military control

SOME MORE UPDATES AND INFORMATION ON THE SITUATION IN MARAWI, PHILIPPINES!

This was all taken from facebook because our own local media isn’t covering enough of this. But here’s what happened as of 12:24 AM PHT:

- DUTERTE DECLARED MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO ISLAND, INCLUDING TAWI-TAWI AND SULU!

- AFP: Marawi City situation under control as military pursues Maute bandits.

- AFP: Several members of the Maute group were killed.

-Duterte flies back home from Russia.

-AFP are sending more troops in Marawi

- Patients and nurses are safe inside the APMC and the latter are currently on duty.

- Armed men are confirmed to be the Maute group.

- The Maute group together with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

- A policeman and 2 ambulance drivers were killed.

- Homes are being trespassed.

- Women not wearing Hijabs are being taken away.

- AFP received an intel that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was with the Maute group.

- Some buildings in Dansalan College were burnt to ashes.

- Most affected areas are Basak Malutlut, Sarimanok, Marinaut, Provincial Jail, Amai Pakpak, Bo. Saber, Sarimanok and most of the key intersections in Marawi.

- Marawi City Jail is on fire.

- Detainees in the City Jail were freed by the group.

- At least 5 gov’t troops are now wounded.

- Chapel in Barrio Paypay is on fire.

- The group took away the firetrucks so that the fire can’t be put out.

- Marawi City is experiencing total electricity blackout.

- ISIS flags are raised in several areas in the city including hospitals, government establishments, and police cars.

- Maute group has left the Amai Pakpak Medical Center.

- Maute recruiting residents to join them.

- AFP issued a 5-hour ultimatum for civilians to leave before they start bombing Marawi again.

- Maute is interrogating civilians. If you can’t prove you are a Muslim, they will kidnap you and will be “taken cared of”

- Maute used trucks to block all entry/exit including bridges.

- Police captain killed.

- The group is seizing houses looking for men to recruit.

- Civilians are asked to recite the Shahada. If they can’t, theyre killed.

- Some of the teachers in Dansalan College are already dead. Their heads are being displayed on the highway.

DISCLAIMER: Most of the information here came from personal accounts of people inside Marawi City.

PLEASE signal boost this! I know there are many things happening right now, especially with what happened with Ariana’s concert. But this is really scary and there’s not enough information on it.

I thought this was a Duffel Blog post when I first scrolled by it but it was real. This is an actual member of our military doing his yearly qualification holding the gun so close to his face he can damn near get hit by the slide and use a horrible grip and stance. I’m generally not a stickler for perfect poses or grips, but this is flat out bad. It’s a good thing generals don’t see much combat.

The reason this is such a big deal to me is because this is our military. One big reason I hear about why only law enforcement and military should have guns is because they are “highly trained” professionals. They’re not. It takes a lot of training to make a cop or soldier but very little of that training actually covers firearms. There are plenty of cops and soldiers that are gun owners outside of their profession. They are pretty competent with guns because they train and practice regularly on their own time rather than only using a gun for the yearly qualification. The government gives very bare bones training then hope for a gun that is idiot proof so their under trained people don’t accidentally shoot someone.

A toast to new allies.

Party:
Tiefling Warlock
Goblin (Who is blue and hates being called a Goblin) Barbarian/Ranger
Human Bard
Aasimir Ranger

Context: The party has recently met up with the Goblins criminal contact, a bartender in a starving town. The military was controlling food and water rations for civilians, while the party investigates their missing caravans, which bring food for the winter months. The bartender is secretly getting food shipped to him and he’s selling it, speakeasy style, at ridiculously high prices. We have a contract with the military, but we promised we will inform the bartender of everything we find.

Bartender: “…and you just report everything to me first.”

Goblin: “That’ll be easy. We’re all criminals already.”

*Tiefling stares daggers at Goblin*

Goblin: “You’re not a criminal?”

*Tiefling remains silent*

Bartender: “Hey, I don’t work with snitches. If you’re not gonna help, then you’ve heard too much.”

*Bartender begins to stand up*

Goblin: “He got me into the city.”

*Bartender stands up at full height. He stares for a moment. *

Bartender: “I suppose getting a goblin through these parts is a sign of your skill.”

Tiefling: “Good. Now that everything is out of the way, I’m headed to my room.”

Bartender: “Not yet.”

*Bartender stares at the Tiefling*

Bartender: “First, a toast to new allies!”

*Bartender reaches into a cupboard and pulls out a glass for everyone, including the barmaid*

*As they clink their tankards, the Tiefling casts Prestidigitation on the Bartenders ale. He spits it out.*

Bartender: “This tastes like piss!”

Tiefling: “And you thought I wasn’t a criminal.”

*Bartender starts laughing his ass off*

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“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

ok so it seems pretty clear that yellow diamond is super military and controls most military affairs while blue diamond is super closed off and weepy and has the aristocrats so. i need white diamond to have the civilians and be the public face of homeworld, i need her to be all up in the latest celeb gossip and be literally the most extravagant, materialistic, totally extra bitch who spends all day draped across a giant couch and offhandedly approving and vetoing tax law and shit while watching cheesy soap operas while pearls swarm all over her and do her nails and hair for her next speech. we’ve got the military queen and the mourning queen where’s my petty glamour queen i have favorite tropes to fill

  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: in the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime the military control Liore was put under was used as a cover for making another philosopher's stone. It was essentially the same thing that happened in Ishval and everyone knew Ed caused it. Mustang tried to protect him but Scar said it right to his face. His guilt complex is too big to handle that. How did he live with himself after he learned it was his fault all those people's lives were ruined, especially when he thought he had helped them all that time. He already lives every day with the guilt of imprisoning his brother in a suit of armor, I don't think he could handle having the guilt of a second Ishval on his shoulders too. Is he able to sleep at night? My son doesn't deserve this.

hush-city  asked:

When trying decide how the government of my fictional nation/city/town/village works, what are some things I should consider?

Before we start getting into the nitty gritty of how a government works, I would suggest you do a bit of research on different types of government. Is your nation a monarchy? Democracy? Make one up because those are so much fun to create? Once you decide how the nation will be ruled as a whole, it should be quite easy to make it trickle down to town and village size. But there are a few basics building blocks to consider, so let’s review those.

Ruler

First, who rules your nation? Or how is it ruled? This goes back to the question on type of government. If you have a king/queen, do they have all the power or do they have a council or parliament? Here you can create your own rules about ruling. The king could have most of the power to dictate orders and laws, but call in his council to discuss foreign policies. Or he could have little power because he is going crazy so the council makes all major decisions.

Similarly, you could have a Roman Empire situation. They had a two head leaders who at first were like a President, ruling for a short, one year term, but could be re-elected non-consecutively. Later, this Caesar guy thought he was all that and declared he would rule for life like a king, but not really because he still had a Senate. However, the Senate was not like the United States’ Senate. This Senate had little to no rule making power and instead discussed foreign and domestic policies, directed the religious life of Rome, and handled the state finances. They relied heavily on the Caesar as a figure head for the Empire since he controlled the military and major legislative orders. Fingers-crossed nobody stabs the guy.

Whatever direction you choose to go, it must be remembered that for any government to effectively work, the majority of people must obey the powers of authority. I say majority because there are always those little rebels who touch the special thingy when the sign says “Do not touch special thingy”. But for a majority of people to obey the head authority with minimal objection or rebellion, there has to be history and a background of respect for your government. You need past generations to pass down history of wise decisions made by government leaders to your younger generations in order them to follow and obey, assuming it is a decent government. However, if your government is deeply corrupt or just starting out, a rebellious attitude by people would be both understandable and realistic. For the deeply corrupt, dystopian style government, it is time to actually change and now all the small rebellions of decades past have become an outright revolt of the whole nation. For the new, baby government, there will be rebellious people simply because people do not like change and they will demand things return to “normal”, but not so much so that everyone will disagree. Your baby government is the fruit of revolt of a bad government so most people will welcome baby government with open arms.

Originally posted by gifsme

Judicial System

Another important element that is a must in any government, is a judicial system. Your nation will need some sort of judge or respected figure who can settle disputes amongst themselves. If Farmer Green and Farmer Brown are fighting over who Betsy the Cow belongs to, who are they going to go to, to settle their argument? This one is also very flexible. The king or head leader can act as the sole judge over the land, but then there is a long line out the door to hear the people’s problems. You could have a traveling judge who travels from town to town settling disputes or you could have a local judge. But wait! A head religious figure could also play the role of a judge to the people. It really depends on your nation’s culture. Any of these would work quite well.

Originally posted by dailyskyfox

Security/Emergency System

For the sake of discussion, I am going to assume that your nation is pretty well set up and has a decent government. So, something to consider is a security or emergency system. No, not those house alarms for a burglar. I mean Police, EMTs, Army, National Guard, who are you going to call when trouble happens? Uprisings happen, especially when your ruler isn’t ruling the way people feel he or she should. Who is going to show up to make sure nobody gets hurt or contain the damage? This security group does not necessarily have to be the Police or Army, they could be a group of magic wielding old ladies that knit handcuffs! But this group must be respected and have enough authority for people to listen and be effective.

The emergency system is similar. If there is an accident and injuries occur, does an ambulance of sorts with EMTs show up? Of course they do not have to be EMTs, they could be healers or any other name that works for your nation. It is simply a matter if they do or do not have this service in place. If your nation does not, your culture could be friendly enough and close knit to where if there is an accident, witnesses jump in and help save the day. “Is there a doctor here?!” will be yelled frequently in this situation. It works well too, but consider that there is not always a doctor, nurse, healer, etc. nearby to help and they may need to rush to the nearest hospital.

Originally posted by theminionslife

Creative Bonus: Does your nation have a flag? Does your nation have a national animal? (Pst! Scotland’s animal is a unicorn!) Does your nation have a national anthem? Does your nation have national holidays that are government appointed? E.g. United States’ President’s Day or Veterans’ Day.

Phew, that was a lot of information! Don’t stress about it though! World building is fun and you get to be creative. Don’t be afraid to try something new, it is your story and your nation after all!

Happy writing!

-Mia