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  1. 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 Education: Dalimbar TWPAF Commander: Chervil Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Arkadia Universalis Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Alchera Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: KhanterWinters The West Pacific Update - New Theme That's right, those who were on discord server on February 4, 2019, saw a dragon, not one of myth and legend, but a real dragon! Throughout the month of January, the delegate, with the participation of the Hall of Nations, Cabinet and several of the Guardians, especially Ark, OT and Kawaii, worked on selecting and forming a new and unique theme for our region. They narrowed it down to Imperial China, Shogunate Japan and Czarist Russia. These three were then offered in a poll to the region. The days of the Rising Sun have ended and with it, the tiger and dragon awake (Those who live in video games understood that reference.)! The Holy Principality of Saint Mark announces the New Theme and Invites all Residents to participate "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!" On the night of February 4, 2019, the delegate announced that Fujai, with his extraordinary talent and imagination was the winner! The region will use his designs and ideas, along with others, to move us in a new direction. Halo Rahl Yesterday at 23:16 "I am pleased to announce Fujai as the winner of The West Pacific Theme Contest! All the entries, those posted in the official channel and those posted elsewhere, were terrific. Congratulations on your beautiful and thoughtful work! We will be using elements from several of them to create our new environment. This will be done over the next few weeks and has begun with our new regional flag!" A Night with the Mastermind of the New TWP Theme You could not afford to miss out on getting to know a little more about the designer, so despite the untimely hours of the night, I made a small interview with Fujai: Khanter: How do you feel being the winner of the future of TWP Theme? Fujai: "I’m just glad to have had the opportunity to do something good for the region. Even though this theme wasn’t my first choice, I was glad to participate in the contest. I was really impressed by the other entries, and I especially like the minimalist style of the flag Kawaii submitted. Some regional changes have been in order for a while and a new theme is a great first step towards that. The lead up wasn’t nearly as smooth or transparent as it could have been, but now that we’ve gotten to the end of the contest, I hope to see a lot more community involvement in the way TWP goes forward!" K: How did you develop all those brilliant Ideas? F: I’ve been in favor of new regional branding for a long while now, and I took a lot of my ideas from designs I’ve been working on for many months. The most important part of any design is the color choice. Color is the first thing the brain recognizes, and sets the tone for everything else. Crimson and violet are the traditional colors of TWP, and I chose two vibrant shades that I thought could capture the spirit of the region. I didn’t have time to design my own, so the dragon came from an amazing piece of art by Sodacan on Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chinese_Dragon.svg). It’s based on an emblem that originated in the Tang Dynasty (618 CE-907 CE). I recolored it to fit TWP’s colors and it’s turned out to be a fantastic regional emblem! The most difficulty I had was in trying to find the right font for the new theme. I waded through hundreds of different ones and was having a tough time finding any that fit the theme without being tacky and culturally appropriative. I eventually settled on Molot for headings and Arkhip for subheadings, and I think their blockiness contrasts well with the flowing lines of the dragon." K: What will be your next challenge? F: "I’ve got a couple projects in the works right now! The first is to propose regional legislation to promote more activity and restructure the government. A part of that means reaching out to the Ministry of Education to help overhaul TWP’s official dispatches into something that befits our region. We’re the only feeder that doesn’t have an official, centralized dispatch system, and that cannot be allowed to continue. My hope is that we can use this period of change to foster a real sense of community ownership in regional affairs as we go forward." K: Wow, thanks (also it's 3am, lets sleep) I will let you know by first hand the update tomorrow! Thanks! F: "Oh sleep sounds like a fantastic idea, I honestly don't know where the last two hours went G'night!" Yep, this is not a Drill, Elections Around the Corner and Coming Soon! Through my reliable source, our Delegate Halo, it is reported that the TWP cabinet will have new elections just around the corner; starting on the 10th and 16th of this month. Who will be the new nominees under the new titles of the region? What will be their new projects? Will chocolate continue to flow ever increasingly to our Lady Darkesia? Find out all this and more next week! TWPAF's Last Big Joint Raid with the Rising Sun Pirate Flag TWPAF held it's last big Joint raid with the Rising Sun Pirate Flag just weeks ago. First Mate, Victoria Kawaii Astorra-Wintony, gives us a Brief Overview of the climactic raid with Osiris' Legion: "The raid of Politics Amino was initially pretty well-received, The West Pacific Armed Forces came in to support Osiris' occupation of the region, and not long after the region was successfully passworded with all natives kicked out. Soon after, there was a small group from Osiris' Legion who attempted and successfully refound the region. This proved to be a bit controversial in the region, as the Legion's Moshir had made a promise to save the native RMB and failed to do so before the refound. This had opened the floor in Osiris' Legion to discuss the creation of an official Code of Conduct for the Legion in its future operations. Regardless of these outcomes, TWPAF is still happy to work with our Allies from The Legion." Credits of TWP Rising Sun Pirate Flag and Seal for Bran Astor. | Chinese Flag, and them of Fujai.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. September - 2018 Delegate: Neenee Guardians: Davelands, Big Bad Badger, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Overthinkers, Arkadia Universalis, Kawaii Schoolgirl Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Foreign Affairs: Big Bad Badger Internal Affairs: Davelands World Assembly Affairs: Kawaii Schoolgirl TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Kawaii Schoolgirl Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Chervil Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: KhanterWinters This is an update, do not panic!Fall is started, Summer Holidays reach their end, and with it, the Foreign Affairs Office of TWP is back in action. We are sorry if in anytime there was not an update, and we assure to our allies that this will not happend any period of time soon. We are willing to be there with our envoy, ready to help, and ready to inform the latest interesting news for you. TWP Joined into the Osiris Joint Group in N-DayPirates of Nile Is the name of the 4th place in this Third season of Nuke Day, quoting Fallout, War, War Never Change Most of Nations with their puppets joined to N-Day, and for TWP was not the Exception. A joint Force called Pirates of Nile with Osiris as Headmaster, with other members of other regions like Caer Sidi, leaded by Kawaii, Rigel and Altino. Was an Amazing Experience in an Amazing place in the leaderboard. Celebrate TWPThe West Pacific is celebrating 15 years on Nationstates, and is inviting you to party here in the Best pacific! You've never seen a celebration quite like this—we have fun and engaging games, dynamic roleplay, captivating articles, and free gifts for our guests! We are also pleased to announce the construction of The West Pacific Bar, a place for adult players to relax and chat. The Celebrate TWP chat will also be active and will be a channel dedicated to the event, and will post updates on the event as as current standings on the games and contests. So what are you waiting for, join the fun now!More information in the Official Dispatch of Celebrate TWP.
  5. August - 2018 Delegate: Neenee Guardians: Davelands, Big Bad Badger, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Overthinkers, Arkadia Universalis Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Foreign Affairs: Arkadia Universalis Internal Affairs: Kawaii Schoolgirl World Assembly Affairs: Arotania TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Kawaii Schoolgirl Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Chervil Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: Nrevyw (Wyvern) TWP Today, thirty days ago. Within our perspective, it has been a month since Nee has taken the reins in TWP. We have seen pass containers full of glitter, and the lowering of a smooth flag to a glitter flag. And it is clear that today thirty days ago the transition was made from our previous Delegate, Davelands to NeeNee, our current delegate. Who has given us pleasant words: Now begins September, and with this month, we are open to more glitter. Although there are some denied to the glitter. TWPAF Monthly Update Cap'n Overthinkers, and Gunner Chervil, have led two successful raids this month, with a total of 13 successful targets raided, glittered and of course Rum plundered. We hope that with the holidays over, the fleet will return to their weekly tasks and proudly wave the pirate flag over the seas of NationStates. Ballot in TWP In the last week of August the elections for the ministers of the region have been held: For the Speaker of The House, Kawaii Schoolgirl was nominated and won the elections with a 93% of votes. For the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Davelands was nominated and won the elections with a 94% of votes. For the Ministry of Recruitment and Citizenry, Saint Mark was nominated and won the elections with a 87,5% of votes. For the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, Arotania was nominated and won the elections with a 87,5% of votes. and with that the elections of the Sergeant at Arms and the Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs: For the Sergeant at Arms, Chervil was nominated and won the elections with a 94,7% of votes. For the Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wyvern and Khanter W. Molchaniye were nominated, and Khanter W. Molchaniye won the elections with a 50% of votes. Have a Nice Week with TWP In TWP we care about having a nice week, and with that we always invite everyone to participate in TWP week, Starting with Punday Monday, Haikuesday, Thank You Thursday and Karaoke Friday. If you want to spend a good day, you are welcome to Join us in our RMBthese days. Remember, even the cloudy day could be great with friends! Credits of TWP Seal for Bran Astor. | Glitter Flag by Yy4u.
  6. The West Pacific Foreign Update - June/July 2018 Delegate: Neenee Guardians: Big Bad Badger The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Overthinkers Arkadia Universalis Davelands Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Foreign Affairs: Ark Internal Affairs: Kawaii World Assembly Affairs: Arotania TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Kawaii Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Cher Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: Wyvern The West Pacific & The Black Hawks After a much-discussed Joint Action between The East and West Pacifics last March, the blacklist of The Black Hawks has been rescinded. To quote our esteemed Delegate Davelands, "After discussing the matter internally, with our friends in The East Pacific, and with The Black Hawks, The West Pacific hereby rescinds our blacklisting of The Black Hawks. In reviewing the issues between us, we have come to the conclusion that such a severe punishment is no longer necessary. TBH members are free to re-enter TWP and TWPAF.” This came to the delight of many members as some friends had left unable to choose between regions. The West Pacific Armed Forces Update First off, congratulations are in order to those who were promoted this month. So without further ado, congratulations Greenhorn Alpora to the rank of Striker and Powder Monkey Cher to the officer rank of Gunner! Since her promotion, Cher has followed the footsteps of our once great Delegate and badgered the crew to death, triggering two raids, one of which was 50 targets! A Delegate Steps Down July marks the last month of Davelands as Delegate. We would first like to thank him for his amazing work over the past year and dedication to the improvement of The West Pacific. Davelands has served around 300 days. He had this to say about his retirement: “As someone who grew up in The West Pacific, I am especially proud of the new generation of home-grown leaders that have taken up so many important positions for us. I know that the future of The West Pacific will be stronger than ever because of their work.” The incumbent Delegate Neenee has been active since 2004 and in fact, has been Delegate of TWP before. We look forward to her delegacy and are anxious to see what changes Neenee will bring. PS: Dave’s entire farewell speech can be found here: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1068814 Signing off and see you next month, Wyvern
  7. Overthinkers

    The West Pacifican Volume 13

    The West Pacifican Volume 13 has been released! In this issue... "A Pirate's Example", by Neenee "Raiding, Lazarus, and Lord Dominator", an interview with Lord Dominator Haikuesday Excerpts ...and more! Read it here!
  8. The West Pacific Foreign Update - March 2018The West Pacific Holds Its 5th Regional Elections Delegate: Davelands Guardians: Big Bad Badger Neenee The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Mediobogdum Bran Astor Overthinkers Arkadia Universalis Kawaii Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: Big Bad Badger Foreign Affairs: Ark Internal Affairs: Bran Astor World Assembly Affairs: Arotania TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Overthinkers Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Chervil Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: WyvernThe West Pacific held it's 5th cycle of regional elections this month, starting with the vote for Speaker of the Hall of Nations on the 5th through the 8th. Incumbent Speaker Overthinkers won out over Candidate Atlae Isles, with 63.64% of the vote. The West then held the votes for the ministries of Recruitment & Citizenry, Internal Affairs, and World Assembly Affairs on the 12th through the 18th. TWP Guardian Halo Rahl ran for Recruitment & Citizenry unopposed. Bran Astor ran for Internal Affairs unopposed as well, winning with 100% of the vote. Arotania ran for World Assembly Affairs and won. The last round of voting commenced for Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Sergeant-At-Arms on the 12th and ended on the 16th. Wyvern ran unopposed for Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and won with 100% of the vote. Cher ran against Sousted for Sergeant-at-Arms and won with 100% of the vote as well. The West Pacific would also like to congratulate (abstain) for their persistence and dedication in running for every position, every time so far.Welcome to the WPBRWelcome to something new in GCR culture. Riders from across the West Pacific and her allied regions come together weekly to face-off against 1,500 pounds of fury. Competition starts May 9th and runs through September 1st. Contact Internal Affairs minister Bran Astor to enter your rider. Entry window runs from Saturday to Tuesday. Events are held every Wednesday.Find the latest results and current standings here: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1024267Everyday Events!IA has also been having fun with the region's Discord icon thanks to the Today in the West program. Join us for new recurring events like Haikuesday and Thank You Thursday as well as one-shots like Pizza, Scrabble, and High Five Days.IA is also pleased to announce a new publishing program spearheaded by Deputy Minister Kawaii Schoolgirl's TWP Magazine (https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1024872) . Authors and artists alike are encouraged to create original works such as short stories, lyrics, poems, paintings, drawings, and mock magazine covers to be showcased monthly.
  9. The West Pacific Foreign Update - April 2018 Delegate: Davelands Guardians: Big Bad Badger Neenee The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Mediobogdum Rigels Light Bran Astor Overthinkers Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: Big Bad Badger Foreign Affairs: Saint Mark Internal Affairs: Bran Astor World Assembly Affairs: Arotania TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Overthinkers Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Kawaii Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: Ark (pictured: Artist's interpretation of Guardian Bran Astor after his intense physical training.) Goldbeard's Gym Fitness Challenge a Wild Success! The West Pacific Guardian Bran Astor held a fitness challenge this last month, which lasted 28 days. The challenge involved a substantial amount of sweating and smelly saquatches, but the participants certainly felt it was worthwhile! According to Bran, at least 3 people participated, cited the challenge as one the hardest they had ever done. The West Pacific is proud of Bran Astor for his commitment to health and fitness. His challenge can be found here, for those who dare attempt it themselves: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=993167. Bran also gave a statement on the challenge: "It has been a busy month for IA with a 28-day fitness challenge, the rise of the Nee Pacific Order, the introduction of Haikuesday and Thank You Thursday, as well as several daily observances!" (pictured: The Symbol of the NeePO.) Hail the Nee Pacific Order! The West saw a major structural change early on in April, as the government made the decision to embrace its feederite nature to the fullest extent. The result, logically, was the Nee Pacific Order! The WFE was changed to a very appreciable blue-and-yellow color pallet. The West also adopted a flag that definitely, 100%, was NOT the flag of the (unrelated) New Pacific Order, combined with the notorious symbol of the late great humanitarian group known as the Empire. This was a momentous occasion for the native nations of the West Pacific, who have nothing to lose but their chains! Sadly, the feederite regime couldn't last forever, and so with the passing of April Fool's, the West Pacific has returned to its business as usual. West Pacificans will never forget the NeePO, though. Hail Neecifica! (pictured: Artistic repesentation of Lazarus.) Lazarus: Is It Cool or Is It Whack? Not-so-Stunned onlookers noticed yet another Lazarene government transition this past month. This time, the Khanate of Lazarus was overthrown by Khanate General Imkiville, in favor of total anarchy. For about a week, Lazarus had no government, no endorsement cap, and more factions vying for power than you could care to name. Later on, this anarchy proved to be a publicity stunt, as Imkiville had planned to set up a constitutional convention. The convention is currently ongoing, with several natives, allied government officials, and Cormac participating in one fashion or another. TWP Delegate Davelands released a semi-offical statement on Lazarus on the 26th, stating that the West is hopeful that Imkiville be able to build a Lazarene government by the natives, for the natives. (pictured: TWP/LKE partnership flag.) The West Pacific and the LKE Hold Interregional Gala The West Pacific and the Land of Kings and Emperors further solidified their diplomatic relations this last month by holding an interregional Gala. The Gala lasted for three days and was held the LKE's offsite forum, as well as TWP's Discord Server. It served as a great way for citizens of both regions to meet each other and establish friendship. Many pleasant memories were made, and The West thanks the LKE for this opportunity to get to know them better. We also hope that we will have the opportunity to engage with LKE diplomatically more often in the future!
  10. The West Pacific Foreign Update - March 2018 Delegate: Davelands Guardians: Big Bad Badger Neenee The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Mediobogdum Rigels Light Bran Astor Ministers: Recruitment and Citizenry: Big Bad Badger Foreign Affairs: Saint Mark Internal Affairs: Bran Astor World Assembly Affairs: Aleister II TWPAF Commander: Overthinkers Speaker of the Hall of Nations: Overthinkers Deputy Ministers: Sergeant-At-Arms: Kawaii Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs: Ark (pictured: Election Night, the one night of the year Bran Astor can be seen wearing a suit as he anxiously awaits the results of the Internal Affairs Minister Election.) The West Pacific Holds Its 4th Regional ElectionsThe West Pacific held it's 4th cycle of regional elections last month, starting with the vote for Speaker of the Hall of Nations on the 5th through the 8th. Incumbent Speaker Overthinkers won out over Candidate Atlae Isles, with 63.64% of the vote. The West then held the votes for the ministries of Recruitment & Citizenry, Internal Affairs, and World Assembly Affairs on the 12th through the 18th. TWP Guardian Badger ran for Recruitment & Citizenry unopposed, with the only vote for abstention being his own. Bran Astor ran for Internal Affairs unopposed as well, winning with 100% of the vote. Aleister II, also known as Lamb, ran against States of Glory for World Assembly Affairs. Aleister won the election with 65% of the vote. The last round of voting commenced for Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Sergeant-At-Arms on the 18th and ended on the 21st. Ark won out over candidate Calradia and incumbent Wyvern for DMoFA with 69.57% of the vote. Kawaii ran unopposed for Sergeant-at-Arms and won with 100% of the vote. The West Pacific looks forward to seeing these new incumbents in action, and early projections suggest that this will be the West Pacific's most active elected government cycle yet! (pictured: TWPAF Pirate Flag flown under Altino's Command.) Altino Resigns As Commander of TWPAF The West saw a bittersweet moment late in February, with the resignation of Altino as Commander of the Armed Forces. In a heartfelt letter to her troops, Altino gave a brief overview of her time as commander, beginning with the collective "oh no" moment that came about after the resignation of tenured TWPAF Commander Yuno. When she first assumed command, Altino found the prospect of rebuilding TWPAF to be daunting. She notes in her letter that making the military work was due in large part to her closest officers: KhanterWinters, Overthinkers, and Bedebao. In only six months, this crew of ragtag privateers developed TWPAF into a formidable Pirate Fleet, one that would make its presence known to natives and Nazis the world over. Altino then noted that she was needed elsewhere - specifically, Osiris. The former Pirate Captain proceeded to name her successor: Overthinkers. Alt had this to say about the new Commander: "I've had my eye on him as my replacement since Day 1 and have tested and trained him in every way I could think of since then. He's come up with some of our most organized and helpful procedures behind the scenes, he wrote the WFE that we use on tags, he's been leading you despite being locked for a good while now, and I know that he's got what it takes to be the greatest Captain there ever was!" Quite a prediction to live up to, but we at the West Pacific are confident that Overthinkers will prove Altino right. Overthinkers has served admirably in TWP in various positions, most notably Speaker of the Hall of Nations (x2) and First Mate to Commander Altino. We echo Altino's high hopes for both Overthinkers and for TWPAF overall, and our allies can be assured that the Armed Forces will continue being the Scourge of the High Seas. We would also like to congratulate Altino on her appointment as Heiress Apparent of Osiris, and we look forward to working with her to make both our regions the best that they can be. (pictured: a flag representing the joining of TWP and Lazarus through their treaty.)[/size] The West Pacific and Lazarus Sign Historical Treaty of FriendshipThe West Pacific and Lazarus made history on February 8th, with the signing of the Chol Covenant. The Covenant is a treaty which came about as a result of rapidly strengthening diplomatic relations between the two regions. In a joint announcement made on TWP's News & Info thread on the NationStates forum, TWP Foreign Affairs Minister Saint Mark opened with this: "Our regions pursued this treaty with a desire to strengthen both the friendship between each other, as well as bolster our positions in the world at large. The West Pacific and Lazarus have supported each other in crucial moments of NationStates history and this treaty will stand as a monument to that cooperation moving forward. We seek to provide a foundation upon which we may create a stronger bond between our respective communities and we hope to stand together as a voice for sovereign ideals throughout the World." Residents of both regions were proud to see this sign of friendship. Moving forward, the West Pacific hopes to hold cultural events with Lazarus, wherein the two regions can further strengthen their bond and learn more about the unique characteristics of each region. It is our belief that this diffusion of cultures will make both regions better than they would be separately. (pictured: The Westphalian flag, with some added flair.)The Red Sun Sets on Westphalia NationStates history was made on January 27th, when the region of Westphalia was invaded by a massive group of raiders headed by The Black Hawks. Westphalia was a thriving region, and strongly defender-aligned. Prior to the raid, Westphalia had just joined the reformed version of FORGE: SWORD. SWORD failed to protect Westphalia as a massive swarm of updaters invaded. What was once a thriving region soon became a wasteland, flowing with rivers of Native Tears. While most raiders targeted the region both for its defender alignment and its membership in SWORD, the West had additional reasons for doing so. Most notably, the Founder of Westphalia was a noted rule-breaker and enemy of the West Pacific. We at the West Pacific do not take kindly to rule breakers, nor to regions that align themselves with rule breakers. As such, this invasion will go down as one with which TWP is most proud.
  11. The West Pacific FA Update – February 2018 Davelands leading the GCR’s! The West Pacific’s own most adorable delegate, Davelands, has achieved 537 endorsements and is leading the GCR’s in percentage of endorsing nations, with an astonishing 79%! Election time in TWP! Elections for Speaker of the Hall of Nations began on February 1st and will be followed by those for Minister of Internal Affairs, Deputy Minister of FA, Sergeant at Arms, WA Minister and Minister of Recruitment and Citizenry. The January War A small region of 23 nations, the Alliance of Absolute Monarchs challenged The West Pacific to war and was swiftly defeated, with The West Pacific Armed Forces and aiding forces taking several protectorates of AoAA. The January War started with a dispatch by Routcher (https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=950145) and ended with another(https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=958193). Thanks to LWU! The Pirates Strike again! On the 27th of January, our own pirates, TWPAF, participated on a daring raid into the heart of fenderism, a region of SWORDS, the successor of FORGE. Led by The Black Hawks, with an impressive array of participating organizations (Hydra, TIoAG, TLoKaE, LWU, TRE, Unknown, TSLoO, TAE, TAFotE, & TWPAF) this raid took the region of Westphalia (https://www.nationstates.net/region=westphalia) and has led to an impressive 128 endorsements. So far, SWORD's "representative"(https://www.nationstates.net/nation=yuanduanga) has gathered 10. A toast to a new entry in the History Books of Raiding! Roleplay Map! Bran Astor, Guardian, has revolutionized roleplay within TWP, starting a beautifully made map (https://i.imgur.com/87fOvia.png) with Inkscape(#notsponsored) and has started up a new area on the forum. You can visit that here (http://www.westpacific.org/forums/index.php?/forum/24-role-play/).
  12. Overthinkers

    TWP Pulls Out of NS World Fair 6

    The West Pacific has left the NationStates World Fair 6, due to concerns over the administrative team's handling of harassment. You can read the full statement by Delegate Davelands here: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=391428&p=33107474#p33107474
  13. Overthinkers

    The West Pacifican Volume 9

    Hot off the presses, it's a new edition of The West Pacifican! In this issue: - Delegate Davelands talks elections and Internal Affairs - Overthinkers unveils his evil schemes as TWP's new Speaker of the Hall - A cautionary tale by Skymoot - And more! Check it out here: http://thewestpacific.com/the-west-pacifican/the-west-pacifican-volume-9/ Or in dispatch form: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=937457
  14. The Government of the West Pacific: Delegate: Davelands Guardians: Neenee, Saint Mark, Mediobogdum, Rigels Light, Bran Astor Speaker: Overthinkers MoFA: Saint Mark Commander of TWPAF: Altincredible MoIA: Rigels Light MoWAA: States of Glory MoR&C: Big Bad BadgerElections! Place your bets! In the month of November, voters tuned in to watch the latest election cycle. Due to the activities surrounding Z-Day and the change in Delegate, the Speaker elections were actually a month late, despite the First Amendment to the Manners, which offset the Speaker and Ministerial elections by one month. Nevertheless, former Speaker Drall opened the Speaker nominations on November 6, and two candidates emerged, then-Sergeant-at-Arms Overthinkers and Marilyn Manson. Soon the ballot boxes were open and Overthinkers won in a landslide victory of 18-1. The first thing on his agenda was to open the Ministerial Elections. The elected Minister positions include the Minister of World Assembly Affairs, Minister of Internal Affairs, and Minister of Recruitment and Citizenry. States of Glory was re-elected Minister of World Assembly Affairs, gathering 20 votes. Rigel (AKA Rigel's Light) received 21 votes, re-electing her for Minister of Internal Affairs, and Big Bad Badger, our immediate past Delegate, won his bid for Minister of Recruitment and Citizenry, gathering 22 votes. After the Ministerial elections, the Speaker opened up the final round of voting, for the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Sergeant-at-Arms. These positions were hotly contested and saw some intense campaigning. In the end, Atlae was re-elected as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Laururana was elected as Sergeant-at-Arms, filling Overthinkers' vacant spot. What the new government will bring has yet to be seen, but we hope it will continue TWP's trend toward increased activity! Yo ho ho, the Pirates are here! TWPAF continues raiding and taking chocolate to hoard in our massive vaults, but now it has a shipload of new conscripts ... er ... buccaneers! YARRRR!! Our gentlemen/lady raiders, paid their respects to our nice "friends" in the Iron Order, sending them a birthday present for their region! Our crew also made new friends, especially in a region called Balloons. Here's TWPAF Commander Altino on the situation. "Once upon a time, TWPAF raided a cute little region called Balloons. The natives were happy and friendly, and so good hearted Pirates stepped in and helped them do a little redecorating. The decorations were nice, and the natives liked the flag, but they didn't want to have pirates all over their WFE, so they changed it all back and begged the Pirates to just tell them why they looted and plundered all over NS like they did. Normally, the Pirates would have just shrugged off the question and set sail to their next target, but these natives were kind enough to leave the Pirates with RO in their region, so we could change their WFE again! In gratitude, Pirates wrote back and explained that they were only here to help. Hopefully the natives are glad for our reply!" In other news, The West Pacific hosted a Halloween raid contest, where other regions such as the North Pacific, the East Pacific, et al. came to compete! We had a lot of very fun and creative flags and WFEs submitted for the contest from our fellow raiders and defenders alike. Everyone who played won a fun "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" badge made by our very own Bran Astor! Read more here: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?p=32799550#p32799550 There are some exciting new Internal Affairs initiatives! Bran, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs in TWP, is cooking up something special for the West Pacific! Mmm ... smells delicious! He is putting together a cookbook of recipes contributed by players all across NS! Another new initiative introduced under Rigel’s term by our Internal Affairs Minister herself was the emergence of Weekly Writings, of which two have been completed: "Healer of a Different Sort," and "Spooky Story Contest," the latter of which was displayed in The West Pacifican, vol. 7. Lastly, the poll suggestion thread was opened, leaving the space for polls wide open to prospective citizens wanting to see their questions answered.Ball with Spiritus! On November 30, TWP Ambassador to Spiritus Calradia announced something special - a Ball between Spiritus and the West Pacific! The Ball will take place on December 12, from 6-11 PM Central Standard Time. The event details are forthcoming. This will be an opportunity to strengthen good relations between the two regions.
  15. Overthinkers

    The West Pacifican Volume 8

    Hot off the presses, it's a new edition of The West Pacifican! In this issue: - Davelands discusses his ascension to the throne delegacy - The Pacific's Pergamon ponders "How Should a Feeder Deal with Z-Day?" - A special spooky story by contest winner Aynia - And more! Check it out here: http://thewestpacific.com/the-west-pacifican/the-west-pacifican-volume-8/
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