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  1. When summer hits the northern hemisphere the effect is noticeable here on NationStates, and in this case in a positive way: a variety of fun activities pop up all over the NationStates world. The third annual RaiderCon is already underway, taking place from July 1st through July 6th. It offers an opportunity for players to discuss the Gameplay activity know as Invading or Raiding, from various perspectives. @@JGConfig::nice_name("jakker", 2)@@ wrote: From the early beginnings of NationStates, there have been nations who invade regions. The practice has made a lasting impact on the game and this convention looks to explore the players and groups that have engaged in raiding over the years. RaiderCon is open to all players and has many interactive opportunities including discussions and raiding games. Attendees can also check the musical submissions from this year's RaiderVision. Players who focus on the other side of the aisle, the Defenders, are not sitting still though. They have the 2017 Defender Awards going on. @@JGConfig::nice_name("witchcraft_and_sorcery", 2)@@ wrote: After a few years' hiatus, The Defender Awards are back! To counter the plight of raiding, there have always been defenders for the purpose of countering their effects. The Defender Awards allow for a way to recognize the best defenders of those serving, as well as some raiders, in a well-regarded and historical awards competition. The Awards are open to all players, and will have plenty of discussions and fun to be had for all who come! And in addition to all that the NationStates Roleplay Symposium 2017 is coming up soon! @@JGConfig::nice_name("kyrusia", 2)@@ wrote: Are you a roleplayer, or are you interested in getting involved? From Saturday, July 8th, through Friday, July 14th, the Mentor Program (in collaboration with others) will be presenting the NationStates Roleplay Symposium 2017. Including Mentors and collaborators from sub-forums International Incidents, NationStates, NS Sports, the Portal to the Multiverse, and everywhere between, the Roleplay Symposium aims to bring greater interest in different roleplay sub-communities, tech levels, and genres across the forums; roleplayers will be encouraged to get to know one another, introduce others to their communities, and provide their varied, myriad experiences from the NationStates roleplay community. Lectures and new guides will be premiered, as well as panels and workshops to be conducted each day of the Symposium on the NS Mentors Discord; players and participants will be invited to submit their questions and discuss a range of topics, to include worldbuilding, observations on Gameplay from a roleplayer perspective, formatting and thread marketing, a Moderator panel, and much more. Players will be invited to showcase their roleplay regions and Out-of-Character organizations, share their unique cultures, and possibly even rope-in a few new recruits. We may even indulge in a bit of silly fun, from time to time; supposedly there's to be a "Midnight Madness" hour, but you'll just have to find out for yourself... For more information, please drop by the NationStates Roleplay Symposium 2017 thread! We hope to see you there! As you can see there are a lot of fun activities going on, enjoy!{url}
  2. Plenty has been happening on NationStates! I don't like to bother you with every little thing, but here are some of the more notable updates since I posted last: Customized Newspaper Images: A large number of issue newspapers now feature images carefully chosen for maximum journalistic and absurdist effect by our diligent Issue Editors. More Issues: Speaking of which, there are now over 750 issues in total! We had to add a chart to track their numbers because they're coming in so rapidly. For more information on how this happens and why, see this news post from six months ago, back when 600 issues seemed like a big deal. New Issue Chain: And among those new issues is a major issue chain, "The Enemy Within." An issue chain is a storyline that flows over multiple issues, evolving depending on your choices. These spend a particularly long time in development and it's exciting to have a new one. Special Edition Issues: A common problem for national leaders over the years has been failing to notice when a particularly important issue arrives, which may unlock the ability to select a national religion, capital, or customize their own office. You don't want to miss those. They're now visually highlighted as special editions. New Formatting Tags: You can now use the formatting tags , , and to prettify your text on Regional Message Boards, World Factbook Entries, and in telegrams. Faster Daily Updates: The speed of the global daily update was cut in half, allowing those nations who enjoy the push and pull of interregional global warfare to conduct their business with less waiting around. Nation API Private Commands: The NationStates API continues to expand, and now offers the ability for technically advanced national leaders to control their nations via remote automated script. Telegram Inclusion/Exclusion Filters: Filter Recruiters gained new targeting options, so that telegrams can be sent to, for example, only the WA members of certain regions, or nations that will one day be founded in a particular region. And More! Prettier colored bars in World Census ranking tables, clickable times for the World Activity feed, an auto-pluralization upgrade, backend engine improvements... and bug fixes! Lots of bug fixes! Plus! We have a new admin! @@JGConfig::nice_name("eluvatar", 2)@@ has been a Tech Modling for quite a while but was recently trapped into becoming a full admin. {url}
  3. The non-irradiated part of the land, that is. If you survived the nuclear apocalypse, congratulations! If you didn't, thank you for nuking! Stats and final leaderboard to come. As I write this, no more nukes can be launched, but there are a few still in the sky. Stand by! Update: Final Leaderboard Faction Score Region 1. Augustin Alliance 45,938 Conch Kingdom 2. Jak Attack 41,050 The Black Hawks 3. International Geese Brigades 26,813 Rushmore 4. The International Brigades 25,814 The Internationale 5. Atlas 25,050 Atlas 6. The Best Pacific! 24,590 The West Pacific 7. The North Pacific 22,206 The North Pacific 8. TCB Official 19,880 The Communist Bloc 9. North Atlantic Treaty Organization 19,374 North American Free Trade Agreement 10. EXODYNOMITE 17,412 Exodus Full Leaderboard Congratulations to Augustin Alliance of Conch Kingdom! They are our "winner," in the sense that nuclear wars can be won, with an impressive 45,938 points. Special mention to "runner-up" Jak Attack of The Black Hawks with 41,050 points, who also recorded by far the most strikes, landing 123,843 nukes. In total, there were 2,378,022 nukes launched, with 1,236,500 scoring (striking a target that wasn't already fully irradiated). More than 3.2 million nukes were targeted in total. That's a lot of nukes. But what I thought was impressive how quickly tactics and strategy evolved, given that nobody knew what was coming or how things worked at first. You would think that given a second chance, it might become even more strategic. But of course, there are no second chances with nuclear weapons. Unless.... Update 2: It has been pointed out to me that "second runner-up" International Geese Brigades finished with zero radiation. That's not bad. Update 3: NSindex has an excellent article on N-Day with more stats and observations! {url}
  4. The non-irradiated part of the land, that is. If you survived the nuclear apocalypse, congratulations! If you didn't, thank you for nuking! Stats and final leaderboard to come. As I write this, no more nukes can be launched, but there are a few still in the sky. Stand by! Update: Final Leaderboard Faction Score Region 1. Augustin Alliance 45,938 Conch Kingdom 2. Jak Attack 41,050 The Black Hawks 3. International Geese Brigades 26,813 Rushmore 4. The International Brigades 25,814 The Internationale 5. Atlas 25,050 Atlas 6. The Best Pacific! 24,590 The West Pacific 7. The North Pacific 22,206 The North Pacific 8. TCB Official 19,880 The Communist Bloc 9. North Atlantic Treaty Organization 19,374 North American Free Trade Agreement 10. EXODYNOMITE 17,412 Exodus Full Leaderboard Congratulations to Augustin Alliance of Conch Kingdom! They are our "winner," in the sense that nuclear wars can be won, with an impressive 45,938 points. Special mention to "runner-up" Jak Attack of The Black Hawks with 41,050 points, who also recorded by far the most strikes, landing 123,843 nukes. In total, there were 2,378,022 nukes launched, with 1,236,500 scoring (striking a target that wasn't already fully irradiated). More than 3.2 million nukes were targeted in total. That's a lot of nukes. But what I thought was impressive how quickly tactics and strategy evolved, given that nobody knew what was coming or how things worked at first. You would think that given a second chance, it might become even more strategic. But of course, there are no second chances with nuclear weapons. Unless.... {url}
  5. The non-irradiated part of the land, that is. If you survived the nuclear apocalypse, congratulations! If you didn't, thank you for nuking! Stats and final leaderboard to come. As I write this, no more nukes can be launched, but there are a few still in the sky. Stand by! {url}
  6. Some people say the only way to win a game of Global Thermonuclear Warfare is not to play. We'll see about that! It's now possible to develop nuclear weapons, target your enemies, and watch your great metal birds arc across the atmosphere until they either impact your target or are shot down by an advanced satellite defense network, whichever comes first. If this sounds like something your nation would do, get started by picking a Faction! Choose a Faction The war will last for 36 hours, after which nations will be swept clean of radiation. Arms Agreement in: Update: For all your post-apocalyptic needs, please enjoy Vault 41, the new forum. Update 2: Targeted nukes now return to your stockpile if not launched within 1 hour. {url}
  7. Some people say the only way to win a game of Global Thermonuclear Warfare is not to play. We'll see about that! It's now possible to develop nuclear weapons, target your enemies, and watch your great metal birds arc across the atmosphere until they either impact your target or are shot down by an advanced satellite defense network, whichever comes first. If this sounds like something your nation would do, get started by picking a Faction! Choose a Faction The war will last for 36 hours, after which nations will be swept clean of radiation. Update: For all your post-apocalyptic needs, please enjoy Vault 41, the new forum. Update 2: Targeted nukes now return to your stockpile if not launched within 1 hour. {url}
  8. Some people say the only way to win a game of Global Thermonuclear Warfare is not to play. We'll see about that! It's now possible to develop nuclear weapons, target your enemies, and watch your great metal birds arc across the atmosphere until they either impact your target or are shot down by an advanced satellite defense network, whichever comes first. If this sounds like something your nation would do, get started by picking a Faction! Choose a Faction The war will last for 36 hours, after which nations will be swept clean of radiation. Update: For all your post-apocalyptic needs, please enjoy Vault 41, the new forum. {url}
  9. Some people say the only way to win a game of Global Thermonuclear Warfare is not to play. We'll see about that! It's now possible to develop nuclear weapons, target your enemies, and watch your great metal birds arc across the atmosphere until they either impact your target or are shot down by an advanced satellite defense network, whichever comes first. If this sounds like something your nation would do, get started by picking a Faction! Choose a Faction The war will last for 36 hours, after which nations will be swept clean of radiation. {url}
  10. One thing I think we should all be proud of is that no two democracies on NationStates have ever gone to war with each other. Or two nations of any type. No matter how great our differences, we've always been able to resolve them through diplomacy and compromise, as opposed to a violent emptying of nuclear arsenals that endangers all life on the planet. We should appreciate this while we can. Nuclear apocalypse begins in: {url}
  11. You know what the World Assembly needed: more bureaucracy. And arbitrary rules! You can't have too many of those. If you've ever complained that the World Assembly is pretty good and all, but it should have more red tape, great news! I am pleased to announce the General Assembly Secretariat is up and running. They're already hard at work, assessing General Assembly proposals, judging which adhere to the GA's strict rules and which don't. GenSec is a new organization, and from what I hear, a lot of the details are still to be worked out, so who knows where they'll end up. Creating ever-more sub-committees, probably. Or possibly extending the glorious history of the World Assembly into a bright new era of self-governance. One of those. Maybe both. For more information on GenSec, see here, or discuss in the General Assembly forum! {url}
  12. Congratulations to @@JGConfig::nice_name("rms_carpathia", 2)@@, who recently became the five millionth nation founded! RMS Carpathia appears to be a lovely Inoffensive Centrist Democracy with a vibrant economy, pro-spirituality leanings, and alarming income inequality. It is also open to tourists, so maybe consider it for your next vacation. {url}
  13. The fifth annual NationStates World Fair has begun, offering an opportunity for representatives of various regions to come together to discuss common interests. Here's the scoop: @@JGConfig::nice_name("todds_diplomat", 2)@@ wrote: What is the World Fair, you might ask? Well, good leader, as you may know NationStates is comprised of hundreds of regions, each with their own history, culture, and flair. It can be a bit daunting and perhaps impossible to truly learn them all, but it is our goal that this fair will at the very least bring regions (and nations) together in unity and cooperation. Many regions have already established areas on these forums to share their cultures, referred to as "booths", and all nations are encouraged to visit, explore, and witness. We do hope your region does well in expressing itself to the 'verse around it. Are you in a region without a booth? Well, simply have your regional government request a booth and we will review it. Find out more! {url}
  14. Here in the NationStates Innovation Laboratories we're always looking for ways to improve your nation-building experience. After all, those citizens won't oppress themselves. Here are three recent features you may not have noticed: Recapitalization Sometimes when you're founding a nation, some underling screws up the name on the paperwork. Then you're stuck with an embarrassing typo. But you can now correct minor capitalization errors in Settings! You can only change capitalization, and names still must begin with a capital. We know some nations want bigger changes, but we're still researching the necessary advanced typography technology. AutoComplete Many places you need to enter a nation or nation name, like the search box on the World page, now auto-suggest likely candidates, taken from your Dossier and the world at large. Telegram Address Filters When sending a telegram to a group of nations, you can mix and match advanced filters for precision targeting. Want to reach only WA member nations of particular regions? Now you can! See here for details. {url}
  15. People often ask me, "Where do issues come from? I mean, are you deliberately pushing a hidden agenda by steering the national conversation toward certain topics or what?" And I say ha ha no of course not. The truth is that issues are carefully curated by a panel of experts, known as Editors, who sift through your nation to find the most urgent, thought-provoking, or challenging matters of the day, and present them to you in handy multiple choice format. But where do Editors come from? Good question. Honestly, I have no idea. All I know is first one showed up and every time I turn around there are more. So to explain, here is one of them: From: @@JGConfig::nice_name("nation_of_quebec", 4)@@ Issues are the lifeblood of NationStates. Without them, our nations wouldn't be able to grow and we wouldn't be able to chuckle at in-game typos. We recently hit a milestone of 600 issues and we continue to add new issues every week. On behalf of the editing team, I'd like to extend a big thank you to all the aspiring writers, commentators, stat-hounds, and issue nitpickers who made it all possible. You all make NationStates a better place and it is inspiring to see that people continue to write and contribute to the game. On that regard, it is my pleasure to announce a new Issues Contest. This is our latest contest that allows you the chance to become an illustrious Issues Editor. The primary role of an Issues Editor is to turn player-submitted issues into game-ready format. This process involves selecting promising submissions—and discarding those that won't be used, editing the text, and then deciding on the statistical effects the choices will have. Being an Issue Editor means that not only will you receive a fancy badge on your nation page, you'll be recognized in the forums by that lovely puke-brown color.. You'll get to join a dynamic team who work tirelessly to edit, polish, and help get issues added to the game. You'll be behind a part of that exclusive club who work behind the scenes to make sure that issues are ready to be added to NationStates canon. We're a fun and friendly bunch. The biggest argument we ever had was over what color a character's lab coat should be. Oh, and there's pizza in the back. Max is buying. [Ed: This is a lie. There is no pizza.] If you'd like to enter, please submit a new, original issue that you have authored via the usual method. Entries are limited to one per player, so make sure you're happy with your submission before entering—there is no rush. The Contest closes on January 15th 2017. Make sure you check the "Issues Contest" checkbox, so we know it's your entry. Please see this thread for more information. The Got Issues? forum is your friend. Good luck and happy writing! {url}