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  1. 6 points
    Can we put the game on hold while we work this stuff out? We have some important deadlines approaching. I think we should work this stuff out before we proceed further.
  2. 6 points
    I personally agree with this. I believe the round started off pretty hot with a lot of activity in both parties, voting in their respective leadership elections, as well as a sense of competitiveness between the two parties but that quickly dissipated due to a lack of AB coverage and response to these events that occurred. If the AB was covering what the players were doing, providing more on what players were doing and making them more central to storylines (rather than the focus on NPCs we've seen), I do believe the current round would still be bustling with activity. I have personally seen it in the chat -- people are on but there just isn't much to do on the boards. I've found myself visiting the boards and quickly clicking off only minutes later because nothing really eventful happened. So if we want people sticking around, posting, and being active, clearly there needs to be more engagement on a level of game management and I believe that is something we can turn around rather quickly with the right group of people and with the right management.
  3. 5 points
    Well, a few notes from my perspective: 1. First and foremost: I'm personally kind of on the fence when it comes to a reset, though leaning against. On one hand, it is easier to attract a new CA and AB (should Ollie not want to stay on in the position) when they can build their own scenario from the ground up rather than trying to fix the problems that came before, and the several people who decided to leave largely because of inactivity of the AB are probably more likely to return for a new reset. However, on the other hand at the beginning of this round we saw a lot of people who in the past haven't stuck around for long or ever been too active really get into the game due to the unique setting of '88, as well as people like myself and Anderson who were kind of exhausted after last round and probably would have taken a pass on at least the first few months has the scenario not piqued our interest. Likewise, there are a lot of people who have put a lot of effort into building their characters even despite the odds stacked against the round lasting too long who would probably (rightfully) feel kind of cheated, especially since R1 proved that no round is beyond saving. 2. I agree with Anderson and Ollie that the number one issue has been Admin Activity in general, as well as Admin Communication. There's been very little in the way of coverage of player activities outside, the scenario creation tended to fall into either the categories of esoteric or nonexistent, and many technical requests and scenario-based questions took days (if ever) to be addressed with the line of communication being so thin that at times I often wasn't even sure who was on the AB. I think so many of the issues of this reset could be fixed with just having an AB that is more tapped into what's going on in the player base both in-game as well as OOC as well as provide more avenues for players to engage in the game than just the legislative or running for office. 3. There are a few things that I think can be done to refocus things within this current round. Some suggestions I would have include scrapping the factional system which thus far has seemed to really have no impact on the game with the factional IVS having never been adopted and people freely voting how they want thus rendering any "voting blocs" (especially considering there are some that have just one or zero players representing them) moot, as well as exploring the idea of giving a little bit more freedom with the player media system which would allow players to keep some of the money they make from grading (with a stiff transfer penalty to ensure that we don't have situations like Anderson and Thyne in the VUSA R10 Senate races never having to post a single fundraiser and still having tons of money left over) as long as they invest some to at least maintain their media's current standing so as to encourage more people to launch one and thus be able to take some workload of the hands of the AB.
  4. 3 points
    For the time being, until there is a consensus decision made on how to move forward with Round 2 and we have more hands on deck, we will be delaying all current deadlines related to the 1988 elections.
  5. 3 points
    The biggest issue for activity is an unresponsive AB. I know how hard it is to recruit people, especially active people, to join an AB and that is a large part of the problem I think. And I have high hopes... But imho before we consider the r word, we should try to boost activity via an AB that is covering player activity.
  6. 3 points
    I will be blunt with everyone, I have dropped the ball. I don't know the personal conversations between everyone but I know that there is a perception of an ineffective Administrative Board. I'm not one to sugar coat and I accept the inadequacies of this reset thus far. I want to make it clear, I have no desire or intention to resign if that is what this message sounds like. The AB will be conducting a thorough review over the next few days as to how we move forward but know that your AB will be both an active and effective presence. I will do everything in my power to make this reset a success and I hope that the player base will allow me the opportunity to move forward with a renewed determination. I am always open for AB applications if you wish to join and encourage it actively. The timeline for Q3 will also be expanded to the 26th.
  7. 3 points
    It just explicitly banned being the governor of a big state, so I assumed I could pick a governors mansion where I can keep an eye on Russia.
  8. 2 points
    If anyone chooses to announce for the Presidential Race before the final deadline of November 4th, you can get 30 AP to use between 10/28-11/3
  9. 2 points
    Athanasius Furlong Montbatten US Congressman for Pennsylvania's Nineteenth District Proudly Serving Carlisle • Mechanicsburg • Gettysburg • York • Hanover Character Name: Athanasius Furling Montbatten Political Party: Republican Faction: Christian Right Seat Held: PA-19 Date of Birth: April 8, 1945 Place of Birth: Harrisburg, PA Place of Residence: Gettysburg, PA Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Family Information: Wife | Mariella Consuela de Maria | b. Seville, Spain, October 17, 1947 | m. June 15, 1969 Son | Edward Robert Montbatten | b. March 15, 1970 Daughter | Patricia Eileen Montbatten | b. April 12, 1971 Son | William Edward Montbatten | b. January 13, 1974 Son | Callum Reginald Montbatten | b. September 1, 1977 Educational History: Philips Exeter Academy | 1962 Villanova University | B.A. in Classics | 1966 Oxford University | D.Phil. in History (Antiquity) | 1975 Harvard University | J.D. | 1977 Occupational History: Captain | US Air Force | Served in Vietnam | 1966-1971 Adjunct Professor of History | Villanova University | 1977-1983 Pennsylvania State Senator | Republican | 1983-1986 US Representative | Republican | 1987-Present
  10. 2 points
    "New York Congressman Axel Storm Introduces the "Stand Against Apartheid Act" "I am proud to announce that I have introduced the Stand Against Apartheid Act in the house session. The system of Apartheid in South Africa is one of the biggest human rights violations today. We can no longer stay silent as the South African government actively oppresses and represses the rights of Black South Africans. The "Stand Against Apartheid Act" expresses the need for President Ronald Reagan to condemn the South African government,expresses the need for the South African government to abolish the system of apartheid, release political prisoners who have been imprisoned unjustly, while also halting any type of economic business between the United States and South Africa until apartheid has been abolished. As the leader of the free world, we must stand tall against those who choose to restrict the rights and liberties of people everywhere. As a libertarian Democrat, I care deeply about liberty and will seek to protect a person's natural rights no matter who they are. I call upon President Reagan and my colleagues to act swiftly in support of this bill. We must remain a United Front for Democracy and peace everywhere".
  11. 2 points
    Iran-Contra Takes Washington By Storm! Colonel Oliver North is sworn in under oath at the Iran-Contra House Hearing. Washington D.C. - An unprecedented millions of Americans tuned in to their televisions to watch the House Select Ethics Committee Hearing on Iran-Contra. In a show of political fireworks, politicians on both sides of the aisle grilled key members of the President's National Security Council. Former National Security Adviser John Poindexter, Former CIA Directer William Casey, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, and Colonel Oliver North were subpoenaed by the committee. The ramifications of the committee hearing have been widespread in Washington and beyond. Colonel Oliver North quickly became the star witness throughout the hearing process as he not only received the most questions of any of the men subpoenaed but was the observer of the most back-and-fourth over his testimony among Republican and Democrat lawmakers. Both Director Casey and Defense Secretary Weinberger took a back seat throughout most of the hearing process while Mr. Poindexter remained a prevalent figure in the later half of the hearing. While much of the attention has surrounded Colonel North and, to a lesser extent, the other three men subpoenaed by Congress, two congressmen have seen their names floated among pundits. RNC Chairman and Congressman Michael Mitchell (R-NC) and House Majority Whip Thomas Blackstone (D-MA) have seen the spotlight fall on them due to their active nature throughout the hearing process. Congressman Mitchell played the most significant role in the hearing with his back-and-fourth exchanges with Colonel North regarding the rationale behind the administration's decision to fund the Contras and the constitutionality of the President's ability to conduct foreign policy. Congressman Blackstone similarly questioned the President's involvment in the scandal and whether or not the idea of the President ordering Colonel North to "keep the heart and soul of the Contras alive" put responsibility on the President. Congressman Anderson Kaine (R-IL) and former Select Committee Chair Ron Tilsley (D-MA) also played an active role in the committee hearing with the former being credited by some pundits for a less partisan approach to questioning the subpoenaed individuals. Political pundits tend to agree that Republicans successfully crafted a more successful narrative throughout the hearing, shielding President Reagan from the fallout of the scandal. Despite polling showing that a 56% majority of the American People believe that President Reagan is not being truthful in claiming that he was unaware of the arms trading, the President currently holds a 50% approval rating with a 41% disapproval rating. Colonel North has found himself in the good graces with the American People as over 70% believe that he was telling the truth regarding his involvement in the scandal and 56% have a favorable opinion of him. 58% of Americans reject the idea that Congress does not have a function in foreign policy which is a decline from 63% prior to the hearing. A 53% majority of Americans do oppose funding the Contras. Comparisons to the Watergate Scandal that brought down the Nixon Administration has declined from 47% prior to the hearings to 40%.
  12. 2 points
    Name: James (Jimmy) Taylor Parker Jr. Avatar: Dan Quayle Date of Birth: July 26, 1951 Plate of Birth: Oceanside, CA Residence: San Diego, CA Party: Republican Faction: Establishment Religion: United Methodist Family Information: Father: James Taylor Parker Sr. 1919) Mother: Amelia Arlene Parker (b. 1921) Wife: Maryanne Parker(formerly Daniel) Married 1978 Son: James Taylor Parker III (b. 1980) Daughter: Daniela Amelia Parker (b. 1984) Educational History: B.A. Political Science - United States Naval Academy 1973 J.D. - University of Southern California 1983 Occupational History: United States Marine Corps (Active Duty), Captain - 1973-1980 United States Marine Corps Reserve, Major - 1983-Present RAND Corporation, International Law Consultant - 1983-1986 James Taylor Parker Jr. was born on July 26, 1951 in Oceanside, CA, to James and Amelia Parker. James Parker Sr. was a career Marine Corps officer stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time of Jimmy's birth. Jimmy grew up traveling the world as his father was stationed in California, Okinawa, and North Carolina. After Jimmy graduated high school in 1969, he went on to the Naval Academy like his father. Jimmy graduated the Naval Academy in 1973 with a degree in Political Science. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the USMC in 1973 and began flight training. In 1975 he joined his first operational squadron, VMFA-232 in Iwakuni, Japan, where he flew the F-4 Phantom. In 1978, at this time he was a Captain, he returned to his native San Diego to be an instructor at the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar. He married his wife, Maryanne at this time. In 1980, Jimmy decided to resign his commission and go to law school. He attended the USC law school and earned his J.D. in 1983. After graduation from USC, he worked as a legal consultant at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica dealing in international law. While doing this, he returned to the military, this time in the Marine Corps Reserves as a JAG officer. He is currently a Major. In 1986 he was encouraged by his father's good friend Donald Rumsfeld to run for congress, which he did, and won.
  13. 2 points
    Signing out. Time constraints outside of here is the reason why I'm leaving. But recreating history starting with Reagan's last years in office is probably the best idea in a poli sim like this. Take care, y'all.
  14. 2 points
    Name: Michael Marshall Party: Republican Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Cherryville Tribune After weeks and weeks of back and forth with the Ethics hearing and Augustus King's nepotism, I'm glad that we have a publication of a report which shows special treatment was applied to his brother. His resignation is an affirmation of guilt, and I'm not sure why he couldn't have done it sooner. I'm happy to see the conclusion of this affair."
  15. 1 point
    I'd like to thank DMH for his service but I've looked at the state of the game and while I think DMH is a great player and admin, I've decided we need new leadership for the game. I've hired Ollie as CA for now. I understand he plans to have a discussion with the playerbase on how to move forward but I'll leave it up to him.
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    1988 Senate Races Northeast: Connecticut - Battleground Rust Belt: Michigan - Lean Left Mid-Atlantic: Maryland - Lean Left Midwest and Plains States: Montana - Lean Right Deep South: Florida - Battleground Southwest: Nevada - Lean Right West Coast: California - Battleground
  18. 1 point
    Williams Exploratory Committee Gains Support Two Republican House Members Encourage Lady Jacky to Run for President Washington, D.C. - The Williams Presidential Exploratory Committee has gained support from United States Representatives Zander Kahuhu of Washington and James Parker of California. "We are proud of the encouragement of Congressman Kahuhu - who is an experienced public servant who served as the Mayor of Tacoma, Washington," says Lady Jacky. "As well, we are grateful to the strong encouragement of Congressman Parker, a fellow California conservative Representative who served his country honorably in our military. Their encouragement means a lot to me and it adds more fuel to fire in helping me decide whether or not we can mount a successful campaign. This should be a sign to all that a campaign is feasible and I look forward to my fellow Congressmen's support for a presidential campaign." Lady Jacky announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee in a statement released recently. Lady Jacky is a former prosecutor and decade-long Representative of California's 45th Congressional District. Additionally, Lady Jacky is the First Lady of Calvary Church in San Diego.
  19. 1 point
    Reagan: "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!" Berlin - U.S. President Ronald Reagan has delivered a blistering condemnation of the Soviet Union at a major address in Western Berlin. Flanked by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, West Berlin Mayor Eberhard Diepgen, and West German President Richard von Weizsäcker, the President challenged Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to make good on his promise of liberalization by boldly declaring that Premier Gorbachev should, in reference to the Berlin Wall, "tear down this wall!" The message was well-received by the audience of thousands of onlookers who cheered the President's challenge to the Soviets. The actual address received little attention in Western media outlets but the reaction across the East was swift. The Soviet press agency TASS accused Reagan of giving an "openly provocative, war-mongering speech." East Berlin officials have similarly condemned the speech as a provocation with East German General Secretary Erich Honecker lashing out at President Reagan. Other political leaders within the Soviet Bloc similarly criticized the speech as perceived escalation but pro-democracy groups in the region hailed the speech as a public confirmation of the U.S. commitment to their causes. The speech comes as internal strife has begun to grow within the high command of the Soviet Union. Reports seem to indicate that Premier Gorbachev and top military brass have been at odds increasingly as the War in Afghanistan rages on and the recent incident involving a West German youth bypassing Soviet airspace and flying over the Red Square a few months ago. Premier Gorbachev has not responded to President Reagan's challenge.
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    FCC Repeals the Fairness Doctrine Former FCC Chairman Mark Fowler was the architect of the Fairness Doctrine Repeal. Washington D.C. - In an impressive victory for the Reagan Administration, the Federal Communications Commission has repealed the Fairness Doctrine by a 4-0 vote. The effort to repeal the Fairness Doctrine began back in 1985 during the tenure of former FCC Chairman Mark Fowler. The mantle of the repeal has been carried over by current FCC Chairman Dennis Patrick who, after the vote, was quoted stating, "We seek to extend to the electronic press the same First Amendment guarantees that the print media have enjoyed since our country's inception." Liberal activists groups have expressed their dissatisfaction with the FCC decision and the lack of effort by Congressional Democrats to consider any effort to block the repeal or codify the Fairness Doctrine. The proposed "Truth Style Doctrine" made public by former House Majority Leader Augustus King (D-CA) was seemingly rejected by liberal activist groups due to the lack of congressional efforts to make that idea a tangible reality. Liberal activist groups were similarly upset with the support of the repeal from Boll Weevil Democrats, such as Douglas Seymour (D-SC), who was quoted stating, "Nothing would stop certain media from continuing to abide by the Doctrine, and greater competition in the marketplace will enhance opportunities for the average voter and citizen to make up their mind." Congressman Seymour similarly criticized the "Truth Style Doctrine" and promised to oppose any effort to pass legislation of that nature in Congress. The Fairness Doctrine is no doubt a victory for the Reagan Administration as a long-sought goal has been achieved. How the repeal impacts the state of media remains to be seen but experts expect that politically ideological media outlets could rise in prominence within the public sphere. The end of the Fairness Doctrine also opens the door to an unprecedented amount of independent media outlets gaining in prominence and influence in Washington and beyond.
  23. 1 point
    The bill passes the Senate on a vote of 71-28-1.
  24. 1 point
    Name: Anderson Kaine Party: Republican Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): The Chicago Tribune  I am glad to have worked with Chairman Tilsley to ensure the committee report on the nepotism hearing was bipartisan and thorough. It is clear that Majority Leader King made special rules for his brother, and then failed to apply those same standards to later appointments to the chair committee. His resignation from leadership in the days following the hearing is a surefire sign that this committee did its job in uncovering this double standard, and I am glad to put this behind us.
  25. 1 point
    King George Marshall (1950-1956) [Crowned Republic Period] Fifth Presidency of Henry A. Wallace (1950-54) [133 Royalists, 117 Federalists] President Henry Wallace was arguably the most powerful man in America. King George arguably the weakest. A political fight over guns or butter had ended with the American people firmly voting for luxury, peace, and prosperity. King George was shaken by the results and essentially retired to Georgetown Palace only to be seen at a few, extremely friendly events. President Wallace continued to push his progressive agenda especially as a mild recession hit in late 1950. The Royalists were able to push through an expansion of the Royal Conservation Corp to extend to essentially a federal work guarantee. Only meant to kick in if more than 55 million Americans were unemployed the program went into effect automatically in March 1951 when 55.7 million Americans filed for unemployment. Soon the ranks of the unemployed were thinned planting trees, building roads, and working to create the National High Way System to better connect America’s cities. The program wrapped itself up in the spring of 1953 essentially showcasing Royalist forward thinking. An expansion of the National Health Insurance program to run essential hospitals in some areas was also met with Royalist accolades, though Federalists screamed about big government. However, not all was quiet on the domestic front. While Wallace was willing to ignore the rising Communist and Fascist threat; they were less willing to ignore the United States. Both understood that the United States represented a very real threat, but also a fertile opportunity. Both began working on establishing political fronts. The Communists found a foothold in the South and West where African Americans and Hispanic Americans were held under the heavy yoke of segregation and racism. Communist agents were able to revive the old Radical Reformist banner which began to mobilize minority voters and activists. Federalist state governments responded very aggressively with the use of water cannons, police dogs, and heavy force to break up Reformist rallies even though they were peaceful. This fed into Communist propaganda of exploited workers under oppressive American capitalism. Additional labor unrest in the North would later also be linked to the Communists. Fascists all tried their hand at electoral politics. Under the title of America First this new political party sought to exploit the unrest stirred up by Communists as well as play off the fear Americans had of entangling foreign alliances. America Firsters were especially vitriolic towards the U.N. especially after it passed a resolution at the wishes of U.K. Prime Minister Anthony Eden that condemned non-democratic governments. Wallace, Taft and others remained either naïve or ignorant of these new political threats. Wallace continued to offer platitudes of the political strength of America while Taft sought to co-opt the America Firsters. All this came to a head when Wallace sought to pass a Civil Rights bill that would have ended discrimination against minority voters, particularly in the South. Federalists saw this as a direct assault on state government and the power of the people. Radical Reformers, stoked by Communist fellow-travelers, argued that it did not go enough. Their argument was persuasive enough to peel off several liberal Royalists who wanted the bill to go further which led to Wallace losing the vote in 1953. Wallace lost all the political capital he had accumulated and staggered through until he resigned in 1954 leading to snap elections. Elections delivered a hung Congress. America Firsters gained 5 seats, mainly from the Federalists. Federalists picked up 5 seats from the Royalists while the Royalists disappeared in the South due to Radical Reformer victories. Final tally was Royalists 120, Federalists 117, America First 5, Radical Reformers 8. Suddenly King George was relevant again. He had watched the new Radicals and the America Firsters with a keen eye. He understood that they represented a significant threat to American democracy. He wanted neither of them to be involved in whatever government was formed. With the death of Taft in 1953 the Federalists had coalesced around Everrett Dirksen who was more moderate. The Royalists were shocked by the resignation of President Wallace. Their bench of leaders had atrophied significant with Wallace holding power for over 20 years. They finally settled on Joseph Kennedy Jr., a veteran and young up and comer from Massachusetts. King George begged the Federalists and Royalists to set aside their differences and host a “Grand Coalition” in order to combat the new threats. Neither side was particularly willing to agree. Eventually Kennedy was able to enter into an agreement with the Radical Reformers to support Royalist budgets and votes of confidence. King George was upset by kept biding his time. First Presidency of Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1954-1955) Kennedy sought to really, truly push for a Civil Rights bill in Congress. He was deeply touched by his war time experience working alongside African Americans. He firmly believed that the right to vote was sacred and should be given to every citizen regardless of color. The Radical Reformers had staked their political claim on a real bill with bite and so it appeared to be a done deal. However, foreign affairs would once again intervene. Communist leader Josef Stalin was killed by an errant artillery shell in his wartime office outside of Magnitogorsk. He was succeeded by Lavrentiy Beria, head of the NKVD. Beria had little time for political games which Stalin had been all too willing to entertain. Beria let it be known that all aligned political parties were to cease any government work and begin agitating for a direct takeover by the proletariat. The Radical Reformers immediately began advocating for an even more aggressive Civil Rights Bill that they knew would kill the bill among more conservative Royalists. President Kennedy tried and tried to bring the two parties to an agreement, but the Reformers were not willing to budge. Eventually they issued the ultimatum of either put a more aggressive bill on the floor or face a no confidence vote. Kennedy refused, and the Reformers withdrew their support in May of 1955 once again causing a snap election. At the same time a more severe bank crisis hit. America firsters began using fascist propaganda and began blaming Jewish bankers and an international cabal lead by the U.N. Without a real government in office unemployment jumped up significantly and the America First slogans began to sound more palatable to more people. The election of 1955 was ugly. Royalists had been in charge for 24 years and had simply become too complacent. The Federalists were still split between the isolationist and more moderate wings with Reformers and America Firsters more aggressively moving towards the ends of the spectrum. The final results were 100 Royalists, 95 Federalists, 30 American Firsters, 25 Radical Reformers. Once again King George begged the Royalists and the Federalists to join together in Grand Coalition. Dirksen was open and eventually Kennedy was brought on board with the understanding the Dirksen would serve as Vice President and Lord Chancellor of the Treasury and the Royalists would control the majority of the Cabinet. Second Presidency of Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1955-1956) Kennedy’s job was essentially to project stability. Given the instability of the political scene Kennedy began to align himself more closely with King George. Only 5 years after King George was cast out into the wilderness suddenly he was back in control. He was able to offer Kennedy’s government credibility and gravitas that the youthful Kennedy lacked personally. Kennedy would need all the help he could get. In 1956 Adolph Hitler, increasingly losing grip on reality, became obsessed with the looming threat of the United Nations. While his advisors attempted to convince him that the threat was not real Hitler could not be distracted. He began ordering the planning for a preemptive strike against United Nations forces stationed in Western Europe. While his generals tried to slow roll the planning by 1956 they could delay no longer. On the summer morning of May 8th, 1956 Nazi forces launched a massive attack against Paris, London, Antwerp, and other military targets. Jets, guided missiles rained down killing thousands in the first hour. This was followed up with aggressive armor maneuvers punching towards France’s northern coast. President Kennedy was sleeping when the attacks began. He immediately called Congress into session and asked the King George be present. Before the assembled Cabinet and Congress with the King in the galleries President Kennedy asked that a state of war be declared to exist between the United States and Germany. Vocal cries of affirmation rang through Congress, but through the raucous noise America Firsters could be heard screaming, “No, no, no”. Soon fighting broke out between members of Congress. Soon a gun was pulled by one of the America Firsters and shots rang out. No one on the floor was hurt before the Congress member was wrestled to the ground. But from the Royal Gallery the Queen could be heard weeping. President George Marshall had been shot dead. While he had been in political exile King George had made clear who he wanted to serve as his heir. He made sure that his staff knew and put it in writing to be given to the President upon the King’s death. As the nation mourned their king and prepared for war they also coronated their new king; Dwight Eisenhower, a little known Royal Army officer. King: Dwight Eisenhower (1956-) [Restored Monarchy Period] President: Joseph Kennedy Jr. Congress: Royalists- 100 Federalists- 90 America First- 30 Radical Reformers-25
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