Tomas Nau

Tomas Nau

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yeah, billionaires or tbh even single digit millionaires don't make sense if you assume an economy as cartelized/regulated/held back by distributional coalitions[1]. There's no sense to allow them to exist. The only reason you have this kind of leverage being...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Wasn't the chicxulub crater so paleontologically significant because of the geology where the area it hit was? Don't remember the specifics but I think on here, you or someone else said that the cretacious-paleogene mass extinction happened due to the...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    So it sounds like we've got a time limit on civilization, whether or not we make things more sustainable this century. One way or another we've got the milankovich cycles going to their more weird default state about 40,000 years...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Uh, accountability always is used against individuals and almost never large institutions. Really, outside of literal revolutions or a few other rare circumstances don't expect "accountability" to be used against the most connected/rich 1% or large instittuions. Better to oppose...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Was thinking more of it being for domestic consumption to keep the US more economically conservative+on board with the idea of a paratime cold war. Think like various movement conservative talking points about individualism, particular definitions of "freedom", individual vs...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Probably expect a US-Chinese codominion like Pournelle's US/USSR alliance, with the US and China both deciding authoritarian capitalism is the way to go. I can imagine the US/China deciding to use propaganda calling the commonwealth racist/antisemitic for not letting blackrock/the...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    So how long until the US's talking heads/propaganda shills starts complaining about the Commonwealth for being "racist" because they do things like having national healthcare, a basic income, not letting the economy be run by the finance sector, etc? I...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I imagine the commonwealth's taxation policy probably would weird out leftists in TL2 quite a bit. After all, they did learn from policy mistakes of TL2's past or present... Given the need for rapid industrial modernization, combined with wanting efficiency...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Fair enough. In terms of "stories I probably won't write because of focused on other stuff", I have wondered recently about doing an AU that crosses over with turtledove's worldwar/colonization. The premise is that on a few worlds, corrosponding roughly...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Personally I headcanon "knots" as just being representation of somem sort of "useful" part of a fractal -- the clan and the US/commonwealth call them knots because that's what they looked like....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    One or both sides ran on the other. Infinite worlds imo. Of course "infinite" doesn't mean the US and Commonwealth have engrams for them yet. The Forerunners or their successors are probably out there somewhere. Sure, they won elsewhere....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    As Charlie said upthread the timelines known so far consisted of 70% empty of humans/hominids, 30% paleolithic, The ruins of the Gruinmarkt, Timeline 4/the hoppers' closest nest and BLACK RAIN/TL3/The Commonwealth. So those options for her wrist tattoo don't lead...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    There's only a few timelines they've got engrams for right now with neither side being incentized to do that much expansion. The Clan didn't really have much reason to go a-wandering given medical risks of too much Jaunting before they...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Fair point. I just assumed a one off thing that showed they had those issues there in some form or another, but knew what black flag weather was due to learning about it from TL2. Between that and the "commonwealth...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I knew you referenced TL3 having global warming Issues of some sort but to the point where you have areas like Caracas in the commonwealth and I assume a bunch of african cities in France's west african colonies being either...
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