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Athara Magarat wrote:Okay...so what is the deal with Pinoys now calling themselves Pacific Islanders?

Ostlani wrote:-snip-

I've seen this a lot whether Filipinos are Asians, Westerners, or Pacific Islanders. Filipinos are Asian and we acknowledge ourselves as Asian. Anyone who says otherwise are either confused or clings on to Western identity. As for the question, read the rant.

In Filipino history, we called ourselves Asian, even before and during the Spanish colonialization. Filipino nationalism in the 1700s-1800s solidified our identity as 'Bayang Katagalugan', which is Asian. American occupation was what introduced the term 'Pacific Islander' to the country. However, it only meant as 'people who live on islands in the Pacific' rather than the modern term of 'people of the Pacific' such as the Melanesians, Polynesians, etc. Both American and Japanese occupation labeled us as Asians. It was only after gaining independence when our little identity crisis started due to societal and cultural rifts.

Western is wrong. We are not western. We never were. Western-infused may be the correct term but we are not western. Calling us 'Pacific Islanders' is wrong as well. American occupation is long gone and we have nothing in common with the people of the Pacific. The sociologists and other experts definitively classify us as 'Asian'.

As for ordinary pure-blood Filipinos, they should really stop with trying to identify themselves with one side or another. It's been a debate for decades and they seem to think that there is a right answer to pander to their quest for foreign attention. They need to come to terms with their multi-culturalism and stop pretending that being assosciated with certain people is superior to other people. Others pretend to be purely Western to pander to colonial mentality and superiority, others pretend to be purely Asian while ignoring centuries of cultural change and modernity, and others pretend to be purely Pacific Islander to feel closer to Daddy America. Rhetoric between superiority complexes.

In other words the Philippines is a melting pot of multiple cultures and ethnicities

Ostlani wrote:-snip-

Roendavar wrote:-snip-

Side tangent. My Family's Filipino side is acknowledged, but downplayed by a much stronger pride in our Spanish heritage. My great grandmother was from Andalusia, my great grandfather was from Balayan. Our family has always said that his father was a spanish soldier i.e. we're much more Spanish than Filipino. However, my DNA test indicated that my Y-haplogroup (father-line) is O; unmistakably eastern asian. My sister's DNA test reported that nearly 30% of her dna was most closely related to the Philippine region. Part of my families story being contrary to the truth has to do with the Japanese destroying the genealogy records in WWII, but I think that certainly some of it had to do with the prevailing feelings about race when they immigrated to the US in 1920 - that European blood was much more prestigious than Asian, and so the story just stuck around for decades.

Verdon wrote:Side tangent. My Family's Filipino side is acknowledged, but downplayed by a much stronger pride in our Spanish heritage. My great grandmother was from Andalusia, my great grandfather was from Balayan.

Part of my families story being contrary to the truth has to do with the Japanese destroying the genealogy records in WWII, but I think that certainly some of it had to do with the prevailing feelings about race when they immigrated to the US in 1920 - that European blood was much more prestigious than Asian, and so the story just stuck around for decades.

Woah. We come from the same province! I guess I have the same sentiments as well coming from a Spanish-Mexican lineage. Though, it's now blurry since they came around the 1700s and have since intermarried with native Filipinos. I get why Filipinos, both then and now, would prefer to identify themselves with their European heritage though. It was what dictated the norm back then. Sets us apart from the rest of Asia and allows us to be accepted in Western countries.

Serpens Land wrote:What is everyone's emergency phone number (like 911, 999 or 000)

911 but I should learn others if I plan to travel like 112 and 110 for Germany.

I got an enormous fermenting crock for my birthday and I just sealed my first batch of kimchi. If this works out I'm gonna have so much, it'll be great

Serpens Land wrote:What is everyone's emergency phone number (like 911, 999 or 000)

Western Therld wrote:Here in Europe we have 112 (pan European emergency number) and then the police and etc. are depending on what country are you in. In Poland it's:
Police: 997
Medical help: 999
Fire brigade: 998

New Aapelistan wrote:We in Finland just have 112. 112 for all baby

Nhoor wrote:In Lux it's 113 for the police. 112 for the rest.

Havalland wrote:911 but I should learn others if I plan to travel like 112 and 110 for Germany.

IIC or OOC?
In Norway we have 4 or even 5
110 for ambulance
112 for police
113 for the fire brigade
then there's 120 for maritime emergency and 116117 for anything medical that's non-urgent (puts you in contact with the nearest doctors office, basically)
IC-ly I'm thinking maybe 000 or 999 for Segentova, quick 'n' easy

Remodio wrote:I was just looking at some of my stuff and noticed my official animal is a “pibi”
So I looked at my language factbook
And learned that pibi is slang for b*tch
So I should maybe change that

Please leave it in

UK is 999 for emergencies
101 is Police non - emergency
111 is National Health Service helpline

Seneica is 000 for emergencies

IC is 001

Corindia wrote:I got an enormous fermenting crock for my birthday and I just sealed my first batch of kimchi. If this works out I'm gonna have so much, it'll be great

That’s cool!

After some thinking, I think I’m moving to another region. I do appreciate every interaction we had here and there and for a first region you guys were awesome but I am also curious to explore other parts of the game. Thank you everyone and please take care you amazing peoples

Segentova wrote:IIC or OOC?
In Norway we have 4 or even 5
110 for ambulance
112 for police
113 for the fire brigade
then there's 120 for maritime emergency and 116117 for anything medical that's non-urgent (puts you in contact with the nearest doctors office, basically)
IC-ly I'm thinking maybe 000 or 999 for Segentova, quick 'n' easy
Please leave it in

I was going for IC, but I guess people read it wrong.

Seneica wrote:UK is 999 for emergencies
101 is Police non - emergency
111 is National Health Service helpline

Seneica is 000 for emergencies

I thought I read somewhere that the number in the UK is 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

Nhoor wrote:I thought I read somewhere that the number in the UK is 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

I think that's Wales and Scotland.

I should create a bunch of nations but instead of using them for card farming or raiding I'll look through the forums and mass downvote the factbooks of people whose posts I dislike

Shidei wrote:I should create a bunch of nations but instead of using them for card farming or raiding I'll look through the forums and mass downvote the factbooks of people whose posts I dislike

Absolute monster. You can't destroy people's confidence like that





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As GOV.ALT grows, I realized I neglected to update the portions of the site that outline its purpose; so I've started with the creation of the GaaP page and ensuring the indexed pages are correct and up-to-date.

Thoughts, comments and criticism are welcome as always.

Shidei wrote:I should create a bunch of nations but instead of using them for card farming or raiding I'll look through the forums and mass downvote the factbooks of people whose posts I dislike

I mean who hasn't been there

Almorea Almorea Almorea let me go
That nation has some dispatches put aside for me for me for meeeeeeeeeee

27 July - 2 August 2020
- 190 Total Nations (+30), 59 delegate endorsements (+/- 0), 22,634 RMB pages (+8)
- 56 Members on the Map (+/- 0)
- The newly arrived: Yekarinon, Castiel Republics, Bonkrippers, Livastonia, Friedenstifterland, New Gibello, The Southern and Eastern Patricians, Ederas, London FC, Midlothian Republican State, Caber, The Wolf Den, Wuan Dynasty, Xandopiaa, Dernosia, Gregorian Republic, Anarchopistan, Kingdom of Corea, Yevgueni, Grugya, Qui Dynasty, The Wuans And Quias, Musamiko, Vukmire, UNION OF FASCISTS AND CAPITALISTS, Bhikkustan, Karkota, United Peaceful Hearts, Thromsa, Humdovia, Daggerlund, Cantanzania, Azure State, Draxdonia. Welcome (back)!

This week's dispatches:
- Equilar published "learwater Museum of Equilarese Vexillology / Musée de vexillologie équilaise en Clearwater [WIP]"
- Almorea published "GASTRELL, Edward (1714 - 1789), general, frequent turncoat"
- Almorea published "The adult film elephant judicial controversy of 2004-2007"
- Aizcona published "Txurio-class unprotected cruiser [WIP]"
- Brulafi published "Brulafi during the Imperial War"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Geography"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Politics"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Military"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Trivia"
- Ainslie published "Emergency Responders Ainslie"
- Nhoor published "Music in Nhoor"
- Ainslie published "Endar Biotech"
- Ainslie published "Nordox Pharmaceutical"
- Seneica published "Seneica | Red Cross 🚑 (WIP)"
- Livastonia published "The Federal Republic of Livastonia Overview"
- Wuan Dynasty published "Is it possible for an United Qui And Wuan Kingdom"
- Athara Magarat published "36 Guns of Magarat - A List of Magarati Surnames"
- Athara Magarat published "36 Hangunates of Magarat - A List of Magarati Cities"
- Brulafi published "Brulafi (Portal Page)"
- Segentova published "Segentovan Automotive Syndicate (SAS)"
- Dragao do Mar published "Luta Matrak (martial art)"
- Karkota published "Karkotense"
- Karkota published "royal proclamation"
- Daggerlund published "A basic overview of the Republic of Daggerlund (Heavy WIP)"
- Dragao do Mar published "IFC - Isles Fighting Championship"
- Nhoor published "Raedlon Organization of States (ROS)"

114 embassies (+/- 0)
- embassy proposed with Bluecrown Keep



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Serpens Land wrote:What is everyone's emergency phone number (like 911, 999 or 000)

I was going to do 000 for emergencies and then have another easy to remember one for non emergency number

The Western Isles Office of Information wrote:Almorea Almorea Almorea let me go
That nation has some dispatches put aside for me for me for meeeeeeeeeee

27 July - 2 August 2020
- 190 Total Nations (+30), 59 delegate endorsements (+/- 0), 22,634 RMB pages (+8)
- 56 Members on the Map (+/- 0)
- The newly arrived: Yekarinon, Castiel Republics, Bonkrippers, Livastonia, Friedenstifterland, New Gibello, The Southern and Eastern Patricians, Ederas, London FC, Midlothian Republican State, Caber, The Wolf Den, Wuan Dynasty, Xandopiaa, Dernosia, Gregorian Republic, Anarchopistan, Kingdom of Corea, Yevgueni, Grugya, Qui Dynasty, The Wuans And Quias, Musamiko, Vukmire, UNION OF FASCISTS AND CAPITALISTS, Bhikkustan, Karkota, United Peaceful Hearts, Thromsa, Humdovia, Daggerlund, Cantanzania, Azure State, Draxdonia. Welcome (back)!

This week's dispatches:
- Equilar published "learwater Museum of Equilarese Vexillology / Musée de vexillologie équilaise en Clearwater [WIP]"
- Almorea published "GASTRELL, Edward (1714 - 1789), general, frequent turncoat"
- Almorea published "The adult film elephant judicial controversy of 2004-2007"
- Aizcona published "Txurio-class unprotected cruiser [WIP]"
- Brulafi published "Brulafi during the Imperial War"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Geography"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Politics"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Military"
- Townside published "The Land of Townside - Trivia"
- Ainslie published "Emergency Responders Ainslie"
- Nhoor published "Music in Nhoor"
- Ainslie published "Endar Biotech"
- Ainslie published "Nordox Pharmaceutical"
- Seneica published "Seneica | Red Cross 🚑 (WIP)"
- Livastonia published "The Federal Republic of Livastonia Overview"
- Wuan Dynasty published "Is it possible for an United Qui And Wuan Kingdom"
- Athara Magarat published "36 Guns of Magarat - A List of Magarati Surnames"
- Athara Magarat published "36 Hangunates of Magarat - A List of Magarati Cities"
- Brulafi published "Brulafi (Portal Page)"
- Segentova published "Segentovan Automotive Syndicate (SAS)"
- Dragao do Mar published "Luta Matrak (martial art)"
- Karkota published "Karkotense"
- Karkota published "royal proclamation"
- Daggerlund published "A basic overview of the Republic of Daggerlund (Heavy WIP)"
- Dragao do Mar published "IFC - Isles Fighting Championship"
- Nhoor published "Raedlon Organization of States (ROS)"

114 embassies (+/- 0)
- embassy proposed with Bluecrown Keep



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geeze almorea you been busy

Brigador is a fun game

Corindia I'm crowdsourcing tank ideas for my 40g. I don't know what I want to stock it with but I decided I'm not moving over any of my current gang to it.

It's not got a ton of plants in it (especially compared to the jungle I have in my main tank) but it is definitely planted. Some red flame swords, assorted crypts (tropica and wendetii), anubias nangi, a small patch of microsword, and moved the two aquarium lilies from the old tank to this one. Driftwood + rock cave is the main feature of the tank and it takes up the right half of the tank going about halfway up so I've got plenty of open space for swimming and perusing the ground. The mopani wood has leeched a surprising amount of tannins into the water given how long I soaked it and I'm not against having a blackwater setup, especially given the larger amounts of browns/tans/golds that my hardscape and plants are providing

Shidei wrote:Corindia I'm crowdsourcing tank ideas for my 40g. I don't know what I want to stock it with but I decided I'm not moving over any of my current gang to it.

It's not got a ton of plants in it (especially compared to the jungle I have in my main tank) but it is definitely planted. Some red flame swords, assorted crypts (tropica and wendetii), anubias nangi, a small patch of microsword, and moved the two aquarium lilies from the old tank to this one. Driftwood + rock cave is the main feature of the tank and it takes up the right half of the tank going about halfway up so I've got plenty of open space for swimming and perusing the ground. The mopani wood has leeched a surprising amount of tannins into the water given how long I soaked it and I'm not against having a blackwater setup, especially given the larger amounts of browns/tans/golds that my hardscape and plants are providing

apistogramma or gourami would be cool, I've been thinking about how neat larger (compared to what I have) fish could be. Could stay with small fish and go for chili raspboras or maybe some sort of killifish. Also I strongly recommend rabbit snails as always bc they're just so fun.

Fun fact you can play my nations mbt in war thunder because it’s basically the type 90 just with a different name

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