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Editorial: Who Are We To Blame?

KLONDIKE, CPA Central Headquarters — Now nearing its ten-year anniversary, the teenagers of this community have proven that in the face of adversity, resilience can always prevail. But now, as we see new shifts in the Top Ten and what many would argue are new lows for the community, the age-old question has once again been asked — can something be blamed, and if so, what? 

There are a few points I would like to address before I move into this post. First of all, if this post was important enough to me that I would write it even in retirement, I hope that CPAC’s readers will take the time to at least skim over the points I cite as causes for the declining state of CP Armies. Secondly, I do not want to just be another voice in the pool of people screaming that armies are dying — for the record, I do not believe armies are dying. I believe armies have the possibility to die, just as they always have — I believe that possibility currently looms far greater than it has in the past. That does not, however, mean we are on a slippery slope that will eventually end in our demise no matter what we try. There are solutions; there are always solutions.

This post is not the musings of a depressed retiree. I am not coming back here to write in my free time — I simply have the time for this one post. I have not taken hypothetical darts and fired them at a hypothetical dartboard and written about the points I hit. I have done research on the history of armies and on the arguments of different individuals throughout the years; I have debated with friends and well-respected peers of mine before coming up with the list I present to you today.

8. The Xat Social Scene

The first on the list of things to blame for the state of our community is the creation of the Xat Social Scene, and the ripples caused by the existence of that social scene. Xat Chats began to spring up in the early years of this community, and have been used heavily since late 2007. The famous “ACP Social Scene” of 2009 and 2010 was a major off-battlefield achievement of Boomer 20’s leadership and led to ACP establishing itself as the major hub chat for armies. Leaders throughout the community have always valued Xat ranks on ACP above all other chats.

It is important to understand the changes caused by Xat Chats when armies began using them many years ago. Before, the focus of Club Penguin Armies was on the battlefield — this made armies more widely known to the average CP player, and it limited the types of discussions that could take place between members of the community (the vast majority, at the very least.) This provided for the 2007-esque major World Wars between powerful armies whose reasons centered around Club Penguin.

The shift from CP-based to Xat-based, obviously, made armies more social than they ever had been previously. Now, what could be discussed between two individuals easily and daily was vastly different. This might not seem like a big change, but think about it in terms of usurping a leader. That’s a hard thing to communicate over Club Penguin — it’s not a hard idea to communicate over a Xat Chat. This same logic can be applied to all kinds of ideas — news sites, army councils, rebellions, you name it, it’s probably easier to discuss over Xat than over Club Penguin.

If you divide armies into three generations, the Second Generation would be the group who joined between 2008 and 2011, we’ll block off the 06-07 crowd into a smaller generation simply because they were the founders. The crowd of 2008 and 2011 are the retirees of armies today, and their community experience was not focused on Club Penguin (like the First Generation), but on the Xat Social Scene.

To the right, you see screenshots of ACP and Nachos Chats — two of the oldest armies in the community, both taken on Friday, March 6th at 3:27 PM EST. This would usually be considered primetime, it is when the US crowds are returning home from school and when the UK crowds are still up, with it only being 8:27 in the United Kingdom. However, neither army is capable of keeping a full chat. The Army of CP, who was formerly the most populated chat in warfare by far, had only two troops on its chat Wednesday night. Something, clearly, has changed.

Let me make clear now to differentiate myself from the topic I introduced Xat Chats with — the changes they made to the landscape of early armies. While it could be argued that Xat gave everyone a forum to take armies more seriously (which leads to a boatload of changes), the early changes caused by Xat Chats are not inherently bad, and if you were thinking that while reading, I agree with you. The second point I want to discuss, however, is that Xat Chats perfectly model the reason armies are changing.

In both of the chats I mentioned above, sizes are heavily dwindling. As a veteran of 2008, most of my good friends are from years around then, and many of them do not log on anymore. Armies are seeing this shift in retirees finally giving up and finally leaving; finally deciding to not come back and lead their historic army for a sixteenth time. People of the Second Generation are giving up, they are going on to live their lives, and the community has not recruited enough troops to replace them.

Those experienced leaders who are left are apathetic — they parade around leading three or four armies a year in hopes that before they leave they will be named an Army Legend. The energetic — those being the few new recruits we have — are inexperienced and for the most part, confused. They are inexperienced because we have populated most of our top positions with Career Leaders, and so we do not give new, possible talent a chance to actually enjoy the warfare experience.

7. Army Media

This might confuse you, and I can’t say I’m surprised. Why would I, as the President of CPAWM, cite army media as one of the major reasons for the community’s decline? Well, it’s important to understand what I really mean in that short title. Army media is not inherently a bad thing — if I thought that, I wouldn’t have dedicated four years of my career to it. However, some of the changes the media subconsciously prodded along have drastically changed the way we play this game.

On August 5, 2009, a post was published called CPA Weekly. 

CPA Weekly was Woton’s own take on a rankings system that Boomer 20 had been publishing over at the Army of CP prior to the founding of CPA Central. It was Woton’s researched opinion on which ten armies had performed the best in the last week. There was no set formula, there was not an extreme amount of transparency so he would not be bombarded by any and every army leader, there were no decimal rankings. In fact, CPA Central did not have a public formula until two years after its founding, when Sklooperis returned from his retirement to tell of the system he had used privately when making the Top Tens.

Understand that word privately, because what it means is that army leaders did not (and were not) babysat, they were not walked through the things that must be done every week so that they could be .37 above their rival in the Top Ten. They were ranked, according to their performance. The system wasn’t abused because it couldn’t be — no one knew what the system was. And on some weeks, the Top Ten didn’t rank size and tactics at all. On some weeks, it ranked site design. On some weeks, it ranked winners of a tournament. It was content provided by a site that was observing wars, not causing them. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.

I was on ACP chat a week or two ago, watching an event between them and the Ice Warriors. It was being led by Maxy777 and Ahmed7569, and I wasn’t very involved in what was happening, but I did notice the series of statements you see above. Maxy says, “Should we just log off to piss IW off?” The average person would then be wondering why ACP logging off would succeed in angering their enemy. The answer, of course, comes in the next picture, where Maxy says, “They’re doing it for event points.” This is what the Top Ten has done to armies.

In case you don’t understand, allow me to explain. The current formula used would give the Ice Warriors more points for battling an army than for just logging on and doing tactics, and rightfully so. The Army of CP, likely because they cannot come up with the troops to face the Ice Warriors in this event, need to hit them in some other way, besides a Practice Battle victory. Thus, they resolve to hit them in taking a point away from them in next week’s Top Ten. Let’s magnify this.

The Multiloggers of CP are fighting the newly-reformed P.E.N.I.S. Army. The MCP could respond to the invasions of their combatant by actually showing up on the battlefield, but what good is that? They’ll be down by an average of 10 troops anyway, and both will claim victory. Wouldn’t it make more sense to ignore all 10 invasions? That way, if P.E.N.I.S. Army chooses to log on, they’ll get 10 points instead of 20, and if they don’t even log on for all of those failed invasions, then their margin of value isn’t even half. The MCP now schedules Practice Battles with other armies, bringing up their Head-to-Head points and thus overtaking their enemy in the Top Ten despite having inferior sizes.

The first time the Top Ten Formula was changed was two years after it was introduced, in 2013, when Boomer 20 and myself changed the way through which the numbers were entered (moving to Excel), and deciding to curve Ausia Events. This lead to more changes in the past year and a half (three) than versions of the Top Ten preceding it, period. Major changes in March 2014, November 2014, and small edits in January/February 2015 continue to make the Top Ten more transparent and more complicated. The job of those who make it is, consequently, more stressful.

Career leaders are obsessed with the Top Ten and constantly fight with Top Ten Makers to take sides in their conflicts with other armies by adding points to their score. Leaders find it okay to put news sites in the center of their political wars by fighting armies through the Top Ten, not through the battlefield. This is the way it has been for over a year now, so much so that blatant focus on the Top Ten (shaping their week so as to get the best score) has led to wars heavily diminishing. The purpose on which CP Armies were founded is becoming extinct because a number out of one hundred matters most to most of those in power in this community.

So, is this inherently the fault of those who publish it? No, not really. In previous years it was proven that Top Tens can be posted and interpreted in ways that provoke discussion and debate. Recently, however, Top Tens have provoked much more than discussion and debate. It is not the job of the writers of the community to shape their content so that army leaders can finally get a hold of themselves. It is the job of army leaders to separate themselves from the content — use it as a form of bettering yourself and your army, not as a way to get your anger out every Sunday.

6. Bastardization of Legendary Armies

The Legendary Armies of the community, despite whatever power ranking they may hold at a given point in time, set a certain precedent. We’re going to talk about three of them for the sake of this section: the Underground Mafias Army, Army of CP, and Ice Warriors. All three of these armies have changed in dramatic ways, either recently or a few years ago, from their traditional course of functioning. And while it may seem that these changes only affect the people involved with those armies, the community-wide precedent set by these changes is necessary to note. Before we continue, please take the time to read this excerpt from Daniel’s post announcing the closing of UMA.

Over the past few months UMA has been spiraling further down the canyon of dissolution. I didn’t anticipate any of this just yet, in fact, I knew that this post was inevitable, but I thought that delaying it for a few more months would avert all of the negative critiques from former leaders and veterans who think that it is fitting to ridicule and implicate the hierarchy of the army and accuse them of contempt. And then you have the older-veterans like Derek, who’s impertinence is second to none and would back the decision that is currently being made. Don’t get me wrong, this army is at its last cornerstone and I in no way to besmirch this army’s name by keeping it running on its last legs, that is disreputably discourteous and I would in no way act in a graceless manner. 

As the majority here are likely aware, the Underground Mafias Army shut down after months of leadership turmoil. You may argue that this is par for the course when talking about UMA, and you might be right, but there are some stark differences that should be noted. The final two major players involved prior to the closing of the army were Niceguy09 and Rockeyiceman1. These two are potent examples of the new crowd — energetic, but inexperienced and confused.

While they tried their best for UMA and were loyal to the army — which is more than can be said for most — they in the end lacked the ability to bring success to the army. Of all the leaders that had come and gone in UMA prior to its closure (and there were over 100) most of them had proven themselves, at least once before. UMA was famous for changing leaderships, but it wasn’t famous for having inexperienced leaders. As Daniel writes, the reputation of the army should not be allowed to continue dissolving.

This is an example of bastardizing a legendary army. The Underground Mafias Army has a rich history; it was one of the two major players in World War III, and has held powerful positions in the Top Ten off-and-on up until Daniel and Wgfv stopped leading the army a year and a half ago. Others tried to pick up the slack, but were ultimately unsuccessful. When the Second Generation leaves and a career leader cannot be found to replace them, legendary armies fall into the hands of the Third Generation, and more often than not, they fail to deliver. Thus, UMA shuts down.

However, this is far from the only way of bastardizing an army. The Army of CP and the Ice Warriors fell victim to the exact same thing: career leaders. At different times in the past year, both of these armies have seen drastic changes to the way they function and the way the community perceives them due to the people holding major ranks. This a term I’ve been using throughout the post, and since it isn’t exactly widely known throughout the community, I’ll define it below.

Career Leader: An individual in army warfare who leads multiple armies per year, usually above three or four, and sometimes with a group that follows them around. While similar to “army-hoppers,” there are a few differences that set career leaders apart: (1) they constantly wage war with other career leaders, (2) much of what they do is in pursuit of CP Army Legend, (3) they usually spread corrupt or harmful tendencies to the armies they inhabit in a given year. 

Some of the smarter individuals reading this post may have noted that this is the definition of most modern army leaders — we’ll get to that closer to the end. The Army of CP, under Cassius Brutus, hired Jerry and Sercan at the highest rank they could without destroying the ACP precedent of not hiring owners/very high mods. Both quickly ascended the ranks, eventually turned on Cas and worked with Flipmoo, you know this story. Where it gets nasty is where they become indicted for picture editing and multi-logging and then both quit and inhabit a Golden Troops reformation, where (not to bring up old sores) significant evidence suggests they had plans to do it again.

The Ice Warriors, just recently, circumvented an age-old precedent they shared with the ACP, where people join the army, and have to work to ascend through the ranks until eventually becoming owner, and if they are extremely lucky (considering IW has one of the lowest leader counts of any major army) they will become leader. Just recently, the army hired Andrew24, who has been consistently indicted for DoSing any and all opponents. I’m not here to criticize the Ice Warriors administration for this decision. However, you can tell from the two examples above that both armies have fallen victim to career leaders, and thus their age-old traditions have been bastardized.

Now, I pose a question. If you are a recruit, and you are forming an army, where will you look for a moral standard? The answer, likely, is in a conservative, traditional, legendary army such as the Ice Warriors or Army of CP. When I formed an army in 2010, I looked to ACP for how my chatroom should be moderated. And I ask you: if you see that these armies have abandoned their former moral standards, why should anyone bother keeping up their own?

5. Black Alliance Takeover of ’12

Full disclosure: I have touched on this topic before, and if you’re really interested, I encourage you to check out what I consider to be one of the best posts of my army career. This is the first of our points so far that references (and therefore blames) a specific event for the state of the army community as it is. If we are to blame an event, this event must have caused some immeasurable ripples throughout the community. I’d argue that the change in leadership of the Black Alliance did. I’d like to begin by quoting my previous post on this subject.

 I’ll be honest, I understood the Black Alliance movement when it first was formed. It was a group of armies standing up to the oppression of ACP, which had limited many armies to the number two spot in the Top Ten for far too long.

The unfortunate part is, the Black Alliance became extremely demonized, straying away from its original roots when people like Weatherboy1, Sir Proditor and Mr. Machado were at the helm of the alliance. The Black Alliance in and of itself wasn’t a bad thing, but the way they went about their work was. In case you haven’t noticed, topics like ignoring invasions and being against any and every form of authority have only recently rose to prominence. In a way, the wars of last year turned us into a much more hateful society than we had ever been.

Most members of this community remember what the Black Alliance did to ACP in 2012, but I’d like to start before that, because armies have been trying to do something to ACP for years. The Black Alliance, even, had tried previously, and it had been a more powerful alliance before this attempt. So what changed? Well, the leadership, first of all. Weatherboy, Proditor and Mach were replaced by Waterkid, Unknown and Ioioluk, and there’s a clear bump in talent from that change.

Secondly, ACP wasn’t in the best shape either. Kingfunks4 wasn’t exactly leading the army to great heights, and he suffered much from the propaganda-campaign the Black Alliance launched against him. One of the real ways Funks was defeated in 2012 was not on the battlefield, but was in the way he was unable to shield himself against the constant flame war from the Black Alliance. And flame wars weren’t the only new precedent set by the 2012 BA, because ACP wasn’t the only group they were giving a headache. The CP Army Council, which tried to do damage control against the Black Alliance, was unable because they didn’t respect the very thin fabric of rules that holds together warfare.

So maybe there’s a larger problem here that we’re trying to avoid confronting. Maybe all of us are too scared to imagine what might happen to morals, to authority and to war and debate if every army became like the 2012 Light Troops and the 2012 Pirates. The moral plague we suffer from currently would likely be nothing if the entire community disregarded the thin fabric of rules. We already see it happening, in small ways, because of the precedents set by the 2012 Black Alliance.

The Army of CP, while they didn’t lose World War VI, suffered major losses. While overthrowing Kingfunks4 made the army feel good, they lacked stable leaders to take up his position, especially after Ekpenguin9 retired. The fall of ACP, therefore, creates a power vacuum that we still see to this day — the Nachos temporarily solidified themselves as the number one army, but soon lost it, and now the position is constantly changing. This is good, in some ways, but in other ways it only leads to further reliance on the Top Ten.

4. Exposure of Hack/Raid Groups

The exposure of hack clans and raid groups is essentially an offshoot of the Army Media section, but due to wanting to focus on the Top Ten debate, I felt it was necessary to put this in a separate column. Let’s first define all of the things that encompass “hacking” in armies, and the multiple things that encompass raiding. We’re talking about defacing of sites, major exposures of IPs, DOXing/DOSing under the “hacking” category, and when it comes to raiding, we’re talking bot raids, chat raids, and the like. 

To the right you see a poster used by the Purple Republic during one of their many bouts raiding Club Penguin Armies. Similarly and preceding PR, the group I Am The Walrus tormented armies in 2009, and famously DOXed Person1233 after he challenged them on the Nachos site. I’m really not here to talk about either of those groups, however — I’m here to talk about the exposure we give them as a community.

Let’s talk about the Army Warfare League of 2013. During this tournament, a program called FollowBot was the most recent bot script in Club Penguin, and naturally, it led to a Purple Republic reboot. Here’s where army media and the community shoot ourselves in the foot.

We post on FollowBot and chats discuss FollowBot, giving FollowBot publicity. Thus, people want to know where they can get this program — people who have not yet gained attention in warfare, and want a quick way for fame. They get the program, and use it to raid the tournaments of CPA Central, who popularized the program in the first place. As a result of these raids, the tournament hosted by CPA Central is less successful, forcing controversial judging decisions to be made and sometimes battles to be rescheduled. Because of the tournament not being conducted well, armies immediately turn the blame on CPA Central. To summarize, what started with CPAC posting the news of a new bot script ended with major armies being dissatisfied with the site due to them not being able to actively combat bot raids of their tournament.

What makes this situation even more fascinating is that in the case of the 2013 AWL raids, the perpetrator wasn’t an outside group of adults who wanted to watch teenagers get angry — it was teenagers in the community itself. I remember the day of one of the battles, an Ice Warriors Moderator had recently gotten hold of the script and was playing around with it, you know, “just for fun,” and almost got his army disqualified because of it.

This same logic holds firm when talking about what we consider “hacking” in this community. One of the major story bases for army media is in reporting on site defacings and massive IP logs. While we’ve gotten better in the ways we report these events, it does not change the fact that we are sending a message whenever we cover a story of this sort: break the rules, be a skid, and you’ll likely get posted on for it.

3. The Autotyping War

The Rebel Penguin Federation had, for years, been used as a sort of pitstop for evolving (or washed-up) politicians and thinkers of the community. The golden age of RPF had come and gone, and the army rarely made its way into the bottom of the Top Ten. A user named Elmikey, who then was only the hardly-known Second in Command to RPF’s founder, Commando717, rapidly transformed RPF into a contender for the top spot in warfare — and made some headlines while doing so.

The army, who was facing off against the Nachos in what would become a legendary rivalry, reported sizes above 70 when figuring in lockouts. As the Rebel Penguin Federation continued to make bounds no army had in years, leaders questioned what Elmikey’s methods were. An understanding of this situation is pivotal — leaders really can’t be blamed for wondering what caused this new leader to rise an army higher than any had in a long time.

As Boomer20 noted in his three-part series on Autotyping, programs like this had been used for recruiting purposes since the time of Person1233’s leadership in the Nachos. When he and his cohorts were discovered for engaging in this, they were met with extreme disapproval from the community.

Similarly, during the ACP Leadership of Kingfunks4 and Antant98, the Army of CP was discovered to have implemented bot usage in a new, controversial recruiting program. They were again met with extreme disapproval. The CP Army Council condemned ACP and other recent spikes of bot usage, showing the attitude with which bot recruiting had been regarded for years. It was thought of as an abuse of the game, and those who did autotype tried to do so in secret, as Person and his Nachos did. Never before had autotypers been widely distributed to members of an army until very recently. At the conclusion of Boomer20’s three-part series, he had this to say about the slow, gradual acceptance of autotyping.

In short, we became lazy. Or perhaps we feared what we saw as our inevitable demise. Perhaps we took the easy way out. Or perhaps we found the only solution to an otherwise unsolvable dilemma. Some people maintain that it violates the rules set by a multitude of old army legends, but others are willing to overlook this so that they too can dream of becoming an army legend, no matter what methods are needed to achieve this. The reality is that this has changed everything. Recruiting has become a game within a game within a game. If you drill down from Club Penguin to Club Penguin Armies, you will find that in this modern era, what makes an army run is not nearly as much the loyalty of its soldiers or the talent of their leaders, but rather their willingness to recruit – to autotype. Is this all that we have become?

Not only has autotyping become important, but in many armies, it has become required. Promotions are dependent on meeting autotyping quotas and leaders are selected based on how many computers they can dedicate to autotyping. We have all but eliminated the necessity for truly gifted leaders and truly loyal soldiers by making nearly every army identical in procedure, and nearly every soldier identical in responsibility.

Once the Rebel Penguin Federation used autotyping programs more effectively — that is, by handing them out to anyone and everyone willing, instead of hiding it from the community, other armies didn’t condemn them for it. That point in our history, right there, is where everything changes. I was CEO of CPA Central at the time, and I can tell you that we had no major discussion on investigating into the RPF use of “bots.” I ask myself, nowadays, why we investigated ACP for the same thing and not RPF, or why Person came under community fire and not RPF.

What I did, and what you did, is separate the words “botting” and “autotyping” so that they were no longer synonymous. As Boomer20 noted, we became lazy. Career leaders changed the rules so that, in undermining laws set by CP Army Legends long ago, they too could aspire to be legendary. Autotyping has changed everything — it has changed what a good leader is and what a good troop is, and it has changed the enjoyment younger troops will get from the army experience.

I can tell you, and I doubt the community would disagree, that if I had been asked to spend an hour every day as an ACP Recruit in 2008, I would’ve left. I was there to have fun, to become legendary, to make friends and to vanquish my “enemies,” not to download a shady script and paste lines into it and leave my penguin spewing them for an hour, risking banning what then was a very important account to me. I don’t understand why modern army recruits do it — maybe I was more selfish than they are. Or perhaps that’s another reason why we’re losing recruits; another why that armies just aren’t fun anymore for the new generation.

It can be argued that while weakening the age-old rank hierarchy, changing the definition of a good leader, straining our relationship with CP Moderators, and making a generation of lazy troops, that autotyping is helping us in the influx of recruits. I don’t deny that autotyping has brought an influx of recruits, and a spike from the amount of troops we were drawing in during 2012 and 2013. And of all the things I blamed for the downfall of the community, if you’re going to argue one, this is probably the one to argue.

To decide your stance, you have to ask yourself: is what we gained worth what we lost? Much has changed, but was the change worth it? Was it worth redefining what a leader is, making the recruit experience worse, changing how promotions and demotions happen, and further straining our relationship with Moderators? Maybe it was; maybe you feel that it was, and I’ll respect you for that. But I don’t think it was.

2. Modern World Wars and Hate Steroids

It has become apparent that ACP has fallen under the same evil spell that so consumed DCP. That’s why NW will not tolerate this, I hope our allies feel the same way. After seeing these pictures, of ACP hiring mercenaries to hack NW, we must show them no more mercy. We had our suspicions in the past. They allied themselves with an army who too threatened to hack others, and this is why. They’re both the same.

That was Vendetta, Night Warriors Leader, on February 19, 2011 during what later became known as World War V. And here’s Mchappy, ACP Leader at the time, only 16 days prior to that.

Yet, look at NW’s site.  It’s full of threats and loads of violence.  They arecoercing/threatening the OA.  They are using violence on DCP.  They’ve called ACP terrorists which was an act ofviolence in words. They’ve called DCP names, threaten others, and have used violent actions and words on them and us.  Take a look everyone.  Are DCP the terrorists after doing one bad mistake; or are NW the terrorists after doing all of these actions and more?

The flame wars that erupted between the Night Warriors and Army of Club Penguin are cited to be one of the first major examples of a war of hate in this community. I would like to credit Mchappy at this time, who prophetically warned against hate wars and flame conflicts in armies, suggesting the two just end the war with one, major battle. But World War V, while one of the first, is far from one of the worst. Since that 2011 conflict, hate in armies has only spiraled. This idea, this philosophy of hatred, is the runner-up because it transcends all boundaries: nationalities, army allegiances, rank, anything. Hate is everywhere.

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The reason hate has begun to spread so vehemently is rooted in why wars are waged in modern armies. Because so many armies are constantly occupied by career leaders, the same wars are being waged over and over again, usually due to personal disputes or to settle a score that was started weeks or months ago.

But let’s say you’re ShrekIsLove54, and you lead our old friends from Column 7, the Multiloggers of CP. Your arch nemesis, Interior_Crocodile_Alligator, has just been hired to lead P.E.N.I.S. after a long bout with the Fish of CP. Before, when he led FCP, you two waged war that ended with one side calling it as 32-1-0, and the other site (ADMITTING DEFEAT ONCE, HOLY SHIT) calling it as 30-1-1. Since there’s really no point to wars like this, you eventually settled a treaty with Interior Croc, but now that he isn’t leading FCP, he has full liberty to attack you. And given his immense hatred for you (since you’re LITERALLY HITLER), he declares war.

Even though most of his troops don’t care all that much, Interior Croc knows he can’t just cite his reason for war as being enemies with you. So he comes up with a fantastic plan: he’s gonna call you evil, or Hitler, or a terrorist or a Nazi and make his troops feel like gallant knights riding off into the Klondike fields to vanquish “troops,” except they’re not troops, because the members of the MCP are so bad they’re hardly human.

That story sounds ridiculous, does it not? The sad thing is, it happens all the time. In 2013, the Rebel Penguin Federation constantly abused this tactic when it fought against the Nacho Army. In 2014, Elmikey abused his same influx of young, impressionable recruits in the Dark Warriors and instilled hate in them. Here’s an excerpt from my post last year on Elmikey’s detrimental tendencies.

Through campaigns against competing armies — and he competes with most at one time or another — he makes these new recruits, who are maybe nine years old, seriously hate those who they are fighting — that can be proved just by looking through CPAC’s comments, and it’s not healthy, especially not for little kids. Elmikey claims he wants to unite the community, but the tribal mentality he instills in the Dark Warriors is doing exactly the opposite — ripping CP Armies apart.

And Elmikey is far from the only one who engages in things of this sort. Since 2012, this kind of behavior has frothed and boiled over, and very few armies are safe from it anymore. It may have been funny then, and it may have been okay to joke back then, but ask yourselves, are you doing your part as a leader? Leaders are the parents of the CP Army Community. It’s been said that a child needs to be taught how to hate, and perhaps everyone will learn, but I don’t want to be the one to teach them how, and you shouldn’t want to be, either.

It’s not, not, not, not, not a morale booster. If you want to call out armies on your site and rally your troops against them, I encourage you to. But I encourage you to do it using information, and you don’t have any reason for declaring war — if you’re declaring war just because that’s what armies were meant for in the first place — then rally your troops. Make them feel like they’re protecting Club Penguin, not infiltrating bunkers in bomb raided Europe.

And if you’re a recruit, and you’re uncomfortable with the detrimental doctrine that’s being shoved down your throat, deal with it. Stand up to those that might be able to fire you this time, but in the end, will be the ones that ruin it all. 

1. Career Leaders

This is a column within a column within a column. I say this because I’ve referenced this term “career leaders” in most of the seven columns I preceded this with, and the reason I do that is to make clear to you how interwoven these people are into the fabric of modern armies. Let’s brush up on what the term means.

Career Leader: An individual in army warfare who leads multiple armies per year, usually above two or three, and sometimes with a group that follows them around. While similar to “army-hoppers,” there are a few differences that set career leaders apart: (1) they constantly wage war with other career leaders, (2) much of what they do is in pursuit of CP Army Legend, (3) they usually spread corrupt or harmful tendencies to the armies they inhabit in a given year. 

Before you continue, pause and take a look at our Legends Page. Read about some of the individuals that page honors, and read about the involvements they are credited with. What you will find is that an overwhelming majority of those people dedicated themselves to one or two armies throughout an entire career, not one year or six months. They became legendary for their loyalty and their dedication. But those words hardly mean anything to the modern army community.

These are the teenagers that spend most of their career going around, being hired by armies, and leading some seven or eight armies, maybe more, by the time their career is through. However, not all career leaders are involved with that many armies — some career leaders I can think of have only been heavily involved with two, maybe three. And there’s a grey area here because being hired by many armies because of your experience isn’t a bad thing, it’s a testament to what you’ve learned. But the unfortunate part is that an overwhelming majority of career leaders are constantly spreading hateful idealism and being indicted for scandals. Here are the three major problems.

Limits new, possible talent. 

If I’m a recruit in an army, and I want to make something of myself (just like all members of armies do), I want to work my way up to owner, and then leader, and make my mark on the community. But the promotions system in CP Armies has become so bastardized. Career leaders say that it is harder to get promoted once you get higher in the ranks, and there’s some truth to that, but there’s also some falsehood to that. Getting promoted wouldn’t be so hard if the ownership ranks weren’t constantly being filled with army hoppers, and not loyal, dedicated troops. You could sit at highest moderator for two years because the army doesn’t want to look to you, they don’t want to give you a chance. They want the proven autotyper — not troop, autotyper — who’s brought three armies into the Top Five this year. And that, right there, is where most of the modern army leaders are failing you, the recruits.

Maybe the Colonel; the low member rank who sits on chat and argues with everyone will eventually make something of himself, who knows? The answer is that it’s likely no one ever will know, because he’s going to get sick and tired of waiting long before his leadership runs out of “talented” autotypers to hire. Because career leaders have this obsession with snatching up the best army hoppers around, they never take the time to actually explore talent within their army. And so, when they leave, they are replaced with another one of the careers. It’s an endless cycle that it is rarely broken, only to be taken up once again directly after.

Spreads feuds between career leaders. 

This entire thing wouldn’t be so harmful if there weren’t so many career leaders. But of those armies that frequently fill the top spots, a majority — at some points an overwhelming majority — are being led by career leaders. Look at the current landscape of Small/Medium Armies, and the kind of news SMAP covers. Last year, the only major investigative stories SMAP ran were related to the series of scandals Earthing was involved in — and Earthing was a rare case.

Compared to SMAP, CPA Central ran over fifteen investigative reports last year, the majority of which led to admissions from the persons involved or had evidence so sufficient they were impossible to dispute. And in the AUSIA community, which is in some ways isolated from the corruption that has spread over so many years, scandals hardly ever surface. Most of the major multi-logging, picture editing, and flame scandals of 2014 can all be attributed to feuds between career leaders, feuds driven either by wars or by competition through the Top Ten (which is how most leaders fight wars now, anyway.)

Most career leaders are inherently corrupt. 

This entire thing would be a pretty small problem if not for this. We may still limit talent, sure, but we wouldn’t see the same people get indicted for the same things time and time again. Look, I understand that many career leaders are reading this, seething with hate at what I am saying. They think I’m wrong, and they believe I find myself to be better than anyone and everyone here. And maybe I won’t change most of their minds. Perhaps they are on a path to keep repeating the same failures over and over again, perhaps they will keep spreading their corrupt tendencies to eight year olds, and perhaps they won’t realize that it effects how those children live outside of this community. Perhaps they don’t realize any of that, and never will.

Maybe you find me high brow, but I’ve made mistakes during my time in armies, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I’ve fallen in with the wrong people as I found my way, and came to believe harmful ideas as I found my way, but the one thing that separates a washed up, media retiree from the most powerful people in warfare today is that I don’t get indicted for things twice. I make the mistake once, and then I learn. I ask what I did wrong, and how my actions will affect the people who work beside me. I don’t ask how they will affect my shot at CP Army Legend, or the next Top Ten rankings.

It is true that there is a great irony to the lineage from which I come — that of CPA Central CEOs. We are sometimes the most powerful people in the community, but other times we must confront that sad truth that we cannot inherently make you stop, unless we want to become corrupt ourselves. So maybe you’ll read this, and feel bad for a half hour like when someone you respect really hits you deep, and then you’ll get over it. Because no one’s going to remove you from the Top Ten for spreading hate, so if that’s what you’re here for, you don’t have much to lose. 

Make no mistake — I do not think myself free from blame. I have contributed to more than one of these issues that I dissected above, and I do not ask that you avoid contributing to them. That would be unrealistic to ask, because many of these things are the major mistakes players of this game become ensnared by. The only thing I ask from you, is to recognize when you make a mistake, and learn from it. I ask that as this community slides down a slippery slope toward its inevitable demise, you ask how to make the friction greater, if there’s a way to drive a spike into the ice. And if the answer is no, then you tried, and that’s more than can be said for those who are obsessed with statistics every Sunday and Legends Inductions every quarter. 

B1

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79 Responses

  1. This is very likely the most important post any of us will read this year, and I sincerely hope it is taken to heart. Great work B1 – you continue to establish yourself as one of the most insightful and good-intentioned people we have left in this community.

    • Couldn’t agree more, excellent post Blue!

      • Same

      • Very impressive, Blue. This is the most important post in history from what l just read, its really good. 100% lovely post.

        • Most worthwhile post that I’ve read here in CPAC for quite some time. Well put. Excellent post.

          • ^

  2. B1 is spot on about how career leaders in the ACP have caused moral decline.

  3. I would honestly blame that 50% of this community that (bad way imho) are either two faced, discriminating, hypocritical, retarded, or just prejudiced people who have an empty heart and mind because of their negative attitudes towards life itself and the social aspect of life and I mean this 100% pretty much, problem?

  4. I joined in 2011 and I’m still here. 😛

    • I joined in 2010 and I have been retired from armies since August 17th 2104 day before I turned 20 PURPOSELY too by the way and I first joined armies January 14th 2010 btw Lol

    • That’s one of the problems, the only people that really stay are the veterans.

      • ^

      • I’m still here you jewfag

        • LOL

  5. b1 going ham

  6. Btw best post I have ever read from Blue1 by far now 🙂

  7. Really good post Blue, puts everything in to perspective. I was expecting something to be said about CP cracking down on autotypers and blocking a lot of army slogans and sayings. I would think that almost every point you made has played some part in the shrinking of the army community.

  8. I agree and I would like to egoistically point out that I was warning people about the damage “career leaders” could and were causing in the community as far back as late 2012.

    • Biased dislikes intensifies and I liked your comment btw 😛

  9. Solid points, Blue.

    I can tell by your post that you have been systematically thinking about these various subjects for a long time, and it was honorable of you to share your educated opinions on these matters to the community with hope that they will consider your wisdom. That is the best thing we retirees can do. Good luck in life, and may Yahweh’s peace follow you wherever you go.

    *Salutes*

    • OMG hey Omega its Rocky from CPAC chat

      • I have yet to be featured as the subject of a CPAC article (wary). *Hint, hint, nudge, nudge). Haha

        • Being the subject of a CPAC article isn’t always a good thing.

          • Challenge accepted.

            • I will never win (Wary)

  10. Magnificent post.

    • Shut the fuck up A. ❤

  11. Ah, reading this post brought back memories of the NW ACP war.
    I can agree that it was the first “flame war” but the flame war has evolved into something much worse than the rivalry between NW and ACP.

    Good post.

    • Good times.

  12. here we go again….

    omg amazing post b1 *jerkjerkjerk* ur such a talented writer *jerkjerkjerk* very insightful *jerkjerkjerk* 10/10, best post of the year *jerkjerkjerk* couldnt have said it better myself *jerkjerkjerk*

    • Lmao that’s what I said on another post. It’s all editorials and all that are, authors praising authors, they do nothing for anyone.

    • Smgdh

  13. In all seriousness, I’m trying to think of a line of thought, or a perspective b1 didn’t put in his post, but he got basically everything. There is literally no comment I can make to advance the line of though Blue conceptualized with this post. I mean, this post covers virtually every bit of abstract controversy we’ve had in this community for maybe the last 5 years. I pride myself on commenting things that add to the conversation or ideas expressed here, but this covers everything so eloquently and masterfully I cannot do that.

    Fuck you, Bluesockwa1.

    • Wtfh

      • Rocky, how the hell did you justify making a reply that’s only 4 letters?

  14. I Totally agree to B1 (y) – Good post B1 🙂

  15. Excellent post. Sad thing is that army leaders won’t listen to this. Even if they do, they’ll feel they can’t change how they do things unless every other army makes the same changes – otherwise their army will be at a disadvantage.

  16. I woke up early this morning for some unknown reason. I remembered B1 linked me this post while I worked on the Top 10 and before it was posted on CPAC. Lying here in my bed I read it and names of people I have met in armies swirled through my head as I connected them to the points he was making. The first Career Leader in armies would be the legendary Trickster. B1 did not mention him and rightfully so. What did Trickster have that our current career leaders did not have? I’ll tell you. He truly cared about the army he was helping. I can’t remember hearing a story about Trick joining an army and getting couped a few days later. This one is for the career leaders. Do you, but ask yourself, is the current you the best you that you can be?

  17. Spot on with the auto-typing part. CP armies have become a game of who can play AFK the longest while their auto-typer is on.

  18. ”Most career leaders are inherently corrupt.”

    Being a leader myself (DCP) that is the most truthful point i’ve ever read.
    there was a time in when i was leading in LT that i spewed about two stupid posts that i realized days later what the fuck did i just do i am writing about DDoS’ing to 8 year olds that probably don’t even know or care to what it is. I’ve never been the kind of person to write that kinda of garbage in a post maybe earlier in my career but also then i wasn’t thinking properly. It was a constant flame war between LT and DW i can gladly say it got the better of me and it will not happen again.

    Going to what Albaro said and his point about CPA legends, from time to time i would check legend descriptions and compare leaders now to leaders then and it almost frightens me to see how in the hell did leaders now transform into such. And i know writing hate and spreading corrupt lies about how bad another army is will not get me anywhere in this community but will just make more evil rather than good. Actually give a damn about your troops instead of expanding your own ego to 1000 and giving 8,000 words of how great you were but reality is guess who made you great? YOUR TROOPS so love them and be honest with them.

    * my favorite troop in DCP is healthym3 and he told me a few days ago*

    ”was there a mistake in the ranks? because i was ranked up twice. I would like to be ranked up fairly can you demote me?

    Those kind of troops will have a career in this community because they are patient and eager to learn more he pc’s me everyday asking about how to do things and stuff like did i do good in battle.

    I can proudly say i am a role model to him and he looks up to me because i am honest.

    So for the so few that will actually read this amazing post, Change and change quick because i guarantee you will have some regrets when this whole community is said and done, but me? no i won’t have nothing to regret.

  19. This is one of the greatest posts ever on this website.

    • A nice follow up to this post would analyze the lack of armies. When I created my first army in late 2013, we maxed 4 and could not get into the SMAC top 15. However, a year later there are not enough armies to even fill up the SMAC/SMAP top ten.

  20. Okay I admit- I’m to blame 😥

    • LOL

  21. I have god and jesus and my family and friends and teachers who mean the world to me soo I don’t need anyone else

  22. It’s actually really weird as to why not only armies but CP as a whole have become so much smaller. With Internet so easy to access pretty much every community is growing in size that I can think of.

    • CP is trying to be more modern. Instead of sticking with a simple, fun, classic game, they’re trying to commercialize it and it’s killing the game.

      There was a show in the UK that I loved when I was younger called Blue Peter. It was 50 years old and had barely changed – very old looking – until they decided to modernize it to try and keep up with times and now it’s not got a 10th of the viewership it had before.

      • That is because theyre retarded

    • I question whoever disliked my meme and laugh at you Lawl

  23. The only people to blame for everything wrong with The Club Penguin Army Community are in my opinion these listed:

    There are heartless, empty minded, and careless people who talk shit about troops and veterans in their own army and or others. (This is what I would also say about people who are two faced, hypocrites, fakers, people who try to get attention, and posers)

    People like to army hop, way too often then necessary.

    Some armies will just hire anybody for owner or mod with experience and refuse to look at their good/bad history in armies first. (They be stealing credit from owners/leaders and mods who do their part for the army and make them look bad purposely just to get attention for themselves)

    Some people are too sweary and always use many swears that I and others find as terrible, stupid, innap, sinful, and bad words. (Here Is The Main List: Autist B#tch C#nt D!ck F#ck F#ggot N#gger Rape Retard P#ssy)

    People like to make stupid poor decisions and act like jackasses, know it alls, smart asses, fakes, or attention whores, etc.

    People can’t take constructive criticism because they’re too sensitive, defensive, easily offended, very emotional, or because social problems.

    People like to banish others for non-enemy army reasons such as the fact that they dislike, hate, or have grudge against them. (You know who those are)

    There are people who end up getting leader who don’t know what true leadership is in the first place which is major problem.

    People are racist, sexist, talking bad about religious views, disrespectful, unforgiving and you know the rest. (This is probably around 30-50% of the community when it comes to some of these)

    Lastly, some people just don’t have any self respect for other people’s personality, beliefs or differences in opinion, boom.

    • #Bastardization

  24. In the end we’re all socially awkward teenagers trying to control eachother. Each generation that follows gets smaller and smaller. Out of the close to 7 years I have been here, the one thing I have noticed is that every year, the amount of new recruits dwindles, little by little. It has gotten to the point that the new recruits dont take it as seriously, arnt smart enough, or just can’t handle the responsibility to keep armies afloat. So time and time again, retirees or at least people who SHOULD be retired, are forced to step in and make sure things get stablized.

    Evetually we’ll all have to get lives, or at the very least leave the community when it gets to the point that parents will think we’re sex offenders.

    • ^ Exactly so have some respect for others beliefs personality and difference in opinion

  25. I’ll join P.E.N.I.S for mod

    • can we compromise for highest member?

  26. Armies would’ve died long ago if it wasn’t for xat

    • I wish there were less armies period

  27. The bastardization intensifies

  28. CPAWM can’t be corrupt because it already is.

  29. tru

  30. Blame Obama. Anyhow armies aren’t what they used to be that certainly true, and I’m not sure if we can revert them back to that which they once were. Theoretically everything is possible but I think there’d be a lot of opposition and in the end we’ll just have to see how things work out.

    • Obama and dont forget his supporters because thanks to him the Jews are in danger of extinction because of stupid Iran

  31. 9/11

  32. I have realized that I’m not acting like a christian thanks to Albert417 and my other good Xat friend who I’ve not seen in 2-3 years who’s name I won’t reveal. I will no longer curse at anyone (Except for prick because it shouldn’t be a swear). I will no longer swear, even if people get on my last nerve. I will always follow Christ. Anyone who uses foul language towards me in a bad manner from now on will not be forgiven unless they prove they’re sorry. I don’t need pricks and so doesn’t anyone else. Anyone that swears in a bad rude manner just to be funny, you’re forgiven because I understand you. I understand humor you know. I would now like to apologize for all the annoyance that I have brought upon this community of half crazy half smart folks, I pray for sympathy and if you don’t forgive me you’re acting foolish. It’s not my way and should never have been because everyone is to be treated as equal. But that doesn’t mean I won’t get mad when somebody says a bad word I don’t like towards me, and I promise you that. Jesus Christ died for our sins and we need to follow and worship him for dying for our sake and our spiritual lives. Jesus Christ is my lord and savior and should be for all who believe in a peaceful good life. Jesus Christ without you I would not be here. Jesus Christ I will never disobey you for the rest of my life. Jesus Christ thank you for my home, food, friends, shelter, family, and everything that I have got in my life today. Don’t be foolish and just follow god and believe that Jesus Christ will spare you and send you to heaven and forgive you for all of your sins. Lastly, remember he’s watching you and always and my advice to all of you is to keep it clean with no sinful words of evil. Amen to those who will follow my path of living a good, spiritual, peaceful, glorious, and happy life.

    • Desolate your soul must be to deny jesus christ from your lives to those who don’t believe or have faith in him!

    • Is “pr*ck” not a bad word? I’m a atheist and I have a cleaner mouth then you 😉

      • I dont consider prick as a swear because I dont think it should be and if you read hard enough I pointed out I am changing my ways and if you knew me IRL you would realize that I have a clean mouth because I dont talk like this at home

      • I dont think it should be one

  33. RIH (REST IN HELL) Osama Bin Laden you will not be missed you devil of a fiend

  34. Swearing is bad

    • Swear you fagcunt.

  35. The better the CPAC post, the less life the author has.

    • LOL

  36. Blue1, always wise. I agree with 100% of your post. You touched on many great points.

    You career leaders who are infatuated with becoming a CP army legend, please heed his words. I haven’t been around for awhile but I have my eyes and ears around the community. The people will perish for a lack of knowledge. To all who still play this game, do not let ignorance be the downfall of this community.

    • Yeah

  37. Best CPAC post ever. I agree with it in the fact that a lot of these ambitious career leaders are all inherently corrupt because of their goals. They’d all love to be the next batch of army legends and they’ll do anything to get it. Even if it means hacking, doxing, botting, autotyping, and all sorts of other illicit activities that will ultimately negatively effect the local troops. (LT & DCP)

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