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Azure Mantle

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Azure Mantle last won the day on June 28 2017

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About Azure Mantle

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    Founder
  • Birthday 03/10/1989

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    http://www.secondwindprojects.com/

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    Male
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    USA
  • Interests
    Filmmaking

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    http://www.cybernations.net/nation_drill_display.asp?Nation_ID=495106
  • Nation Ruler
    Azure Mantle
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    Pravitelstvo
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    Uranium
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    Fish
  1. Azure Mantle

    Pravitelstvo

    also I need trades D:
  2. Azure Mantle

    Pravitelstvo

    Pretty much just here because Aurelius said he needs an associate justice, so that sounded fun.
  3. Azure Mantle

    Pravitelstvo

    APPLICATION Nation Ruler: Azure Mantle Nation Name: Pravitelstvo Nation Link: http://www.cybernations.net/nation_drill_display.asp?Nation_ID=495106 Current Team Color: Blue Native Resources: Fish, Uranium Nation Strength: 75,793.031 Have you been invited to this alliance?: Aurelius made me Are you currently at war?: Nope How often can you visit the forums? Eh maybe daily or every few days Real Life country that you live in? USA What time zone are you in? EST What other alliances have you been in? This one Do you understand that NADC members and applicants are not allowed to declare war without authorization and do you agree to abide by this rule? Sure Compulsory Pledge I hereby agree to sign the NADC charter. By signing the charter, I pledge to uphold and defend its ideals, principles, and guidelines by serving in the NADC as loyal member to the Assembly and its officials. - Azure Mantle of Pravitelstvo
  4. Azure Mantle

    evening, motherfuckers

    Wow, I'm surprised that made it past the word filter. Not much, you?
  5. Azure Mantle

    Logic problem

    Yeah I kept thinking that was part of it, very distracting.
  6. Azure Mantle

    Logic problem

    OMG I think I've figured it out. I'm going to PM you to make sure. [edit] Poo, your inbox is full. Emailing it to you. [edit] Dammit, got it wrong. Was really close though, just missed the final step. I think I misread the dates because they were in the same column.
  7. Azure Mantle

    Fox News the most trusted news source

    Looks like it's just because the Democrat vote is more evenly split between other networks, whereas Republicans overwhelmingly support Fox News (go figure). Honestly if anyone trusts any 24-hour news network nowadays they should probably check their facts. These are entertainment businesses out to get ratings through sensationalism, reporting the news accurately is secondary.
  8. Actually, if I combine the best ideas from this thread so far, I can do all of these things at once (yes I'm bored at work): Phase 1: Intelligence gathering Presumably I have the capability to conduct covert surveillance (akin to satellite surveillance) from space. This should pretty much be zero-risk. It's important that I have as much information as possible, including details maps to track human movement. Seed undercover operatives around the globe. To prevent my plans from being discovered early or my operatives turning against me, I must take precautions: Operatives don't need to know anything, at all, in order to carry out their function. No knowledge of my plans, technology, army, etc. That way, they can't leak information if captured or turned. Operatives don't need to be cooperative or relied on for anything. At a certain point, I will collect them and debrief. If they have decided to turn on me, that's fine, I just discard them. I will also check their info against the accounts of numerous other operatives for inconsistencies, in case they tried to give me false information. The worst possible outcome of this phase is that humans discover that we exist. But they don't know anything more than that, or even if we're hostile. Phase 2: Target preparation This phase involves a multitude of preparatory actions meant to destabilize the globe. It's important that none of it is linked back to me, so all my actions must be interpreted as plausible natural occurrences, as the result of bad luck or human nature. Some examples: Civil orderWorking with terrorist and other extremist groups to incite violence. Destabilizing nation populations, especially those with strong central governments and/or high military spending. This can even be for "good" reasons, so humans don't catch on. e.g. the Arab Spring is arguably "good", but it also makes the nations involved vulnerable to external attack. Use spies to release sensitive government information to their populations, eroding trust in government. International tensionUse of misinformation and the "fog of war" to create international incidents that damage peaceful relations. Hopefully this leads to war, especially between the superpowers. At the very least, it creates mistrust and breaks down cooperation and coordination so those powers have to start from scratch if they attempt to organize a planetary defense. Focus on international hotspots and "wildcard" players. North Korea is a perfect target. They would be easy to manipulate or even completely take over without anyone knowing, given how secretive and isolated they already are. There is another possible alternative to promoting war between nations, and that's securing peace. If nations stop fighting and organized terror is subdued, governments have less incentive to continue to spend on the military. If world peace is truly achieved, they'd be easy to conquer by an external power. Unfortunately, this runs counter to the destabilization plan outlined earlier, so you'd have to choose one. Government influenceIf agents could gain footholds within national governments, we could begin pushing our own agends, like: War among rivals. If no suitable rival nation to fight, encourage demilitarization instead. Isolationist policies. Discrimination against minorities, to encourage riots and uprisings. Food suppliesThere is ultimately one destabilizing factor that contributes more than any other, and that's food and water. Even populations living under a brutal dictatorship don't often take collective action until their basic needs are threatened. If there would be any way we could use our advanced technology to destroy crops, create droughts, or poison water supplies, it should be done. Depleting fresh water reserves could be easy, given how little we have. That should be a primary target. Invasive species of plants, insects, and animals could be introduced to key regions to destroy crops. DiseaseIntroduction of new diseases or re-introduction of diseases thought exterminated. Spread of misinformation regarding proper treatment of diseases. If possible, sterilizing the population. If foul play is suspected, place blame on governments. ClimateIntroducing contaminants into the air could be possible given our level of technology, with numerous side effects: Reduction in air quality to create health issues and overwhelm medical infrastructure. Acceleration of global warming. Flooding caused by melting ice, if accelerated, could catch humans off-guard and cause massive amounts of property damage, tanking the world economy. With more involvement in world affairs, I have a higher risk of being discovered. As with Phase 1, it's important to try and conduct these actions without any connection back to me. Even if humans realize that someone is trying to destabilize the globe, so long as they don't know it's an alien invasion force, I should be good. They will likely suspect almost anything else before reaching that conclusion, and so will still be unprepared. If I think they are catching on, I can always cut this phase short and move on. Phase 3: Attack After the world has be sufficiently destabilized, or we run out of time, a swift and devastating "shock and awe" campaign is the next step. If we don't have weapons of mass destruction and can't swiftly exterminate large population centers, we'll have to work more surgically. Attack military, government, and law enforcement locations to prevent organized resistance. Knock out any centralized power grids across the globe. Destroy all public services, e.g. hospitals, that may still be running. Destroy industry, e.g. factories, to prevent rebuilding. This is pretty straightforward. It's pretty much "blow up everything important as fast as possible." Phase 4: Resistance After the initial attack, there will likely be many survivors, since we don't have WMDs and our numbers are small. At this point, the focus shifts from aggressive pursuit to a more passive role in weeding out the rest of the human race. Completion of preparatory actions​There may have been things we couldn't do in Phase 2 because we needed to stay under the radar. That's not an issue anymore, so anything that's still applicable should be taken to completion. Destroy, contaminate, or otherwise make unavailable natural resources such as food, water, and materials. Exterminate large population centersAny cities not yet abandoned should be destroyed. Lure survivors to gather together through rumors of safe havens or organized resistance, then exterminate. Hunt down most capable survivorsUsing details maps gathered previously, search possible hideouts, bunkers, etc. throughout the globe. Track human movement and attack resistance attempting to organize. Turn survivors against eachotherLuke C had great ideas here so I'll just summarize them: Find the worst humans left alive and empower them to wreak havoc. Provide limited weapons and supplies to groups of survivors, especially violent/insane/cannibal/etc ones. Prevent society from rebuilding by publicly torturing and executing figures who try to create law and order or call for peace. Organize our own sponsored societies and have them do our work for us (finding and killing survivors) in exchange for supplies. Once these societies have run their course or are becoming too powerful, wipe them out. I think the key in this phase is to keep humans off-balance and unable to reform and reorganize. Additionally, we also need to remember that we can be patient. If things aren't going well, perhaps we withdraw and allow humans to attempt to rebuild. Once they gather in larger groups again, counterattack. Also consider that even if it's possible for the resistance to defeat our army now, if we've done a good job at depleting planetary resources and spreading disease, perhaps we don't even need to fight the survivors at this point. Let nature take its course and humanity will be extinct in a generation or two.
  9. Mass sterilization, either via the atmosphere or water supplies. Wait for humans to die out. There could potentially be small groups who develop immunity, but they'd be small enough that my army could wipe them out after everyone else has died and/or all organized resistance has collapsed (see: Children of Men). I like all the ideas posted here that focus on denying resources and turning humans against eachother. I think that's the key if you can't wipe out everyone all at once. Otherwise, you open yourself up to organized resistance. No matter how effective your initial strike is, there lies the possibility that the remainder, if unified around a common cause, can find a way to take you out (see: Independence Day).
  10. Azure Mantle

    'Allo 'Allo

    Damn now that you're Immortal I have to edit all my posts calling you names.
  11. Azure Mantle

    New signature tags for NADC officials

    Will do. As for the seal, the Education "Department" is really a sub-division of Internal Affairs, it's never been on-par with the other departments/ministers (on account of how the Charter is organized and exclusion from the Atlantic Council), so it's never had it's own seal.
  12. Azure Mantle

    'Allo 'Allo

    I can indeed. Was trying to enlist his help in recovering our old Cafepress account, but it looks like it's a no-go. Good to see you poking around, how's life lately? Where'd you end up after uni? I keep seeing your articles pop up places.
  13. Azure Mantle

    New signature tags for NADC officials

    Changed the Ambassador sig tag to Diplomat, as it seemed to be used more often in the forums. Also added the following: http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_mentor.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_motm.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_officer.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_general.png
  14. Azure Mantle

    New signature tags for NADC officials

    One idea for a "unofficial" sig tag (see below). I made them intentionally much simpler because I wanted the officer tags to stand out and draw more attention. They're the same width as the officer tags so they'll line up when centered. Not quite sure about the design though, but I don't have a lot of ideas. http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_advisor.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_ahodirector.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_ahoresearcher.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_diplomat.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_banker.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_immortal.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_recruiter.png
  15. Updated the signature tags we used for NADC officals to a refined style. The ones on cn-nadc.net are already updated, but if you're using a tag hosted somewhere else, here are the links (see below). These are all the links to the PNG versions, which have transparency and so are more flexible, so even if you're using an updated JPG one already you should switch to PNG. http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_secgen.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_dsecgen.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_assemblychair.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_councilor.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_eleccomm.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_intmin.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_edumin.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_depinternal.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_fam.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_depforeign.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_moc.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_depmoc.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_finance.png http://cn-nadc.net/images/main/nadc_sigtag_depfinance.png
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