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  2. We have one candidate standing for office, thus this will be a confirmation vote for Town Moderator. @tarricoe for Town Moderator: Please vote Aye or Nay (or whatever I can understand as the same notion) Voting will close in three days.
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  4. We're a couple days behind schedule, as we recover from our successful Z-day, but it's time for Town Moderator Elections! The standing and nomination period will remain open for 4 days, and will be followed by a 3 day vote. Post your intention to stand for election or post your nominations here.
  5. Good news! The undead have basically run out of live victims and begun starving to death in most regions. On the downside, 85% percent of the global population is either dead or infected. But the number of survivors has stabilized, so if you're still hanging in there, I think you're going to make it! Unless, you know, some zombie exporter slips into your region at the last minute. Zombie apocalypse ends in: As I write this, the Z-Day Tally Board tells me that: The North Pacific has Most Survivors NationStates is top for Most Survivors + No Infected Equilism has the Most Survivors + No Quarantine; and The Rejected Realms is a hellscape of corpses and roaming zombies. {url}
  6. Hey, guess what? We finally got our N-Day4 results back. Remember N-Day4? With the nuclear launches and whatnot? Well, somehow the final tally got caught up in some red tape, and anyway, the point is, you would not believe how fast rampaging zombie hordes cut through red tape. So if you can take a moment from your current desperate struggle to survive, here's a wrap-up of what went down during N-Day4! Final Leaderboard Two-time reigning N-Day champs Augustin Alliance went in looking to make it three in a row, and boy, they put up a hell of a fight. It's not easy to be the champ. Everyone is looking to nuke you. And this time, the 500 or so plucky AA nations had to settle for third. The new dominant faction was Horsemen of the Apocalypse from Hell, who pancaked all challengers en route to racking up a truly massive score of 332,564—almost double the previous record! I'm given to understand that the Horsemen maintained a solid lead throughout most of N-Day, then cemented their position by backstabbing partner faction UPPERCUTS in the most brutal, radioactive way possible. Faction Score Nations Region 1. Horsemen of the Apocalypse 332,564 3,730 Nations Hell 2. Canopy 64,286 1,774 Nations Forest 3. Augustin Alliance 54,869 581 Nations Augustin Alliance 4. The Minotaurs 18,629 219 Nations The Labyrinth 5. Fuster Cluck Coalition 12,184 200 Nations Northern Ocean 6. IRMA Alliance 5,204 11 Nations Melayu Archipelago 7. The E Team 3,352 27 Nations Equilism 8. Mars Colonies - School Class Region 2,594 33 Nations Federation of Martian Colonies 9. Ousted Regions Against Liberals 1,313 32 Nations New Yellow Empire 10. Warschauer Pakt 1,082 38 Nations Warschauer Pakt In global nuclear stats: 574 factions were created. 17,126 nations joined a faction. 1,709,829 nukes were targeted. 1,408,747 nukes were launched. 470,754 nukes were shot down. 938,148 strikes occurred for 774,901 radiation. Most of these are new all-time records! It's good to know that nuclear warfare is healthier than ever before. Your Permanent N-Day4 Archive {url}
  7. Whew! I know I say this every year, but this was one of the most lethal zombie apocalypses yet. A mere 15.8% of the global population survived, with corpse numbers waaaay up on last year. I'm not sure what that says about the world we live in today. That there are a lot of dead people in it, I guess. Survivors 107.9 trillion 15.8% Infected 181.5 trillion 26.7% Dead 392.7 trillion 57.6% Final standings from the Z-Day Tally Board: Most Survivors: The North Pacific Most Survivors + No Infected: NationStates Most Survivors + No Quarantine: Equilism Most Infected: The Rejected Realms Most Dead: The Rejected Realms And on the individual scales: Most Survivors: @@JGConfig::nice_name("Kyupaa", 4)@@ Most Zombies: @@JGConfig::nice_name("Afi-Aftos", 4)@@ Most Dead: @@JGConfig::nice_name("Democratic Colonies", 4)@@ Thank you for doing your part to rid/fill the world of/with zombies. Happy Halloween! {url}
  8. Isaris

    Picture Countdown

  9. 12 hours remaining before Z-Day 8! Be prepared, Equilismers!

  10. NationStates News

    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}
  11. *sips coffee* IMO, the problem comes down to the same thing it always does......Equilism needs Purpose. It's difficult to rally people to take action, when there is no defined purpose or goal to work towards. Equilism was born and Founded with a Purpose. That purpose was to be a Defender region, to fight against Griefing Invaders across NS with our allies. There was a dicotomy of Good vs. Evil/Us vs Them in our purpose. Our way forward was clear. Our purpose drove us to grow, to recruit, to train new soldiers and officials. To expand our alliances and participation interregionally to support and achieve our goals and purpose. Our government's purpose was to maintain, grow, and strengthen our military to defeat our enemies. We lost that purpose with the changes in game rules that began in '05 and culminated in Influence in '06. Thus we took a chance, and carried out The Schism to change our direction and purpose in order to avoid the fate of our allies....they all became dead regions. In doing this, we revitalized activity not only in Equilism, but elsewhere in NS as well. We did the same again when we lead The Crimson Order events in '08 to fight inactivity across the game. Again, we were successful in our purpose. Our purpose was not to rule, it was to restore activity to the game. 'The Noble Cause' of Activity was our Purpose. These revitalizing events require purpose, leadership, and resolve to begin. They require tenacity and support to follow-thorugh. They require work. Our efforts so long ago have been inspiration for others in other regions. None of which has come anywhere near our successes. But we've had these discussions on Purpose time and time again. For a decade they've lead nowhere, or to insufficient compromises without a mandate that provide comfort rather than results. And I've always maintained that a region will fail without an active Founder. *sips coffee* So here we are, soon to be 16 years down this road, siting in an inactive region with an inactive founder, with disinterested citizens, talking about doing something about the current state of the region. *chuckles* Yes, recruitment is necessary to have any chance of a future here. That thankless job that no one wants to do. An ugly job that I'm not going to do. I'm long over and done with that. In behind-the-scenes discussions over the years, we've more than once discussed moving our community to a GCR. Collectively move to a Feeder region to preserve our community without the cost of endless thankless recruitment. We looked to The Pacific, The West Pacific, and The Rejected Realms. But others moved on to activity in The North Pacific, Balder, and Osiris. Our leaders went elsewhere when they could no longer find what they wanted in Equilism. That is still the case today. Equilism long ago ceased to support our leaders that seek out great purpose, so they go elsewhere, and return only for those in-game events: Z-day/N-day. *leans back in chair* Today Equilism has Purpose for 36 hours a year when we become Z-day leaders, then go back to our inactivity for another year. BTW, I do not plan on bringing my large nations in to help Equilism this Z-day. *sips coffee* I decided to assist Equilism by acting as Election Commissioner to reboot the Election Cycle the past few months. But that is all I intended, the rest is up to all of you. I was going to leave NS entirely in January. I'm not sure why I'm still around. Although one player recently asked me to stay around until his health improves. I made no promises. Unless some GCR wants to hire me to serve as a Guardian or Delegate, I've no interest in official capacities anywhere. I've done my part and the future is yours. Though without Purpose, Leadership, Hard Work, and Recruitment, I don't see an active future for Equilism beyond it's annual 36 hours of Zombie Purpose. Being a 'historic' region is not enough. But ya'll can always prove me wrong. *finishes coffee*
  12. State of the Township Address October 19, 2019 My fellow Equilismers, Once again I come before you as your elected Mayor to give a State of the Township address. An address of this kind, unfortunately, has not been given for over two years now. While I will no doubt not say much that is news to anyone, as the condition of our region is clear for most to see, I still feel that it is my duty to deliver you this speech. In it, I hope not to shame anyone, nor express that all is lost, but rather to shine the light on what we as Equilismers can do to make our region better and to present to you some of what I envision for the future of Equilism. I ran for the office of Mayor on no platform and with no competition, and yet I won. I attribute this victory to the faith that has been placed in me in the past to guide our region forward and I will endeavour, always, to live up to that faith. However, this is a very unfortunate state for our township to be in. There simply are not enough people in the region and the people who are in the region have not been participating enough, including myself. Despite the lack of success in the past, we must restart our recruitment efforts. On the foreign front, the Township has suffered as well. The Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism disbanded nearly two years ago, and, one year ago, Europeia repealed its treaty with us due to its perception of Equilism as a "dead" region. While CAIN's disbandment was unavoidable due to the scandal surrounding Brunhilde, the loss of Europeia as an ally is stark. Though our two regions do not see eye-to-eye on every issue, Europeia represented a powerful friend and benefactor on the global political stage. Additionally, the effort I made to create a new fighting force for Equilism, Section Sigma, has not borne fruit. Without the needed military expertise at our disposal, no amount of educational material here in Equilism can properly train those who would be our soldiers. Furthermore, we do not have enough soldiers enlisted to make any outside assistance worthwhile to another party. It seems, at least for now, that military gameplay will not be in Equilism's foreseeable future. I also believe we should discuss, as a region, what kind of military we would want, if any. However, in events, Equilism has continued to perform grandly. In this last N-Day event in September, The E Team faction placed 7th; this was the first time we ended the event in the Top 10. I have confidence that we will take on this coming Z-Day with the same vigor. I have spoken with our Zombie Apocalypse Manager, Naivetry, and she has indicated her intent to join us again this year. I would like to take this time to briefly express my gratitude to her for her service throughout all of these years and hope that she will be able to join us as planned. In conclusion, Equilismers, our region needs you to come together and fight for it. Fight for it the same way you fight on N-Day. Fight for it the same way you fight on Z-Day. I know in my heart and soul that you have the needed passion to make Equilism be exceptional. If you dare to channel it into the Township's day-to-day, it would transform our region dramatically. Instead of being in a state of decline, with your help, your energy, Equilism could thrive. Don't allow this historic region to wither away with not even a whimper. Office of the Mayor, Isaris
  13. Westwind

    Admin Request Thread

    Got it. (although he's using the same IP range as our spammers of the last few months, looks like I need to ban the entire range.)
  14. I will be preparing a State of the Township address, to be published within the next few days.

  15. Isaris

    Admin Request Thread

    Please give citizenship to @Murihiku
  16. Isaris

    Become a Citizen!

    As Town Moderator, I accept your oath of citizenship. Welcome to Equilism!
  17. Murihiku

    Become a Citizen!

    I, the Free Land of Murihiku, do solemnly affirm that I will uphold the Charter of the Town of Equilism, its laws and treaties, and I affirm that I will defend the security and build the prosperity of the region, all to the best of my best ability. I will treat all Equilism citizens with dignity and endeavour toward diplomacy and common understanding. I understand that the Town may revoke my citizenship in case of criminal proceedings and that I am free to resign my citizenship at any time.
  18. Westwind

    October 2019: Mayor Vote

    Aye
  19. Westwind

    October 2019: Delegate Vote

    Aye
  20. tarricoe

    October 2019: Mayor Vote

    aye
  21. Glyski

    October 2019: Delegate Vote

    Ja! (Aye)
  22. Glyski

    October 2019: Mayor Vote

    Ja! (Aye)
  23. Isaris

    October 2019: Delegate Vote

    Aye
  24. Westwind

    October 2019: Delegate Vote

    With one candidate standing for World Assembly Delegate, this will be a confirmation vote. @tarricoe (aka Barron Bones) for Delegate: Please vote Aye or Nay (or whatever I can make sense of as the same notion) Voting will close in three days.
  25. Westwind

    October 2019: Mayor Vote

    With one candidate standing for Mayor, this will be a confirmation vote. @Isaris for Mayor: Please vote Aye or Nay (or whatever I can understand as the same notion) Voting will close in three days.
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