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Near the end of second scenario, "It's All Mine!", I tried to rescue those trapped by the earthquake with the Chinese drill, but the faulty drill blew up. Then I had to choose someone to blame for it. One of the options was "Blame The Powers That Be", but it didn't say what will happen if I pick that. I was intrigued by it, but scared what might happen to me. What could've happened?

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Presumably the Religious faction would not have appreciated it, although it may also have driven people to leave that faction. I haven't gotten to start playing that scenario yet though... –  bwarner Sep 1 '11 at 3:14
    
@bwarner: Maybe, but the others stated it clearly: "-30 with Chinese" and "-10 respect", but it said something like "unknown effect" –  Ullallulloo Sep 1 '11 at 3:34
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I tried it tonight, and it didn't seem to have any direct effect (Maybe it's random?). However, the Chinese were very happy that I didn't blame them, and I got something like a +50 boost from them.

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its possible the chances of you suffering a random global event such as a hurricane has increased, but you'll never know –  z - Sep 3 '11 at 13:27
    
I will try it and post my results also. Hopefully I'll get there in the next day or two. >.> –  John the Green Sep 3 '11 at 15:53
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I tried it. I also got a message from China thanking me, but to no obvious gain. I also noticed 3 earthquakes in rapid secession immediately after, but that may have been a coincidence. –  John the Green Sep 6 '11 at 17:19
    
I got another earthquake. Seems the 'Power That Was' was not happy with me blaming him! But like in the answer, I got a good boost from the Chinese. –  Spedge Sep 7 '11 at 8:16
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