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Return of Twigster - 8/17/2017 12:48:54 AM   
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I am back.

Unfortunately, I lost the save game file for my RetreatUE EAR sometime ago, but have started a game with the Starfall mod and will begin another EAR for that one.
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RE: Return of Twigster - 8/17/2017 8:49:55 PM   
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well, look anxiously to read your report

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RE: Return of Twigster - 8/18/2017 5:57:43 PM   
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It is on the way! Consider the first post a statement of intent. I am getting to a good place to start and deciding on how to present it. Will begin today or tomorrow for sure.

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RE: Return of Twigster - 8/20/2017 2:00:10 AM   
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G-R-E-A-T

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RE: Return of Twigster - 10/5/2017 8:09:19 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Twigster

It is on the way! Consider the first post a statement of intent. I am getting to a good place to start and deciding on how to present it. Will begin today or tomorrow for sure.


hello Twigster, any news here.. ?????

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It Has Begun - 11/10/2017 4:18:22 AM   
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Udy Passari enjoyed the chill night air as he sat, half-listening to the three others who had
joined him outside of the Residence. All of them were sitting casually, exhausted after all of
the ceremony and pomp of the Accession that had taken place earlier in the day. Each of their
formal attire was half-undone and the atmosphere was very much one of relaxation. From the
balcony on the second above-ground level of the massive arcology which was the Chancellery
they had a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and a glorious view of the sky ,
untainted by any light pollution at all. It had been his wish to sit outside this night and
see the stars and so by custom for one hour the entirety of those sections of the Concordat’s
capital city that lay above ground had obliged the incoming First Administrator, and lay in
darkness. There was nothing of special astronomical significance to be seen: to the east the
reddish disk of Riksha- the barren fourth planet-was rising while to the west the brighter
white of the first of the outer gas giants, Brunel, was setting. Just west of zenith was
visible the faint ring of the Adiga Nebula, prominent in a sky but sparsely populated with
bright stars. All the same, Passari knew that around two of the brighter ones and two other
quite faint stars circled worlds with Vriljan colonies. It was simply that he would seldom be
above-ground again for quite some time, if ever during his remaining life-time. For it was also
customary that the First Administrator, as the selected leader of the 103,910,000,000 inhabitants
of the home-world of the Concordat did not leave the planet Vrilja- for any reason, ever. He had
seen a couple of other worlds during his career in the Finance Ministry, and before that during
his stint in the Concordat Ground Forces. But there were 17 other Vriljan worlds out there-
they were ‘colonies’ to the denizens of the home-world but were themselves in the aggregate
home to teeming billions of others. He had one thought as turned his attention fully to the
group assembled around him; we have to act before it is too late.

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RE: It Has Begun - 11/10/2017 4:38:31 AM   
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By way of explanation:

I cried like a heart-broken six year-old little girl when my grand Aurora 4X campaign succumbed to
overwhelming force. I was despondent and alone in a world turned suddenly very, very cruel and
unforgiving. So, what do I do? I begin yet another grand Aurora 4X campaign- only this time I was going
to liven things up by doing a good 'ole DW:U story as a side project. Well, as it turns out I of course
really got in to my next grand Aurora 4X campaign which...burned down, fell over and sank into the swamp.


So, having just explained in fine detail the travails of my gaming life since we last spoke, allow
me to explain what the above is the beginning of:

While awaiting as anxiously as ever the release of DW2, this AAR will be told in story form (naturally enough
with accompanying screenshots as appropriate, and basically because I enjoy creative writing), with
the following entirely unnecessary and pointless twists. [REDACTED] This is planned to be updated several times a week until
DW2 appears. Yes, this is my erstwhile effort to force the PTB to hasten along what we all so fervently desire.



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RE: It Has Begun - 11/10/2017 2:04:18 PM   
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welcome back !!!!!

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RE: It Has Begun - 11/11/2017 2:20:26 AM   
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Hi and thanks, HH! Getting back into the swing here; starting this really from scratch so I need to log some playing time in order to generate screenshots worth showing. And then there is developing the story, of course...

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RE: It Has Begun - 11/15/2017 8:38:42 AM   
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Twigster, I like your "Creative Writing" style

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RE: It Has Begun - 11/17/2017 3:56:30 AM   
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Next installment tomorrow, too tired tonight. More story, and screenshots!

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An Introduction to the Vriljan Concordat, Pt. 1 - 11/18/2017 3:45:20 AM   
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An Introduction to the Vriljan Concordat, Pt. 1

The Vriljan Concordat is a major interstellar polity of the Alpha Quadrant of the Galaxy which occupies all or nearly all of Sectors G5 and G6, much of sectors F6, H6 and G7 and some of Sectors H4, F5, F7 and H8. Its capital world is the planet Vrilja, third planet in the Dra system. The best-developed of four inhabited planets in the system, Vrilja is the largest of Dra’s three Continental worlds and is larger than the inhabited Desert planet as well. Vrilja is also the homeworld of the Zenox which are currently the dominant race of the Concordat, presently comprising 89 per cent of the Concordat population. Zenox group members occupy all important and senior socio-economic-political positions. The Concordat was formed approximately at the time the Zenox, along with the other major races, began their expansion into the Galaxy some five centuries ago. According to Zenox mythology there exists a legendary true Zenox homeworld which has yet to be discovered. Sixteen other colony worlds fill out the composition of the Concordat, which then controls a total of twenty inhabited planets in sixteen separate star systems.
Socially the Zenox are rather conservative, a touch xenophobic if somewhat pacifistic. Zenox tendency to value education is a hallmark of the larger Concordat culture even though culturally the Zenox are not the most welcoming of other races. Science, technology, literature and the arts are held in great esteem by the Zenox. However, it is true that many times other cultures see Zenox output as somewhat too Zenox-centric and hostile towards certain other cultures. Still, the immense and prestigious Galactic Archives are located on Dra 2- museum and library, the Archives is the most well-known and best-respected collection Galactic knowledge and history. The rest of the Galaxy also are impressed by the Zenox achievements in Galactic trade and medicine and are envious of the gargantuan Merkidor Planetary Fortress that protects Vrilja.
The Concordat government is characterized as a Technocracy and in keeping with another Zenox cultural trait is filled with numerous councils, commissions and directorates. The primary legislative power resides with the Concordat Supreme Council (CSC) which is a body composed of all of the Concordat High Ministers (“national”-level cabinet members), senior military leaders (Fleet and ground forces), the thirteen-member judicial Grand Tribunal (all of which are Permanent Members, meaning they have been so designated by previous First Administrators and confirmed by the CSC in Conclave) and all A6 grade Administrators (directors of the most senior representative groups of society- scientific, commercial, industrial, etc), the various Governors and Speakers- representatives of the Cantons ( social divisions by convention numbering 50 million individuals. Except for Permanent Members (which are basically appointed by the Executive), members are elected by their various Peer Councils (for life, barring major conduct unbecoming). Considered to be in permanent session, the CSC has a general gathering known as a Conclave on Vrilja- major policy and legislative issues are debated and voted on, directives issued in the form of Mandates. An accepted component of a Conclave Mandate is considered to be holy writ to the Zenox. The supreme executive authority of the CSC is the First Administrator, elected by the CSC Conclave, for life. In cases where a First Administrator dies (or is otherwise removed) between Conclaves (which would be always), the First Secretary fulfills the function until a replacement is elected (there is an extended COG line of succession, naturally).





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RE: An Introduction to the Vriljan Concordat, Pt. 1 - 11/18/2017 3:55:53 AM   
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Detail of the area of the Galaxy occupied by the Concordat.




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Pt. 2: The Economy - 11/18/2017 11:12:53 PM   
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The Concordat economy ranked against economies of other Galactic powers:




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RE: Pt. 2: The Economy - 11/18/2017 11:33:52 PM   
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The Concordat economy is growing steadily at this point in time, albeit somewhat slower than at the breakneck pace it was growing shortly after the current First Administrator ascended to power. The main contracts have already been assigned for Fleet new construction and the major new economic activity is in the more recently acquired , more distant systems. A brief explanation of Vriljan economic theory is called for here. Concordat war-fighting policy mandates that civilian mining stations be robust weapons platforms- it is for this reason that mining and gas mining stations are, at times, referred to as auxiliary defense bases. As main Fleet units are not customarily assigned to protect mining stations, the government demands that the private sector maintain well-defended stations capable of standing (theoretically) against raiding forces or small enemy fleets. Because of this policy, the number of mining stations, their placement and what they mine are dictated by the Ministry of Resource Extraction. Because these stations are far more expensive than the private sector would like to maintain, the government compensates industry and commerce by keeping taxes on the population generally as low as is comfortable so that the private sector can build up its available cash on hand. This has the added benefit of (generally) speeding colony growth. The challenge comes in balancing the number of mining stations to the amount required to allow easy access to resources when required for massive infrastructure projects. Once this balance is achieved, the economy responds well unless/until stressed by factors such as Galactic wars or other macro shocks to the system.




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RE: Pt. 3: Diplomacy - 11/19/2017 8:41:23 PM   
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This screen shows the diplomatic situation the Concordat faces at the moment. All of the major treaty partners are visible here with the sole exception of the Ackdarians (out of frame) who also have a Free Trade Agreement with us. At the start of the game, in order to help simulate something like a coherent foreign policy, I limited my interest to races which had at least a -30 rating with the Zenox or higher. For those that met that condition, I plied them with gifts of cash, military refueling, sometimes favorable trades for maps, etc. Over time (we are only 8 game years into it at this point) things have shaken out to what is seen here. The diplomatic situation is becoming quite interesting and more complicated (bear in mind I do quite a bit of RPing as well). Coming soon will be a more in-depth look at diplomacy and ramifications related to it.




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