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Favoritism has, and always shall be, a part of the way Achaea works. It's stupid to say it doesn't play a role, because it nearly always does.
That said, it's not necessarily 'ruining the game,' I feel. People are like that in real life, too. Criminals aren't all the same, and there are certainly some that are hugely more charismatic than others. Many of my favorite stories, personally, at least touch on the idea that some people get away with things because they're more appealing than their counterparts.
That said, I certainly understand your frustration. I cannot count the instances where it's felt like OOC concerns rule the way a decision is made IC (sometimes justifiably), not least of which is the 'I like this person's player' rationale. While that's utterly deplorable, I will offer some advice that perhaps will help salvage the game for you, as it did for me: take bullshit like that as an opportunity to solidify your character IC, and try to ignore the OOC rationale for things.
If it is well and true that, in case X, a decision was made based on flimsy or OOC considerations that your character does not agree with, then treat it as a roleplaying avenue. If you are dissatisfied with the way things happened, and your character, too, has reason to be dissatisfied, then that's fuel for character development. Most of it, in the end, comes from feelings of frustration and unfulfillment (there's far richer material, usually, in hardship than there is in comfort and ease for the fleshing out of an imaginary person, although I suppose some could say it's lazier), and this kind of thing is the perfect opportunity to explore that! Hell, you're basically being given a free pass to say someone's insane, in some of these cases, and how much better antagonism than that can you bring to the table?
Even if you cannot -do- anything about the situation, and even if you can't bring yourself to accept it, and don't feel you can make it lead to good places IC, then remember this: the only person you can control is you. This idea, which has been thrown around a -lot- on these forums lately, that the game is 'being ruined' by X or Y is simply the most toxic thing I can think of. First of all, not everyone will play the game like you do, and that's fine. They're not obligated to, and without the diversity of the players, Achaea'd certainly be a stricter, more organized, more thematic, and infinitely more boring game. Stop letting yourself fall into the idea that others are 'doing it wrong,' and look for the common ground you DO share, because otherwise, it's going to become a very miserable experience for you. I've been there- believe me, it really sucks.
Finally, if you're willing to read just a bit more personalized advice, I offer this: a lot of the time, it's tempting to think of Achaea as a linear and uninterrupted timeline for the characters as well as the players, because the game never 'pauses.' I've found, however, it's much easier to make sense of their lives as 'scenes.' Pick and keep what you want, and ignore what flat-out offends your sense of roleplay style and fantasy sensibilities, it might make you a lot happier down the line.
TL;DR: Life more better when you try and come together.
Very nice post @Anedhel, I totally agree. Sometimes people do take IC decisions based on OOC considerations and nine times out of ten that sucks. But the best response is always, always, always to have an IC response yourself. Because from your character's perspective what you are seeing is someone making a bad decision and that has consequences. You can use that to punish them in an IC way - you can rustle up opposition, destabilize their position, undermine their reputation. Fight for a reversal of the decision. You can RP disillusionment with the direction of the organization, petition to the gods, call for a referendum. You absolutely have options.
And there's a bunch of reasons why that's always the best route:
Which is not to say that people need to have it drummed into them to always be IC - follow where the game takes you even if it's uncomfortable or unpopular or new. But never sacrifice your own standards to someone else's screw-up.
OP sounds entitled
You realize the condescending nature of that remark makes -you- sound entitled, right?
Of course the OP sounds entitled, the person who wrote it was upset when he wrote it.