Soldiers Around the World: the International Army Community

THE PHILOSOPHY CORNER- Are non-US/UK divisions on the rise? What are the possible consequences?

When I joined the army community in mid-2011, I started out by joining armies such as the RPF, the IV and the ACP. I was unable to obtain a high rank in any of these armies, for one main reason: I couldn’t attend any of the events that were scheduled. The reason for this is very simple- I live in Bangkok, Thailand, and my time zone is GMT +7. This means that when it is midnight at the UK, it is seven in the morning for me, while if some people in the USA are waking up in the morning, I’m preparing to go to bed. This meant that being in armies was not practical for me, and the only thing left to me was the media.

In recent times, however, we have seen the rise of non US-UK divisions. What are the nationalities we can find in armies? What are the effects and possible influences of the rise of multi-cultured divisions? We’ll investigate into this in this post.

Around the World

We all know that the majority of the people in armies live in North America. This is reflected in CPAC’s site statistics, where the United States of America is the country where CPAC gets by far its most visitors from. People from the USA and Canada usually form the core of many armies, being most armies’s largest division. Reflecting this, most events are scheduled so that they are US-friendly. This means that having a strong US division is crucial for a lot of armies; this is seen in the previous ACP-Nacho war, where argurably the weakness of its US division was a major factor in ACP’s losses.

The second biggest source of soldiers in this community is the United Kingdom and Europe. Although quite behind the United States, the United Kingdom does come in second in CPAC’s traffic statistics. We also see some other European nationalities in armies, notably Ireland. Croatia is also worth a mention because of the all-Croatian army, Metal Warriors. The European division often forms the second largest division in an army.

We also have a sizable amount of Australian and Asian troops in the community. Before the rise of Australian/Asian divisions, people in these areas had little hope of gaining a very high rank in armies, due to the fact that European and American times are both incompatible with people living in these regions. However, with the creation of more and more AUS/Asia divisions, these people have been given the chance to attend events. Although these divisions have not yet been widely used in a war, they have been getting reasonable sizes at events, as it will be discussed in further detail in this post.

We still have yet to see even a small amount of African and Latin American troops, however. It is also clear that there is no presence of any North Korean soldiers in our community, even though it is clear that they are the most democratic and glorious nation in the world. It seems like people of such a country have no interest in joining our imperialistic, capitalist-polluted community.

ACP and HSA: AUS/Asia Divisions

In recent weeks both the Hot Sauce Army and the Army of Club Penguin have been building up their AUS/Asia divisions. On May 11th, the HSA had an AUS/Asia event, where they maxed 15.

The ACP also had an unscheduled AUS/Asian event, where they also had a large number of troops.

Some will say that this is visible proof that armies are indeed having a growing amount of troops who live in the Eastern hemisphere. But what are some of the possible consequences of this growth?

 The Benefits of an International Community

What are some of the benefits of armies becoming so nationally varied?

It’s a chance for people in other countries to join in the fun: with the recognition and rise of non-US divisions, more people from all over the world who are in Club Penguin can join our community with a chance of making their way through the ranks. This obviously means that we’re increasing the size of our community, which can only be a good thing.

Increased competition between armies: in the past, armies with strong UK forces often use this to their advantage, scheduling invasions at times where their opponent is unlikely to be able to show up with strong sizes. Larger AUS/Asian divisions will mean that armies with an AUS/Asian divisions will have an even higher advantage over armies without a strong AUS/Asian division, because it is even harder for US/UK troops to attend a defense if it is scheduled at AUS/Asia times. Of course, some will argue that this is not a benefit and will perhaps have a negative influence on wars, in my personal opinion friendly competition is not a bad thing.

A more culturally varied community: although globalization has made the whole world share numerous common traits, so it’s not like we’re going to be so culturally different from each other, there are still many differences in culture from country to country. For example, Eastern countries have a different cultural context to the West. Therefore, the fact that people from more regions of the world are joining armies will mean that our community will become more culturally varied. In the eyes of some, this will not be a good thing, but in my perspective meeting people from different parts of the world is always interesting. Perhaps people who retire will not only have gained many friends from around the world, but also a heightened sense of appreciation for other cultures.

The Negatives of an International Community

Although there are certainly many benefits, here are some possible negative consequences.

Increased racism: although most people in this community has the intelligence not to be racist towards people from other countries, racism and abusive stereotypes can be seen on Xat from time to time. Moderators may be harder-pressed to keep this down with people from many countries joining armies.

More flame wars? It has often been the case that when an army uses their strong non-US division against another army that has a weak non-US division, the defending army will call the other army ‘cowards’ or ‘cheaters’ who are scared to fight them at their strongest. Although some will argue that it is perfectly legitimate to use your advantage, this could be a possible cause of more flame wars in the future.

Interview with Flipmoo, ACP AUS/Asia General

SplasherHow do you feel about ACP’s AUS-Asian Division?

Flipmoo: The ACP’s Asia/Australian division consists of troops from all over the world excluding USA/UK, and I believe this helps these people attend events and earn promotions without having to log in late at night, or get up early in the morning.

Splasher: How do you feel about the division’s performance lately?

Flipmoo: The CP army community is not well known to people living outside the USA and the UK, which is why it is much harder to get troops to join the Asia/AUS division of ACP. However, our unscheduled weekday AUS/Asian event managed to get a large amount of troops online, although I admit most of them are rogues. But it doesn’t matter as much because this is a recruiting event, and recruiting sessions are supposed to attract rogues. We managed to get some of the rogues to shout ‘ACP!’, which I hope will publicize the warfare community to those who do not know about it yet and live in the region.

Splasher: Do you think there has been a rise of non-US troops lately?

Flipmoo: Definitely. In the ACP AUS/Asia division, there are troops from Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. Ever since the start of the division, the ACP site views from Australia and Asia increased significantly.

Splasher: Do you think AUS/Asian troops will become a larger part of warfare in the future? What are some possible consequences?

Flipmoo: I am not sure, to be honest. Though my goal is to revolutionize the AUS/Asia part of CP Warfare and make it as large as other divisions, it would take a lot of time and effort; however, I’m ready to do that. A possible consequence is that when I retire, I do not know if anyone [in the AUS/Asia division] would be experienced enough or have enough leadership skills to lead the AUS/Asia part of CP Warfare, since most troops are relatively new compared to people from other countries. There are only a couple people [in the division] who know how to lead as of now.

Splasher: Do you hope for any North Korean troops in the future?

Flipmoo: Yes, we expect the Dear Leader Kim Jong Un to join soon.

The Dear Leader signing up for Club Penguin in his spare time from obsessing over nukes.

It is yet to be seen what the long-term consequences of ‘the rise of the East’ in armies will be like. Only time will tell.

What do YOU think? Is a more multinational army community good or bad? What are some of the possible consequences of the growth of AUS/Asian divisions? Please comment your opinion!

Thanks for reading.

Splasher99

CPAC Vice President

21 Responses

  1. Loved this post ;D

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  2. The troops in those AUS-Asian events are just Americans who are staying up. If they did this on a school day or at 4am EST, they will have way more less. I think AR has the most legit AUS-Asian division.

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  3. Nice post. If I were to grade it, I would give it a 10/10 😀

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  4. Very good post.

    I’d also say some negatives are occasional language boundaries (this has occasionally happened with mainland European troops, particularly as I recall after new languages were added to CP) and I’d also call your 2nd bullet on the positives section a negative, though that’s personal opinion (not a total negative, but it certainly leads to a lot of arguments and bad sportsmanship by some armies by abusing their stronger force (though it’s not a bad idea to do that).

    In terms of the Asian divisions, although they seem to be getting stronger, both those events were on weekends and therefore even some Americans could attend them, let alone a lot of Europeans. It’s not really an Asian event. In my opinion the amount of Asians in the ACP peaked around last summer, though it was never capitalized upon.

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  5. tl;dr

    I tried to read this but it was too long, from the sections I did read. It was a good post.

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  6. ✓+

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  7. Well, like people are saying, US/UK soldiers could stay up late or wake up early to in a way ‘help’ the AUS/Asian soldiers, since that is kind of loyal after all, but if you’re in a war, and the army your at war with has an AUS division and recognizes an American soldier in the crowd of AUS soldiers, they’d claim victory because the army they defended/invaded would’ve used American soldiers, but like I said above.

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