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    I think it'd save everybody including yourself an awful lot of frustration if you were to choose not to play here in the future.
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    New Height Rules

    Sorry to contradict but cutting out the "two admins" exemption because it wouldn't be hard to convince two admins around.
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    TUESDAY APRIL 16 2299 LARSEN TO FACE JUSTICE General Larsen, the war hero turned accused murderer, has formally been charged, and has arrived on Iskander to face a court-martial, or so the federal authorities announced last night. A military intelligence spokesman announced the following, "Following the death of a 19-year old active duty infantryman here in Iskander in February of this year, General Brian Charles Larsen has been indicted on a single charge of second-degree murder, although there are several other active investigations into a number of other unexplained deaths. General Larsen surrendered himself to federal authorities here on Iskander at roughly midday today. Noting the severe and capital nature of the offence, General Larsen will face a 5-officer general court-martial as soon as one can be convened. General Larsen may be a war hero, but no man is above the law, and justice must be served." It seems however that members of the public do not feel so strongly. A poll in this paper of our readers showed support for the General at 40-34, in support. Fig 1. a poll of our readers (14 April, 2298) The Sky Marshal's office refused to issue a statement. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Sirs, I am deeply concerned with media's hounding of Brian Larsen, a good, honest man who I had the honour of serving with. There is no finer public servant than General Larsen, and this political hit job, I fear solely designed to divert attention away from the Sky Marshal's appalling premiership, is most profoundly unfair, disgusting and dangerous. If General Larsen is found guilty the Sky Marshal will not only personally be betraying the man who propelled her into high office to begin with; indeed the whole-Federation will be collectively betraying the General. Colonel Jim 'Jimmy' Marsher (Ret.) ---- Dear Sirs, I served under the butcher, Larsen, and I must say I am delighted to hear that he is finally facing his comeuppance. There is no punishment fit for a monster like Larsen. May he rot in hell. Anonymous The Iskander Herald is a registered third party news vendor, authorized under docket number 161, and protected under section (6)(2) of the Iskander Accords, which permits a limited number of approved third party organisations the right to publish news independent of the Federal state. Any complaints should be directed to the Regulation of Press Committee, Federal Council, ISK SW1A 1AA
  4. SUNDAY APRIL 14 2299 GENERAL LARSEN RECORDED SHOOTING TROOPER A tape emerged today showing General Brian C. Larsen, the war hero renowned for his successes during the Progenitor war and the civil unrest that plagued much of 2297-2298, shooting a Mobile Infantry trooper extrajudicially during off time whilst on Iskander earlier this year. Furthermore, it appears this is not the first time this has happened. Sources indicate this is at least the seventh incident where the General has been suspected of partaking in extrajudicial executions. General Larsen nor the Sky Marshal's office could not be reached for comment. General Larsen is a notoriously enigmatic and press-shy figure, however, this newspaper has managed to piece the following together: he was born in 2240, in Newcastle, Terra, enlisting with the 49th Mobile Infantry in 2258. He married his childhood sweetheart, Laura, in 2260. During the first Battle of Klendathu in 2269, he was paralysed from the waist down and was medically discharged with full benefits. His marriage broke down shortly after, and in 2271, he and Laura divorced; Laura would go on to re-marry. The General struggled with private life, dropping out of college and holding numerous jobs over a three year period between 2271 and 2273, however through vigorous physical therapy regained use of his legs in 2274 and re-enlisted shortly afterwards, again back into the 49th Mobile Infantry. A year later however the entire 49th barring him and three others were slaughtered during Operation March to Victory. He was subsequently reassigned to the 59th. By 2278, Larsen had reached the rank of Sergeant. However, during a routine counter-separatism deployment on Hesperus which at the time was going through a prolonged period of unrest, Larsen and his commanding officer, Lieutenant F. B. Xavier, were captured by separatist forces. Larsen was subject to torture, and, when recovered in 2280, was found to be missing at least two toes. Lieutenant Xavier's dismembered head was left in a school playground later that year; his body was never recovered. Larsen continued to serve with the 59th; in 2282, he was nominated for officer candidate school (OCS). He passed with high marks, taking command of the 49th as a Third Lieutenant. However, this deployment ended in disaster after 98% of his platoon were killed. This marks Larsen's first recorded encounter with the law, where he was stripped of his commission and demoted to Sergeant following a court-martial for misbehaviour before the enemy and failure to obey order or regulation. He was reassigned to the 112th Mobile Infantry, where he would serve as Platoon Sergeant until 2286. He would have no less than five further encounters with the law on an array of assault and cruelty charges during that period. He was nominated again for OCS in 2287, though this time enjoyed more success, and eventually would become a Second Lieutenant and commanding officer of the 112th "Larsen's Lobsters". His career - and with it a steady accumulation of both accolades and further accusations of impropriety - continued to progress, making Captain in 2292, Major two years later in 2294, and Lieutenant-Colonel in 2295. A verified account offered by an anonymous source suggests that in November of 2296, a Federation Marine (John Pembridge) disappeared under suspicious circumstances following an altercation with the then-Lieutenant-Colonel. Corporal Pembridge was seen last with the Lieutenant-Colonel whilst on an operation; shortly thereafter, Pembridge disappeared. His body nor whereabouts were never recovered. The coroner recorded an official verdict of unexplained death in 2297. He was promoted to Colonel in February of 2297, and was present for the Battle of Terra Neue that marked humanity's first encounter with the Progenitors and ended in the destruction of his home-ship of 20 years, the UCF 117 Audie Murphy. He would receive an MI cross for valour during the battle after he led the evacuation effort that would eventually save three thousand souls from the clutch of the Progenitors, and was promoted to Brigadier General. General Larsen would be present with the 112th at the Battle of Terra, again leading the effort against the Progenitors, however would fail to hold the homeworld thanks to the perfidy of disgraced Sky Marshal John Hudson. Shortly after he would go on to escape the Sanctuary Massacre, where Admiral Erin O'Brien murdered a third of the Federal Council and attempted a military coup against the rightful leaders of the Federation, an act that would go on to instigate the Civil War of 2297. Larsen would go on to play a pivotal role in the Civil War, taking part in many of the key battles that would eventually lead to Coalition victory in the summer of 2298. Larsen was present for the signing of the Iskander accords. Following this, he was promoted to full General, and given command over the effort to retake Earth and defeat the Progenitors, which he would eventually achieve with the help of renowned Federation scientist Dr. Przemek Lubomierz, and Hero of the Federation-winning Captain Sebastian Bently, who with the 112th would go on to destroy the Progenitor Ark. The Iskander Herald is a registered third party news vendor, authorized under docket number 161, and protected under section (6)(2) of the Iskander Accords, which permits a limited number of approved third party organisations the right to publish news independent of the Federal state. Any complaints should be directed to the Regulation of Press Committee, Federal Council, ISK SW1A 1AA
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    SATURDAY APRIL 13 2299 WROCLAW SHAMES WAR HERO Former interior minister turned Ortiz arch-nemesis Vladimir Wroclaw today accused decorated war hero General Brian C. Larsen, who was instrumental in the Federation's victories in both the Progenitor War and the Civil War of 2297, of a litany of crimes including murder, and accused the Sky Marshal of orchestrating an elaborate cover-up in defence of the four-star General. The renegade politician announced these explosive accusations during a session in Council today, exploiting a centuries-old archaic privilege conferred on councillors that grants them immunity from any liability for anything said whilst in council. The Sky Marshal, who was not present, issued a statement denying the accusations, asserting that the government was absolutely committed to the rule of law, decrying Wroclaw's abuse of process and issuing a counter-claim that Wroclaw was simply looking to drum up support as his poll numbers show a significant slump following his sacking as Interior Minister. This couldn't come at a worse time however for the beleaguered Sky Marshal, who is currently struggling to hold together an increasingly fragile coalition, facing attacks not only from her coalition partners but also within her own National party. More on this story to follow. The Iskander Herald is a registered third party news vendor, authorized under docket number 161, and protected under section (6)(2) of the Iskander Accords, which permits a limited number of approved third party organisations the right to publish news independent of the Federal state. Any complaints should be directed to the Regulation of Press Committee, Federal Council, ISK SW1A 1AA
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    Source Code

    Neither are options with IPB.
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    Make Provost Great Again

    Silent sums it up nicely. I am unwilling to keep repeating the same past mistakes. Whilst there is perhaps a minority of people who do genuinely want to roleplay military policeman, the vast, vast majority simply want power to flaunt. If there were ever marines on server, they would likely be a handpicked team of the people the Mobile Infantry leader trusts most - right now, we call those people NCOs.
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    Source Code

    I think the source mode stupidly lets people embed <script></script> tags
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    PFO and talking to people about time

    I'll ask around to see if some PST admins can run a PFO or two
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    PFO and talking to people about time

    I wasn't aware of who was on the PFO until minutes before it started (that was down to the PF leadership to decide) - however I did announce it 4 days ago Rescheduling it for a few hours later would have been untenable I'm afraid - as it stands, we started at 9 PM and we finished at 3 AM my time as it is.
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    Brian C. Larsen

    Relationships Hate - Dislike - Neutral - Like SSgt. Wauri Matene: "My trusted bodyguard and companion; bred from birth for one purpose: war. No fear, no hesitation, no doubt. Make no mistake: he's worth a hundred men in the field." LtCol. Robert Shaw: "My protegé." MSgt. Archer Maclagan: "No bullshit platoon sergeant that keeps the enlisted in line. Just the kind I like." WO. Valentina Pacheco: "All soppy on ship, but in the field, straight fucking killer. Never hesitated to execute an order, even when that meant executing someone. I'm willing to put aside the fact that she's a total fucking freak in recognition that she's a soldier down to her bones." Lt. Franco Sorrentino: "Competent thus far. Might be getting a bit too friendly with the enlisted. We'll see how this goes." Cpl. Naomi Vond: "Once upon a time I found her to be promising. She has been gone a while and little has changed. Still puts on the cute facade. Pathetic." Lt. Felix Hyde ✝: "Unremarkable besides getting executed for smoking marijuana aboard the ship. Didn't take the warnings seriously and paid dearly for it." Pfc. Emily Furie ✝: "Insubordinate. Could see the surprise in her eyes as she finally realized her actions had consequences. She begged me not to. It didn't stop me. She did not die a glorious death." Spc. Jacqueline Martin ✝: "Fortunate for her that she left when she did. I had it planned out: three squads, one loyal to me plus her. The other two get sent away, we'd have returned her to sender, then buried her out in the woods. 'Just another AWOL!' Lucky, lucky girl." Spc. John Pembridge ✝: "Laid hands on me while on ship. I'm not a fool though - I waited until the next drop to make things right. Convinced him to come out back with me alone. Stabbed him in the base of the neck three times, then in the chest twenty-something times, and then I slit his throat. The last thing he saw before the light in his eyes went out was my expressionless face. You lose."
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    An idea

    Typically the way I approach injuries/PKs - <5: you're dead. Your choice between a swift death or a slow death is merely there as a mercy & an opportunity to tie up your character in a manner that is more satisfying - but when I designed this system, the <5s were meant to be address the fact that war is hell, and sometimes people just get unlucky and they die. One day you're standing on a rock on Planet P, surveying the horizon with your binoculars, and suddenly a hopper chooses that precise moment to swoop down, pick you up and start mauling you - necessitating your Lieutenant to shoot you in the heart as a mercy. <10: you are critically wounded, typically requiring MEDEVAC. Punctured lungs, missing limbs, Freddy Krugered face, etc. This is usually followed up by another internal roll from me to work out how long you have to live until you get the treatment I have in mind. <25: You are significantly wounded - a bullet wound, a burn, etc. However the medics can stabilize you and get you to a point where you can fight. <50 : You have a minor or aesthetic wound. A bullet grazes you; an arachnid clips you. 50-90: Close call, but you escape injury altogether. An arachnid you to your back, winding you; a bullet lodges itself in the wall next to you, dusting you with a coat of plaster. 90-100: I'm thinking of adding in temporary buffs for those who "crit win" - a temporary boost to endurance, etc.
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    Argon elevated to XA

    Hi all, For those of you who are unfamiliar - @Argon was an SSTRP admin until just a month or two ago when he unfortunately had to step back due to health and school reasons. He has held and continues to command a great deal of respect within both the admin team and amongst the playerbase who remember him, and for some time I have sought his council on a great number of matters. His honesty, his objectivity and his pragmatic no-nonsense approach to getting things done are qualities that have and I think will continue to serve the community well. In short, his blue name is just that - a blue name: he has all but held the role in spirit for some time now. In his new role he will be responsible for the managing the story line of the Third Bug War alongside all the other managerial responsibilities that comes with being an XA. This hand over of responsibility from me to him affords me time to focus on development and averts the risk of my busy schedule becoming a bottleneck as it has done in the past. I hope you all share my enthusiasm in welcoming him back. Xalphox
  16. This isn't how it works. Roll bonuses are granted, not declared.
  17. Name: The name of the character Reason: The reason why you think your character should receive a roll bonus on top of their base rank. Admins determine what your roll bonus will be. ANY admin can approve a roll bonus - they should appoint an appropriate bonus (in line with what others have received) and post a thread noting it, plus any conditions. Admins cannot award roll bonuses to other admins. Reply to this thread if you wish to apply for a bonus. Please post the threads yourself after approved - noting the roll bonus, who approved it, and why.
  18. To assert, this does not prevent admins from summarily approving roll bonuses over Steam rather than requiring a player to fill out a request - but no matter how it is granted, it absolutely does need to be posted here. I don't mind if it's posted by the player (assuming they mention the admin who approved it) or if it's posted by the admin. So again, if your roll bonus isn't posted in this forum, it's not valid. No excuses - including "admin XY said I could have one". No post, no bonus.
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    Sila Ren PK

    Based on the information presented, the PK is sustained.
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    Sila Ren PK

    Yes - so long as it is not underpinned by an OOC motive, an NCO can field execute somebody at any time. If it is illegitimate or unlawful, the repercussions they face are IC - namely, their own execution. The element of mutually assured destruction means this has never happened in SSTRP history, especially as there are sneakier, easier, and safer means of assassinating somebody. Do you wish to put forth any evidence to contest that Nik was motivated by OOC when he chose to field execute your character? If not, the PK is sustained.
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    Sila Ren PK

    Do you have any compelling evidence to offer in support of this statement? It ought to go without saying that in the absence of evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Nik, the assumption will be there has been no wrongdoing, and the PK will stand. Once again the only grounds on which a PK of this nature will be overturned is if it is proven to have been likely influenced by OOC factors. The competence or incompetence of IC leadership is strictly an IC matter.
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    Sila Ren PK

    The only grounds under which a field execution can be appealed OOC is if there is compelling evidence that the decision to field execute was coloured or perverted by OOC malpractice - metagaming, mixing OOC with IC, etc. Repercussions might follow IC and an unlawful field execution is manslaughter or murder and would almost certainly merit an execution but that is up to @OpTiCFaZeSoCkzZz.