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[DRAFT] I Can't Do It Alone, Guys!

Postby Daarwyrth » Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:36 am

CURRENT DRAFT:
[Title] I Can't Do It Alone, Guys!

[Validity] Has Autocracy

[Description] As your iron fist is the sole guiding hand of the nation, several timid and reluctant voices have started to question whether you posses the expertise required to make the correct decisions on all subject areas concerning the state and society.

[Option 1] "Your wisdom and intelligence are beyond question, your Excellency," grovels your Chief of Staff. "But even an excellent and accomplished being such as yourself isn't omniscient, and I curse the universe for this oversight every day! Yet might I, a humble and unworthy servant of your will, advise you to increase the size and scope of your advisory staff? I'm sure your loyal subjects will gladly foot the bill for the increased expenses of the administrative budget, if it means you'll make even better decisions for them..."

[Effect 1] @@LEADER@@'s new advisory board is often dubbed 'the Hivemind'

[Option 2] "A faceless group of sycophants isn't the way forward," offers your Director of Scapegoating with a sly smile. "You need someone public, something face and front that can catch all the blame for a bad decision for you. I propose we install a parliament in a purely advisory capacity, of which the members you'll appoint. Supporters or troublemakers, your pick. Yet when their advisory vote turns our bad for the public, guess who's going to be shamed and publicly trialed for treason? Not you, your Excellency."

[Effect 2] images of the nation's parliamentarians can often be found under 'invertebrates' in dictionaries

[Option 3] "Or you could simply claim to always be following the will of the divine," a voice not unlike your own sounds thoughtfully inside your head. "Surely no one would dare to question the voice of God telling you what decision to make? You'd probably be able to make a proper religion out of it. Probably even a mandatory one, too. Huh, not a bad idea!"

[Effect 3] @@LEADER@@ism demands that 'the Vessel of the Divine' gets new summer palace each year

[Option 4] "Hmm, omniscience... what if we made you truly appear all-knowing?" notes celebrity technocrat Ellie Mask. "I'd like to put a chip into your brain that won't only allow you to play sick beats inside your head, but will connect you to a vast database with information on everything and everyone. You'll probably have to sit still for a while as you process the information in front of your eyes, but can you imagine the awe and fear you'll inspire, greeting your enemies by listing their entire browser history? Yeah, you'll be unstoppable..."
[Validity] Has high Scientifc Advancement

[Effect 4] @@LEADER@@ is known for being a stiff know-it-all


DRAFT 1:
[Title] I Can't Do It Alone, Guys!

[Validity] Has Autocracy

[Description] As your iron fist is the sole guiding hand of the nation, several timid and reluctant voices have started to question whether you posses the expertise required to make the correct decisions on all subject areas concerning the state and society.

[Option 1] "Your wisdom and intelligence are beyond question, your Excellency," grovels your Chief of Staff. "But even an excellent and accomplished being such as yourself isn't omniscient, and I curse the universe for this oversight every day! Yet might I, a humble and unworthy servant of your will, advise you to increase the size and scope of your advisory staff? I'm sure your loyal subjects will gladly foot the bill for the increased expenses of the administrative budget, if it means you'll make even better decisions for them..."

[Effect 1] @@LEADER@@'s new advisory board is often dubbed 'the Hivemind'

[Option 2] "And what if we'd add in a flair of illusion, your Excellency?" offers your chief propagandist with a sly smile. "I've already heard foreign media denounce you as a cruel dictator. Foul lies, all of them, but we can play with the optics here. Reinstate the parliament in a purely advisory capacity, and appoint your most loyal and supportive experts from relevant subject areas as its members. That way you'll both have expert opinions on matters too trivial for your notice, while appearing to listen to the will of the parliament."

[Effect 2] images of the nation's parliamentarians can be found under 'invertebrates' in foreign dictionaries

[Option 3] "Or you could simply claim to always be following the will of the divine," offers your personal chaplain, while perusing through a selection of new, gilded robes. "Surely no one would dare to question the voice of God telling you what decision to make?"
[Validity] Has high Religiousness

[Effect 3] theologians feverishly try to find a link between God's will and @@LEADER@@'s new summer palace

[Option 4] "Hmm, omniscience, illusions... what if we made you appear all-knowing?" notes celebrity technocrat Ellie Mask. "I'd like to put a chip into your brain that won't only allow you to play sick beats inside your head, but will also connect you to a vast database with information on everything and everyone. You'll be able to access any data on the fly, and can you imagine the awe and fear you'll inspire, greeting your enemies by listing their entire browser history? Yeah, you'll be unstoppable..."
[Validity] Has high Scientifc Advancement

[Effect 4] @@LEADER@@ is a true know-it-all
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Postby Trotterdam » Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:19 pm

Options 1 and 2 are rather similar. Both are appointing people capable of giving you non-binding advice, except with or without an extra dose of corruption.

As for option 3, it honestly seems more likely that a religious character would want you to give power to the priesthood, rather than counselling you to claim divine inspiration yourself. (Surely, if you're hearing the voice of God telling you what to do, you would already know this, rather than needing to be told by someone else? The only time someone else would advise you to claim this, rather than doing it of your own initiative, is if that person knows it's probably not true and just wants you to lie, which is an unlikely position for a genuinely-religious person.)

Option 4... well, NationStates has AIs, so I can't say for sure what is or isn't possible, but it definitely wouldn't work that way in real life. Even if you have the ability to access the internet directly from your brain, you're still limited in how fast you can parse new information, let alone understand highly-technical stuff. It would require huge and improbable breakthroughs in neurology for such a chip to be any better than a mobile phone.
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Postby Australian rePublic » Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:17 pm

This is silly, even by NS standards. Even ancient rulers who claimed to be God-empororers secretly had a tram of advisor's working for them
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Postby Daarwyrth » Sat May 01, 2021 1:07 am

Australian rePublic wrote:This is silly, even by NS standards. Even ancient rulers who claimed to be God-empororers secretly had a tram of advisor's working for them

Who says there are no advisors? If you reread Option 1 it clearly states it intends to enlarge/broaden the advisory board, not introduce one.
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Postby Australian rePublic » Sat May 01, 2021 2:08 am

Daarwyrth wrote:
Australian rePublic wrote:This is silly, even by NS standards. Even ancient rulers who claimed to be God-empororers secretly had a tram of advisor's working for them

Who says there are no advisors? If you reread Option 1 it clearly states it intends to enlarge/broaden the advisory board, not introduce one.

Oh, I see
If you're against political parties who support the CCP, then vote against the Australian Labor Party
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Aardern is so deeply in love with human rights and Muslim lives that she's actively going out of her way to refuse to acknowledge China's persecution of Uyghurs. It's impossible to love human rights & Muslim lives more than that!
Until if and when the Spanish language evolves to allow for gender-neutrality to not be impossible, (which will take at least centuries), the concept of "LatinX" is completely ridiculous
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Postby Daarwyrth » Sat May 08, 2021 5:30 am

New draft is up with the criticism expressed earlier addressed! New feedback and commentary is more than welcome :)
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Postby SherpDaWerp » Sat May 08, 2021 5:05 pm

It's at least partially reminiscent of #1126, but with a more generic framing. It's not a problem right now, just something to beware of.

Come to think of it, a good deal of "old" issues deal with highly specific niches that could potentially block a more general issue from publication later on (but then more general issues still pass through) so maybe this is just a useless comment.
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Postby Daarwyrth » Sun May 09, 2021 6:48 am

SherpDaWerp wrote:It's at least partially reminiscent of #1126, but with a more generic framing. It's not a problem right now, just something to beware of.

Come to think of it, a good deal of "old" issues deal with highly specific niches that could potentially block a more general issue from publication later on (but then more general issues still pass through) so maybe this is just a useless comment.

A valid point! I'll keep it in the back of my head as I continue drafting :)
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Postby Esthe » Sun May 09, 2021 6:52 am

I like it. Honestly, there isn’t really anything to change to make it better, because it’s perfect.
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Postby Daarwyrth » Sun May 09, 2021 7:06 am

Esthe wrote:I like it. Honestly, there isn’t really anything to change to make it better, because it’s perfect.

Thank you, I appreciate it :)
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