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  3. Sorry, that took slightly longer than anticipated. But now cards are available again! Yes! Trading Cards Finally cards have completed their transformation from a one-off April Fool's event into a permanent feature. Here's what's new: Issues New packs of cards are earned occasionally and randomly when answering an Issue, instead of being delivered on a regular timer. (You can opt-out of this in Settings.) Auctions Cards are traded through a Timed Double Auction, a system designed to reduce the ability of puppet nations to feed valuable cards to their masters. The main feature is a one-hour countdown timer that permits other buyers and sellers to jump in with a better offer, replacing one of the trading parties. Details! There's also a new ability to gift a card directly to a particular nation, for when you want to skip the auction, by paying a nominal amount of bank. Collections You can organize your deck into Collections, according to any scheme you like. One of the great things about the April event was how people set out to build different decks for different purposes—but those purposes could be hard to divine for anyone just looking at the cards. Collections allow you to bestow order and titles upon your purposes. Seasons The original set of cards was made from all nations who were active as at the start of April 2018. This is still the case, but these cards are now marked "Season One." At some unannounced time in the future, we will enter Season Two, at which point a new set of cards, marked "Season Two," will be created from active nations at that time. New packs always contain cards from the current season only. When a season ends, the cards remain, but no more of them will be generated. Cards are now snapshots of a moment in time, instead of changing to reflect the nation's current state. Cards for the same nation will therefore look different across different seasons. Season One cards are unusual in that they were generated in April 2018 but only converted to snapshots in December. This means that a Season One card only exists if the nation was active in April, but reflects the state of the nation in December. Market A new page offers a global overview of current auctions, top cards, and top decks, with multiple ways to keep your finger on the pulse of the marketplace. Assorted Changes New packs don't rarely contain cards of nations that no longer exist. Cosmetic overhaul! Including a nifty zoomable graphical sales history. During the April Fool's event, each new pack had a high chance of containing a card of a nation in your region. This remains true, but the chance is much lower. The number of cards that can be held at once is now limited by Deck Capacity, which can be upgraded by spending bank. This limitation stems from the technical challenges of managing nations who hold extremely high numbers of cards. Nations with Site Supporter status from the Store have double normal Deck Capacity. For even more, there's detail in the FAQ! {url}
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    The North Star- Issue III

    Regional Assembly Highlights By El Fiji Grande and Dinoium, Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications Delegate Siwale in the Regional Assembly discussing Artemis' SC application. Regional Assembly December 2018 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Wonderess. Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Prydania and Artemis. Members of The Speaker's Staff: Dinoium and Bobberino. Vote Passed Delegate Advisor Law, proposed by St George. Summary: Delegate Advisor Law was an attempt to amend the legal code to make advisors official government roles, and both define and limit their powers. The proposal ran into some opposition due to concerns that its passage would lead to less transparency, not more. Every delegate makes use of advisors, and publicly displaying them is essentially one form of public disclosure. The concern was that by setting bounds on advisors and by making them bound by oath, it would discourage future delegates from officially appointing advisers. However, after the concerns were addressed, and when the bill ultimately reached quorum, it was passed by an overwhelming majority. Members voting Aye (24) QuietDad Great Bights Mum Pallaith Sil Dorsett mcmasterdonia Prydania Nessuno Dinoium Syrixia Artemis bowloftoast Bobberino SillyString Sanjurika Eluvatar Kyle Loh ibiscaton Marcus Antonius Praetor Haor Chall Scorch St George Yuno Members voting Nay (1) Yalkan Members Abstaining (3) Crushing Our Enemies Siwale Wilkshire Artemis's Security Council Application, put forward by Pallaith. Summary: With the Security Council unanimously voting in favor of Artemis' application for a seat on the Council, Vice Delegate and Security Council Chair Pallaith presented the application to the Regional Assembly for discussion and vote. While most favored Artemis for the role, Siwale made an unexpected and high-profile declamation against Artemis' acceptance. He passionately argued that while the SC has had difficulty with activity lately, that that should not be an excuse to bring on new members with what he viewed as having questionable records. The Regional Assembly threw out this argument however, and voted nearly unanimously in favor of the confirmation. Members voting Aye (19) Dinoium Wonderess St George Bobberino Rachel bowloftoast bootsie Yuno Syrixia Highton Praetor Pallaith Great Bights Mum Romanoffia Chinar Sanjurika Loh Sil Dorsett Lord Lore Members voting Nay (1) Siwale Members Abstaining (5) Artemis Owenstacey Gladio Crushing Our Enemies QuietDad Votes Discounted (1) Haor Chall - discounted for not being one of Aye, Nay, or Abstain, without embellishments. Citizenship Amendment, proposed by Siwale Summary: The Citizenship Amendment proposal is a proposal to make sure if you post on either the forum or regional message board in under 30 days, you can keep your citizenship. It currently is done via forum posts, but if passed, regional message board posts would count as well. Such a measure could substantially enlarge our citizenry, and could potentially provide a bridge between various groups within the region, allowing for a more unified TNP. Proponents of the bill feel that posting requirements should be loosened, and this is a good step towards that goal. On the other hand, opponents argue that citizenship does require activity on the forums - from voting in the RA to elections in general - and that as such, the current system where only forum activity is counted towards posting requirements should continue. Members voting Aye (47) QuietDad Zaz Pallaith Brendog abc BMWSurfer Thomas Insaniac Aerilia mcmasterdonia Prydania Nessuno Lotion BluieGamer Highton Dinoium Acria(Hardonius) Sasten bowloftoast Bobberino King SillyString Sanjurika Krevt Loh mtboy66 El Fiji Grande Escade Plembobria ibiscaton Yrkidding Marcus Antonius Sopo Praetor Pasargad Klegspart ACR of Deerfenland Xyre Scorch Patrick Henry St George Yuno Islands of Tonga Wilkshire Vapia Rachael Vamperiall Western Remnant Sinelona Members voting Nay (12) Romanoffia Great Bights Mum Owenstacey Goyanes Crushing Our Enemies TlomzKrano Lord Lore Syrixia Haor Chall Iraelia Chinar Eireistan Members Abstaining (6) Gladio Sil Dorsett Siwale Artemis Wonderess Notboss Dragonking Completed On the Rejection of Andrew's Citizenship Application, put forward by Pallaith. Summary: The Vice Delegate Pallaith rejected former TNP Minister of Home Affairs and former Balder Minister of Integration Andrew because it has been known that he shared confidential information with officials in Balder while serving under Delegate Tomb. Pallaith saw this violation as a possible security threat to the region, and did not clear Andrew of the Vice Delegate security check. As required by law, this matter was brought before the Regional Assembly. After some heated discussion, the RA voted to overturn the VD check and confirm Andrew as a citizen of TNP. While this may give him a second chance within the region, future administrations should carefully re-evaluate his disposition before bringing him onboard again. Election Commission Nominations of Brendog and Artemis, put forward by Siwale. Summary: There was some difficulty getting this to vote as Artemis currently serves as a Deputy Speaker. However, since Constitutional restrictions on holding multiple offices is waived for Election Commissioners, this vote proceeded without fault, and both Brendog and Artemis were confirmed. Election Commission Confirmation of Eluvatar and Owenstacey put forward by Siwale. Summary: While the vote was initially voided due to a technical error, Eluvatar and Owenstacey were both confirmed as Election Commissioners. Discussion The Speaker Accountability Act, proposed by BMWSurfer. Summary: This legislation was proposed by BMWSurfer in an effort to increase the transparency of the Speaker's office, as he is not entirely sure what the Speaker's staff actually does. While some saw it as a statement, Wonderess - the current Speaker - supports the bill as doing so may increase the connection the office has with the public. However, many wonder whether this Act is worth inscribing into law, as it does not seem necessary. The Executive Accountability Act, proposed by Wonderess. Summary: This legislation proposes to have Regional Officers (ie Ministers) submit summary reports of their actions on a monthly basis to increase transparency and aid Executive Staff recruitment. In debate, some feel the legislation poses a needless bureaucratic burden on the Executive. However, others feel that any added accountability in the Executive Branch - irrespective of how long or short the reports are - make the regional government more accessible to the general public. Some controversy was stirred over the Speaker himself proposing this legislation, where some felt his actions inappropriate and others that he had acted merely as a standard citizen. North Pacific Army Bulletin Nov-Dec 2018 By El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications North Pacific Army Bulletin, November-December 2018! Minister of Defense: Zazumo Deputy Ministers of Defense: Darcania Chief of Staff: QuietDad NPA Soldiers review their holdings[/i ] Loz served from October 24th to December 14th. His brief tenure in office saw training operations, officers' tests, and notably, the West Pacific Delegate transition and deployment to St Abbaddon. After publicly resigning due to IRL military time conflicts, former Minister of Defense Zazumo returned to take the helm. Promotions: Zazumo is promoted to General Bluie Gamer is promoted to Major BMWSurfer is promoted to Major Malphe is promoted to Major Dinoium promoted to Captain Brendog promoted to Lieutenant Praetor promoted to Lieutenant Koopa103 promoted to Lieutenant Stoskavanya1 promoted to Sergeant Krevt promoted to Corporal Yuno promoted to PFC NastyGamer promoted to PFC Pasmeni promoted to PFC ABC promoted to PFC Spang promoted to PFC Alex Thompson promoted to PFC BeanTaz promoted to PFC Logs of the Period To close this off, we'll be continuing our Featured Troop of the Report. Congratulations Yuno! World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,483 Against: 1,445 Final Vote (TNP): For: 539 Against: 44 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.8% Recommendation: "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting criminals. In hoping that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is draft, and in accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 9,411 Against: 6,397 Final Vote (TNP): For: 392 Against: 165 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.2% Recommendation: The target resolution, while intending to modernize WA legal systems and ensure innocents are not unjustly killed, possesses various flaws that may lead to its downfall. Namely, the block of limits on discovery and admission of evidence, as well as requiring cases to meet a requirement of no doubt, well beyond that of reasonable doubt. Furthermore, the resolution possesses multiple points that appear to be selected arbitrarily; including the restriction on the amount of people affected by the crimes committed and the order and separation of the discovery periods by the Division and various council associated with the case. Lastly, a criminal could avoid capital punishment by indefinitely delaying appeals and other avenues that prevent the Division from certifying the case. In hopes of a redraft or new draft addressing capital punishment in the WA, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a close evaluation of the repeal and the target resolution, and a vote For this repeal. For reference and sake of comparison, the Ministry gave a "No Recommendation" at the original passing of this target resoltuion, such IFV you can find in the following link: here. International Aero-Space Administration Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,990 Against: 1,357 Final Vote (TNP): For: 555 Against: 37 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.2% Recommendation: The support of development of space research is a laudable and very important goal for the World Assembly to promote and properly legislate. The proposal addresses a swath of space, engineering, and data issues that concern the way nations interact and share this information. This includes the publishing of donated research, coordination on spacecraft launches, assisting in the development of civilian space programs, and acting as an intermediary for international joint space programs. It further requires nations to coordinate flight plans for aircraft and spacecraft while not infringing on military secrecy or unreasonably requiring corporation. Lastly, and most importantly, the proposal allows for expansion upon the many topics it addresses and lays groundwork for proper space legislation in the future. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,843 Against: 2,064 Final Vote (TNP): For: 503 Against: 44 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.3% Recommendation: "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Furthermore, the requirement of prosecution will lead to criminals seeking out apathetic or even sympathetic jurisdictions in order to reduce or eliminate penalties all together. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting these types of criminals. In hoping that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is draft, and in accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 7,199 Against: 9,737 Final Vote (TNP): For: 167 Against: 408 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.2% Recommendation: The Ministry is nearly equally divided about this repeal. Among Ministry members, there is a majority objection to the practice of capital punishment, but the GA has elected to maintain this punitive option for member nations. GA#443 Preventing the Execution of Innocents (the target of this repeal) was passed to maintain checks and balances, and to create a WA body for sober second thought and review of such cases before executions may take place. The objective being to prevent innocent persons from being executed by overzealous, careless, or corrupted judiciaries. Noble in that cause, GA#443 also has its flaws and is perceived by some as too complex and invasive. As the Ministry vote is nearly equally split, the deciding factor must be the likelihood of passage of any replacing legislation, should the target be repealed. While this repeal makes a competent case in pointing out the flaws in the target, it is the opinion of the Ministry that the pursuant replacement would be unlikely to pass, leaving no protections whatsoever against unsound verdicts leading to the execution of innocents in a criminal context. At present, it is the belief of the Ministry that even a flawed legislation that saves innocent lives is better than no legislation at all. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Intersystem Space Stations Programme Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 7,652 Against: 7,988 Final Vote (TNP): For: 209 Against: 337 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.9% Recommendation: This proposal is a bit convoluted and not very clear in its intent. It fails to cite any parameters for the proposed project and gives only vague indications of the project's eventual benefits to member nations. Without these things, the project has the potential to become a vast and costly white elephant in space, indefinitely hemorrhaging funds into the nearest singularity. Most problematic is the requirement to a mandatory, open-ended spend for all WA nations, many of whom have no interest in space exploration at all. This lack of clarity in authorship, and perhaps an ambition that has outpaced practical realities, renders the project difficult to envision, and the proposal difficult to support. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. Commend Xoriet Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,443 Against: 2,222 Final Vote (TNP): For: 536 Against: 46 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.3% Recommendation: Xoriet is a hard working contributor to the greater Nationstates community, and one who had a crucial role in The East Pacific and the East Pacific Sovereign Army (EPSA). They led its golden age and helped make it one of the preeminent militaries of its time between 2014 and 2015. They are also a nation that provided guidance on treaties with other regions, including TNP, and helped set new harassment policies around NationStates. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor. In accordance with the reasons presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Liberate the Coalition of Fascist Nations Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 4,008 Against: 10,470 Final Vote (TNP): For: 125 Against: 411 Percentage of WA nations voting: 35.8% Recommendation: This proposal represents the culmination of a series of ideologically driven offensive liberation attempts to an inevitable triviality. Where once liberations of this nature targeted overtly racist regions that celebrated historic atrocities, and had wide support within the Ministry, this proposal relies heavily on hyperbole in an attempt to equate the mundane with the Machiavellian. Coalition of Fascist Nations is an insignificant region, not actively campaigning, hosting roughly 80 nations, and posing no threat to the wider community. Some may find their political position offensive, and those individuals are well within their rights to support liberation. It is the opinion of the Ministry, however, that an indiscriminate use of this important and powerful tool will ultimately render the tool ineffective. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Commend The Church of Satan Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 7,815 Against: 8,349 Final Vote (TNP): For: 288 Against: 278 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.5% Recommendation: Because this proposal reads more like a grocery list of government positions rather than citing accomplishments, the initial response might be to reject it. Taking a deeper read, however, it becomes apparent that Church of Satan has made significant contributions in leadership, to a variety of regions over time, and across the spectrum of the WA. The varying demands of each of those posts, within markedly different realms should not be overlooked. There is clear evidence here of a dedication to knowledge and the development of the sort of soft skills that led to CoS being elected to leading positions in region after region. One does not simply walk into The Rejected Realms and garner respect. It is by the years of commitment and hard work, abilities acquired, challenges encountered, lessons learned, that CoS has been able to instill in each region touched, a sense of pride, and so for TRR. This sort of long term, adaptable, get-the-job-done dedication is worthy of acknowledgement. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Liberate The East Pacific" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 15,074 Against: 1,767 Final Vote (TNP): For: 488 Against: 45 Percentage of WA nations voting: 35.3% Recommendation: "Liberate The East Pacific", while a well written and humorous piece of legislation that has blessed these hallowed and secure halls for some time now, has appeared to have lost meaning in accordance with the raider princess being usurped latest election results. The new regime lead with changes in the hue of their official government documents; changing from an autocratic pink to a more democratic green as well as transforming the emigration process to be more shudders cosmopolitan friendly. Furthermore, despite everyone's hopes, TEP was never turned into a Black Hawk or West Pacific puppet state. As a result, the region has moved on and is not currently experiencing the various issues raised in the liberation. In observance of moving on, while not attempting to demean the artistic flair of the previously passed legislation, and in accordance with the evidence presented above (jokes aside), recommends a vote For this repeal. Condemn The Pacific Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,006 Against: 1,866 Final Vote (TNP): For: 540 Against: 37 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.5% Recommendation: The last time The Pacific was condemned, the current regime (the New Pacific Order) apologized for their actions and subsequent conduct in the 2015 coup d'etat of Lazarus. As a result of the apology, the international community repealed the condemnation and attempted to start anew with the NPO. Unfortunately, recent events, including previously covered up events following the 2015 condemnation, have revealed to the international community that its trust in the NPO was misplaced and those apologies were hollow. Recent events include, the infiltration and espionage of Osiris and Lazarus by Feux and A Mean Old Man, and the forced exile of Topid from St Abbaddon. Furthermore, various NPO officials have been directly involved in coups in The North Pacific, The South Pacific, and Lazarus and concealing the true identity of a player who committed vandalism and destruction of various regional forums. The Pacific's resident regime of the New Pacific Order has proven to be aggressive, disrespectful of regional sovereignty, and willing to pursue their own agenda at any cost without fear of repercussion. In accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For the condemnation of The Pacific. Condemn Macedon Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,732 Against: 2,249 Final Vote (TNP): For: 509 Against: 45 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.9% Recommendation: Macedon is an ancient region who was among the first imperialistic regions in the NS community. In accordance with actions they committed during their active existence, they were condemned under the very first Security Council Resolution (SC #1). The reason for existence of this second condemnation is to expand upon the first, specifically in detailing the actions Macedon committed which warranted the original condemnation. These actions including using puppets to undermine other regional governments and overthrow sitting governments, invading and forcing out natives from their home region, passwording and refounding regions to prevent natives from reestablishing their community, and attempting to take over and/or refound France, Belgium, and Greece. Furthermore, the actions Macedon committed against Belgium helped pave the way for the creation of Liberations in the SC. In hopes of maintaining proper SC history while providing context to historical resolutions and in accordance with the facts stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Commend Bachtendekuppen Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 10,113 Against: 5,726 Final Vote (TNP): For: 384 Against: 183 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.4% Recommendation: It is undeniable that Bachtendekuppen has made significant contributions to The East Pacific as delegate, mediator, diplomat, mentor, and archivist. The ongoing good work cited in the proposal is laudable and should be celebrated. Also notable is Bach's significant contribution to the treaty between TEP and The North Pacific, forming a long standing alliance between the regions, further strengthened by Bach's continued diplomatic efforts. This is a highly regarded player, and a respected diplomatic force in the wider world. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Condemn Macedon" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 12,625 Against: 5,035 Final Vote (TNP): For: 397 Against: 167 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.6% [ Recommendation: This repeal is the coup de grâce in a strategy to repeal and replace previous Security Council ruling SC#1, but while taking a slightly different route: Passing first the replacement, then seeking the repeal afterwards. SC#1 was written in the infancy of the Security Council and was without precedent in terms of its structure. The result was a less than comprehensive resolution that failed to provide detail and context to the offences of the target region. The replacing resolution SC#269 accomplishes that, and in doing so renders SC#1 redundant - little more than a curiosity of a bygone era. While care should be taken against wanton revisions of the historical record of both the GA and SC, in this case the repeal of SC#1 poses no threat, and its replacement actually enhances our understanding of that period in our shared history. For this reason The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Condemn United World Order Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,062 Against: 1,762 Final Vote (TNP): For: 462 Against: 43 Percentage of WA nations voting: 34.0% Recommendation: This is a Roleplay condemnation, and since they aren't that common, some explanation: A condemnation of this nature is designed to acknowledge both the outstanding roleplay of the nominee, as well as their contributions to the community while out of character. The form the nomination takes, either condemnation or commendation, will often be determined by the role. In the case of United World Order, the role is one of an insidious and villainous nation (in character) guilty of numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity. This condemnation is an extension of that roleplay, and an acknowledgement from their peers of outstanding dedication and commitment to their character. Out of character, UWO is an accomplished RPer with a history of high-quality roleplay for over 5 years. Respected in the community, UWO has always been approachable and willing to help new RPers with advice and feedback, and, has been an upstanding member of our allies Greater Dienstad for some time. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Commend Solorni" Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: Against Recommendation: There is strong historical precedent within the NationStates community, that commendations of players discovered to have engaged in out-of-character (OOC) misconduct ought to be repealed, as a means of isolating these players and protecting the community. Such repeals have occurred a few times in the past, and The North Pacific has consistently voted in support of them. The need for these repeals arises, largely, due to the unwillingness of NationStates' administration to adequately address OOC actions occurring outside of the main NationStates website. It is also an unfortunate consequence of NationStates' harmful rules for handling OOC misconduct issues, that these repeals must be written from an entirely in-character (IC) perspective. As a result, repeals of this kind are difficult to write, with the authors having to waltz around the rules in order to disguise what the resolution really is about: condemnation of OOC misconduct. Unfortunately, in the case of the repeal in question, the attempts for rule compliance have resulted in a resolution containing assertions that are at best exaggerations, and at worst outright falsehoods. The problematic claims are found in two clauses, "Disgusted..." and "Disturbed...": In these clauses, the resolution takes allegations of misconduct by the commended nation, previously published in Europeia's investigation, and elevates them into statements of fact. This is despite the fact that Europeia themselves acknowledge that there is not sufficient evidence to prove these allegations. To make matters worse, by asserting the entire career of the commended nation to be the result of OOC misconduct, the resolution grossly misrepresents even the number of these allegations. The implication of the clauses is that the commended nation routinely and consistently resorted to OOC misconduct, possibly in a majority of their interactions throughout their years-long NationStates career. There is simply no evidence to support that there has been misconduct at this scale. It is worth taking a moment to contrast this resolution with previous repeals of commendations for OOC reasons: All of them had to cite IC arguments, in order to overcome the unfortunate confines of the NationStates' rules. However, none of them had to resort to unproven assertions of OOC misconduct. This is the first resolution to do so. Supporting this resolution sets a dangerous precedent for future resolutions attempting to address OOC misconduct. Not only is this resolution not conducive to establishing an effective protocol for how the community should deal with cases of OOC misconduct by commended players, but it damages what progress the community has already made in that regard. Because of all of the above, The North Pacific must oppose this resolution. The North Pacific would vote in favor of an alternative repeal resolution that addressed the above shortcomings. But as it stands, The North Pacific recommends a vote against the current resolution. VECTEEZY [small]The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: Siwale :: Executive Editor: El Fiji Grande :: Managing Editors: Dinoium, Bobberino The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and by the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.[/small]
  5. December - 2018 Delegate: The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Guardians: Kawaii Schoolgirl, Arkadia Universalis, Chervil, Dalimbar, Yy4u, Mediobogdum Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: Overthinkers Foreign Affairs: Kawaii Schoolgirl Internal Affairs: Dewilands World Assembly Affairs: Nrevyw TWPAF Commander: Chervil Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Arkadia Universalis Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Alchera Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: KhanterWinters History Update: After the Tensions, The Christmas Truce Arrived! Let us recapitulate history, and reflect what we have learned and/or transmitted, in our daily activity, not only in NationStates but in our living. On a crisp, clear morning 24 December, 100 years ago, thousands of British, Belgian and French soldiers put down their rifles, stepped out of their trenches and spent Christmas mingling with their German enemies along the Western front. Graham Williams of the Fifth London Rifle Brigade described it in even greater detail: “First the Germans would sing one of their carols and then we would sing one of ours until when we started up ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ the Germans immediately joined in singing the same hymn to the Latin words Adeste Fideles. And I thought, well, this is really a most extraordinary thing ­– two nations both singing the same carol in the middle of a war.” These acts of humanity, unleash a series of actions. Point and apart from the sanctions and martial courts that were carried out against the military that decided not to return to the fight on December 27, 1914, formed a precedent of the importance of forgiveness and humanity. In NationStates, TWP called for a truce for all regions that signed war against TP members, known as NPO, which despite small things, has been carried out in a magnificent way. And this has given an opportunity to each region and each member of their respective region to create new expectations, new criteria, and move forward with new goals (with or without salt) in NSGP. If you want to know more about these small events of our humanity, do not wait until December, investigate, in your local libraries, on the internet, there are always resources to complement knowledge, search the national digital archives of the United Kingdom, there is good content about the first world war and the truce of '14. TWP Christmas Event - Secret Santa! At the end of November, the TWP delegation, together with the Ministry of the Interior and through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made an invitation, a call for peace, for the December dates. Many activities were offered, but the one that had more appreciation for different members of the NationStates community was the Santa Secreto. An activity that allows people to meet others in a more human and personal, and build creatively, a detail, no matter the size, to wish happy holidays to the other. Personally, to different members of this community, they were asked some questions to know more about their opinion about the December festivities. These were some of the answers: Praetor - From which Region are you? The North Pacific. - How did you feel around? Good. - What was your favorite activity? my favorite activity would be the Secret Santa. - Would you like to repeat next year? Yes! Kshrlmnt - From which Region are you? Unknown. - How did you feel around? Friendly and relaxed - What was your favorite activity? Secret Santa! - Would you like to repeat next year? Sure! Xoriet - From which Region are you? I am from The Pacific. - How did you feel around? It was a lot of fun with TWP Christmas - What was your favorite activity? The games were amazing. - Would you like to repeat next year? If I’m around next year (pls no), yes. Seraph - From which Region are you? The South Pacific - How did you feel around? Discord Activity was a bit overwhelming - What was your favorite activity? Secret Santa. - Would you like to repeat next year? If there is Secret Santa (was a good Idea), maybe. TWP Wishes a Very Happy New Year! This year (2018), we all had surprises. Pleasant, unpleasant, of all kinds, attractive events, discussions, reconciliations. A package to share without a doubt. And it has ended, and once again NationStates, as the initial platform, has driven us to create new relationships with other people, creating and forming regions, nations, links, and friendships. 2018 is over and our delegate, Delegate of TWP, gives us these words, and finally, I wish you a great 2019 and move forward with your goals: Halo, Delegate of TWP: Between the St. Abby conflict, the NPO revelations, and our own internal hiccup, the start of my delegacy certainly hasn’t been stress-free. None of this has dampened my enthusiasm, however. The talented, hard-working administration team and I have been putting together an ambitious plan to improve the NS experience of our citizens and to better reward their accomplishments. Most of these changes won’t be revealed until later this month, but a few have already been initiated. The pirates of TWPAF have been reorganized and revitalized under their new Commander, Chervil, and a new recruitment push will boost their numbers back to what they should be. WaRlorder, one of our more talented cartographers, with the assistance of Bran and Chervil, has put together an incentive map system for TWPAF that will be used to log mission outcomes and participation. Educating the players, whether noobs or cabalists, on the many facets of NS is an important function for a feeder. To that end, The West Pacific has established a new cabinet-level department, Education. Dalimbar, as our first Minister of Education, along with his Deputy Rizorien and staff, has begun setting up the framework. Exciting changes to look forward to in the near future will be a point system to track activity, a ranking of honors to award merit and a new theme! Credits of TWP Seal for Bran Astor.
  6. Sorry, that took slightly longer than anticipated. But now cards are available again! Yes! Trading Cards Finally cards have completed their transformation from a one-off April Fool's event into a permanent feature. Here's what's new: Issues New packs of cards are earned occasionally and randomly when answering an Issue, instead of being delivered on a regular timer. (You can opt-out of this in Settings.) Auctions Cards are traded through a Timed Double Auction, a system designed to reduce the ability of puppet nations to feed valuable cards to their masters. The main feature is a one-hour countdown timer that permits other buyers and sellers to jump in with a better offer, replacing one of the trading parties. Details! There's also a new ability to gift a card directly to a particular nation, for when you want to skip the auction, by paying a nominal amount of bank. Collections You can organize your deck into Collections, according to any scheme you like. One of the great things about the April event was how people set out to build different decks for different purposes—but those purposes could be hard to divine for anyone just looking at the cards. Collections allow you to bestow order and titles upon your purposes. Seasons The original set of cards was made from all nations who were active as at the start of April 2018. This is still the case, but these cards are now marked "Season One." At some unannounced time in the future, we will enter Season Two, at which point a new set of cards, marked "Season Two," will be created from active nations at that time. New packs always contain cards from the current season only. When a season ends, the cards remain, but no more of them will be generated. Cards are now snapshots of a moment in time, instead of changing to reflect the nation's current state. Cards for the same nation will therefore look different across different seasons. Season One cards are unusual in that they were generated in April 2018 but only converted to snapshots in December. This means that a Season One card only exists if the nation was active in April, but reflects the state of the nation in December. Market A new page offers a global overview of current auctions, top cards, and top decks, with multiple ways to keep your finger on the pulse of the marketplace. Assorted Changes New packs don't contain cards of nations that no longer exist. Cosmetic overhaul! Including a nifty zoomable graphical sales history. During the April Fool's event, each new pack had a high chance of containing a card of a nation in your region. This remains true, but the chance is much lower. The number of cards that can be held at once is now limited by Deck Capacity, which can be upgraded by spending bank. This limitation stems from the technical challenges of managing nations who hold extremely high numbers of cards. Nations with Site Supporter status from the Store have double normal Deck Capacity. For even more, there's detail in the FAQ! {url}
  7. e: Harry Potter and the Festival of Friendship A NationStates Community Event Event Discord ~ Sponsored by The North Pacific, The East Pacific, The West Pacific, Europeia, Greater Dienstad, and Escade's Event Services Dates: Saturday December 22,2018 - Tuesday January 1,2019 This festival is an end of the year celebration with a Harry Potter theme for the NationStates community. All players in good standing are welcome to partake While the theme is based around J.K. Rowling's epic universe - the festival is to celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of a new year! Festival attendees choose a Hogwarts House to be sorted into and then play to compete in team and individual events including trivia contests, dueling bot, battleship games, art competitions, writing competitions, New Years wishes, a Yule Ball roleplay mystery and other activites TBA! Preview of Events and Activities First stop! Take the custom NS edition Buzzfeed Quiz to get sorted into your House! Houses will earn points and the the House with the most points at the end of the festival will earn the House Cup and shout outs on the event dispatches, posts and regional WFEs! Posting a screen cap of your Buzzfeed Quiz results will earn your House 10 points Ways to get House points by Monday 12/31/2018 midnight: On the NS Forums: ~ Submit decent entries into the Golden Snitch Writing Contest (5 points for each decent entry, 25 points for the best according to our esteemed judges) ~ Create beautiful artwork representing your House (and all members) in the Fantastic Art & Where to Find It contest (15 points if artistically pretty) ~ Write decent RP posts in the Yule Ball Role Play (10 points per fleshed out post) On the Event Discord ~ Take the Buzzfeed Sorting Quiz and post your results in the house-points channel (10 points per individual player) ~ Win the HP Trivia Rounds answering questions about the books, the movies, and the prequels! (20 points per round winner, 5 points for second place) ~ The highest duel hits (pinned) and most duel hits in the Discord Room of Requirement (10 points for highest hits and 25 points for best dueler) ~ Winners of the fantasy and Harry Potter themed Cards Against Humanity Games (10 points to each winner) ~ Winners in the Wizarding Battleship (20 points to each member of the winning team) (5 points to each player) ~ Wizarding Chess duels with bracket ranking. (5 points per completed chess game, 10 points to winners, 50 points to the grandmaster) ~ Complete the Quest for the Last Time Turner (20 points to the first to compete the quest, 10 points to each quest completer) ~ More activites to be announced! On Discord: - #the-leaky-cauldron - discuss the books (characters, plots, favorites, unfavorites), fan fiction, the movies, the prequels and everything else that makes us love this amazing series! - #the-goblet-of-fire - the games channel for HP Quiz Bowl, & Cards Against Muggles - a Harry Potter themed CAH deck (for mature players) - #the-quibbler - channel for spam games and music, etc - #floo-network - for voice chats with your fellow festival goers See you there, lovelies Escade ❤️
  8. Warv

    Become a Citizen!

    I, Warv, 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.
  9. Guy

    TRR Update XXIV

    Please see our latest regional update here.
  10. November - 2018 Delegate: The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Guardians: Kawaii Schoolgirl, Arkadia Universalis, Chervil, Dalimbar, Yy4u, Mediobogdum Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: Overthinkers Foreign Affairs: Kawaii Schoolgirl Internal Affairs: Dewilands World Assembly Affairs: Nrevyw TWPAF Commander: Chervil Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Arkadia Universalis Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Alchera Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: KhanterWinters Tension in Borders - TWP Close Embassy with TP (Better known as NPO) After the declarations made by the previous emperor and by the Senate of NPO, with its declaration of war against TBH, and any military operation where TBH was involved. Diplomatic tensions in several regions have skyrocketed with the massive closure of embassies and relations with NPO, the tension is noted with the phrase that makes the difference between NPO and the rest of the regions: "NPO Delenda Est". TWP has not been the exception, with a long list of negative experiences, the Delegate was faced with the difficult decision to face this event and show solidarity with the rest of the allied and/or known regions, withdrawing the embassy and withdrawing the status diplomatic of the NPO members on our server in Discord. The Holy Principality of Saint Mark (Halo Rahl) » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:30 pm "The West Pacific wishes to announce the end of its treaty with The Pacific. This is our oldest active treaty and the decision was not made lightly. We continue to have a fondness for some of its citizens and a respect for its long history. However, the information that has recently come to light demonstrates that the NPO, at least as it is currently governed, does not respect the sovereignty of its allies nor the safety of the people of NationStates. At the very least it fosters an environment where its high government officials feel free to act against other regions and to associate with, and even protect, players who seek to do others harm. At most, The NPO has engaged in espionage against its allies, including The West Pacific, and used a dangerous player as a tool to promote their own interests. When I took office, I stated that two of my important goals were to promote safety and to ease the toxic exchanges that we see so often. It is clear that The NPO diminishes security and promotes toxicity. This type of behavior must be rejected by GCRs and UCRs alike. The West Pacific will always expose and eliminate any harmful players like Block and we call upon all of the regions of NS to pledge to do the same. The West Pacific stands in solidarity with Osiris. Our treaty with The Pacific is withdrawn and their embassy will be closed. We remain, as always, prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from all threats." The responses of friends and allies have been positive, however unconfirmed nations have been created in TWP with the purpose of creating disorder and discord. But TWP's Guardians have dealt with these verbal aggressions head-on. It only remains to hope that this conflict that is escalating to a multi-regional war, is settled and that the new emperor promotes a new and positive change in NPO. This, however, is understandably a rather big challenge, due to the ideology of the previous Emperor which quite rooted in the minds of the members of the region's Senate. Regardless, we longly await for the day the region cleans itself up and may once again stand as our ally. Until that day comes, our military is prepared to fight to the end. Internal Elections! Yes, it is that time of the year once again and the election results have come in: Ministry of Recruitment & Citizenry Candidate: Overthinkers - 13 votes in favor, 1 Abstain - Won with 92,86% Minister of World Assembly Candidate: Nrevyw - 11 votes in favor, 2 Abstains - Won with 84,62% Minister of Internal Affairs Candidates: Greyghost - 3 votes (25%) Dewilands - 9 votes - Won with 75% No Abstains Speaker of The Hall of Nations Candidates: Rizorien - 3 votes (25%) Arkadia Universalis - 7 votes - Won with 58,33% Abstains - 2 votes (16,67%) Sergeant At Arms Candidate: Alchera - 11 votes - 2 Abstains - Won with 84,62% Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Candidate: KhanterWinters - 11 votes - 2 Abstains - Won with 84,62% Join to our Secret Santa! December is just around the corner, and with it all the joy and excitement of Christmas, that's why TWP invites you to join our Secret Santa, it will be lock on December 13. Come and have fun, be part of our last month of the year, and gather good wishes as human beings for next year. Credits of TWP Seal for Bran Astor.
  11. Bert

    Admin Request Thread

    Hi there admins, If possible, please delete my account. Thanks, Bert
  12. Isaris

    Embassy Request

    I would highly recommend the Mayor approve this embassy and request its creation from admins. The United Kingdom is a friend to our friends in Europeia and would be a welcome addition to our International Avenue.
  13. Klaus Mikaelson

    Embassy Request

    I didn't see an embassy listed for United Kingdom, can one be made, please?
  14. Sanjurika

    The North Star- Issue II

    --- Editor's Note by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications This last month has seen several changes to the TNP Ministry of Communications, specifically regarding The Northern Lights. The North Star will continue to be published once per month, and will serve primarily as an update. The focus of The Northern Lights, on the other hand, has changed to become - we hope - substantially more insightful, engaging, and relevant. Issues will be less frequent, and likely contain fewer, albeit longer articles. While TNL remains TNP-focused, there will be articles about NS as a whole, and we encourage guest writers to become more involved. That aside, I hope you enjoy this month's edition of The North Star! Signed, --- November 2018 Judicial Elections by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications Just three weeks or so following the conclusion of the delayed General Elections came the Judicial Elections. General COE and BMWSurfer served as Election Commissioners. During this judicial election season, nineteen candidates were nominated. Of these, four accepted their nominations. Lord Lore and Limerick1 announced their candidacies independent of a nomination. McMasterdonia made sure to nominate each member of the current Executive Staff, each of whom then proceeded to decline the nomination or to simply ignore it. Hardonius initially accepted his nomination, but later rescinded it and dropped out of the race. The final six candidates in the race were Darcania, SillyString, Eluvatar, Limerick1, Lord Lore, and Marcus Antonius. Detailed below is a summary of each of their campaigns. Candidates: Darcania is an experienced nation, having formerly served once as Speaker, Attorney General, Election Commissioner, and as Deputy AG. He views the most important attributes for a justice in the region to be “legal experience, a legal mindset, level-minded discourse, seeing an issue from multiple perspectives… and fluff.” The main criticism surrounding his campaign was the public perception that he has the tendency to leave. Darcania responded by reassuring voters that each time he has left in the past, he did not have an official government position, and that when he had left government positions prematurely, he had always done so responsibly be notifying the Delegate well in advance such that a suitable replacement could be found. SillyString is the current Chief Justice of The North Pacific and has served in numerous other offices over the course of her five year tenure in the region. She has extensive knowledge both of the law and of court history. Her main concern “is that we need to make sure we elect justices who are thoughtful, familiar with the law, and who take the time to weigh the options and possible ramifications before making big decisions.” She believes that by doing so, TNP’s justice system will provide more consistent results. Eluvatar is a veteran nation who joined The North Pacific back in 2006, and who has served on and off in various positions including Delegate in the years since. He has extensive legal knowledge and, back in 2012 with the help of then Speaker Gulliver, rewrote TNP’s Constitution and Legal Code to set the region on a better path. There were no questions as to his qualifications, only if he was ‘especially qualified,’ in the words of Funkadelia. Limerick1 is a relative newcomer who has served on the bench for the last term and a half. Immediately upon posting his campaign thread, he received an endorsement from Siwale, our Delegate, praising him on his legal knowledge and his attitude as a team player. Limerick1 believes his ethic of hard work and the experience he gained in his previous terms make him fit to serve. Lord Lore has served as a justice for the last two terms, and has held office in numerous other positions prior to that, including as a former Minister and Deputy Minister of Culture and Lead Cartographer. He was endorsed by three important nations: Syrixia, McMasterdonia, and Pallaith. The only point of controversy in his campaign was the note that he did not sign the government letter declaring the new forum valid. His response highlighted his belief that the Court does not and should not serve as legal counsel of the administration, when rather the Attorney General serves that role. Marcus Antonius is an entirely new nation to the executive staff of The North Pacific, and his recent involvement in World Assembly and Home Affairs show that he is quick-learning, fair-minded, and has plenty of time to dedicate to regional affairs. His campaign thread mirrors that perception, and demonstrates his willingness to study and review TNP’s legal code and constitution. His campaign thread is worth a read, if only for the roleplay he posts within it! Results: SillyString, Limerick1, and Eluvatar won, with 46, 35, and 32 votes respectively. Darcania narrowly missed with 29 votes. Lord Lore placed fifth with 23 votes. Marcus Antonius placed last with 14 votes. 12% of the vote requested a re-opening of nominations. Discussion: SillyString and Eluvatar almost certainly won due to their extensive legal experience and incredible service record for the region over the years. Their past contributions have not been forgotten. Limerick1 has served about as long on the court as Lord Lore, yet does not have as much name recognition. Siwale’s early endorsement of him is likely a prominent factor that helped his campaign. I would have expected Lord Lore to get more votes. Darcania likely lost out due to the perception - true or not - that his occasional disappearances from the region have been irresponsible, regardless of his statements to the contrary. It is not much of a surprise that Marcus Antonius came last in the race because of his lack of experience regarding TNP’s legal code and history. This is understandable given that he is a regional newcomer. The North Pacific has a strong legacy of supporting qualified newcomers for offices, and we are willing to earnestly consider candidates who may not have as extensive a resume as more senior members. But said newcomers must also be qualified for the offices for which they are running. This explains the difference between Limerick1 and Marcus Antonius in the November Judicial Elections. --- The Spotlight #15: Interview with Loz by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications El Fiji Grande: Welcome to The Spotlight, Loz! I am delighted you were able to find time on such short notice. Loz: My pleasure, happy to be here El Fiji Grande: One thing that that struck me a couple weeks ago when you returned to TNP is just how little I know about you. Could you tell me how you came to join NS? Loz: Sure, I came into the game in January 2017 if I recall correctly. I was a pretty casual player at first, but a Telegram from Gladio caught my eye. Before I knew it I was in TNP, and in the NPA El Fiji Grande: How early after joining did you become involved in the NPA? Did you become involved in other aspects of the regional government as well? Loz: I joined the NPA as soon as I gained my citizenship! I was mainly just in the NPA in the beginning, but after a few months I started joining other ministries piece by piece. I really got my start in the executive in Comms helping to write the NPA bulletin. After that I joined the others, and actually became the Deputy Minister of Culture for Role Play Promotion. My proudest achievement there was restarting the Eras Magazine, which Prydania and McM are now doing a great job with! El Fiji Grande: Are there any particularly noteworthy moments during your rise while in the NPA? What rank did you ultimately reach before your current position? Loz: My Officer Test is a moment that will always be dear to me, but my proudest accomplishment was probably my term as Deputy Minister under Malphe. We smashed operation records that term and I learned more about R/D than I ever had before. Following my term as DMoD I was promoted to Major, which was the rank I held before becoming the Minister of Defense. El Fiji Grande: I've noticed that many - if not every - member of the NPA holds their Officer Test as a significant moment in their NS career. Could you help explain why that is? Loz: The Officer Test is in my opinion the most important part of a soldier's career. Only officers are allowed to organize and lead operations which opens up a whole new side of R/D. Being made an officer also shows you've earned the trust of your fellows and superiors in the NPA. Being a part of that brotherhood for me at least has been one of the most rewarding aspects of being in The North Pacific. El Fiji Grande: While serving in the NPA, what is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome? Loz: The greatest challenge I have had in the NPA is staying organized. I think I have largely overcome this, but when you are a new soldier it can be difficult to keep all the information you need to run an op together. El Fiji Grande: Siwale mentioned something about how being involved in IRL militaries drew you away from NS. What made you decide to return? And is that statement even accurate? Loz: Yes actually, I am in the United States Army and my duties over the last sixth months kept me too busy to be active in Nation States. For this term I thankfully have something of a break, but come May I'll have to put NS on hold once more. El Fiji Grande: (Thanks for your service!) Congratulations on your appointment to Minister of Defense!! It seems like it’s well-deserved. How does it feel to be Zazumo’s successor? Loz: Thank you for your support, I appreciate it! I am very happy to be following Zaz, but he has left a tremendous legacy. As Minister he was phenomenal in maintaining activity, and working with our allies. I will absolutely try my best to live up to the standard he set. El Fiji Grande: In your words, why is it important that the NPA remain active? Loz: The NPA needs to remain active and well trained in order to support the objectives of The North Pacific. There are parts of R/D that are inherently more difficult than others, and ensuring that my soldiers are well trained to face any operation that might come their way is absolutely critical. El Fiji Grande: Do you have any plans for where you want to take the NPA? Loz: My main focuses for this term are training and modernization. I have already reorganized the officer corps in order to make more officers involved in the administration of the NPA. I will also be updating the NPA training documents to reflect changes in R/D, and changes in the NPA. Of course I would also like to continue working with our allies, and continue our dedication to anti-fascism and anti-Nazism. El Fiji Grande: That sounds good! My plans for the future of the Northern Broadcast Service line up with that as well. Loz: I am actually in the NBS, or I was before my absence El Fiji Grande: I'm glad to hear that! I've listened to all the old episodes, so I may have heard you. To continue, why were you chosen above other candidates for the office? What do you bring to the job? Or rather, what would you say your greatest strengths and weaknesses are? Loz: While I don't want to speak for Siwale, I'd like to think that he remembered my passion for the region and for the NPA. As for strengths and weaknesses, am I very proficient at leading and triggering which has also been what I enjoy most about NS war. In terms of weaknesses I suppose my weakness is that I have been a TNP loyalist all my time in NS. I have recently starting communicating with my allied counterparts to close up that gap in knowledge. El Fiji Grande: I know from experience how difficult leading and triggering can be. Regarding stance, how do you align yourself on raiding and defending? What are your thoughts on our stance as independent? Loz: To be truthful I don’t have strong opinions either way. The NPA is a tool of foreign policy and I’ll do whatever it takes for the NPA to fulfill the needs of the Region. El Fiji Grande: A careful response. It's ok, I respect that. Is there anyone in the region in particular whom you look up to, and if so, why? Loz: Like is said I’m a loyalist El Fiji Grande: That's not a weakness! But I understand what you mean. Loz: I look up to so many people in this region it’s hard to put a few down here. QuietDad, Gladio, Bootsie, McM, Malphe, Zaz, Prydania! It’s hard to pick when this region has such a wealth of incredible people But I will say that I look to people who take the time to help others learn and grow El Fiji Grande: What advice would you give any newcomers to the region to have a successful career here - as you put it - to learn and grow? Loz: The most important advice I can give to new members of the region is to ask questions and find a mentor. I think it was easier for me to find a mentor because the NPA is already more geared towards that to begin with, but in the ministries and in RP its vital to find people who have had a myriad of experience in NS and who can help you grow. El Fiji Grande: To follow that up, what's the best piece of advice you've ever received on NS? How has that advice affected your own path through NS? Loz: The best piece of device I have ever received is from QuietDad. Once when I was stressing about something he told me "Its a friggin game." And I think that is important for everyone to remember as they start to establish themselves in NationStates. Too often have I seen people take this too far and ruin themselves in the process. El Fiji Grande: What's your favorite thing about TNP that isn't NPA-related? Loz: That's a tough question, but I would have to say participating in Roleplay is my second favorite part of TNP. TNP RP is filled with awesome and incredibly helpful people who are not only usually excellent writers, but people who also care deeply about the growth and camaraderie of the community. El Fiji Grande: *nods* To borrow a question from Kasch’s interview of Malphe: How do you want to be remembered in TNP? What do you want your legacy to be? Loz: I want to be remembered as someone who left the region better than he found. And as someone people could always come to for advice or just to chat El Fiji Grande: I'll keep that in mind. Alright, before we bring this interview to an end, is there anything you'd like to add? Loz: Yes! Thank you for having me in the spotlight tonight Fiji! I didn’t know you before I left, but it’s clear to me that you have passion and work ethic that we should all aspire to. El Fiji Grande: I appreciate that, thanks. I look forward to serving alongside you this term. Well, it looks like that's all we have time for. It’s been a pleasure. *shakes hand* Loz: *shakes hand* --- North Pacific Army Bulletin Oct-Nov 2018 By Dinoium and El Fiji Grande, Deputy and Minister of Communications North Pacific Army Bulletin, October-November 2018! Minister of Defense: Peregrinum TNP (Loz) Deputy Ministers of Defense: Malphe NPA Soldiers parade through the streets of TNP --- The former Minister of Defense, Zazumo, submitted his Letter of Resignation on October 23, 2018, stating IRL reasons that prevent him from serving to his fullest potential. Having honorably stepped aside, Zazumo was promoted to General by Loz in his Opening address. While a sad day for the Ministry, Zazumo will continue to serve in the NPA, albeit in a lower role, and Loz will surely take the Ministry to new heights! Promotions: QuietDad promoted to Chief of Staff Owenstacey and Bobberino promoted to Adjutants to the Deputy Bobberino promoted to Captain! (11/9/18) Aerilia and John Maynard promoted to Sergeant! (11/9/18) MadJack promoted to Private First Class! (11/9/18) Deerfenland promoted to Private First Class! (11/14/18) [spoiler="Logs of the Period"] [/spoiler] To close this off, we'll be continuing our Featured Troop of the Report. Congratulations Deerfenland! --- Regional Assembly Highlights By Dinoium, Deputy Minister of Communications and Deputy Attorney General Regional Assembly November 2018 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Wonderess. Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Prydania and Artemis. Members of The Speaker's Staff: Dinoium and Bobberino. There have recently been six proposals up for discussion in the Regional Assembly. Of these, one was voted on within the last month. Vote Failed Amendment to the Election and Appointment Procedure, proposed by BluieGamer. Summary: The Amendment to the Election and Appointment Procedure Proposal was an attempt to postpone all future elections by one month due to the forum-emergency and delayed elections. It was also to remove a grammar error. Had this amendment passed, it would have added an extra month to the terms of the current administration. [spoiler="Voter Breakdown"]Members voting Aye: Siwale El Fiji Grande Members voting Nay: Romanoffia QuietDad Great Bights Mum Owenstacey Pallaith Sil Dorsett Crushing Our Enemies Brendog BMWSurfer TlomzKrano mcmasterdonia Lord Lore Dinoium Syrixia Artemis Sasten SillyString Limerick1 Bootsie Union of Caplis ibiscaton Funkadelia Myroria Darcania Praetor Members Abstaining: Wonderess Eluvatar [/spoiler] Discussion The Forum Day Bill, proposed by bootsie. Summary: The Forum Day Bill is a proposal to create a regional holiday similar to Blue Day which recognizes our first official forum: Old Blue. If passed, Forum Day would celebrate all of the supporters and staff members who helped with our forum-transfer from ZetaBoards to Xenforo. Reforming the Penal Code, proposed by Eluvatar. Summary: The Reforming the Penal Code proposal is a proposal from last year that has been in discussion for a very long time. It's an attempt to reform the Penal Code of the Legal Code. These reforms include defining basic terms to clarify the original language of the penal code, removing inconsistencies and repetitive sections, and adding specificity to sentencing. Delegate Advisor Law, proposed by St George. Summary: The Delegate Advisor Law proposal is a proposal to make Delegate Advisors regulated by law. Most people say that the law already states that this can exist because the Constitution states the Delegate can appoint Executive Officers at any time. This bill would have the consequence of limiting who the Delegate can appoint as an advisor. Publicly announcing advisors is merely a way of transparently informing the public who has consistent access to the Cabinet. Election Corruption Amendment, proposed by McMasterdonia. Summary: The Election Corruption Amendment was a proposal proposed back in April to stop election candidates from offering positions or influence in exchange for votes. The proposal was written by former Delegate McMasterdonia and was co-authored by Attorney General Crushing Our Enemies. With the January General Election coming up in two months, author McMasterdonia bumped it because "While we need to consider the future and should talk about it, we shouldn’t be jeopardizing the present, our ideals, or the honor by which we campaign." The bill has run into some difficulty however, as there exists a bit of a gray area with Delegates wanting to sound off potential future Cabinet members such that work can begin immediately after the election is won. This common practice has more to do with courtesy than with building support via corruption. That said, some members of the RA are of the mindset that Delegates should only begin building their administration once in office. Either way, the proposal would be difficult to enforce, relying on self-reporting and a more staunch public stance against corruption in the hopes that such a measure would discourage such activity and ingrain TNP's democratic values in newcomers to the region. Citizenship Amendment, proposed by Siwale Summary: The Citizenship Amendment proposal is a proposal to make sure if you post on either the forum or regional message board in under 30 days, you can keep your citizenship. It currently is done via forum posts, but if passed, regional message board posts would count as well. Such a measure could substantially enlarge our citizenry, and could potentially provide a bridge between various groups within the region, allowing for a more unified TNP. Proponents of the bill feel that posting requirements should be loosened, and this is a good step towards that goal. On the other hand, opponents argue that citizenship does require activity on the forums - from voting in the RA to elections in general - and that as such, the current system where only forum activity is counted towards posting requirements should continue. --- World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. --- Respondeat Superior Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 8,726 Against: 7,071 Final Vote (TNP): For: 181 Against: 393 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.8% Recommendation: The proposal before us would allow individuals to sue companies for acts of negligence committed by employees against individuals. We believe this to be a well-intentioned proposal, however we feel it is too vague to cover the issue at hand. The proposal appears to be vague/under developed which concerns may lead to a repeal which would further harm the chances of positive tort reform coming into effect. In hopes of a redraft and subsequent resubmit, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against the proposal. --- Cyberweapons Control Act Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 5,010 Against: 10,741 Final Vote (TNP): For: 82 Against: 476 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.7% Recommendation: In attempting to protect society from civilian and collateral damages in regards to cyberwarfare, this proposal ultimately is stunted by its murky definitions and unclear language. The leading definition of cyberwarfare appears to encompass any and all ordinance that uses electricity, far overreaching the intended target of this proposal. Furthermore, the proposal attempts to distinguish cyberwarfare from espionage in a rather unnecessary and poorly written clause. The proposal goes on to outline an arbitrary list of potential 'protected sites' without giving any relevant parameters, rendering this proposal fairly unenforceable, especially when the punishment for attacking these undefined 'protected sites' is potential trial for war crimes. In accordance with the facts stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. --- Right to Self-Defense Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 9,735 Against: 7,682 Final Vote (TNP): For: 253 Against: 353 Percentage of WA nations voting: 42.1% Recommendation: It is difficult to know if the current proposal is genuinely concerned with improving civil rights or if simply seeks to try and resolve violence by enabling further violence. The author cites the lack of legislation on this subject as a potential tool of oppressive regimes, but a right to self-defense never extends to acts of violence against one's government, so that argument makes little sense. The proposed justification for an individual's (often weaponized) self-defense is too broad and too open to interpretation. This leaves great potential for a disproportionate defense response, based not on the actual threat in each situation, but on the individual's interpretation of that threat. This often leads to fatal mistakes. A one-size-fits-all legislation does not work in this case, and it is the opinion of the Ministry that any nation's rights to self-defense should develop organically, over time, and perhaps through individual judiciaries. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against the proposal. --- Repeal "Right to Self-Defense" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,666 Against: 3,894 Final Vote (TNP): For: 482 Against: 122 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.2% Recommendation: "Right to Self-Defense", while appearing to be well-meaning, is noticeably riddled with flaws. Most concerning, the resolution is overly broad and as a result unintentionally allows criminals to employ self defense against law enforcement. To reiterate, the opinion of the Ministry is that any nation's rights to self-defense should develop organically, over time, and perhaps through individual judiciaries. For the reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. --- Sensible Limits on Industry Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 6,749 Against: 10,702 Final Vote (TNP): For: 124 Against: 483 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.4% Recommendation: While this proposal has clear ambition to achieve something positive, it suffers by the author's decision to rush it through the review process. The result is a hazy, half-formed blueprint, that outlines an immediate leap from vague premise of offense, to the most extreme consequence. There is little explanation as to how a nation would reasonably get from A to B, or, any detailed justification as to why nations should have this sort of unfettered power over industry. Reasonable regulation on the business sector isn't a bad thing, but there must be some manner of due process. Businesses need to know precisely what sort of actions would put them in peril, and, surely there must be other measures a nation can take prior to asset seizure and liquidation. Much of what this proposal sets out to protect is already covered by existing legislation with clearer definitions, more reasonable steps outlined, and less radical outcomes. For this reason The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. --- Don't Kill The Poor Act Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,051 Against: 3,344 Final Vote (TNP): Information Currently Unavailable Recommendation: The Don't Kill The Poor Act, whilst named in a more trivial way than perhaps it should, is a piece of legislation aimed at expanding the current definition of 'genocide' as set out in GAR#38 'Convention Against Genocide', to include those targeted due to economic status. The resolution, whilst short, contains adequate protections from overzealous definitions or accusations of genocide whilst protecting victims and vulnerable groups. Moreover, the resolution adequately helps those fleeing genocide and reinforces nations responsibilities as defined in aforementioned legislation. In accordance with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this resolution. --- Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction" Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: For Recommendation: "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting criminals. In hoping that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is draft, and in accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. --- Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. --- Condemn Chan Island Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 12,312 Against: 3,536 Final Vote (TNP): For: 506 Against: 47 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.3% Recommendation: In acknowledging that some issues that come before our nations may be brought about by bad actors within the world assembly, we must recognize the primary abettor of this chaos and mayhem. Chan Island, formerly Annihilators of Chan Island, has contributed to at least 24 different situations that nations may encounter; in which your desired answer to these issues may not have the impact you had hoped for. To compound the villainy, Chan Island has also given direct assistance to occupiers and hostile invaders of various regions, some of which had to be valiantly liberated and fought for control of by those wishing to restore them. Understanding that Chan Island only wants to watch the world burn despite his lack of predatory superweapon usage, and in accordance with the reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. --- Commend Minoa Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,917 Against: 2,189 Final Vote (TNP): For: 540 Against: 46 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.4% Recommendation: Minoa is a hard working contributor to the greater NationStates community. One who has authored and passed numerous General Assembly resolutions, maintained the database for passed Security Council Resolutions between 2009 and 2015, and maintained NSIndex as well as currently maintaining a database for tracking issues and the effects they have on member nations. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor. In accordance with the reasons presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. --- Commend Xoriet Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: For Recommendation: Xoriet is a hard working contributor to the greater Nationstates community, and one who had a crucial role in The East Pacific and the East Pacific Sovereign Army (EPSA). They led its golden age and helped make it one of the preeminent militaries of its time between 2014 and 2015. They are also a nation that provided guidance on treaties with other regions, including TNP, and helped set new harassment policies around NationStates. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor. In accordance with the reasons presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. --- The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: Siwale :: Executive Editor: El Fiji Grande :: Managing Editors: Dinoium, Bobberino The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and by the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.
  15. [center][img=http://z2.ifrm.com/10711/28/0/p1090277/mofa_seal.png] [size=14]The North Pacific Ministry of Foreign Affairs[/size][/center] [right]Magicality City, 11 November 2018[/right] Dear Mayor GraVandius, The government of The North Pacific entreats you to accept Sanjurika as an ambassador between our two regions. He has been a citizen in good standing of The North Pacific for almost 2 years and a legislator in our Regional Assembly for the same period and we believe he will meet the duties of this posting admirably. His responsibilities will include above all keeping your region informed of important affairs in The North Pacific, supporting our interregional ties by interpersonal ties through social involvement, keeping our government abreast of affairs in your region, and providing services to dual citizens should they be needed and welcome. By accepting Sanjurika as an ambassador, we hope you will continue to honour the long lasting relationship between The North Pacific and Equilism. Sincerely, Sil Dorsett Minister of Foreign Affairs
  16. Sanjurika

    TNP Greetings

    Hey! I'm the new TNP ambassador. Could I get a diplomatic masking? Thanks. Can;t wait to meet some new friends! -Sanjurika
  17. NationStates News

    NS -Z-Day<sup>7</sup>: The End

    This is the end. The more robust zombies outlasted their predecessors, and at the end of the day outnumbered the living. Some regions, however, were safer than others. Kudos to the dozens of regions which completely eliminated the infection while retaining hundreds of billions to trillions of survivors, to the several which sheltered hundreds of billions to trillions without closing their borders, and to the many regions with similar numbers of survivors. The full leaderboard is available for your perusal. So long, and thanks for all the brains! {url}
  18. We can now say with confidence that the undead menace has arrived. Despite all signs having been to the contrary, we now know there are zombies in every nation. Whether because zombies are slow moving or because of someone's tardiness, not all nations were aware of zombies at the same time. Nations exploring their options before the appearance of zombies would have been unable to elect to build a zombie empire, and any selection they made before the appearance of the stumbling dead within their borders has been reset. If you wish to cure or exterminate your zombies, double check that your selection is active! Further information will be provided as we can. Update: The parable of the zombie and the hare comes to mind. {url}
  19. We can now say with confidence that the undead menace has arrived. Despite all signs having been to the contrary, we now know there are zombies in every nation. Whether because zombies are slow moving or because of someone's tardiness, not all nations were aware of zombies at the same time. Nations exploring their options before the appearance of zombies would have been unable to elect to build a zombie empire, and any selection they made before the appearance of the stumbling dead within their borders has been reset. If you wish to cure or exterminate your zombies, double check that your selection is active! Further information will be provided as we can. {url}
  20. This is the secret WASP office of, well, zombie preparedness. The backup one. Here's the latest research from the latest researchers. First, there's more good news! The lightly-gnawed upon notes of Professor Brooks indicate that with minor adjustments, your anti-zombie superweapons can be re-targeted to remove undead saboteurs from infiltrated command and control structures. This will restore the nation to its previous stance. Your allies and friends will be able to help you. You do have allies and friends, don't you? Unfortunately, there is also bad news. Don't ask us how we know, but it's clear that strains of undead have developed which handle the absence of survivors better. They just don't die- Err.. They don't "de-animate", at least not as quickly. So if you're looking forward to the zombie problem just going away on its own... Sorry? {url}
  21. Glyski

    Become a Citizen!

    I, Glyski, 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.
  22. 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}
  23. Klaus Mikaelson

    Sign In

    Evening, all. I am Klaus Mikaelson, the Deputy Prime Minister of UK, here to represent them as an ambassador.
  24. Visit our Discord and our Forum WA Delegate: Frattastan | Culture Officer: Harmoneia | Foreign Affairs Officer: Guy | | Media Officer: The Church of Satan | Outreach Officer: Calalin | Speaker of the Assembly: Vulturret Forum Move Announcement To escape the dreaded Tapatalk, The Rejected Realms' official forum has been relocated to https://rejectedrealms.com. Accounts have been converted, so if you were previously registered on the old forum you can reactivate yours with a simple password reset. If you are experiencing any technical issues don't hesitate to contact one of the administrators on NationStates or Discord. The Delegate has retired: Long live the Delegate Frattastan plotting his return as TRR Delegate. The Rejected Realms has held a Delegate election, leading to retiring Delegate Wabbitslayah being replaced by Frattastan. Proceedings kicked off with a challenge by Canton Empire against the seating Delegate Wabbitslayah. As rumours abounded that Wabbitslayah is unlikely to recontest, no fewer than nine candidates stepped up to challenge for the position in total, a record for TRR Delegate elections. Spurred by the high number of candidates, the campaign was a vigorous and well-contested one, drawing much attention from both within and outside the region. Early frontrunner PowerPAOK/Nequedem/Glacikaldr was hampered by a dispute with Wabbitslayah regarding a supposed agreement regarding the timing of his challenge, having echoes of being TRR's own Granita Pact. The candidacy of prominent invader Souls was sufficient to bring NS Gameplay into overdrive, with various commentators opining that his candidacy is either the biggest danger or the best thing to happen to TRR in its existence. The lack of a clear frontrunner led to a second round of candidacy declarations as Marilyn Manson Freaks, Wopruthien and Frattastan engaged the citizenry with their visions for the region. The various candidates were mostly differentiated by personality and experience rather than serious policy differences, and the outcome of the election appeared as uncertain as it ever was. In the end, for the second time in as many elections, the final outcome was determined by one vote. A surprisingly strong showing by insurgent candidate Marilyn Manson Freaks was good enough to make this a tight contest throughout the voting period, leading to frantic googling about TRR's voting system and a 200% increase in the viewcount for Wikipedia's article on it. Manson and Frattastan had dominated the voting, but it was the latter who emerged victorious. This is Frattastan's second stint as Delegate, the first being a highly successful term in 2013-14. His platform set out a detailed agenda for the region, particularly in the areas of Foreign Affairs and the World Assembly. Work is already underway to implement Frattastan's policy programme, with the hope of harnessing the activity and energy that the region is capable of when it works together. Written by Guy Not Steering Clear of VD (Debates) For a long time barely noticed by the citizenry, the Rejected Realms Vice-Delegacy became a recurrent topic in Assembly discussions this year, and even turned into a contentious a topic in the most recent Delegate election. Originating in August 2011, when Sedgistan appointed three Vice-Delegates as endorsees who could back him up at a time when there multiple swappers threatening the delegacy (including the infamous Rejected Redeemer, whose identity was a source of controversy), the position had almost been forgotten, with no new appointments since 2015, and one of the original endorsees continuing to maintain it despite her decreasing activity. In part this lack of institutionalisation occurred due to the uncertainty concerning the necessity and the purpose of a Vice-Delegate in a region without ejection powers, where maintaining high endorsement and influence level is not as vital as it would be in other feeders and sinkers. This February, then-Delegate Catalyse proposed to add the Vice Delegate as a member of the government, but the discussion died down without any consensus on the proposed change. Her successor wabbitslayah sought to do the same, "promoting" outgoing Officer Marilyn Manson Freaks to the position of Vice-Delegate, with concurrent cabinet access for the first time in TRR history, and envisioning him as a general advisor and aide to the head of government. This move should have been paired with legislation allowing for the Delegate to appoint new government members, in addition to the four elected ones that make up the Cabinet right now, but the relevant constitutional amendment failed to pass by a single vote, continuing to leave the Vice Delegate office in a legal limbo. To add to the confusion, in a quick and somewhat confusing succession of events in the last days of his term, wabbitslayah fired Marilyn Manson, appointed former delegate The Church of Satan, and then reappointed Marilyn Manson. In the most recent Delegate election campaign several candidates stated their views on the VD issue. Eventual winner Frattastan asked that the position should be codified and returned to its original limited role as backup endorsee or abolished altogether, with some voters showing uneasiness at the latter prospect. Local anarchist icon The Grim Reaper, self-described "NS equivalent of like a CEO you call in to handle a corporate dissolution and then you fire them for incompetence with a beefy golden parachute" and "really good at this whole legislature thing", submitted an alternative proposal meant to establish Zyonn as the first person behind the Delegate in any order of precedence, and allowing her to take over the region at will, but this suggestion seems to have been largely ignored despite the increasing religious devotion towards 'Lady Zyonn'. In typical Reject fashion it's expected that the issue will be talked to death until there's a consensus. If ever. Written by Frattastan Less than Diplomatic For the past several months, the Rejected Realms has been gripped in crisis. No fewer than 22 players have made and broken alliances, plotted schemes -- often behind their friends' backs -- and backstabbed each other when expedient. With the struggle for power as vicious and the stakes as high as ever, the question on everyone's minds has been "who will emerge on top?" That's because TRR has been playing Diplomacy, a popular 1950s boardgame that is set in the run up to the Great War. Six games have already been played, following the formation of an official Diplomacy league within the region. Participants take control of one of seven European powers, with the goal of taking over the entire continent and being crowned the Diplomacy champion of TRR. Wopruthien has taken an early lead with one solo victory and one draw, and Souls is close on his heels in second. Any player is free to join the league and become involved in the brutal games of Diplomacy. You also have ample opportunity to stab Frattastan in the back. Now who wouldn't want that?! Or if betraying Frattastan is not your cup of tea, maybe you can gain revenge on Souls for his NS transgressions. Whether a citizen, interested observer, or ambassador to sign up register your interest in the TRR #Roleplay Discord channel. Written by Wopruthien Invitation to TRR's CYOA Game: "Fallout Arizona" War. War never changes. Even with the Old World rushing off to its doom, there are those who still safeguard the values, lessons, and convictions of America from the ruins of the atomic fallout. In the West, the values of democracy and the rule of law, and, in the East, the lesson to never repeat the same mistakes. The clash of the Bear, the New Californian Republic, and the Bull, Caesar’s Legion, was inevitable as their quests for glory consumes them. What remains by 2897 is a shell of both, as the NCR prepares to push back against the final holdouts of the new Caesar. First Sun City in the ruins of Phoenix, and then the final march to Flagstaff. A swift victory is promised by Mason Salvatore, one of the two possible candidates for presidency within the NCR’s upcoming election in the senate. All that stands in the way of the reborn crime family’s rise to power is candidate Aaron Hanlon, the nephew of retired Chief Hanlon of the NCR Rangers who is facing waning support. The NCR-Legion war has become a final opportunity for the many schemes of the Old World to take root. Will the conquest Arizona be what finally allows the NCR to remake America, or will the legacy of Caesar be one that forever changes the NCR’s very values? You enter Arizona as a Reject (not like this though, sadly), watching helplessly like the many other casualties of this war as the senate decides America’s future and the Legion does its best to make them pay dearly. Will you correct America’s path; or will you be its downfall? Or maybe you might just end up dying to an extra sneaky bark scorpion. Ultimately, you decide, in the Rejected Realm’s Choose Your Own Adventure Game: “Fallout Arizona”! The polls will be made daily—or as regularly as I can remember and am able to make them—and will be open for the entirely of the interregional community, resident or otherwise (not that we would ever banject or eject you, or could for that matter, even if you did move in a puppet just to vote). So here’s where you come in: we’re inviting you to join in on our CYOA Game written by yours truly, Glacikaldr, or Nequaldraok if you’re looking for a portmanteau. The concept was first inspired by this YouTube video by ShoddyCast, but I could list many more that would be best to keep hidden: otherwise I’d ruin some of the many surprises I have instore for you! So far we’ve just done a few parts within Chapter 1, and you can catch up on the setting, story, and previous options chosen, as well as the character sheet we’ve made through both gameside and offsite polls that we will be developing together throughout the process with almost every decision we make, through the dispatch following dispatch: here. Further, if you’re looking for a better to stay updated on when a new poll is made, look no further than the new subscription service for the game! You can learn how to subscribe, for either RMB mentions or Discord pings, here. Thank you for joining us on this journey if you choose to do so, and we look forward to seeing as many of you over on our polls as able and willing! Written by Glacikaldr
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