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Soviet Empire

The Soviet Empire is an informal term that has two meanings. In the narrow sense, it expresses a view in Western Sovietology that the Soviet Union as a state was a colonial empire; the onset of this interpretation is traditionally attributed to Richard Pipes's book The Formation of the Soviet Union. In the wider sense, it refers to the country's perceived imperialist foreign policy during the Cold War; the nations said to be part of the Soviet Empire in the wider sense were independent countries with separate governments that set their own policies, but those policies had to remain within certain limits decided by the Soviet Union and enforced by threat of intervention by the Warsaw Pact. Countries in this situation are called satellite states. Although the Soviet Union was not ruled by an emperor and declared itself anti-imperialist and a people's democracy, critics argue that it exhibited tendencies common to historic empires; some scholars hold that the Soviet Union was a hybrid entity containing elements common to both multinational empires and nation states.

It has been argued that the Soviet Union practiced colonialism as did other imperial powers. Maoists argued that the Soviet Union had itself become an imperialist power while maintaining a socialist façade; the other dimension of "Soviet imperialism" is cultural imperialism. The policy of Soviet cultural imperialism implied the Sovietization of culture and education at the expense of local traditions; the history of relationship between Russia and these Eastern European countries helps to understand the reactions of the Eastern European countries to the remnants of Soviet culture, namely hatred and longing for eradication. Poland and the Baltic states epitomize the Soviet attempt at the uniformization of their cultures and political systems. According to Noren, Russia was seeking to constitute and reinforce a buffer zone between itself and Western Europe so as to protect itself from potential and future attacks from hostile Western European countries, it is important to remember that the country lost between 26 and 27 million lives over the course the Second World War, if we combine the men provided by all 15 socialistic republics.

To this end, the Soviet Union needed to expand their influences so as to establish a hierarchy of dependence between the targeted states and itself. Such a purpose could be best achieved by means of the establishment of economic cronyism; the penetration of the Soviet influence into the "socialist-leaning countries" was of the political and ideological kind as rather than getting hold on their economic riches, the Soviet Union pumped enormous amounts of "international assistance" into them in order to secure influence to the detriment of its own economy. The political influence they sought to pursue aimed at rallying the targeted countries to their cause in the case of another attack from Western countries and as a support in the context of the Cold War. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia declared itself successor and recognized $103 billion of Soviet foreign debt while claiming $140 billion of Soviet assets abroad; this does not mean that economic expansion did not play a significant role in the Soviet motivation to spread influence in these satellite territories.

In fact, these new territories would ensure an increase in the global wealth which the Soviet Union would have a grasp on. If we follow the theoretical communist ideology, this expansion would contribute to a higher portion for every Soviet citizen through the process of redistribution of wealth. Soviet officials from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic intertwined this economic opportunity with a potential for migration. In fact, they saw in these Eastern European countries the potential of a great workforce, they offered a welcome to them upon the only condition that they work hard and achieve social success. This ideology was shaped on the model of the 19th-century American foreign policy; these countries were the closest allies of the Soviet Union and were members of the Comecon, a Soviet-led economic community founded in 1949, as well as the Warsaw Pact, sometimes called the Eastern Bloc in English and viewed as Soviet satellite states. These countries were occupied or had a period occupied by Soviet Army and their politics, military and domestic policies were dominated by the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Empire is considered to have included the following states: People's Socialist Republic of Albania People's Republic of Bulgaria Czechoslovak Socialist Republic German Democratic Republic Hungarian People's Republic Polish People's Republic Socialist Republic of Romania These countries were Marxist-Leninist states who were allied with the U. S. S. R, but did not belong to the Warsaw Pact. Democratic Republic of Afghanistan People's Republic of Angola People's Republic of Benin People's Republic of China People's Republic of the Congo Republic of Cuba Provisional Military Government of Socialist Ethiopia/People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia People's Republic of Kampuchea Democratic People's Republic of Korea Lao People's Democratic Republic Mongolian People's Republic People's Republic of Mozambique Somali Democratic Republic Tuvan People's Republic Democratic Republic of Vietnam /Socialist Republic of Vietnam Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia People's Democratic Re

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is a modern remake, by Bohemia Interactive, of the original 1988 Carrier Command. The game was in development since 2008, it was a project of Black Element Software, acquired by Bohemia Interactive and continued under its wings. The story was inspired by the unfinished Gaea trilogy of David Lagettie and P. D. Gilson and most notably its unreleased second book "Gaea: Sonrise", sequel to "Gaea: Beyond the Son". A film adaptation of the first Gaea book was planned before the game and a film trailer was released. Carrier Command is a real-time strategy game, where the overarching objective is to conquer and control islands, it features a 33-island archipelago on the moon Taurus. The player's fundamental unit is the Carrier, from which they may deploy and dock up to four aerial units and four amphibious units. Other defensive and offensive systems are present, such as drones which protect the Carrier when under attack. Battles take place in the air, on land, by sea; the player can take control of any deployed vehicle at any time.

When traveling between islands, a timewarp mechanic accelerates time reducing the time taken to reach the next island. During timewarp, various maintenance activities, such as managing the production queue, sending produced items to the carrier and reconfiguring the player's island network can still be performed; the archipelago is composed of 6 distinct climatic zones: Wastelands, Marshlands, Volcanic and Temperate. The game features real-time weather changes and day/night cycles. Islands may be once controlled, in one of three ways: defense, resource or production. Setting an island to defense will boost its defense rating, as well as that of any other island directly connected to it, making it more difficult for the enemy to capture. Resource islands continuously mine material, used to produce items, while production islands build the items; the higher the number of resource and production islands the player owns, the faster they can gather materials and build items. In addition, any island may be set as the stockpile island.

This is the island. Resource and production islands must have a supply line to the stockpile island in order to contribute their materials and production. If the enemy captures an island, a key link in the supply chain, islands can become disconnected from the stockpile and the player loses the capacity of those islands until they are reconnected; the story takes place on the planet-moon Taurus, a pivotal battleground in the war between two factions: the United Earth Coalition, the Asia Pacific Alliance, the latter having gained control of the water supply on Earth in an apocalyptic conflict. The player controls UEC lieutenant Myrik. Myrik leads a team on a mission to gain control of Taurus; the mission is led by Major Harrigan with Captain Aurora as second-in-command. Myrik and his team arrive in travel to the surface by drop-pod. During descent, the pod comes under fire from an anti-aircraft missile, but the team survive and gain control of an APA Carrier, they start to try to reconnect with other UEC units.

They intercept a video that shows the execution of Major Harrigan by an unknown APA officer whose voice is familiar to Myrik. Myrik and his team reconnect with Aurora, it is revealed. Myrik tries to stop the APA from building the Carrier but it's too late and Aurora is captured and the APA officer is revealed to be Mao Shin, an old enemy of Myrik's. A cat-and-mouse game between the two starts culminating in a final battle; the ending is dependent on the player's actions during the final battle. In the bad ending Mao Shin escapes. Myrik is seen being captured on the damaged carrier as APA forces led by Mao Shin take control of it. Myrik's team is seen dead inside the Carrier. In the good ending Aurora is fatally injured, she dies in Myrik's arms. Myrik is seen as a commander of the UEC Carrier fleet; the game ends with Myrik noting. In addition to the storyline campaign mode, the game provides a strategy mode. In this mode, all islands are unlocked from the start, there are no storyline or tutorial elements and the game is a race to conquer all the islands in the archipelago and destroy the enemy carrier.

There are no first-person segments considered the weakest part of the campaign mode, nor are there cutscenes, apart from the destruction of the enemy carrier. The only character dialogue in this mode is in the form of the crew giving updates and advice on island missions and enemy attacks on other islands; the game was released to mixed reviews from critics. The game holds 60 on Metacritic based on 23 reviews. A positive review from Games.cz criticised unused potential and frustration caused by horribly executed AI of units. It means bad pathfinding, noted as one of the biggest problems that Realtime strategy could have; the review on the other hand praised graphics soundtrack and the gameplay if the player has strong nerves enough to stand the AI. The game scored in PC Gamer review with 59%; the review concluded with: "This much belated franchise-resurrection trips in execution due to unit pathfinding issues and the lack of multiplayer." The review criticised the story and characters but the most critical point was the pathfinding of units.

A negative review was released by Impulse Gamer where the game was given 45%. The review criticised poor gameplay and audio; some praise wa

No Me Acuerdo

"No Me Acuerdo" is a song by Mexican singer Thalía and Dominican singer Natti Natasha. It was released on June 2018 as the lead single from Thalía's fourteenth studio album, Valiente; the track was written by Natasha, Rafael Pina, Gaby Music, Germán Hernández, Yasmil Marrufo, Frank Santofimio, Mario Cáceres, Jon Leone and Oscarito, produced by the latter five. The song performed well in charts all over the world and it was the most listened song of the summer of 2018 in Latin America; the accompanying music video was filmed in New York. The video went viral, accumulating more than 1 billion views on YouTube making Thalía the first Mexican artist to reach that amount of views on a single video. Thalía and Natti Natasha first performed the song together during the K Love Live special concert "Las Que Mandan", they performed the song again at the 2019 Premios Lo Nuestro Awards but this time in a remix version with Lali after performing Lindo Pero Bruto

Pensaukee, Wisconsin

Pensaukee is a town in Oconto County, United States, on the coast of Green Bay. The population was 1,214 at the 2000 census; the unincorporated communities of Brookside, Oak Orchard, Pensaukee are located in the town. The name Pensaukee is of Menominee origin, it is derived from pindj-sau-gee'inside the mouth of a river'. An alternative derivation is from the Menominee word Apāēhsahkyah'brant goose'; the lumbering community of Pensaukee was destroyed on July 7, 1877 in a disaster known as the Pensaukee Tornado. The death toll included four children and two adults, as well as 32 injuries, many horses and cattle killed, 50 buildings destroyed, including the town's hotel, flour mill, boarding house, school and many houses and barns; the names of those killed in the two-minute disaster were reported in a telegram as "L. Zanto, H. Baumgardner, Jr. Albert Blackbird, Mrs. E. R. Chesley, an infent of Farley, an infant of L. Zanto." According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.6 square miles, of which, 35.5 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it is water.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,214 people, 471 households, 351 families residing in the town. The population density was 34.2 people per square mile. There were 562 housing units at an average density of 15.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 98.35% White, 0.25% Native American, 0.41% from other races, 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population. There were 471 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.3% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.95. In the town, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years.

For every 100 females, there were 107.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.6 males. The median income for a household in the town was $48,098, the median income for a family was $51,875. Males had a median income of $36,563 versus $22,148 for females; the per capita income for the town was $22,600. About 2.7% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over. John Verkuilen, Wisconsin State Representative and farmer, was born in the town. Town of Pensaukee

Tony Young (politician)

Tony Young is an American former elected official. He was the president of the city council of San Diego and served as a member of the council from 2005 to 2013, representing District 4, he is a Democrat, although the position is nonpartisan per California state law. San Diego's fourth council district includes the following communities: Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Lincoln Park, Lomita Village, Mt. Hope, Mt. View, North Bay Terrace, North Encanto, Oak Park, O'Farrell, Paradise Hills, South Encanto, Skyline Hills, South Bay Terrace, Valencia Park, Webster. Young is a graduate of a former schoolteacher, he lives in Valencia Park with three daughters. He was elected to represent San Diego's fourth council district on January 4, 2005, in a special election held after the unexpected death of the incumbent council member, Charles L. Lewis III, in August 2004. Young had been Lewis's chief of staff. Young was reelected in the 2006 election and the 2010 election. In December 2010 Young was unanimously elected by the other council members to serve as San Diego City Council President.

He promised changes in how the City Council operates, including more openness to the public and a primary focus on the city's budget problems, saying "Don't be surprised if you see that on the agenda every week until that's corrected." He chaired City Council's Rules Committee, Open Government and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. In November 2012 he announced his intention to resign from the City Council to become CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross, his resignation took effect January 1, 2013 and triggered a special election in March for the balance of his term, which ends in 2014. He headed the local Red Cross chapter from January 2013 until March 2014. In March 2014 the national American Red Cross organization informed the local board that Young was no longer head of the chapter. No official reason was given. San Diego Council District 4, Tony Young

Ken Pryor

Ken Pryor was an American basketball player. He is known both for his college career at the University of Oklahoma and his play in the Amateur Athletic Union during an era when it was seen as a viable alternative to professional basketball. Pryor was a three-sport star at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma. We went to the University of Oklahoma to play for future Hall of Fame coach Bruce Drake. While there, he was a first team All-Big Six Conference pick in the 1943–44 season. After taking time off to serve in the United States Navy during World War II, Pryor returned to the Sooners. In his final season of 1946–47, Pryor was a member of the Oklahoma's 1947 Final Four team. Pryor hit one of the biggest shots in Sooner basketball history as his jump shot with ten seconds remaining lifted the team over Texas and into the national championship game. Oklahoma lost to Holy Cross in the contest. Following his college career, Pryor went to play for the AAU power Phillips 66ers, he earned AAU All-American honors in 1951 and 1952.

He worked for the oil company and ran his own insurance agency