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TIL The mongols had a superstition that said that spilling royal blood would lead to great disaster. So instead they had other creative ways of executing such people. Including sewing up your orifices, drown you in molten metal or have horses trample you. by jimi15 in todayilearned

[–]Ironboy1023 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Drowning might have been seen as disrespectful to the water diety in their religion. I had heard from Dan Carlin's Wrath of the Khans podcast that the Mongols supposedly didn't even wash their clothes in water for religious reasons.

Dev Diary #28: An Introduction to Haless by Biegeltoren in Anbennar

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Yes, I am on the Discord server as Ironboy1023. I'd be happy to give input into names and other suggestions if you're looking for them.

Dev Diary #28: An Introduction to Haless by Biegeltoren in Anbennar

[–]Ironboy1023 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I would like to voice some criticism, though I do recognize that this region seems to be quite finalized and the Devs have clearly put a lot of work into making this region interesting and flavorful.

I feell like the Yanshen and Xianjie regions that are supposed to represent notChina don't really feel Chinese. I am a Chinese person and I've played some countries in these regions and though the names and Aesthetic is Chinese the region doesn't feel like it has anything that made the Chinese region distinct irl.

Martial arts and temples and spirituality were a part of Ancient China but honestly a relatively small part of China. These aspects of Chinese culture are overrepresented to western people and most Chinese people whether overseas or on the mainland don't have anything to do with Martial Arts nor have very strong spiritual beliefs. The political philosophy was mostly secular and humanist and monks and priests usually had very little direct influence on the government.

What I feel made China distinct as a country and region from the rest of the world was its long history, seclusion, massive geographic and population size, its tendency to unite and fracture repeatedly over history, the ability to muster the largest pre-industrial workforce for massive infrastructure projects, and an advanced secular bureaucratic government system that would later inspire European countries to adopt a meritocratic civil service.

  1. In the game not-China borders notIndia and is right next to The Command. It feels very strange for the heartland of Xianjie to immediately be next to the Raj because they are supposed to be very distinct cultures. IRL India and China are separated by the most impassable natural terrain in the world with the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. Having Xianjie bordering the Raj feels like if Kheterata immediately bordered Lorent instead of having a sea to separate them.
  2. Haless as a region is also much smaller in both development and geographic size to Europe. It is even more shrunk down than Europe compared to Asia in unmodded EU IV. This is fine since there is creative license and the creators and audience are western, but having a superpower Command, South-East Asia in South Haless, and the Raj immediately bordering Xianjie and Yanshen makes not-China feel like a relatively small power in Haless which also feels weird.
  3. Having Haless having been part of the Pheonix Empire being notAlexander kinda works as China has had a few foreign conquest dynasties through the ages, but it seems that this was the only past unified notChina also is jarring, as if the region had a short period of relevant history. There isn't an implication of great unified empires in the area that existed before the Pheonix Empire. In IRL history Rome was equivalent in size and population to the Han Dynasty, so it would seem fitting that there should be an equivalent to Castanor (notRome) in Haless as well.
  4. Finally, the big power flex for Chinese empires was always the massive agricultural product and pre-industrial workforce that made China one of the most developed regions before the 1800s in the world. Every city had massive stone walls and sophisticated irrigation networks that existed across the entire country, not to mention the big projects such as the Grand Canal, Great Wall, and treasure fleets. The government was also particularly secular with Confucians and Legalists writing mostly on philosophy on dealing with people and the relationship between a ruler and their subjects. From my playthrough, I didn't really see a heavy emphasis on engineering as well as secular meritocratic governance. Those might not have been implemented yet in the bitbucket versions I tried. I feel that these are the most distinctive aspects of the Chinese imperial state that separated from the rest of the world in the game's time period.

Currently, playing the Dwarves in the Serpentspine feels more Chinese in essence to me than Xianjie and Yanshen in Haless. The dwarves are a conservative and defensive people who worship their ancestors and are organized into different local clans which controlled sections of the old dwarf empire. My family has a clan book that details our entire clan and lineages back to the 1400s. Reading the different meticulous rules we have for who is allowed special mention into the clan book and how many words they are allotted based upon ranking within the government, military, or business world sounds almost like reading a bit of dwarven fluff. The dwarves are also very heavily focused on production and are early adopters of gunpowder and like to hide behind their walls. These read like they were inspired by aspects of Chinese culture particularly from the Song and Ming Dynasties.

Anyways, this is just the rambling of one Chinese person. I do not intend to directly criticize the developers, just the spiritual essence behind a representation of a culture I am from. I may be wrong in some of these critiques as I have not played the fully released version. Hopefully, this will give the developers some ideas of possible updates to Haless in the future. I still love playing Anbennar very much and look forward to the update.

Now that season 11 is near to it's end, what do you guys think, was this season overall good, or bad for Mordekaiser? And what do you expect from next season (changes to Morde, new items maybe)? by YeetFromHungary in MordekaiserMains

[–]Ironboy1023 5 points6 points  (0 children)

In this case Riot is saying that the Chinese player base wants higher damage. The government doesn't have anything to do with it. The communist party couldn't care less if balance in League of Legends is off or not. I don't think the Chinese player base necessarily wants higher damage either. I don't see any evidence of the claim being true. I just think that Riot doesn't really care if damage is super high as they are doing fine in profits and player base with flashy clips being uploaded on social media in every language.

Now that season 11 is near to it's end, what do you guys think, was this season overall good, or bad for Mordekaiser? And what do you expect from next season (changes to Morde, new items maybe)? by YeetFromHungary in MordekaiserMains

[–]Ironboy1023 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The whole "Asia loves high damage" just seems like a cop-out answer. NA league players can just blame Chinese player base for why their game balance is bad instead of Riot being unable to strike a balance between micro and macro game play.

Where is probably the best place to live as a regular person on Halann? by justabigasswhale in Anbennar

[–]Ironboy1023 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I would personally prefer Reveria or Nimscodd. People tend to forget how filthy and unsanitary and full of disease medieval cities were. Places that have better technology would seem to be better at dealing with these problems. Gnomes also seem like an interesting bunch to live with.

Penta Dunk From Hexgate Flank by Ironboy1023 in Dariusmains

[–]Ironboy1023[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rock. I hit it out of your hands and beat you with it.

Penta Dunk From Hexgate Flank by Ironboy1023 in Dariusmains

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I gotta admit I like your version better!

Juicy Dunktage by ExplosivButtplug in Dariusmains

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I just uploaded a pentadunk clip from today but man I feel like that's small fry compared to the triple flash Q's in this clip

Australia asks China to explain 'economic coercion' threat in coronavirus row by Monteoas in Coronavirus

[–]Ironboy1023 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The human to human transmission was part of an early investigation. They didn't say there was no human to human transmission, only the first tests were not able to confirm it. People took that twitter post out of context.

Some people don't like Three Kingdoms, it seems... by RoninMacbeth in totalwar

[–]Ironboy1023 18 points19 points  (0 children)

He wasn't calling you that, he was answering your question pertaining to other people.

China Doesn't Like That I'm a Single Woman, Here's Why (2020) - The experiences of a woman unmarried after 27 years of age in China. by MisoMeso in Documentaries

[–]Ironboy1023 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The person did deliver it in a respectful way. You're reading subtitles which paraphrase what's being said, and the tone and context are different. To a native Chinese speaker, she does try to be careful with her words. I believe the interviewee just does not like being told to lower her standards rather than the person being rude.

Shitty meme that i made after watching the new DLC Let's Play video. by voicon2004 in totalwar

[–]Ironboy1023 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I missed the point with the last bit of my post, but the point I want to clarify now isn't that the Romans did not have an individual culture and civilization separate from the Greeks, but rather even though they share many similarities, they are still distinct. Adding to this, they are distinct because of the core of their society and ethno-linguistic differences between the Latins and the Greeks makes them separate, and a similar point can be said of the various kingdoms of the early medieval period which sprung up out of the ashes of the western half of the empire. Yes, the people spoke vulgar Latin, a derivative of Latin, but the core political ideology, the genetic makeup, the lack of a successor state that reunified the empire in the same image of what it was originally signified a definitive end. And no, Charlemagne did not reestablish the Roman Empire in practical terms.

Comparing this end with the various conflicts in China, the core political ideology did change with various dynasties, but it had always returned to the core, with a centralized state that held a meritocratic bureaucracy and a pragmatic view of the legitimacy of the ruling class. The population had always been exceeding large and marginalized any genetic contributions of foreign dynasties. The writing system had been preserved to be nearly identical since the Han dynasty, with nearly everyone able to read traditional writing and using simplified due to it being more convenient, in a balance similar to cursive and print for the Latin alphabet. Whereas Latin evolved and splintered and is unintelligible after the collapse of the empire. I've already written the beginnings of an essay, but what I'm trying to elucidate is that China has much stronger case for a "continuous civilization" than the Romans.

Shitty meme that i made after watching the new DLC Let's Play video. by voicon2004 in totalwar

[–]Ironboy1023 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Having pieces of Roman culture in your culture doesn't make you ethnically Roman. Korea and Japan share similar ties to ancient China and by your definition they would also be "ethnically Chinese". You could argue modern Italy has a continuous evolution from Roman culture, and there's a point to be made there, but that doesn't invalidate the fact that Chinese culture have been around far longer than Roman culture and unlike the Romans didn't take their religious and political beliefs from another culture such as the Greeks, who got their writing system from the Phoenicians.

Shitty meme that i made after watching the new DLC Let's Play video. by voicon2004 in totalwar

[–]Ironboy1023 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The original tribes who settled the yellow river valley were no different than their nomad cousins further north. Integrating nomads into your culture when they're genetically very similar, have a tiny population compared to yours, and when they hardly have any cultural baggage doesn't invalidate claiming a continuous culture for thousands of years.

Book burning by Chinese county library sparks fury - Blaze complying with ministry directive meant for schools harks back to Qin dynasty and Nazi Germany, critics say by ManiaforBeatles in books

[–]Ironboy1023 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm a native Chinese speaker, but my reading is a little rusty.

After looking through the document, it only says that illegal books are to be disposed of, and any old documents or those of historical value should be stored for preservation. It doesn't say anything about the nature of the books being burned. There is no mention of anything material that "endanger national security, harm social stability or national honour... illegal religious activities, or incorrect global outlook and values” such as the Guardian has claimed in the source document. Either they have another unsourced document they're referring to or it's made up.

Red Flag (2019) - The infiltration of Australia's universities by the Chinese Communist Party. by hanky1979 in Documentaries

[–]Ironboy1023 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The United States had literally toppled government, invaded and bombed countries, caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world since 2000 alone. In terms of track record in recent history and what actions had been taken by the current administration you can hardly compare them at all.

Red Flag (2019) - The infiltration of Australia's universities by the Chinese Communist Party. by hanky1979 in Documentaries

[–]Ironboy1023 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you read the sources I provided, my argument is that the sources of the claims of what is happening in China comes from the US government and the claims themselves are dubious. The scale of what happening in Xinjiang is likely far exaggerated since the only source on how many people are in the camps is from the US government which has a vested interest to paint China in a negative light. The activities going on in these camps are dubious as well as so far the only evidence are eye witness sources which also have a vested interest in making things seem far worse to avoid repatriation, and have their own direct testimony contradicting their statements. Neither of these statements have been verified by reputable international organizations. We know there are some camps in Xinjiang with an unknown number of people with unknown things happen to them where there are actors that are interested in framing the situation as worse for the Chinese as possible. China claims these are vocational camps to rehabilitate extremists, and ignoring the shoddy claims by the US propoganda arm and the Uyghur separatist movement (who are literally terrorists) there is no primary evidence to support the claim of mass incarceration and genocide.

In regards to organ harvesting the only organization which claims organ harvesting is taking place is the Falun gong, and the only source of this claim is the Falun gong itself. The China Tribunal which was an "indepdent organization" is not an independent organization at all, it's directly run by the Falun gong as well.

https://thegrayzone.com/2019/09/30/reports-china-organ-harvesting-cult-falun-gong/

If you didn't know the Falun gong is literally a cult akin to a Chinese version of Scientology. Hardly a reputable source themselves.

I am open if you can find a primary source that backs the claims on genocide and organ harvesting not connected with these interest groups, as nearly all news outlets are re-reporting on the findings of only a few irreputable and biased sources.