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    NS -Z-Day<sup>8</sup>

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

    NS -Issuin' Nine-to Five

    This post comes courtesy of Senior Issues Editor The Free Joy State. Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-Binary people, it's time to clutch your quills, don your thinking caps and trawl your thesauruses. We are very excited to announce our "Anything-But-Pandemics Issue Contest". Not only is this the latest chance to potentially join our friendly Issues Editing team, but the top ten finalists will also be revealed in a follow-up News announcement, allowing you bragging rights for years to come! Like you, we all want to think about anything that isn't a pandemic right now, so please choose any other topic for your maximum of three competition entries (per player). That's a lie... not anything: disco dancing dino-robots probably overstretch verisimilitude. For drafting tips and advice, check out our issue-writing resource and the Got Issues? subforum (which is where we'd encourage you to draft your issues). Please submit your entries by the deadline of 14th June 2020 (inclusive) by the usual method. Make sure you are fully happy with your submission before entering, and don't forget to tick the checkbox to mark it as belonging to the Issue Contest. Please see this thread for full information. Good luck! {url}
  4. The Election is over! After four days of stump speeches, tense back-room negotiations, and political deal-making, we have a brand new office-holder: Congratulations to WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("kuriko", 2)@@! This Election saw the introduction of Running Mates, so for the first time we also have a nation ready to step forward should the situation demand it: Vice Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("the_salaxalans", 2)@@. I have to say, this was an amazingly positive and good-spirited campaign period. Well done to everyone who participated, whether you ran for office, boosted for a candidate, or just tossed in a vote! And thank you to outgoing WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("Caelapes", 2)@@, who, you have to say, didn't put a foot wrong during a fine four years in office. {url}
  5. People often ask me, "Max, why don't you stop writing novels and just work on NationStates full-time?" And I'm like, "Uh, that's kind of offensive. Writing novels is my passion. It's what I love to do." But by then they've wandered off because they don't really care unless there's a web game. But guess what? This time, there's a web game! It's no NationStates. I'll be honest. But you might find it a fun diversion during these turbulent times. There's also a book. You might have heard of Providence from the ads on this site. It's about four people on a spaceship who are trillions of miles from home and have to fight aliens who spit black holes. “★★★★★ Extremely smart... This is Barry’s masterstroke... page-turning anticipation which pays off beautifully.” —SFX “Brain-bending adventure” —Newsweek “★★★★★ Easily the first, best book to beat this year” —Bradley Horner's Book Reviews “A light-hearted thriller with a superb dark, existential sting in its tail.” —The Sunday Times (UK) OUT NOW Learn More • Buy Now • Reviews If you're looking for a good book, or a way to support authors who make satiric web games in their spare time, give it a look! Thank you. {url}
  6. Has it been four years already?? Yes! It has! Which means it's an election year! Once again, the coveted position of World Assembly Secretary-General is up for grabs. This is widely regarded as the most sought-after prize in all the world, and comes with unspeakable power, in the sense that no-one has said what it actually is. ★ Your 2020 Election Hub ★ For the last four years, we've labored under WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("caelapes", 2)@@, but has life actually gotten better? I mean, really? I'll leave that to the voters. Election 2020 will run through three Minor Rounds, during which unviable candidates will be weeded out. Then a final General Election will be held to decide between the Top Five. Voting is open to most WA member nations. If you have at least five endorsements, you can toss your hat into the ring and run! And if you help run a region, you can boost for your favored candidate by erecting prominent signange on your region page via Admin → Appearance. Election 2020! Because we have to do this every four years! Democracy says so! {url}
  7. Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, there is a worldwide shutdown going on to combat the spread of a particularly nasty coronavirus. During this time, we want to do our part to ensure that accurate information gets out to people. Normally, of course, NationStates is a hotbed of discussion and debate--which tends to come with a healthy serving of bias, lies, and misinformation. And normally that is fine. People have opinions. But today, misinformation about COVID-19 is dangerous, so moderators will be taking action to remove it, including issuing bans against people who post it. The kind of thing I'm referring to here are posts that claim the virus is a government conspiracy, or that people should ignore expert medical advice. This is an extraordinary situation, and it's a little uncomfortable for our volunteer moderators to try to be the arbiters of truth. Please extend them your patience while they work through this. In the meantime, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well, and remember, your nations could always do with a little more attention. P.S. This year's April Fools event will not be virus-related. {url}
  8. Almost a year ago, we launched the first season of NationStates Trading Cards. Now it's time for Season Two! Yes, soon you'll be finding sleek new-season cards when you open packs. For the next five days, you can get a sneak peek at what the cards look like. And, during this time only, you can update your card before it becomes permanently inscribed! To update your card: Set your nation's flag, slogan, etc, just the way you like in your Settings. Go to Your Deck and click View Card: (Your nation). It's on the right-hand side of the page, near the top. If you're looking at your own Season Two card, just above it, you'll see a special Season Two Preview notice that invites you to inscribe the card using your nation's current state. Do that! Only nations that existed at the time of the preview have Season Two cards—if you temporarily exited the world, you won't have a card for this season. At the end of the preview period, all newly opened packs will contain Season Two cards. Almost all packs, anyway. You never know when an old card might find its way into production through some manufacturing snafu. But like 99% of the time: new cards. Update (December 3, 2019): Season Two is upon us! Cards can no longer be inscribed. {url}
  9. Almost a year ago, we launched the first season of NationStates Trading Cards. Now it's time for Season Two! Yes, soon you'll be finding sleek new-season cards when you open packs. For the next five days, you can get a sneak peek at what the cards look like. And, during this time only, you can update your card before it becomes permanently inscribed! To update your card: Set your nation's flag, slogan, etc, just the way you like in your Settings. Go to Your Deck and click View Card: (Your nation). It's on the right-hand side of the page, near the top. If you're looking at your own Season Two card, just above it, you'll see a special Season Two Preview notice that invites you to inscribe the card using your nation's current state. Do that! Only nations that existed at the time of the preview have Season Two cards—if you temporarily exited the world, you won't have a card for this season. At the end of the preview period, all newly opened packs will contain Season Two cards. Almost all packs, anyway. You never know when an old card might find its way into production through some manufacturing snafu. But like 99% of the time: new cards. {url}
  10. As previously mentioned, the World Census occasionally changes the way it measures things—usually because of flaws discovered in the old methodology, as revealed by a few extreme cases. These recalibrations are posted for public preview ahead of implementation on the World Census Beta page, so that nations can provide feedback. A batch have completed this process, and will go live in the next few days! Beta 004 affecting Weaponization Beta 005B affecting Black Market Beta 006 affecting Lifespan Beta 008A affecting Income Beta 010 affecting Agriculture-based Industry Beta 015 affecting State-Owned Industry Beta 016 affecting Economic Efficiency Most nations won't notice any change. But you might, especially if your nation is very unusual. In those cases, you will see an abrupt change in some of your World Census ranking scales as the new system is adopted. If you're interested in what might be coming down the pipeline, a new round of betas has also just been made public! Previews are now available for: Beta 012 affecting Tourism Beta 014 introducing a new ranking, Generosity Beta 017 affecting Civil Rights Beta 019 introducing a new ranking, Patriotism Beta 020 introducing a new ranking, Hunger Beta 021 introducing a new ranking, Food Quality Beta 022 introducing a new ranking, Ease of Commute {url}
  11. Whew! I know I say this every year, but this was one of the most lethal zombie apocalypses yet. A mere 15.8% of the global population survived, with corpse numbers waaaay up on last year. I'm not sure what that says about the world we live in today. That there are a lot of dead people in it, I guess. Survivors 107.9 trillion 15.8% Infected 181.5 trillion 26.7% Dead 392.7 trillion 57.6% Final standings from the Z-Day Tally Board: Most Survivors: The North Pacific Most Survivors + No Infected: NationStates Most Survivors + No Quarantine: Equilism Most Infected: The Rejected Realms Most Dead: The Rejected Realms And on the individual scales: Most Survivors: @@JGConfig::nice_name("Kyupaa", 4)@@ Most Zombies: @@JGConfig::nice_name("Afi-Aftos", 4)@@ Most Dead: @@JGConfig::nice_name("Democratic Colonies", 4)@@ Thank you for doing your part to rid/fill the world of/with zombies. Happy Halloween! {url}
  12. Hey, guess what? We finally got our N-Day4 results back. Remember N-Day4? With the nuclear launches and whatnot? Well, somehow the final tally got caught up in some red tape, and anyway, the point is, you would not believe how fast rampaging zombie hordes cut through red tape. So if you can take a moment from your current desperate struggle to survive, here's a wrap-up of what went down during N-Day4! Final Leaderboard Two-time reigning N-Day champs Augustin Alliance went in looking to make it three in a row, and boy, they put up a hell of a fight. It's not easy to be the champ. Everyone is looking to nuke you. And this time, the 500 or so plucky AA nations had to settle for third. The new dominant faction was Horsemen of the Apocalypse from Hell, who pancaked all challengers en route to racking up a truly massive score of 332,564—almost double the previous record! I'm given to understand that the Horsemen maintained a solid lead throughout most of N-Day, then cemented their position by backstabbing partner faction UPPERCUTS in the most brutal, radioactive way possible. Faction Score Nations Region 1. Horsemen of the Apocalypse 332,564 3,730 Nations Hell 2. Canopy 64,286 1,774 Nations Forest 3. Augustin Alliance 54,869 581 Nations Augustin Alliance 4. The Minotaurs 18,629 219 Nations The Labyrinth 5. Fuster Cluck Coalition 12,184 200 Nations Northern Ocean 6. IRMA Alliance 5,204 11 Nations Melayu Archipelago 7. The E Team 3,352 27 Nations Equilism 8. Mars Colonies - School Class Region 2,594 33 Nations Federation of Martian Colonies 9. Ousted Regions Against Liberals 1,313 32 Nations New Yellow Empire 10. Warschauer Pakt 1,082 38 Nations Warschauer Pakt In global nuclear stats: 574 factions were created. 17,126 nations joined a faction. 1,709,829 nukes were targeted. 1,408,747 nukes were launched. 470,754 nukes were shot down. 938,148 strikes occurred for 774,901 radiation. Most of these are new all-time records! It's good to know that nuclear warfare is healthier than ever before. Your Permanent N-Day4 Archive {url}
  13. Good news! The undead have basically run out of live victims and begun starving to death in most regions. On the downside, 85% percent of the global population is either dead or infected. But the number of survivors has stabilized, so if you're still hanging in there, I think you're going to make it! Unless, you know, some zombie exporter slips into your region at the last minute. Zombie apocalypse ends in: As I write this, the Z-Day Tally Board tells me that: The North Pacific has Most Survivors NationStates is top for Most Survivors + No Infected Equilism has the Most Survivors + No Quarantine; and The Rejected Realms is a hellscape of corpses and roaming zombies. {url}
  14. NationStates News

    NS -Z-Day<sup>8</sup>

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

    NS -N-Day<sup>4</sup> Warning

    I have to say, I'm feeling a little, what's the word... Merkwürdigliebe Not to worry, I think plenty of you love the bomb. Your regularly scheduled toe-to-toe nuclear combat begins in: Click/tap here for your local time: @@JGConfig::time_ago(1569531600)@@ There's a handy manual: @@JGConfig::parse_nscode("https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=874170", 2)@@ and a vibrant "Vault 41" discussion forum. Don't worry, as peace is our profession, you can always choose not to participate. Non-aligned nations (that haven't joined a faction) cannot be targeted or nuked. All previous Factions will be wiped shortly before the bombs start flying, so you maniacs will need to create new ones. You are allowed to use satellites puppets, but it will be a cumbersome process Good luck to you all. Update: When you play a game of nukes, you win or you fry, there is no middle ground. Update: Whew, that's all over then. There seem to be a lot more devastation this time around, though. Something to think about. {url}
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