting at a nearby table were the Yorktown sisters, Bismarck, drunk Hood, Z23, Dunkerque, and the little angel, Little E.
“Thank you for the party!” Little E thanks us as she sits on Enty’s lap. “I had a fun time with everyone!”
“Your welcome.” I smile as a manjuu hands me a bottle of water. “I'm glad you enjoyed it.”
“Yeah.” Little E leans back and stares up at the ceiling. “I only wished Auntie Bel was here tonight.”
“Yeah…” Enty exchange quick glances with everyone as Hood hicks.
“Yeah~ I want Belfast to come out of her room and hang out with us.” Hood drunkenly said.
“Auntie Bel is here?” Little E pops up as all of us start to sweat profoundly. “I thought she was on a mission?”
“She was.” I lie. “But she came back recently and is resting at the moment.”
“Ja!” Z23 jumps in, helping me. “Belfast is just resting. That is why she didn’t join the festivities.”
“Yup/Yeah/Ja/Oui.” Everyone agrees. Bismarck clamps Hood’s mouth shut, keeping her from drunkenly telling the truth.
“Will I be able to see her later?” Little E asks us. She gives us puppy dog eyes. I see Hornet and Dunkerque help Yorktown dam her nose as West really focuses on toning her guitar. “Pleeeease?”
“Hmmmmmmm…” Enterprise tries to deny her, but the puppy eyes get her. “Sure.” her voice cracks as she gives in. All of us look at her in shock as she shoots an apologetic look towards me.
“Yay!!” Little E cheers, arms in the air. “I get to see this world’s Auntie Bel!” I sigh in defeat. It was bound to happen.
“Commander!!” I look to my right as I see a Bremerton fuming with anger, with her sister Baltimore trying to hold her back. “There you are.” She grabs me by the collar.
“Hey, Bremerton.” I know where this is going. “Enjoy the drinks?” I could see the red in her cheeks and smell of Sardegna’s wine in her breath.
“What is your name!!!” Bremerton shakes me down. West wrestled me out of her grasp as Baltimore held her back. “God damnit! Just tell me your name!” Bremerton points at me. “It has been three years since I came onto this base and still haven’t told me your goddamn name!! It's a damn simple request! Why don’t you just tell me?!”
“Well…” I rub my neck as I never tell anyone my name. “It's just a personal reason.”
“Oh shut it with your excuses!!” Bremerton splits at me. “Let me Balty! I'm going to give him a piece of my mind!”
“No can do Bremerton.” Baltimore denies her sister. “You are drunk and when you are drunk, you get feisty and punchy.”
“Thanks, Baltimore. Sorry about this.” I apologize to her.
She shrugs. “It's nothing, but really, this could all be resolved if you just say your name.”
“Hehehe…” I rub my neck again.
“Hey Commander,” Little E chimes in. “What’s your story?”
“What’s my story?” I repeat.
“Yeah!” Little E looks at me with excitement. “What did you do before becoming commander here?”
“Yeah,” Bismarck looks over to me. “Iowa never told us your background, just that she highly recommended you.”
“I have worked with you since the beginning and you never told me about your childhood,” Z23 adds. “Even after you oathed me and Enty!”
“Yeah.” Enterprise agrees. I look around and see I am surrounded by a formidable armada of shipgirls. No point in escaping or I’ll be in Vestal for months.
“Hehe~ Sh~ik~kan!” From behind the bar, a wild Junyou appears as she hugs me from behind. “You guys are un~luck~y! I know his name and his family!” Whelp… I am fucked.
“HUH!?” They all say. If anyone was outside, they could think that was Hipper being Hipper.
“You know his name!?” Bremerton tries to wrestle her sister off her as Junyou smiles.
“Yup!” The Sakura Light carrier looks at all of them. “That’s because I knew his grandfather.”
“CommandeKommandart.” Enty and Zed glare at me, cracking their knuckles. “You better explain to us your history, or else we will be making history tonight.”
“Better do it, Commander,” Hornet suggests. “I can’t help with that.”
“Oui.” Dunkerque agrees.
“Alright alright. I’ll talk about myself.” I give in to the threats. “But I will not talk about my name. I’ll save that for another time. Okay?” Everyone looks at each other and nods. “Good.” I sit back down on the bar and sigh. “First, I am from the Eagle Union. I may look like I belong to the Eastern Radiance, that is because my family is from there. To be specific, Laos, which is near Thailand. Second, I was raised in Virginia.”
“You're a Virginian?” West looks at me funny, going back to stringing her guitar. “You strike me more of a west coast person.”
“I live near DC, so that’s why. And sides, I get along pretty easily with Richmond, Baltimore, Yorktown, Langley, Maryland, Virginia, and you West because I live near your namesakes.” I explain. “Anyway, I was an average person growing up. Got good grades, worked hard, studied hard, and had a good life. Went and studied Computer science and mathematics at Newport University.”
“You went to university at Newport?” Yorktown looks at me. “I didn’t know Newport had a university.”
“Oh, it does.” I continue. “After getting my diploma, I worked at the shipyard there to create mass-produced ship models for the military.”
“You worked with our mother, Newport?” Hornet asked.
“Yup. Nice woman, scary when angry.” The Yorktowns nod in agreement. “Worked there for about a year before Iowa called me and told me that I will be the global commander for Azur Lane. Didn’t get a second opinion on that as she and Missouri tutored me on all things naval warfare.”
“Wait a minute.” Bismarck stops me. “You are saying that you don’t have any military experience prior to becoming our kommandant?”
“Ja.” I nod.
“How in the world did Iowa recommend you?”
“That’s a longer story for another time…” I tell her with a nervous chuckle. “But to keep a long story short, I helped her with something and she trusted me to lead Azur Lane. So far the results speak for themselves. We are winning against the Sirens, so she made the right choice.”
“She sure does.” Dunkerque leans back as my phone rings. I take out my phone and see Azuma is calling me.
“Excuse me.” I excuse myself from them.
---
The commander leaves the group to take a call.
“Well,” Hornet stretches her arms as she stands up. “That enough information we will mostly get out of him for tonight. I’m heading to bed.”
“Time to hit the mat!” Junyou yawns.
“Agreed.” Baltimore nods as Bremerton finally cools down. “See you guys later. Night.”
“Night.” Those four leave as Hood wobbles upward.
“Where’s the- oh no.” She holds her mouth shut as she runs outside.
“Oh, dear.” Bismarck follows her as she knows what is going to happen. “I told you were a lightweight.”
“And now it’s just us,” Z23 says as it was now only herself, Enterprise, Yorktown, Dunkerque, West, and Little E.
“Yup.” West nods as she continues to tone her instrument.
“Hey West,” Yorktown calls out to her. “You didn’t seem to be hanging out with your sisters much tonight. Is something going on between you guys?” West, at the mention of her sisters, flinches, causing her to tone the string too much, which results in all of the guitar strings to snap. The wires cutting West in the cheek and hand.
“Ow!” West jumped as she started to bleed.
“You okay West/ Are you alright?!” Yorktown and Enterprise ask as they jump to her.
“It’s nothing.” West waves it off, but she was in pain.
“Let me get a first aid kit.” Yorktown runs off to find the medical pack. Dunkerque follows suit to help, leaving Little E to look around. She decides to wander off, to get fresh air.
---
I get into a booth and answer the call. “Yes Azuma?”
“This is Saint Louis, Commander.” I hear Saint’s voice on the other end.
“Oh Saint, how’s the mission going?”
“We finished it.” I grin at the mention of victory.
“That’s good. Anything to report.”
“Yes.” She pauses before continuing. “I request that we accelerate the plans for PR 3.”
I give a concerned look as I could hear her tone shift into a serious one. “What is the reason for this request?”
“We faced a new siren today.” She further adds. “She beat us pretty badly. Roon is knocked out cold. Rossiya has puncture marks in my head. Soyuz has a bad shoulder. And I had lost a significant amount of blood from fighting them.”
“Are you guys okay?”
“We are fine.” I let out a sigh of relief.
“Give me details about this new siren.”
---
“Here we go.” Dunkerque applies rubbing alcohol on the cuts.
“Ahhh!” West winces as they disinfect the wounds.
“And there we go!” Yorktown applies the bandages on West’s hand and cheek. “That should do.”
“Thank you.” West rubs her wounds as Enterprise sighs.
“This is a rare sight.” Enty comments. “You don’t usually break your strings and be easily surprised. Anything wrong?” The battleship flinches and jumps from her chair.
“Nothing wrong!” West tells them, her voice spooked. “Just a few drink too many tonight! Hehehehee…” She adverts her eyes away from them. The four of them look at her suspiciously.
“Alright,” Enterprise nods, those suspicious of West. She looks around and sees Little E wasn’t with them. “I’m going to go find Little E. Night.”
“Night.” Enterprise leaves the canteen.
“Are you sure nothing is bothering you, West?” Z23 ask.
“It’s just a few drinks tonight. Nothing more.” West waves it off, her cheeks red. At that moment, the Commander walks back to the group. His walk full of purpose as he looks at the three of the remaining girls.
“Where’s Bismarck and Hood?” he asked.
“They went outside.” Dunkerque answers. “I believe that Hood is unwell.”
“Crap.” He sighs. “Well, since you're here, Dunkerque. Inform Richelieu that PR3 is moving ahead of schedule.”
“Kommandant!” Z23 gasps as he turns to her.
“Tell Bismarck or her sister that I need the blueprints for Mainz and Odin as soon as possible,” he commands.
“Of course!” Z23 salutes before running off.
“Yorktown,” He turns to the carrier. “Could you deliver a message to the Royal Navy about this. I need them to send the prints for Cheshire and Drake asap.”
“Why the sudden urgency?” West asks as he puts his command coat on.
“The Siren Killers and NP faced a new unknown Siren. It nearly killed Saint, Rossiya, Roon, Azuma, and Soyuz.” A cold chill filled the room. “They were able to force a retreat from this new threat, but a Siren that was able to go toe to toe with Roon is a bad sign. We need to prepare for the worse.”
“Understood.” Dunkerque and Yorktown nod as they carry out their task.
The Commander sighs as he looks at West. “Sorry about this, but could you help me with some paperwork, West Virginia? This rush of PR3 is unexpected and some-”
“Don’t worry.” West salutes. “I’ll help.”
“Thank you.” He smiles.
“AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
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2020.08.21 17:42 ets911 Hit the casino "Hiti", "Big Pae", are you okay?

Hit the casino

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Who are you? Why is there a prestige to open a casino in the middle of the city? If the police were not fired in Rama 3, the general population would be unaware of the advancement of the urban casino.
The shooting hit "Hiti" at Rama 3, Soi 66, the local Sen. There were 4 deaths, 2 men and 2 women, but shocking, one of them was Police Major Wathaset Samianwiset, Police Station (interrogation), Samae Dam police station. Or, Inspector Max was shot in the head lying on his back in a pool of blood. Died beside a large pillar in front of the money exchange counter Another body, a woman lying face down, died on the wall. Similar to a standing position to deal the cards of the dealer It is 10-15 meters away from the spot where Inspector Magnon sinks in the blood, indicating that the bombardment did not occur due to the one-off anger. But more than 1 point was fired.

"Hiti" is well known in the national gambling industry because it is a supporter of the influential "Big Khaki". The network of "Hiti" has also opened, and the casino and the electric horse kiosk are scattered. All country And it is the same network as "Pae Tee", another broad person who always eats rice with "Big Khaki", is linked with "Man" who owns "Rayong Casino", a large casino that is open to service like The full format is no different from the casinos open around Thailand. Which was destroyed by the DSI earlier, in the past, on June, the previous past.

The gambling problem that is being smuggled all over the country is now the direct responsibility of the National Police with “Big Pae” Sub-District General Chakthip Chaijinda, the commander of the National Police. Sitting in สมัครts911 command for 5 years, in the past, there have been numerous raids on gambling casinos by the government or other non-police departments, often the same as "Heyy". If there were no brutal raids on the police in the city center This casino may also be open to serve the gambler to mock "Big Pae" each other comfortably.

During the past 5 years The problem of hacking open large gambling houses has been in the news from time to time. The electric carriages that muddled young people and people still have to see. Stock Lottery Many more It still appears like this Then the people will entrust their hopes for the National Police of "Big Pae" to subdue the game completely, when "Big Pae" has less than 2 months of service life left (after 5 years of suppression) will retire. Government service on this 30th September, then this "Big Pae" will be wai.
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2020.08.08 15:35 ContentForager Mekong Dam (/r/Thailand)

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2020.08.07 09:21 BlockDotCo Reviving Tourism and User Privacy Via Blockchain-Based ID Systems

Link to article: https://cointelegraph.com/news/reviving-tourism-and-user-privacy-via-blockchain-based-id-systems
Blockchain could be key for ensuring user privacy in COVID-19 contact-tracing apps.
Countries all over the world are feeling the impact of COVID-19, as travel restrictions have virtually put an end to tourism for this year. To put this into perspective, recent statistics from Hawaii’s Maui News found that in June of this year, 1,929 visitors came to Maui, while the island welcomed 287,449 visitors the same time last year. According to Statista, European destinations like Spain and Italy are also likely to feel an economic impact due to the decline in visitors this summer.
Unsurprisingly, a number of coronavirus contact-tracing apps have emerged to help revive the global tourism industry, which generated $8.27 trillion in revenue in 2017. Yet, while many of these apps rely on bluetooth technology and data tracking through GPS signals, privacy concerns have created major setbacks.

Blockchain ensures data privacy

According to KPMG’s United States blockchain leader, Arun Ghosh, blockchain is key for ensuring data privacy and is an essential technology for the future. Ghosh stated in a recent KPMG data privacy report:
“The great value in applying blockchain to data privacy is its ability to ensure that personal data sets are accurate, and separate, which is important to business users, without exposing the identity of the individual, which is important to consumers.”
The report also notes that 87% of respondents believe data privacy is a human right and that governments and companies are largely responsible for upholding it. As such, blockchain-based contact-tracing apps are being developed in hopes of preserving user privacy while reviving the travel economy.
CEO of enterprise blockchain platform ShareRing, Tim Bos, told Cointelegraph he had plans to launch a travel product earlier this year using the company’s digital identity solution. However, once the coronavirus pandemic started to impact tourism, the idea of a “covid passport” that leverages blockchain emerged:
“We wanted to do something similar to a contact tracing app, so we started to create a covid passport with the goal of respecting traveler’s privacy. This isn’t another way for governments or companies to gather user data based on their whereabouts.”
Bos noted that in order to use ShareRing’s covid passport, travelers must first get a covid test to prove they are healthy. This information is then inserted into a mobile app as a “proof-of-health.” A traveler’s proof-of-health is then connected to a QR code that can be scanned at participating airports, hotels or shops to reveal the status.
Although this may sound like a familiar concept, Bos explained that the recently launched app is one of the first to leverage self-sovereign identity to secure data integrity while guaranteeing user anonymity. He mentioned that in 2018, ShareRing developed their own public, permissioned blockchain network on top of the Tendermint framework. A self-sovereign identity protocol sits on top of ShareRing’s blockchain network.
To use the covid passport, individuals must take a photo of their ID card or government-issued passport. A character recognition and fraud check is then initiated, along with a liveness detection on a user’s face. If everything matches up, a digital user ID is generated and stored on the app with only a digital fingerprint of the information from the app being stored on ShareRing’s blockchain, which according to Bos, “has no information about the users, it just verifies a person’s photo. Identity information is never stored on the blockchain and cannot be altered, preventing falsification and fraud.”
Bos further explained that the data stored on the blockchain is encrypted and then stored on a user’s smartphone or storage cloud drive acting as the user’s private keys, which unlocks the app, thus serving as a fully encrypted digital ID.
Related: Blockchain Digital ID — Putting People in Control of Their Data
South Korean blockchain company Iconloop has also created a blockchain-based application to revive tourism, and protects user’s personal information. Known as “VisitMe,” this is a visitor management solution that runs on the ICON blockchain network.
Marcus Jun, founder and CEO of ICON’s accelerator partner and Seoul launchpad Hyperconnector, told Cointelegraph that VisitMe seeks to provide tamper-proof record management and reduce the risk of privacy invasion, adding. “Blockchain ensures that tamper-proof data is stored securely and accurately. Visitors who use the app can then choose to share their required private information upon visiting certain places.”
Like ShareRing’s covid passport, VisitMe allows users to upload their identity documents and then relies on a QR code for this information to be scanned upon entering certain venues. The solution is already being leveraged by leading South Korean steelmaker POSCO, which opened a new incubator space in Seoul last month. Jun further noted that South Korea’s World Cup Stadium and Yonsei University are also using the visitor management system.

Local governments can drive adoption

While the solutions from ShareRing and Iconloop are providing a viable solution to a real issue, the hurdle will be to get governments to implement such systems. According to Jun, Iconloop is currently in talks with local governments in South Korea to use VisitMe for combating challenges created by the pandemic.
Iconlopop CEO JH Kim told a Korean tech news outlet that the current pandemic has pushed many governments to violate privacy. He further noted that the demand for visitor record management has grown, yet many organizations are still dependent on manual visitor logs. In turn, visitors must submit personal information, whether it’s needed or not. Kim said: “The strength of blockchain-based visitor record services is that they can efficiently solve the issue of violations of personal privacy, a current topic of discussion.”
Even though the technology has been developed, Bos mentioned the complexity of getting governments on board with using a blockchain-based tracing solution. While ShareRing’s covid passport hasn’t been implemented anywhere just yet, Bos commented that the company has been in talks with Thailand’s Foreign Affairs Department:
“They made it clear that legislation would be a long process, so we are looking towards Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism instead, which doesn’t require legislation. They take a softer approach, but this could be more effective for getting our solution and others implemented much faster, which is critical as the coronavirus continues to spread.”
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2020.07.24 15:06 autotldr Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

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"This is becoming a geopolitical issue, much like the South China Sea, between the United States and China," said Witoon Permpongsacharoen of the group Mekong Energy and Ecology Network.
A U.S. ambassador in the region described China as "Hoarding" water in its 11 dams on its upper portion of the 4,350-km river, harming the livelihoods of millions of people in downstream countries.
China also has been stepping up activities of its Lancang Mekong Cooperation group, a relatively new intergovernmental body that a second U.S. ambassador decried as trying to "Sideline" the 25-year-old Mekong River Commission.
China reacted with outrage, with its embassy in Thailand denouncing the study as "Politically motivated, aimed at targeting China with ill intent" - a charge its author and U.S. officials denied.
The LMC drew criticism from the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Michael DeSombre, who called it a "Parallel organisation" to the MRC. "We really would encourage the People's Republic of China to work together with the Mekong River Commission, rather than trying to sideline it by creating its own organisation that it controls," DeSombre said.
Despite the U.S. warnings, officials at the Mekong River Commission say it welcomes cooperation with the LMC and China.
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2020.07.22 03:14 Bevans-12 [Diplomacy] South Asian Belt & Road Bonanza! 经济帝国主义的另一个名字

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国外交部)

Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
 
Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia have long been strong economic, diplomatic and military partners with China, with all the nations mentioned signing cooperation deals in these areas and seeking Chinese investments to improve their economies; either through direct investment into industries or infrastructure development projects. Furthermore, these countries largely constitute China's strongest areas of influence in the South and South East Asian spheres, and thus it is crucial that we consolidate our presence in these nations and redouble our efforts to ensure our relationships, both politician and economic, with them are developed and resilient. Consequently, China will approach these nations with a variety of investment, loans and Belt & Road Initiative offers, hoping to improve infrastructure in these nations to solidify our ties (especially economic) with them. Nevertheless, these initiatives will also undoubtedly aid China's economy, stimulating its construction industry and increasing its connectivity to South Asia through projects such as the BCIM Economic Corridor.
 
We hope the nations receiving these offers, who have enjoyed long, fruitful and deep friendship with the People's Republic of China, graciously accept our offer and that these investments, loans and initiatives go further to solidifying the alliances and bonds between our nations.
 

BANGLADESH

 
Bangladesh is a country China has had historically strong ties with, since the birth of the nation in 1971. We seek to deepen our relationship into a truly cast-iron friendship, with the Sino-Bangladeshi bond being able to withstand all obstacles. We propose a large number of measures and initiatives to truly solidify this relationship. Firstly, lending to the sizable Chinese diaspora in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka and its second city, Chittagong, along with the historical ties between our nations, we propose the creation of the Sino-Bangladeshi Friendship Society. China will open a Cultural Consulate in Dhaka, and we offer prime real estate for Bangladesh to open a Cultural Consulate itself in Beijing, which we will offer to subsidise if necessary. The Consulates will foster the advertisement of the society, which will offer cultural exchange programmes such as language lessons, national food tasting, and other cultural programmes.
 
We also seek to offer Bangladesh several lucrative investment deals, which we hope it will find most profitable and attractive:
 
  • It has been noted by many engineers and economic prospectors that Bangladesh has great potential for Wind energy, and with the nation's current struggles regarding energy, China proposes a profitable deal to construct several wind farms on the islands and southern coastal belt of Bangladesh. It has been noted that the strong wind speeds in this area has amazing potential for electricity generation, and thus China offers an investment of $600mn for the construction of three wind farms in the aforementioned area. China is willing to fully finance this project through the Belt and Road Initiative, using a 15-year fixed-term loan with a 5-year grace period and a 2 percent interest rate. In exchange, we hope the Bangladeshi government will choose Chinese construction firms and allow them to hire Chinese engineersengineers to facilitate the completion of this project.
  • Bangladesh's ports have been suffering as of late from congestion due to the great economic activity of the country, especially in trade. The Port of Chittagong, one of the busiest ports in the Bay of Bengal, is suffering from problems of congestion. Moreover, the port handles 90% of Bangladesh's trade, and is one of the oldest in the world. Thus, as a part of China's Belt and Road initiative, we would like to offer Bangladesh a $600mn loan in the expansion of this port, to ensure its full economic potential and capacity can be met. On the agenda would be the construction of six new Container Berths, four new General Cargo Berths, two new Container terminal and a new Industrial terminal too. China is willing to fully finance this project through the Belt and Road Initiative, using a 22-year fixed-term loan with a 5-year grace period and a 2 percent interest rate. In exchange, China would like Bangladesh to contract Chinese companies and engineers to aid in this expansion project
  • Finally, following on from the topic of ports, the Bangladeshi government has recently been interested in the development of deep sea artificial port of Matarbari, which has truly brilliant potential to be a regional hub in the Bay of Bengal lending to its prime location. At the first stage, the port will contain one 300 meter long multipurpose terminal and one 460 meter long container terminal. To aid in this project, China is willing to lend Bangladesh $200mn dollars for the construction of this port. China is willing to fully finance this project through the Belt and Road Initiative, using a 15-year fixed-term loan with a 5-year grace period and a 2 percent interest rate. In exchange (as before) for Bangladesh using Chinese firms and engineers for this project. We hope that these two port projects will enable Bangladesh to rise as a regional maritime giant in the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean.
 

MYANMAR

 
China and Myanmar enjoy a strong bond, and have done for centuries. Our two countries share linguistic links, and largely a shared history in our shared region. The friendship between our countries is without question, and we would seek to enrich Myanmar in a variety of ways to boost its already considerable economic growth forecast.
 
Firstly, China wishes to give significant funds to Myanmar for the renovation and modernisation of its infrastructure network, whether it be roads, bridges or rail lines, it is crucial that the country's infrastructure is modern and well-suited to the economic potential of Myanmar. Consequently, we extend an offer of $400mn dollars total to Myanmar for this infrastructure renovation campaign, in the form of BRI loans using a 15-year fixed-term loan with a 5-year grace period and a 1.5% interest rate, as well as one direct grant sum of $100mn.
 
Furthermore, China has noted Myanmar's extremely lucrative potential for energy production and exportation. Already, the nation is a large energy exporter, a fact China would seek to consolidate and expand upon, so that Myanmar becomes a regional giant for energy production. Despite Myanmar's status as a net energy exporter, many of its citizens lack access to electricity, especially in rural areas, with an extremely low electrification rate (57%). We hope these investments in energy will greatly boost Myanmar's efforts to electrify its countryside, and provide a huge boost for the nation's current economy.
 
  • Firstly, China is very interested in restarting the currently suspended Myitsone Dam, an ambitious hydroelectricity project with great potential for energy production (around 6,000MW!). We urge Myanmar to restart this project, and to incentivise them will provide a generous loan/grant programme of investments to facilitate the construction of this dam. If constructed, the dam will be amongst the largest hydroelectric power stations in the world, lending Myanmar a great economic boost. We offer a generous, extremely low interest loan, for the construction of the dam, amount to around $1 billion dollars. The remaining of the construction cost, around $2.6 billion, will be fully covered by the China Power Investment Corporation in exchange for discounted energy exports to China from the project over the next two decades, totaling $2.85 billion. We hope that in exchange Myanmar hires Chinese companies and engineers to construct this programme for them, which will benefit Myanmar as a regional energy hub immensely.
  • Secondly, China has great interest in the Tasang Dam, and whilst great progress has been made on the dam, construction has recently stalled to an extent. Thus, China will offer a low interest loan of $1.5bn to finish the project on time in late 2022, to the highest standards with the most modern hydroelectricity technology, in exchange for Chinese construction companies, such as Sinohydro Corporation, undertaking this. We expect this to increase the capacity of the dam by around 400MW overall.
  • Finally, China would like to extend an offer to Myanmar of significant investment in their oil and natural gas sector, with a delegation of 50 businessmen and government economic advisors being sent to Naypyidaw to discuss these opportunities in depth. China is prepared to invest over $1 billion dollars in Myanmar’s somewhat underdeveloped oil and natural gas industry. Of particular interest to us is the modernisation and expansion of the Yenangyaung oil field, and we would like to hear Myanmar’s thoughts on this.
 

LAOS

 
China and Laos have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship over many decades, being regional partners and sharing close ties together, especially in the quest for socialism. It is with this in mind that China chose to make significant infrastructural and general economic investments into Laos. Already, it has constructed a High Speed Rail line in Laos connecting Vientiane and Boten last year.
 
We seek to redouble our investments in Laotian Infrastructure and their economy. Consequently, we will be offering $180mn to Laos in grants to renovate and modernise their roads, bridges, and other crucial infrastructure, which will prove crucial to any future growth Laos will experience. We will provide contracts from Chinese companies to accommodate this, and ask that Chinese engineers are able conduct this maintenance work, as Laos may struggle to do it themselves due to their unfortunate lack of skilled engineers and construction personnel
 
China is also interested in expanding Laos’ domestic rail lines, and offers to loan it funds (with an interest rate of only around 1%) to construct the Vientiane to Pakse line, linking up two of the most important cities in the country. This project is expected to cost roughly $4 billion dollars, of which we will offer to fund 3.5 billion as an 18-year fixed term loan at 1% interest, and 500mn in direct grant infrastructural aid. In return, we ask Chinese construction companies and engineers will be able to construct this rail line.
 

CAMBODIA

 
Cambodia and China enjoy a wonderfully deep and developed relationship, both economic and political, with Chinese economic investments flooding into Cambodia, and Cambodia supporting China on many crucial geopolitical and international issues. China would like to offer Cambodia a number of BRI initiatives to grow its economy, and to better integrate it into the increasingly emerging economic giant of South East Asia:
 
  • Firstly, China will be offering significant BRI funds to Cambodia in order for it renovate their roads, bridges, and other crucial infrastructure, with a particular focus on paving currently unpaved roads. We extend an offer of $400mn dollars total to Cambodia for this infrastructure renovation project, in the form of BRI loans using a 15-year fixed-term loan with a 5-year grace period and a 1.5 percent interest rate, as well as one direct grant sum of $40mn. We will provide contracts from Chinese companies to accommodate this, and would ask Chinese engineers are able to conduct this renovation work. Railways, roads, etc will be the main focus of this project, as we seek to bring Cambodia up to modern infrastructural standards found across South East Asia. We especially recommend a modernisation and renovation of the Sihanouk to Phnom Penh line, the importance of which will be detailed below.
  • China also proposes the development of the Sihanouk port, a rather small Cambodian port leading into the Gulf of Thailand. With enough investment and expansion, the Sinhanouk port has the potential to become a regional player for Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand area. Sihanoukville, then nearby town, is also a tourist hotspot with extraordinary growth potential. Its with picturesque beaches and islands dotted around contribute to its beautiful scenery. China predicts the expansion of the Sihanouk port could open the southern coast of Cambodia up to a great deal of economic prosperity. China will offer BRI Loans for this project, amounting to around $200 million, at a 2.5% interest rate, utilising a 15-year fixed-term loan with a 5-year grace period.
  • Finally, to increase connectivity to the rest of inner Cambodia, China also offers will offer further BRI loans in an effort to link the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap together with a modern rail line. China will also offer a smaller connection to run from Siem Reap to Sisophon, further increasing the connectivity of the Cambodian economy (especially to the greater South East Asian economic area). We expect this project to cost around $2.25 billion dollars, and offer to BRI loans with an interest rate of 1.75%, with a 18-year fixed-term loan and a 6-year grace period. Moreover, to sweeten the deal we will offer $150mn in direct grant aid to kickstart this rail project.
 

THE BCIM CORRIDOR

 
We wish make a major Belt & Road Initiative offer to Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, concerning the BCIM Economic Corridor, which will undoubtedly dramatically increase the connectivity of China to the nations we offer this lucrative infrastructure opportunity to. Famous economist Rehman Sobhan, himself of Bangladeshi origins, spearheaded an initiative in the 90s to drive forward the BCIM, creating a regional infrastructure hub in Upper South Asia. The corridor could potentially be the first major infrastructure connection between China and India, and will undoubtedly provide the impoverished regions of Bangladesh, and Myanmar much-needed connectivity to the economic giants of China and India. North East India, otherwise known as the 'seven sister states' is one of the most isolated and least economically-stimulated regions in India. Bangladesh is, in contrast, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with numerous standard of living issues. A major highway project connecting Dhaka (one of the world's largest urban centres) to a regional Asian market such as the Seven Sister States and Myanmar would greatly enrich Bangladesh. The route for the BCIM corridor will be as follows:
 

ROUTE

 
The corridor highway is designed to follow pre-existing road routes in many areas, which will provide economic enrichment to many of the impoverished rural communities of Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Seven Sister States of India, and allow the large urban centres this highway reaches to spread their economic prosperity to these regions. The route and region in question contains many isolated communities with great economic potential, and we expect that by linking these areas in a strong regional infrastructure project we can reinvigorate this area and tap into its expansive economic potential, which will benefit China, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh.
 
The total cost of this corridor is expected to be around $22 billion dollars. Given the economic state of some of the nations in question (especially Bangladesh and Myanmar), China offers to foot the majority of the cost in the construction of the highway, but wishes for Myanmar, Bangladesh and India to contribute proportionate amounts of funding and labour, which will not only aid in increasing the speed of completion of the project, but will also inject much needed economic stimulus into these nation's economies. China requests Myanmar and Bangladesh contribute $1 billion dollars to this project, and India $3 billion, with China footing the rest of the rather significant bill. This highway is a noble goal to rejuvenate a long forgotten and neglected corner of the world, which has unfairly not been given enough attention.
 
Whilst great potential also exists for special Industrial and Development zones to be created inside this corridor, which China is excited to foster and sponsor, we will wait for Bangladesh, India and Myanmar to give full approval and proportionate funding commitments first.
 

NEPAL

(M: This section was wholly written by Dek, so full credit to him for this amazing bit of writing!)
 
Since the collapse of the Kingdom of Nepal in the 2000s, relations between India and Nepal have become increasingly strained, culminating in the 2015 Nepal Blockade, where Indian-backed protestors in the Terai region of Nepal blockaded the major border crossings between the two countries, leading to major food and fuel shortages within Nepal. These strained relations, coupled with the Maoist and Socialist politics espoused by the ruling parties of Nepal, have led Nepal to seek better relations with its only other neighbor: China. Of course, China is all too happy to oblige.
 
Currently, Nepal has almost no rail network to speak of: the only railway in the country is a short, 47km long, 762mm gauge railway connecting the small Nepali town of Amlekhganj to India. As the country’s economy has rapidly grown over the past decade of stability, trade with its two neighbors has been severely limited by the lack of infrastructure capable of handling significant volumes of traffic. This has turned the mountain nation into a battleground for both Indian and Chinese rail construction firms, with both countries hoping to secure the projects for their companies.
 
Fortunately, with Nepal’s 2019 announcement that it will be using China’s standard 1435mm gauge rather than India’s broad 1676mm gauge, it seems as though China has secured the contract for rail construction within the country. With the completion of the Shigatse-Gyirong rail line successfully bringing the Chinese rail network just to the China-Nepal border, the time has finally come to hash out the details of the Nepalese side of the project.
 
Stretching from Kathmandu to the China-Nepal border, the Nepali section of the China-Nepal Railway is slated to be one of the world’s engineering marvels. Only 72km long, the topography of the Himalayas requires some 98.5 percent of the project to consist of tunnels or bridges, bringing the cost for the entire project up to 3 billion USD. China is willing to fund about 10 percent of this project through a direct grant, while the remaining 2.7b will be borne by Nepal. Financing is available through the BRI in the form of a 20-year loan with a 5-year grace period and a 3 percent interest rate. Once started, this section of the railway will finish in five years.
 
The China-Nepal railway is just one part of the proposed rail network for Nepal. An additional 1100km of track will connect the capital of Kathmandu to the low-lying Terai, where it will then run the length of the country from east to west. Spur routes will connect to the Indian rail network at Gadda Chauki, Nepalgunj, Nautanwa, Raxaul, Jaynagar, Jogbani, and Kakarvitta, with gauge transfers at those points to be facilitated by dry ports. In total, this additional rail route is estimated to cost about 3.3b USD. China is, again, willing to finance 10 percent of this through grants, with the remaining 90 percent coming in the form of a BRI loan matching the terms of the China-Nepal Railway loan. Both projects will be built by China Railway Construction Corporation using Chinese designers/engineers and Nepali labor. This project will also take five years to complete.
 
While these loans are large for a country of Nepal’s size, the importance of this project to the Nepali economy cannot be understated. First, it would allow Nepal to serve as a major logistics hub for India-China trade (currently, there are no other rail routes with regular service connecting the two countries, though rail expansions in Myanmar may change that). Bilateral trade between the two countries hit 120b USD in 2018, and is expected to increase over the next several decades. Second, it will open up new markets for Nepalese goods. Currently, almost all Nepalese imports and exports are forced to route through India, which makes up about 50 percent of Nepalese exports and 70 percent of its imports. The construction of this rail route will allow Nepal to not only diversify its trade to China, but will also grant access to new markets like Russia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Korea, dramatically improving economic development within the country.
 
Many of Nepal’s roads are also in horrible condition since the 2015 earthquake, as the government has struggled to raise the requisite funds to repair them. As a show of good faith, China would like to offer Nepal a 300m USD grant to finance these repairs, which should help spur growth in the country.
 

India

(M: This section was wholly written by Dek, so full credit to him for this amazing bit of writing!)
 
Despite recent tensions between India and China, we remain interested in completing a previously discussed, but never officially started, project to connect the Indian and Chinese rail networks. This proposed rail linkage would connect Shigatse in Tibet to Darjeeling in India (and from there, to the wider rail networks of both countries) through the pass of Nathu La. This would allow for an expansion of India-China trade over the next decade, as it would create a direct rail connection between the two. Since India is not part of the Belt and Road Initiative, China is not willing to make BRI funding available for this (though India is welcome to join to gain access to BRI funding).
We would like to discuss Indian interest in the process before going into specifics on costs and such.
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2020.07.22 01:26 BigDoorInA3thFloor Flooding in China, are there any concerns for Vietnam?

Various news sites are reporting about heavy flooding in China and how 3 gorges dam on Yangtze river is on the brink of breaking and flooding everything downstream.
Looking at the map it does not seem that Yangtze river feeds into any of the rivers that run in Vietnam and the 3 gorges dam is too far for the flood water to hit Vietnam directly. At first look in the worst-case scenario Vietnam should be fine if the dam breaks.
Are there any other possible negative impacts on Vietnam if the dam really breaks.
Are there any positives? I understand that china is heavily damming the Mekong river which causes droughts in Thailand and Vietnam, will this be their wake-up call?
https://vietnamtimes.org.vn/china-massive-flood-updates-china-blows-up-dam-to-discharge-floodwaters-as-death-toll-increases-22556.html
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/china-flood-waters
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2020.07.12 00:29 Snoo_4201 My bf m35 and me f28 broke up because of him going travelling for a year. Maybe we rushed the break up and should it give it a go?


Hey, my first time on Reddit so please be kind and thank you for your help in advance.
Basically met a guy and fell in love. So hard. I’ve never experienced anything even remotely similar but of course there’s a catch. When he broke up with his girlfriend decided to travel/move to South East Asia. When we met both of us thought that there’s no chance we will last long because he has to leave and possibly planning not to come back. As time went on we felt that this could be the real thing - maybe for life? Met each other’s families. But he was still planning to travel and we almost broke but decided to stick with it. Made plans to see him in Thailand. Then of course due to Covid - 19 he came back. He didn’t tell me anything and made a surprise - came straight to my house. It was so romantic, one of the reasons why I love him so much.
Everything was okay during quarantine, but of course the trip came up again and the honey moon phase was not as strong. The reality hit hard that he still will go for a year and will be really hard. There were other things I’ve noticed about him as well, but I will not mention it here.
We broke kind of unexpectedly just by talking about the same thing again - the trip. Here’s where it gets interesting. After we broke up - he reached out once, but nothing major, then got flowers delivered to my house with no note - asked him says it wasn’t him, then got a letter addressed to him but my address - he stayed with us for a bit but it was a while back. So feels like either the universe wanted us to keep in touch or it was him all along wanting to stay in my life. This
Then I’ve installed Tinder on my phone maybe 4 weeks later after the break up and his friend saw me there. Damn it. Deleted as felt I was no where near ready to date.
A few days ago he messaged to check how I was. We had a chat, he asked if felt better about things. I said that time puts everything in place and he replied a few things but then he said ‘’time’’/dates, I am like damn dam damn… Of course his friend told him. But i pretended no to understand. Conversation finished on good terms. Then I then I think I did something stupid. Next day I sent a long message saying that I want him no to contact again and few things about our relationship, he replied nicely and I feel like he still cares/wants to get back together.
We broke because of rational reasons - he’s going away for a year and it’s a big ask to wait that and we could break up because of it and don’t want to cause pain to each other.
I still love him and I feel like I should have not send that text. The other part is that I feel like he is sneakily tried/trying to stay in my life and that kind of makes me mad. if he said - I miss you or can we meet up and talk I would have said yes. He’s told me in the past that clear flashing signals to act on things. During that last conversation I did not him any signals and basically no hope, I wanted him to be a man and go after it.
I still love him and him reaching out just got me back to stage of 1 the break up - sweatpants, trash food, crying.
Should I just leave everything as it is?
I am very stubborn and can’t put my pride/ego aside to message him.
Can someone share some advice what to do?
P.S. Both of us from a different countries but want to settle down with family and children, but I felt like there are no guarantees of him not wanting to do travel more after that year long trip, I am 28 and really think it would be perfect to settle down in a few years but trip kind of puts a pause on the relationship. Also I’ve seen long distance relationships not work out because people grow cold and and you can’t really get close/closer in a long distance relationship.
TL;DR : We were madly only but broke up of him going travelling for a year where I feel he could have fought more for the relationships and seem he’s been trying to stay in my life in weird ways anonymous flowers ( I think it was him?), mail (he stayed for bit with us but I feel like it was on purpose). He reached again a few days ago and it got me thinking - should be get back together? It seems like he wants to as well.
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  6. Tai Dam Lum Pun with English Subtitle - YouTube
  7. THAILAND: Srinagarind Dam, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  8. EDM Thái Lan Gây Nghiện-Nhạc Quẩy Melody - YouTube
  9. thai song-ไทยดำรำผัน thai dam lam phan - YouTube
  10. Kub TaiDam

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