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    The North Star XVIII

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  5. NationStates News

    NS -Z-Day<sup>7</sup>

    World Leaders, resistance cells, and diplomats: the secret WASP office of pseudoanimate preparedness has good news and bad news. First, the good news. There are hours, nay, days before the world as we know it falls apart due to rising demand for and shrinking supply of brains. Also, some of our researchers have survived! Their consensus recommendation of what you need to be empowered to handle this shambling business is intelligence, intelligence, intelligence. The intern who was the most experienced survivor was quite insistent on this. Without intelligence, even the smartest decision will be brainless! In other words, as the intern put it, "Braaaains!" As the surviving researchers head home, the administrative staff here are hard at work on solutions to bring you more adequate intelligence. What is the bad news, you ask? Well, that's a very good question. It will be addressed just as soon as we answer this scrabbling at our doors. Can't keep people waiting! In the meanwhile, enjoy this helpful clock: Zombie apocalypse begins in: We're not sure of much, but we're sure of this countdown! Our staff expects that once that clock reaches zero, vigilant regions will begin to close their borders and see a daring group of nations attempt to research a cure, while less vigilant regions will be overrun by shambling nightmares. In due course, 75-80% of the world population will die. No biggie. Our staff are still examining notes from the office of pseudoanimatae preparedness to understand any new mutations or developments you need to know about. What You Need to Know The zombie apocalypse will begin @@JGConfig::time_ago(1540929600, 1)@@ (click for local time) It will run for 33 hours, ending @@JGConfig::time_ago(1540929600+ (33 * 3600), 1)@@ Zombies move between nations in the same region. This makes it important to be aware of what your neighbors are doing, as will be difficult for an individual nation to hold out in a heavily infected region. Each region will report its infection rate so that residents can make an informed choice about which are relatively safe and which are basically pools of pandemic-level z-virus. You have three options: Exterminate the zombies with military force. This converts them into dead citizens, who pose no further risk to the living. It is very effective when you have lots of survivors and few zombies, and less effective when your military forces have mostly been eaten. Research a cure, which helps to lower your region's infection rate. Enough nations working together can slow or stop the spread of zombies and even begin to turn infected back into survivors. However, this takes time and is most effective with test subjects and collaboration. Embrace the zombie hordes, becoming part of the problem as you spread zombies all around your region. Eventually, of course, your hordes may run out of food and starve. This option isn't for everyone. But there's always someone. Your nation may also unlock superweapons over time. Once built, they can be manually deployed against targets of your choice by visiting their nation page and hitting the appropriate button. Exterminating zombies develops Tactical Zombie Elimination Squads, who can enter other nations and kill zombies there. Researching a cure develops Cure Missiles, which can be launched at other nations in order to convert zombies into survivors. Embracing the undead develops Hordes, which can surge into other nations and infect their survivors. Superweapons can be deployed every 20 seconds. If you take a hit from a superweapon, the resulting chaos makes your own superweapon unavailable for a few minutes. When looking for targets, the World Censuses helpfully provided by the WA administrative complex may be of use: The Most Survivors The Most Zombies The Most Dead The Most Zombified (%) Note: while the number displayed for each nation should always be accurate, the ordering of nations by each census will be updated periodically, not live. During Z-Day, Founders and Delegates can close their region's borders at no Influence cost, sealing themselves off the from the world, and the plaintative cries of nations seeking refuge. It seems pretty harsh. You're just sitting there watching millions of people die. But zombie apocalypses demand tough choices. The Z-Day Tally Board will track progress during Z-Day. Good luck! {url}
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    NS -Z-Day<sup>8</sup>

    Wow! It seems like only yesterday that the undead began periodically rising from the grave to feast upon the flesh of the living. But no: Zombie scientists have confirmed that for the eighth time, the world is expected to undergo a horrific apocalypse. Zombie apocalypse begins in: You might be like, "Well if these zombie scientists can pinpoint the start time so accurately, maybe they should put a little effort into finding a permanent cure." But that's because you misunderstand the term "zombie scientists." They are literally zombies. They wear little white lab coats and sleep most of the year but once they start to get twitchy, we know the apocalypse is coming. What You Need to Know The zombie apocalypse will begin @@JGConfig::time_ago(1572465600, 1)@@ (click for local time) It will run for 33 hours, ending @@JGConfig::time_ago(1572465600 + (33 * 3600), 1)@@ Zombies move between nations in the same region. This makes it important to be aware of what your neighbors are doing, as will be difficult for an individual nation to hold out in a heavily infected region. Each region will report its infection rate so that residents can make an informed choice about which are relatively safe and which are basically pools of pandemic-level z-virus. You have three options: Exterminate the zombies with military force. This converts them into dead citizens, who pose no further risk to the living. It is very effective when you have lots of survivors and few zombies, and less effective when your military forces have mostly been eaten. Research a cure, which helps to lower your region's infection rate. Enough nations working together can slow or stop the spread of zombies and even begin to turn infected back into survivors. However, this takes time and is most effective with test subjects and collaboration. Embrace the zombie hordes, becoming part of the problem as you spread zombies all around your region. Eventually, of course, your hordes may run out of food and starve. This option isn't for everyone. But there's always someone. Your nation may also unlock superweapons over time. Once built, they can be manually deployed against targets of your choice by visiting their nation page and hitting the appropriate button. Exterminating zombies develops Tactical Zombie Elimination Squads, who can enter other nations and kill zombies there. Researching a cure develops Cure Missiles, which can be launched at other nations in order to convert zombies into survivors. Embracing the undead develops Hordes, which can surge into other nations and infect their survivors. Superweapons can be deployed every 20 seconds. If you take a hit from a superweapon, the resulting chaos makes your own superweapon unavailable for a few minutes. The World Census will maintain some relevant zombie-related ranking scales: The Most Survivors The Most Zombies The Most Dead The Most Zombified (Note: Up to one hour delay is to be expected in the ordering of these scales.) During Z-Day, Founders and Delegates can close their region's borders at no Influence cost, sealing themselves off the from the world, and the plaintative cries of nations seeking refuge. It seems pretty harsh. You're just sitting there watching millions of people die. But zombie apocalypses demand tough choices. The Z-Day Tally Board will track global progress during Z-Day. Good luck! {url}
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    The North Star XVII

    Regional Assembly Highlights by Bobberino, Minister of Communications Speaker: Deropia Deputy Speakers: Koopa, Rom, MadJack, Owenstacey Current Business Delegate's Report Bill by Brendog Summary: This bill writes into law the recent common practice of Ministers providing reports as per their administration's requests, following the precedent established by El Fiji Grande in his Delegacy. Status: In Discussion Lessening Repeating Work Bill by Praetor Summary: An election law based bill, this addresses the addition of preferential voting into our judicial elections, eliminates restarting elections, which also permits candidates withdrawing during voting. In addition, it provides yet more power to the oligarchy by stating that after backwards tie-breaking a tie remains, the longest-standing citizen is declared the winner, in a clear bone thrown to the oligarchy to get this passed. Status: In Discussion Court Rule Amendments Consulation by Zyvetskistaahn Summary: A bill that makes some common sense changes regarding the court rules and presents them to the RA. These include the court seeking out government officials for R4Rs relevant to them, a statement re: how to submit and withdraw R4Rs, an extension for opinion drafting and submission from 7 to 14 days, and introducing rules re: Freedom of Information and an insurance plan for vexatious appeals and/or relevant reviews are vexatious. Status: In Discussion NPA Bulletin by Pierce, Communications Staffer, NPA Soldier Leadership Minister of Defense: Trondstorm Deputy Minister of Defense: Colonel Rom The North Pacific Army (NPA) participated in a few operations, consisting mainly of refounds. From the 29th of February to the 9th of March, a strong force of 20 NPA soldiers participated in a joint operation with The Black Hawks (TBH) on the region of Opstan to prevent a refound by removing the Delegate and all Regional Officers. The operation ended by the Minor update on the 9th of March, by which the region was passworded. On the 7th of March, Colonel BluieGamer of the NPA refounded Itaque Sanctus Defensus after it had ceased to exist. The region was previously protected by Chapter 7.6 Section 32 and 33, which protects regions and its natives from permanent harm and excessive force through altering the embassy list, password protecting the region, forcibly removing natives, and refounding the region. The section states that exceptions can be made upon authorization of the Delegate and majority approval of the Regional Assembly. Since the region had formerly been an embassy partner with the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators, Delegate McMasterdonia proposed the exception for ISD alongside other regions to the RA on the 15th of February and the exception was approved with a 30-3 vote. The region had ceased to exist during the vote, and it was refounded following the passage of the exception and passworded. On the 24th of March, the NPA took note during a training operation that the Hitlers Alliance had been abandoned by its natives, and was refounded by Corporal Nimarya and Colonel BluieGamer to prevent the region from being a site for fascists. Finally, the NPA captured and refounded the region Nessuno (named after Lead Gameside Advocate Territorio Di Nessuno) to prevent its use from outside individuals. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ March 2020 Judicial Election by Haven With four months since November now behind us, it's time for another judicial election. March's vote comes as the Court in recent months has faced criticisms over a series of seemingly over-punitive decisions, including in cases featuring guilty pleas and requests for commutation. It also follows the abolition of the office of the Attorney General with the passing of the AGORA Act, leading to questions of the Court's standing to decide on legal ambiguities in a trial format, among other issues. The field was exceptionally large this month, with six candidates eventually making it to the final ballot. This including respected veterans and a few fresh faces looking to make a name for themselves on the bench. The Candidates: Vivanco Zyvetskistaahn Wonderess Lady Raven Wing Eluvatar Alamei MintChocoIC13 (Disqualified) Vivanco Vivanco's campaign emphasised his experience as Attorney General, and his record of upholding the independence of the judiciary. Vivanco responded to the issue of harsh sentencing by implying punishments may seem "more harsh [sic]" due to their final nature. Though they seemed to support the idea that the Court should always be open to rehabilitation, they indicated that past good deeds should not negate a bad act in the eyes of the law. Notably, they supported establishing a civil procedure for the Court, as a forum outside of moderation for the resolution of conflicts among individuals. They stated that the administration would assume the duty of enforcing these decisions, though they did not indicate what penal actions may be incurred upon violation. Vivanco received 18.31% of the vote and was not elected. Zyvetskistaahn Having served as the previous Chief Justice, Zyvetskistaahn's reelection campaign had an air of inevitability surrounding it, heightened by a highly thorough, issue-based campaign. On procedures, Zyvetskistaahn laid out a plan for much-needed reforms following the AGORA Act, including alteration of the requests for review form, the introduction of a form for indictments, and rule amendments to reflect the inevitable delay that will come from appointing a prosecutor after charges are accepted. Other amendments he endorsed included clarifying of indictments and requests for approval for bans, the introduction of requirements that changes to indictments be approved by the Court, and changes to the guilty plea process. Zyvetskistaahn received 49.30% of the vote and was elected. Lady Raven Wing Lady Raven Wing, running a concise but thoughtful campaign, was a clear favourite for reelection as Justice, having received several high-profile endorsements early on. Her time as Justice launched them from a relative unknown in TNP politics to a highly respected and experienced member of the bench. In the wake of the AGORA Act, she indicated that the Court should, going forward, not be resolving ambiguities of law in the criminal trial process, if at all. She qualified that this pertains only to ambiguities that do not result in "Constitutional conflict". Speaking on penal restrain, she stated that she did not feel any particular cases in recent years were decided improperly or that the Court handed down any unreasonable punishments. Lady Raven Wing received 50.70% of the vote and was elected. Wonderess This was Wonderess' second campaign for Justice, having run unsuccessfully last July in a comparatively bare-bones effort. This time around, he emphasised his conservative approach to interpreting and applying the statute, declaring that it was not the Court's role to innovate on the law but instead to act as a "respectful referee" of the trial process. On the issue of retribution, Wonderess pointed to The North Pacific v Bobberino as a case in which the Court could have pursued more leniency. He made it clear, however, that he did not see it as his place to criticise the Court for its previous decisions, especially considering we the public may not have all the "pieces of the puzzle". He offered a reasonable position on heavy-handed rulings, emphasising that punishment should be, first and foremost, about the rehabilitation of the defendant and that the Court should use only such legal force as necessary to affect this outcome. He indicated that, especially with as sparse a body of case law as the North Pacific has, precedent should not be the final word, and that each case encompasses unique circumstances that require a unique approach to resolution, even if the charges are the same. Wonderess received 50.70% of the vote and was elected. Eluvatar Eluvatar, the renowned former Delegate and elder statesman who has previously served in the now-defunct position of Attorney General, only tentatively accepted his nomination for Justice. He failed to post a campaign thread, and seemed to have relied on name recognition and a robust record. Eluvatar received 32.39% of the vote and was not elected. Alamei Though a TNP native for some time, Alamei has only recently begun to actively engage in regional government. An experienced legal official for the Versutian Federation, Alamei hopes to bring their philosophy of transparency and impartiality to the North Pacific. They supported the recent reforms under the AGORA Act, stating that it made the Court more accessible to the "common citizen". They also proposed a rule change that would allow Justices other than the Moderating Justice to ask questions of trial participants, suggesting this would allow Justices an opportunity to make a more 'fully informed' decision. Alamei received 35.21% of the vote and was not elected. MintChocoIC13 MintChocoIC13 did not post a campaign, and they lost their citizenship during the initial vote. They were struck from the ballot, and a new vote was triggered automatically. World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. Oceanic Waste Disposal Ban Status: Discarded Delegate's Vote: No vote Final Vote (World): For: 13,550 Against: 2,693 Final Vote (TNP): For: 533 Against: 50 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.3% No Recommendation Repeal: "Promotion of Recycling" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 3,028 Against: 12,850 Final Vote (TNP): For: 46 Against: 547 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.8% Recommendation: This repeal ironically uses rather ambiguous reasoning to argue that clause 3 of GAR #483 is ambiguous, stating that it creates for possible loopholes and abusive regulations for member nations and large corporations, without providing prove or examples as to how the by the author predicted negative consequences might come to pass. It is also rather contradictory, in claiming firstly that clause 3 was ambiguous, but then stating that clause 3 specifically creates abusive regulations while in fact the resolution itself does not create those regulations, but requires member nations to create regulations or subsidizations and tailor them according to their needs and requirements. Although it is possible for environmental regulations such as those on recycling to impact small businesses more than big businesses, it is up to national governments to craft regulations that do not disadvantage small businesses unfairly. Considering further that the author of the target resolution is currently working together with other members of the World Assembly to properly repeal GAR #483 and replace it in order to correct actual deficiencies, of which none where mentioned in this repeal, the Ministry advises to vote Against this proposal. Disease Naming Compact Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 8,490 Against: 7,203 Final Vote (TNP): For: 210 Against: 379 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.5% Recommendation: This proposal appears to be written opportunistically based on current real-life events. Unfortunately its provisions appear unnecessary as a common name for a novel disease would be adopted by most nations through communications between government authorities, and medical professionals would be aware of different names if they exist. In addition, the large variation in the languages of WA nations will make the task of creating a name suitable for all languages functionally impossible, and nations need flexibility to adopt a name that suits their language. For the above reasons, the Ministry recommends a vote Against this proposal. Interference Causing Equipment Act Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 3,511 Against: 11,040 Final Vote (TNP): For: 51 Against: 500 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.4% Recommendation: While a well-intentioned proposal, it unfortunately falls victim to wording problems, which are at times overly complex while also creating loopholes. For example, clause 2i includes technical vocabulary that is not properly defined. Clause 3 prohibits distribution of non-compliant devices between member states while allowing member states to import and export from non-member states. Clauses 3 and 4 together ensure only member states capable of developing non-compliant devices are able to use them for government purposes such as security and defence, while those not as technologically advanced cannot purchase them, and are left without a vital line of defence. For these reasons, the Ministry recommends a vote Against this proposal, in hopes of a better resolution in the future. On the Health and Financial Well-Being of Workers Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 6,815 Against: 8,326 Final Vote (TNP): For: 463 Against: 101 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.4% Recommendation: This proposal aims to establish leave for workers in the event they become sick, have a family medical emergency, or if they have children. These types of events in a person's life are important for them to attend to, regardless of work obligations. On top of that, in the event they are sick, it would be wise to provide some sort of program that allows them to stay home and prevent the spread of the disease. Further, workers will receive identical compensation as they would have had they been at work, easing financial stress undertaken by not attending work. Creating an umbrella program for each of these, allowing greater flexibility for workers, is the best course of action. For these reasons, the Ministry recommends a vote For this proposal. Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. Liberate The East Pacific Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 6,708 Against: 8,799 Final Vote (TNP): For: 211 Against: 365 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.7% Recommendation: In an event that can only be described as confusing, the Delegate of the East Pacific themselves has called for an end of their tyranny and wishes for a liberation of their region. While The North Pacific is always glad to help the weak and oppressed, we believe in this case it is sufficient to point out all the wonderfull options available to end ones own tyranny and political career, like self-impeachement or a good old donation affair. While we advise a vote Against this proposal, we sincerely wish The East Pacific all the best in ending its Delegate's reign of tyranny. Commend Kindjal Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 10,818 Against: 4,208 Final Vote (TNP): For: 519 Against: 72 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.6% Recommendation: While we have our reservations, Kindjal has demonstrated a determination in a popular field of the game that is not usually discussed in the Security Council. Although they intended to dedicate to roleplay, they struggled with writing as English is not their first language. Instead, they chose a path that led to them becoming the best in their field of NS issues. Kindjal, in adjudicating right from wrong, has topped every other nation in 10 different censuses in the game, all of which are highly competitive. We hope that this well-written commendation demonstrates that nations in all fields of the game can be commended, and serve as an inspiration to dedicated issue answerers. For the above reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this commendation. Commend Cormactopia Prime Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 4,255 Against: 8,936 Final Vote (TNP): For: 63 Against: 459 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.4% Recommendation: Cormactopia Prime, commonly known as Cormac, despite being a potentially deserving nominee, is the subject of a rather stale proposal that doesn't paint an accurate picture. Cormac is known for being capricious but still dedicated and charismatic in any role (defender, invader, imperialist, journalist, etc) they decide to take. The proposal doesn't argue that, rather that Cormac has great recognition among their peers for a collection of accomplishments. The proposal is jumpy and doesn't flow well throughout the clauses, each of which is shakily written and barely supports the the initial argument. Several of the clauses, such as the "Affirming" clause on developing stability in Osiris, contradict further evidence on Cormac's history with Osiris. For these reasons, the Ministry recommends a vote of Against "Commend Cormactopia Prime", hoping for a better proposal down the line. Spotlight - with 9003 by McMasterdonia, Delegate McMasterdonia: Today I am joined by 9003, a relatively new member of The North Pacific who is already a prominent member of our community and in the Cards Guild specifically. Welcome and thank you for joining me! 9003: Thanks for having me! McMasterdonia: Firstly, can you tell me a little about your background in NationStates? When did you join and which region did you first call home? 9003: I've played for 7 years now. Pretty much after founding my nation I got a lovely simple telegram from Sauron recruiting for Mordor. It said “one does not simply walk into Mordor” so I did the only logical thing and simply walked in. I helped develop the then fledgling region into a hotspot of a player region after out posting the RMB bot, I joined the force of Mordor and held a warzone for a couple of months. McMasterdonia: What did you enjoy most about your time in Mordor? During your time of supporting regional development in that region, what did you learn? 9003: I learned a lot about developing the region including that the founder and in turn dark lord can be put on trial and serve as the sitting judge on said trial. In a mess of legal debate. My favorite activity in Mordor was spamming on the forum I played every one of the games to a crazy level reaching several thousand posts a week. Raising in the ranks in the forces of Mordor was also fun and fits well with me joining the NPA now. McMasterdonia: Excellent! We will get to your NPA service in a moment, but before that What made you decide to join The North Pacific? 9003: What made me join tnp was the card lotto after seeing all the legendaries going about I knew I had to get in on the action for some of those! McMasterdonia: How did you hear about the card lottery? Always interested to know how our outreach is going! 9003: I heard about the lottery from the marketplace discord after The Northern Lights posted some winners. The chance to win a soops or mindless contempt while collecting Ex flags was a huge draw. They are the peak ex flag card, after that I knew I couldn’t sit it out any longer. McMasterdonia: Did this create any conflict for you? In terms of deciding to leave Mordor for The North Pacific? 9003: Well all in all I still haven't "left" Mordor my main has due to a small snafoo with NS breeze. Blowing my 7 years of residency. So I switched a puppet in but for the most part the Mordor government has fallen aside and is quite and a shadow of its former glory McMasterdonia: And ever since, you have been very involved in The Cards Guild! What is it about Cards that you find enjoyable within the context of NationStates? 9003: I love cards because they give nationstates more of an active game rather than logging on once in a while to answer issues. McMasterdonia: Regarding the NPA, it has been great seeing you get involved there. What made you decide to participate in our Army and how have you found it to be? 9003: After serving in the forces of Mordor and reaching the rank of general there I partook in the UDL for a while before hanging my hat up on r/d for a good while. However, once I saw the NPA was an active army I knew I had to join and give it another shot. McMasterdonia: Would you say that before joining the NPA you would have identified as a defender? 9003: I would say I identified mostly defender. After some espionage missions among den (pre-predator days) I jumped for a mission or two of tags and always enjoyed it but until now didn't have an army that supported the view. I very much like the NPAs method to preserve the wfe and flag. As the big part of raiding I didn't like was destroying random regions when they didn't do anything warranting destruction. McMasterdonia: Wow! So you were involved in espionage ops against DEN? 9003: I was mostly just there to muck things up and see if they were up to any large scale raids. The level of opsec was next to zero during that time. McMasterdonia: So joining the NPA could be another espionage operation? 9003: For who! The now defunct forces of Mordor lol. And nah I wouldn't move my main nation into the region if I was, I would have far too much to lose. McMasterdonia: Naturally I am just teasing! How has your experience differed to your prior military experience? 9003: The npa has a larger occupational force and a larger active force. Most operations of Mordor’s forces were missions with 5 nations. Therefore seeing the NPA show up to a joint op or even just a regular op with 7+ jumpers is impressive and having the Generals here to help out new folks is awesome. McMasterdonia: You also mentioned earlier that you like that the NPA does not (as a general rule) do destructive raids. Are there any circumstances where you think a destructive raid is desirable and necessary? 9003: Well in the case of anyone The North Pacific is at war with would be a very justified cause or any region that is causing distress to the greater nationstates community. McMasterdonia: Do you see yourself getting involved in other areas of The North Pacific? Are you interested in pursuing higher office? 9003: I'm trying to. Truth be told when I first moved here it was during the delegate election and I tried to run to only be shot down by just a few days short on the residency requirement. Now, I have learned that it would be far better to learn more about the position before I try and run for it. But I would love to run for more at some point. For now, I am enjoying serving as a Deputy Guildmaster. It is great fun! McMasterdonia: What about the executive staff? Have you considered getting involved in other Ministries? 9003: I have been considering joining the culture Ministry. It fits quite well with Cards and I would be interested to get involved in their other activities. McMasterdonia: That concludes our interview! Thank you once more for your time 9003. We look forward to seeing your future contributions to The North Pacific. 9003: My pleasure, thank you for having me![h][/h] The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: McMasterdonia :: Executive Editor: Bobberino :: Managing Editor: Robespierre and Cosmosplosion The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and is distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific. Index of Issues
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    Foreign Affairs Update - March 2020

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    This post comes courtesy of Senior Issues Editor The Free Joy State. Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-Binary people, it's time to clutch your quills, don your thinking caps and trawl your thesauruses. We are very excited to announce our "Anything-But-Pandemics Issue Contest". Not only is this the latest chance to potentially join our friendly Issues Editing team, but the top ten finalists will also be revealed in a follow-up News announcement, allowing you bragging rights for years to come! Like you, we all want to think about anything that isn't a pandemic right now, so please choose any other topic for your maximum of three competition entries (per player). That's a lie... not anything: disco dancing dino-robots probably overstretch verisimilitude. For drafting tips and advice, check out our issue-writing resource and the Got Issues? subforum (which is where we'd encourage you to draft your issues). Please submit your entries by the deadline of 14th June 2020 (inclusive) by the usual method. Make sure you are fully happy with your submission before entering, and don't forget to tick the checkbox to mark it as belonging to the Issue Contest. Please see this thread for full information. Good luck! {url}
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    The Diplomat [Open]

    The young man woke up at his desk. Papers were scattered all over the floor. He found it in himself to wake up. Alerts from legislation passed in the land of Equalism kept popping up on his phone in his emails. He felt his head a little bit. "Ugh... What happened?" he asked himself before he found the strength to get up on his feet. He walked down the stairs in the embassy. "Good morning, Jean-Paul, how are you doing today?" it was his secretary, Amaia Sung. The young man shook her hand and smiled warmly. "I'm alright, Ms. Sung. And yourself?" she smiled and embraced him in a hug. "I'm okay," she said as she went to making her coffee. He got back on his feet and went back to his desk before he felt a tug on his hand. Amaia sat him down. "Stay. Your report can wait. You need some time to relax." Jean-Paul shrugged and stayed seated for a little while. Exhaustion filled his body. Amaia noticed. "Sleep. I'll wake you up in a little bit." He did as he was told and drifted off to sleep.
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Foreign Affairs Update: March 2020 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Delegate: Bran Astor Guardians: Recuecn, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Dalimbar, Fujai, Big Bad Badger Ministries: Ministry of Cultural Affairs: Minister: Fujai Deputy Minister: Recuecn Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Minister and Chancellor of UTWP: Dilber Deputy Minister: Gryphonian Alliance Ministry of World Assembly Affairs and Recruitment: Minister: Sensorland Deputy Minister: Nieubasria TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Giovanniland _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reign of the Crab King: An Era of Crabby Terror... or Age of Peace and Prosperity? No one could’ve seen it coming… and by the time we knew what was going on, it was already too late. On the otherwise uneventful date of March 27th, a massive crab invasion surged onto land and took control of TWP’s government, led by the mighty crustacean leader known only as the Crab King. While the rest of the region was still mostly unaware of this shocking turn of events, hundreds of sharp red claws tore up the region’s most precious document, the Manners of Governance, and replaced it with the very cleverly named “Crabby Manners of Governance”, which made the Crab King the ruler of the region, created a Crabinet of Ministers, forced all residents to adopt a crab, and more. Actually, crabs had been crab-raving around the TWP Discord long before the takeover even happened. A week before the invasion, there was a proposal made to eradicate crabs from the West Pacific, but it was shuttered after crabs spammed the reply section. No one suspected that the crustaceans would actually try to take over the region. After the takeover, the residents of the West Pacific splintered into two groups- the Pro-Crab faction that supported the legitimacy of the Crab King as overlord of TWP, and the Anti-Crab Movement that believed in the original government of the region and that crabs were better off eaten with Old Bay seasoning and lots of butter. Our delegate Bran, held hostage by the Crab King, secretly called for crab traps to be launched into the region in an attempt to get rid of the crab army, but to no avail. During the Secretary-General elections, crab supporters and crab deniers set aside their animosity and grudgingly came together to support TWP’s candidate, Giovanniland. Gio was part of the Anti-Crab Movement, but agreed to focus his campaign against marsupials- a shared enemy of both sides- in order to unite the West Pacific vote. The reign of the crabs finally came to an end with the TWPurge Olympics on April 1st, in which the Crab King was overthrown and his crustacean brethren were launched out of the region by our trebuchets. While a few crabs continued to invade the region in a desperate attempt to regain control, they were picked off by our leadership and sent flying back into the seas. With that, the crab overlords’ control over the West Pacific finally came to an end. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SecGen Elections On March 31st, Max announced that 4 years had passed since the current Secretary-General had been elected, which meant it was time for a new round of elections to determine the next holder of the position. With both anti-crab and pro-crab residents pooling their votes for TWP’s main candidate, Giovanniland, he was able to make it to 10th place in Round 1, 9th in Round 2, and once again finished 10th in Round 3. Gio’s anti-marsupial stance drew in support from outside the region too, with our allies Balder and LKE joining in with the TWP vote after Round 1. Because Giovanniland wasn’t in the top five that would advance to the General Election, the West Pacific threw its support behind Kuriko, XKI’s delegate, who did win the election. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ TWPurge Olympics The region’s Guardians competed to purge as many Nazis, puppets, crabs, and meme nations from the West Pacific as possible in 12 hours in celebration of April Fool’s Day (and to slim down the region for a killer summer bod.) The Olympics were such a success that TWP ended up cutting almost 2,000 nations, falling from 4th to 9th place in population and raising The Rejected Realms from 10th to 6th. TWPurge Olympics Final Numbers 1. Resu (534) 2. Badger (445) 3. Dilber (239) 4. Fujai (201) 5. OT (197) 6. Dali (120) 7. Halo (57) 8. Sensor (39) 9. BBD (32) 10. Bran (1) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Coronolingo TWP is putting its residents to the test with Coronolingo, a month-long challenge to learn a new language using the website/app Duolingo. In a regional poll, the language that the most people chose as the one TWP was going to try and learn was Swahili, which won over Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Esperanto, Klingon, and High Valyrian (you might be surprised to know the last two actually have full courses on Duolingo, despite being fictional languages!) In April, the nations taking on the challenge will come together and hold a conversation in Swahili with what they’ve learned. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The End of the March to 600! Our delegate Bran Astor crossed 600 endorsements on March 29th, concluding the March to 600 (pun maybe intended.) With that, TAO the Watcher announced the winners of the card giveaway for the March to 600, rewarding cards to three nations randomly selected from all new endorsers of the delegate up to 601 endos, with two receiving Ultra-Rare TAO cards, and one getting Bran’s season 1 card. Within a couple of days, Bran raised the endorsement cap for nations endorsing him to 200, from the previous cap at 180. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Looking Ahead -Autism Awareness Thursdays -Pacific-Con -Coronalingo Regionwide Convo -Burning Marsupial II (with TEP) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Read the April issue of The West Pacifican, TWP's monthly news publication, here.
  18. Julio of Nulkia-Sova

    Foreign Dispatch Volume X Issue IX

    Foreign Dispatch Volume X, Issue IX LKE Imperial Forums | LKE NationStates Page | LKE Discord WA Delegate: The Sovereign Realm of Nulkia | Nation Count: 394 | Regional Rank: 30th The Imperial Council Prime Minister: Vedant Madan-Talleyrand Deputy Prime Minister: Astrid Weisberg Secretary of State for the Exterior: Valfor Talleyrand Secretary of State for the Interior: Julio Von Arcadia-Sova Secretary of State for Culture: Erica von Clair-Arcadia The Monarchy Emperor: Theoden Sebastian Emperor Emeritus: Onder Kelkia Crown Prince: Akillian Talleyrand Prince Imperial: Valfor Talleyrand The Estates Noble Speaker: John Spencer-Talleyrand, Earl of Warburton (Non-Affiliated) Member: Vedant Madan-Talleyrand Viscount of Shaftesbury (Non-Affiliated) Member: Rayregalia Von Arcadia-Sova, Baron of Paddington (Non-Affiliated) The Estates Common Speaker: Julio Von Arcadia-Sova (Lion Party) Member: Erica von Clair-Arcadia (Lion Party) Member: Aristeo Barratiel Frantzen (Independent) Independents Sweep Polls Long lines form at the polls held in The LKE. On 1 April, The Land of Kings and Emperors held elections to directly elect the Prime Minister and the lower house of the regional legislature, the Estates Common. The election for the premiership saw two tickets go head to head, with the incumbent Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister running for a fourth consecutive term. However, the April 2020 election overall saw the most number of independents on the ballot in recent history. The results for the April 2020 Premier election is as follows: Erica von Clair-Arcadia / Julio Von Arcadia-Sova (Lion Party, Incumbent) - 44% Vedant Madan-Talleyrand / Astrid Weisberg (Independent) - 56% Surprisingly, the independent ticket ended up sweeping the polls with a decisive victory over the incumbent government. Elected to the Estates Common were Julio Von Arcadia-Sova and Erica von Clair-Arcadia from the Lion Party, and Independent Aristeo Barratiel Frantzen. Serving in the upper chamber, the Estates Noble, this term are: John Spencer-Talleyrand, Vedant Madan-Talleyrand, and Rayregalia von Arcadia-Sova. Congrats to all those elected! The newly elected Prime Minister Vedant Madan-Talleyrand already announced his cabinet, seen at the top of this dispatch. The Prime Minister then made his Inaugural Statement from Number 27, Layton Street: Further, the Prime Minister offered these words to the citizens of the region: Success in Xedas The LKE Imperial Army and its allies as they arrive in Xedas. The LKE Imperial Army, demonstrating its continued prowess, pressure, and vitality, successfully coordinated an operation in Xedas. The LKE Imperial Army's Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Colonel General Valfor Talleyrand, and the Commander of the Field Army, John Spencer-Talleyrand, served as regional officer and point, respectively. In total, appointed regional officers ejected and banned more than two dozen defender and suspicious nations spanning the entirety of the operation. The LKE Imperial Army also had one of our largest deployments in recent history to Xedas. The LKE's operation was supported by its allies and friends in Europeia, The West Pacific, Balder, United Kingdom, The Black Hawks, Kantrias and Lone Wolves United to assist with the operation. The point nation, Montjoy, amassed 62 endorsements at its peak. During the operation, the LKE and its allies were able to ward off two unsuccessful attempts at contesting the delegacy. Colonel General and Chief of the Imperial General Staff Valfor Talleyrand had issued the following statement (excerpt): Since the end of our war with the Founderless Regions Alliance with the FRA's final demise in October 2016, the LKE has chosen to reduce the frequency of occupations organised by Imperial Army. Nonetheless, we have maintained, and continue to maintain, organisational capability as well as significant resources, often deployed in support of our partners and in targeted interventions as appropriate. Coming a decade after the conclusion of the LKE's notable 85-day occupation of Free Thought in March 2010, the ongoing occupation illustrates the ability and determination of the Imperial Army to project LKE military power. The Imperial Army remains one of a range of valuable instruments at the disposal of the Emperor and His Supreme Majesty's Government, safeguarding the interests of the LKE and our allies, often in concert with allied forces for mutual benefit. A lot has changed in the NationStates world since our first operations in 2006, but this remains the same: whether the year is 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017 or 2020, the Imperial Army demonstrates LKE power. Legislature Buried in Bills Legislation as seen on the desk of the Speaker of the Estates Noble. The Estates General, the regional legislature, has been busy and hard at work ensuring the passage of reforms such as the Guardian Council Reorganization Act (2020), the Naturalization Omnibus Act (2020), and the Attorney General Act (2020). Bills introduced in either chamber of the Estates General must go through a rigorous debate and vetting process. Members of the Estates Common and the Estates Noble (lower and upper chamber, respectively), are allowed to extend debate if necessary with permission of their Speaker. Since the beginning of the year, the Estates General has been churning out legislation for the Emperor to sign, making necessary changes and reforms to existing laws to help streamline and maintain efficient processes. The Guardian Council Reorganization Act (2020), for example, gives an official structure by statute to the Guardian Council, which is a group of trusted individuals, usually Peers of the Realm, who advise the Emperor on important regional matters. The GCRA also empowers the Guardian Council to compile and publish legislative reports on legislation that is passed by the Estates General, either at the request of the Emperor or of its own volition. It also establishes a formal process for any proclamation of accession of the Crown Prince, or any line of succession, to the Throne. The bill's author, John Spencer-Talleyrand, was able to quickly secure its passage in both the Estates Noble and the Estates Common. Other News of the Realm... 1. The LKE Ministry of Culture has drafted a new Roleplay called "The Nova Terra Project". Join today! 2. Wednesday, April 8, is LKE Civilisation Day. Come celebrate with us - There will be forum games and other cultural activities! 3. Outgoing Prime Minister Erica von Clair-Arcadia was created Baroness of Paraná, while outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Julio von Arcadia-Sova is elevated to Viscount of Haifa in the LKE Regional Peerage. Brought to you by the Department for the Exterior On behalf of His Supreme Majesty's Government, Peers, Electors and the Imperial House of The Land of Kings and Emperors.
  19. The Election is over! After four days of stump speeches, tense back-room negotiations, and political deal-making, we have a brand new office-holder: Congratulations to WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("kuriko", 2)@@! This Election saw the introduction of Running Mates, so for the first time we also have a nation ready to step forward should the situation demand it: Vice Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("the_salaxalans", 2)@@. I have to say, this was an amazingly positive and good-spirited campaign period. Well done to everyone who participated, whether you ran for office, boosted for a candidate, or just tossed in a vote! And thank you to outgoing WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("Caelapes", 2)@@, who, you have to say, didn't put a foot wrong during a fine four years in office. {url}
  20. People often ask me, "Max, why don't you stop writing novels and just work on NationStates full-time?" And I'm like, "Uh, that's kind of offensive. Writing novels is my passion. It's what I love to do." But by then they've wandered off because they don't really care unless there's a web game. But guess what? This time, there's a web game! It's no NationStates. I'll be honest. But you might find it a fun diversion during these turbulent times. There's also a book. You might have heard of Providence from the ads on this site. It's about four people on a spaceship who are trillions of miles from home and have to fight aliens who spit black holes. “★★★★★ Extremely smart... This is Barry’s masterstroke... page-turning anticipation which pays off beautifully.” —SFX “Brain-bending adventure” —Newsweek “★★★★★ Easily the first, best book to beat this year” —Bradley Horner's Book Reviews “A light-hearted thriller with a superb dark, existential sting in its tail.” —The Sunday Times (UK) OUT NOW Learn More • Buy Now • Reviews If you're looking for a good book, or a way to support authors who make satiric web games in their spare time, give it a look! Thank you. {url}
  21. Has it been four years already?? Yes! It has! Which means it's an election year! Once again, the coveted position of World Assembly Secretary-General is up for grabs. This is widely regarded as the most sought-after prize in all the world, and comes with unspeakable power, in the sense that no-one has said what it actually is. ★ Your 2020 Election Hub ★ For the last four years, we've labored under WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("caelapes", 2)@@, but has life actually gotten better? I mean, really? I'll leave that to the voters. Election 2020 will run through three Minor Rounds, during which unviable candidates will be weeded out. Then a final General Election will be held to decide between the Top Five. Voting is open to most WA member nations. If you have at least five endorsements, you can toss your hat into the ring and run! And if you help run a region, you can boost for your favored candidate by erecting prominent signange on your region page via Admin → Appearance. Election 2020! Because we have to do this every four years! Democracy says so! {url}
  22. Imperial Authority for War INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF XEDAS 27 March 2020 On the minor update of 26 March 2020, the LKE Imperial Army organised and conducted an invasion of Xedas. Victory was achieved at the update, following which we secured the region and commenced an occupation. The LKE is grateful to Europeia for assisting in the update invasion. We are also grateful to Europeia as well as The West Pacific, Balder, United Kingdom, The Black Hawks, Kantrias and Lone Wolves United for sending piling reinforcements. 24 hours later, on the minor update of 27 March 2020, the LKE's point nation enjoyed 59 endorsements. The scale of the occupation, one of the largest in recent months, is testament to the significant military capability of the LKE, our treaty allies and our military partners. The LKE's ability to organise an occupation of this size also demonstrates the strength of our diplomacy and the confidence of our partners in LKE Imperial Command's operational leadership. The substantial reinforcements amassed have firmly established our control and quashed defender hopes of defeating our occupation. This overwhelming display of force is consistent with the long-standing military doctrine and practice of the LKE Imperial Army in conducting occupations. Immediately subsequent to the update invasion, six defender units were ejected and banned after unsuccessfully attempting to interfere with the operation: 1 day 2 hours ago: 3XH181T A was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 1 day 2 hours ago: Greater NSW was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 1 day 2 hours ago: Ghilan Nain was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 1 day 2 hours ago: Shy Guyia WA was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 1 day 2 hours ago: The Military of South Asians was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 1 day 2 hours ago: Spinach Puffs was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. When our lead gained additional influence following the major update of 27 March 2020, four further defender units were ejected and banned after they remained in the region having endorsed select natives in a futile attempt to enable a subsequent 'liberation': 14 hours ago: HC6 was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 14 hours ago: Makdons puppet was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 14 hours ago: Echoes was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. 14 hours ago: Delegate Thomas was ejected and banned from Xedas by Montjoy. Since the end of our war with the Founderless Regions Alliance with the FRA's final demise in October 2016, the LKE has chosen to reduce the frequency of occupations organised by Imperial Army. Nonetheless, we have maintained, and continue to maintain, organisational capability as well as significant resources, often deployed in support of our partners and in targeted interventions as appropriate. Coming a decade after the conclusion of the LKE's notable 85-day occupation of Free Thought in March 2010, the ongoing occupation illustrates the ability and determination of the Imperial Army to project LKE military power. The Imperial Army remains one of a range of valuable instruments at the disposal of the Emperor and His Supreme Majesty's Government, safeguarding the interests of the LKE and our allies, often in concert with allied forces for mutual benefit. A lot has changed in the NationStates world since our first operations in 2006, but this remains the same: whether the year is 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017 or 2020, the Imperial Army demonstrates LKE power. Finally, I would like to extend my individual thanks to Field Marshal Lieutenant John Spencer-Talleyrand, Commander of the Habsburg Guard, for serving as the point nation and delegate, and to all officers of the Imperial Army involved in assisting me with the planning and leadership of the operation. TERRA REGUM IMPERATORUMQUE TOTUM MUNDUM REGET Colonel General Valfor Talleyrand Chief of the Imperial General Staff
  23. Isaris

    Coronolingo Invitation

    Thank you for such advanced notice of your event.
  24. Isaris

    Double Letters Game

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  25. Kurabis

    Coronolingo Invitation

    Come join us on May 1, 2020 on our Discord! https://discord.gg/C8PAEvR Our Goal: To have a regional conversation in Swahili on May 1, 2020. How This Works: We'll be using the Duolingo app for this project. It's free and easy to use. Participants are encouraged to do the lessons at whatever pace suits their schedules, get together for social study groups on Discord, and use what they learn with participating region mates. This Sounds Like School: Shut up and get to work. TWP is a meritocracy and you're supposed to be socially distancing and self-isolating. What else you gonna do for a month?
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