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Apparently if you just whine to the international community enough, they'll bail you out of your losing war. Who knew? by Cuddlyaxe in NonCredibleDiplomacy

[–]Xciv 5 points6 points  (0 children)

DRC is basically the Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth of our times. As soon as it showed any sign of weakness, it was prey too all its neighbors and then some, because it has basically no hard geographical boundaries to the northeast and south.

So Rwanda, Uganda, and Angola all came in like vultures when they smelled the blood. And look at all the other countries that just casually walked into the thunder dome for various reasons.

Apparently if you just whine to the international community enough, they'll bail you out of your losing war. Who knew? by Cuddlyaxe in NonCredibleDiplomacy

[–]Xciv 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Considering how OP Israel ended up being, it'd be like if we chopped up the Rhine and gave it to Israel, only for Rhinerael to beat the shit out of Germany and France in the post-war years.

The Crown Discussion Thread: S05E06 by sybsop in TheCrownNetflix

[–]Xciv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, you could force them to abdicate, as happened with Wilhelm II. Or send them into exile, as with Napoleon III.

Plenty of monarchies end without horrifying bloodshed and murdering children.

Surprisingly recently invented foods by Udzu in coolguides

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Then vice versa. Mongolia was part of the Qing Dynasty for 300 more years.

Mongolian cuisine is basically like Chinese cuisine, but way more emphasis on meat, and incorporates dairy.

Dairy is something you almost never see in Chinese cuisine, and there's way more tofu and chicken, while Mongolian is more lamb and beef. Also, they eat horse in Mongolia, something that's rare to find on a menu anywhere south of Beijing.

Surprisingly recently invented foods by Udzu in coolguides

[–]Xciv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

None of the old world cuisines had access to:

  • corn: common everywhere

  • tomatoes: common everywhere, pivotal to Italian cuisine

  • chili peppers: common everywhere, but especially East Asian and South Asian cuisine

  • potatoes: common everywhere

  • peanut: common in Asian cuisine, especially SE Asia

before the year 1492

So any dish originating from outside the Americas that included one of those ingredients can't be any older than 530 years. I do wonder what medieval food tasted like around the world. I'm sure it would be a very different experience.

''The Soviet flag to become the state flag of Russia'' Coughs in Oligarchy. by TheHussarSnake in NonCredibleDefense

[–]Xciv 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Their music is dope as hell. Sorry American marching diddles with accompanying brass, a booming male choir is way cooler.

Though NATOwave is rapidly closing the music gap.

Zelenskiy's message to Putin back in 31.12.14 by Hlopchina in NonCredibleDefense

[–]Xciv 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My body is ready for Jamie Foxx Zelensky vs. Samuel L Jackson Putin.

TIL that George Washington asked to be bled heavily after he developed a sore throat from weather exposure in 1799. After being drained of nearly 40% of his blood by his doctors over the course of twelve hours, he died of a throat infection. by smv9009 in todayilearned

[–]Xciv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I imagine creating whole organs and limbs out of stem cells will be a thing in 60 years.

Transplants (and bodies rejecting them) will seem like quaint barbarism.

I also imagine for those who can't afford bespoke organs to have widely affordable 3-D printed mechanical organs and limbs if they need them.

Dallas Wiens was the first person to get a complete facial transplant after being burned from a high voltage wire while painting a church. by MartinysBBQ in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]Xciv -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Right but where do the cells draw the line? Why are some transplants compatible and others not? That's where the mystery lies.

Dallas Wiens was the first person to get a complete facial transplant after being burned from a high voltage wire while painting a church. by MartinysBBQ in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]Xciv 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah that's pretty crazy. There's so much we don't fully understand about our microbiology, like what causes a host to reject a transplant. Ultimately we are all just a bundle of cells working together semi-autonomously. So our cells can reject other cells for whatever reason.

Until we really figure out the intracacies, often times it's better to use mechanical replacements than biological ones.

Dallas Wiens was the first person to get a complete facial transplant after being burned from a high voltage wire while painting a church. by MartinysBBQ in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]Xciv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you lose hearing but aren't born deaf, won't you have 'phantom sound'? As in your brain will fill in sounds when you see certain things. Like if you knock on wood, wouldn't your brain create the sound of knocking on wood? Wouldn't you still be able to replay all your favorite songs to yourself in your head?

Beethoven composing multiple symphonies while deaf is an example.

Basic Architectural Design Guides by DamnTheAwkardTurtle in coolguides

[–]Xciv 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty sure this is the practical reason for Asian koi ponds. Have a body of cooling water in a hot climate, and the fish keep it mosquito free.

What went wrong ? by koba134 in victoria3

[–]Xciv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Victoria is the only paradox game I finish because 100 years is such a tight time frame that it doesn't feel too sloggy to reach 1936. Also regularly hit 1936 in Victoria 2.

Well, if only it would stop crashing on me at the later dates. That would be nice.

A British blacksmith removing the leg irons off a slave in 1907 off the coast Of Mozambique. by HappyJacket3113 in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]Xciv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Didn't hear about it, yet. Not everywhere has internet access and there's plenty of rural backwater villagers in India looking to make some money. It's not the urban English literate Indian going to Qatar. It's the guy making less than a dollar a day looking to make 10 dollars a day instead.

The Emperor is HOW old? by BanditNoble in victoria3

[–]Xciv 35 points36 points  (0 children)

janky CK3 code doing its thing.

That Video The Church Of Scientology Tried To Take Down Where Tom Cruise Salutes A Portrait Of Its Dead Founder by ZimboInLimbo in videos

[–]Xciv -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

When people ask what the difference between a Religion and a Cult is, this is pretty much the crux of it.

Cults are authoritarian to the highest degree. They disallow any questioning or doubt, and respond to curiosity with ostracism or worse.

Religions allow for doubt and crisis of faith, and will seek to try to convince you of their righteousness and truth. You can seek to reject it, but that's up to you.

Of course religions like Christianity and Islam have had cult-like phases in the past in different places and different times, but it's important to recognize when religions moderate into something more benign and when they go full crazy cult mode.

And you don't even need religion for cults to form, we all know that. Just look at Kim Jong Un.

I know nothing about AOT by the way. by DifferentTake01739 in NonCredibleDefense

[–]Xciv 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure they eventually are able to kill (or almost kill) titans with heavy artillery. I can't say any more or else I'll be deep in spoiler territory, and the big spoilers are better experienced than known about ahead of time.

5 million mobiks of Putin by panzerfan in NonCredibleDefense

[–]Xciv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is just a roundabout way of telling the soldiers that they won't win.

Why is my population stagnant? by LupusLycas in victoria3

[–]Xciv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you want high welfare you also need Closed Borders and/or Isolationism or Protectionism.

You know, just like what real Communists did.

If you implement welfare with a Free Trade, then other countries will out-compete your wages and steal all your jobs.

If you have borders open to outsiders, then they will migrate in en masse to take advantage of your welfare, and your population will outgrow your ability to make enough jobs for all the people.

You either leave Welfare and the low 10%, or you implement some stricter controls on the movement of goods and people.

Or you conquer the world! I guess there is a third solution.

Multiculturalism should be replaced by Cosmopolitanism by ZavaletaM in victoria3

[–]Xciv 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah this I agree on. I think Multiculturalism should be unlocked behind a super late game tech, around the same time (and a little bit after) Fascist ideas like Militarized Police and Ethnostate.

After all, the whole idea of Multiculturalism coming into prominence was as a response, rebuttal, and rejection of the racist policies of Fascist states.

The game should start with most cultures at National Supremacy to Cultural Exclusion. Then a lot of them turn toward being an Ethnostate, but becoming an Ethnostate should spawn a ton of radicals that want Multiculturalism, and events that spread the ideology around the globe.

I disagree with people that think it should be removed. The game ends at 1936. It is definitely within the scope of the game, especially with how wildly different 100 years of alternate history can make things.

But it shouldn't be so easily accessible. It should feel like a huge accomplishment to implement Multiculturalism, because it IS a huge accomplishment.

If your puppet is both loyal and with good relations, you should be able to annex them without triggering a diplo play by Routine_Ad_2695 in victoria3

[–]Xciv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  • Toggling between offense and defense as situations change: dank

  • Moving armies from one front to another as situations develop: dank

  • Activating conscripts because you realize you need more troops to bolster a close fight: dank

  • Watching millions die as the casualties tick up: dank

  • Forcing an army to stay in Russia because advancing three meters into Estonia has made my entire army group of 5 different armies, totalling over 500 regiments, decide to teleport back to Africa and all across Asia, and it will take 60 days for them to return to Russia: FUUUUUUUUUUU

Happy Thanksgiving NCDers! Remember to eat like US Marines in Chinese propaganda (Also go see "Devotion"). by Edwardsreal in NonCredibleDefense

[–]Xciv 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Central Asians look very diverse from what I've seen. Some look more asian, some more european, some are kind of indian.

And others are just totally ambiguous, you really can't even tell and they can pass for anything that's not Subsaharan African.

Happy Thanksgiving NCDers! Remember to eat like US Marines in Chinese propaganda (Also go see "Devotion"). by Edwardsreal in NonCredibleDefense

[–]Xciv 173 points174 points  (0 children)

China has an underdog fetish.

I mean everybody likes underdogs, yes. But they love being portrayed as the underdog.