Circle Activities: the Mini-Convention

This is a bit more of a “update” post than Pacific content, since I’ve been absolutely swamped with work and life events. 

As you know, Pacific’s been a hobby and a labor of love for a long while. Over the years, due to health reasons, actual update’s slowed down a fair bit. As the primary driver of Pacific in its current form, I admit it’s been hard, but health isn’t the main reason for that slow down. What’s been harder is for me to reconcile the events and that alternative world that I wanted to describe (out of my dreams, you could say) with the world – and more importantly, the America – that we live in today.

To dream about America here, and then looking outside to see America as she is today. It hurts. 

Now, I don’t want to dampen your day with my griping, so instead, I’ll share something positive. The circle’s doing well – fast friendships are still forming, and as the specter of the pandemic lifts, we’re hoping to resume some of the things that we used to do (even if of course, technology and how we deliver stuff has changed quite a bit!) prior.

This thing that Zero’s put up is one of them.

Things are difficult in China right now, with travel restrictions and lockdowns still partially in place and only recently relaxing, but Zero’s experimenting with a new form of event planning. The idea is to take the convention that he’s fond of, and break that into smaller pieces targeting more specific, smaller groups. A lot of us with weeb interests are getting a little older and have more responsibilities on our plates, and it’ll be easier to get away for say, an afternoon or evening, instead of a full blown weekend.

Not only does this dodge the potential issues with crowding (a practical concern given China’s population density), but Zero thinks it’s also more likely to result in a better time for everyone. By organizing events around specific themes or topics, it’s assumed that because the events are smaller, you wouldn’t be attending it to have fun and meet people randomly – but rather, you’re here to have fun and meet people who you know for sure are interested in the same things as you.

This, for instance, is one of Zero’s ideas. A pilot event involving a camp-out in the middle of a nice park, themed around one of the circle’s favorite shows. Fried chicken and video games and a “drive in” movie. Doesn’t sound too bad, yeah?

Hopefully, if it turns out well, we’ll have some pictures and tales to tell! 

Lens of History (67): Circumstance

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Editor’s Note: 

STEC does not typically act in a policymaking role, though we do frequently intersect with politicians and policymakers given the all-encompassing nature of the Abyssal War.

In this instance, we would like to share a couple of internal viewpoints that are somewhat at odds with one another – specifically, the fate of the civilian oil reserves in the immediate aftermaths of the Abyssal War.

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Lens of History (66): Wargaming the Abyssals

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Editor’s Note: 

War is always unpredictable. However, it’s interesting to think that we seemed to have gotten more right than wrong for this case… Maybe those long, drawn-out wargaming sessions really did help?

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Slice of Life (2): Conference of the Seven Seas

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“Where History Comes Alive”

The brainchild program of the STEC Archivists & designed to be family-friendly and informative; an educational newscast where contemporary events are linked directly to the “topic of the day.”

Ostensibly to improve unit cohesion within STEC, the Conference of the Seven Seas is an annual military competition that is known for its unorthodox metrics of assessment. Last year, for instance, teams were tasked to build from scratch a firearm appropriate for the late 18th century and partake in historical marksmanship competitions. The year prior, teams were asked to design and subsequently build a fortification that would survive a hypothetical dragon’s attack.

This year, teams were provided with one objective: simulating WW2, teams are to assault an “Axis” position defended by heavily armored vehicles, with apparently nothing more than piles of scrap metal and broken down tank hulls. 

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