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by Ermarian
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:50 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is your nations currency to USD?
Replies: 163
Views: 3912

While not directly exchangeable, the Imperial crown is currently estimated to be equivalent to approximately $2, €1.5 or ¥8 in purchasing power.

(Cross-dimensional trade is complex and described in further detail by 36825823, 28329007, etc)
by Ermarian
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:06 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Power Index
Replies: 142
Views: 9727

Tier 10, Type 8 => (16 - 10)/8 = 0.75 The Empire has effective control of the planetary surface, though a small number of protectorates and allies enjoy a degree of sovereignty. No large off-world colonies exist, though the rest of the system has been settled with small largely self-sufficient resea...
by Ermarian
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:00 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is the biggest war YN have fought?
Replies: 24
Views: 727

The most devastating conflict in the history of our world was the Shard War, fought some seven hundred odd years ago between the Empire and the Deep Alliance. It lasted close to eight years and resulted in the deaths of close to eight million sophonts. (At the time, the population of the world was ...
by Ermarian
Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:45 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Postal Services in YN
Replies: 96
Views: 3083

The Imperial Courier Service is well over two thousand years old at this point, and also operates the Empire's telephone and electronic networks. It has an effective monopoly by virtue of being free for personal use, and charging only nominal fees from businesses. Physical mail service has largely b...
by Ermarian
Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:39 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is your leader's opinion on homosexuality?
Replies: 669
Views: 16719

The Empress is bi, and her daughter is pan.
by Ermarian
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:33 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Origin of your nation name
Replies: 213
Views: 4086

Late 90s fan name of a (not canonically named) video game setting (Exile/Avernum by Spiderweb Software).
by Ermarian
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is your nations currency to USD?
Replies: 163
Views: 3912

Technically, the exchange rate is currently fluctuating between roughly $2.00-2.10 USD to the Imperial Crown (which in early 21st century terms would have been less than $0.25). Behind the scenes, the foreign exchange market between the Empire and Earth is convoluted and regulated. Neither world per...
by Ermarian
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:12 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Does your nation support China or Taiwan?
Replies: 323
Views: 9517

The Empire's diplomatic relations with Earth are with the United Nations only. Taking official sides in intra-planetary politics would be in breach of treaty. That said, ideologically the Empire is (despite its own history as a planet-spanning autocracy) at least sympathetic to the sovereignty of na...
by Ermarian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:08 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is the status of freedom of speech in your nation?
Replies: 89
Views: 3434

The only kinds of unlawful speech are threats to a person's safety, and knowingly untruthful public statements intended to harm a person who is not a public figure.
by Ermarian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:03 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What language(s) are banned in your nation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1348

There are no banned languages in Ermarian. However, the use of Soruharva (ie, magical incantations) in public settings is restricted and may constitute a breach of the peace if it threatens people's well-being or property.
by Ermarian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:52 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Mentally-ill indie dev passes away amid allegations
Replies: 626
Views: 10809

Now for the subjective part. Eileen's announcement of his passing used his death as a soapbox to defend Zoe from "harassment", with a vague implication that her brother was abusive to Zoe, without any evidence besides her own word ( which given that Eileen's twitter bio has "feminist...
by Ermarian
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:21 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What backs your nation's currency?
Replies: 103
Views: 3731

A vague mix of fiat and no-money-at-all. Precious metals were phased out and gradually replaced by backed credit notes in the early eleventh century, which were in turn replaced by a fiat currency in the late thirteenth; the imperial standard. This currency has been entirely digital for over two cen...
by Ermarian
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:56 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Black Rain Generator
Replies: 186
Views: 3367

That sounds incredibly dangerous and irresponsible to use. And I work from home anyway. But if I had one of those literally every single one of Trump's Nuremberg rallies would be cancelled due to inclement weather.
by Ermarian
Mon May 06, 2019 3:55 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is your nation's size?
Replies: 79
Views: 2126

The Empire controls its planet's landmass, which is approximately equal to that of Earth's continents. (The planet is slightly bigger, having 1.3 times Earth's radius; it's just got a lot more ocean.) The Empire does not strictly speaking control the planet's oceans (beyond the continental shelves)....
by Ermarian
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:44 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Are Women allowed to serve in your military?
Replies: 964
Views: 23562

Yes, and to do otherwise would be an alien concept in Ermarian. Women have been soldiers throughout recorded history.
by Ermarian
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:39 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What happens if your leader is temporarily unable to lead?
Replies: 430
Views: 11488

The executive branch is led by the Empress, whose second in command and personal advisor is the Chancellor. If she is temporarily unable to lead, the Chancellor is implicitly vested with most of her authority barring a few exceptions: The Chancellor cannot make permanent appointments to the Imperial...
by Ermarian
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:09 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: If a tourist visited YN, what would be the culture shocks?
Replies: 99
Views: 4211

A visitor from Earth would be surprised by the large number of sapient species that live here. The last census recognized sixty-seven of them, with humans making up approximately half of the population. If they were from the early 21st century, they would also be stunned by the tech level and the si...
by Ermarian
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:58 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What are the laws for Robots in YN?
Replies: 22
Views: 766

Artificial Intelligence has had legal personhood since around sixty years ago. (The term "robot" - when applied to sapient AI - fell out of favor before that and is considered derogatory. It is derived from a word for forced labor, and therefore implies slavery when applied to sentient bei...
by Ermarian
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:55 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Father/Mother of YN
Replies: 81
Views: 3225

Arcadian Sol was the founder and first ruler of the Pralgadian Empire.
by Ermarian
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:22 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: How does YN remember your most significant war?
Replies: 20
Views: 927

The most devastating conflict in the history of our world was the Shard War, fought some seven hundred odd years ago between the Empire and the Deep Alliance. It lasted close to eight years and resulted in the deaths of close to eight million sophonts. (At the time, the population of the world was j...
by Ermarian
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:09 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: ANTIFA Mob Vandalizes Tucker Carlson’s Home
Replies: 1334
Views: 23726

Ah yes, the dreadful "terrorism" of the left. :roll:

Not like they shot a dozen people while they were praying.
by Ermarian
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:16 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: How is Your Leader Chosen?
Replies: 420
Views: 13225

The Empress (or Emperor) generally designates their own successor. In the past this was frequently a close relative (and in the more distant past, it was always the eldest child if one existed); this has fallen out of fashion, but is still permitted. The successor is subject to approval by the Assem...
by Ermarian
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:15 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: End Goal of your government?
Replies: 412
Views: 9811

Eternity. The Empire has survived long enough to solve (for the time being) some of the seemingly fundamental problems of life and civilization (eg conflict, disease, ecological stability, mortality) and face some of the more interesting ones, like: Can a civilization sustain itself and yet make rep...
by Ermarian
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Arts & Fiction
Topic: Rainbledon: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Thread
Replies: 11072
Views: 320393

So, in Fake It Til You Make It Fluttershy tries to overcome her lack of confidence by playing a character, but she overdoes it and the character turns out to be kind of mean. Hm.
by Ermarian
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:11 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Suggestion for the ranking page
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Suggestion for the ranking page

In below median rankings (but especially those that are 99% or 100%), would it be possible to display the percentage rank from the bottom instead? Currently the top 1% is shown to within 0.1 percentage points, but this precision doesn't exist at the other end. It's possible to calculate it from the ...
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