hey, sorry for my testy post in WWW. I was mostly mad at daft for bringing more attention to the whole fracas in WWW, which I'm hoping doesnt flare up again as it is pretty off-putting for any potential nesers who might be lurking on the forum. That Israel argument couldve just as easily been had via pm, ot, or #nes.
Well, my point is that both Jehoshua and LoE seem to say that "all men/women MUST be X," where in Jehoshua's case X is "fully conforming to traditional gender roles," while in Lord of Elves case X is "entirely separated from pre-established gender roles". Both of these positions are, in their way, totally absolutist, and as you said, they reduce the chance for any sort of compromise or mutual understanding.
The problem (for me) is simply that both sides of the argument have truly compelling points to make. Women (or men) shouldn't be considered en bloc, and I feel like both conservatives and progressives in their way tend to succumb to the temptation to doing so.
Hello das. :) I'm contemplating reviving my Peloponnesian War NES (http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=441426), subject to sufficient interest/good players for Athens and Sparta (I've posted about it here). I remember you being pretty much the only active player when it last died: would you like to return as Sparta again? It would be great to have you.
You also possess a unique, very valuable trait: you have the ability to maintain very large populations. On top of that, you are also indirectly given /massive/ population growth; in a forested gaian environment, like your capital, you have around 15% population growth per annum, compared to the ~3% of a blank faction. Thanks again to the first thing I brought up, you can also easily turn other regions gaian.
All in all, some very high potential. Pretty much all you need is housing and low taxes. If you somehow manage to get both, you could easily see upwards of 20% GDP growth per year. And since housing is dirt-cheap for you (12e/1m/1v a suburb), and you have resource surpluses in all (allowing you to put taxes at 0% for speedy economic growth), well.
Note that you start with Manage Ecology and Enrich Biosphere refined (terraforming actions; refined = vastly reduced cost). These have not just high intrinsic value, but also quite high current demand. You could gain a lot from contracting, since you'd be undercutting everyone else (so far just Symph and 2 NPCs).
Between the two NPCs, I'd agree that they're definitely the more interesting pick. Between the two PCs, it seems you'd have more flexibility with (rewriting) the Seffassians if Nintz doesn't pick them up, if only because the Dardareo are now fairly well established as shadowy operators (seemingly not terribly concerned with defense).