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The sailing record shall commence on Mondee 29 Septembyarrr.
Let It Ride League celebrates International Talk Like A Pirate Day with the original creation Pirate World Cup! Be the captain of the eight finest fleets on the high seas and earn the glory! YARRRRRGGGGH!
Select two territories each from the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic oceans, for a total of eight.
The winner is the captain with the highest score at the end of ten sailings. Every territory clashes with the other seven territories in their sea, plus one from each of the other three seas. Each territory possesses different strengths and weaknesses. When territories clash, the outcome is based on luck and the following four categories...
Manpower: population, organization, leadership
Firepower: amount, range, strength
Ship Fleet: size, speed, technology
Geography: natural resources, defensibility, chokepoint access
Have a looksee...Netherlands has a historically strong navy, but is not as populous as China. Samoa boasts many fine navigators, but lacks the raw shipbuilding lumber of a place such as Finland. Ye gettin' the picture, ya seaweed sniffer?
Clash Win: 1 point
Fortunate Upset: 1 extra point
Plunder Blowout: 2 extra points + 10% more strength
What be a Fortunate Upset, praytell? When the nautical gods smile upon thee!
If you are the smaller, weaker territory in a clash, the luck o' the ocean sometimes swings in your favor and grants you victory. If you command one of these Fortunate Upsets, you earn an additional point.
What be a Plunder Blowout, praytell? When you utterly demolish your foes!
If you captain a Plunder Blowout with skill (200+ margin of victory) or tremendous luck (90%+ luck for you AND 10% luck or less for your opponent), you earn an additional two points. Your winning territory is also 10% stronger for the duration of the season. The loser of a Plunder Blowout is 10% weaker.
Did you venture forth in last year's Pirate World Cup? Be aware that many territories have changed in their strengths and weaknesses. You may also notice that the worst territory from each region last year has been relegated to land-bound pursuits.
Walk the plank Portugal, Trinidad, Korea, Mexico, Ethiopia, Australia, Alaska, and Norway.
Welcome eight newcomers: Greece, Argentina, Samoa, California, South Africa, Bangladesh, Nova Scotia, Finland.
Entries due Sun 28 Sep 2014.
Set sail, you urchin-faced dog, with this Pirate World Cup map, complete with fantastical inaccuracies.
England - one of the finest fleets on the globe, plenty of able-bodied and well-trained men
Netherlands - modern ships with long range, well-financed small crews
Greece - organized and able navy, stockpile of long range guns, limited ship lumber
Spain - the legendary Armada, Strait of Gibraltar chokepoint
Libya - oil reserves, Mediterranean chokepoint
Nigeria - oil reserves, West African cargo traffic hub
Puerto Rico - mighty fine rum, many shipwrecks to plunder, smaller population
Argentina - mastery in close quarters combat, low population density, Strait of Magellan chokepoint
Samoa - tiny population, unequalled intuitive navigators, fine tools of the trade
Japan - numerous and disciplined soldiers, island defense
China - unmatched population, Chinese gunpowder
New Zealand - disciplined but smaller fleet, isolated location, some farmland
Hawai'i - world class navigators, island defense
California - strong but tentative sailors, respectable weaponry and resources
Colombia - Panama Canal chokepoint, relatively inexperienced fleet
Chile - Cape Horn chokepoint, ineffective weaponry, organized men
Egypt - Suez Canal chokepoint, formally trained recruits
India - surplus of men, multiple natural resources
Yemen - Red Sea chokepoint, aging fleet
South Africa - issues with leadership and delegation, Cape of Good Hope chokepoint
Myanmar - excellent natural resources and defensibility, mercenaries act of their own accord
Indonesia - huge population density, Malacca Straits chokepoint
Malaysia - frequent pirating of Singapore cash cow, well-armed, multiple island hideouts
Bangladesh - threadbare unity, strong plentiful trees but pitiable fleet
Nova Scotia - few men but proud fighters, Gulf of St Lawrence chokepoint
Labrador - small but tough crew, limited natural resources
Newfoundland - expert seadogs, nearly impenetrable rocky shores
Québec - Champlain's legacy of leadership, secondhand French supplies, St Lawrence river trading post
Iceland - endless geothermal energy, island defense, sparse population
Finland - disciplined forces, strong national unity, limited homegrown supplies
Denmark - historically fine navigators, Baltic Sea chokepoint, fewer troops
Sweden - intelligent and resourceful men, numerous raw materials
The winning captain shall take home a Pirating Prize Pack! Have nary a doubt that it contains great and rare treasure.
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