Open Thread: You And What Army?

(by Silver Adept)

The news of the past few weeks has had a lot of reporting on Russia invading Ukraine and then claiming the Crimea region wanted to be annexed into he Russian Federation. It was a clear violation of the agreement regarding Ukraine’s sovreignty, and that the agents who carried this out may not have been wearing identifying insignia is even more disturbing, and I wonder if it doesn’t constitute war crimes.

What sort of things do you think about this situation? Are there other grabs of power happening that need to be commented on? If you were in charge of your own personal army, what change would you bring upon the world?

Open threads are what you need them to be. If the topic doesn’t suit, or you have other things you want to talk about, feel free to change the conversation.

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7 thoughts on “Open Thread: You And What Army?

  1. froborr March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I wouldn’t want an army of soldiers, just elite assassins. Any war starts happening, they assassinate the Heads of Government and State of the aggressor(s). Repeat until war stops.

  2. Lonespark March 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Maybe the First Transvestite Brigade? They have the element of surprise…

  3. Lonespark March 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Also my son said something about an army of squid. I think it’s a Minecraft thing.

  4. Firedrake March 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    While I am an enthusiastic wargamer, I cannot help feeling that in real life my Legions of Doom would be better employed digging wells, building railways, and other such things. They’d win more friends that way, too.

  5. Lonespark March 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Yeah. I was thinking along the same lines. The only thing about that is, you want to give jobs to the local populace. I guess you could recruit them into the Legions of Doom, but I don’t know if you really need the extra step.

  6. christhecynic March 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    My legions of doom would reverse the decline of my university by forcing the bastards in charge to rehire the people who they laid off for no good reason and making it so they’re only able to make decisions based on real data rather than facts they pulled out of their asses.

    Once that was done they would get to work doing public works projects because the infrastructure around here is crap.

    I will not be overlord over such a mess, it must be improved.

    The tax code would be revised and anyone found to be raiding a pension fund would be sent to prison. “Golden Parachutes” would be replaced with actual parachutes made out of gold. CEOs and like people would be given the option of either giving up their golden parachute or going skydiving with it.

    If they chose the latter then whoever could recover the gold from the impact site would be considered to have earned it.

    CEO pay compensation would be capped at, say, 20 times what the lowest paid worker made. Anyone actually reaching the limit would be seen as an acceptable target for spitting at. Above the limit is illegal, but that doesn’t mean that at the limit is socially acceptable.

    LePage would be sent back to Florida, they could deal with him as they saw fit.

  7. lonespark42 March 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    @christhecynic: “Golden Parachutes” would be replaced with actual parachutes made out of gold.

    I would vote for this campaign. And march. And even…shudder…phonebank.

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