union of rivals


December 2nd 1988: Bhutto sworn in

On this day in 1988, Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as the eleventh Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of a Muslim state. Daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former Prime Minister and founder of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bhutto was educated at Harvard University and Oxford. She returned to Pakistan in 1977, the same year that a military coup toppled her father’s popularly elected government; Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was later hanged, and Benazir took over leadership of the PPP. The coup resulted in a military dictatorship under General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, forcing Bhutto and the PPP into exile. However, Bhutto returned to Pakistan in 1986 to push for open elections. Two years later, Zia ul-Haq was killed in a plane crash, and Bhutto was elected to the premiership that December. As Prime Minister, Bhutto’s tough stance with trade unions and other rivals earned her the nickname ‘Iron Lady’, in homage to Margaret Thatcher in Britain. Her government was defeated in the 1990 election amid allegdations of misconduct, but Bhutto was re-elected in 1993. However, her administrated was dismissed in 1996 by President Leghari on charges of corruption, for which she was convicted two years later. In 2007, Bhutto returned to Pakistan having received amnesty from President Musharraf, though immediately was faced with threats and attempted assassination. On December 27th of that year, while campaigning for the general election at a rally in Rawalpindi, Benazir Bhutto was killed by an assassin, who also detonated a bomb which killed almost thirty others. Bhutto is significant for her role in Pakistan’s opposition politics, as well as her status as Pakistan’s only female Prime Minister.

I made this back in January or February just to familiarize myself with the characters after the wife showed me Kingdom Hearts Back Cover. We started developing this in-depth, entirely believable, and evidentially supported theory of the tragic romance between these rival Union leaders. Aced and Invi became two of our favorite characters and every time we watch the movie, we find more proof that there’s a lot more going on than we’ve been told. Ah AceNvi… yes, we are the captains of this ship, I make the terrible drawings, she does the incredible writing, it works…



February 16th 1959: Fidel Castro becomes Prime Minister

On this day in 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba. Born to a wealthy Cuban family in 1926, Castro attended university in Havana. In 1952, he witnessed the overthrow of the government by the forces of General Batista, leading Castro to call for full-scale revolution. After serving some time in prison for an attempted uprising against the dictatorial Batista, Castro fled to Mexico where he met Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara. In 1956, Castro and Guevara began a guerrilla war against the U.S.-backed government, which was ultimately successful and caused Batista to flee in early 1959. Upon becoming Prime Minister, Castro inaugurated a Marxist-Leninist plan for Cuba, which caused some conservative Cubans to emigrate to the United States. Though initially trying to establish normalised relations with the United States - which included Castro meeting with Vice President Richard Nixon in April 1959 - tensions soon escalated between the two nations. In 1960, the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Cuba, and in 1961 the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion occurred, in which CIA-sponsored Cuban exiles launched an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba. The U.S. distrusted Castro’s communist leanings and feared an alliance between Cuba and the Soviet Union - America’s Cold War rival. This fear appeared well founded, as in 1962 the U.S. discovered that Castro had secretly allowed the Soviets to plant missiles in Cuba. This led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, where tensions over the missiles escalated to a point where many thought nuclear war was imminent. Castro became President in 1976, though his leadership was controversial, for while he ruled dictatorially and repressively, he was generally popular among Cubans for his education and healthcare programmes. Castro stood down in 2008, and was succeeded by his brother Raúl. Last year saw a momentous normalisation of U.S.-Cuba relations, ending a fifty year trade embargo and establishing diplomatic relations.

Big list of differences between χ[chi] and Unchained χ

This isn’t absolutely every difference, but a lot of them. To be clear, χ[chi] refers to the Japan exclusive browser game and Unchained χ is the game we just got in English. No story differences will be listed.

  • The way you get items is different. You have to pick them up at cost to your AP instead of just running them over.
  • There are less battles, but they are harder.
  • There’s no rewards for finishing in one turn.
  • Your Lux and your level are not connected.
  • Individual battles cost AP, so retries only cost the AP you spent instead of jewels.
  • Jewels don’t exist; they have charge munny instead that very rarely gets given for free.
  • Cards have fantastic art and there are so. fucking. many cards. As of last update, there are 1826 cards.
  • You can’t evolve a card into a higher rarity, with the exception of SR+ (equivalent to 6*). SR+ at max level and max limit can be purified into a higher level, and then fused with SR+ fusion moogles to increase the power to stupid high levels.
  • You only attack in special attacks.
  • You build a deck of nine attacks, three of which are randomly chosen to play out consecutively. Instead five medal slots that you build from three, you always have all nine deck spots available.
  • The bonus damage has two facets: first is element type order (for example, Starlight has a bonus for Power in the first spot, Magic in second, Speed in the third) the second is for card type order (Starlight is Upright, Upright, Reverse, meaning two heroic cards followed by a villain triples the damage of all attacks).
  • Guilt is based on killing whatever heartless are the guilt targets for the period, which is a month IIRC and will always tie into an event if one is happening.
  • Raid Bosses won’t one hit kill you; you can go up to six rounds against one.
  • Raid Bosses don’t consume AP; they have their own BP gauge that is five dots long.
  • You are directly competing with a rival Union on raid bosses to try to do the most damage.
  • If you attack within three minute of a teammate, you chain damage together.
  • Omega forms aren’t random; there’s a set percentage chance of the next raid being omega and defeating regular bosses increases it. Quick fights increase the percentage more.
  • Raid bosses come every ten minutes and stick around for half an hour.
  • You can freely recharge your AP and BP whenever you like with a potion and ether respectively or both with an elixer; I currently have an unknown number of potions and ethers. It’s more than 999 of each shrug.
  • You freely roam the various worlds.
  • Keyblades have five evolutions instead of three and max out at level 50.
  • Your AP is tied to the number of party members you have.
  • There are Lux up times which increase the Lux you get and guilt up times which ensure all heartless drop max guilt.
  • There are a number of Fuck You and Your Keyblade fights, including far too many bosses.
  • Story missions aren’t replayable.
  • Missions flow into each other: one mission will be find Chirithy in wonderland which you clear by talking to him; while talking he will give you a summary of the next mission which immediately starts when he finishes.
  • There are a number of daily mission, event missions, and regular missions along with story missions. A daily might be kill 25 heartless, a regular might be kill 100 heartless, and the event might be kill the 10 watermelon heartless. The missions stack too: finish the watermelon hearts and your regular will be 90 and the daily 15.
  • You have attack cards and support cards; attacks work like what you know of medals, but the support cards increase your total HP and have a lux multiplier.
  • Fusing a card with itself doesn’t increase your special (because you only attack with your special) but rather increases the max level for your card.
  • Skills can be detached and reattached freely assuming you have the munny to afford it. And it’s expensive as hell.
  • [chi] also has much better skills like double or triple attack, reflect, full barrier, second chance, and curaga.
  • There are multiple shops with multiple “currencies”. There are three card shops: the raise draw which is a real money shop though you occasionally get tickets for it, the ticket shop where you exchange gold, silver, and bronze tickets for cards of decreasing rarity, and the friend point shop, where you trade friend points for level up fusion cards. You get a free friend draw daily. There’s the moogle coin shop where you can trade moogle coins for high purity material, level up cards, Keyblade components, outfits and more. There’s also the SR and SR+ moogle medals that can be traded for SR and SR+ support and attack medals.
  • Login in bonus is a bingo board instead of a straight up reward.
  • There are lots more ways to spend money and a lot more content is unattainable by F2P players.
  • Outfits are just clothing. There’s no stats attached to them.
  • Oh and there are a ton more outfits.

It’s also worth noting that SE seems to be counting χ[chi] and Unchained χ as separate entries at the moment and not displacing one for the other as was done for Re: Chain of Memories and Re: coded.

If I missed something notable, please let me know.