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Develop Your Story / Re: Chelderan Chronicles: Worldbuilding
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:20:06 AM »
Synopsis (Democratic Republic of Mariana)
Civil Flag of the Marianan Republic

A tranquil union of city-state islands situated in the eastern side of the Geioic Sea, Mariana prides itself on its maritime trade and their seafaring endeavours. Deriving its name from the patron spirit Marian that is said to help guide ships across stormy seas and grant wealth and abundance to those that enter its waters, Mariana has enjoyed relative peace for most of its history despite the brutal wars that have lingered off its shores for centuries. However, as the world began to shrink with the rise of innovative technology and the gazing eyes of neighbors waiting to devour them in their quest for power and dominance, Mariana would soon find that they could no longer stay oblivious to powers outside their domain...

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Develop Your Story / Re: Chelderan Chronicles: Worldbuilding
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:34:02 AM »
Good to see you're still around kicking  8) It's been ages since you've been here  ;D

I still keep that Caesarea tagline around as a sort of origin to how I got started in MR to begin with  ;) If it wasn't for that little collab in the beginning, I wouldn't have stuck around as long as I do now. In fact... I almost can't believe it's been almost three years since I've been here  :ohmy: Nevertheless, I intend to put as much out as possible in my freetime... that is, if life doesn't get to me first  :ninja:

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break Room / Re: When this happens, do you feel self satisfied?
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:32:00 PM »
I simply do it out of common courtesy. I would think everyone would do that out of the sense that we are expected to look out for one another, rather than expecting to do so out of some contrived reward or benefit  :unsure:

There's nothing more dickish than someone finding a lost item and deciding to pocket it for themselves... I'm looking at you "wallet thieves"  :cop:

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Develop Your Story / Re: Chelderan Chronicles: Worldbuilding
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:19:13 AM »
The Imperial Central Government (Gallian Empire)
Seal of the Imperial Central Government in Polareia

The Gallian Empire, a powerhouse of innovation and progress, would not have survived the freezing, desolate continent of Hetra without a well-crafted system in place to guide it. Such system of laws and policies are all due to the complex, yet effective governing body that is the Imperial Central Government.

Comprised of tripartite systems of legislative, judicial, and executive branches, the Central Government is the main actor in procuring, providing, and enforcing the needs and basis of how, what, where, and when something is done. They provide the framework in which all Gallians follow and abide by, and is the force that reigns superior to all other governing bodies within the Empire. In essence, the Central Government is the Heart of the Empire. However, overlooking the bureaucratic and political systems that embody this organization is none other than the Emperor himself. Although the powers of the Imperial Government and the rights of its citizens are codified in the Codex Prime, all power is ultimately vested in the Emperor, as the entirety of the Imperial Government’s legitimacy and power is vested by the Emperor himself. Thus, while the Gallian Empire plays as a de-facto democratic republic, by law it is an absolute monarchy. Contained within the Codex Prime is what is known as the “Kill-Switch” clause. This clause allows the Emperor to at any moment suspend or terminate the Codex Prime. This effectively removes the Imperial Government of any power through delegitimization and defaults any and all decisions to the Imperial Palace. While the idea of such a “Kill-Switch” had been in fierce debate during the drafting of the Codex Prime’s first iteration, it generally was agreed upon that should the Emperor ever initiate the clause without cause, he would risk plunging Gallia into civil war, or as one jokingly said, “Bet My Life On It.”

Through the Emperor, the Codex Prime is given its power. And through the power vested in the Codex, the intricate systems of the Imperial Central Government operates. The first and foremost of these systems are the Legislature, the body in which all laws are introduced. Unlike most other nations that hold a unicameral or bicameral legislature, the Gallian Empire holds the unusual tricameral legislature. This tricameral legislature consists of the Imperial Assembly, a directly-voted representative body representing Gallia’s populace across the Empire’s districts, the Imperial Senate, representing the Empire’s provinces and territories, and the Imperial Parliament, a special body of notable individuals by which the Emperor has appointed from a prestigious group of people holding the endowed title of “Nobility.” Of these three bodies, each of them are tasked with different aspects of law.

The Assembly is grounded on “People’s Concerns.” That is, anything concerning the daily lives of Gallia’s citizens. Whether it be social issues or basic needs, the Imperial Assembly oversees any and all activities regarding the citizen. Welfare, education, labour, crime and taxes, these are only some of the issues the Assembly tackles in their day-to-day operations. It is also the only body in the Legislature that can accept a petition by the people and is by law required to vote on the issue after confirmation of the petition’s legality by the Court of Oversight. In contrast, initiatives approved by voters can be overridden by the Assembly through a two-thirds majority, should the Supreme Court not rule on the issue first.

The Senate, on the other hand, deals primarily in “State Affairs.” That is, anything concerning the grand system in which the Gallian Empire operates. Politics, diplomacy, trade and bureaucracy, these are examples of what the Imperial Senate specializes in. A step removed from the lives of commonplace citizens and a step deeper into the interwoven web of systems and structures, the Senate works to build upon and resolve complications within these systems. As such, the Senate is imbued with the power to appoint the majority of Supreme Court Justices to ensure laws passed by the other two bodies are in line with their systems. Whether it be drawing new district boundaries from the updated census, setting regulations for agencies and businesses, initiating public works, printing currency, or finalizing the annual Imperial Budget, the Senate keeps the Empire stable and afloat as the “maintenance worker” of the Legislature.

The final piece rests with the Parliament, which situates itself on “Universal Matters.” That is, anything that could affect the world as it is known. This particular body, dubbed “The Emperor’s Regency,” does not necessarily pass laws like the other two bodies as it does study them. The Parliament’s objective is to optimize and explore new ways of system and innovation that would otherwise be ignored by the other two branches, which explains the bias towards scholarly nobles that occupy the membership. From the electromagnetic rails that power the Transcontinental Network, to the economic models that govern interactions between businesses and consumers, to controversial issues regarding clone engineering and mass surveillance, the Imperial Parliament addresses these items armed with specialized knowledge and expertise in certain fields to properly answer them. Because of the sensitive nature some of these topics can be, Parliament is not required to refer these bills to the other Bodies of Legislature upon passing a simple-majority Non-Disclosure Vote prior to the actual debate. Upon successful passage of a NDV-bill, the new law is placed within the Codex Cipher, to which only select agencies and the Central Judiciary are allowed access to the contents unless permitted by either Parliament through a two-thirds vote, a ruling by the Supreme Court, or the Emperor himself. Because of the dangerous secrecy behind the Codex Cipher, there are several limitations on what can and cannot be placed within the Codex Cipher. The most important of these limitations is that the new law must not significantly obstruct or hinder the workings of any other laws outside the Codex Cipher. Despite this, there are ultimately paradoxes that conflict with many of the laws within Gallia, however are allowed to persist because they do not overtly break them. One of these results is the formation of the Secret Police, a special arm within the Imperial Police Force that allows for mass surveillance of its citizens even though the Codex Prime states a citizen’s Right to Privacy.

For any bill to become law within the Gallian Empire, the bill must first pass through all three Bodies of Legislature through a simple majority in each body. This is usually done in two main ways: either each house drafts their own version of the bill and reconvenes a conference committee to resolve conflicts in each body’s version of the bill, or is simply passed down the line to each house for revisions. Once the revisions are complete, all three bodies convene in the Central Hall for a final vote, again using simple majority from each house. So long as the format of bill introduction is agreed upon in each house before the process of bill drafting begins, the bill is validated by the Court of Oversight. Generally, however, the vast majority of bills follow the latter route, with the Assembly as the first bill drafters, then Senate, then Parliament for finalization. This is found to be the most efficient way of passing legislature. Very rarely is the former case of bill introduction used, and only rises as a result of a critical issue requiring input from all three bodies. To speed up legislative process from any unnecessary oversight, each body is equipped with a “Vote Waiver.” This allows a legislative body to excuse itself from voting on a bill if it is deemed unsuitable or inappropriate for its focus. This is typically done through a simple majority vote, to which only the bodies that have not waived their votes are required to participate in the drafting, revisions, and final vote in the Central Hall. Seldomly do the bodies ever need to convene in Central Hall as each body regularly calls upon the vote waiver when discussing issues outside of their line of focus. Thus, the majority of time spend drafting, revising, and debating are done within their own houses rather than within Central Hall. Once a bill is accepted into law, they are typically placed within the Codex Directive to allow for the bureaucracy to handle the new laws in place. Anything within the Codex Directive is considered subservient to the Codex Prime, and thus required to follow anything that the Codex Prime states. For anything to be placed within the Codex Prime, all three bodies of legislature must pass the proposal through a two-thirds majority in each house without a vote waiver. That is, if even one body decides to activate a vote waiver, the bill is automatically rejected for consideration for the Codex Prime and can only be issued within the Codex Directive.

Within all three bodies of legislature, a leader presides over each and every one of them to carry out and execute the laws implemented in regards to their respective focus. In the form of a plural executive known as the Executive Group, the President, Chancellor, and Prime Minister presides over the Imperial Assembly, Senate, and Parliament respectively. The President is directly voted by the Gallian populace while the Chancellor and Prime Minister are appointed by the Senate membership and the Emperor respectively. Their main tasks are to oversee the legislature within their respective bodies and to sign or veto the bills into law, provided their own body did not activate the vote waiver. If the vote waiver was activated, the executive for that body is excused from the two-thirds signature requirement. In the case the bill results in a stalemate, that is, a half-and-half veto in a one vote-waiver situation, the Emperor may choose to break the stalemate by issuing a decree to either accept or reject the bill, to which his decision is final. However, the Emperor must issue this decree in a timely manner, or the bill curtails back to the legislature for an override vote of two-thirds majority, should the legislature decide to override. This point makes it both a valuable yet risky political maneuver to entice the Emperor in making a statement about the issue, essentially “forcing the Emperor’s hand.” However, because of the system in place, the odds weight heavily in favour of bill passage. Without the Emperor’s support, an executive’s veto is near-suicide, as the Emperor could very well strip the executive of his office for misuse of powers, especially if the executive forces the legislature to a two-thirds override vote too many times.

Aside from leading their respective legislative bodies and the bureaucracy behind them, the Executive Group is responsible for delivering a joint report to the Legislative Union in Central Hall at the beginning of each year and to the Emperor at the Imperial Palace whenever called upon. This close intimacy with the Emperor that is rarely privileged among other members of the Central Government provides the executives with special information that few people are allowed access to, and thus serve as the de-facto bridges between the Emperor and the Imperial Government in Polareia.

All these tools to introduce and implement laws would be worthless without a system to validate such laws. This is where the Judiciary Courts come into play. Consisting of three branches in line with the tricameral system, the Judiciary Courts consists of the Supreme Court, which makes judgements on laws based on the Codex Prime, the Court of Oversight, which oversees and prepares law-making procedures in the Legislative Union, and the Court of History, which documents all workings, proceedings, and transactions within the Central Government and in the General Government as a whole.

The Supreme Court is the main attraction within the Judicial Courts, setting precedents over the entire Empire, subservient only to the Emperor himself should the Codex Prime ever be terminated. Their duties are to simply make judgements on cases passed on by the appellate courts in regards to certain laws claimed to be in violation of the Codex Prime. Once a decision has been made, all justices are required to write a statement of opinion regarding their decision for the Court of History to log. Depending whether they accept or reject an argument, the Legislative Union may be required to redraft a law, revise the Codex Prime, or allow the law’s nullification by Supreme Court Ruling. As part of an effort to avoid contemporary obsoletion regarding a justice’s interpretive decision, especially in regards to the highly-informative Parliament body, justices are cycled every twenty years and must be nominated by the Executive Group and appointed by the Legislative Union, with the Senate wielding the most power in this regard. The only exception to this however, are two Supreme Court Justices that are specially appointed by the Emperor to serve life terms unless removed or replaced. This is to serve as a balance between those with experience, and those who are familiar with the contemporary world.

The Court of Oversight manages the everyday workings of the Central Government and their proceedings. They ensure no means of foul play are afoot when handling the affairs of government and ensure proper procedure is carried out on every level. From bill proceedings to floor debates, to court testimonies and executive reports, the Court of Oversight enforces the law within the Central Government itself. Apart from overseeing procedures and reporting activities to the Court of History, the Court of Oversight also serves a more important role as legal advisors to the Legislative Union and Executive Group, providing them with detailed accounts of current laws in place that could otherwise conflict or be merged with suggested bills. Unlike other branches of the Central Government, the Court of Oversight is mainly comprised of career bureaucrats hired within their own system.

The Court of History, the last piece in the Judicial Courts, is not so much a court as it is a records-keeping organization. Its primary duty is to gather facts and evidence about the entire Imperial Government, not only to serve as reference for future governments, but also as an instrument for the Supreme Court. Like the Court of Oversight, the Court of History is composed of career professionals whose purpose is to take in records of proceedings and procedures within the branches of government, and tag and catalog those records for future use. It is through these records that discrepancies can be caught. Financial statements, bill revisions, voting numbers, redrawn district boundaries, these are only a number of what the Court of History accounts for, and while the job of investigation is not their primary role, the information certainly does help for the groups that do. In some matters for instance, the Supreme Court may look to reconsider a stance on a certain case given newfound evidence. In more serious allegations however, the Imperial Inquisitorial may get involved and acquire a warrant from the Court of Oversight or the Supreme Court to investigate members of the Central Government.

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Develop Your Story / Chelderan Chronicles: Worldbuilding
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:18:28 AM »
After some while of not getting into the swing of writing my on-the-back-burner stories, I decided the best course of action for me to get back into writing again would be to focus on worldbuilding, which I have neglected to do so for quite some time  8) For the vast majority of time, these notes have been nothing but pointers to which I would use to create the stories around them. But now, I am putting them here in full-fledged detail for all those lore-loving fanatics   :D Take care... they can be quite long  :ninja:

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Develop Your Story / Re: Death By Ex-Girlfriend (COMPLETED)
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:45:15 PM »
The lack of words is a quality in of itself. That said, if you believe it would do things more justice, then by all means go for it  ;)

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MR Pub / Re: You raff you ruse. (warning: may contain ecchi)
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:09:04 PM »

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break Room / Re: Official Homestuck Classpect Quiz!
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:22:23 PM »
Spoiler
Sign: Libra, Teal
Lunar Sway: Derse Dreamer
Aspect: Light
True Sign: Lipia

I'm... not sure if I'm really that charming. Somehow that doesn't explain the lack of females swooning over me. Maybe I'm doing life wrong  :confused:

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MR Pub / Re: The Velvet Room (aka the Tarot Thread)
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:27:22 PM »
We all have that little niche we find as a golden gem among the plethora of anime we get nowadays. I bet no one remembers Jubei-chan, a personal favourite of mine way back when  8)
Spoiler
For its time, the fight scenes in of itself was superb. You don't find much anime in such styles as these anymore...  :ninja:

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MR Pub / Re: The Velvet Room (aka the Tarot Thread)
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:01:45 PM »
Oh, I nearly forgot about this!  :o A pleasure to see you back up doing these things again, Malhua  8) I wonder if I can ask for a second reading...  :-\ but that probably is already putting much on the table. (Get it? Because... I'll go now)

As for that little picture in the OP, from the depths of Google, I hereby conjure my expert Interweeb skills to call upon Chikage from "Sister Princess"!  :D
Spoiler
A fairly old anime from 2001-2002... do I get super brownie points now?  :biggrin:

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break Room / Re: Nobuhiro Watsuki was arrested!
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:44:21 PM »
For me, fiction and reality are separate. That is an absolute, not some contrived gray-area in which we attempt to twist the message into some other meaning. For many, fiction is an outlet for tendencies that would most certainly not be accepted in real life. Indeed, this idea is protected wholly under the platform of Freedom of Speech. Conversely however, you shouldn't be forcing your "fictional" fetishes onto the real world. That's where you cross the line and generally isn't accepted. That's why you have authors and artists diving into very controversial subjects such as extreme gore, sexual fantasies, and other grotesque things, yet none of them are jailed for such expressions, but the moment those fetishes cross into reality is when one steps too far. It's when people lack the self-control to subdue these fetishes that becomes the problem.

You don't hear about Hiroshi Hiroyama, the guy responsible for "Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA?ILLYA" getting flak for... this:
Somewhat Lewd...


Yet the moment Nobuhiro Watsuki, the guy behind Rurouni Kenshin, which quite frankly the story had nothing even remotely to do with the allegations, gets convicted of child pornography, Rurouni Kenshin is suddenly "Forbidden"?
Spoiler


To me, that's just people getting their priorities mixed up and not having the maturity to understand that fiction is by no means Reality itself. Some people have a view that posing things in fiction is by its own an extension of reality, but that's just drawing false conclusions from preconceived biases. If those people were to have their way, we wouldn't be able to criticize the government because apparently writing books about rebellion is in itself the author wanting to commit treason... as an example. Thus why the concept of "Exclusive Separation of Fiction and Reality" is vitally important for Every Form of Media. It's why in Japan people like Hiroshi Hiroyama are free to do whatever they want with their work because it falls under this definition of Free Speech. Now if you were to try to pull the same stunt in the US, you could bet you'd have the police scourging your home for "Vile Content" despite the hypocrisy of it all.

Priorities...  :( People never seem to get it right. You'd think people would keep a calm mind and think rationally about these things, but apparently "going with the herd" is a much easier option... it's like that thing with Bill Cosby. The guy deserves everything that comes for him, but what's that stopping you from enjoying the humor behind the shows? Am I going to stop watching House of Cards because "Kevin Spacey"? No, I am not. And while people might jump on me saying that "You're supporting a bad person," I should remind them that criminals don't get a single penny when convicted. The revenue they make goes to the State instead to fund their incarceration (to add insult to injury  8) )

I... might have went a bit far in this rant, but I'll just conclude that I'm going to enjoy whatever media I wish to my benefit, regardless of any outside controversy that occurs. Let the legal system sort them out. I'm just the average joe looking for entertainment.  :o Now when it comes to controversies that directly impacts me (Looking at you, EA...  :cop: ) that's a different story.

But hey, feel free to enjoy Rurouni Kenshin as much as you like. Don't let emotions cloud your rational mind, and if anything, look upon it as exploiting the criminal's hard work for your own gain  8)

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Develop Your Story / Re: Melody Box (A Novel)
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:53:52 PM »
Original Group: Ravenport Pirates

MC Group: Rogue Ravens

Just my suggestion. Kinda plays off the idea of the two groups having history. As a suggestion, you could try linking the group's name to their place of original, or as an alternative, to a person's name. I don't really know much about your world to give an educated idea, but you'd know what you want  8)

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The reason the vast majority of anime (at least in today's sense) are adaptions of written works such as manga and light novel is because they have a tried-and-tested audience that are willing to buy such products. Most of the time they serve as glorified advertisements for the story, in which the studio themselves get a cut from the boosted sales of the original author's work itself, finance goods for figurines, pillows, albums etc. and all the other jazz you see.

You'd be very hard-pressed to find even one studio willing to consider, much less even make an anime original without any grounds to back your argument. Even anime directors themselves struggle to find support for anime original work even when they are well-known for their success. That's simply because the risk of a floundering failure is much higher when the idea simply hasn't been tested in the market yet. There's a reason you don't see dark, gritty realism in anime like you did in the 80s and 90s as you do today. There simply isn't a big demand for things like those.  :ninja:

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break Room / Re: Just Putting it Out There...
« on: October 17, 2017, 04:09:08 PM »
And here I was wondering whatever happened to that mind-tripping story of yours  8) It isn't easy coming up with a scenario that draws readers in like ants in a picnic; much less so readers that stick to it like glue  :D


Personally, I'm not one to remove my submissions on the off-chance I decide to finally flesh things out and finish it. Comes from my gripes about people posting fantastic works of art, then taking it all down one day, never to be seen again from the face of the earth...  :ninja: *stares at Youtube*

But hey, your stories  ;) You get to do whatever pleases you, like killing off the audience's favourite character for lols and giggles.  :biggrin: You have a knack for these kinds of stories, especially those involving personal struggles and enigma.  8)

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