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DDO History: The Dec. 2014 Election

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12/15/2014 3:04:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Prologue:
One stormy night, all was business as usual on DDO. But then, he walked in:
Imabench.
Imabench, much like Askbob and RationalMadman, was a troll, a very dangerous and powerful troll. But unlike RationalMadman, Imabench...was popular. And that made him all the more dangerous.
Being exceptionally clever for a troll (and possibly a sociopath), Imabench knew that his enormous popularity would dissipate quickly if he targeted other popular users. So, he was nice to them and became their friends. No, he did not target popular users. Rather, he targeted those who had been punished with the dreaded "toxic" label, because he knew that he would be allowed to troll them mercilessly, often through the PMs, without any outcry from the other users. Those poor souls sometimes gave vague reports of the horrors inflicted upon them by Imabench in the PMs, but these accounts were few, and as the victims were those labeled "toxic", his behavior towards the "toxic" minority was tolerated.
But one day, the Great and Powerful Moderator descended from Heaven and imposed upon the dreaded troll something known as the "New Policy". It was a clear limit to Imabench's dark powers. Realizing that he had been defeated, he made a public thread announcing that he was leaving.
And so he did. On a date commemorated by the Heavens, carved into the Constellations themselves, Imabench left DDO, inciting a sizable number of his most radical fans to commit DDO Suicide along with their dark master.
In exile, Imabench began to plan his return to power, a plan which would take many months to be put into fruition.

The Six Months:
Some time after Imabench left, a relatively obscure user named Bladerunner060 emerged into the limelight and announced that he was running for the Presidency.
By striking several deals with the DDO Elite, he got them to agree to win him the Presidency. And so they did; Bladerunner succeeded TUF as DDO's president. One member of the DDO Elite, Bsh1, was assigned by the Elite to be Bladerunner's Vice-President, so that the DDO Elite could keep an eye on Bladerunner and make sure that he acted in favor of their corporate interests.

The Revolutionary:
When the next election came around, neither Bladerunner or the DDO Elite were worried. Bladerunner was relatively popular, and it was unlikely that any strong candidate would emerge to challenge him.
Nobody could've anticipated how wrong they were.
Mikal, a voice for the noobs of DDO, and a staunch opponent of the "Old Guard" (codewords for the DDO Elite), announced his candidacy.
Imabench approached Mikal (or did Mikal approach Imabench? That's a relatively unimportant detail) and they agreed that Imabench would be Mikal's VP, thus finally putting Imabench's return plan into motion.
Though Mikal was a voice of the noobs, his voterbase was still outnumbered by those who planned on voting for Bladerunner. So, it still seemed like Bladerunner would win.

The Election:
But then something unexpected happened: there was a divide among the DDO Elite. Some of them, seeking to be more subtle about their power by using a Pro-Noob activist as their puppet, splintered off from the DDO Elite. They formed an organization called WALNUT (supposedly a grassroots organization), which, on election day, used fraudulent accounts to boost the number of Mikal's votes. Bladerunner's side countered by spamming sites as far away as Edeb8 searching for votes, but Mikal ultimately won the battle.

Aftermath: Bladerunner, having lost the DDO Election, was rewarded with the coveted position of Moderator by the DDO Elite as a reward for his many months of service to them.
As for Mikal and Imabench, only time would tell what they had planned for DDO...
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12/15/2014 3:56:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
(Disclaimer: Though this has a strong basis in reality, this was a work meant for entertainment purposes and I meant no offense to any of the people mentioned here.)
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