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Daimyo of State elections

Discussion in 'Team SANCTA' started by remake20, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. remake20

    remake20 :)

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    Here is the election for the Daiymo of state. Please say if you would like to run.

    Candidates:

    General W
    AT
     
  2. Memphus

    Memphus Chieftain

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    I nominate General_W for this election.
     
  3. General_W

    General_W Councilor & Merlot Noble

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    Thanks Memphus :hatsoff:

    I accept the Nomination.
    Anyone want to run against me and make a race of it? :)
     
  4. Karhu

    Karhu Devil's Advocate

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    I would appreciate hearing the candidates' philosophy regarding the position at stake. Just a few lines would be fine; How they view the position's role and how they would facilitate that. No need for a full strategy guide. ;)

    Obviously the team's directives must be followed, but the Daimyos will still play an important role in shaping our choices.
     
  5. Ronnie1

    Ronnie1 Chieftain

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    I would also like to hear more on philosophy!
     
  6. General_W

    General_W Councilor & Merlot Noble

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    General_W for Daimyo of State!

    Namaste' My Fellow Ninjas!

    I have come to speak to you today, and tell you of the glorious vision I have had. It is a vision of a shining future, in which the holy TaoSAN guides the course of the whole world. A vision in which the Super Awesome Ninjas and our eternal Shogun rule from the lands of the rising sun in the east to it's nighttime home in the lands of the West. Between us and the accomplishment of this vision lie many difficult tasks and even those who would oppose us.
    But we can beat them. We must beat them. We shall be victorious.

    Join me in assuring that glorious victory.


    My Platform:
    • As first Daimyo of State, I will establish protocols and well organized threads to ensure easy access to key information and to facilitate easy discussion involving as many Super Awesome Ninjas as possible.
    • Ensure speedy responses in all diplomatic contact to foster working relationships with other teams.
    • Advocate a highly polite, cordial, and cooperative tone in dealing with foreign powers.
    • Push for making diplomatic deals that are lopsidedly in favor of our opponents – to ensure we remain more valuable as a friend than as a potential target. I will try to keep the incentives always in favor of working with us rather than dog-piling against us.
    • Constantly look for options to create diplomatic advantage through trade and being informed of what all our opponents are doing. I believe it's always better to be a part of trade (even at a steep discount) than to be left out of the trading loop.
    • Strive to keep SANCTA on a path of international trade and growth until we can assemble sufficient military power to begin crushing our rivals the old fashioned way.
    • Always, always, always honor the input of my fellow Ninjas and seek to implement the will of the team to the best of my ability.

    Together, we will build a glorious future and show the world the true path of the Super Awesome Ninja.

    *paid for the by the committee to elect General_W, Daimyo of State, SANCTA*






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  7. Theoden

    Theoden Chieftain GOTM Staff

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    Geez! General_W, you put up such a perfect platform that I can't find anything to criticise nor any reason to run against you with an alternative platform, since it's all as if it came from my mouth (just written better). :p

    And besides, you already had me convinced through our diplomatic negotiations in the last game, that you are perfectly capable of wrapping the other nations around your little finger. :D
     
  8. civplayah

    civplayah fronter

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    I would run, if I would want to lose horribly...
     
  9. AutomatedTeller

    AutomatedTeller Frequent poster

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    I shall nominate myself.

    My philosophy is best summed up with the following speech (my apologies to Shakespeare, Marc Anthony and English teachers everywhere...)

    Friends, Ninjas, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to get more votes than General_W, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their rhetoric;
    So let it be with General_W. The noble Theoden
    Hath told you General_W was manipulative:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath General_W answer'd it.
    Here, under leave of Theoden and the rest -
    For Theoden is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men -
    Come I to speak in General_W's election.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Theoden says he was capable of wrapping nations around his finger;
    And Theoden is an honourable man.
    He hath brought many treaties home to The Inner Sanctum
    Whose ransoms did the treasury fill:
    Did this in General_W seem manipulative?
    When that the workers have been captured by evil enemies, General_W hath wept:
    Manipulative should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Theoden says he was manipulative;
    And Theoden is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this manipulative?
    Yet Theoden says he was capable of complete, outright, baldfaced lies - wow, what an opponent - you'd completely believe him;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Theoden spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, (not that there's anything wrong with that!):
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish lions, panthers and wolves,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the voting box there with General_W,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.


    (disclaimer: any indication that the General is anything but completely honorable is meant to be gross exaggeration.
    ps - I had to memorize that speech in high school. Boy, was I a dope...
    pps - no, I didn't write it from memory. that was a long time ago
    ppps - no I'm not actually running for this office. if elected, I shall not serve!!)
     
  10. remake20

    remake20 :)

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    If it's okay with everyone we'll open the polls tomorrow. But it looks like we wont need one for this election
     
  11. General_W

    General_W Councilor & Merlot Noble

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    :clap: excellent speech, Sir AutoTeller.

    It shall make thy defeat all the more sweet. ;)
     
  12. Karhu

    Karhu Devil's Advocate

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    I think we need some real contests for the daimyo seats. I'd like the nominations to remain open for a few more days. We aren't in a hurry to wrap this up are we?
     
  13. Memphus

    Memphus Chieftain

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    at this point i would say no. there isn't too much info for me to decipher...we only have 2 units. :D
     
  14. General_W

    General_W Councilor & Merlot Noble

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    @Karhu - we're not in a hurry - but anytime someone wants to run, we can hold a new election.

    For domestics or war there seems to be more vigorous discussion. We don't need to hold elections for them just yet.

    But unless there is someone with an alternate view on how best to run State - the sooner we formalize my position, the sooner I'll feel better about diverting the time necessary to set up all the required threads and info. I just don't want to put the time in, only to see someone with an alternate view of how to do it get elected and have all my work go down the toilet. I only have limited hours to devote to Civ.
    :salute:
     
  15. Karhu

    Karhu Devil's Advocate

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    I am not running for this office due to upcoming time restraints. However the activities of this office are of great interest to me and of great importance to the team. Therefore I'm going to half-act as though I was running for an opportunity to blab on about diplomacy and voice my opinion. I'm sure the good General will excel in this office and he is welcome to comment on or steal anything I write. If nothing else, I hope to learn something from the ensuing discussion and for the team to be better prepared when we make our first contact.

    Edit: And I'll be sure to drink lots of tea while doing it! :coffee:
     
  16. Karhu

    Karhu Devil's Advocate

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    How important do I feel this position is? Let me be clear; Victory's Tao lies in solid diplomacy. For it is only through diplomacy that one beaker can become two, and two enemies can be destroyed by one war. That said, the DoS's primary responsibility is not to craft diplomatic policy, but to craft diplomatic messages which execute the team's will. I offer a reading of the TaoSAN as evidence, as well as suggestions on how best to implement the TaoSAN in practice.

    From the TaoSAN – Daimyo of State
    Spoiler :
    Daimyo of State: Shall be responsible for managing and maintaining the Team SANCTA Embassy & Nexus threads. These threads will be for the solicitation of the "will of the team" on all matters dealing with foreign relations, trades, alliances, correspondence, and declarations of war and peace.
    The Daimyo of State shall be responsible to post regular orders for the Shogun to follow in the "Turn Orders" thread.
    I interpret this section of the TaoSAN to mean that the DoS's primary responsibility is to enact the diplomacy will of the team. Secondary is to make readily available the information needed for the team to formulate its will.

    From the TaoSAN – Embassy Threads
    Spoiler :
    Embassy Threads: The Daimyo of State shall create a new Embassy thread for each opponent team that we encounter. The Embassy thread will then serve as the hub for discussion and decision making about all activities related to that opponent.
    I would propose we break down Embassy Threads into two sections for each opponent: Recored Keeping, in which diplomatic correspondence would be placed; and Discussion, which would be where the team could formulate its will on a regular basis and approve diplomatic messages written by the DoS.

    From the TaoSAN – the Nexus
    Spoiler :
    Nexus: The Daimyo of State shall create and maintain a Nexus thread for the collection of the most up-to-date general information about every opponent for ease of reference – particularly for citizens of Team SANCTA who cannot access the PitBoss server.
    The Nexus should be a read-only thread, kept by the DoS to allow for quick reference of active trades and available trade goods (including technologies). Discussion should take place in the appropriate Embassy Discussion Thread.
     
  17. Karhu

    Karhu Devil's Advocate

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    Now, before I share my theory/strategy to diplomacy, I would like to offer a disclaimer by Carl Von Clausewitz:
    "...rules are not indented for individual cases, and action in the individual case and be determined only by [applying the concepts of] purpose and means."
    In other words, studying theory and planing out a strategy is great, but must become subject to truths on the ground before implementation.

    The following is a repost from the Diplomacy Discussion Thread started by Whomp:

    The above five points offer a outline for moving forward in the diplomatic arena. I offer them to be improved upon and implemented only if it is SANCTA's will.

    What more could I add? Glad you asked. ;)

    I would suggest that we use a consistent font, and something with a little style, when crafting our diplomatic messages. This will help add flavor to our correspondence and only enhance what I'm sure is an already excellent writing style of the good General.

    What else could their possibly be, you ask? Well, I could post some of my old diplomacy messages, and I would if I was actually running for the office. Or I could write a speech; But I already wrote Krill's, and AutomatedTeller's was supreme, so...
     
  18. General_W

    General_W Councilor & Merlot Noble

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    Good stuff Karhu. I like most of what you've written here, just a few minor points I'd raise.

    On the threads under the auspices of the DoS - I think you and I understand the organization in the same way. Only difference in my vision is that I'd keep the key records in the Nexus, rather than a separate Embassy thread. There will already be quite a lot of reading for anyone wanting to stay on top of diplomacy... let's not compound that by making too many threads. In my experience, it's relatively rare to need to go back further than a couple pages in the Embassy thread for needed info. For those cases where it IS necessary - it's almost always for a treaty - and there's no reason we can't store all those in the Nexus.

    Also, I like your 5 point plan in general (which I understand is all it was intended for) - but you've left out what I view as a key component of the game, when we can manage it. And that's the "tech-broker" stage. By staying on top of opportunities where trades might be available between other teams - and then trying to worm our way into those deals by being more agreeable / more persistent/ offering better deals - we can profit from exchanges the other two teams should have been making on their own. Team Epsilon's diplomacy corps (mostly under my control) had great success with this gambit in the early game. Eventually people wise up and it's better to secure an exclusive tech arrangement(or two) - but we shouldn't be in such a hurry to go exclusive that we miss the opportunities to act as broker. This is even more powerful if we can make early contact with multiple teams before they've met each other.

    So... when we holding this election?
     
  19. Karhu

    Karhu Devil's Advocate

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    Well, I think it is really helpful to have diplomatic emails sorted by team. But!!! Gmail does this for us automatically if we add a simple filter/label combo. That's plenty good enough for me and cuts down on the number of threads and work for the DoS.

    I like the tech-broker bit, and it's doable on large map with few teams; If we undertake a deliberate strategy of sending out scouts to the far reaches of the world at an early stage.

    Also, your platform outline, which i never commented on, looks really good. Sorry for not saying so earlier.

    I've gotten everything out of my system. Elections can be held anytime as far as i'm concerned.
     
  20. Viva_Chingon

    Viva_Chingon Condition 1

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    I like the idea of sorting the messages...is it feasible to use gmail for diplomacy? If so, the labels are already created...all we need to do is sort by whomever sends the messages. :)
     

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