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Week-Long RP #1: Unintended Consequences
Apr 5 2013, 10:12 pm
By: rayNimagi  

Apr 5 2013, 10:12 pm rayNimagi Post #1



Week-Long RP #1
Unintended Consequences

"What a nice little RP you have going there. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it."




RULES:
-Everyone controls the main character.
-I will take whichever action I feel is appropriate for the situation.
-Do not be too generic in your actions.
-Actions may have unintended consequences, and may affect the options available to you during future events.
-The RP will end after seven "events."
-Your score at the end of the game is based on the sum of the Republic of Sen's LEO score.



Welcome to the Republic of Sen, where life is gay and death is cheap. Although home to spectacular natural beauty, the vast majority of its picturesque population is impoverished, illiterate, and brutally oppressed. Over the previous decade the nation has seen a multitude of problems including drought, civil war, piracy, organized crime syndicates, and underground fighting arenas. Despite these maladies, there is still hope. Proving the cynics wrong for the first time in years, the latest coup d'état resulted in a (mostly) democratic election.

It was just a few months ago when you announced that you were running for president of the Republic of Sen. Today, crowds have gathered at the capital to watch your inauguration. The national TV station, Star Entertainment Network, is also broadcasting the event to millions more around the country. Every Senner is looking to you for leadership, and it's time for you to take the oath of office. After a lengthy round of speeches, the Interim Chief Justice of Sen's High Court invites you up to the microphone.

"Repeat after me: I, state your name, do solemnly swear..."

Liberty: 2
Economy: 1
Order: 3


Not required, but if you want to copy and paste the "original":
"...that I will faithfully execute the laws of the Republic of Sen, and to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution and the people of the same."


Post has been edited 1 time(s), last time on Apr 6 2013, 12:13 am by rayNimagi.



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Apr 5 2013, 11:09 pm Azrael Post #2



"I, Niki Rose, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the laws of the Republic of Sen, and to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution and the people of the same."




Apr 6 2013, 8:12 am Sacrieur Post #3

Still Napping

Download underage porn onto your opponent's computer.



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Apr 7 2013, 2:38 am rayNimagi Post #4



Event 1: Fight Club


"Congratulations, President Rose." Chief Justice Moose shakes your hand vigorously. The crowds cheer as you step up to the microphone. After the customary opening of giving thanks to the nepotists that worked so hard for you to be here today, you move on to announce this term's objectives.

"No citizen should have to fear their government," you state. "I promise to protect the rights of the individual, and promote liberty throughout Sen." Cheers erupt from the formerly-oppressed population.

"Our economy, as we know it, is in ruins. Decades of conflict that have scarred our industries and plagued this nation. From this moment onward, I declare a new era in Sen's history: an era of peace and economic prosperity!" Another round of cheers.

"And of course, I will work tirelessly to ensure that this government is a lasting one. Our children, and our children's children ought to live in a nation full of order, not chaos and rebellion. I know that there are those who oppose us, and there will be many challenges, but I am convinced that the sun is rising on a new Sen. Tomorrow is a new day, and I know that we can all work together to allow our country fulfill its potential!" The crowds eat your rhetoric right up. Time will only tell whether you keep these promises.

The next day arrives. Already your staff has scheduled a meeting with your cabinet. You rush through the muggy halls of the makeshift capitol, cursing the broken A/C.

"Welcome, Ms. President," greets a tall man in a trench coat and reflective sunglasses. "As you may know, I am Thomas Graves, your Minister of Internal Security. Our first order of business today is to do something about the underground fight clubs. It is a well known fact that gangs have been kidnapping Senners and forcing them to fight to the death in cruel, undoubtedly illegal arenas. On your command, I will have the police, and secret police, begin a new round of investigations against suspected slavers."

"But why should we bother with these black-market boxing clubs?" asks the Minister of Health as he adjusts his glasses. "It's terrible that some Senners have been kidnapped, but thousands more are dying from disease and malnourishment as we speak. It would be best to focus our efforts where our limited budget would do the most good. Despite the cuts in foreign aid during the civil war, my department has managed to develop a vaccine program that could save millions of lives. All we need is a little more money from the other departments."

"Mr. Nayak brings up a good point." The Minister of Labor, Peter Vondersjek, pulls up some complicated-looking graphs on his laptop and shows it to the table. "We shouldn't crack down on these… "misguided" businessmen. Instead, we should create a national sport called "Sen Arena," build a colosseum in which fights could take place, and allow people to start betting on their favorite gladiators! Soon, networks like SEN will want to broadcast the fights, and we could charge them a fee to broadcast each match. Slavers—I mean, agents—would be able to use their managerial skills, and we'd be able to bring in some extra revenue for Mr. Nayak's vaccine program. I'd say it's a win-win for everyone—"

"Well, not exactly," interjects Ron Johnson, the Minister of the Interior. "We could just let the underground arenas continue to operate as they have been. If people don't like them, then they could stop gambling. Then the slavers would have no reason to kidnap new pit fighters, and the problem would solve itself." Ron leans back in his chair, smirking proudly. It's words like these that make him known for his libertarian-anarchist views.

Mr. Nayak shifts uncomfortably and adjusts his tie. "I guess it's up to you, Ms. President. What do you think? Should we go ahead and move forward with one of our proposals, or do you have another idea?"

Liberty: 2
Economy: 1
Order: 3


Post has been edited 1 time(s), last time on Apr 9 2013, 3:59 am by rayNimagi.



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Apr 7 2013, 5:41 am lil-Inferno Post #5

Just here for the pie

Nationalize the fight clubs and invest the profits into the vaccine programs. Exterminate/arrest all resistance to this legislation.




Apr 8 2013, 4:17 am rayNimagi Post #6



Event 2: The Dark Knight Rises


Over the next few weeks you delegate the task of building a colosseum and bringing Sen Arena into the national spotlight. Unfortunately there haven't been enough volunteers, so some gladiators have been "conscripted" from Sen's prisons. Nevertheless, the Star Entertainment Network has already begun plans to broadcast matches every Friday under the name "More Action Please Night."

Despite the excitement, some Senners oppose the bloody spectacle. Reports have described a man dressed like a bat fighting the agents that manage the fights. Some of your advisors have advocated stopping this caped crusader before things get out of hand.

"It's simple," notes Thomas Graves. "We kill the Batman."

"We don't have to do that," Peter Vondersjek cuts in. "We could find him and work with him, not against him. A man like him could do wonders for our police force if he was on our side. We could even start a propaganda campaign using his image! Criminals and rebels would think twice before crossing us."

"Not so fast, P.V. This kid wears black underwear over tight leggings!" Ron Johnson bangs his fist on the table. "He's just a clown. What can he do for us? Let him prance around at night, we've got bigger fish to fry." Your advisors turn to you for your orders.

Liberty: 2
Economy: 2
Order: 3




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Apr 8 2013, 8:46 am Azrael Post #7



Find him and work with him. Start an aggressive propaganda campaign promoting vigilantism, describing his conversion to your side as the prime example of righteous behavior. Put a heavy emphasis on the fact that vigilantism is only morally just when it is enforcing the law. If it would be legal for a police officer to detain or kill any given criminal, then every citizen has an equal right to do the same. Keep the focus on improving the rights of law-abiding citizens in order to reduce crime and make the nation safer as a whole.

To further promote vigilantism, form an extensive government-funded neighborhood watch program which trains and arms upstanding citizens (after they pass thorough background checks and psychological testing to determine that they're loyal to upholding our laws) so that they can patrol and defend their community. This organization will receive military-grade weaponry and answer directly to us.

Institute a strong Castle Doctrine so criminals can be legally executed if they break into someone's residence, and ensure everyone is aware that it is not only their right, but their obligation, to eliminate any criminal threats which illegally enter their homes, by any means necessary.

When the campaign gets into full swing and is putting significant pressure on the criminal element, quietly reach out to the organized crime syndicates and offer them a sit-down with you and all of the mob bosses present, saying that you're willing to negotiate terms that they'll almost certainly be happy with.




Apr 9 2013, 4:18 am rayNimagi Post #8



Event 3: Go, Diego, Go!


The dark knight eludes your contact at first and murders a few of your agents, but within a month you've recruited him to your side (a couple thousand dollars never did anyone any harm, right?). He now reports to the Minister of Internal Security as the head of a special unit in the secret police.

You've also overseen a new round of propaganda advocating vigilante justice, but the effects of arming a group of citizen-soldiers have actually increased organized crime in some of the poorer neighborhoods. It seems that some of your officers are being bribed to "pass" gang members during the tests. Despite the man-bat's strength, there are simply too many criminals for one pair of tight leather pants to handle.

Despite these setbacks, you've still managed to convince the legislature to pass laws protecting individual liberty. Due to the tortuous wording of the castle doctrine law, it is now common practice for farmers and shopkeepers to carry military-grade firearms. Citizen militias are also forming, though their allegiances are more often aligned with their villages and provinces than to the national government.

Today, a wealthy businessman named Juan Diego has been scheduled to meet with your cabinet. He plans to build a string of resorts along the Republic's warm coastline.

"The time and the climate are right," Diego uses a laser pen to point out key figures on his standing chart. "As you can see, the demand for international tourism, mainly from China's growing middle class, is rising. All my associates need is a little bit of land and construction can begin. We've predicted that the increase in tourism in Sen would increase GDP by about 9 percent over the next ten years."

Ron Johnson is the first to comment, "But that land has to come from somewhere. Much of the coastline is occupied by families who have been farming that land for generations. They probably won't give up their ancestor's homes very easily. Besides, taking their land would be a breach of their individual rights."

"So?" growls Graves. "It shouldn't be too hard to evict a couple of peasants. Besides, they could get cushy jobs working in these resorts instead of sweating out in the fields all day."

"You could always offer to purchase land on the coast and give the farmers territory elsewhere in the country," suggests Vondersjek. "There are already a few small-scale resort towns on the coast. We could try to improve tourism and capacity at those locations instead of taking land from the same people who's lives we're trying to improve."

Liberty: 3
Economy: 2
Order: 2




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Apr 9 2013, 11:18 am Azrael Post #9



Offer to buy the land from people, while also improving the existing resort towns.




Apr 10 2013, 4:22 am rayNimagi Post #10



Event 4: Plunderin' yer Booty


You order your advisers to begin a voluntary land-sale program. The bureaucracy implements the plan but ends up purchasing mostly unusable swampland since the farmers keep the best part of the coastline for themselves. You do, however, successfully improve the infrastructure around existing tourist destinations and encourage tycoons to expand their operations. GDP has increased this year, but only about half as much as Juan Diego had projected. "If the administration had taken a more aggressive role," he notes in an e-mail, "Our hotels could have brought in several hundred thousand more guests per year."

Nevertheless, the volume of tourists is expected to increase by 10% this season, and the shipping lanes are already bustling with cargo. Perhaps because of this, more and more reports of pirate attacks have been surfacing in recent months. Although pirates have always operated between the coasts of Maplantis and Sen, especially from the town of St. Christopher, this year's damage is projected to reach record numbers. Your military forces have recommended an increase in patrols led by Admiral Tondreau.

"Give th' navy some extra manpower, and we'll blow those scalawags out o' th' water!" You can almost feel the spit flying out of Admiral Tondreau's mouth through your voicemail. You would have immediately responded, but earlier that day you had received a letter from one of the pirate lords. They've offered to hold a round of secret negotiations and have hinted at giving you a cut of their profits.

Liberty: 3
Economy: 3
Order: 2




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Apr 10 2013, 3:47 pm Azrael Post #11



Agree to meet in person with the pirate lords for the secret negotiations. Have surveillance at the location to ensure the parties have all arrived, then surround the meeting location with one of your trained death squads so that no one can escape, and send another squad in to capture everyone inside. Try to avoid lethal force, aiming for the arms and legs for those that resist. Torture the captured pirates into giving you the locations of the pirate strongholds. Ensure they know that false information will result in more torture, and they'll only be released once they tell the truth.

Send out a death squad to each location given, and after verifying the information is accurate, surround the building and set it on fire. Shoot anyone who tries to leave. If the information was inaccurate, then don't engage the building, and instead have it reported back so you can torture the prisoner who lied, until they give up the real location. Repeat this procedure for every location given, until all pirate strongholds have been destroyed. If there are pirates missing from any stronghold, have it reported back so you can torture the prisoner for information on where their crew is currently deployed at.

Ahead of time, give the Navy the funding they need to coordinate an attack against the pirates out at sea while this operation is taking place, and have them destroy any pirate ships they come across. Send them the locations at which the pirate crews are supposed to be located. If any pirates make it off any ship, have them fired upon while on the surface of the water.

Ensure that no pirates escape these operations alive. Afterwards, execute the pirates you were torturing.




Apr 10 2013, 5:02 pm Sacrieur Post #12

Still Napping

Make plans to nationalize oil refineries and wells to stabilize a much needed commodity. Profits will be used for alternative energy research.



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Apr 11 2013, 3:59 am rayNimagi Post #13



Event 5: Friendship is Magic


You arrive at the meeting place with representatives from the pirate factions. Armed guards surround the room, but that doesn't stop a squad of secret police from breaking into the negotiating chamber. In the resulting confusion your knee is wounded by a stray bullet, but the doctors say that you'll survive.

After capturing the representatives, you torture them and hunt down the pirate lords. Upon locating the pirate hideouts, your soldiers begin shelling the buildings with incendiary ammunition and killing anyone who tries to escape. Unfortunately a large number of civilians were caught in the crossfire, and the flames often spread to nearby houses, destroying entire neighborhoods.

At sea, Admiral Tondreau is successful at stopping pirate raids. With the increase in naval power, piracy has been driven away from the coast of Sen. Although many pirates have relocated to neighboring Maplantis, the sea lanes near Sen are much safer. The only downside to your anti-piracy campaign is that the United Nations has condemned Sen and has threatened to withhold a substantial amount of foreign aid next year.

Despite Tondreau's success at sea, a storm is gathering over land. The Star Entertainment Network has recently announced plans to broadcast a new show called "My Little Pony," causing an uproar among traditionalists. They feel the show conflicts with their religious values and want prevent the broadcasts from happening. A sizable group of demonstrators have scheduled a rally in front of the capitol tomorrow, and have asked that you state your position on the issue.

"Ms. President, I already statement prepared for you," Thomas Graves grins widely. "It starts with the police and ends with mass arrests. No one should dare to protest against your administration."

"If you want to stop the broadcasts," Peter Vondersjek says, "you could always nationalize the media. Otherwise, just tell them how you feel about the show."

"P.V., I don't care whether the president likes the show or not, " says Ron Johnson. "Just tell them you support free speech and let the show go on."

Liberty: 3
Economy: 3

Order: 3




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Apr 11 2013, 4:39 am Aristocrat Post #14



Assemble the entire nation's military and target the Star Entertainment Network headquarters. Broadcast the glorious campaign live on all channels, making sure to show as many explosions as possible in true Michael Bay style.



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Apr 11 2013, 2:32 pm Azrael Post #15



The entire nation's military seems excessive :P This is what we have death squads of secret police and CGI for :awesome:

I say just tell them you support free speech, and don't intervene unless violence breaks out. At which point, respond with excessive force against the side which initiated the physical conflict. We won't tolerate violence being committed against people for practicing free speech in an appropriate setting.

If the military's going to be sent to the SEN building, they should idly wait for this scenario to happen, and just keep the peace in the meantime.




Apr 11 2013, 4:15 pm Fire_Kame Post #16

wth is starcraft

Stop everything you're doing and pursue art school.




Apr 11 2013, 4:45 pm lil-Inferno Post #17

Just here for the pie

Exterminate all theists, and abolish the notion of religion entirely. Tell the UN to fuck off from meddling in our internal affairs.




Apr 12 2013, 1:40 am rayNimagi Post #18



Event 6: An Ally Has Been Slain


You order Graves to have the police monitor the demonstrations and SEN headquarters. The following day, two crowds gather at the capitol: one in favor of "My Little Pony" and the other opposing it. Each group waves their signs and fists violently, mocking the other. No one knows who started the riot, but someone ignited a spark in the crowd and sent the two groups towards each other. Soon, the capitol grounds descend into chaos, and the police begin firing into the rabble. As the news of the event spreads, the UN cuts off all foreign aid to SEN.

In the aftermath, your administration decides it would be best to abolish all religions in the Republic, and begins "decommissioning" churches across the nation. You proclaim that the best citizen's loyalty should be to the state, not to the church, and that religion is holding the country in the middle ages. Religious leaders naturally oppose this, and call their followers to arms. So far, the rebels haven't done anything except attack a prison holding some former priests. One of the newly-freed convicts, however, is suspected of assassinating Peter Vondersjek, your Minister of Labor.

Because the constitution and laws contains no provision for what should happen in the event of an assassination, you have the opportunity to select the next Minister of Labor. An industrialist, Isabella Borja, has personally asked to be the newest addition to your cabinet.

"With my business experience, I will be able to improve Sen's economy in these terrible times," she says over the phone.

"Are we really going to put someone in government based on business experience?" asks Ron Johnson. "We should allow the legislature to select the next Minister. A precedent like this would make a lasting impact on future generations."

Liberty: 2
Economy: 2
Order: 3




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Apr 12 2013, 1:51 am lil-Inferno Post #19

Just here for the pie

Go with Ron Johnson's suggestion, but replace "Minister" with "Secretary" because of Minister's religious connotation.




Apr 12 2013, 2:05 am Aristocrat Post #20



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Economy: 2
Order: 3
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