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DemocraThree: 7 March 2014

by J.R.

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Every Friday (except this week obviously) [Ed note: I’m an idiot] bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D; like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.

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DemocraThree: 24 January 2013

by J.R.

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Every Friday, bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D and like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.

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Great Game Previews In History: 17 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

390px-Charles_XIV_John_as_Crown_Prince_of_Sweden_-_François_GérardOn this date in 1810, Sweden declared war on Britain, starting the most inconsequential battle since Saturday night’s Calgary-Edmonton game.

This was all during the Napoleonic Wars, which was a particularly complicated time in European history, and that’s saying something. In any event, until 1810, Sweden was allied with the British in the fight against Napoleon. But Sweden was defeated by Russia in the Finnish War, precipitating the signing of the Treaty of Paris of 1810 (bear in mind that Russia, too, was part of the anti-France coalitions until her defeat at the Battle of Friedland.

OK, in any event, Russia beat Sweden in the Finnish War and forced Sweden to join the Continental System, which was Napoleon’s blockade of Britain. That was a big problem for Sweden, at least on its face, because there were a bunch of British ships trading in Swedish ports.

In any event, Sweden actually let British ships stay in their harbors and the two countries never actually fought each other. Peace was concluded in 1812.

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Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh: Conference III Camp Report, 18 September 2013

by J.R.

hmhf45aAs camps continue in Conference III, we’ll do a daily check-in on what’s happening across The Heptarchy. Most of the time, frankly, this is going to be by Twitter search or maybe Google if we are feeling especially inspired. Sometimes the Nashville report may be done in person. We’ll see if our buddy Gord Stinkhole wants to check in from Winnipeg. And if any of y’all have any insights from a camp visit, fire ‘em to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll totally rip off your content.

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Regressing To The Mean: The 2013 Off-Season and Conference III’s Rude Awakening

by J.R.

themanwhoshotlibertyvalanceposter“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” — Maxwell Scott (Carleton Young) in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

In the four months since III Communication opened for business, we’ve variously described Conference III as a collection of raccoons, prison, a gang fightBattle of the Network Stars meets The Running Man, Hell, a structure of steel and human sinew and dinosaur bones, forged and melted in the very fires of Phlegethon, and a Joy Division song.

The allegorical and metaphorical intent was clear — Conference III would be the world’s largest Thunderdome, stretching across a large section of North America. Because of geography, because of the nature of the teams and cities involved, because of their history, it was easy to appropriate the mythos of the American frontier and the Old West and imagine Conference III’s future as an echo of a past — as a sort of lawless id of a hockey division.

And then the offseason happened and the legend became fact.

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