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[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/27/2021 20:43:50

Level 59

Here's a template:
Location: (as broad or as specific as you want, keep in mind that OT is public)
Rating: (1-10, where higher is better and 5 is average)
Why?: (open-ended)

Warzone players represent most major countries on Earth, especially those in the West. Our community also has good representation for different parts of those countries, like all 50 US states and both habitable human settlements in Canada.

So how do you feel about where you live? You don't have to be very specific (can say country or Earth or, if you want, your local region depending on how much you want to share about your location on OT), but I'm curious how satisfied people are with where they are on the map. Rate your general satisfaction with your location on a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best). If you need more specificity, <5 means you would probably be willing to move somewhere else (not necessarily to the average location on Earth, just somewhere else you could move to), 5 is the "okay"/"average" number, and much greater than 5 means you're somewhat attached to where you live and would probably stay there even if it became easy/feasible to move elsewhere. Note that all these ratings are about your personal satisfaction with where you live, so you don't have to think as hard about how much the average person or someone else would like it since that's hard to estimate (and there's good public datasets already for stuff like that).

After discussions on Global Chat, Off-topic, and Discord, I've realized we have a wide variety of perspectives about how great the places we live are. For example, some Europeans look down on the US and some Americans want to move to Germany while others think California is the best place on Earth. Some players from non-Western countries keep asking about how easy it is to immigrate to other countries, while others staunchly plan to stay where they are because they love it. As a long-time Warlight player, the thread of people moving from place to place has been a long-running one- I remember in CORP clan chat (back before clan chat existed and we used a chat game) that Prabster Realm used to talk about leaving Sri Lanka for Australia (which he succeeded at, although he's back in Sri Lanka now), and I remember that other players (esp. some Canadians) like to entice people to move to their countries.

So I want to hear from the people living in various places how happy they are. I'll gather our responses and make some data visualizations, and we can read one another's to get a better idea of what people like and dislike about their corners of the world.
Here's mine:

Location: US/California/Bay Area
Rating: 9
Why?: It's got year-round good weather, lots of things to do, lots of interesting people to meet, and just a lot of business so there's great food. The place is a little bit bubble-y because it disproportionately draws from a few industries (namely tech), so the billboards here tend to be for things like high-performance database software end enterprise AI rather than... the normal stuff that you find in other places I've been. There's also the incredibly high cost-of-living, tax rates, and societal ills (homelessness, crime, drug use) that are especially noticeable in some parts of San Francisco. I don't encounter them on a day-to-day basis, but, y'know, there's a bunch of RVs parked on the street not that far from where I live. That said, in spite of the jokes around California laws, there's a lot of government involvement that leads to nice day-to-day benefits, like a strong social safety net, strong consumer protection laws, bike lanes and decent (by US standards) public transportation, strong employment laws (California's led the fight against the gig economy push toward individual contractor status), and ease of political participation (I cannot recommend mail-in ballots enough).

The US as a whole is also pretty sweet to live in, if you can stomach the high costs of health care, housing, and education, as well as the lack of a social safety net, public transportation (or generally, transport infrastructure that doesn't assume everyone drives/flies everywhere), and currently societal harmony. We have a robust economy, strong guarantees of individual rights (with many asterisks, but less so once you're going through the legal system; our freedom of non-commercial speech laws are especially admirable in spite of their side effects), and a good, albeit unequally distributed, standard of living. This place has its flaws but I can't see myself wanting to live anywhere else. There's just amenities here and good coverage of relative luxuries- like being able to fly everywhere (we've got 4 of the world's largest airlines)- throughout the country that make it quite nice to live in.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/27/2021 21:31:29

bliss machine
Level 62
my own brain


lots of potential but rotting and wasted.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 00:34:14

Level 46
Philippines: 4/10
I've lived my entire life in the Philippines so far. I've got used to most things, but I have just one complaint. It's too hot. EVEN IN DECEMBER. Other than that, I'm fine with my life here. I would like to move to somewhere in the US though, preferably somewhere near the Gulf Coast or the Atlantic Ocean.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 02:02:54

Level 62
Hong Kong: 8/10

Hong Kong: 8/10
Hong kong has been in the international spotlight lately, during the 2019 anti government protests.
There has been a national security law imposed, which brought stability to the city and got rid of the protests.
Due to this and the uncertain political future many people including some relatives have left to the UK. I would not want to leave, I like hong kong
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 02:20:10

Level 60
gurgaon: 6/10
cool city with a nice crowd, lots of opportunities to try out new stuff and clean water and weather all year round.

but the water logging in monsoons, occasional giant traffic jams, relatively high crime rate, and the deadly winter pollution is why I will cut marks

the country is a different ball game, although there is beauty and diversity there are too many issues rn which make it unlikey for me to stay for long

Edited 9/28/2021 02:22:38
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 02:53:17

Emperor Justinian
Level 53
People's Republic of China: 10/10

Very good place to live. Numba wan nation in GDP. Best nation in household income. Highest life expectancy. Economic opportunity for sure da best in the world. Hello white man. You should move to China because of these reasons. Best nation for you to move very good. Come now.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 03:47:28

Diety Emperor Cacao, God Ruler of the Universe 
Level 57
San Francisco: 10/10

Very nice weather all-year-round. One of my favorite things is you guys can't afford to live here. I really don't like the politics here and the homeless "people" walking all over the city though. A lot of uppity privileged people live here and have changed the culture gradually though.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 04:00:52

Level 64
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 05:16:12

Emperor Justinian
Level 53
One of my favorite things is you guys can't afford to live here.

[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 05:16:57

Emperor Justinian
Level 53
Don't want to live in shitty San Francisco even if it was cheaper anyway
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 06:21:25

Level 58
I love terrorism
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 09:26:41

(ง︡'-'︠)ง let's fight!! 
Level 62
Rural East Westphalia


East Westphalians are not very chatty usually, especially not the ones living in the countryside. In this regard let me say something you would say here, if this is really really great:

Its not bad.

Edited 9/28/2021 11:30:30
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 11:43:09

Level 17
l4v.r0v's Basement

He feeds me decent leftovers. He also lets me sleep at least 3 hours a night before I start working on the sewing machine. It may not be much but it is better than back home at Japan where he saved me when I was just a little baby. He told me the many horrors of Japan and I am so glad he saved me.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 12:12:49

Emperor Justinian
Level 53
Unfortunately for you Knyte, I know the Japanese reset code.

[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 19:05:03

Level 58
New York
1 out of 3 people are ethnically Jewish

Edited 9/28/2021 19:05:47
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 20:04:38

bliss machine
Level 62
Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air
In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
She said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air'
I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suite case and send me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket.
I put my walkman on and said, 'I might as well kick it'.
First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orang juice out of a champagne glass.
Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?
Hmm this might be alright.
But wait I hear they're prissy, bourgeois, all that
Is Bel-Air the type of place they send this cool cat?
I don't think so
I'll see when I get there
I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air
Well uh the plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out
I ain't trying to get arrested yet
I just got here
I sprang with the quickness like lightening, disappeared
I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab is rare
But I thought 'Now forget it' - 'Yo homes to Bel Air'
I pulled up to the house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo, homes smell ya later'
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/28/2021 22:42:19

Level 67
Poland, Poznań, Łazarz

"Wolę polskie gówno w polu,
Niż fijołki w Neapolu." :)
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/29/2021 00:39:23

Level 50
Toronto, Canada

Sure, Changsha (my hometown in China) was a pretty fun place, but it was a bit crowded and cheap. Toronto, however, it had many tourist attractions, beautiful places to sight-see, sprawling nature, and more. Only complaint is it's a bit too cold.
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/29/2021 10:18:39

Level 60
Antalya, Turkey (where i normally live)


i feel like i live in a rotting country and i cant deal with this shit anymore

Lefkoşa, TRNC ( where I am right now)


food here is better and unlike in turkey I kinda like it here
[Potentially Political] Rate where you live: 9/29/2021 21:25:33

Darth Grover
Level 52
What I'm getting from this is that Californians have a very high opinion of themselves
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