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And as I settle behind him, I thank him for convincing me to go back to Kiyosu. I can’t help but feel a little nervous. I’ve been against Lord Nobunaga’s blade for more times than I can remember… and this time, I might lose my head entirely.
…yet Lord Mitsuhide tells me that Lord Nobunaga would never hurt me… ever.
For one reason or another, he sounds so sure. The warm confidence in his voice makes me curious, so I rest my head on his shoulder in hopes of getting a good look at his face.
He is just… looking ahead with a pained expression on his face. And I can think of nothing to say, feeling that perhaps, that was something I wasn’t meant to see.
This happened somewhere on Nobunaga’s Main Story, my heart broke into million pieces and since I forgot to screenshot the scene, I asked @nijigendiaries to help me with the text as to not lose the context entirely, and she did great!!! Thank you Alia, I appreciate your help! <3
On September 24th 61.5 million German voters will decide on the central decision in their democracy: who should represent them in Parliament and eventually govern the country? Elections to the German Bundestag (like our House of Representatives) are held about every four years, with the last election having been held in fall of 2013.
In grade school, most Germans are taught about the five principles in the Basic Law which stipulate that the members of the Bundestag be elected in “general, direct, free, equal and secret elections”. “General” means that all German citizens are able to vote once they have reached the age of 18. The elections are “direct” because citizens vote for their representatives directly without the mediation of delegates to an electoral college. “Free” means that no pressure of any kind may be exerted on voters. “Equal” means that each vote cast carries the same weight with respect to the composition of the Bundestag. “Secret” means that each individual must be able to vote without others learning which party or candidate he or she has chosen to support.
Where Do You Vote?
Germans have the options of voting at polling stations for example in community centers or schools, or sending in their vote by mail.
So. Many. Parties.
Germany has a lot more political parties than the United States. This is due to the fact that the German electoral system uses a proportional system, which means that all parties get a share of the available seats that reflect their share of the popular vote. However, not to have too many political factions which would make the decision making process nearly impossible – and Parties can get pretty specific as to what they stand for – Germany implemented the “five per cent clause” which means a party needs at least five percent of the votes cast to be represented in the Bundestag.
According to the German Research Institute the following parties are likely to be represented in the next German Bundestag, as they are expected to satisfy the five per cent clause:
CDU/CSU (the Union parties): a political alliance of the two parties
representing conservative Christian-democratic policies, political home
of the current Chancellor Angela Merkel and part of the governing “grand
SPD: the center-left social democratic party promoting “socially just”
policies, the other member of the currently governing “grand coalition”
Die Linke: “the left” party – a democratic socialist and left-wing populist party
BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN: the green party which traditionally focuses on topics such as environmental protection
FDP: the “free democratic” party - a (classical) liberal political party
AfD: a right-wing populist and Eurosceptic party newly founded in 2013
First and Second Vote
Voters actually have two decisions to make when they go to their polling booth. This part can get tricky.
The first vote is for the representative of your district. There are 299 electoral districts in Germany and the winner of each district gets a seat in the Bundestag.
The second vote is debatably the more important vote, which is cast not for a person but for a party. The number of seats a party gets in the Bundestag is based on what proportion they get of the second votes. Since the first votes for district representatives take up 299 seats of the Bundestag, the remaining 299 seats are filled up by representatives of each party until each party is proportionally represented.
And now it’s going to get really complicated (also for Germans, believe it or not): In case a party gets more directly elected candidates by the first votes than proportional seats by the second votes, these candidates nonetheless remain part of the new Bundestag. This is called an “Überhangmandat”. The other parties then get seats added proportionally which makes the Bundestag even bigger. The last four years, because of this phenomenon there were in total 631 Members of the German Bundestag instead of the legally foreseen 598.
“Coalition” is not a word used in American politics. Coalitions are alliances formed by different parties in the Bundestag to end up with a group that makes up more than 50% of the seats. Traditionally the party with the most votes tries to form a coalition first. Typically coalitions have been comprised by two parties in the past, but in the future coalitions of three or more parties could be a reality. Why do this? Due to the voting system which is a proportional and not a majority one, this is in most cases the only way to create a majority in the Bundestag which is necessary to pass laws. The coalition parties tend to negotiate a coalition agreement at the start of their cooperation which lays out their policy goals for the coming legislative period. Though the majority party within the coalition typically has more sway in what stance the coalition will take on certain issues – such as who the Chancellor will be – the smaller party benefits from the coalition by typically receiving several Minister positions (think Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, etc.) which are filled with members of their party. They might also enforce some stances on their core political issues as long as they can get the “bigger” coalition partner to agree in the negotiations.
German elections are general, direct, free, equal, and secret
Germans vote in person or via mail
There are a bunch of parties to choose from representing the full political spectrum from far left to far right
Two votes: a first vote for a specific candidate representing your
district and a second vote for your party determining the number of
seats per party
A Coalition is formed after all votes are in to create a group that holds more than 50% of the Bundestag seats
Got more questions? Shoot them to us in the comments below!
Author’s note: Sorry I’m late again!! As always, all feedback is sincerely appreciated. Enjoy!
English class is your favorite class.
Since your paper, the past few weeks have been stuffed full of theory readings and poetry analyses. You’ve read Wordsworth, Woolf, and many in between. It’s hard not to get caught up in a world of rhyme schemes and symbolism.
Harry has been overly-avoidant. He didn’t look at you when you handed him your essay, and he hasn’t since. You’re just confused. It’s not clear why his eyes skirt around you when his gaze pans across the classroom, or why they glue themselves to the sidewalk when you pass him outside. But every time you see him or the thought of him merely crosses your mind, all you can think about is that second or two when he was in such close proximity. You can almost smell his cologne and see the thin hair spotting his chin.
Context: This is our third session, and our party consists of a Drow Druid, a Human Sorceress, a Tiefling Bard (me) and a Grey Elf Druid. Our previous shopping adventures resulted in the Elf Druid picking up a lacey pink parasol, complete with ethereal spider pals. We have just returned to Waterdeep, and are looking around the markets there. Eventually we decide to pop in at an Apothecary shop.
Human Sorceress (OOC): Okay, but is there a fancy apothecary shop, or are they all, like, some run down potion shop?
DM: There is Jim’s Apothecary, and down the street, you see Jimbob’s Fantasical Amazing Apothecary. It is clearly high end.
HS: Let’s go to that one. Jimbob’s Amazingly Fantastical Apothecary.
The party follows. Immediately, the Sorceress takes the shopkeep aside and is looking for something secretive. The DM and player literally leave the room. They return, exchange a potion for a good bit of silver, and the shopkeep finally turns his attention to the rest of us asks if he can help anyone else.
Tiefling Bard: You got any free samples?
The table bursts out laughing. The DM looks surprised.
Elf Druid (OOC): Oh my god…
TB: What? I like free samples.
The shopkeep gives my character a quicksilver worm that dissolves and exudes a flowery fragrance within 30 ft of my character for literally 12 hours. Amazing. He is thrilled!
Drow Druid, who has only just recovered from being black out drunk: You got anything else for free?
Shopkeep, side-eyeing her: You look like you could use this.
He gives her what the DM defines as the “magical equivalent to 5-hour energy” and she gets +1 to initiative in addition to her hangover being removed. The potion is however, ridiculously priced, and our party absolutely learned to ask for free samples everywhere we go now.
For anyone interested this will be a NO SALT NO IMPATIENCE learning party. It will be held tomorrow July 21 6pm PST / 9pm EST for the Aether Datacenter. Please contact me via Tumblr messages, Discord as Count Artcula#2620, or ingame on Count Artoirel on Balmung.
If you want to come, be sure to study up! I will be briefing everyone before beginning and doing Vril callouts via macro. However I will eventually stop calling out so that people don’t become too reliant on it. ; ) We’re all very friendly so don’t be shy at all! Even if you’ve never touched EX content before, you are still very welcome!
PS if the party is good we’ll even farm it afterwards!
Edit: All spots are pretty much taken. Thank you everyone! If the tank slot opens up, I’ll let you know. Two are of interest but it’s still up in the air.
I seen yours tags and I really wanna braid his hair as well.... so.... I'm sorry... but .... can I request a HC where Shingen falls asleep in MCs lap and he wakes up to his hair perfectly braided 😭
You know… I thought about this for a really long time… But I cannot figure out a position in which Shingen has his head on MC’s lap and yet she’s able to reach all his hair. Unless he’s facedown with the top of his head touching her stomach?? But that seems like a massively uncomfortable position in which to braid anything so let’s just pretend I didn’t spend far too long thinking about the details of such a situation
MC braiding Shingen’s hair
Shingen likes to lie with his head in MC’s lap and let her cosset him
she removes his hair tie and runs her fingers through his hair gently, combing out any snarls or tangles she finds
it’s soothing and calming and really nice to have all that pressure off his scalp
it’s a warm evening so he eventually dozes off
when he wakes up, she’s fingering his bangs as though trying to figure out what to do with them
he raises his hand to cover hers and realizes that there’s something odd going on with his hair
he thinks it’s funny and asks her to teach him how to braid so that he can do her hair too even though it’s canon that this man can’t do a simple fucking ponytail and needs someone else to tie his hair up
a dungeon where everything is a mimic. the party learns of a dungeon that popped up out of no where outside a small town and the townsfolk are all oh that’s new oh well back to my cabbages. the party goes in and literally everything is a mimic and the map casually changes not to make them get lost but the hall mimic doesn’t feel like staying as a straight path and wants to have forks. it takes a 20 perception to notice anything or if players physically do anything to the mimic like trying to force a door. the mimics are actually really chill and even the loot mimics don’t care if you pick them up or put them in your inventory but if you’re rude that specific mimic the was offended does something based on roll table, like attack, turn into a wall, run away, turn into a slope and have you slide off it. at the heart of the dungeon is a mimic version of a legendary item. after a shenanigan the mimic agrees to hang out with you for the rest of your adventures and once a day transform into whatever you ask if it, anything non magical that the mimic has seen before, in exchange for giving it one piece of treasure each time so it can learn how to transform into it. you get to have to treasure back after but it wont accept the same one twice
Suffolk County Charter School: It Actually Happened (sort of)
I haven’t seen anyone connect this any where else so I thought I would share what I found out by accident. If its old news then ignore me
Wow. Okay. So, I stumbled upon this area in my exploration of the Commonwealth Wasteland in Fallout 4 months ago before I completed my first play through. Suffolk County Charter School.
It was creepy and had a story to uncover so I went in. Im sure most of you know what I’m talking about so, no big deal. Its not secret or hidden. Just one of those cool Fallout areas that don’t have a quest attached but you feel compelled to figure out what the fuck happened.
Inside there were pink ghouls.
And pink goo.
While splattering these guys and looting everything in the facility (because Fallout) I uncovered the story behind this location. If you haven’t found it yet, SPOILERS, heres the summary:
“In exchange for funding, Principal Jackie Hudson agreed to implement the government’s experimental Nutritional Alternative Paste Program (NAPP) at the school. Participation required limiting food consumption within the school to a government-provided food paste. This decision was apparently made without the consent of faculty, students, or parents.
Per Principal Hudson’s announcements, the NAPP was launched on October 18 and any outside food was to be confiscated from then on. These announcements can be heard on three holotapes found throughout the school.”
So yeah. I just murdered a bunch of kids that were unwittingly being experimented on. I felt sort of shitty. My Sole Survivor didn’t give a fuck. She would gladly murder actual babies for that issue of Unstoppables or a bobblehead. She’s a collector, almost to the point of compulsion.
I found this area so interesting and tragic that I sought more info on the Fallout Wiki. There (and other sources/theories I’ve read) talk about how the pink goo is probably a reference to the film The Stuff (1985).
A more popular theory is that its actually referencing “The Pink Slime”
“The food paste as a whole is a reference to Pink Slime, a food additive consisting of low-fat meat which was ground into a paste. It’s particularly infamous after being widely used as a meal alternative in American school lunches during 2012, which resulted in major controversy.”
Huh. Okay cool. I was satisfied with these being possible references. It made sense. And I never thought about it again. I mean, it was like, a year ago or some shit. I don’t know, a long ass time ago.
But then last night, while avoiding doing adult things, my ADHD kicked in as my meds wore off and I decided to hyper focus on watching weird YouTube videos covering topics like horrendous incidents, unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, that kind of stuff. Basically I sat there in my own world watching Rob Dyke and Dark5 videos.
Im not weird.
Anyway, Thats when I saw this and holy shit. I immediately thought of Suffolk County Charter School in Fallout 4. Something I hadn’t thought about in forever from a game I haven’t really played in months.
You can watch the video or heres a quick summary of events that took place at a school in Massachusetts:
“A group of former students who ate radioactive oatmeal as unwitting participants in a food experiment will share a $1.85 million settlement from Quaker Oats and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
More than 100 boys at the Fernald School in Waltham, Mass., were fed cereal containing radioactive iron and calcium in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The diet was part of an experiment to prove that the nutrients in Quaker oatmeal travel throughout the body.” New York Times, 1998
Yep. It happened in Massachusetts. MIT was involved.
Maybe all of this is stupid to everyone but honestly shit like this is why I LOVE video games. A simple location with no real importance to the main game (except collectibles) held a really interesting story that stuck with me, at least subconsciously.
Easter eggs and references in games aren’t new but the fact that even after researching the in-game location I didn’t see any mention of the Fernald School (which could have been because the game was still fairly new then) and then randomly I stumbled upon what I think is unquestionably the real inspiration for this area is so cool to me.
Fallout lore is so dense and so far reaching, referencing other games, media, pop culture, and real life events. I fell in love all over again with this franchise based on this one small detail that dosent even matter in the grand scheme of the story.
I had to share this because I couldn’t get it off my mind. That moment of being like “HOLY SHIT WAIT. THIS IS IN FALLOUT.” was something that I’m sure a lot of gamers can relate to and its exciting and interesting.