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  1. Thread inspired by Workable Socialism thread. I bought and read a horrible tiny text paperback copy of Atlas Shrugged a few years ago, and while I found the world described in the book as way too black and white, I still felt Rand presented a uniquely compelling argument. I agree there is a lot of talent in the world whose strive for excellence is hindered by too much red tape. Moreover, unsustainable and bloated entitlement programs mean we could not possibly continue as we do now. Thus, welcome to the Workable Objectivism thread. I know this thread will be contentious, but at least we'll have a lot of fun.
  2. I presume Westeros is similar to historical England where those who earned their wealth in trade would wish to save up/sell up and buy land to become Landed Gentry. How big is the typical gentry Estate and how many silver moons/golden dragons would be needed to buy in? And how much annual generated rents are we looking at?
  3. I feel that the sorcery of AWOIAF could be roughly divided into Water/Disease/Poison (Rhoynar); Fire and Blood (Red Priest/Valyrian/Dragons) ; Ice (Night King) and Forest Magic (Children of Forest, wood witches, Three eyed Raven and Wargs.) Could it be that there is some natural barrier or border that prevents practitioners of one form of magic from exercising continued overriding control of another form of magic? When Garin cursed the Valyrian host with Greyscale, the Dragonlords and Dragons seem to not have been infected while the regular soldiers were. If the elite were indeed infected, it would have been important enough to be recorded. So just like how Valyrians cannot control the water, perhaps Garin's curse could not seep into the fire made flesh of the dragons or enter the special blood of the Dragonlords. Moreover, so many animals have been warged, but never a case of dragons. So perhaps different types of magic could only fight head on, but never "infiltrate, control or subvert"?
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    Characteristics of a good ruler

    You're lucky. Remember this guy: Cyril Radcliffe, 1st Viscount Radcliffe? He drew that messy India partition border, and was made Law Lord, Knighted and later raised to Peerage. Thus, it seems I am over qualified, so where's my Lordship? Hmm, No. defending the levant was a nightmare. The fact that Anatolia was lost shows its defensive position wasn't good enough once the theme system decayed, despite your spirited but inferior analysis. A choke point at Sinai would be much better. Byzantine Syria Prima was once one of its most important regions and the land link to Egypt, and when it was lost, Egypt was cut off and lost too. Plus, the breadbasket of Egypt was so valuable it must be kept. With my division of Spain, North Africa, Egypt and Sicily as Southern Empire, it would be better defensive position based on two concentrated chokepoints at Pyrenees and Sinai. Investment into strong naval forces would protect the long coastline, and they'll have that money because of the shorter land defensive lines. The coastal areas you mention were vulnerable precisely because they lost North Africa. The Barbary Corsairs raided with impunity for a long time and there was little the Europeans could do about it. But if under hypothetical Southern Roman Empire hands, that wouldn't be a problem. I am aware, and it's worth paying for. You cannot let someone else's have Sicily, especially given it's proximity to the core of the valuable North African province. Moreover, with Sicily, you could sweep up the peninsula when strong enough.
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    Who got the most screwed over

    But the problem is Dany was the broke person, all she had was Dragonstone and her host. Plus, technically Jon was in charge in the North, and Westeros is traditional, so the dude pays for dinner. She was dumb for invading Westeros during Winter, she should've gone to take Volantis and linked up with Red Priests.
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    GoT Actors in Other Stuff - Part 2

    Yeah, loved the grail scene. Also, Glover looks a lot better clean shaven, even as a villain he was cool. That Pycelle beard makes him haggard and petty imo.
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    Why is Sam Grand Maester?

    Fighting is "not their forte" remember? Hightowers and Redwyns were probably even more decadent. Dothraki follow strength, No Drogon around = only three blood rider rule retroactively reinstated. So everybody good.
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    Tyrion and Sansa...

    Well, if they had Moon tea (basically a risk free contraception), maybe the maesters or wood witches god a solution to the STD problem too?
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    Tyrion and Sansa...

    Good point. Moreover, even if she married, she would still be in control as Queen Regnant, so she has to get a suitable marriage alliance ASAP or it's over. My money is on a Manderly, what do you think?
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    Why is Sam Grand Maester?

    Maybe they changed the rules, and now anything goes! Assuming Bronn solidified his authority in the Reach, he could simply make the Maesters elect Sam at sword point, and Sam is going to continue his relationship with Gilly while allowing Craster's son (officially his son) to be the next lord of Horn Hill (under his protection) because Tyrion would sign the paperwork to make it happen and Liege Bronn doesn't care.
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    Who got the most screwed over

    I agree, IIRC, the Hound looked into the fire at Beric's insistence and saw a vision of the NK crossing.
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    Who got the most screwed over

    Well, its like when you car pool, the passenger pays for the gas. Dany had the larger army and the dragon glass, so she was the "car owner" and Sansa had to pay for food (i.e. gas). Also, Dany burned the food because D&D made the dragon appear after the calvary so Jaime can do that surprised Pikachu face after he said " we can hold them off". The delay caused her to be late in deploying the flanking fire maneuver as the Dothraki had already crashed into Lannister lines. Thus she had to burn the things behind the Lannister Spearmen to disrupt their ability to retreat or scare them into breaking, as attacking the line directly would cause friendly fire casualties.
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    Armies of Westeros and Essos

    Yeah, good point. I always thought maybe the Ghiscari had auxiliary they hired somewhere? Maybe George simply didn't think that far. Also, perhaps the Dothraki were basically a scaled up version of Mongols when they were still dirt poor (i.e. before Ghengis). Just a bunch of warring tribes who can't really afford much.
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    Armies of Westeros and Essos

    To be fair, Essos was fragmented and mercantile. Kind of like Renaissance Italy city states that kept throwing Condottieri Mercenaries (mostly heavy calvary) at each other, and the Dothraki were basically Mongols who rode as an extension of their nomad lifestyle. Moreover, Unsullied were like B1 battle Droids (just better)--ready made, general purpose, and obedient troops. So if the buyer wanted archers and calvary, he needed to hire them elsewhere. As for Robb separating his host, IIRC, he was pressed for time so he probably could only take his mounted men at arms with him. Moreover, if he had to sacrifice to distract Tywin, sacrificing foot soldiers (peasant levies) would be more cost effective. Basically, Westeros was primitive. The Knights and Mounted Men at Arms were probably the Household Guards and the core "real army", everything else was just filler to them.
  15. The darkening hair was a allusion to the status of their mines. No more glittering yellow gold, just a lot of dirt.
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    Poetry in Valyrian

    I always thought High Valyrian was very cool. Whenever they spoke it on the show, it sounded as smooth as silk, yet authoritative and civilized. Really liked that conversation between Mel and Thoros.
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    So what was the third "oh shit" moment?

    Bet Tywin's chart got Saturn and Capricorn all over it.
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    So what was the third "oh shit" moment?

    Good point, she had the choice to sell the dragon eggs and buy real estate in Braavos, or hatch them. Also, when Viserys was trying to steal her eggs, he said that if he sold one, he could buy a ship, sell two a ship and an army, three would get him a very large army. That seems to imply if he sold three, he would get a big sellsword army but one ship only. I knew he was speaking casually, but still sounded odd.
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    why jaime didnt tell people about the wildfire

    But surely he should have known that him sitting on the iron throne was simply outrageous from any point of view? Even Alexander executed the Satrap the betrayed Darius.
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    why jaime didnt tell people about the wildfire

    Woah, never thought about it that way. The cavalier young Jaime might truly be this malicious, especially as his whole world seems to consist only of love for Cersei.
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    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    @Altherion Another thing is that she paid into both social programs. So it's not hypocrisy as some imply, she was only taking back what she paid in.
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    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    Not if you're discreet. It's a free market, and every employee at the top of their game does it. It's a simple reality, if you accumulate heavy obligations but serve at someone else's discretion, you're already courting crisis. The moment you realize this, the less bleak your life will be as more disciplined choices could be made. You need to read between the lines. The moment he started reassuring you repeatedly of company viability (most likely without offering any verifiable proof), it was already over and all his promises were no longer reliable. Moreover, the health insurance provider is a third party, so querying them directly to gleam some info on the status of your company policy is always a good idea when things are in doubt. You might not get a response, or they might not be allowed to say, but chances are it might be revealed to you that the premiums have stop being paid. It was blind trust that ruined you, so in the future, spend more time discreetly asking around. I understand you are at peak anger right now, and this thread probably feels like rubbing salt into old wounds- I knew it was going to be contentious- and I'm very grateful for your willingness to share your personal experiences to further the discussion. I strongly believe that your particular skill set is valuable in our digitalizing wold, and that with a bit of creativity, a lot of ambition and calm rationality, you may be a successful business owner in a few years, and you'll have all you ever wanted. Just understand that you have the opportunity to go from servant to master, something few have ever had in history no matter how talented they were.
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    An Intentional Bit of Humor?

    Exactly, it was a perfect mirror image. I read that Drogon is smaller than Balerion, so imagine how much more one-sided Aegon's fights were.
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    Casting the Characters Who've Been Cut

    Spot on. Really wanted to see Asshai and Marwyn.
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    Predictions on Game of Thrones Season Eight

    This would actually have been kind of a cool way for him to go.
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