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Editorial: Welcome to This Year’s Political Fad, Absolute Anarchy (And You Can Waste Your Time, Too!)

KLONDIKE, CPA Central Headquarters — I apologize for being the fifth or so editorial in the past week. No, just kidding, I don’t. I’m sure there is something happening in this community, but I can’t move myself to give a rat’s ass, and I’m sure some reporter who is active will cover it eventually. (Eventually.) Anyway. 

Recommended Reading

Taking the time to peruse any of the articles listed below will greatly help your understanding of the arguments that will be made in this post, and of my general views on the army community and my philosophy on its purpose and preservation. While it is certainly not mandatory, it is a recommend pre-requisite. Your friends, family, and community will thank you for taking this time to better understand Club Penguin Warfare. 

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For many months now, the community has been widely, always unanimously, conscious of the decline it is undergoing. Some of the greatest minds of the community — and I use that term lightly, because many of whom have since retired; we have not had an influx of luminaries recently — have taken to studying this issue, because the slump in which armies currently are is surely different, if not worse, than any slump the community has experienced before. 

The argument that has reached a rather large consensus among anyone in the community who knows what they’re talking about purports to be an explanation as to why armies have seen a drop in the number of incoming recruits. The theory is that the “revolutionary” ways of recruiting introduced by Elmikey and Waterkid100, that were effective for a time, were never going to last forever, and the community made the mistake of thinking they would. Autotyping and bot recruiting ended up just like chat recruiting; a small fad that would not sustain armies in the long run. However, unlike chat recruiting’s failure, which just kicked armies off the tracking chats, the failure of autotyping and bot recruiting had long-term effects.

Yes, oddly enough, choosing to plaster Club Penguin with programmed robotic sentries when we left our computer running to do something more interesting (because we’d get promoted for being the best autotyper anyway, when was knowledge ever a requirement for promotion?) was not the best idea in the world. When our hosts began to crack down on these practices, they also disenfranchised many troops from the basic recruiting practices that have been used since the earliest armies; now, even if an army wanted to recruit using the old way, it would be rather difficult to do so, as even words like “troops” have been blocked. We have, essentially, taken to relying on pure luck.

And so, then, the reasons for the decline in basic, incoming recruits has been explained. However, in our fixation on finding a theory that could conquer that issue, we have ignored an issue that is just as important, if not more important (and is consequently the reason why no solution to our recruiting troubles have been found.) Seldom have we come to question why this new era of armies, 2015 and 2016, is without its figureheads, without its visionaries. Since the retirement of some of the last great thinkers and theorizers of CP Armies in 2013 and 2014, no one has come to fill the gap left by them; no one has proposed ways to pioneer or even greatly change a community that relies so heavily on change. And with that, the philosophers and visionaries of Club Penguin Armies, often relegated to irrelevance because they could not produce users on a chat or penguins in the Plaza have gone away, and with them, I fear, has gone the preservation of this community; instead, it has descended into an apathetic, anarchic, purposeless journey — and these aren’t just intangibles. Data backs it up.

I. 2006 and the Pioneers of Mammoth, and Mammoth Boredom

These series of constant battles between these clans and newly formed organized armies is recognized as World War II. Although hundreds of clans were probably made during this period, the main clans and armies that are known to have existed and participated in this era were the Romans, Vikings, Pirates, Penguin Secret Agency (PSA), Army of Club Penguin (ACP), Club Penguin Army (CPA), and the Club Penguin United Nations Space Commission (CPUNSC).

The above text is a description from CPAC’s History Page on what has come to be known as World War II, or the first wars between clans organized on the Miniclip Forums. This is distinctive from World War I, which refers to the snowball fights that took place between the Red Army and Blue Army during a party in the early days of the MMO. Little is known about either of these wars; they are small and largely irrelevant when compared to the some of the greatest conflicts of army history — World Wars IV, V and VI — and they are largely called “world wars” so that they will not be forgotten, so that we remember the earliest roots from which we came.

During my time in armies, I was often discredited by my colleagues for holding a rather unpopular view about the early legends and figureheads of armies: namely, that they were just lucky. I find myself rather unimpressed with almost everyone from this era outside of the true greats, the Oagalthorps and Pink Mafiases. Most of them are famous for being leaders of clan, groups of wanderers who probably met on Club Penguin after school while they snacked on potato chips and Kool-Aid and chased each other around. The legends of early armies, by and large, are lucky to have been born so much earlier than the rest of us, because becoming legendary now requires so much more than it used to. 

In glorifying these people who were largely unimpressive, many have also made the mistake of glorifying the era as a whole. When Elmikey returned to armies in 2013, his entire argument centered on returning armies to the warfare of 2007 (which is a notably more evolved form of warfare than that of World Wars I and II.) This slogan, however, came to mean a return to chaotic, snowball warfare, and while that’s definitely more fun for recruits, a great amount of things about the evolution of armies was misunderstood by this campaign. Those who were enjoying “Hunt-and-Kill Battles” in 2013 and 2014 were doing it with the help of a chat, and a website, and many of the luxuries of modern armies. In this way, these battles, which were reminiscent of old warfare, were an escape from the boring emoji-offs that these recruits had come to know.

I’m all for that, but it’s very important that we understand the difference between mimicking the original essence of warfare while maintaining the evolution of warfare and reverting to the earliest ways of the Miniclip Forums. Let’s not forget, while the first two major wars of armies are forgotten, the earliest war that remains in our minds and is still retold, discussed and argued today — the war between ACP and UMA, two titans of 2007 — began because of manipulation of the game, began because everything started to change, and finally war was about something more than chasing another color to the Ski Hill. There were stakes, ideologies, and morals. All of that was truly present in Oagalthorp and the ACP standing up to Pink Mafias being the first abuser of the game in the army community.

Warfare gets interesting then, at that very moment; that is the galvanizing factor that moves us away from a community that cannot sustain itself into a community that is four months away from its ten-year anniversary. I am a firm believer that if Pink Mafias never wanted to hack the game to get coins and items, and if Oagalthorp never rallied a group of troops to stand up to this cheating, then warfare would have failed, that roaming around on Mammoth would have become clans afflicted with mammoth boredom, and warfare wouldn’t have even survived its first year.

II. Kingfunks4, The Klondike Wall, and the Influence Debate

The debate over what influence CPA Central should have on the army community has shifted drastically over the years, through changing eras and changing administrations; however, whatever was theorized by those in power at CPAC at any given time had an enormous effect on how the warfare community functioned. For many years, CEOs of this site have pored over the original writings of Woton upon this site’s founding for a better understanding of what he intended this site to be. The two major arguments, either for CPAC’s wider influence or against CPAC’s wider influence, point to two phrases written by Woton in the earliest months of this site: his constant referencing to CPA Central as the first army news site, or his common use of the phrase that this site’s mission is “literally in its name, to be a center for all armies.” wJkIWUP

During Woton’s first time, one would be hard-pressed to find any evidence of abuses of power. I’m not quite sure Woton even knew what he wanted the site’s long term goals to be, and so it came to be that the CPA Central of the early months was very simple, and not much of the community center that Woton had envisioned. Also contributing to the lack of major influence on CPAC’s part was that, prior to the growth of this site, a series of armies published things which were intended for the entire community; Boomer regularly logged which armies had performed best that week on the ACP site during his tenure.

In modernizing the site and hoping to raise it out of its simplicity, Iasgae56 broke some ground in advancing the influence of CPAC. However, it’s important to keep in mind that up until 2012, it was uncommon for anyone to hold the job of CPAC CEO for longer than a year, with most holding the ranks for somewhere between four months and eight months. So, then, it was not long until Iasgae56 turned leadership of the site to Sklooperis, who is, to this day, famous for his likability in the public eye. In holding the achievement of this likability as a major goal of his administration, Sklooperis was not one to pioneer community-wide influence for CPAC. I should note, in the interest of full disclosure, that Woton and Sklooperis both made attempts to bring about a CP Army Senate of sorts, but both also went to great care to guarantee that it was not closely affiliated with CPA Central.

It was the administration of Bluesockwa2 and Kingfunks4 that famously demonstrated how community-wide influence on behalf of CPA Central, when done the wrong way, could be perceived as ridiculous and lead to long-term perceptions about the site and the people that work there. During the first iteration of the Light Troops, back in 2012, there was a great amount of tension between the army and CPA Central due to differing views on the warfare community and a series of small events that aggravated tension, added to the fact that Kingfunks4 and Bluesockwa2 both had strong ties to the Army of CP. All of this led to the Light Troops making their site into an anti-CPAC propaganda hub, and encouraging other armies to spread a banner all over the community that encouraged rebellion against CPAC. At the same time, these same figures from the Black Alliance side of warfare founded CP Army Accuracy, a news site which, to this day, is remembered as one of CPAC’s strongest competitors.

So LT, you expect you can publicly degrade my site, while still having us cover news about you and feature you in the Top Ten, giving you increased publicity and new recruits? I think not. This is to let you know, that if you continue to defame CPAC, there will be consequences in the treatment yuo receive on this site. 

— Bluesockwa2, CPAC CEO, 02/17/12

The Light Troops would not remove the images that had angered Funks and Blue2, and so this led to them being the first army to be essentially censored by CPAC. They were removed from the Top Ten, suspended from participation in future tournaments, and, for all intents and purposes, pretended to be nonexistent. This was met with public shock and outcry —  while the Light Troops were one of the most unpopular armies at this time (as they have almost always been throughout their history) many saw this for what it was: a badly-done publicity stunt. Many knew, and surely the CEOs knew, that the Light Troops could not be ignored for the rest of their existence. The Light Troops did eventually remove the propaganda from their site, and seven days after their original banning, the Light Troops ban was cancelled. While CPA Central had seemed to win in successfully demonstrating its superiority, the site’s reputation would be damaged for months because of this — WweFreak123’s comment, below, is strangely prophetic.

One of the major sticking points for those that opposed CPAC’s decision, as mentioned by Wwe above, was that CPAC insisted that the Light Troops remove a header that depicted dead ACP soldiers as part of it. While the site claimed that their opposition to the header was due to it being inappropriate, it was widely believed that CPAC was against the header because the penguins dying in the header with ACP, to which the administration had close ties. 

 These accusations of CPAC favoring ACP are ones I do not discuss lightly, of course, because the mistakes made in handling the Light Troops crisis were directly handed to me when Kingfunks4 left CPAC to assume the rank of ACP Leader, and I was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in the summer of 2012, only five months after the LT-CPAC conflict. For months, I struggled with two major issues in light of the previous conflict: continued accusations of CPAC favoring ACP, and really having no idea how to punish any army for anything.

While I would never argue that what the Light Troops did was worthy of punishment by CPA Central, there were some things that I faced during my tenure that I felt were worthy of punishment — namely, when armies like the Club Penguin Pirate Army continually raided tournaments after losing a battle in an earlier round. Unfortunately, not being able to think of any other method besides the method used by Kingfunks4 against the Light Troops, I made a similar misstep, banning the Pirates from the Top Ten for their tournament raids. It did little to solve the problem, and little for CPAC’s image.

There was, however, one time in CPA Central’s history that this site handled its influence when challenged by an army powerfully, and set a precedent that affected the community for months following. 

The Klondike Wall is one of the most famous events of the 2013-14 era, and of my CPAC administration. It was birthed out of Blue2 and myself being endlessly frustrated with not only the challenges we were facing from Elmikey, but also the continued failures of policies used against the Light Troops and Pirates to actually fix the problem. We planned, then, to galvanize what had always been a joke — declaring war on CPAC, and CPAC fighting back — and to make that into one of the final, gratifying statements of our career. I’ll let my interview with Albaro Lord on the topic from last May explain the rest.

The Klondike Wall was a radical plan Blue2 and I constructed. It was, in many ways, our final hoorah — this would be our last active summer with the community, and it was a political statement. As much as it was something against the Dark Warriors’ tribal mentality, it was also a final gratification to all those who said that we were not Army Legends, and that we had not forever changed the landscape of army warfare. Instead of a fifth editorial against Elmikey’s poisonous tendencies, we decided that the staff of CP Army World Media, along with eight of the Top Fifteen armies, would demonstrate against the Dark Warriors and in favor of free media on that Saturday, August 16th. The Dark Warriors, should they choose to ignore this demonstration and disrupt the Legends Cup Finals on its new server, would be now facing wars with eight armies.

Initially, we received agreement to participate from the Light Troops, the Golden Troops, the Doritos, the Nachos, the Ice Warriors, the Redemption Force, the Water Vikings, and the Night Warriors. By the time that Saturday came around, Andrew24 had pulled out of participation in some angry rampage, and the Light Troops had shut down. The six armies we were left with, however– when amalgamated by CPAWM staff — were more than enough to amass over 150 troops on Club Penguin, almost doubling the highest size the Dark Warriors had reached all summer.

The prospect of this eventually lead to Elmikey being removed from power in the Dark Warriors by means of a forceful coup d’etat, and the Legends Cup V, the final that I oversaw, to go off without a hitch. The coup came as a total surprise to us — even we hadn’t expected our little show of force to be as successful as it was. While, surely, there were those who felt that this was also an overreach of power by CPA Central — that a news site cannot fight a war — I would argue its success was based on embracing the idiocy of us being asked to fight a war in the first place, and in us using the surrounding community, instead of only our airwaves, to demonstrate against Elmikey.

This moment was the peak of CPAC’s influence, and was the peak of CPAC’s influence done correctly. It had famously peaked previously, and peaked in a way that was done very wrong — Funks’s response to the Light Troops, or my response to the Pirates — but the Klondike Wall shattered all previous records, and as Bluesockwa2 and myself left this community and passed the reigns to Zakster and Funks, we felt we could not have left our successors with a better place from which to take control. Then, things went very wrong, very fast.

III. Abort Mission (Re: Zakster, World War VI)

I’d like to tell you two parallel stories now: one of 2012 and one of 2015, one of a war and one of an administration, one about a consensus and one about a reaction; however, both reach the same conclusion of a frenzied abandonment of everything that we had come to know, and that had worked before, but that we did not think would work again. I’m going to tell these two stories at the same time, because I think their greatest effect is when they are woven together.

I. The first story is about Zakster, originally chosen as part of a triumvirate to succeed the Bluesockwa Brothers. However, 78562cool, my Executive Producer, soon decided that his legacy would be best fulfilled by his retiring with Blue2 and myself, because he had helped to craft so much of our administrative message in the final year of our tenure. This was fine with me, but I failed to realize at the time how well 78562cool would have held that triumvirate together; also, I failed to realized how badly the partnership of Zakster and Kingfunks4, without him,  would be.

II. The second story is about the war between the Black Alliance and White Alliance, which has come to be called World War VI. This war was one of the longest, but also most sporadic, wars in army history. Not a single army who participated in the war fought for its entire duration, with the umbrella term “World War VI” referring to a greater form of alliance warfare that is what one would expect, but also a series of smaller conflicts involving the new Black Alliance, the old Black Alliance, the Light Troops, Pirates, Army Republic, Nachos, Army of CP, and many other players.

I. While Zakster was surely better than either of the CEOs with which he served (though that may be due to Funks angrily quitting and Mach being too inactive to fulfill his enormously powerful vision), let it suffice to say he failed to understand the message of CPA Central, and the spirit of those who had come before him. Zak famously tried to emulate the, for lack of a better word, dickishness for which Blue2 and myself had come to be known. However, he emulated it rather terribly, for with my looking down on others always was a comedic aspect, and always was a genuine care for the betterment of the community. I’m not sure Zakster ever shared that, and if he did, he never portrayed it, and so he came to be publicly known as a huge asshole.

II. The war (and by that I mean the alliance warfare and the other sporadic conflicts) lasted for over a year, and though it was not the largest war ever to be fought in this community, it was certainly the most politicized war in army history. Waterkid100 and his followers usurped the old Black Alliance — names like Mach, Weatherboy1 and Proditor — but shared their mission (killing ACP), albeit for different reasons. This time, however, a few major things were different that distinguished it from World War IV, where we saw The Great Alliance also take on the Army of CP.

I. Zakster’s reputation in the public eye didn’t help anything, and in some ways I think that it was that public perception that led to the evolution of his views on CP Armies. No one, including myself, really understood what was going on with Zakster throughout most of his term — he seemed to not want to do any of the job, but he didn’t retire, either. It came through most evidently, at first, in the ways he shoved multilogging condemnations down the throats of CPAC’s viewers, complaining about how he had to write them in the first place and never seeming to enjoy holding one of the most powerful ranks in armies, or recognizing the enormous effect his every word had on the community. (See here, here, and here.)

II. In being the most politicized war in army history, it tore the entire community apart in the process. What was most curious to me, as an observer but also a commentator, was the position of armies like the Nachos in World War VI, along with the feelings of the old Black Alliance kingpins on what the new ones were doing. Neither the Nachos nor Mach, Weather and Proditor wanted ACP to hog the top spot on the Top Ten (and that’s where the Black Alliance originally came from, lest we forget), but it’s important to remember that the ACP was doing pretty awfully at this time. The new Black Alliance simply wanted to kill ACP to kill ACP, because Waterkid wanted to kill ACP, not so anyone could get to the top, and armies could get interesting again.

I. Then there’s this curious post that I found as a draft on CPA Central towards the end of Zakster’s time with us — he’s since, for the most part, disappeared. The post is titled “I Hate Club Penguin Armies,” and while you’d think that might be a clever title to lure you into a post where he actually doesn’t say he hates warfare, it isn’t. The post is literally about how much warfare sucks, with my favorite line being, “Over these five years, I’ve seen so many aspects of this community, [and] I can comfortably say that I hate almost all of it.” He also does not absolve himself from blame, though that also leaves me wondering about the point of the post. However, though the post is confusing, it sums up Zakster to me: he inherited the influence and clout that Blue2 and myself earned, and he used it to look down, mock, and laugh at the entire community, often with no lesson to teach, just to laugh.

II. After the war, and after the destruction of the Council proposed by Boomer 20 that attempted to salvage armies throughout the war, another army-wide meeting was called. This meeting of all warfare only worked because it was proposed by xiUnknown, someone respected by the entirety of the White Alliance, but also a figurehead of the Black Alliance. He was one of the only people who could do it, and luckily, he did. At this meeting, a Christmas Ceasefire was proposed, that led to the ending of the war in January of the next year.

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I realize these stories are very different. However, as the title of the page suggests, they are told together because the we (in Zak’s case, CPAWM after he disappeared, and in war story, the community) in each story made a reactionary decision because things had gotten so bad. This decision, however, reversed everything we had come to believe in. Allow me to explain.

Zakster’s handling of the influence that I had achieved — and I note achieved — was so detrimental to what CPA Central’s mission was, and so detrimental to what we were trying to accomplish, that it led to us to questioning if this influence and power was ever meant to be here in the first place. I didn’t specifically give an order for Zak’s successors to tone down the influence thing, to tone down the lectures and the multilogging reports; however, it’s happened, and I think in many ways I subconsciously thought that was the way it was supposed to be.

In the same way, World War VI so rocked the community that we needed a break from stupid, hate-filled battles, this much is true. However, the two week ceasefire that was agreed upon in Christmas of 2012 has seemed to continue to this day. Rarely are large wars that involve and interest the entire community fought, and rarely do the small wars matter much in the long run; they are often just an exercise in getting frustrated and spreading hate.

It seems that in an effort to learn from World War VI, we have destroyed warfare as a necessity in Club Penguin Warfare. It also seems that in an effort to learn from Zakster’s mishandling of the honor that is CPA Central CEO, we ran scared of the influence that we knew CPAC could exert well and should exert, so long as the site does not overstep its boundaries, and retains the support of the general warfare public. And so, these two pillars, different in their effects and different in their causes, have toppled. We aborted mission, and went running, but with it, we seem to have lost everything that makes warfare interesting.

IV. In a Post-CPAC World

The year is 2016. You’ve done it! Finally, the corrupt and disgusting influence exerted by CPA Central on the army community has been vanquished. Never again will corrupt CEOs through the ages — with names like Kingfunks4, Bluesockwa2, Woton and Bluesockwa1 — never again will these gremlins attempt to exert their influence over the free army community. CP Army Libertarianism bubbles up like a molten chocolate cake, it feeds the soul of every free army leader who has ever hoped to be able to cheat in peace! Finally, the day has come! 

Unfortunately, all those who, for years, have railed against CPA Central and politics as the things that are removing the simplicity from the community, seem to have succeeded. And with this success comes a boring community, a community without visionaries and without thinkers, without galvanizing leaders who inspire war, inspire Legend Status, and inspire others throughout the community to do better. Perhaps with our fixation on recruiting, or the loss of our ability to do so, we have forgotten that once we get recruits here, we need to keep them here. And truly, nothing about our current community is making them stay.

Let’s take a moment to review what we have discussed. Essentially, I have brought to you a series of happenings and reasons for why everything interesting about warfare has gone away or been changed drastically, and pointed out that while everyone is focused on bringing in the everyday recruit, no one has asked why this era is devoid of visionaries. When I chose to write this post, I was clearly aware that it was a rather nuanced argument, and I might not be believed if I didn’t have a more concrete way of backing it up. With all that in mind, I went to the numbers.

Above is a graphical representation of the common scores on CPAC’s Top Ten Armies beginning in January of 2014 and ending in May of 2016. No data from June of 2016 was counted for the sake of this post. For each month since that January, I collected the scores of the top army each week (regardless of what army that was) and added them together. I then divided the number by the amount of Top Tens that month, either four or five depending on the month, which gave me the average score necessary for an army to reach the top in any given month. As noted in the graph, the blue line is 2014, the orange line is 2015, and the grey line is 2016.

The years of 2014 and 2015 are notably similar, with the exception of a drop in February of 2015 that brought the average score necessary below 75.00 for the first time in recent history. Outside of that, the years are rather similar, with the average score falling between 75.00 and 95.00, with certain periods being better in one year than another, and other slight differences. I found myself wondering, however, about the sudden major jump from March of 2016 to April of 2016. That jump, of 10.22 in one month, is greater than any other change on that graph. The only one that comes close, in 2014, is a clear product of summer starting. How, then, could the major change in data for 2016 be explained?

I found, when going back over the Top Tens after this had caught my eye, that the month of April 2016 saw the Light Troops at the top of the community. I don’t want to reignite old wounds by saying this, but I feel it is necessary to note that in talking to administrators of CPAC and members of the community who were active during this time, the consensus seems to be that the Light Troops were a known sham during this time, a collection of a mass multilogging and botting epidemic that was allowed to run free because we aborted mission after Zakster had done so poorly. With that in mind, I adjusted the score for April 2016, and the following graph tells a powerful story.

The year of 2016 is not over yet, but already the trendline is clearly different. The two previous years intersect, weave together and top each other differently in different months, but the average scores for this year are in a category all of their own. The average necessary score continues to drop, with the score for May 2016, of 70.10, being the lowest since we started recording data on our Top Ten Armies. One might argue that the Top Ten has become more difficult to score well on — I thought that may be the case as well, when I saw this data — so I went back and retraced the changes made to the spreadsheet, through my administration, Zakster and Funks, Zakster and Mach, and finally the present.

What I found troubled me further — the only major change made to the Top Ten in the latter half of 2015 was an adjustment in the scoring of event quality, that made the amount of points given for every event worth more, because armies as a whole had complained that it was too difficult to reach a 100% rating in that category. If that sounds complicated to you, allow me to simplify: it has actually gotten far easier, not harder, to get a higher score on the Top Ten in the past year.

Perhaps some will not believe that these intangibles, or these non-necessities which I talked about in this post — the politics of warfare, CPAC’s influence as a guiding force for armies, the need for community-wide war — cannot be blamed for the recent, clear fall in Club Penguin Armies. However, I do not believe this data has any other explanation. The information above clearly shows that armies of 2016 are, as a whole, worse off than previous generations have been, and though our inability to recruit well has certainly played a part, so has the extreme bastardization of this community that has left a remnant of what it used to be in its First Golden Age, Second Golden Age, and everywhere in between. Armies have descended into pure anarchy, devoid of a guiding force but without any visionary or major war that makes the game worth playing. It seems we’re all just sitting around waiting for the end to come, so we can pack everything in a neat little bow, write a decent obituary, close down the sites, and call it a day.

V. The Solution to This Anarchic Climate

I’d be considering writing this post for a long while now, but the thing that made me write it tonight was a post I happened to see on the RSS Feeds of CPA Central, the only way I really check an army’s site anymore. I periodically click on anything that has an interesting title, and when I saw that a post had been written on the Nachos site by Chrisi Blule, my interest was immediately peaked. I can say that as someone who has achieved much here based on words, and who has written many hundreds of posts and read thousands more, that this one did not disappoint. I have excerpted it below, but I encourage you to read the full version.

In the most explicit terms, I am attempting to point out that armies offer a unique experience, one in which you will then begin to appreciate why veterans keep annoying you. The experience offered is one that stays with you. You need to take as much as you can from armies, use them as a platform to improve your skills. Take some risks, it is a safe environment to do that. Try some new ways of leading, or writing. Join a news organisation, lead your own army. Do everything you possibly can to create that emotional attachment to the community and it will help you greatly. If you do, you will come to realise why veterans are always giving their input, whether it is wanted or not, even though the last time they played an active role in the community was years ago. Because it is difficult to not care about this community.

Eight years after I stumbled upon this corner of the internet, five years after I joined CPA Central, four years after I assumed CEO and a year and a half since I relinquished my position, I continue to care about this community. I don’t understand its day-to-day happenings as well as I used to, as I don’t religiously check every site of relevance — however, I do believe that with my increased age and with time on Retirement Island, I have come to understand the world of CP Armies even better than I did when I was still in power. That is why, despite already publishing a post that is literally called the last lecture, I continue to write to you. In many ways, editorials are a form of letter.

I continue to be moved by the experiences I had here, the people I met, and the way that the lessons I learned in this community affect the way I live my life, and the way I approach problems and form relationships. And so perhaps it seems like Chrisi Blule is talking about nothing, that he’s writing a lot of words without saying much of anything; perhaps it seems sad that time and time again, I manage to write anywhere between five and twelve thousand words about a community based off Club Penguin. Perhaps, but that answer, like so many answers I and you were given by thinkers of old eras, does not satisfy me.

Instead, I find that there is a reason Chrisi Blule wrote that post, though it may only make sense to people like him and I. I find that there is a reason Boomer 20 remained with us for five years after a tenure with the Army of Club Penguin that has not been surpassed by a single leader to date. I find that there is a reason that so many people find this community impossible to leave, or continue to visit often months and years after they have officially retired. I find that there is a reason I keep, keep, keep writing.

The reason is that this community changed our lives. It doesn’t change everyone’s life, but for those of us who are lucky enough to be changed by this thing, it never leaves us. And the reason we care that people cheat, and the reason we care that RATs endanger others, and the reason we care that false prophets try and force their views upon people and try and forbid them to think for themselves, and the reason we care that this community is so god damn boring anymore, is because we want you, the new era of 2015 and 2016, and the era after you, and the era after that, to have the same experience we did, or even a better one. And that experience can’t happen if armies have been stripped from everything that makes them interesting, and if you, the modern era, continue to acknowledge the slipping away of this great big thing which I and so many others helped build, but do nothing about it.

I realize Councils have failed so many times before. Councils failed to establish a sense of structure in 2008 armies, failed to bring the community together to see the Golden Age of 2009 for what it was, failed to establish sensible rules that could have stopped World War VI from being as damaging as it was, and failed countless times outside of this, for all of the times I mentioned above were after the Councils had formed and had met. So many others, formed by greats like Commando and Woton and Sklooperis, never even got that far. And I don’t know if the Coalitions Project is any different; I was even cynical, myself, of it when I first heard about it. But when I retired from this community I vowed never to be cynical of this great big thing, and so I reproach myself, and I implore you to be the first era of Club Penguin Armies to make a Council work, to make unity work. The entire future of this community has now, completely and wholly, fallen to this new era. And while I can’t guarantee this Council will be any different, there’s one thing I can guarantee: this time, more is on the line than ever before. 

B1

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36 Responses

  1. So you are just saying how messed up CPA is?

    • Judging from the fact that I’m still reading over my post for the first time as you commented this, I’m guessing you haven’t read it in full — if you had, you might have found that (as all my editorials do) the end of the post presents a solution to all of the problems I identify earlier in the post. Perhaps try reading it in full.

  2. Like if you think bam is the coolest person here

  3. After reading the whole post: Great Post. Brings me back to thinking when I joined. And about CP armies not being fun anymore. The DW will make them fun.

  4. This is the best post I’ve read in a while here.

    • Besides all my posts

      • Or mine

  5. Haven’t read it. Already love it.

  6. Beautiful, well said brother

  7. I don’t regret a single friend, nor enemy made through this god damn game.

  8. There’s no need to apologise for writing an editorial when you’re B1.
    Great post.

    • Hello Fluffy 🤗

      • sup -wary-

  9. Flawless post with a motivational conclusion.

  10. It’s 6 am I don’t want to read at 6am! I’ll do it later 😦

  11. RIP Zakster

  12. Did I just read all that? I feel proud !! Well done B1 said it amazingly!

  13. This has been one of the best post l ever seen/read. Not everyone has made up their own ideas and creative just like this, but you have made it pretty clear to all of us, and that some people has already disappeared… But B1, this post… You’re pretty good at this. Great job! 😊 It reminds me from the years way back to when armies are so huge. This post cheers me up, and they way that armies was used to be that way.

  14. I haven’t commented in over a month due to certain annoying people and didn’t bother visiting Xat one Sunday either for same reason, cough, Trader is the particular annoying person here, but I have to say well done with post

    • Just because my roasting game is on point doesn’t mean you have to hate me. Flex up

      • Dude you bashed my views and shit

      • You went too far when I was trying to be reasonable at first

  15. “I didn’t specifically give an order for Zak’s successors to tone down the influence thing, to tone down the lectures and the multilogging reports; however, it’s happened, and I think in many ways I subconciously thought was the way it was supposed to be.”

    That was a conscious decision made by me. When Zaksters Spec Report frenzy first started, I thought they were brilliant. They exposed an underlying problem, and they condemned multilogging, which was something that obviously needed to be condemned.

    But they grew old. They grew stale. The evidence began to grow weaker, but the condemnation began to grow stronger. Then people like Zingking began to take part, and it just became a mockery.

    The excessive overuse of the Spec. Reports, in my opinion, had a nasty effect as well. It perpetuated the “he’s multilogging, quick DO SOMETHING CPAC”. Now, if we stopped kidding ourselves for a second, the majority of the people pointing fingers did the same crime themselves. It just wasn’t their heads on the chopping block.

    People began to scour and search for evidence that they prayed themselves to sleep at night would end up in a CPAC Spec. Report. They could then stand up and say “Look at me, I’m better than you because I caught you multilogging and now I’m condemning you for it.”

    If you check any armies archives, or even the CPAC archives, this plagued all of 2015. We became a game of Detective instead of a game of Warfare.

    • Detective Chip does not approve your comments.

      • Comment*

      • Detective Chip is one of those people he is taking about. The ones who only promote exposure because it’s not you getting the heat.

        • Too bad I’m one of the few people that hasn’t been exposed in CPA history. Guys, where’s my legend status?

    • I agree, there are some types of exposure posts that were decent like the one that exposed Tax and the IW Arsenal. But if you compare that post to the one made against me, you will see tons of differences. Taxs post had kik chat logs, a site made by him and it was undeniable. As for me, the post had null chat logs which isn’t even a good source of information, and a few penguins circled on a picture that were claimed multilogs without any actual proof. I read the post over a million times trying to figure out where I was being incriminated with actual proof, but there wasnt any. Zing solely made the post off biased towards me and an urgency to be able to post something that would hurt ACP.

    • Perhaps the special reports got out of hand, but I distinctively remember you acknowledging your awareness of mass multi logging taking place in sever prominent armies within this community and your refusal to take a stand against it.

      It may not be CPAC’s job to serve as army police, but this website’s influence can neither be ignored, nor forcibly digressed. As free media, you hold the right to impose your views on YOUR site. Whether you choose to this influence in a way beneficial for this community’s future, or sit back and watch it burn itself is your choice.

      • We still deduct when proper evidence is given to us, we just don’t make a show about it.

        New Multilogging evidence is a deduction with a small footnote at the end of the TT outlining the evidence.

        Same effect, just less theatrics.

  16. Great post B1!

    This is something I was waiting for, people need to step-up and do something.

    Club Penguin Armies are getting shorter day-by-day. If we take a look at late 14’s and 15’s of the 21st century, we’ll find out that by this time (Summer for Asia), CPA use to max 60+ already. However, if you look at the current year, Armies are hardly (LEGIT HARDLY..) maxing 30+

    (Exclude IW & NW from that.. I don’t know why?)

    Again, I am really excited to see the late summer & the future years.

    Regards to all,
    Your’s Flen.

  17. I am glad someone enjoyed my post and could relate to it haha.

    Excellent post Blue, I can only be in almost complete agreement.

  18. Guys, I hate to be defeatist and ruin your fun, but there’s a point where this community will permanently run down. We’ve been around for 10 years, and I’m proud to have observe 5 years of action. At one point or another Club Penguin will be a non-viable platform for this community. Hell, I would advocate for the belief that it isn’t viable right now. We’re just slowly choking to death.

  19. What we did with the Light Troops was a grave mistake, would now handle it totally differently tbh.

    • It was a mistake made by pretty much all of us in our tenures.

  20. In the year and a half I have last really checked this community, it has fallen. The game has been dying and armies are going with it.

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