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List of Wiccan Goddesses and Pagan Goddess Names:

Akhilandeshvari - Hindu Goddess Never-Not-Broken

Amaterasu - Japanese sun Goddess

Annapurna - Hindu Goddess of Food and Nourishment

Aphrodite /Venus - Greek Goddess of love and beauty

Artemis/Diana - Greek/Roman Goddess of the hunt, virginity, and childbirth, twin sister of Apollo, and an Olympian, often associated with the moon

Astarte - Greek Goddess of fertility, sexuality, and war

Athena - Greek Goddess of wisdom, defensive and strategic wars

Bast - Egyptian solar and war Goddess (in the form of a cat)

Baubo - Greek Goddess of mirth, jests, and bawdy humour

Brighid - Celtic Goddess of poetry, healing, and crafts (especially smith-work), holy wells and eternal flames

Cerridwen - Celtic Goddess of transformation, of the cauldron of inspiration, of prophecy

Cybele - Greek Earth Mother

Danu - Irish Mother Goddess

Demeter - Greek Goddess of the harvest and of grain, mother of Persephone

Durga - Hindu Great Goddess, Divine Mother

Eos - Greek Goddess of the dawn

Ereshkigal - Mesopotamian Goddess of Darkness, Death, and Gloom

Flora - Roman Goddess of flowers

Fortuna - Roman Goddess of fortune

Freya or Freyja - Norse Goddess of fertility, sexual liberty, abundance, and war

Frigg - Norse Goddess of marriage, household management, and love, Queen of Heaven, and wife of Odin

Gaia/Earth Mother - The Greek Goddess Gaia is the primordial Goddess of earth, mother and grandmother of the first generation of Titans

Hathor - Egyptian Goddess of the Milky Way, Mother Goddess, Goddess of childbirth and death.

Hecate - Greek Goddess of witchcraft and magick, crossroads, and the harvest moon

Hestia - Greek Goddess of the hearth and domestic life

Hel - Norse Goddess daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboda, Queen of the Dead

Hera - Roman Goddess of the Hearth, of women, and of marriage

Inanna - Sumerian Goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare

Isis - Egyptian Mother Goddess, matron of nature and magick, Goddess of creativity and the underdog

Ishtar - Mesopotamian Goddess of sexual love, fertility, and war

Juno - Roman Queen of the Gods and Goddess of matrimony

Kali - Hindu Goddess of Time and Death, slayer of demons, protectress (As Kali Ma: Divine Mother Goddess)

Kore - Greek Maiden Goddess of bountiful Earth (See also Persephone)

Kuan Yin , Kwan Yin Ma , Quan Yin - Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

Lakshmi - Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Fertility (Goddess as Mother/Sustainer)

Lalita - Hindu Goddess of Beauty

Luna - Roman Goddess of the Moon

Ma'at - Egyptian Goddess, personified concept of truth, balance, justice, and order

Mary - Mother Goddess, Queen of Heaven, Goddess of Femininity

Maya - Hindu Goddess of Illusion and Mystery

Minerva - Roman Goddess of wisdom and war

Morrigan - Celtic war Goddess

Nut - Egyptian Goddess of heaven and the sky and all celestial bodies

Parvati - Hindu Divine Mother, the embodiment of the total energy in the universe, Goddess of Power and Might

Pele - Hawai'ian volcano Goddess, Destroyer and Creatrix

Persephone - Greek Goddess daughter of Demeter, Queen of the Underworld, also a grain-Goddess, Maiden Goddess

Radha - Hindu Divine Mother

Rhiannon - Celtic Goddess of the moon

Rosmurta - Celtic/Roman Goddess of abundance. She is also the Goddess of Business Success.

Saraswati - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, the Arts, Mathematics, Education, and cosmic Wisdom (Creatrix)

Sedna - Inuit Goddess of the Sea and Queen of the Underworld

Selene - Greek Goddess of Moon

Shakti - Hindu primordial cosmic energy, Great Divine Mother

Shekina - Hebrew Goddess of compassion in its purest form (feminine aspect of God)

Sita - Hindu Goddess representing perfect womanhood

Sol - Norse Sun Goddess

Sophia - Greek Goddess of wisdom

Spider Woman - Teotihuacan Great Goddess (Creatrix)

Tara - Hindu, Mother Goddess, the absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life.

Tara, Green - Buddhist female Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism - compassion, liberation, success. Compassionate Buddha of enlightened activity

Tara, White - Buddhist Goddess known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra

Tara, Red - fierceness, magnetizing all good things

Tara, Black - power

Tara, Yellow - wealth and prosperity

Tara, Blue - transmutation of anger

Tiamat - Mesopotamian dragon Goddess, embodiment of primordial chaos (the Velvet Dark)

Uma - Hindu Goddess of power, the personification of light and beauty, embodying great beauty and divine wisdom

Vesta - Roman Goddess of the hearth

Voluptas - Roman Goddess of pleasure

Yemaya - Yoruban Mother Goddess, Goddess of the Ocean

White Buffalo Calf Woman - Lakota Goddess

anonymous asked:

idk ur still taking questions but im an anarchist and ive been interested in maoism so like whats maoism rly about/what makes it diff than marxism leninism ?

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (MLM) is best described as the culmination of the historical, theoretical, and practical advancements of class struggle. This is why you’ll often see it described as the “highest stage” of Marxism. In relation to Marxism-Leninism (ML) it can best be described as a continuity and rupture from ML, meaning while it follows the same theoretical and practical trend, it also introduces a series of new contributions which make MLM a qualitatively different ideology beyond ML. 

So, following the legacy of ML, MLM upholds the advancements of Marxism made by V.I. Lenin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Without getting into them these include: 

  • Marxist understanding of capitalist-imperialism
  • Marxist Theory of the State
  • The Vanguard Party
  • Democratic Centralism
  • The Right of Nations to Self-Determination

(Foundations of Leninism is a good all-encompassing work if you are interested in ML before Mao). Now, Leninism goes beyond just Lenin’s words and so ML includes the historical context of its theories- the Russian Revolution, the line struggle between Trotsky/Bukharin and Stalin in the Communist Party, Five-year plans according to a proletarian state, and, sadly, the foundations of revisionism which laid the groundwork for capitalist restoration in the USSR- an event that would shape much of Mao’s theoretical contributions. So to avoid making this super text-heavy, I’m gonna break them into bullet points (with explanations, of course).

  • New Democracy: In countries oppressed by imperialism, the material conditions for socialism and the development of the productive forces can not be completed by the bourgeoisie because of conflicting class interests. This necessitates that proletariat form a United Front of several classes against imperialism with the Communist Party at the helm. The New Democratic Revolution allows for a “telescoping” of a bourgeois revolution and proletarian revolution so as to rapidly free a country from imperialism and develop productive forces so as to smash feudal and colonial relations, carry out an agrarian revolution, and prepare for socialist construction. This is only applicable in countries that are oppressed by imperialism. [X]
  • Mass Line: A method of organizing where members of the Communist Party listen to the concerns/wants of the masses, study them under revolutionary theory, and formulate concrete solutions which are then propagated among the masses. It can be summed up with the phrase “from the masses, to the masses”. This was not only to ensure that the Communist Party maintains a political line in touch with their base, but to ensure that the theory of the Party was based on practical experience and investigation. [X]
  • The Permanence (or Law) of Contradiction: Contradictions are a fundamental element of nature and society. Some are antagonistic or violent, some are non-antagonistic. Some take primacy over others (such as the contradiction between imperialism and oppressed nations being primary over the contradiction between proletariat and bourgeoisie). Mao explained that dialectics has one fundamental law- the unity and struggle of opposites- with the other laws being expressions of this main one. Mao saw that struggle is constant and unity is temporal- this can be summed up with the phrase “one divides into two”, showing the process of conflict/change inherent in all things and the fact that contradictions will continue even after unity is achieved. This was a break from the previously dominant trend of Marxist philosophy which essentially said “two combine into one”. [X]
  • Protracted People’s War (PPW): The armed branch of the Party, the People’s Army, should be deeply entrenched within the masses. PPW covers a general three-stage process. The first, strategic defensive, is the establishment of base areas and the building of dual power (a concept originally developed by Lenin in his work “On Dual Power”), while revolutionaries avoid directly engaging the state and warfare is done very sporadically. The second stage, strategic equilibrium, happens when the proletarian power built in base areas rivals the power of the current bourgeois state. The third, strategic offensive, involves the capturing of larger bases of power by the People’s Army and eventually conquer state power on a nation-wide scale. Did you notice those three things i put in bold? Those are what Mao called the 3 “magic weapons” of the proletariat in revolution. This method of revolution differs from the insurrectionist method (where the urban workers rise up during a period of crisis allowing them to seize state power) and the focoist method (employed famously in the Cuban Revolution where guerrillas do not have an explicit contact with the masses). [X] [X] [X]
  • Cultural Revolution: The recognition that the bourgeois ideological superstructure lingers under socialism is one that derives from Mao’s recognition that class struggle continues under socialism (Mao even said it intensifies). While the system of ownership changed with socialist revolution, another revolution should be launched to help change the ideological superstructure, to fight for proletarian ideological supremacy over the bourgeoisie. [X]
  • Class Struggle under Socialism and that Socialism is not a distinct Mode of Production: Socialism is not a mode of production like capitalism, feudalism, or communism. It is a transitional society where the proletariat holds state power and there is social ownership of property commanded by economic planning. Because of these many contradictions that continue after a revolution (as one divides into two, remember) socialism cannot be considered a completely separate mode of production, only as a transitionally dominant mode of production and set of social relations, still bound up in the class struggle. Many MLs and other socialists focus solely on the legal form of ownership- i.e. who actually owns the means of production (the state or private entities). But this legalistic separation was never professed by Marx or Lenin. This mechanistic view of socialism leads towards forms of revisionism like the “theory of productive forces” which was the justification for capitalist restoration in both the USSR and China. Maoists stress the importance of the relations of production over the ownership or development of productive forces. For Maoists, what is most important is political line- whether or not proletarian politics are in command or not. [X] [X] [X]

MLM extends beyond just Mao however. The recognition of the qualitative advancement of his contributions by the Peruvian Communist Party and the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in the late 80s and early 90s- the period in which “actually existing socialism” was collapsing- stands to show that MLM is the principal, preeminent force of revolution in our current era.

Here is some further reading for anyone interested, as well as the links i included throughout the answer:

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Buried For 1000 Years: The Graveyard Of Vikings.

As for the remains of settlements, it has been reported that the remains of two villages have so far been excavated, one situated to the north, and another to the south. The former is said to have been dated to 700 – 900 AD, whilst the latter to 1000 – 1150 AD. The northern village is said to consist of several houses, fences, five wells and a road. It has also been estimated that there were six families inhabiting this village, each of which consisting of between 10 and 15 family members. There were also smaller buildings for work purposes, and it has been suggested that spinning and weaving were carried out in such structures. Similar buildings were found in the southern village.  This was the last settlement on Lindholm Høje.

Lindholm Hoje is an ancient graveyard of the Vikings that had been lost for one thousand years, buried beneath thousands of tons of sand. As many as 700 burials, along with the remains of settlements from the Viking Age and the preceding Germanic Iron Age have been found at this important archaeological site in Denmark.

During the Cretaceous period, chalk formations were created along the Limfjord in Denmark. These formations, which are in the form of hills, stretch from Aalborg to the east. One of these hills is Lindholm Høje, which is situated on the northern side of the Limfjord, opposite the modern city of Aalborg. One reason that made this area an attractive place to establish a settlement is that this is where the Limfjord is at its narrowest, which made it an important crossing between the North Jutlandic Island and the Danish mainland. Apart from that, Lindholm Høje occupied a strategic defensive position. Rising to 42 m (137 ft.) above sea level, anyone living on the hill could command an excellent view over the fjord. This meant that if an enemy was approaching the hill, they would be easily detected. Thirdly, the soil on the hill is said to be drier than the surrounding area, which made cultivation easier.

Lindholm Høje was already settled around 400 AD. This is supported by the graves that were found at the site, the oldest of which have been dated to this point of time. These graves can be found on the top of the hill, and as one progresses down Lindholm Høje, the graves in turn become younger. The oldest graves are said to contain inhumation. This burial practice, however, is found to have changed not long after to cremation. Thus, the majority of graves (apart from the oldest ones) found at Lindholm Høje have been found to contain cremated human remains.

As for the remains of settlements, it has been reported that the remains of two villages have so far been excavated, one situated to the north, and another to the south. The former is said to have been dated to 700 – 900 AD, whilst the latter to 1000 – 1150 AD. The northern village is said to consist of several houses, fences, five wells and a road. It has also been estimated that there were six families inhabiting this village, each of which consisting of between 10 and 15 family members. There were also smaller buildings for work purposes, and it has been suggested that spinning and weaving were carried out in such structures. Similar buildings were found in the southern village.  This was the last settlement on Lindholm Høje.

One factor that may have resulted in the abandonment of the site as a place for human habitation is the phenomenon of sand drift. It has been stated that at the beginning of the Viking Age, most of Denmark was covered in forests. Over time, however, the trees were chopped down to make various things, such as houses, ships and roads. As a result of this deforestation, the land in the western part of Jutland became exposed to the rough westerly winds. This continuous exposure led to degradation in the quality of the soil, perhaps due to erosion. Additionally, large amounts of sand were carried by the winds, and covered the land.

When archaeologists began excavating in the 1950s, they found that Lindholm Høje was covered by a layer of sand that was several meters thick. The lack of suitable land for cultivation may have led the inhabitants of Lindholm Høje to migrate to somewhere else. On the other hand, the sand helped to preserve the burial sites, as well as the stone circles that marked the graves.

A Fight for an Iron Heart -Winteriron Alternative Ending

This took for FUCKING ever but I was finally able to come up with something that didn’t irritate me or sound stupid. So thank you for your patience. Watch out for the cut and please like or reblog, it literally makes my everything (day, week, night, etc.)

Link for opener/part 1 is here

It all started about three weeks after the ‘Rogue’ Avengers returned home and with all the new people trying to coexist in the compound things got…hectic. And for Tony, it became utter chaos.

Handing the CEO position over to Pepper will always be the best decision of his life. His position as head of Research and Development kept him plenty busy with projects and his portion of shares kept him in the loop with the board.

Next was the Accords that he and T’Challa were working on timeously to improve which took up a great deal of time with lawyers and the UN. Let’s not forget all the attention that Iron Man and the Avengers require. Team dynamics (read: team bonding), upgrades, training, missions, debriefing, the list went on. He was lucky he could skip on somethings. Less important board meetings, movie nights with the team, which he mostly missed because he was at a gala for the Maria Stark foundation.

So when it came to the team trying to spend time with him he really didn’t have the time to spare.

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Haikyuu!! Chapter 258: Exp Points

The first time I saw the cover/title page I couldn’t help snickering.

It’s meant to be a metaphor, a comparison of Hinata and Osamu’s experience, but… Hinata fits a bit too well as a child, if not very well, as a child, considering his stature and mentality. Honestly, dress Hinata just like that, he can pass as an elementary student. (he was mistaken as one along with Noya)

And Osamu as a salaryman… Pfft, considering how salaryman, esp salesman often depicted in anime/manga, that’s either an unfortunate or an accurate comparison to Osamu whose personality is tired and sucked out of life (no thanks to Atsumu) and relatively boring (which is the unfortunate fate to the twin of Atsumu). It might be just me though.

Anyway, I’m really happy with this chapter. There’s so much to love.

First, Daichi!!

Seriously. Captain really stands out in this match. I’ve got Iwaizumi vibes from him, being completely reliable and skilled all around in spiking and receiving. Maybe because of his reliability, Kageyama chooses to leave scoring to Daichi since the opponent unconsciously doesn’t consider the ones doing receiving will be involved in the counterattack. Regardless, yay for more screentime for Daichi. (having fingers crossed that it’ll be the same for Nekoma, I wanna see more of the captains coughKuroocough)

But certainly, the best part of this chapter is


In the previous chapter, and in the start of this chapter, Hinata’s inexperience, particularly as a blocker has been highlighted. He is fully aware of it, and it makes him lose his cool and forget the strategy Ukai told him.

However, once he regains his cool, he manages to actually use his head, most importantly, his own experience… as a spiker.

Which is nothing short of brilliant. Hinata doesn’t attempt the impossible, to draw his little to no experience in blocking or even draw from Tsukishima’s, who’s certainly a different type of blocker and player from him.

He draws from the experience he has no shortage of!! In a short time, he manages to go through every single blocker he has faced off and picked the one most fitting for the situation and his ability, despite his simple reasoning (the block he hates the most). He doesn’t have Tsukishima’s logical and strategical mind fitting for defensive MB to go as far as thinking choking off the cross and narrowing the course for Noya, but it’s enough for him, because if there’s anyone on the team who understands better a spiker’s mindset, it’d be him.

Bless you, Mattsun.

Which leads to this beautiful synchronized attack. 

It really gives me flashback to that final score in the finals against Shiratorizawa. Hinata truly has grown. To think and regard him as a mere child will be a mistake and disrespect to everything he has gone through and learned. Before the training camp, he hasn’t had the right mindset to gain knowledge and take advantage of his experience, but now, Hinata has shaped his mind and himself to finally do. It’s not an immediate change, but a gradual one, and I am, for sure, looking forward to see it very much.

That said, Tsukihina!!

Honestly, how come people don’t see how much potential in these two??? It might be difficult to see in the beginning, but after training camp, their relationship has certainly improved. The above exchange shows how well Tsukishima understands Hinata to the point that Hinata has nothing to say to defend himself because Tsukishima pretty much lays it all out. For Tsukishima, this is very significant because he doesn’t do unnecessary things, unless it’s worth the effort. Getting along and understanding Hinata take effort, yet he does it anyway. He might reason it’s simply logical or habitual of him, but it doesn’t change the fact that he does understand Hinata and he respects him enough not to underestimate him. He observes Hinata closely as he would an opponent. Look how he notices the change in Hinata’s movement and how thoughtful he is after.

These precious, precious first year Middle Blockers. (Kunimi’s adorable too.  I hope we’ll see more of their interactions in the future)

Other things I pick up in this chapter:

Tanaka keeps scoring by accident, by the stroke of luck, by the skin of his teeth, you name it. I don’t know whether it’s a good sign or a bad sign. He has always been exceptionally strong mentally among Karasuno players, so while he undeniably still scores, the way he scores it’s pretty worrisome. Is it his version of nerves? Come on Tanaka, get some spikes in.

The exchange between Atsumu and Osamu really reminds me of Kageyama and Hinata, with unimpressed senior/teammates in the sidelines. Look at the expressions on Kita and Suna. Pfft. How often are these exchanges between the twins?
‘Titans’: Alan Ritchson Cast As Hawk In DC Live-Action Series
EXCLUSIVE: Alan Ritchson is set as Hawk in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, which is slated to premiere in 201…
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EXCLUSIVE: Alan Ritchson is set as Hawk in the new live-action series Titans,from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, which is slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

Ritchson will play Hawk (aka Hank Hall), one-half of the crime-fighting, vigilante and romantic couple of Hawk and Dove. The perfect example of opposites attract, Hawk is an aggressive, offensive bruiser while Dove is strategic, defensive and lithe. The role is recurring, with an option to become a regular in Season 2. I hear the producers also are exploring a potential Hawk and Dove spinoff series down the road.

goddesses for the signs
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>Aries:</b> <b>Pele</b> - Hawaiian volcano goddess. Is both creator and destroyer of land // <b>Ishtar</b> - Mesopotamian Goddess of sexual love, fertility, and war<p/><b>Taurus:</b> <b>Flora</b> - Roman Goddess of flowers // <b>Inanna</b> - Sumerian Goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare<p/><b>Gemini:</b> <b>Baubo</b> - Greek Goddess of mirth, jests, and bawdy humour // <b>Saraswati</b> - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, the Arts, Mathematics, Education, and cosmic Wisdom <p/><b>Cancer:</b> <b>Yemaya</b> - Yoruban Mother Goddess, Goddess of the Ocean // <b>Artemis/Diana</b> - Greek/Roman Goddess of the hunt, virginity, and childbirth. Associated with the moon<p/><b>Leo:</b> <b>Amaterasu</b> - Japanese sun Goddess // <b> Kuan Yin</B> - Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion<p/><b>Virgo:</b> <b>Brighid</b> - Celtic Goddess of poetry, healing, and crafts // <b>Sophia</b> - Greek Goddess of wisdom<p/><b>Libra:</b> <b>Lalita</b> - Hindu goddess of beauty. Name means <I>beautiful, playful, beloved</i> // <b>Ma'at</b> - Egyptian Goddess, personified concept of truth, balance, justice, and order<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> <b>Hectate</b> - Greek Goddess of witchcraft and magick, crossroads, and the harvest moon // <b>Eos</b> - Greek Goddess of the dawn<p/><b>Sagittarius:</b> <b>Cerridwen</b> - Celtic Goddess of transformation // <b>Tara</b> - Hindu, Mother Goddess, the absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life.<p/><b>Capricorn:</b> <b>Cybele</b> - Greek Earth Mother // <b>Fortuna</b> - Roman Goddess of fortune<p/><b>Aquarius:</b> <b>Athena</b> - Greek Goddess of wisdom, defensive and strategic wars // <b>Isis</b> - Egyptian Mother Goddess, matron of nature and magick, Goddess of creativity and the underdog<p/><b>Pisces:</b> <b>Hestia</b> - Greek Goddess of the hearth and domestic life // <b>Maya</b> - Hindu Goddess of Illusion and Mystery<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
1980 to 2000

Ronald Reagan- supply-side economics. If corporate taxes are cut, those corporations would earn higher profits and thus buy new equipment and hire new employees. This contributed to the “trickle-down” theory. The recession of the time continued even after these policies went into effect. 
Other acts:
New Federalism 
Strategic Defense Initiative 
Sought to end the Cold War

George H.W. Bush- Major changes in American society (anti-Liberalism and anti-Feminism. “Traditional values” become significant. Abstinence is the new education for both sex and drugs.) Operation Desert Storm. 

Bill Clinton- Establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

George W. Bush- The 2,000 CE election is most likely the most recent you will see on the test. Al Gore defeated Bush, but the results of the Electoral College were questioned. Eventually a recount of a few states was issued and Bush had won. 


tokugawa ieyasu x mc (unnamed)

a/n: another request!! ahhh!!! this is a friendly reminder that i have only played ieyasu’s event stories. so if this is out of character, i apologize. i did my best. this one was for an anon who requested number 22 - and then there’s tongue.

With him, everything is a battle. It is something she has come to understand in her time with him — it doesn’t particularly bother her, really, although at times she wants terribly to pull at her hair and scream — that, for reasons that he wishes to keep close to his heart, he hides.

He hides from her, he hides from everything. Every move he makes is strategic and defensive, and she has learned that even his most offensive statements are just another wall thrown up to stand in her path. After time, his insults feel like his flimsiest weapons of choice.

She has learned, too, that coming close to him means getting burned, but it doesn’t frighten her. She’s had burns since she was a child, and she hardly notices now if oil sizzles and burns on her skin.

He, she has found, is much the same as her kitchen — no matter how often it may hurt her, how dangerous the items found inside may be, she cannot seem to stay away.

So when he corners her, eyes burning and mouth spitting venom, she has the undeniable urge to reach out to him.

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anonymous asked:

I'm working on some futuristic fiction where many countries have been broken up, merged together, or erased completely. I have to turn North America into 7 parts on a map but I really don't know how to while also making sure each country gets access to certain resources. Any tips? Thank you so much.

Mirintala: First step is to print out a map, and mark on it where these resources (not sure what they are, as you’ve just said “certain” resources) are.

Bina:  That kind of thing is more trial and error. Like Mirin said, print out a map of the US, mark down what those “certain resources” are, and divvy the land up to try and give each part access to those resources. It’s more of a logic puzzle than anything else. 

 One thing to both simplify the process and add to potential plot is to let some countries have limited access or even NO access to some resources, making them dependent on the other countries for help. That’ll lend towards more complicated and interesting politics, and make it so you don’t have to stress about giving every country every resource.

 To borrow some tips from the mapmaking tutorials we posted earlier, remember that rivers and mountain ranges make great political borders, as they offer strategic defenses and economic bonuses as well as being natural resources (ore, stone, fresh water, fish, etc). The Rockies and the Mississippi River are great starters for political boundaries.

Constablewrites:  Yup, not every real country in the world has equal access to every important resource, that’s why trade is A Thing. As long as each country has something that it can export (which doesn’t have to be a natural resource; they could have developed a particular technology that gives them an edge on manufacturing certain goods, or they could have skilled workers they can send out who can send money and knowledge back home) and can establish basic infrastructure for distributing food and goods among the people, they’ll probably be in good shape even if they’ve got no access to one or two important things.


Genre: Angst
Words: 1,498
Pairings: Steve Rogers x Reader, Friend!Bucky x Reader
Warnings: Violence
Summary: The Winter Soldier makes an appearance during an innocent sparring.

The gym was silent other than the sound of physical assaults and playful taunting. Bucky Barnes was your friend. This had been established when you first heard Steve talk about him. Your boyfriend’s friend was one of your own; shown in past battles, it was obvious you would lay your life on the line for this person so influential in Steve’s life.

So as you spar against the soldier, you playfully tease him. “What happened, Barnes? You used to be so strong.”

He returned your smirk with one of his own, the wind knocking out of you as he threw your back onto the mat underneath your feet. You gave yourself a second to recover before rolling off of your shoulder into a crouched position.

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ehnvie  asked:

in a 'good faith' way, I'm sorry to ask a question you've obviously answered before (so instead of an answer, if you have a tag on your blog with one it will be appreciated) but if Ancapistan isn't the only 'country' (loose term) on the planet and another country which is morally bankrupt decides to wage total warfare on it, how would Ancapistan defend itself if it has the feature of difficulty collectivising?

So it turns out that while I may have the dro tag, the ones on collective defense aren’t easily identifiable.

I consider this one my best.

Let’s take another crack at this though.

First: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Deterrent is more valuable to defense.

That we are already assuming that “Another country which is morally bankrupt” has “decided to wage total warfare” on us (to what end? Our complete annihilation? To pillage? to occupy and subjugate?) indicates that something else has gone wrong. As the greatest Free Trade Zone on the planet, many financial interests outside of our society would not like to see their tax havens ruined, and would no doubt lobby their own governments to that end.

OK, you don’t trust that banking organizations and corporations would act against the interests of their host nation states in the interests of tax and regulatory evasion.

Consider that, whatever this invading nations goals are, they will have to be accomplished from scratch. We have no borders to blitz, capital to besiege, or government offices to seize.

OK, just because a nation building plan was doomed from the start doesn’t stop governments from doing it anyway.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept, it is important to note that the backbone of an anarcho-capitalist society is a network of private security organizations that we call DROs. You might call them “mercenaries.” You might have some negative opinions on them. Critically examine those opinions.

It is these mercenaries that will protect us from the invading force.

They will protect us because we are paying them.

They will coordinate because it is efficient and we are paying them. 

We are paying them because we do not want to die. (We are not all paying the same amount to the same people, but large property owners are not inclined to pay free rider bullshit games)

A mercenary without reputation is unemployable. Retreating or accepting bribes to switch sides tends to affect one’s professional reputation. Also consider that most of these mercenaries will likely live in this anarcho-capitalist society that they are defending anyway, and I don’t much fear our forces vanishing as soon as the air raid sirens go off.

Traitors will be shot. Spies will be hanged and then shot.

Wealth, not size, is what buys defense. (Though strategic depth tends not to hurt your odds). It is taken as given that an anarcho-capitalist society will have a strong economy. Free Economies Succeed is sort of axiomatic as far as I’m concerned. Right now, South Korea’s military budget is higher than North Korea’s entire GDP.

You do not need to mobilize into a total warfare state in order to purchase and maintain anti-air defenses. We are not prosecuting a war deeper and deeper into the enemy’s borders. We are defending our patch. And we will most certainly not be paying billions of dollars for fighter jets because we will not have a Congress to waste taxpayer money on such a boondoggle. Aircraft are expensive, but you do not need to squander 40% of your income to maintain a viable air force.

Not to mention, of course, the overabundance of privately owned armaments that you would see in an anarcho-capitalist society. There is no law, after all, against owning a stinger missile. Guerilla warfare is not desirable but it is an option. We can survive a boot, they will not survive the venom. (See: Napoleon in Spain, France in Algeria, the U.S. in Vietnam, Israel in South Lebanon.)

And of course, if all else fails…

spaci1701 replied to your post “Oh shit, it’s Tuesday”

I can’t help but think that the class you need to take is titled ‘What Not to Cook’. Or, 'Oh Holy Hell, That’s Not Actually Food, What The Hell Are You Thinking, Stop Eating That!!!’

Aw, no! 90% of what I cook is delightful, and the other 10% is either a calculated risk or cookies. 

spaci1701 replied to your post “Hello, Sam! I’m curious - what didn’t you like about Monstrous…”

Not having read the book, it occurs to me that your issue with it may have been because of your familiarity with the trope - what’s new and interesting for newcomers to the concept may just have bored you because you already knew that part of the idea and were just looking for the new take.

What’s interesting is that Pterry arguably deepened the trope – he took it from the realm of a woman either playing a prank or making a strategic defensive move, and shifted it into women actually going to war. In the folk songs, that’s semi-rare – the woman sometimes becomes a military leader after killing her unfaithful husband/boyfriend when she discovers he’s been fucking around on her, but usually the story ends with lulz, not combat. And it wasn’t so much that I didn’t want that deepening, it’s just that the way in which he did it I found very tedious. It was like for a significant portion of the book he was searching for a plot, and in the meantime the characters just sort of ran around. 

I think he just…happened to use a trope I love in a book he really struggled with. (He has talked in interviews about how Monstrous Regiment was a real departure for him, a very different book to the rest of Discworld.) 

sailorsol replied to your post “I just got a robocall from a credit card company….in the elevator…over…”

Sounds like the cold open of a Doctor Who episode, the elevator phone ringing like that. Did you look for the TARDIS outside?

I looked for a security guard to report the problem to outside, which doesn’t bode well for my future ability to follow the Doctor unquestioningly, I suppose :D 

justalurkr replied to your post “Answers About The Elevator”

Everything companies do to modify a phone number and how it sends or receives calls costs money. That’s pretty much all you need to know about telecommunications. ;-)

Ohhhh. Now it all makes sense….

capt-spork replied to your post “I just got a robocall from a credit card company….in the elevator…over…”

Ok, are you actually the star of a Truman Show-esque series? Between the pratfalls, large internet following, punching a bird, and now this, I’m not sure. 10/10 would watch a show about a golden retriever prospect researcher.

A few years ago I did invent a sitcom about myself. I called it Sam Squared. :D