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  1. For me, the most magical of moments was the Santiago campaign with the Brits Every night we were up in force in our 1st rates. That moment when you bought the flag and set sail was awesome. The thrill you get once you see the banner fly that the flag has been pulled. The Spaniards gave us great fights and managed to fight us off time after time, but then this one night we succeeded and took the port. We were so ecstatic. Best feeling ever! Sailing and protecting the flag was probably one of the most exhillarating things I can recall. I liked the element of surprise way more than we have now with these pre-set times. I am a bit busy at the moment so don't really have time to play anymore, but I hope to be able to sail with and against you boys (and girls) in the future. Cheers lads!
  2. I would like to propose the following holidays to be included! Paganism[edit] Carnival Bahá'í holidays[edit] Main article: Bahá'í Holy Days Naw Ruz (Bahá'í New Year) 1st Day of Ridván 9th Day of Ridvan 12th Day of Ridvan Day of the Covenant Declaration of the Báb Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Martyrdom of the Báb Birth of the Báb Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Ascension of `Abdu’l-Bahá' Sikh holidays[edit] Vaisakhi Lohri Diwali Raza Buddhist holidays[edit] Vesak Magha Puja Pchum Ben (Cambodian) Asalha Puja Buddha's Birthday Bon Festival (Japanese festival) Blessed Rainy Day (Bhutanese) Poya Celtic, Norse, and Neopagan holidays[edit] In the order of the Wheel of the Year: Samhain (Celtic): 31 October – 1 November, Celtic New Year, first day of winter Winter Nights (Norse): 29 October – 2 November, Norse New Year Yule (Norse): 21–22 December, winter solstice, Celtic mid-winter Imbolc (Celtic): 1–2 February, Celtic first day of spring Ostara/Easter (Norse): 21–22 March, vernal equinox, Celtic mid-spring Beltane (Celtic): 30 April – 1 May, Celtic first day of summer Litha (Norse): 21–22 June, summer solstice, Celtic mid-summer Lughnasadh (Celtic): 1–2 August, Celtic first day of autumn Mabon/Harvest End (Norse): 21–22 September, autumnal equinox, Celtic mid-fall See also: Swedish festivities Chinese Religion holidays[edit] Chinese New Year Mid-Autumn Festival Ghost Festival Duanwu Festival Qingming Festival Qixi Festival Christian holidays[edit] See also: liturgical year Advent All Saints' Day All Souls' Day Annunciation Ascension Thursday (Ascension of Jesus into Heaven) Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent) Assumption of Mary (Assumption of the Virgin Mary) Candlemas Childermas Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Corpus Christi (Sacrifice of Jesus) Divine Mercy Sunday Easter (Resurrection of Jesus, end of Lent) Easter Triduum Holy Thursday (Celebration of The Last Supper) Good Friday (Death of Jesus) Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Easter Monday (Monday following Easter Sunday, not part of the Easter Triduum) Epiphany Feast of the Sacred Heart Feast of the Immaculate Conception Saint Valentine's Day Lent (40 days of penance before Easter) Pentecost or Whitsun (Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus) Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (last day of Carnival, last day before Ash Wednesday) Winter Lent Watch Night The Catholic patronal feast day or 'name day' are celebrated in each place's patron saint's day, according to the Calendar of saints. Hindu holidays[edit] Akshaya Tritiya Baisakhi Raksha Bandhan Mysore Dasara Diwali Diwali (Laxmi Puja) Diwali (Govardhan Puja) Bhaubeej Durga Puja Ekadasi Ganesh Chaturthi Gokul Ashtami Gudhi Padwa Guru Purnima Holi Karthikai deepam Krishna Janmaashtami Mahashivratri Mahalakshmi vrata Nyepi Bhogi Makara Sankranti Kanumu Navratri Onam Pongal Rama-Lilas Ram Navami Thaipusam Vaikunta Ekadasi Vijayadashami Ugadi Jewish holidays[edit] Main article: Jewish holiday Hanukkah (also: Chanukah, the Festival of Lights) Passover (Deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt) Purim (Deliverance of Jews in Persia from Haman) Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Shavuot (Festival of Weeks; Harvest Festival) Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) Tisha B'Av (Day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples) Tu Bishvat (New year of the trees) Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Simchat Torah (Completion of the Sefer Torah) Shemini Atzeret (The beginning of the rainy season in Israel, sometimes confused as being the 8th day of Sukkot) Shabbat (The day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and the holiest day of the week Saturday) Lag B'Omer (A Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar) Muslim holidays[edit] Islamic New Year – on first day of Muharram every year Ashurah – tenth day of Muharram. Muharram is the first month of the lunar year. Chaand Raat – Eve of Eid ul-Fitr Eid (feast): date determined by the lunar calendar and observation of the moon: Eid ul-Fitr – on the first day of Shawal. It marks the end of Ramadan, the fasting month. Part of honoring this occasion is "zakaat ul-fitr" (giving alms to the needy on the day of Eid ul-Fitr). Eid ul-Adha – on the tenth day of Dhulhijjah, the twelfth and final month of the lunar year. Eid ul-Milad an Nabi – Celebration of Prophet Muhammad's birth Nisfu Shaaban Nuzul Al Qur'an – First revelation of Quran Holy Month of Ramadan / Fasting – First day of Ramadan Laylat al-Qadr Jumu'atul-Wida – on last Friday before celebration Eid ul-Fitr Isra and Miraj – Prophet Muhammad's ascension to heaven. Arafat – Eve of Eid ul-Adha Western winter holidays in the Northern Hemisphere[edit] Main article: Christmas and holiday season See also: List of winter festivals and Chinese New Year The following holidays are observed to some extent at the same time during the Southern hemisphere's summer, with the exception of Winter Solstice. Thanksgiving – (fourth Thursday in November in United States) — Holiday generally observed as an expression of gratitude, traditionally to God, for the autumn harvest. It is traditionally celebrated with a meal shared among friends and family in which turkey is eaten. It is celebrated by many as a secular holiday, and in the USA marks the beginning of the "holiday season". In Canada, since the climate is colder, the harvest season begins (and ends) earlier and thus, Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday in October. Winter Solstice, Yule – (Winter solstice, around 21–22 December in the northern hemisphere and 21–22 June in the southern hemisphere) — The celebrations on the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, are traditionally marked with anything that symbolizes or encourages life. Decorations of evergreens, bright objects and lights; singing songs, giving gifts, feasting and romantic events are often included. For Neopagans this is the celebration of the death and rebirth of the sun and is one of the eight sabbats on the wheel of the year. Hanukkah – (26 Kislev – 2/3 Tevet – almost always in December) — Jewish holiday celebrating the defeat of Seleucid forces who had tried to prevent Israel from practicing Judaism, and also celebrating the miracle of the Menorah lights burning for eight days with only enough olive oil for one day. Christmas Eve – (24 December) — Day before Christmas. Observances usually include big feasts at night to celebrate the day to come. It is the supposed night that Santa Claus delivers presents to all the good children of the world. Christmas Day – (25 December) — Christian holiday commemorating the traditional birth-date of Jesus. Observances include gift-giving, the decoration of trees and houses, and Santa Claus folktales. Kwanzaa (USA) – (26 December – 1 January) — A modern American invention held from 26 December to 1 January honoring African-American heritage, primarily in the United States. It was invented in 1966 by black activist and marxist Ron Karenga. St Stephen's Day or Second Day of Christmas (26 December) — Holiday observed in many European countries. Boxing Day (26 December or 27 December) — Holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on the first non-Sunday after Christmas. New Year's Eve – (31 December) — Night before New Year's Day. Usually observed with celebrations and festivities in anticipation of the new year. New Year's Day – (1 January) — Holiday observing the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. Incomplete list of National holidays by country[edit] Korea national alphabet day 9 October Secular holidays[edit] See also: International observance Many other days are marked to celebrate events or people, around the world, but are not strictly holidays as time off work is rarely given. Halloween (31 October, especially in the UK and former British colonies, including the US, Canada, and Australia). Formerly All Hallows' Eve, it is a highly secularized outgrowth of Christian All Saints Day and pagan Celtic Samhain (both on 1 November). International Women's Day (8 March, particularly in former Soviet bloc countries and mainland China) International Men's Day (19 November in Canada, Australia, India, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Singapore, South Africa and Malta) Labour Day, Worker's Day or May Day (1 May in most countries. The United States and Canada both celebrate on the first Monday in September) Mother's Day (date varies widely, e.g. second Sunday in May in parts of North America, 10 May in Mexico; in the UK it is on the fourth Sunday in Lent and has an Anglican origin) Father's Day International Day of Peace (21 September, decided by the fifty-fifth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations) Regional[edit] Other secular holidays not observed internationally: Lee-Jackson-King Day (20 January) Combined holiday celebrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1984 to 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday in January in the United States) Groundhog Day (2 February in United States and Canada) Darwin Day (12 February). Commemorates the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general. Presidents Day (Third Monday in February in United States; US federal holiday). Honors the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln Confederate Memorial Day Celebrated by the original Confederate States at various times during the year; still celebrated on the fourth Monday in April in Alabama Longtail Day (Final Thursday before a Leap Day; Isle of Man) A day of bad luck Patriot's Day (Third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine, United States) Earth Day (22 April) Celebrated in many countries as a day to cherish nature. Queen's Day (30 April in the Netherlands) Labour Day (Many European and South American countries celebrate Labour Day on 1 May) Constitution Day (3 May) is one of the two most important national holidays in Poland (other being National Independence Day on 11 November). It commemorates proclamation of Constitution of 3 May (the first modern constitution in Europe) by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1791. Youth Day (4 May in the People's Republic of China, in commemoration Beijing students who protested against Western imperialism on this day) Victoria Day (Monday on or before 24 May in Canada, also in some parts of Scotland) Flag Day (14 June in the United States, 2 May in Poland) Juneteenth (19 June) Official holiday in 14 states that commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas (unofficial in 5 other US states) Canada Day (1 July) in Canada, celebration of the date of the Confederation of Canada. Formerly known as Dominion Day, as this was the day on which Canada became a self-governing Dominion within the British Empire. Independence day or National day (4 July in the United States and other dates in many nations; it is the most important holiday in various countries around the globe.) Pioneer Day (24 July in Utah, United States) Army Day (1 August in the mainland territory of the People's Republic of China) Labor Day (first Monday in September in the United States (federal holiday), and Canada, where it is known as Labour Day) Grandparents Day (Sunday after September Labor Day – proclaimed in the United States by Jimmy Carter in 1978) Columbus Day (Celebrated by the U.S. on the second Monday in October.) Nanomonestotse (Starts the third Monday in October) Celebration of peace, observed within some Native American families. Guy Fawkes Night Day (5 November) In memory of the failed Gunpowder Plot by Guy Fawkes Celebrated in Great Britain and other countries of the commonwealth Melbourne Cup Day (held on the first Tuesday of November – the day of the Melbourne Cup in the Melbourne metropolitan area) Saint Nicholas Day (5 December in the Netherlands, 6 December in Belgium) Boxing Day (26 December in the Commonwealth of Nations) Unofficial holidays[edit] See also: Category:Unofficial observances These are holidays that are not traditionally marked on calendars. These holidays are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some are designed to promote a cause, others recognize historical events not recognized officially, and others are "funny" holidays, generally intended as humorous distractions and excuses to share laughs among friends. Beluga Whale Day (2 February) Friday the 13th April Fools' Day (1 April) Bloomsday (16 June based on James Joyce's novel Ulysses) Black Friday (The day after Thanksgiving in the United States.) Brookemas (7 July) (The worldwide celebration of the birth of Allyson Brooke Hernandez) Buy Nothing Day (The day after Thanksgiving in the United States) Christmas Eve (24 December) Festivus (23 December) First Contact Day (5 April) (The day Vulcans establish first contact with humanity) Friendship Day (first Sunday in August) GIS Day (The Wednesday during Geography Awareness Week in November) Giving Tuesday[1] (The Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States) Galactic Tick Day (every 633.7 days, starting October 2, 1608) International Cannabis Day/Four Twenty (20 April) (counterculture holiday for promotion of marijuana) International Talk Like a Pirate Day (19 September) Ninja day (5 December) Marathon Monday (local name in Boston for Patriot's Day) Mischief Night (30 October) Mole Day (23 October) Monkey Day (14 December) National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday in June) National Gorilla Suit Day (31 January) National Hug Day (21 January) No Pants Day (first Friday of May) Pi Day (14 March) or Pi Approximation Day (22 July) Record Store Day (third Saturday of April) Robert Burns Day/Burns Night (25 January) Super Bowl Sunday (Day of the National Football League championship) S.A.D. – (Singles Awareness Day) (14 February) Star Wars Day (4 May) "May the Fourth be with you" Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday in October) Tax Freedom Day Towel Day (25 May) (a tribute to the late Douglas Adams) Women Gamers Day (18 June) (A day for girls who enjoy video games) Opposite Day (25 January) (day where you do everything opposite) Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day[2] (29 May) Lost Penny Day[3](9 May) Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day (27 July)
  3. As it has come to my attention that right now the dispersion of english speakers across the various nations is not particularly even and that this influences the possibilities of all nations to fight in all timezones, Sweden has started a new quest to try and balance this. We propose a new clan (GODS) for our nation so that people can feel welcome from whatever background they come. (We often hear they get scared away by the German in Sweden, the French in France, the Spanish in Spain and the Russian in Danmark-Norge. All players that are willing to switch for the good of the game and continue having fun are welcome with us! I will translate between German and English if necessary and all of our PBs are in English as well. Those interested can message me on the forums or in game (Thor the Almighty) Cheers to all!
  4. Hmm... I think you posted the wrong anthem Christendom. I believe this is your anthem.
  5. Again... I believe you are missing the point I am trying to make. (Might be due to my phrasing being a non-native speaker) I responded to this thread in the hope we could find a midway solution so that no night flip controls need to be put in place. I am trying to assess the possibility of giving you, the US, proper content by having people that play in your timezone on our side as well
  6. The discussions however got quite fiery and I do have my doubts whether it will be received/outed in cincerity. Still the long term problem will persist. I can fully understand that the non-EU players also want nice fights, but for this player dispersity should be changed, I guess? Sweden is already discussing/working on taking in more non-EU players. I think the efforts must be made on both sides. I have experienced playing with several countries and I must say that as an English speaker your are not particularly drawn to the other block by a language barrier. This is something which might need to be overcome. All players should receive equal content opportunities
  7. Personally, I am against night flips at the current stage of the game. (Low population) Right now we are in the awkward position that everything is being merged into one server that used to be EU... It has become a more global server, however the distribution of people playing in non-EU timezones is not even. One problem that does not help with this is the very low server population at this moment, which makes it so that the number of non-EU players which are not in the GB/US/NL/PR block is not high enough to give any meaningful form of resistance. There could be a community driven solution to this problem by having some non-EU players switch in support of the other block. (Will probably not happen?) Or we need some nightflip control. If only we had bigger numbers there would be no need for these kinds of solutions. At this point DK from the DK/SE/FR/ES faction is close to quitting, perhaps more will follow. This cannot be good. I am sure we all just want nice fights. These player-attrition battles need to STOP! Yours faithfully, The Turncoat
  8. Anolytic you sir are a true gentleman for posting this
  9. Haha crap... I spent too much time on the forums during my experiment Now it has exploded...
  10. Indefatigable and Endymion if I am correct. Btw they removed your perk
  11. I fully agree with Otto Kohl on this one! Get rid of most of the fortresses and towers. Only place them at really strategic capitals and please for the love of god reduce the AI fleets by a factor of 2... places like Christiansted are infested with AI... Please bring back positional spawns again. Those were perfect. I ... hate... the huge drag circle and the small tag circle... it ruins our SAILING to every port battle every time...
  12. First of all I love the signaling perk Would have loved to see some changes to the RoE. Would have loved to have had the new PB, but apparently we have to wait Better be worth it hehe Honestly, I would've given the fine wood system a rework instead of completely removing it as it was generating some cool PB content. I love the battle instances that spawn in a fixed location Cant wait to test it out
  13. As Lord Vicious points out the various flaws and offers possible suggestions, I do feel that I should represent the, in my opinion somewhat underrepresented, fleet sailors. Many points are made, understandably from a pirate's perspective. Therefore, I would like to share part of my perspective. What I would think would really boost the game, ... again in my opinion as a fleet sailor, is more fair (BR limited?) fleet engagements. Lord Vicious correctly points out that most big fleet engagements have disappeared with the disappearance of the flag system. I feel like there should be more incentive to sail in organized fleets as that is the content I and many other players seem to enjoy. I could summarize my day as gameplay right now as follows: A certain nation wants to contest a port, so sets out to do missions (or even worse Warsupply-bombs, which I think has been mentioned enough), the other nation notices it and tries to respond. As enemy resistance is noticed a bigger amount of players amass in the region of both sides and some cool fleets are formed. However, right now the tendency is to amass a fleet bigger and more numerous than the opponent so that the opposing fleet could easily be crushed. Eventually, one fleet will end up the biggest. Once the two fleets meet, mostly the following happens: the smaller fleet runs and the larger fleet chases, EVERY effort with respect to preventing PvP between the fleet is taken by the smaller fleet, which succeeds rather easily with the new tagging system. My point is... there should be some sort of incentive for fair FLEET fights, maybe BR based... I do not know the specifics. If someone could maybe propose a plausible idea I would be forever grateful! I hope this was in any way a helpful contribution to this thread. Regards, J. Swigglebottoms
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